I’ve gotten a lot of requests for more beginner sweaters, so here’s the latest, the Easy Knit Toddler Sweater ! As you know, knitting a sweater is often a time consuming, labor of love activity. As far as sweaters go, this one knits up fast. The chunky yarn and simple design really move this project along!
This sweater is knit in one piece and then seamed. The neck stitches are picked up and knit with circular needles.
This was my first time using Cascade Cherub Chunky and I was really impressed! It’s very soft, high quality and the ruby color is perfect for the holidays! Happy knitting! Want more Free Sweater Knitting Patterns?
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Yarn: Cascade Cherub Chunky in Ruby (3 skeins)
Needles: Size US 8 straight and size 8, 16 inch circular
Gauge: 2 inches= 8 sts in stockinette stitch
Sizes: 2 years, 4 years
Easy Knit Toddler Sweater Knitting Pattern
Cast on 61 (64) sts. Work in Garter stitch for 5 rows. Switch to Stockinette stitch and work until piece measures 10 (11 ) inches from the cast on edge. End with a wrong side row.
Cast on 44 (46) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.- 149 (156) sts. Work in Garter Stitch until sleeve measures 2 (2) inches from the cast on row, ending with a wrong side row.
Shape neckKnit 71 (74) sts. Slip next 7(8) sts onto a holder (for the center of the neck) Attach another skein of yarn and knit 71 (74) sts. Work both sides at the same time in Garter Stitch, decreasing 1 stitch at every neck edge 8 times 63 (66 sts). Work until sleeve measures 5 (5) inches) from the cast on row. End with a wrong side row.
Knit 63 (66) sts. Cast on 23 (24) for the back neck, knit 63 (66) sts. Remove the second skein of yarn- 149 (156) sts. Work in Garter Stitch until sleeve measures 8 1/2 (8 1/2) inches from the cast on row. End with a wrong side row. Bind off 44 (46) sts. at the beginning of the next 2 rows- 61 (64) sts. Switch to Stockinette Stitch and work until piece measures 10 (11) inches. Work in Garter Stitch for 5 rows. Bind off.
With the circular needles and right side facing pick up and knit 23 (24) sts across the back next, 16 sts across the side of the neck, 8 stitches from the holder, and 16 sts along the other side of the neck- 62 (64) sts. Join together and knit in the round for 10 rows. Bind off loosely.
Sew side seams. Weave in ends.
This is the basic shape of the piece when you are finished knitting.