Free Pattern 1 - Child's basic summer/inter-season sweater
Colourway Free Pattern
Basic Children's Sweater
An easily adapted sweater pattern perfect for cross-season dressing and
Every beginner needs a supply of patterns which always look good, are easy to knit and simple to adapt and customise for fit and originality. Here we show two simple children's sweaters with rolled hems and easy but decorative fully fashioned shaping. Both are worked from the pattern above left, but the striped version shows one of the simplest adaptations.
There are many more however. A contrast colour edging is a great way to use up leftover yarn, a motif or simple fair-isle band would be a cinch, (check the internet or your knitting magazines for suitable designs, there are hundreds of free graphed motifs and borders out there). For the wild and wacky child each piece could be knitted in a contrast shade, or try randomly sized stripes to use up some of your stash. A patch pocket to carry a favourite small stuffed toy could be great, or crochet flowers scattered across a garment for a little princess. There are probably thousands of variations.
The Handknit Cotton DK yarn knits to a pretty standard DK tension so you could easily substitute a wool or wool blend like Alpaca Soft DK to create something more suited to colder weather. And of course, if you have any questions, just email or telephone us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01994 241333 (9.30 to 5.30 Mon-Fri, 9.30-5.00 Saturday).
Children's summer sweater.
To fit approx.: 6 months: 1 year: 2-3 years: 4-5 years
Actual measurement : 56 cm (22"):62 cm (24.5"):70 cm (27.5"):78 cm (31")
Length : 26.5 cm (10.5"):30.5 cm (12"):35.5 cm (14"):40.5 cm (16")
Materials: 4:4:5:6 balls of Rowan Handknit cotton
1 pair each 3.75 mm and 4 mm knitting pins
This sweater is generously sized and designed to be easily
shortened/lengthened. If you are not certain which size will be best for your
child, select a sweater which has the fit you desire, measure it for length and
chest and compare to the sizing figures to find the closest match.
With 4mm pins,cast on 56:62:70:78 sts..Work 36:46:56:68 rows in stocking stitch
( K on RS,p on WS)
Use a contrasting thread to mark ends of last row worked to denote armhole depth.
Continue until a total of 70:82:96:110 rows worked,ending with a WS row
Shape back neck: Next row: K 14:16:19:22 sts,k.2 tog.,k.2,turn, P 1 row
K 13:15:18:21 sts,k.2 tog.,k.2,turn, P 1 row.
Cast off remaining 16:18:21:24 sts.
Hold centre 20:22:24:26 sts.
Rejoin yarn to next group of sts -
Next row: K.2,k.2 tog through back of stitches,k to end of row,turn,p 1 row.
Repeat last 2 rows.Cast off
Work as back till 54:66:80:94 rows have been worked,marking armholes as for
Shape front neck:
K 19:21:24:27 sts,k.2 tog,k.2.
Continue decreasing as set (with one less stitch before the decrease each
decrease row ) on the next following 6 alternate rows ( so on rows 1,3,5,7,9,11 and
13 of the neck shaping ),then 7 rows straight.
Hold centre 10:12:14:16 sts,
Repeat shaping other side decreasing the stitch at the beginning of the k rows
instead of the end, as for the back neck. ( i.e k.2,k.2 tog through back of stitches,
k to end).
Join right shoulder,then with 3.75 mm pins,pick up 18 sts down side of neck,
followed by the stitches held for centre front neck,18 up the side of the neck, 4
down back neck,t hen the stitches across centre back neck and 4 up the other side
of back neck = 74:78:82:86 stitches.Work 7 rows in stocking stitch, cast off (not too
tightly).Join left shoulder and neckband seam.
With 4 mm pins,pick up and knit 53:57:61:65 stitches along armhole edge between
markers as follows:-
Pick up 2 sts, miss 1 row, pick up 2 sts, miss 1 row, pick up 3 sts, miss 1 row - i.e. 7
sts from every 10 rows.
Starting with a purl row,work 43:53:61:69 rows,decreasing fully fashioned as for
neck ( k.2,k.2 tog at beginning of rows,k.2 tog through backs of stitches,k.2 at ends
of rows ) on every 4th:6th:6th:6th row = 33:41:41:43 sts.
Cast off. Join side and sleeve seams and darn in any ends.