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Child's Yuletide Sweater

Sometimes it's hard to get kids to dress up for the holidays, but the Child's Yuletide Sweater is a cozy knit sweater pattern your kids will love donning. This stylish Fair Isle sweater is perfect for fancier holiday parties as well as causal weekday activities. You'll love how polished he or she will look in this darling knit, and you'll love being able to take credit for it as well.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge18 stitches, 24 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Satin (100 g/3.5 oz;182 m/200 yds)
    Sizes 2 yrs 4 yrs 6 yrs 8 yrs
    Main Color (MC) Crimson (04705) - 2 3 3 4 balls
    Contrast A Silk (04007) 1 1 1 1 balls
  • Sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and 8 (5 mm) circular knitting needles 24" [60 cm] long
  • Set of four sizes U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) and U.S. 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 5 stitch holders
  • 1 stitch marker


18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking stitch.




To fit chest measurement
2 yrs 21" [53.5 cm]
4 yrs 23" [58.5 cm]
6 yrs 25" [63.5 cm]
8 yrs 26½" [67.5 cm]

Finished chest
2 yrs 24" [61 cm]
4 yrs 26" [66 cm]
6 yrs 28" [71 cm]
8 yrs 29" [73.5 cm]



Approx = approximately
Beg = beginning
Dec = decrease(ing)
Inc = Increase(ing)
K = knit
K1-f/b = (increase) Knit into the front and back loop of the stitch.
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
P = purl
pat = pattern
pm= place marker
rem = remain(ing)
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together





The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).
Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.


With MC and smaller circular needle, cast on 108 (118-126-130) sts. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd for (K1. P1) ribbing until work from beg measures 2" [5 cm].
Change to larger circular needle and proceed as follows:
1st rnd: Knit, inc 0 (2-0-2) sts evenly around. 108 (120-126-132) sts.
2nd rnd: Knit.
Knit Chart I to end of chart, reading rows from right to left, noting 6-st rep will be worked 18 (20-21-22) times. Break A.
With MC only, knit even in rnds until work from beg measures 10 (11-11½-12)" [25.5(28-29-30.5) cm].
Next rnd: [K54 (60-63-66). Slip last 6 (6-8-8) sts onto a st holder for underarm] twice. Leave all sts on a spare needle.


With set of four smaller double-pointed needles and MC, cast on 24 (30-36-36) sts. Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
1st rnd: *K1. P1. Rep from * around.
Rep last rnd for (K1. P1) ribbing until work from beg measures 1½" [4 cm].
Change to larger double-pointed needles and proceed as follows:
Next rnd: Knit.
Knit Chart I to end of chart, noting 6-st rep will be worked 4 (5-6-6) times. Break A.
With MC only, proceed as follows:
**Next rnd: Kfb. Knit to last st. Kfb. 26 (32-38-38) sts.
Knit 8 (16-18-18) rnds even.**
Rep from ** to ** 4 (2-2-3) times more. 34 (36-42-44) sts.
Knit even in rnds until Sleeve from beg measures 8½ (10½-11½-12½)" [21.5 (26.5-29-32) cm].
Next rnd: K31 (33-38-40). Slip last 3 (3-4-4) sts and first 3 (3-4-4) sts of rnd onto a st holder for underarm. Break yarn. Leave rem 28 (30-34-36) sts on a st holder.


1st rnd: With MC and larger circular needle, [K28 (30-34-36) for Sleeve. PM. K48 (54-55-58) for Body. PM] twice. 152 (168-178-188) sts.
Next rnd: Knit, inc 2 (0-4-8) sts evenly around. 154 (168-182-196) sts.


Sizes 6 and 8 only: With MC, knit 3 rnds even.


All sizes: Work Chart II to end of chart, reading rows from right to left, noting 14-st rep will be worked 11 (12-13-14) times.


Sizes 6 and 8 only: Next rnd: With MC, Knit, dec (2-0) sts evenly around. (180-196) sts.
Next rnd: With MC, knit.
Next rnd: With A, knit.


All sizes: Next rnd: With MC, *K2tog. K2.
Rep from * to last 2 (0-0-0) sts. K2 (0-0-0). 114 (126-135-147) sts.


Sizes 6 and 8 only: Next rnd: With A, *K(43-47). K2tog. Rep from * twice more. (132-144) sts.


All sizes: Next rnd: With MC, knit.
Work Chart I to end of chart, noting 6-st rep will be worked 19 (21-22-24) times. Break A.
Next rnd: With MC, *K2tog. K1. Rep from * around. 76 (84-88-96) sts.
With MC, knit 12 (15-12-14) rnds even.


Size 2 only: Next rnd: K7. *K2tog. K4. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K1. K2tog. 64 sts.


Sizes 4, 6 and 8 only: Next rnd: *K2. K2tog. K(3-2-2). K2tog. Rep from * to last (3-0-0) sts. K(3-0-0). (66-66-72) sts.


All sizes: Change to smaller set of 4 needles. Work in (K1. P1) ribbing as given above for 1" [2.5 cm]. Cast off loosely in ribbing.


Child's Yuletide Sweater


Child's Yuletide Sweater

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I find it really difficult to use circular needles - is there any way this pattern could be knitted up using two or four straight needles, please? All suggestions welcomed!

You could use straight needles, if they are double points, since there is no way to alter the pattern to knit it flat and seam. The way its designed, it simply will not work out on straight needles.


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