Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

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Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern- an easy sweater that’s knit top down with no seaming!

Beginner Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

In all my years of doing this blog, I’ve found that there are two kinds of knitters- those that don’t mind sewing seams and those that can’t stand it! If you’re in the latter group, this is the pattern for you! Usually knitting a sweater involves making 4 different pieces on single point needles (sleeves, front, and back) and then sewing them together.

This sweater is knit using circular needles. You start at the collar and work your way down. The sleeve stitches are put on a holder and finished off after you are done with the body. The sweater is knit in one piece and there are no seams to sew!

This sweater is a quick and easy knit that uses only 1 skein of yarn. It has 3/4 length sleeves and a loose fit.

The ad-free, printable version of this pattern can be purchased for a small fee at my pattern store, Shop Gina Michele. Please click on the image below to purchase the PDF.

Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

Yarn: Lion Brand Jeans in Topstitch (1 skein)

Needles: Size 7 circular knitting needles 16 inches long and 24 inches long

Also needed: stitch markers

Gauge: 2 inches = 9 sts.

Size: 18-24 months

With the shorter needles cast on 68 sts. Place marker. Join end together to work in the round.

Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 5 rounds.

Switch to larger needles and work as follows:

Round 1: *K23. Place Marker. K 11. PM. Rep from * once more.

Round 2: *Knit to 1 st before marker. KFB1. K1. Slip marker. K1. KFB1. Rep from * to end of round. (76 sts)
Knit 2 rounds even.
Rep last 3 rounds 15 times more. 196 sts.

Divide for sleeves:

*Knit to next marker. Slip next 43 sts onto scrap yarn for sleeve (see pic below). Cast on 2 sts. Rep from * once more. (114 sts remain)

Continue knitting even in rounds until piece measures 12 inches from the cast on edge.

Next 5 rounds: Work in K1, P1 ribbing. Cast on loosely in ribbing.


Join yarn to Sleeve sts. *K1, P1 across sleeve sts, pick up and
knit 3 sts across cast on sts at underarm. 46 sts.
Join in round, placing a marker on first st. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 more rows. Cast off loosly in ribbing.

Beginner Top Down Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern

This is what the piece looks like when you slip the 43 sts onto scrap yarn for sleeve. The scrap yarn acts as a large stitch holder.

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