It’s that time of year again where I start to plan winter knits for our children and this is just not as easy as it sounds. Every time I log into Ravelry, cup of tea in hand, I end up going down the Ravelry rabbit hole, emerging hours later after getting sucked into the forums and laughing for an hour or two or buying a pattern for a shawl I just have to have right now. Notice anything? Yip, I will have completely forgotten that the whole point of logging in was to find knitting patterns for the KIDS!!
For this reason, today’s craft blog post is my top list of Toddler and Baby Knitting patterns on Ravelry. I know there are some knitters out there who still refuse to pay for patterns but this list has both pay per download (so you guys can click and buy if you get the sudden urge to cast on right now) and Free patterns. All are through Ravelry so if you don’t have an account (how on earth did you find me?) go sign up, it’ s free and they don’t send you mails unless it’s important.
These patterns aren’t ranked because I tried to and I just couldn’t, hours later I was still looking at the screen debating the cables on Sea Princess verses Rossbeg, so please just take it that each and every pattern on this list means a lot to me! I had to whittle it down to just garments for this post because I was looking at accessories and I ended up loosing an afternoon to the new Woollywormhead Painted Woolly Toppers, so I’m going to leave that for another post. So without me yammering on here is my list:
It’s very hard to pick just a few patterns from Tin Can Knits because I want them all. Harvest is a free pattern written from newborn to adult (matching outfits yeay or nay?) and comes with tutorials if this is your first knit. Designed for aran weight yarn, it’s quick and easy and I got mine off the needles in 2 days for the toddler.
Elena is one of my favourite designers for children’s patterns and this is just a work of art. Elena’s patterns come with sizing from 3 months to 14 years and for a number of different yarn weights. Just ponder the amount of work that went in to that for a second. There are a number of fun techniques that I picked up while knitting this one and there is a choice of cable patterns for the back. It is a top down raglan knit and right from the start you are working increases and cables on the sleeves and back so it’s one for the intermediate knitters among us or an adventurous person new to knitting.
Yes, my list wouldn’t be complete without one of my personal favourite designers. Rossbeg is a beautiful cabled cardigan worked from the top down starting with the cabled yoke and picking up stitches to work the neck band and again picking up stitches for the body. Sizes go from 2 – 10 years and is available in Contemporary Irish Knits. I like knitting smaller garments with cables and interesting construction as it allows me to pick up new skills without tackling an adult garment. As always with Carol’s patterns the joy is in the knitting and seeing all of the finishing elements that make these knits stand out.
Gidday by Georgie Nicolson
This was a fun knit for me, I used a heavily multi-coloured yarn for the yoke against the main plain colour to make it stand out. This is a fun quick knit that helps to use up yarn left overs from other projects. Construction is a top down seemless knit and sizing goes from newborn to 12 years in a DK weight. It’s a nice introduction to colourwork and working with 2 balls of yarn at the same time. There is also a free baby version if you just need a quick gift knit.
This has been a popular knit among my knitter friends and I think is perfect for showing off a skein of hand dyed yarn. It’s a free pattern and sizes go from 6 – 12 months in a sport weight yarn. This is an enjoyable TV knitting project and flys off the needles. It will always be in my library or queue.
There are a number of baby kimono patterns on Ravlery and I have knit a few and this is by far the best. It’s well written, it’s a free pattern and it’s worked bottom up with a drop sleeve. It has a small amount of finishing and is written for 1 – 6 months in fingering weight yarn.
Yes this is my second pattern from Elena but its beautiful and deserves a place. I’m now knitting my second one of these which says a lot because I never knit a pattern twice if I can help it. The sizing is from 12 months to 14 years in a worsted weight yarn. I particularly like the pockets in this knit. It’s top down raglan and keeping those purl stitches straight around the underarms is a little tricky so keep your eye on it!
This was a fun designer find for me and so far the only garment I have knit for both myself and the toddler. It’s a quick knit and I finished the toddler knit in a day and mine in under a week. Sizing goes from 2 years to adult XL and is for a Super Bulky yarn. While your looking at this pattern have a look at Heidi’s other patterns, the photography just stands out for me and I have a few of these on my queue too!
