This summer, my LYS will be doing a charity project involving sweaters and cardigans for children. As a resource for that project, I have made this list of free sweater patterns that I think would be great for charity.  I have tried to include knit and crochet patterns in varying baby and children’s sizes.

Sweaters that would be great for charity projects

Some of the patterns are really basic and great for beginners, while others are just complicated enough to keep an intermediate level crafter interested, without taking forever to make. I looked for patterns that use DK or worsted weight yarns, and without too much tight shaping so they are likely to fit a growing child for some time. Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments!

All photos are copyright of their respective owners and are used here with permission.


 

Crochet patterns:

Cheer sweater by KT and the SquidCheer:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: KT & the Squid
Sizes: Available in sizes from newborn to adult, but only free in the newborn size.
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Easy
My notes: Uses the extended single crochet stitch for a stretchy, soft texture. If you haven’t tried extended stitches yet, this is a great pattern to try!

 

Lightweight Baby Boy's Cardigan by AG HandmadesLightweight Baby Boy’s Cardigan:

Ravelry Link
Designer: AG Handmades
Sizes: 0-3 months and 3-6 months
Yarn weight: DK / light worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess: Easy
My notes: Uses crossed double crochet stitches for the body, and post stitches for the ribbing. Both are explained well in the pattern and I think this could be a good project even for a beginner.

 

Eloise sweater by MooglyEloise:

Ravelry Links: Baby sizes, Girls sizes
Designer: Tamara Kelly of Moogly
Sizes: Baby – 0-6 months to 3T, Girls: 4/6 to 12/14
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – my best guess is Intermediate.
My notes: I’ve made this sweater. It was fun, fast, and looks much more complicated than it really is. Read my full pattern review for the Eloise sweater.

 

Leaping Crochet Baby Hoodie by MooglyLeaping Crochet Baby Hoodie:

Ravelry Link
Designer: Tamara Kelly of Moogly
Sizes: 6 months to 2T
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Easy
My notes: The pattern stitch is easier than it looks at first, and is only on the straight section, so no increases or decreases need to be done in the pattern stitch. The hood is optional.

 

Jacob Child's Jacket by Kim GuzmanJacob Child’s Jacket:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Kim Guzman of CrochetKim
Sizes: 2-10
Yarn weight: DK / light worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess: Easy / Intermediate
My notes: Well written and the stitch pattern is not particular difficult. Maintaining the stitch pattern over increases and decreases might be just a bit tricky for beginners, that’s the only reason I’m not calling it easy.

 

Joseph Child's Pullover by Kim GuzmanJoseph Child’s Sweater:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Kim Guzman of CrochetKim
Sizes: 2-10
Yarn weight: DK / light worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess: Easy
My notes: Simple stripes of colorwork in an easy to create, textured stitch pattern. Great to use up smaller amount of yarn.

 


 

Knit patterns:

Baby SophisticateBaby Sophisticate by Linden Down:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Linden Down
Sizes: Available in sizes from newborn to child size 10, but only free in 0-3 months and 6-12 months
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Easy
My notes: I’ve made this pattern twice and it’s one of my all time favorites. I LOVE it. Read about my Baby sophisticate here.

 

My Oslo AnorakThe Oslo Anorak:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Pickles
Sizes: Available in sizes from 6-12 months up to 8 years, but only the 6/12 month size is free.
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – I would call it Intermediate
My notes: I was not able to reach the designer for permission to use her photo, so I have used mine. This is another one of my favorites. I’m calling it intermediate because it uses short rows, but I was very much a beginner when I made it, and it came out well!  Read more about mine.

 

Kids' Basic Raglan Sweater by Catherine McMillanKids’ Basic Raglan Sweater:

Ravelry Link
Designer: Catherine McMillan of Urchin Knit
Sizes: 2-10
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – my best guess is Easy.
My notes: This is not one I have made, but I’ve looked through the pattern. It looks well written, well illustrated, and has lots of notes and explanations. It also looks as easy as it gets for a kids sweater. I particularly like her idea of a secret message or design inside the hem.

 

Everyday Pullover Sweater:

Ravelry Link
Designer: Raya Budrevich of Blissful Knits
Sizes: 6 months to kids 8
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess Intermediate
My notes: I particularly like the neckline – it’s not your typical Raglan. I’m calling it Intermediate because of the unusual neckline shaping, colorwork, and drop stitch design.

 

no photoClassic T-Top Sweater:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Guideposts
Sizes: 2-10
Yarn weight: Worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess Beginner
My notes: I was unable to reach the designer for photo permissions – this is a simple T shaped sweater with a little bit of texture. From what I can tell, the hardest technique in this pattern would be casting on extra stitches for the sleeves. This looks really easy – perfect for a beginning knitter. From what I can tell, it looks like it was actually designed for charity knitting.

 

Valentine sweater by Catherine LinValentine:

Ravelry Link 
Designer: Catherine Lin of Cat Knits a Lot
Sizes: 2-12
Yarn weight: DK / light worsted
Difficulty: Not specified – best guess: Intermediate
My notes: I included this for the more advanced knitters, who might get bored with the easier patterns. This one looks like it should work up fairly quickly, but still has a few fun details as well.


Those are the sweaters I found that I thought would work well, and I hope you think so too. If you have a favorite that’s not here, remember to share that link with us all in the comments!

 


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