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Child's Color Block Sweater

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Child Sweater Knitting Pattern

Introducing the Child's Color Block Sweater, a fun and cozy project perfect for little ones. This pattern features two-color squares that create a playful color block design on the front and back of the sweater. Short rows are used to shape the squares. The sleeves are worked flat for added simplicity. Available in sizes for toddlers and children, this sweater is sure to become a staple in your child's wardrobe. Get ready to cast on and create a warm and colorful garment that your little one will love to wear.

Size: 2 (4, 6, 8)

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

Materials: O-Wool Classic worsted weight yarn (100% wool) color Indigo 99 yards (90 meters) / 50 gr - 3 (4, 5, 6) skeins (B)
O-Wool Classic worsted weight yarn (100% wool) color Natural 99 yards (90 meters) / 50 gr - 3 (4, 5, 6) skeins (A)
4-6 sew-in snaps.


Gauge: 16 st x 32 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) in garter stitch

Garter Stitch
all rows - knit sts

Wrap and turn in the short rows:
With yarn in front sl 1 stitch to the right needle
Move yarn between the needles to the back
Slip the stitch back to the left needle
Turn the work and bring yarn back to the wrong side between the needles


The sweater consists of 2 two-color squares for the front and back, which are shaped with short rows. The sleeves are worked flat.


With yarn A cast on 54 (62, 70, 78) sts.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit to the last 2 sts. Leave the last 2 sts on the left needle and turn (this is the 1st short row). Do NOT wrap.
Row 3: knit
Row 4: knit to the last 3 sts, turn.
Continue to work short rows until 2 sts are left on the right needle before turn. This is 1/2 of the front. Turn, knit next row.

Continue with yarn B.
Now start knitting one more stitch in every even row until you work all the stitches on the left needle. While working second half of the front WRAP in short rows.

Knit wrong side row.
Work 6 (6, 8, 8) rows of 2x2 ribbing.
Bind off.


Back is worked the same as front with one exception: knit 2 rows, before first short row, instead of 1.


Stitches for the sleeves are picked up along the sides of the front and back and the sleeves are worked flat. One sleeve is worked from yarn A, another from yarn B.

Place front and back on the table with the ribbing overlapping. Secure the short ends of the ribbing with the pins or basting. Count 22 (24, 26, 28) ridges from the beginning of the rib in the front and back and place markers.

Pick up 22 (24, 26, 28) sts from the marker along the front, 4 (4, 5, 5) sts over the overlapped ribs, puling yarn through both layers, and pick up 22 (24, 26, 28) sts along the side of the back to marker. You have 48 (52, 57, 61) sts for the sleeve.
Work garter sts for 9" (11", 12", 13") [23, 28, 31, 33 cm] or to desired length. To shape the sleeves decrease by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row ( 2 sts per row) in every 6th row.
Work 8 rows of 2x2 ribbing. Bind off.

Knit the other sleeve the same way, but in the other color.


Sew on side and sleeve seams
Pick up sts along the bottom of the sweater with yarn A on circular needles and work 10 rounds of 2x2 ribbing or to desired length. Bind off.
Sew 2 snaps in each shoulder opening.


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Poster: Dot
April 20, 2019

Comment about printing - I simply copy and then paste into notes on my iPad then I have all my favourite patterns in one place and easy to find. This one is gonna be a challenge as I'm struggling to see it in my brain but I'll have test try some time
Poster: Elaine Phillips
April 2, 2014

The link to the printable version is above the top picture.
Poster: Lynda Klein
December 15, 2014

I'm almost finished the front. Although I used size 6 needles.. The piece looks soo big for my 5 year old Ani. Hope she'll still like pink and purple when she's 10,
Going to try to make another matching one in "boy" colors. Any advice for making sure it is not too big. When I made a piece for the gauge.. It was accurate!
Poster: Lj
October 19, 2014

I found the directions confusing when I switched to color B. I ended up knitting the stitch I just wrapped. Not sure this is right. The stitches are not very tight between the colors.
Poster: Pat B
April 16, 2014

Is there an error in the text for the last row of the first block? It says "Continue to work short rows until 2 sts are left on the right needle before turn. This is 1/2 of the front. Turn, knit next row." Should this be left needle, presuming one knits from right to left?
Poster: char greene
April 12, 2014

It is confusing to me to follow the video when I use the throw method of knitting.
Please show both methods. Thnx.
Poster: Susan
April 2, 2014

New knitter here..hope to try this easy pattern for my the step by step of all it's Free!!
Poster: Annette S.
April 2, 2014

This is definitely going into my que!! Great project! Thx for posting it!
Poster: julie
April 1, 2014

i didn't know where else to write and ask where can i join so that i can print some of the patterns
Poster: Grace
March 7, 2014


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