Atherton a Top Down No Sew Hoodie - Kids

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Atherton a Top Down No Sew Hoodie - Kids Pattern


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Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Working in the round on circular needles and double pointed needles; knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing; simple cable pattern

Pattern Description:

One of my own personal favorites developed over years of refining the pattern to fit well, look good and be a joy to knit.
A Basic Hoodie Sweater Pattern to knit from the top-down all in one piece. For kids in 10 different sizes from 2T to size 16 or Adult small with about 4" of ease for a comfy "sweatshirt like" fit.
A Classic, timeless design with simple raglan cables and a new twist on construction carefully designed for smooth, uninterrupted nonstop knitting. One piece top-down construction helps you get the perfect fit every time.
This is a "Meditative" knit with easy repetitive shaping that flows without interruptions. Before you know it you're finished and the only sewing to do is the top of the hood and minimal ends to weave in.
My kids actually love to wear this. It's comfortable and looks great too.
I find myself knitting this again and again with simple variations that make it new each time. Make it a cardigan, lose the hood, add pockets or a stitch pattern for texture. Lots of ideas for variations included as well as a tutorial on an "Afterthought Pouch Pocket" that you can add to any knit.
You are unlikely to find an error now that this pattern has been to "The TECHsorcist" - Technical Editing by Eleanor Dixon


18 sts and 24 rows or rnds = 4" [10 c] in St st with larger needles after blocking

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child Sizes: 2T (4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)
  • To fit chest: 21 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31.5, 32.5)" [53.5 (58.5, 61, 63.5, 66, 68.5, 71, 76, 80, 82.5) cm]
  • Finished Measurements Chest at Underarm: 25.5 (27.5, 28.5, 29.5, 30.5, 31.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36, 37)" [65 (70, 72.5, 75, 77.5, 80, 82.5, 87.5, 91.5, 94) cm]
  • Finished Length: 15 (16.75, 18, 19, 21, 22.5, 24.25, 26, 27, 28)" [38 (42.5, 45.5, 48.5, 53.5, 57, 61.5, 66, 68.5, 71)cm]


  • Any good quality worsted weight yarn that will knit to the required gauge
  • OR Nancy Elizabeth Designs Custom Handspun Yarn in 4 Medium (Worsted) weight

You Will Also Need:

  • US size 9 [5.5 mm] or size needed for correct gauge
  • US size 8 [5.0 mm] or 1 size smaller than gauge needles
  • stitch markers and holders
  • Optional button or toggle

About Designer

About Designer

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I really enjoy sharing my passion for maintaining excellence, quality, beauty and joy in the process and practice of fiber art. I want to honor the human skills involved, keep them from becoming a dying art and acknowledge the rich heritage, the diversity and multicultural history of handcrafted textiles.
I try to stay mindful when sourcing my materials, thoughtfully choosing sustainable, ...

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