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Stretchy Baby Sweater Knitting Pattern



The best thing about this free baby sweater knitting pattern is that no seaming is required; the easy baby pullover is knit sideways in one piece. Two versions are available for a little boy or girl.

You can find this beginner knit pattern, along with several other easy knitting patterns, in our free eBook, Learn How to Knit for Beginners:  27 Easy Knitting Patterns.

Stretchy Baby Pullovers


  • Yarn: 2 balls for each size Bernat® Baby Stretch (80 g /2.8 oz) #30132 (Bendy Blues) OR #30413 (Skipping Rope)
  • Knitting Needles: Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) or size needed to obtain gauge. Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook for neck edging.

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

To fit chest measurement: 12 (18) mos 18 (20) ins
[45.5 (51) cm].
Finished chest: 20 (23) ins [51 (58.5) cm].


The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).
Note: Garment is worked in one piece sideways from cuff to cuff.
Beg at right cuff, cast on 44 (48) sts. Proceed in stocking st for 4 (5) ins [10 (12.5) cm], ending with a purl row.
Place marker at end of last row.
Shape sides: Cast on 32 (38) sts beg next 2 rows. 108 (124) sts. Cont even until work from marker measures 2½ (3¼) ins [6 (8.5) cm], ending with a purl row.
Shape neck: Next row: (RS). K54 (62) (neck edge). Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. Cont even until work from marker measures 5 (5¾) ins [12.5 (14.5) cm], ending with a purl row.
Next row: (WS). Cast off 18 (20) sts. Purl to end of row. 36 (42) sts. Next row: Knit to end of row. Cast on 18 (20) sts. 54 (62) sts. Cont even until work from marker measures 7½ (8¼) ins [19 (21) cm], ending with a purl row. Leave these sts on a spare needle.
With RS facing, join yarn to 54 (62) back sts. Cont even until work from marker measures same length as front, ending with a purl row.

Join front and back: Next row: (RS). K54 (62) front sts. K54 (62) back sts. 108 (124) sts. Place a marker at end of last row. Cont even until work from last marker measures 2½ (3¼) ins [6 (8.5) cm], ending with a purl row.

Shape sides: Cast off 32 (38) sts beg next 2 rows. 44 (48) sts at end of 2nd row. Cont even until work from last cast off edge measures 4 (5) ins [10 (12.5) cm], ending with a purl row. Cast off. Sew side and sleeve seams. Fold back cuffs.
Neck edging: With RS facing and crochet hook, join yarn with sl st at corner of neck edge and work sc evenly around neck edge. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off.
Fold back lapels as shown and sew in place.

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Jun 29, 2014

having a problem w/instructions: after the shape neck rows, it says end w/a purl row.(then) Next wor (WS). well, if I end with a purl row..wouldn't my next row be a (RS) and not (WS)>? this does not make sense to me so could you please explain. I am knitting this now and would appreciate your help. Thank You!


May 26, 2014

After Shape Neck: knit 5 inches ending in purl row then says (WS)cast off 18 st purl to end should it not be knit row? any help would be appreciated thanks Louise


9 Ratings

Oct 2, 2010

its all one piece..cuff to cuff...fold at the shoulders and sew up the seams...this is actually a very easy pattern


Sep 24, 2010

It is made in one piece but not knitted in the round - thats where the seams come in.


Mar 28, 2010

Cute bears! Does anyone know if a pattern is available for the bears?


Mar 28, 2010

Does anyone know if the pattern for the bear is available?


Mar 3, 2010

I have to agree with the other comments that this is difficult to understand. If it's made all in one piece why does it need seams? Could the creator make the instructions clearer? Jan


Feb 25, 2010

I'm stuck. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to join the fron to back and how is the left sleeve come into play. help!


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