Is there any greater labor of love than knitting a sweater? I think not. A great deal of time, consideration, and care must go into knitting a sweater. In my view, there’s nothing in the knitting world that is quite like knitting a sweater, because it is not only an investment of time and yarn, but it’s also an investment of quality. What I mean is this: sweaters don’t do much good unless they fit. So more than most projects, fit is of utmost importance. That’s what can make knitting a sweater for a child such a challenge; more than one child has outgrown a sweater while a knitter was making it for them. What a depressing thought! Still, a sweater that is thoughtfully made and carefully knitted to ensure the best possibility of a good fit can be a most beloved gift. And if you knit it for charity, you can rest assured that the recipient will never forget it. So if you’re interested in knitting a child’s sweater for either charity or as a gift, read on for a collection of free children’s sweater patterns! (Some of these are pullovers, while others are cardigans.)
Free Knitting Patterns for Children’s Sweaters
Ash: Ash is an incredibly attractive collared pullover. It is knit in a chunky rib aside from a single cable that runs down the center of both front and back. As another bonus, it’s seamless. Viking Ships for 4-Year-Olds: This is an adorable striped pullover with little viking ships at the bottom. Cute Cardi and Hat: If you need a cardigan in larger or smaller sizes than the above two, check out this darling pattern. It comes with a matching hat, too. Nomi: This is a beautiful cardigan designed for 8-year-olds and suitable for both boys and girls. I love the single button at the top, as well as the texture. DROPS Girls’ Cardigan: This is called a girls’ cardigan, but honestly, aside from the colors, I don’t see why this can’t be made for a boy as well. Just change the colors and the buttons. I really appreciate that this pattern has such a tremendous range in ages; it goes from size 5 to size 13. Kids’ Cotton Cable Turtleneck: This pullover is similar to the first pullover listed here except that the cables run all over the sweater, and its collar is a turtleneck. It’s a very attractive sweater great for young teenagers (although the designer noted that she knows of a child who had been wearing the sweater with cuffs rolled since age 9). DROPS Adult & Child’s Cardigan: This V-neck cardigan is available in both adult sizes and children’s sizes, and the latter is offered from size 2 to size 14! It’s a great choice for someone who wants a simple cardigan pattern that they can use for nearly anyone. (Scroll down to the second half of the page for the child’s version.) DROPS Girl’s Pullover: Again, this is called a girl’s pullover, but in different colors it would be quite suitable for boys, too. The crocheted granny square pocket is completely optional, and the pattern comes in a nice array of sizes — from 5 to 14. Jersey Jacket for a Child: Can I be honest? I’m posting this for two reasons: one, it’s a darned cute sweater, and two, the accompanying article was written by Franklin Habit (who designed the sweater based on a vintage pattern), and he is an absolute hoot. If nothing else, you need to read the article. Then you can knit the sweater, which is really for a child far younger than the other sweaters in this collection. But it’ll take so little time to knit that I’m sure you won’t consider it a waste of time. Star Player Pullover: Now this pullover is more for the ages this collection was created for. The pattern is designed to range in ages from 2 to 8, and it’s cute as can be. It’s also a great introduction to intarsia, if you’re not accustomed to it; if you are, you’ll love it anyway (or even more!). I suspect you’ll enjoy knitting any or all of these darling children’s sweaters!