29 Free Knitting Patterns for Baby Cardigans

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Take a look at these cute cardigans! If you are a knitter, you can make them in no time. Handmade gifts like this will make the first months of the baby’s life very special.

Baby cardigans are one of the most rewarding projects because they look beautiful and work up fast! Small garments for babies require little amounts of yarn and you can make several versions in different colors. There are many fantastic ideas, and some of them are very simple, such as kimono cardigans. They are comfortable and great for ambitious beginner knitters.

Take a look at the examples below and search for links to paid and free patterns under the pictures.

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Baby Kimono Cardigans Free Patterns

1. Baby Cardigan

This easy cardigan will fit both newborns and babies, because it’s easily customizable. It is worked in one piece in simple kimono shape, and you can do it in one evening! It’s a great idea for last minute baby shower gift. It’s worked from the bottom up using garter stitch.

  • DESIGNED by Mme Ulma
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Absolutely amazing baby cardigan free knitting pattern
photo credits: madamulma / madamulma.blogspot.com

This amazing project is available in three languages: English, German and French.

free pattern: the cardigan is knit in one piece
photo credits: madamulma / madamulma.blogspot.com

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

Need a hat to go with your kimono cardi? Explore our ideas for Adorable Knitted Baby Bonnets!

2. Baby Cardigan

This spring-inspired version of Baby Cardigan showcases delicate yellow yarn. I can imagine it looking very well when paired with summer dress, but I’m sure boys would look cute in it, too!

  • DESIGNED by Mme Ulma
  • THIS VERSION by paxwaldi / ravelry.com
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
yellow knitted baby cardigan

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

3. Baby Cardigan

Make the most of the versatility of this easy project! Just take a look below to see how different can it look when made in two different hues. Whether you are making it for a boy or a girl, be sure that you can achieve beautiful effects whatever colors you choose.

  • DESIGNED by Mme Ulma
  • THIS VERSION by carolyni / ravelry.com
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
soft kimono cardi

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

If you like these designs, maybe you will like our ideas for Modern Knitted Baby Blankets?

4. Side Button Baby Cardigan

Simple construction of this cardigan makes it easy to put on, which is very important if your baby is an active one! Deep sage color is very on trend and looks beautiful when paired with natural wooden buttons. Take a look at the photos below to see for yourself!

  • DESIGNED by Örgü Modelleri / orgumodelleri.com
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
© Örgü Modelleri / orgumodelleri.com

Find the original free pattern on orgumodelleri.com.

5. Some Tiny Hugs Mini Kimono and Beanie Set

This tiny cardigan and beanie set will be perfect fit for your newborn! Little button details give a lot of character to this project, and kimono construction makes it easy to put on. As you can see, it looks fantastic both in dark blue and multicolored yarn.

  • DESIGNED by Joy Boath
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Cute Some Tiny Hugs Mini Kimono and Beanie Set
© littleamb

This colorful version looks lovely when paired with navy bloomers. It works up incredibly fast, so don’t stop on one!

Cute Some Tiny Hugs Mini Kimono and Beanie Set
© skillyskally

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

6. Odeta Jacket

The next idea with the name Odeta comes from Garnstudio and is one of my favorites. The lace pattern is very decorative and garter stitch fits it perfectly. This is a project for ambitious knitters! The sizes available range from premature to 4 years.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
photo credits: DROPS design

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

7. Odeta Slippers

In love with Odeta cardigan? Be sure to pair it with beanie and slippers! These tiny knitted socks will keep your baby warm and comfy.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE baby slippers
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
photo credits: DROPS design

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

Like this project? Check out more ideas for Adorable Knitted Booties for Babies!

8. Wee Baby Set – Paid Pattern

This adorable baby set is a paid pattern bundle, but I think it’s worth consideration! Easy to put on kimono cardigan with delicate details works up fast and looks lovely. Pair it with bonnet, romper and legwarmers in the same style to get an ultimate adorable outfit for your little one.

  • DESIGNED by Anne B Hanssen
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Wee baby set Knit Pattern
© Anne B Hanssen

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

Inspired? Take a look at our selection of Easy Knitted Bonnets!

Classic Baby Cardigans Free Knitting Patterns

1. Eliza Baby Cardigan

This adorable little cardigan in the pictures below was made by marianna mel and it’s such a stunning project, that you will absolutely love! It’s super easy to make and you can knit it with just yarn scraps. If you have a 3-6 months old in your family, that’s the project for you!

  • DESIGNED by marianna mel
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
Eliza Baby Cardigan

Photo is by marianna mel / Ravelry.com

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

2. Blossom Baby Cardigan

These adorable cardigans in the pictures below will suit a baby from a newborn to 12 months old. You can knit these beautiful cardis in no time and you’ll be surprised how quick, easy and fun to knit they are. What’s more, you can gift them to your expecting friends!

