A collage of pictures of children's knitted cardigans and sweaters showcasing knitwear.

20 Sweet And Cozy Baby Knit Cardigans

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Every kiddo should have at least a few handmade sweaters because they are such a sweet reminder of childhood when they grow up. Above all, they keep the baby warm and cozy at all times.

What’s more, you know exactly which materials you used to make a cardi, so you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals or about where the sweater was made. Such a sweet gift idea as well!

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1. Cute as a Button Baby Cardigan

  • Designed by Holly Sorkin

I adore tiny “adult” clothes for kids, so I’m in love with this cute and laconic knitted baby cardigan. Its geometric design looks so pretty. This cardi knits with a free pattern bottom up in flat. Arms knits in rounds. Choose the soft yarn and cover your little one with warm mommy hugs.

free baby cardigan knitting pattern

PHOTOS by Holly Sorkin / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitpicks.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. Watch the Birdie

  • Designed by Sophie McKane

This cute knit baby cardigan is a perfect stash-busting project because you can use all your leftovers in the stripes. It isn’t challenging, as the cardi works in pieces. The size range of this free knitted cardigan pattern is vast — from newborn up to 4 years.

free baby knitted cardigan pattern

PHOTOS by Sophie McKane / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

3. Forsythia Cardigan

  • Designed by Shelly Fane

This cheerful yellow maybe is the best choice for this cute knitted baby cardigan. It is raglan style with garter stitch edging and cute dots. The knitting pattern is free. It includes links to the required knitting techniques. The size is approximately 9-12 months.

baby cardigan free knitting pattern

PHOTOS by Shelly Fane / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry. This particular project on Ravelry.

4. Baby Cardigan

  • Designed by Annanitato Lolo

When the cold weather is on its way, it is time to prepare warm clothes and knit a cozy cardigan for your baby. This is the most useful piece of a child’s wardrobe because you can quickly wear it or take it off. This knit baby cardigan pattern is free, and there is a video tutorial. This cardi will fit 6-12 months kids.

free knit baby cardigan pattern

PHOTOS by Annanitato Lolo / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on crazyhands.net, or read more about it on Ravelry.

5. Lazy Daisy All-in-One Baby Cardigan

This sweet little knit cardi is not only a lovely addition to your kiddo wardrobe, but whats’ more – a sweet gift for all charities. They very often lack baby clothes, especially handmade ones, and as we know – they are timeless and very durable!

Lazy Daisy All-in-One Baby Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

The full article about this free pattern is here, more about this project here

6. BEN Baby Cardigan Jacket

You can add buttons and beautifully personalize this sweet jacket as you like. It looks great in blue and white, however, you can go for different colors as well, because the pattern is really classic and looks good in any color combination.

BEN Baby Cardigan Jacket Free Knitting Pattern

The full article about this free pattern is here, more about this project here

7. Mjuk Cardigan

Who doesn’t like colorful and positive baby clothes? This cardigan is really one in a kind, because it’s so elegant and classic. I can easily imagine passing this lovely cardi to the next generation or keep it as a reminder of childhood.

Mjuk Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

The full article and the free pattern can be found on raverly here.

8. Strawberry Seed Baby Sweater

Pink and white always look good, and the strawberry fruit is the best example for that! This baby sweater is super easy to make and will take you no time. And above all, you can easily change it’s look, just choose different buttons!

Strawberry Seed Baby Sweater Free Knitting Pattern

The full article about this free pattern is here, more about this project here

9. Two-ball baby cardigan

Striped cardigans are true classics. We all had at least one of those in our childhood, right? This sweet unisex cardi will keep your baby warm and cosy and it won’t irritate the delicate baby skin, because the yarn is really soft.

Two-ball baby cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

The full article and the free pattern can be found on raverly here.

10. No Purl Baby Cardigan Set

  • DESIGNED by LJM Designs

This fantastic knitted cardigan set in the pictures below was made by LJM Designs and it’s the ultimate set for newborns and little babies! It will fit any baby from 0 – 6 months old. Let’s knit this super cute cardigan and keep you little one warm and cozy!

No Purl Baby

Photos by LJM Designs / Ravelry.com

Find original free pattern on Ravelry.

11. Top Down Baby Jacket

  • DESIGNED by Creative Fibre NZ

How cute is this little knitted baby jacket in the pictures below, am I right? What’s more, it’s absolutely adorable with these little shiny buttons and a bit of texture near the collar and at the bottom. It will fit newborns and babies from 3-6 months and 6-9 months,

Top Down Baby Jacket

Photos by Creative Fibre NZ / Ravelry.com

Find original free pattern on creativefibre.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

12. Poppy Children’s Cardigan

  • DESIGNED by Sanna Mård Castman

This beautiful knitted cardigan in the pictures below is the work by Sanna Mård Castman and it’s a beautiful series of 5 knitting patterns on exquisite clothes as well as accessories for babies and children. Not to mention how stunning the colors are!

