Cute Cardigans for Children: 30+ Free Knitting Patterns

It’s almost the New Year and we wanted to finish off 2017 with a bang; bringing you more free knitting patterns to add to your collection and stash of patterns, and of course to help inspire your next knitting projects.

In the past we’ve featured cardigan patterns, but our focus was on baby patterns, you can find those here and here. Today we wanted to showcase patterns that will help you create gorgeous cardigans for children and kids, aged around 3 to 4 and over.

You will find a good variety of styles and designs in our selection of 30+ patterns. The skill required is also varied; you will find patterns ideal for beginners, intermediate, as well as more advanced knitters. So whatever stage you’re at, you’ll find something here right for you!

As usual, each link will take you to the website where the free pattern is available and you’ll be able to download your patterns. Some websites might required that you register with them first to access the pattern, but I’ve only shared those requiring free registrations… so there’s no cost to you.

  1. Fun and Flouncy Knit Cardigan by Caron
  2. Aggie by Rowan
  3. Cardigan Cerises by Bergère de France
  4. Fresh-Picked Color 3/4-Sleeve Cardigan by Sarah Hoadley
  5. Outlaw by Rowan
  6. Leaf Yoke Cardigan Pattern
  7. Nordic Kimono by Caron
  8. Kaptain by Rowan
  9. Sweets Cardigan Pattern
  10. Prince Cardigan by Cathy Payson
  11. Sundance by Rowan
  12. Yikes Stripes Cardigan Pattern
  13. Marcie by Rowan
  14. Kid’s Cable Cardigan
  15. Knit Childs Raglan Cardigan Pattern
  16. Shae by Rowan
  17. Too Cool Boy’s Cardigan
  19. Penny by Rowan
  20. Easy Stripes Seamless Child Cardigan
  21. Silver by Rowan
  22. Child’s Top-Down Seamless Cardigan with Set-In Sleeves
  23. Pipkin by Rowan
  24. Little Man Cable Cardigan
  25. Easy Cable Seamless Child’s Cardigan
  26. Bubble Bobble Jacket by Rowan
  27. Child’s Knit Crew Neck Cardigan by Caron
  28. Drew by Rowan
  29. Child’s Knit V-Neck Cardigan by Caron
  30. Hazel by Rowan
  31. Princess Cardigan by Cathy Payson
  32. Princess Child’s Smocked Cardigan

If you are new to, don’t forget to check out our archive of free knitting patterns posts… we’ve shared lots throughout the years! Here are some of our favourites: 33 Baby Blankets, 50 Baby Booties, 30 Chunky Blankets and Afghans, 27 Cushion Covers, 20 Tea Cosies, 35 Items for Premature Babies, 6 Patterns for Breast Hats, 60+ Scarf Patterns, 24 Mug Coasters, 27 Washcloths (and some dishcloths too!), 23 Baby Hats, 45+ Baby Cardigans, 40+ Gloves40 Beginner Patterns18 Leg Warmers, 21 Boot Cuffs, 6 Cushion Covers, 7 Adorable Baby Cardigans. 10 Lovely Women’s Cardigans, The Cutest 11 Baby Booties (Ever!), 10 Beginner Knitting Patterns for Fun Toys, 10 Women’s Spring & Summer Dresses, 10 Precious Baby Cocoons and Sleepsacks, 15 Stylish Bags and Totes, 30+ Free Knitting Patterns for Ladies Jackets and 20 Stylish Men’s Cardigans.

Please note: Each link points you to the page where you can access the free knitting pattern; all these have been checked so as to ensure they are totally free of charge at the time of publishing. Some websites might require that you register with them before being able to access the pattern, but this is also free.

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  1. Nice patterns. I am 81years old and I have not been knitting for over 20 years but after looking at some of your beautiful patterns it made me feel like knitting again. I can only use the needles that are fastened together because my hands are crippled up with arthritis and I keep dropping the other kind. I am looking forward to making little baby sweaters, hats and booties which I will donate to our hospital to put on the little preemies to keep them warm.
    Thank you for your free patterns.

    1. Hi Elaine, you can download the patterns by clicking on the links, and then access the pattern on the next page 🙂

  2. Hello, I was interested in the pattern No. 19 Penny by Rowan. But when I was taken to the site , they wanted to charge me 4 Pounds. Can that be correct, after you saying that they were free patterns. I had become a member and had signed in also!!
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Christine, it may be that at the time of publishing the pattern was indeed free, and after the designer changed it to a paid pattern. Unfortunately we have no control over this and apologise for the inconvenience! We will review the patterns included in this post, and remove any which are no longer free.

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