  • DESIGNED by LJM Designs
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Blossom Baby Cardigan

PHOTOS by LJM Designs / ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

3. New Baby Cardigan

Babies should be as comfy and warm as possible! This sweet cardigan in the pictures below will surely help you keep your baby that way! It’s an easy-to-knit project, that’s made from the bottom up in just one piece, so it works up incredibly quickly. You can use any worsted yarn for this project.

  • DESIGNED by Marji LaFreniere
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
New Baby Cardigan

PHOTOS by Marji LaFreniere / ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

4. Lazy Daisy All-in-One Baby Cardigan

If you have very little time for your knitting projects, because you are a full-time mom or working, be sure to choose the easiest ones! You can make this adorable baby cardi in one day, so save this free pattern to your library or start right away.

  • DESIGNED by marianna mel / mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.com
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
colorful knitted baby cardigans

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

Love knitting? Make Delicate Knitted Pastel Blankets to go with your cardigan designs!

5. Elliston Baby Cardigan

A basic button down Elliston baby cardigan that you can style your way. All it takes is to choose a yarn definition and color that matches your expectations. Thicker, more fluffy yarn for a warm winter-y sweater, a thinner one for an all-year-rounder. When the pattern is cracking down and the baby sweater is made, pick classic or playful buttons to finish the look accordingly.

  • DESIGNED by Taiga Hilliard
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knit
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner

Photos by Taiga Hilliard / raverly.com

Find the free pattern on Ravelry.

6. Happy Sunflower Cardigan

Happy Sunflower Cardigan for a happy, cheerful baby! A free pattern for you to create this cute baby sweater for your little treasure or as a gift for new parents. Unbelievably cute, super fun with this mustard yellow yarn. This baby cardigan can be made in various sizes, for kids from 0 to 4 years old. All the information needed for the adjustments is given in the project.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS Design
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knit
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate

Photos by DROPS Design / ravelry.com

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

7. Olive You Baby

This classic baby cardigan will look beautiful on both boys and girls, so play with colors! Stunning cabled detail on the front lapel is a cute addition to this design. Choosing right buttons is important, too, so be sure to check your options.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • THIS VERSION by mullhol
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
photo credits: by mullhol / ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

8. Bear Cardigan

The simple knit baby cardigan for chilly weather. This classic design is sure to keep your child comfortable and safe. The fabric is warm and durable. The pattern includes sizes 0-24 months so you can easily find the size you need. Watch the free step-by-step video tutorial to get started.

  • DESIGNED by SeventhSedge
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
a crochet baby cardigan in light brown color

Photos by SeventhSedge / Ravelry.com

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

9. Button Stitch Baby Cardigan

This cute baby sweater is made with a special button stitch. It creates a beautiful texture that is soft to the touch and comfortable to wear. Made with lightweight yarn, this knit baby cardigan is comfortable to wear for any occasion, whether it’s a long walk or just a visit to grandma’s house. The knitting pattern for this piece is available for free. Take a look and start right away!

  • DESIGNED by Knit Paint Sew
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
a pink crochet baby cardigan

Photos by Knit Paint Sew / Ravelry.com

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

10. Child Flowery Cardigan

If you want to take your baby’s wardrobe to the next level, look no further than this knit cardigan. Not only is it comfortable to wear, but it looks cool, too. Any girl will be happy to have a piece like this in her closet. The pattern is easy to follow for knitters of all levels, just follow the steps carefully. Plus, it comes with a video tutorial for visual knitters.

  • DESIGNED by Annanitato Lolo
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a little girl wearing a crocheted baby cardigan with flowers on it.

Photos by Annanitato Lolo / Ravelry.com

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

11. Harvest Baby Knit Cardigan

This simple knit cardigan will add a touch of style to your little one’s outfits. If you want your baby to be stylish from an early age, a whimsical piece of knitwear will do the trick. Such a classic piece goes with everything, so your child will feel comfortable in it no matter what happens. The tutorial is easy to follow and will help you complete the project without stress.

  • DESIGNED by Tin Can Knits
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a baby girl wearing a grey cardigan.

Photos by Tin Can Knits / tincanknits.com

Find the original free pattern on tincanknits.com.

12. Skara – Baby Cardigan

This simple knitted baby cardigan is a great piece for spring and fall. The pattern is really easy and will help you make a quality knitted piece in just a few evenings. Another benefit of this cardigan is that it’s easy to put on and take off, so it’s great for active babies. Just follow the baby cardigan sweater pattern, and you will be fine.

  • DESIGNED by Agnes Brandels
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a baby in a yellow cardigan.

