Easy Knit Baby Cardigan Free Pattern

Easy Knit Baby Cardigan Free Pattern

Motherhood is an extraordinary journey, brimming with the purest form of love, and there's an unparalleled joy in pouring that love into every stitch as we knit cozy garments for our little ones with our special and best knitting needles.

As winter deepens its embrace, let's wrap our cherished ones in the love-infused coziness of hand-knit sweaters crafted with the tenderness of our beloved wooden knitting needles. Opting for wood isn't just a choice of material; it's a conscious decision to infuse our creations with a touch of genuine warmth, steering clear of the cold touch of aluminum or steel needles. Follow us on this soulful journey, where we share this beautiful complimentary knitting pattern in this blog as a token of our appreciation for your creative spirit.

Baby Cardigan Pattern


  1. Symfonie Yarns Ruby SS3010 (200 yards, 113 grams) - One ball
  2. Knitting Accessories: 4 Stitch markers and Stitch holder
  3. Waste yarn
  4. Four 5 3/4" buttons (Optional)
  5. Size 4 US and Size 6 US double pointed or circular knitting needles, whichever you want to use.


  1. K: Knit
  2. P: Purl
  3. PM: Place marker
  4. MM: Move marker
  5. 2YO: Double yarn over
  6. P2tog: Purl 2 together
  7. P3tog: Purl 3 together
  8. M1R: Make 1 right
  9. M2L: Make 1 left

Initial Measurements

Chest and hem: 21 inches or adjust as per required size
Sleeve length: 6 or adjust as per required size
Sleeve wrist circumference: 4 or adjust as per required size
Length: 8 or adjust as per required size


18 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Start the Body

Use Size 4 US knitting needles and cast on 30 stitches or as per your size requirement.

Step 1: Work in a pattern of knit 1, purl 1 for 4 rows.

Step 2: Switch Needle Size and Set Up Rows

Switch to Size 6 US knitting needles.

Set up your work by knitting 1, then purling P4 sts, place marker (PM), P5 sts, PM, P10 sts, PM, P5 sts, PM, sts, K1

Step 3: Increase Rows

  1. On the right side, increase your stitches until 1 stitch before the marker, M1R, MM, M1L 4 times, then knit to the end.
  2. On the wrong side, K1, p until the last stitch, then knit 1.

Step 4: Continue Working

Keep repeating this until you have 134 stitches on your knitting needle.

Step 5: Separate Sleeves

  1. Switch to Size 4 US double pointed knitting needle for ribbing: K1, P1 to end for 6 rows. Cast off.
  2. K1 and p to marker, then remove marker, put 31 sts on a stitch holder, now cast on 2, MM, P back sts, remove marker, place 31 sts on stitch holder, cast on 2, MM, P to last st, K1.
  3. Continue working on the remaining stitches until the piece measures 7 inches from the cast-on edge.

Step 6: Add Ribbing and Finish the Body

Switch back to Size 4 US DPs and create a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 6 rows.

Cast off your stitches.

Lantern Moon interchangeable knitting needles

Knit the Arms (Make Two)

  1. Use double-pointed needles to pick up 31 sts and 4 from the body to knit the sleeves (total 35 sts).
  2. Starting from the midpoint of the underarm, perform a knit two together (k2tog), knit until the last two stitches, and then execute a slip, slip, knit (ssk).
  3. Proceed to knit 4 rows.
  4. Repeat the above instructions for an additional 5 decreased rows.
  5. Use size 4 US double-pointed needles (DPNs).
  6. Once you've completed a combined total of 32 (34, 36, 38) rows, transition to
  7. Engage in 6 rows, employing a knit one, purl 1 ribbing.

Add Button Band

  1. Use Size 4 DPNs to pick up 27 sts along the front opening.
  2. Create a knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for four rows.
  3. Follow specific instructions for rows 5-9, and cast off on row 10.

Finishing Touches

  1. Block your finished piece.
  2. Sew buttons onto the underside of the button band, aligning them with the yarnovers.

Remember, take it step by step, and don't hesitate to ask for help if needed.

The Adorable Knit Baby Cardigan is ideal for beginner and experienced knitters. This baby cardigan eliminates the need for intricate seaming, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable knitting experience featuring a seamless raglan sleeve design.

Feel free to showcase your masterpiece with us! We absolutely love witnessing your completed projects!

If the process of creating this cute baby sweater brought you joy, we'd be delighted to see your work on Instagram. Make sure to tag us @lanternmoonhandcrafted.


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