I was cleaning out my knitting bag recently, and I came across a handful of baby sweaters that I had knit without a particular owner in mind. Good timing, because now I have someone right here at home who can wear them! You might ask, Cassie, why did you knit baby sweaters without someone to give them to? Well, I have two patterns that I love to knit and because baby sweaters are small, they’re a good way to use up random leftover yarn. And I was tired of hats. So these were all space fillers in between larger knitting projects where I just wanted an easy knit and to use up some of my stash. And hey, they make great baby shower gifts (or hint hint, Christmas is coming!)
The first of my favorite patterns is the Kumfy™ Schlüttli sweater. This one’s not free but it’s worth it because it comes with great instructions and multiple styles to knit within one pattern. I found this when I was looking for a pattern with raglan sleeves and buttons near the neck and it fit the bill perfectly. Another nice thing about this pattern is that it’s unisex, you can easily make it gender neutral, or for boys or girls depending on your color and button choices! You can use buttons all the way down like I did here, so it’s essentially a cardigan. Or you can add them just at the neck so it’s a pullover like I did in this version below that I knitted for O when he was younger. Omg, look at the chubby cheeks!
My second favorite version, I think, is a internet wide favorite. I have seen many versions of this sweet sweater. It’s called the In Threes Baby Cardigan and there’s a reason it’s so popular. For one thing, it’s adorable. But for another, it’s all one piece! No sleeves to to add or pick up stitches for! No seams at the end! Yay! That makes it a really good pattern for beginners. If you’ve never knit a sweater before, it’s a great starter.There’s also not a lot of complicated counting and only three buttonholes which are easy to add. Plus you get to pick out fun buttons!Now, this one is definitely for girls, but luckily, I have someone at home now to wear it! And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Baby Bunting Cardigan which I’ve shared with you before.But come one, it’s so darn cute (and this pattern is FREE)!
So those are my all-time favorite sweater patterns, I hope, if you’ve got a little one to knit for, you’ll try one of them out and let me know how it goes! Do you have a favorite that I haven’t listed here?
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