The essential knitted sweater for big little ones

by kath_red on 16/06/2011

in knitting+crochet+yarn

For me down south it is sweater time (or jumper as we call em down here). My mum, a great knitter, emailed me to ask for a whole bunch of kids jumper patterns, she has a few grandkiddies (none of them babies anymore) and is itching to knit something useful now that the cold weather is upon us. I personally favour a classic raglan for a really good go-everywhere sweater for kids, and I also love a vest – don’t you. Cardigans can also be really handy too – and a hoodie is kinda cute and useful – so here is the list I sent her – my ultimate essential sweater for kids …

Lino’s Coat by Lili Comme Tout (Ravelry free download) Knit with Bulky / 12 ply – available in french & English.

Classic Raglan Pullover by Jane Richmond ($5.50 at Ravelry) A simple raglan pullover designed to fit comfortably over a layer or under a coat. Knit from the top down, this garment can be tried on along the way and requires no seaming. Jane has a huge range of great designs – The Georgia and Oatmeal pullover are particular favourites.

Wonder Years toddler/child cardigan by Elizabeth Smith ($5 at ravelry). It uses worsted / 10 ply yarn. A seamless raglan cardigan knit from the top-down using worsted weight yarn – sizes 2-10. {pictured above}

Willie by pamela wynne – such a fun design ($6 on ravelry) Made with Bulky / 12 ply. It is a round-yoked cardigan for babies and kids, with a wiener dog design that wraps around the lower body. The body and sleeves are knit separately, then joined in one piece for the yoke. {Pictured above} – more info here. Pamela is Flint knits and the designer of the super popular February Sweater. And I also love this super cute Elephant yoke sweater for kids. How clever is this gal!

Laughing Carrots by Sabine Riefler (available for free at Knit in Aran / 10 ply. Sabine blogs at Mindful knitting. She has a super cute summer top for older girls (teens) available at Petite purls.

And because I am a sucker for cute – Mini Moustache Sweater by Kasa Amend caught my eye – not just because of the moustache – but the shape of this little top is very sweet. (It is a $3.50 pattern at ravelry). Kasa is also the creator of this very cute short sleeved baby owl sweater {pictured above}.

Twisted Tree Pullover by Sarah Pope is a free pattern knit in DK / 8 ply. It is a a raglan pullover with rolled cuffs, hem, and neckband for an unfussy look. Sarah is also the genius behind the Lovisa Armwarmers.

Fisherman’s Pullover by Veera Välimäki is designed to keep small adventurers warm and happy. It’s knitted seamlessly from the top down. Knit in Bulky / 12 ply (and available for €3.90 EUR at Ravelry) {pictured above}. Veera is a prolific designer and has designed some of my favourite sweater patterns for adults – Twenty Ten Cardigan, Plain and Simple Pullover, Still Light Tunic, and Graystone. Seriously genius!

Pieni luotolainen by Vilma Vuori – the traditional sweater from the Finnish island of Hailuoto converted to a toddler-sized version. (free from ravelry)

Asa by talitha kuomi is made with Super Bulky yarn and is available from Petite Purls website. {Pictured above}

I also really like this Skull Hoodie by Bernat Design Studio. Another fun Hoodie for older boys is this Meep Meep. Robot Hoodie. by Megan Goodacre ($5). Megan has a super cool chart maker to try out too – where you can create and modify any chart you like.

Menemsha by Jennifer Meyers – a sweater for every member of the family. The kind of sweater that becomes your favorite comfortable sweater; the sweater that reminds you of all the good times it’s kept you warm. (free from the designers website)

I love the Seaside Sweater by Pickles. And in fact am in love with many of their designs – including these other kiddie patterns – cosy basket cardigan, and Plain vest.

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1 Maya June 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

Oh… these are gorgeous!!
Can’t decide which one I like best :)
Thank you for the lovely links!


2 angelina June 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

hi there! thank you for the pickles link. never been there…i love that yellow cardi. its going on the needles. and also….the leif sweater,,you reminded me that i cast on for that lovelyness years ago. gulp. :)
love the links. have a great week! x


3 Vivianne June 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thanks for the review ! Friends’ babies are growing so fast !!!
Pickles and Petite purls are great additions to my knitting ressources !
Thanks You for being so inspiring !


4 Missy August 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Love them all! Which one is the pattern for the bottom left picture? The blue raglan with the stripes in the center?


5 kelly Leonard January 15, 2012 at 4:50 am

I just stumbled on your site looking for a boys pullover pattern and fell in love with the one pictured in the top left. I couldn’t find the link to it and I looked at all your links. Do you happen to know where I could get that pattern? Thanks so much. What a beautiful site.


6 kelly Leonard January 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

never mind. I found it. Thank you!


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