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Easy Stripes Seamless Child Cardigan

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Child Cardigan Knitting Pattern

I knitted this cardigan for my grand daughter. The cardigan will fit a large toddler / small child.

The cardigan is knitted from the top down without seams. It features raglan-style sleeves. I chose a very simple motif of blue and white stripes that fade into each other, but it's possible to make the yarn changes wherever you want them. This will not affect the basic construction of the cardigan. You might want to try having thicker, thinner or more stripes than I did.

I really like seamless patterns in general, and I think they're the best choice when it comes to clothing for children and babies. No seams means no chafing, more comfortable fit and easy-on, easy-off.

Sizes: 2 (4, 6)

Chest: 22 (24, 26) inches [55 (60, 65) cm]
Length: 13 (15, 16.5) inches {32 (38, 41) cm]

Materials: Fingering weight yarn 100% wool, color blue – 250 (300, 350) m (A)
Fingering weight yarn 100% wool, color natural – 300 (350, 400) m (B)

Needles: circular US 1 (2.25 mm) and dpn (for sleeves) OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
For sleeve you can also use circular 16” US 1 needles.

Gauge for stockinette st: 28 sts x 36 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

Pattern Notes


  • RS - right side
  • WS - wrong side
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • yo - yarn over
  • k2tog – knit 2 together
  • Make 1 increase - 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.
  • s2kp2 – slip 2 sts, k 1, pass 2 slipped sts over

Stockinette in rows:
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2: purl
Repeat 2 rows.

Stockinette in rounds:
All rounds knit.


The front openings of the cardigan are finished with chain selvedge. There is 1 selvedge st added at the beginning and the end of the row.

At the beginning of each row slip 1

At the end of each row purl 1


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

Cast on 47 (49, 49) sts and knit one row (wrong side). Divide sts as follows and place markers on raglan lines:
1st (selvedge) + 1 st (front) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 8) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 23 (25, 25) sts (back) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 8 (8, 8) sts (sleeve) + 1 st (raglan, place a marker) + 1 st (front) + 1 st (selvedge)

Work stockinette stitch.

Work 48 (52, 54) 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.

At the same time increase by 1 st at the beginning and the end of the row (2 sts per row) in every 4th row 10 (11, 12) times and in every 2nd row 4 (4, 3) times. The increases for neck shaping include 3 sts on each cardigan front for the button band.

Stitch count before division for sleeves: 267 (287, 295).

Divide for sleeves

Row 49 (53, 55): work the left front sts, transfer the left sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 sts with single cast on for the underarm, work back sts, transfer right sleeve sts to a length of yarn, cast on 7 sts with single cast on and work right front stitches. Include raglan sts with the fronts and back. Place markers at the center of the underarm.

Continue to work bodice back and forth in stockinette st for 78 (92, 104) more rows or to desired length. Bind off.

Color sequence:

A – 48 (52, 54) rows
B – 2 rows
A – 6 rows
B – 4 rows
A – 4 rows
B – 6 rows
A – 2 rows
B – to the end

A – 108 rows
B – 2 rounds
A - 2 rounds
B – to the end


Sleeves are worked in rounds in stockinette st.

Transfer sleeve sts from the yarn to the needles and pick up 7 sts over the 7 underarm sts. Place a marker at the beginning of the round (4th underarm st).

Work 60 (78, 86) rounds or to desired length. Decrease at marker 2 sts by working s2kp2 in every 12 round. Bind off.


For the button bands, neckline, bottom of the sleeves, and cardigan hem, I used a crochet finish.


Work 5 rounds of sc along the cardigan fronts, bottom and neckline. In the 3rd row, work *ch 2, skip 2 evenly starting from V-neck, 4 times for buttonholes. Work 5 rounds of sc along the bottoms of the sleeves.

If you don’t crochet, you can finish the cardigan with the garter stitch. Work 6 rounds along the cardigan fronts, bottom and neckline. Work button holes in the 3rd round by working *yo, k2tog for each buttonhole. Work 6 rounds of garter st along the bottom of the sleeves.

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There are 2 total comments on this article.

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Poster: Sandra
November 23, 2016

Really like this pattern. Being stocking stitch means lots of different effects can be produced by using variegated yarns, or different stripe widths. So versatile. Thank you.
Poster: faye saba
November 21, 2016

What a cute child! I love the sweater and took a quick glance at other patterns as well they are very nice I send a heartfelt thank you and am grateful for your gift of patterns. Many thanks again. Faye

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