A lot of you would go straight to Puerperium but I loved this sweet little design. This free pattern is written for a newborn in DK weight but she has also written a childrens version called Quaintly and goes from newborn to 10 years. This is also in my queue to reknit for both my girls as it looks perfect over a vest or long sleeve
This is a beautiful little cabled cardigan written for light fingering weight yarn with sizes from newborn to 36 months. I enjoyed this knit as it has striking cables with very little work. It’s a top down raglan knit and has minimal finishing. I think it’s a good pattern for hand dyed yarns, I did mine in Dublin Dye Company and I think it’s fantastic! (but I would now wouldn’t I)
Another pattern from Carol Feller but it has been on my list for a long time now, I just never had a little girl old enough to fit in one. Now that I do, it won’t be long till it’s on my needles. Sizing is from 2 – 10 years in a DK yarn and is a seamless construction with a circular yoke. I think the colour combination choices alone make me want this!
This is a beautiful sweater and I’ve been a little girl heavy but hey it’s my list, on my notebook and I have no boys. I think this is a gorgeous unisex garment with an interesting construction. It comes in 6 – 24 months in a DK weight yarn but there is also a Grande version that goes from 4 – 10 years. It’s another one to show off a DK hand dyed skein and I’ve my eye on this for winter.
This pattern is written in Aran weight and ranges from 3 months – 3 years. I’ve often thought about knitting these cables and hiding a shiny glass bead between the cross over bit. It is a bottom up construction with the button band worked at the end picking up the stitches from the front and around the hood. This is firmly on my to do list.
Ok you got me I like free patterns too and I have a thing for cables but hey I’m Irish and it just may be in my blood. This worsted weight cardigan goes from 3 – 18 months and is perfect for a newborn quick knit when the weather changes unexpectedly or they arrive unexpectedly like my daughter! I love the A line look and that the garment looks good with a full button band or just a choice few at the top. Again a pattern for hand dyed or kettle dyed yarns and I’m glad I came across this one late at night.
I’m a fan of Tin Can Knits and that if I like the pattern on the little one I can have one of my own. Their patterns are always clear and concise. This is an aran weight pattern and the size range Newborn to Adult 4XL. I knitted this in Malabrigo Rios for my newborn but she was so tiny that it is really only fitting her now 10 months later! This has nothing to do with sizing in the pattern, we just make teeny tiny babies here at the Cottage!
This is the pattern that made me break my stashdown promise for October. I saw this bought it straight away and subsequently placed an order at Winnies Wool Wagon for some Drops Merino to make it. It is now sitting in limbo in my hall until my Dacite is off the needles. This is a worsted weight pattern ranging from 3 months to 8 years with short rows and twisted stitches. I am excited about this one and you will be seeing it on my project page soon.
This is a fun and striking winter knitting pattern. It’s been in my queue for a while ever since I saw a knitter baby proudly toddling around in it last year. It’s a top down unisex knit that requires you to do some colourwork but it’s worth it. sizing goes from 3 – 24 months in a sport weight yarn. The photo of this one really speaks for itself doesn’t it?
I can hardly imagine a knitter who hasn’t seen this pattern. I have made this 4 times now and counting and it is a stunning knit. Sizes are from 6 months to 10 years and there is an adult version too (as if you didn’t know already) and the yarn fro the little one is a bulk 12 ply. It’s a perfect quick knit gift and always well recieved. I’m fairly sure I’ve heard talk of an owl project to cover all the newborns in these sweaters but then again I also could have dreamed it!
This made you smile didn’t it? This is a fun sweater in DK weight with sizes ranging from 3 months to 6 years. It’s a nice unisex top down pattern with a contracting colour pocket shaped as a bear. The pattern is written using Arroyo by Malabrigo yarns (5ply) worked as a DK weight so the garment would be a bit lighter and can be used as a transitional piece.
This is a sweet little pattern and I love that there is only 2 rows of purl in this entire project. You can also chose to knit the stranded colourwork design or try your hand at embroidery. The pattern as she describes it, is meant to be a blank slate for creativity and it is a perfect pattern to have has an emergency quick knitted gift.
Phew we made did! Did you enjoy that journey through my 20 favourite patterns? What did you think of my list?Are there any patterns that mean a lot to you that are missing? Do you have a favourite designer that isn’t there?
October KAL Update
You didn’t think that I was going to finish without an update on Dacite did you? I’m on the back shaping and it’s been very slow going in the last 7 days because I’ve had very little knitting time. I knew this would happen because life likes to mess up my plans and blow raspberries at me. I have wound the Grafton 4 ply for Stannum and I may have (cough cough) ordered yarn and knit a super secret gift but that’s ok right…..right?
If you still need a craft fix to get you through to the Podcast release on Friday, you can catch me over on the Stolen Stitches blog tomorrow and of course if you’d like to chat I’m usually hanging around on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @CottageNotebook. You can catch us over on Bloglovin’ too and join the ravelry gang here.