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Easy Cable Seamless Child's Cardigan

Difficulty level: ** Easy

Free Child Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Introducing the Easy Cable Seamless Child's Cardigan - the perfect knitting project for those who want to create a stylish and comfortable piece for their little ones. This cardigan is worked in a top-down, back-and-forth construction, eliminating the need for seamss. The stockinette stitch creates a smooth, classic look, while the cable detailing on the sleeves adds a touch of sophistication. And for a complete look, there's even a matching pattern for pants! This pattern is designed for toddlers and children, making it the perfect gift for the special little ones in your life.

Sizes: 2T (2, 4, 6, 8)

Finished measurements
Chest: 24 [26, 28, 30, 32] inches (60 [66, 72, 76, 82] cm

Materials: O-Wool Legacy DK weight yarn (100% wool) color Clay 130 yards (97 meters) / 119 gr - 4 (4, 5, 6, 6) skeins
7 small buttons.

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) circular and dpn

Gauge: 18 st x 26 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Stockinette in rows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat from row 1.

Stockinette Stitch in rounds:
all rows - knit

Cable on 4 sts
Rounds 1-2: knit.
Round 3: C4F (Cable 4 Front).
Round 4: knit.
Repeat rounds 1-4.

Garter Stitch in rows:
All rows - knit.

Garter Stitch in rounds:
Round 1: knit,
Round 2: purl. Repeat from round 1.

Make 1 increase (M1) - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row purl as a regular stitch.

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The cardigan is worked from top to bottom, back and forth without seams.

Cast on 42 (42, 46, 54, 58) sts and purl one row (wrong side). Divide sts as follows and place
markers on raglan lines: 1st (selvedge) + 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) st (front) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 12 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts (back) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 4 (4, 5, 6, 7) st (front) +1 st (selvedge).
Work stockinette - all even rows purl (wrong side), all odd rows knit (right side) - for 36 (40, 44,
48, 52) rows increasing by 8 sts (double increase at the raglan sts) in each odd row as follows:
M1, k1 (raglan st), M1 at the raglan st. Work cable at the center of each sleeve as follows: k 1, p
1, k 4 (cable on 4 sts), p 1, k 1 = 8 st.

Divide for sleeves

Row 37 (41, 45, 49, 53): work the left front sts, transfer the left sleeve sts to a length of yarn,
cast on 5 sts with single cast on for the underarm, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a
length of yarn, cast on 5 sts with single cast on and work right front stitches.

Continue to work bodice in stockinette back and forth for 38 (42, 48, 54, 60) more rows or until
desired length.

Work 8 rows of garter stitch. Work the first row of garter as follows: *k 4, k2tog (knit 2 together), repeat to the end of the row.
Cast off.


Sleeves are worked in rounds.
Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 5 sts over the 5 underarm sts.
Place a marker at the beginning of the round.
Work 42 (48, 54, 60, 66) rounds or to desired length. To shape the sleeve, work k3tog (knit 3
together) at marker in every 6th round, 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) times.
Work 8 rows of garter stitch. Work the first row of garter as follows: *k 4, k2tog (knit 2 together), repeat to the end of the round.

Cast off.


Button bands

Pick up stitches along the front of the cardigan and work 16 rows of garter st (8 ridges). Cast
off. On the left button band make 7 buttonholes by working *yo (yarn over), k2tog.

Pick up sts along the neckline and upper ends of the buttonbands. Work 4 rows of garter stitch
(2 ridges). Cast off
Sew on buttons.


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There are 7 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Rita Moher
September 2, 2019

I am starting this pattern. After purling the first row, I am stuck. I have never used these kind of stitches, and wondering if anyone can help get me started. For now, I am using for a size 6. Please, I need help. This is so confusing.
Poster: Brigitt
October 17, 2017

Hello, what is the stitch count after part 1? Before we start on the sleeves. I don’t seem to have ‘seems’ where the raglan is increased, and I’m wondering if I did it wrong.
I looped 1stitch on either side of raglan stitch and simply purled it on the way back. I didn’t knit and purl into it. Help! ; )
Poster: long time knitter
May 10, 2017

I found this top much easier to make by doing the sleeves on two needles, before completing the body of the garment. True it means sewing the sleeve seams, but it prevents that confusion as to how many rows between cables, especially when choosing to do a larger cable when making the larger size or using a finer woollen yarn.
Poster: Ingrid
November 26, 2017

Can you elaborate on this please?
Poster: Enza
October 16, 2016

The set up row is confusing. Could you please clarify the section regarding dividing the stitches and placing the markers for the raglan lines.
Poster: christine jacob
May 16, 2016

I am very confused regarding the setup row and the number of stitches being divided. Can you simplify it,please?
Thanks, Christine
Poster: Enza
October 23, 2016

Hi Christine, divide as follows for the set up row:

Knit 7 place marker (pm) for the front
Knit 8 pm for the sleeves
Knit 12 pm for the back
Knit 8 pm for sleeve
Knit 7 pm for the front

I used these numbers and it worked wonderfully. Please post a reply if you're still having trouble and I'll see if I can help out.

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