Photos by Agnes Brandels / Ravelry.com

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

13. Dyning – Cardigan

An amazing knit cardigan for babies. Not only does this piece have a comfortable fit, it also has a stunning design that will make your little one look really trendy from birth. The pattern is interesting to work with and will be great for those who love the Scandinavian style. Save the free step-by-step pattern for later.

  • DESIGNED by Agnes Brandels
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a baby in a cardigan.

Photos by Agnes Brandels / Ravelry.com

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

14. 42-4 Little Bee Cardigan

This knitted baby cardigan will grow with your baby! It’s a simple design that can be made quickly from scratch and it comes in sizes from newborn to 3-4 years, which is quite a big gap. If you’re looking for an easy baby outfit that’s quick to make and suitable for any occasion, this is it. Just follow the pattern step by step.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE baby sweater
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A baby with a pouting expression wearing a cardigan with buttons.

Photos by DROPS design / Ravelry.com

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

15. Sunnyside

Not just an ordinary knitted baby sweater, but a really stylish garment. This is a classic cable knit design that’s both comfortable to wear and cozy looking. The pattern is fairly simple and doesn’t require a lot of yarn. It is also a great way to practice cable knitting and gain confidence in the technique. Either way, it’s worth your attention, so don’t pass it up.

  • DESIGNED by Tanis Lavallee
  • PROJECT TYPE baby sweater
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A baby in a green cardigan smiling and standing in the top image, and sitting with a slight frown while a person knits nearby in the bottom image.

Photos by cherylmac / Ravelry.com

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

16. 48-2 Daisy Fields Cardigan

A charming knitted baby cardigan for your little one. This adorable knit features a classic and delicate design that’s perfect for any occasion. The pattern’s detailed yet easy-to-follow instructions make it a great project for knitters of all levels. Your baby will look picture perfect in this cute daisy-inspired cardigan.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a little girl wearing a white knitted cardigan

Photos by DROPS design / Ravelry.com

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

17. Hellebore Sweater and Cardigan – 7106

If you’re looking for a cute and versatile baby cardigan, this cardigan knitting pattern is a wonderful choice. The adorable design offers a modern twist on a classic style, making it a perfect addition to any baby’s wardrobe. With its timeless look and charming details, it’s a delightful piece to keep little ones cozy and stylish.

  • DESIGNED by Yarnsmiths
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
two knitted cardigans in different colors laid on the ground

Photos by Yarnsmiths / Ravelry.com

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

18. Wren Baby Cardigan

A cozy and durable knit cardigan for baby. This garment is a great choice for a little one’s wardrobe, especially for colder days. If you want your baby to wear the best, here’s your chance to make it happen. The pattern for this knit baby cardigan is free and easy to follow, great for all knitters.

  • DESIGNED by Åsa Buchta
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a striped knitted baby cardigan with buttons in purple and orange colors

Photos by Berroco, Inc. / Ravelry.com

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

19. Lunita

This baby knit cardigan has a simple design, yet stands out for the comfort it provides. It has proven to be great for active kids and it’s quite durable. The color choice is up to you and your baby. Just read the step-by-step instructions and get started! This knitted baby cardigan pattern is comprehensible for knitters of all levels.

  • DESIGNED by Claudia Quintanilla – EweKnit Toronto
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a baby girl wearing a striped knitted cardigan with buttons in grey and pink colors

Photos by Claudia Quintanilla / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on eweknit.co, or read more about it on Ravelry.

Hooded Baby Cardigans Free Knitting Patterns

1. Little Hoodie Cardigan

This colorful, fun, striped cardigan in the pictures below was made by Premier Yarns Design Team and it you can adjust it to so many sizes, from a newborn up to an 8 years old! It’s worked flat in pieces and then
seamed. Which colors will you go for?

  • DESIGNED by Premier Yarns Design Team
  • PROJECT TYPE baby cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
Little Hoodie Cardigan

Photo is by Premier Yarns Design Team / Ravelry.com

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

2. Baby Bear Knit Hoodie

Why not combine dress up and cosiness? Kids love animal accents, so try this cute knitted hoodie with bear ears. Simple addition like this can make all the difference, because it adds playfulness! Try it for yourself or check out more ideas here – Knitted Hoodies for Babies!

  • DESIGNED by Lorna Miser
  • PROJECT TYPE baby hoodie
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
photo credits: Coats & Clark

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

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  1. I’m stuck on a pattern I got here for a baby kimono, it’s called baby cardigan – free knitting pattern, the part that says to start in the middle (neckline) Knit 1 st, k2tog, Knit 39 sts.knit 3 rows. Where do I start this? Do I rejoin the yarn at the neckline where I bo 22 sts??? Any help would be appreciated??

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