Baby Hoodie Knitting Pattern


Updated April 18, 2016
(29 Votes)


Designed for 6-24 months, this basic baby hoodie can be made using a variety of colors. With this baby knitting pattern, you only need one of two balls of yarn. Free knit sweater patterns make great gifts for baby showers and birthday parties. These are also great for anyone who wants to stretch their knitting skills. Before you embark on adult knitting patterns, start working on free knitting patterns for baby sweaters. You'll love the results and will want to make a sweater of your own to match.

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Pattern in Spanish


Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4 ins 10 cm with larger needles in stocking st.

Chest measurement

  • 6 mos - 17 ins (43 cm)
  • 12 mos - 19 ins (48 cm)
  • 18 mos - 21 ins (53.5 cm)
  • 24 mos - 21½ ins (54.5 cm)

Finished chest

  • 6 mos 21 ins (53.5 cm)
  • 12 mos 23 ins (58.5 cm)
  • 18 mos 25 ins (63.5 cm)
  • 24 mos 27 ins (68.5 cm)


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

With smaller needles, cast on 52 (58-64-70) sts. Knit 5 rows, noting first row is WS and inc 5 sts evenly across last row. 57 (63-69-75) sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 6½ (7-7¾-8½) ins 16.5 (18-19.5-21.5) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape armholes: Cast off 5 (7-8-10) sts beg next 2 rows. 47 (49-53-55) sts. Cont even until armhole measures 4½ (5-5¼-5½) ins 11.5 (12.5-13-14) cm, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

With smaller needles, cast on 25 (28-31-34) sts. Knit 5 rows, noting first row is WS and inc 2 sts evenly across last row. 27 (30-33-36) sts.

Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st until work from beg measures 6½ (7-7¾-8½) ins 16.5 (18-19.5-21.5) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape armhole: Next row: Cast off 5 (7-8-10) sts. Knit to end of row. 22 (23-25-26) sts.
Cont even until armhole measures 2½ (3-3¼-3½) ins 6 (7.5-8-9) cm, ending with WS facing for next row.

Neck shaping: Next row: Cast off 6 (6-7-7) sts. Purl to end of row. 16 (17-18-19) sts. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows then every following alt row to 11 (12-12-13) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures same length as Back to shoulders, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off.

Work from to as given for Left Front. Work to correspond to Left Front, reversing all shapings.

With smaller needles, cast on 35 sts. Knit 5 rows, noting first row is WS and inc 4 sts evenly across last row. 39 sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed in stocking st, inc 1 st each end of needle on 5th and every following 4th row until there are 51 (55-59-61) sts.

Cont even until work from beg measures 6 (7½-8-9) ins 15 (19-20.5-23) cm ending with RS facing for next row. Place a marker at each end of last row. Work a further 6 (8-10-12) rows even. Cast off.

With smaller needles, cast on 93 (93-99-99) sts. Knit 5 rows, noting first row is WS and inc 6 sts evenly across last row. 99 (99-105-105) sts.
Proceed in stocking st, dec 1 st each end of needle on 3rd and following alt rows until there are 75 (75-81-81) sts.
Cont even until work from beg measures 7 (7¼-7½-8) ins 18 (18.5-19-20.5) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape back seam: Cast off 7 sts beg next 8 rows. Cast off rem 19 (19-25-25) sts.

Pin garment pieces to measurements, cover with a damp cloth and allow cloth to dry.

Buttonhole Band: With RS of Right Front facing for Her or Left Front facing for Him and smaller needles, pick up and knit 50 (58-62-66) sts evenly between neck edge and lower edge. Knit 3 rows.
4th row: (RS). K2. K2tog. yfwd. K9 (11-12-13). Rep from 3 times more. K2tog. yfwd. Knit to end of row.
Knit 2 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).

Button Band: Work as given for Buttonhole Band on Left Front for Her or Right Front for Him, omitting all reference to buttonholes.

Sew shoulder seams. Fold Hood in half at back and sew back seam. Pin and then sew shaped edge of Hood to neck opening, beg at center of button or buttonhole bands and matching back seam of Hood to center back neck edge. Sew in Sleeves placing rows above markers along armhole edges of Fronts and Back to form square armholes. Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew buttons to correspond to buttonholes.


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This sweet hoodie just looks so cute in all these colors, it makes it difficult to decide which color to do it in, so I think I will just do them all. I love all the colors, it just looks so spring and cheerful. I just love it, and any baby will look so cute in this hoodie, I cant wait to get started on this one.

I love the yarn used in this pattern! Can't wait to purchase some!

I don't understand the reversing for the left front I have tried two different ways and nothing is right! Anyone able to translate it for me?

Hi Laurencundy! I suggest reaching out to the designer, in this case Bernat, for specific pattern directions. You could also ask our active Facebook group as this is a very popular pattern. Hope that helps! - Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

I love the simplicity of this pattern and appreciate that the information for accomodating different sizes is clear and easy to follow. Kudos for including the directions in Spanish, too!

