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12 FREE Knit and Crochet Kids Cozy Winter Sweater Patterns

Sam Russo

4 min read

Feb 6



If you are looking for adorable patterns to knit up for the little ones in your life look no further! Sharing your passion for yarn and gifting a loved one a handmade garment is truly, personal. Photos of the little ones in your handmade sweaters to keep warm memories for a lifetime.

Sweater patterns designed for kids and babies are wonderful ways to use those random skeins in your stash. Less yarn for smaller garments. The perfect way for beginners to learn to read sweater patterns.

Below you will find 12 patterns that are sure to keep the kiddos warm and cozy during the cold winter months. If you like knitting or crochet you'll be sure to find something you love on this list.

Types of Sweaters You'll Find...


Crochet Hexi-cardigan

Knit Cardigan

Roll Neck


Tips for Kids Creating Garments

Pick Soft/Washable Yarn

Fiber choices include superwash wool, bamboo, merino, cotton, and acrylic. Make sure it's very soft. Try picking your yarn out in person so you can ensure its softness.

Avoid Lots of Buttons for Younger Kids

Babies will put anything in their mouths for it's very important to avoid buttons when you can. make sure they are VERY secure. Try using ties to secure garments.

Practice Seaming

Weaving in ends and securing seam lines is also something to watch for. Loose strings can come loose and be pulled apart by small unknowing hands. Look into perfecting the Mattress stitch!

Tools You Might Need

Crochet hooks and knitting needles in recommended sizes

Super soft yarn

The perfect pattern for your skill level

The right measurements for the person its being made to ensure the right fit.

I hope these tips help you in your next project!

1. Tweedy Junior

This cute sweater is knit top down in a raglan style. Don't worry if you have a larger-headed baby because the stretchy neckline will fit over easily. Perfect for family photos! Available in 5 sizes.

By Beata Jezek Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

2. Horizon- Children's Crochet Cardigan

A popular pattern right now, these cardigans are made with two crocheted hexagons to form the body. Then any extra length at the sleeves and the body is crocheted afterward.

This pattern is for advanced beginner crocheters. Available in sizes 1-12 Years.

By Mary Etheridge at Hobbii Yarn Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

3. Standout Stripes Cardigan

Available in 4 sizes and for beginner knitters this adorable kid's cardigan has lots of fun colorful stripes, you can customize it yourself! Be sure to secure those buttons!

By Lion Brand Yarn Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

4. Childs Jumper

So many Stripes! Customizable colourways and 7 different sizes this classic pullover sweater is bound to keep your little ones warm. You could ignore the color changes and make this sweater in one solid color! For

the advanced beginner knitter.

by Anke Klempner Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

5. Crochet Chill Time Children's Cardigan

Crocheted in a grown-up style, this pattern will make the young lady in your life so happy! Available in five different sizes. This piece demands to be worn over and over. Skill level for beginners.

By Yarnspirations Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

6. Pretty Kitty Knit Pullover

This fluffy knit baby sweater is sooooo cute! complete with kitten face and ears, this beginner-friendly pattern is easily knit for free! Practice knits, purls, and embroidery.

By Yarnspirations Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

7. Heathered Rainbow Pullover

Bring the magic back to playtime with this rainbow-striped pullover! worked in half double crochet from the bottom up, with a drop shoulder, this pattern is great for an intermediate or advanced beginner crocherer. Available in several sizes.

By Amanda Mannas Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

8. Striped Roll Neck Pullover

Knit with super comfortable yarn, this sweater pattern is easy to follow and will be perfect if you're new to knitting sweaters. Available in sizes 4,6,8,10 and 12. Remember to read the care instructions on your yarn label to ensure the machine wash is safe.

By Yarnspirations Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

9. Rose Garden Cardigan

This adorable v-neck cardigan is perfect for your favorite little girl, with balloon sleeves and 3D rose decorations. This crochet cardigan is perfect for beginners! Recommended sport-weight wool yarn.

By Smitha Crasta Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

10. I <3 U Sweater & Accessories

Available in two languages and 4 sizes this adorable sweater is made from super soft merino wool and silk mohair. Heart motifs decorate the neckline in neutral colorways. Recommended for intermediate knitters

By Anna & Heidi Pickles Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

11. Kaleidoscope Kids Crochet Sweater

This cute and casual cardigan is perfect when you need a light layer to throw on. Give the children the option to wear something unique! Be themselves and feel comfortable in this drapy sophisticated cardigan.

By Jess Coppom Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

12. Bunny Kids Knit Blanket Hoodie

This super fun knit is available in two sizes for kids 6-12 (S/M) and (M/L). Perfect for cold days by the fire or cuddled up on the couch for a movie day. Pick their favorite color and this is one gift you can guarantee they will love!

By Yarnspirations Find the FREE Pattern HERE!

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