Little girls cardigan knitting pattern

Cardigan knitting patternSIZES

To fit: 6 months[12 months:18 months:3 years:4 years]

Actual chest: 45[48:54:60:63]cm (17.75[19:21.25:23.75:24.75]in)

Length to shoulder: 28[32:36:42:46]cm (11[12.5:14:16.5:18]in)

Sleeve length: 15[17:20:24:29]cm (6[6.5:8:9.5:11.5]in)

Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.


Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK 100% wool (approx 120m per 50g ball)

3[3:4:5:5] x 50g balls 2533 Fennel 

Pair of 4mm needles 

4mm circular knitting needles 

3 x buttons 

Stitch holder

Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.


24 sts and 34 rows to 10cm (4in) measured over patt using 4mm needles.

Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.


(Knitted in one piece)

Using 4mm circular needle cast on 109[116:130:144:151] sts and work in patt in rows as follows:

Row 1 (RS): P1, knit to last st, p1.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: P1, k2, * yrn, p1, p3tog, p1, yon, k2, rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 4: Purl.

Cont straight in patt until work measures 18[21:24:29:32]cm (7[8.25:9.5:11.5:12.5]in), ending WS facing for next row.

Next row (WS): Patt 26[27:30:34:34] sts (slip these sts onto a holder for Left Front), cast off 4[4:6:6:6] sts, patt 48[53:57:63:70] sts (slip these 49[54:58:64:71] sts onto a holder for Back) cast off 4[4:6:6:6] sts, patt 25[26:29:33:33] (slip these 26[27:30:34:34] sts onto a holder for Right Front).


Using 4mm needles cast on 39[39:41:44:48] sts and work in patt as folls:

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K3[3:4:2:4], *yrn, p1, p3tog, p1, yon, k2, rep from * to last 1[1:2:0:2] sts, k1[1:2:0:2].

Row 4: Purl.

Cont in patt increasing 1 st each end of 7th[7th:5th:5th:7th] row and every foll 28th[10th:8th:10th:12th] row to 43[43:47:58:60] sts, then every foll 0[12th:10th:0:14th] row to 43[47:53:58:62] sts, taking extra sts into patt when possible.

Cont straight until work measures 15[17:20:24:29]cm (6[6.5:8:9.5:11.5]in), ending RS facing for next row.

Top shaping

Cast off 2[2:3:3:3] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 39[43:47:52:56] sts.

Leave these sts on a holder.


With RS facing, using 4mm circular needle, knit across 26[27:30:34:34] sts from Right Front holder, 39[43:47:52:56] sts from Sleeve holder, 49[54:58:64:71] sts from Back holder dec 0[1:1:1:0] st at centre, 39[43:47:52:56] sts from Sleeve holder and 26[27:30:34:34] sts from Left Front holder.

179[193:211:235:251] sts.

Knit 3 rows.

Row 4 (RS): K1, *yf, K2tog, rep from * to end.

Row 5: Knit.

Row 6: K6[13:14:11:12], k2tog, (k9[9:10:12:13], k2tog) 15 times, k6[13:15:12:12]. 163[177:195:219:235] sts.

Row 7: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 10: K5[12:14:11:11], k2tog, (k8[8:9:11:12], k2tog) 15 times, k6[13:14:11:12]. 147[161:179:203:219] sts.

Row 11: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 14: K5[12:13:10:11], k2tog, (k7[7:8:10:11], k2tog) 15 times, k5[12:14:11:11]. 131[145:163:187:203] sts.

Row 15: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 18: K4[11:13:10:10], k2tog, (k6[6:7:9:10], k2tog) 15 times, k5[12:13:10:11]. 115[129:147:171:187] sts.

Row 19: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 22: K4[11:5:9:10], k2tog, (k5[5:7:8:9], k2tog) 15 times, k4[11:5:10:10]. 99[113:131:155:171] sts.

Row 23: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 26: K3[3:4:9:9], k2tog, (k4[5:6:7:8], k2tog) 15 times, k4[3:5:9:10]. 83[97:115:139:155] sts.

Row 27: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 30: K3[2:4:8:9], k2tog, (k3[4:5:6:7], k2tog) 15 times, k3[3:4:9:9]. 67[81:99:123:139] sts.

Row 31: Knit.

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 34: K2[2:3:8:8], k2tog, (k2[3:4:5:6], k2tog) 15 times, k3[2:4:8:9]. 51[65:83:107:123] sts.

Row 35: Knit.

Sizes [46:51:56:61]cm ([18:20:22:24]in) only

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 38: K-[1:3:7:8], k2tog, (k-[2:3:4:5], k2tog) 15 times, k-[2:3:8:8]. -[49:67:91:107] sts.

Row 39: Knit.

Sizes [18 months:3 years:4 years] only

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 42: K-[-:2:7:7], k2tog, (k-[-:2:3:4], k2tog) 15 times, k-[-:3:7:8]. -[-:51:75:91] sts.

Row 43: Knit.

Sizes [3 years: 4 years] only

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 46: K-[-:-:6:7], k2tog, (k-[-:-:2:3], k2tog) 15 times, k-[-:-:7:7]. -[-:-:59:75] sts.

Row 47: Knit.

Size [4 years] only

Rep rows 4 and 5.

Row 50: K-[-:-:-:4], k2tog, (k-[-:-:-:3], k2tog) 13 times, k-[-:-:-:4]. -[-:-:-:61] sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Sizes 6 months[12 months: 18 months: 3 years] only

Next row (RS): K2[8:16:6:-], k2tog, (k3[8:15:3:-], k2tog) 9[3:1:9:-] times, k2[9:16:6:-]. 41[45:49:49:-] sts.

For all sizes Knit 2 rows.

Cast off.


Join sleeve seams and cast-off edges at sleeve tops to cast-off underarm edges of back and Fronts. Sew on buttons using eyelet holes in patt for buttonholes.