Help please?! I dont understand the instructions for the sewing in the hoodie. Fold in half is that lengthways or is it half. I've tried in half and I can't get it to do it

Hi there, This is an original design from Bernat - for specific pattern-related questions, we suggest contacting Bernat directly via their website or social media pages. Thanks! - Julia from FaveCrafts

I love this pattern. Very quick to knit up and you can change it up easily with stripes or using a different colour on the edging.

Easy to make, simple instructions. My only adjustment was to do a three needle bind off at shoulders and made the sleeves from top down to avoid bulky seams. Buttobhole band straight forward, but perhaps the pattern hasbeen edited since the first comments were posted?

Wouldn't it be amazing if I woke up tomorrow to find comprehensible buttonhole band instructions for this pattern? It's the only thing I have left to knit.

I'm having the same problem with the buttonhole band. I wish someone could help us with that. I think I'll just make the Buttonloops that are instructed on the Pom Pom Knit Baby Jacket also by Favcrafts. They sound quite simple to make and attach. Good luck to everyone trying to make the buttonhole band!!

The buttonhole band worked just fine for me. The patterns do not belong to this website-this website just hosts links to other designer and creators patterns, so to blame this website for the mistakes made by others is entirely unfair, irresponsible and just plain rude. If you have such big issues with the design or the pattern-take them to the source!

Hello everyone, there is a simple formula for picking up button hole bands and it works great for giving your sweaters a professionally finished look. I usually drop down a needle size. If the sweater is knit on size 8 needles, try using a size seven. Figure out the line of stitches you will use for your pick up. Then pick up 3 stitches for every four rows. This will ensure that your band will lay nice and flat. You can adjust the number of stitches slightly by picking up an extra so your stitch count matches what the pattern calls for.

Wanted to let you know that this tutorial was featured on the At Play Blog today. http://atplayonline.com/2013/08/09/friday-finds-8913-edition/ Thanks Megan

I suggest ,that you remake the pattern , Obviously adjusting sleeves etc.The pattern is Adorable and would love to knit it ,but know time to mess about working it out.

Now I am at the sleeves.. the pattern says to "Continue even until piece measures 6", place a marker at each end and, continues for 6 rows. Cast off." This means that the 6 rows will match the 6 stitches on the front and back. Now thisleaves a 6" wide sleeve to go up the front armhole, 6", and down the back armhole, 6"! This will not work! So what I am going to do is this: cast off 6 stitches at each end. Then I will knit even 4 inches, and then form a cap to the sleeve with a 4" edge. This will match the sleeve opening of front and back.

This is the Bernat Pattern which has the same problem. The first five rows of each piece are knit with size five and then you change to size 6.

while shaping for the shoulder,it is mentioned to cast off 7 stitches.Should it be done on either side? I am confused in this section.Can you explain more clearly?

I had to go to the Bernat site to get the pattern as there are no * asterisks * to note the repeat stitches. The pattern is great but, as written, does not merit of 5 stars.

I would love to make this but find the sleeve instructions confusing. can anyone who made this help me understand?

Very easy to knit but not so easy to put together. The pieces keep curling up so pinning the parts together was hard. Also the sleeves are hard to put together.

I copied out some of your baby patterns they are adorable but why dosen't the picture copy out?

Hi, everyone. As Member 4761022 suggested, your best bet is to contact the pattern designer directly (in this case, Bernat) if you have specific questions about a pattern. Best of luck! --Editors of FaveCrafts

Bernat has a similar pattern with a hood using a different stitch and it calls for only size 6 needle throughout. Maybe we could contact Bernat directly and ask the question for this hood.

I guess if the pattern doesn't mention to change the needle size then stay with the smaller needle. Try it & see if it comes out ok? That is a good question.

This is a relatively easy pattern. However, I have one complaint about the instructions. They say to change to the larger needles after knitting the first 5 rows; however, this instruction is omitted from the hood section. Is this a mistake? Should the knitter change to the larger needles when knitting the hood? or, is the entire hood knitted on the smaller needles? I want to assume the needles should change, but would like confirmation ASAP.

The instructions say to change to larger needles after the first 5 rows. Ribbing is usually on smaller needles.

I am knitting this pattern which is very easy to do. I am now working on the hood and notice that the pattern says to start with the smaller size needles but never gives instructions to go to the larger needle. Is the whole hood to be knit on the smaller needles?

I really want to make this for my niece! So adorable!

I was elated to find a "FREE" pattern for Baby Hoodie. Pattern books are so expensive nowadays and living on a fixed income I cannot afford to buy the book (which are usually non-returnable) only to find that the pattern wasnt what a really wanted. Thank you so much hopefully the babies/tots are the children's hospital will love these.

well i already know its cute, want to know if its easy to knit

so cute!


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