Hyphen unisex baby and child cardigan - knitting pattern

A very easy yet fun knit, this unisex cardigan is sure to become your go-to knit for babies and kids. The circular yoke and cuffs feature a simple yet unusual stitch that lends a sophisticated touch to a classic and comfortable garment.


Construction: This cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down, featuring a circular yoke embellished with an easy textured stitch. Stitches for the sleeves are put on hold while the body of the cardigan is worked, then they are put back on needles and worked in the round. Button bands are worked as you go.

Skills required: casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, binding off.

Sizes available: 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo) To fit chest: 16 (17, 18, 19 // 21, 23, 25, 26.5) inches or 40.5 (43, 45.5, 48.5 // 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 67.5) cm. Garment chest: 18.75 (19.5, 21, 21.75 // 23.5, 26.25, 28.5, 30.25) inches or 47.5 (49.5, 53.5, 55 // 59.5, 66.5, 72.5, 77) cm


  • Knitting pattern (pdf file)
  • US Imperial Measurement AND Metric Measurement
  • Sizes 3mo to 8yo
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters or adventurous beginners

Materials you need at home:

Yarn requirements: Approximately 275 (300, 325, 350 // 375, 450, 600, 700) yards or 251 (274, 297, 320 // 343, 411, 549, 640) meters of worsted to aran weight merino or merino blend yarn.

Needles: - US 8 or 5mm needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge). - 1 set of matching dpns for sleeves. - US 6 or 4mm needle (or size needed to match garter stitch gauge).

Notions: - 4 stitch markers - tapestry needle - 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn for sleeves - three 5/8-inch or 1.5cm buttons, or more if desired

Gauge: 18 sts x 26 rows = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch using larger needles, after blocking 20 sts x 48 rows (i.e. 24 ridges) = 4 inches or 10cm in garter stitch using smaller needles, after blocking

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Originally from France, I have been living abroad for as long as I can remember, with one brief parenthèse of Parisian life during my college years. After almost 12 years in the US, I am now living in Northern Germany with my husband and 2 kids.

I published my first pattern in 2008, and have been designing ever since, with a particular love for children’s knits that are timeless yet whimsical.

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