How to knit a sweater for 2 to 4 years children
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How to knit a Sweater for children aged 2-4 years, step by step

A basic pattern for knitting a children’s sweater using straight needles, step by step. If you only know how to knit and how to purl, this one is perfect for you!

The size of this Raglan sweater is for toddlers around 2 to 4 years of age, and it’s really easy to customize. It’s also much easier than the V-Neck Baby Cardigan we made last time!

The techniques used are:

Knit, purl, knit two stitches together, purl two stitches together, and increase one stitch.

Finished sweater measurements

Chest: 32 cm / 24 in

Body length (from underarm to hem): 22.5 cm / 8.85 in

Sleeve length (underarm to cuff): 23 cm / 9 in

Materials

4 mm and 5 mm knitting needles (US 6 and 8 sizes)

230 gr of Worsted weight wool (number 4, Medium, Aran)

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape

Scissors

Abbreviations

CO: Cast on

st: Stitch

RS: Right side of the work

K: Knit

P: Purl

k2tog: Knit two stitches together

p2tog: Purl two stitches together

ssk: Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next, put them back onto the left -hand needle, knit them together

Inc 1: Increase one stitch (knit one, don’t drop it from the left-hand needle, and knit it again through the back loop).

BO: Bind off

Children Raglan sweater free knitting pattern for beginners

Back and Front

With smaller needles, CO 58 st.

Ribbing

Knit 8 rows in 2×2 Rib stitch, as follows:

1º and every odd row (RS): *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K2.

2º and every even row: *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with P2.

Stockinette stitch section

With bigger needles knit 46 rows in Stockinette stitch:

1º and every odd row: Knit across

2º and every even row: Purl across

Raglan shaping

BO 2 st at the beginning of the next 2 rows.

Continue knitting in Stockinette stitch for 20 additional rows, decreasing 2 st on every odd row (1 st at the beginning, 1 st at the end of the row):

1º and every odd row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 st, k2tog, K1.

2º and every even row: Purl across. 34 st remain.

Knit 2 more rows (21 and 22) without decreasing.

Neckline Ribbing

With smaller needles knit 6 rows in 2×2 Ribbing stitch, decreasing 2 st in rows 2 and 4:

1º row: *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K2.

2º row: P1, k2tog, K1, *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 4 st, K1, k2tog, P1.

3º row: K1, *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, P2, K1.

4º row: P1, k2tog, *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, k2tog, P1.

5º row: K1, P1, *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 4 st, P2, K1, P1.

6º row: P1, K1, *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, to last 4 st, P2, K1, P1.

7º row: BO in pattern (work every st as it presents).

Raglan sweater for toddler free knitting pattern tutorial

Sleeves (min 14:51 of the video tutorial)

With smaller needles, CO 42 st.

Ribbing

Knit 8 rows in 2×2 Rib stitch, as follows:

1º and every odd row (RS): *K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with K2.

2º and every even row: *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with P2.

Stockinette stitch section

With bigger needles knit 48 rows in Stockinette stitch, decreasing 6 st on the 1º row, as follows:

1º row: K3, k2tog, [K5, k2tog] 5 times, K2. 36 st remain.

2º and every even row: Purl across

3º and every odd row: Knit across.

On rows 11 and 23, increase 2 st, one at the beginning and one at the end of each row:

11º and 23º rows: K1, Inc 1, k to last 2 st, Inc 1, K1. 40 st remain.

Decrease 2 st on row 47:

47º row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 st, k2tog, K1. 38 st remain.

48ª row: Purl across.

Raglan Shaping

Knit 24 rows in Stockinette stitch, decreasing 2 st on the following rows:

3º, 5º, 7º, 9º, 11º, 13º, 15º, 17º, 19º, 21º and 23º: K1, ssk, k to last 3 st, k2tog, K1. 16 st remain.

24º row: Purl across.

Neckline Ribbing

With smaller needles, knit 6 rows in 2×2 Rib stitch, decreasing 2 st on rows 1 and 3:

1º row: K1, ssk, *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to * to last 3 st, k2tog, K1. 14 st remain.

2º row: *P2, K2*. Repeat from * to *, ending with P2.

3º row: K1, p2tog, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, p2tog, K1. 12 st remain.

4º row: P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1.

5º row: K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1.

6ª row = 4º row

7º row: BO in pattern (work every st as it presents).

Block the 4 pieces and join them. To see how it’s done, please watch this tutorial.

Enjoy the video!

Hugs and happy knitting,

Carolina – So Woolly

PS: Looking for a great knitting guide? Take a look of this one, highly recommended!

But, if you are feeling more adventurous, this one would be great for you!

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