Baby & toddler short sleeve cardigan - knitting pattern

This little short-sleeved cardigan is made all in one piece from the neck to the lower hem. You won’t have to sew anything, except to add the buttons! The top part features lines of cables, while the lower part is made up in stocking-stitch with garter-stitch hem and edging. Instead of adjusting for size, I opted for changing the needle sizes. Also, I made the smaller size with a fuller “skirt” section, giving more room for busy little legs, and the larger size has a more stream-lined look. This cardigan is quick to make, so your tiny girl can have several in her wardrobe! Saoirse, pronounced Seer-sha or Ser-sha, is an Irish name, the meaning of which is “Freedom.” The actual garment measures 18 1/2, 20, 22 inches around at the chest. There are four pages to the pattern, with written instructions and photographs. Baby yarn was used for the pictured garments, you don't need to use the yarn specified as long as you make sure that you check the gauge. The cardigan is knit flat, so only straight needles are required.


  • PDF knitting pattern with photographs
  • Written pattern (no chart)
  • Sizes are in inches, but supplies are in both imperial and metric
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

You will need: * Bernat Baby Sport solids - 100% Acrylic, 12.3 oz / 350 g, 1,256 yds / 1 148 m * Straight knitting needles: First size: 3.75mm (9 U.K., 5 U.S.) and 4mm (8 U.K., 6 U.S.); Second size: 4mm (8 U.K., 6 U.S.) and 4.5mm (7 U.K., 7 U.S.); Third size: 4.5mm (7 U.K., 7 U.S.) and 5mm (6 U.K., 8 U.S.) * Cable needle * Yarn needle for weaving in ends and sewing on buttons 3 small buttons or toggles

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Christina Drummond

I learned to knit as a child living in both Ireland and England. I love the intricate work of aran garments, but it was only when my first grandchild came along that I began to design for babies and children - for her first child my daughter had wanted a tiny sweater with a particular aran stitch on the front, I couldn't find a pattern so decided to make one up!

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