An Absolutely Free Children’s knitting pattern

An Absolutely Free Children’s knitting pattern

After spending days trying to find a suitable knitting pattern for my granddaughters i gave up and created my own. The patterned i found online were either too small, although they were labelled ‘child’ and not ‘baby’ or they said they were ‘free’ but when i finally tracked them down to the source they weren’t and i don’t mind paying for a pattern, but i do when people label it as ‘free’ and then it is not. This is it. All i ask is that you use it freely, share it freely and state where it has come from. You can of course sell any item you have made using the pattern. All needle and wool gauges are English and so if you need it in a different gauge then i would suggest you search the Internet.

Note: Please knit a tension square. I have never, ever knitted one before, but i thought i had better make sure i was giving out the correct information. I found that i knit looser using the needle stated than the pattern needed and had to change down from a 4mm to a 3.75mm needle, this gave me the correct measurements. Also measure the child you are knitting for, the middle size fit (nicely) my 3-years-old granddaughters, chest measurement 61cm (24 inches) actual size (65cm/25.5inches).

I haven’t created my own pattern before and would be grateful to know if there are any problems.

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This is Amelia in her red version. It was knitted in DK Cotton. 

Round Neck Cardigan

Wool: Double Knitting

Needles: 3 ¼ – 3 ½ mm and 3 ¾ – 4 mm

Tension square: 22 sts x 28 rows worked over stocking stitch (st st) on 4mm needles. Adjust to create correct tension.

Chest size: 22, (24, 26) inches/ 56, (61, 66) cms (made up size 60 (65, 71)cm (22, 25.5, 28 in)

Length from bottom edge to under arms 26.5cms (10.5 in)

Arms – wrist to underarm 28cms (11 in)

Adjust to fit.

Back

Using smaller sized needles cast on 69, (74, 79) stitches

Rib

1st Row. K1, P1 to end

2nd Row. P1, K1 to end

Repeat last two rows five times (12 rows in total)

Change to larger sized needles and proceed as follows.

1st Row. Knit

2nd Row. Purl

This will be known as stocking stitch (st st). Continue in st st until work measures 11.5, (13.5, 15) inches [30, 33, 38] cms. Cast off.

Count down from cast off edge 11, (13, 15) rows and place a marker at each side edge.

 

Right Front

Using smaller needles cast on 35, (39, 43) stitches.

Rib 12 rows as given for back.

Change to larger needles and **continue in st st until front measure 11, (13, 15) rows less than back.

With right side facing cast off 5 stitches. Knit to end.

Next row. Purl to end.

Cast off one stitch at neck edge for next 3 rows, work one row, then cast off 3 stitches every alternate row until 24, (28, 32) stitches remain. Continue in st st until front measure same length as back cast off edge.

Cast off.**

 

Left Front

Using smaller needles cast on 35, (39, 43) stitches.

Rib 12 rows as set for left front.

Change to larger sized needles and **continue in st st as set for left front working one row less, finishing on a right side row, (wrong side facing).

Cast off 5 stitches.

Cast off one stitch at the neck edge on the next 3 rows, work one row. Cast off 3 stitches every alternate row until 24, (28, 32) stitches remain. Continue in st st until front measures same as back to cast off edge.**

 

Sleeves (make 2)

Using smaller needles cast on 37, (39, 41) stitches.

Work 12 rows in rib as given for back.

Change to larger sized needles and beginning on knit row work 8 rows in st st.

Next row. *K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

Next row. Purl

Next row. Knit

Next row. Purl*

Repeat * to * until there are 63, (71, 77) stitches

Continue in st st until sleeve measures 10 ½, (11 ½, 13) inches 26, (30, 34) cm or desired length to underarm. Cast off.

 

Making Up

With right side of back facing, lay right side of front on top, bringing edges of knitting to match. Sew shoulder seams without stretching, leaving 24, (26, 28) stitches in the middles for back of neck edge.

Fold sleeves in half and match fold to shoulder seams, pin and sew each sleeve into place without stretching.

Button Band

With right side facing and beginning at neck edge. Pick up and knit 47, (57, 63) sts along edge and 10 sts along rib.

Work 5 rows in rib, beginning with 1st row.

Cast off loosely.

Mark 4, (4, 5) places for button holes.

 

Button Hole Band

With right side of work facing, at bottom edge cast on 10 sts across rib and 47, (57, 63) sts along edge.

Beginning with 2nd row of rib work two rows.

Create button holes to match markers on button band by working 2 tog and y.r.n working 4, (4, 5) button holes.

 

Neck band

With right side facing cast on 5 sts across top of rib, 5 sts across cast off stitches and 11, (13, 15) stitches up right neck edge, cast on 24, (26, 28) sts across back, 11, (13, 15) sts down left side of neck, 5 sts across cast off edge and 5 sts across rib. (66, 68, 70) sts.

Beginning with 2nd row of rib work two rows.

Next row. Work too last 4sts, work 2tog, with y.r.n work to end.

Work two more rows in rib.

Cast off loosely in rib.

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This is Ava’s (i don’t have a photo of her in it, because my daughter hasn’t sent me one). It is knitted in Paton Smoothie DK on the same size needles and to the same size.

How to add Pockets

Pocket lining 

Using larger sized needles cast on 25 stitches. Beginning with a knit row work 24 rows in st st. Ending on a right side row.

Place stitches on a spare needle.

Left Front 

Using smaller needles cast on 35 (39, 43) stitches

Work 12 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Change to larger needles.

Work 23 rows in st st beginning with a knit row.

With wrong facing p5, (7, 9) st, *k1, p1* repeat ** until last 5, (7, 9) sts purl to end

Next row. Knit 5, (7, 9) sts, knit across 25 stitches on spare needle,

Slip k1, p1 stitches on left hand needle onto a spare needle

knit to end.

Next row. Purl

Next continue as for red cardigan **to**

To complete pocket.

Work across rib at front of pocket.

Work 5 more rows in rib.

Cast off loosely in k1, p1 rib.

Make up.

With wrong side facing. Fit the pocket lining to the top edge of the bottom ribbed edge. Pin into place before sewing around the pocket lining and the side of the ribbed top.

Repeat for right side of cardigan.

PS I would really like to know if anyone knits and photo would be lovely too.

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5 thoughts on “An Absolutely Free Children’s knitting pattern

  1. Love it Beverley and sometimes I think you have to be creative to get the pattern you want.. I am in the process now of knitting a cardigan for our granddaughter and have crossed two patterns for this. And I am using measurements taken from my granddaughter too..
    Lovely knitting my friend xx

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