Poppy Children's sweater

Photos by Sanna Mård Castman / Ravelry.com

Find original free pattern on hobbii.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

13. Button Stitch Baby Cardigan

  • DESIGNED by Knit Paint Sew

I wish I had such a beautiful cardigan, when I was a child! The Estonian Button Stitch used in this piece makes it even more fascinating. The free knitting pattern comes in sizes for 0-6 months and the cardigan is versatile and lightweight. Adding this piece to your child’s wardrobe is an excellent way to bring something new and exciting. With just some needles and lightweight yarn, you can easily make it!

baby cardigan free knitting pattern

Photos by Knit Paint Sew / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitpaintsew.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

14. Sea Breeze Stripes Knit Baby Cardigan

  • DESIGNED by Briana Kepner

Nothing beats the timeless appeal of stripes! Why not use your knitting magic to make a truly special gift for your child? This knitted cardigan is a perfect choice for keeping your little one warm during cool evenings. It only requires a simple stocking stitch, so you can easily create this awesome garment with just your hands and some yarn. Plus, with sizes available for up to 24 months, your child can enjoy this stylish piece for longer.

Knit Baby Cardigan free pattern

Photos by Yarnspirations / yarnspirations.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com.The full article and the free pattern can be found on raverly here.

15. Gladiolus – Baby Cardigan

  • Designed by Agnes Brandels

The cable design of this knit baby cardigan makes it a versatile piece for any occasion. This type of garment is known for its immediate comfort, so you can give your little one plenty of coziness. The project is quick and easy to complete. Follow the children’s cardigan knitting pattern to get started today and you won’t regret a single second.

A baby sitting in a red chair wearing a knit cardigan.

PHOTOS by Agnes Brandels / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on jarbo.se, or read more about it on Ravelry.

16. Children’s Dream of a Cardigan

  • Designed by City Farmhouse Studio

A simple knit cardigan is a must for any cold-weather wardrobe. This design is an essential that everyone should have, and children are no exception. This easy to make project is suitable for a wide range of yarn artists, so don’t be afraid to get started. The easy baby cardigan pattern will help you along the way. Bring some joy to your little one!

A woman and a little girl wearing knit cardigans.

PHOTOS by City Farmhouse Studio / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on cityfarmhousestudio.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

17. Zigzagious Cardigan

  • Designed by Knit It®

This classic cable design cardigan features textured stitch panels and diamond cables, making it the perfect stepping stone to more complex projects. The highly textured fabric ensures a cardigan that will stand the test of time. This project includes simple cables, knit and purl stitches, and techniques such as increase and decrease. After assembling the pieces, sew on buttons, add sleeves and finish with a professional block. Don’t be afraid to get started, the free pattern will help you along the way.

A little girl wearing a knit cardigan.

PHOTOS by Knit It® / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knit-it.co.uk, or read more about it on Ravelry.

18. CHARLIE Knitted Baby Cardigan 

  • Designed by Sesia Tricot

Designed for comfort, this knit baby cardigan is a must for those long winter walks. The sporty look combined with the soft and lightweight yarn makes it easy and comfortable to wear even for the littlest ones. This project uses stockinette stitch and striped stockinette stitch. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, the sense of adventure in this knit cardigan will appeal to you. Let your creativity run wild with the free knitting pattern.

A knitted cardigan.

PHOTOS by Sesia Tricot / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on handknits.manifatturasesia.it, or read more about it on Ravelry.

19. Aaron’s Cardigan

  • Designed by Ainhoa Sanchez

A versatile knit cardigan that grows with your little one. The ribbed design retains warmth and creates a pleasant texture to the touch. The benefit of this garment is a perfect sensual experience. It’s also good for fast-growing kids. The cardigan pattern is available in different sizes starting from newborn.

Two pictures of a baby wearing adorable knit cardigans.

PHOTOS by Knittingwithcalm / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

20. Wacky Baby Jacket

  • Designed by Kate Harvie

This simple baby cardigan is a necessity for everyday wear. The relaxed fit makes it comfortable to wear and perfect for all occasions. Plus, it has only four buttons, making it easy for a child to put on and take off. The pattern for the baby cardigan is also scrap-friendly, so you can use leftover yarn for a unique look. The project is suitable for beginners.

Two pictures of a little girl wearing cozy knit cardigans.

PHOTOS by Kate Harvie / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

Make sure to also check out: Cozy Adorable Knitted Socks

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3 Comments

  1. Glenyse Brigatti says:

    How do I download Top Jacket?
    Thank u.

    1. Hi Glenyse! Please, click on the link below the photo, and you’ll be transferred to the page where a designer published a pattern. It could be a written pattern, not in PDF, if we’re talking about a free version.

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