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Free Knitting Pattern: Toddler Sweater & Socks

Lion Brand® Magic Stripes
Pattern #: kmstripe-toddlerSweater
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 12 mos, 18 mos, 24 months (2 yrs)
Sweater Finished measurement Chest 24 (26, 28)"
Length 12 (13, 14)"
Socks Circumference 5½ (6, 6¼)"
Foot length 4½ (5, 5½)"
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

PUBLISHED IN:  Cast On, Hancock Craft, Interweave Knits, Knit 'n Style, Knit It!, Knit Simple / Fam. Circ. EZ Knit, Knitters

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Magic Stripes

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 310-204: Magic Stripes Yarn: Bright Spring Pattern
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Magic Stripes
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*Magic Stripes (Article #310). 75% wool, 25% nylon; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (330yds/300m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
  1. Five 5 1/8" (16 mm) buttons
  2. Size 3 (3.25 mm) knitting needles
  3. Size 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles or size to obtain gauge
  4. Size 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) set of 5
  5. Size 3 (3.25 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) set of 5
  6. Five 5 1/8" (16 mm) buttons

Toddler Sweater & Socks

Lion Brand® Magic Stripes


Sweater 24 sts + 32 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) on larger needles.
Socks 28 sts + 36 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (knit every round) on larger needles. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


3-Needle Bind Off With RS together, hold in one hand 2 needles with equal number of sts on each. With 3rd needle, knit tog 1 st from each needle, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, pass first st worked over 2nd to bind off, repeat from * across to last st. Cut working yarn and pull through last st to secure.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k them tog.
Grafting Holding the 2 needles parallel with wrong sides of fabric together, thread a blunt tapestry needle with one of the yarn ends and work as follows:
Insert needle as if to purl into first stitch on front piece. Insert needle as if to knit into first stitch on back piece. Then follow steps 1-4 as outlined below.
  1. insert needle as if to knit through first st on front needle and let the st drop from needle.
  2. Insert needle into 2nd st on front needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through, leaving st on the needle.
  3. Insert needle into first st on back needle as if to purl and let it drop from the needle, then
  4. insert it as if to knit through 2nd st on back needle and pull yarn through, leaving st on needle. Repeat 1-4 until all sts are gone. When finished, adjust tension.


With smaller needles, cast on 72 (78, 84) sts. Knit 7 rows. Change to larger needles and work in St st until piece measures 11½ (12½, 13½)" from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck
K 24 (26, 28) sts, bind off next 24 (26, 28) sts, attach another ball of yarn and k remaining sts.
Working both shoulders at the same time, decrease
1 st at each neck edge on next 2 RS rows – 22 (24, 26) sts remain on each shoulder. Work even until piece measures 12 (13, 14)". Place shoulder sts on holders.

Left Front
With smaller needles, cast on 35 (38, 41) sts.
Work as for Back until piece measures 10 (11, 12)".

Shape Front Neck
Working shaping at front neck edge only, bind off 7 (7, 8) sts once; 3 (4, 4) sts once; then 1 st 3 times – 22 (24, 26) sts.
Work even until piece measures same as Back. Place shoulder sts on holder.

Right Front
Work as for Left Front, reversing all shaping.

With smaller needles, cast on 34 (36, 40) sts.
Knit 7 rows. Change to larger needles and work in St st. AT SAME TIME, increase 1 st each edge every 4th row 8 (10, 9) times, then every 6th row 2 (2, 4) times – 54 (60, 66) sts.
Work even until piece measures 7 (8, 9)" from beg.
Bind off all sts.

Seam shoulders using 3-needle bind off.
Place markers 4½ (5, 5½)" down from shoulder seam.
Sew in Sleeves between markers.
Sew side and underarm seams.
With smaller needles, pick up 82 (86, 90) sts evenly around neck edge. Knit every row until Collar measures 2". Bind off all sts loosely.
Buttonhole Band
With smaller needle, pick up 64 (69, 72) sts along Right Front for girls (Left Front for boys). Do not pick up sts along collar edge. Knit 3 rows.
Buttonhole Row K 3 (4, 3), *k2tog, yo, k 12 (13, 14); repeat from * to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k 3. Knit 3 rows. Bind off all sts.
Button Band
Pick up sts as for buttonhole band. Knit 7 rows.
Bind off all sts.
Sew buttons onto button band. Weave in ends.

With smaller dpn, loosely cast on 38 (42, 44) sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Place marker at beg of rnd.
Join, being careful not to twist.
Work in garter stitch (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd) for 2". Knit 3 rnds. Change to larger dpns and work in K1, P1 Rib for 2". Knit 4 rnds.
Heel Flap
Set Up Row K 9 (10, 11), slip remaining st(s) to next needle (this needle will hold the instep sts), turn work.
Next Row With empty needle, p 9 (10, 11) and then, with same needle, p 10 (11, 11) from next needle; slip remaining st(s) to instep needle. There should be 19 (21, 22) sts on instep needle, and 19 (21, 22) sts on heel needle.
Work back and forth on the heel sts only.
Row 1 (RS) *Slip 1 wyib, k 1; repeat from *, end slip
1 (1, 0).
Row 2 (WS) Slip 0 (0, 1) wyif, *p 1, slip 1 wyif; repeat from *, end p 1.
Repeat these two rows until heel flap measures
1 (1¼, 1¼)", ending with a WS row.
Turn Heel
Row 1 Slip 1, k 9 (11, 12), ssk, k1, turn.
Row 2 Slip 1, p 2 (4, 5), p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3 Slip 1, k 3 (5, 6), ssk, k1, turn.
Row 4 Slip 1, p 4 (6, 7), p2tog, p1, turn.
Continue as established, working one more st before decrease on each round, until all sts on ends of needle have been worked into heel – 11 (13, 14) heel sts remain. Pick up stitches for heel gusset as follows: Knit 6 (7, 7) sts. Using a free needle, knit the next 5 (6, 7) sts. With this same needle, pick up 6 (7, 7) sts along side edge of heel flap. With another free needle, knit 19 (21, 22) sts of instep. With another free needle, pick up 6 (7, 7) sts along edge of heel flap and knit the remaining 6 (7, 7) sts – 42 (48, 50) sts. You should have the end of round at the center of the heel; 11 (13, 14) sts on first needle, 19 (21, 22) sts on 2nd needle, and 12 (14, 14) sts on 3rd needle.
Rnd 1 Knit.
Rnd 2 Knit Needle #1 to last 3 sts, k2tog, k 1; Needle #2 Knit 19 (21, 22) sts; Needle #3 K 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 38 (42, 44) sts remain.
Work even in St st until foot measures 3 (3½, 4)" or 1½" less than desired total length.
Toe Shaping
Rnd 1 Knit Needle #1 to 3 sts before end, k2tog, k 1; on Needle #2 K 1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts of needle, k2tog, k 1; on Needle #3 K 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Rnd 2 Knit. Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 14 (14, 16) sts remain. With Needle #3 Knit to end of first needle – 7 (7, 8) sts will be for the top of foot and 7 (7, 8) sts will be for the bottom of the foot. Graft remaining stitches together. Weave in ends. Fold down garter stitch cuff.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front yo = yarn over

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