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My 5th grade teacher taught my whole class to knit. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 7 or 8 and an old family friend taught me to embroider when I was very young. I was always doing ...

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Lathryus Child Pattern

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Lathryus Child Pattern
Lathryus Child Pattern
Lathryus Child Pattern
Lathryus Child Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit, Purl, Cast On, Cast Off, Knit in Round, Pickup Stitches, Increase, Decrease

Pattern Description:

Lathryus is written for babies from 3 month through child size 8. The sweater can be made either as a pullover or a cardigan in colors suitable for a boy or a girl making it a very versatile pattern. Because the yoke is made with a variegated yarn, it gives the look of Fair Isle without all the work. The top down one piece construction makes the pattern the perfect project for a knitter with very little sweater experience.


22 stitches and 36 rows to 4"/10cm in Stockinette stitch on size US5 needles in Liberty
Wool Light (CC).
20 stitches and 30 rows to 4"/10cm in Stockinette stitch on size US5 needles in 220 Superwash
Sport (MC).
Please Note: The yoke and body are knit with yarns of slightly different gauges. I did not adjust the sweater because I thought the fullness of the sweater added to the style. Hence, they have what we call positive ease in adult garments. Since this isn't nearly as common in kids wear, I have provided the true chest measurements which when compared to standard sizing charts are larger than normal chest measurements. The models are my grandchildren. They are all pretty thin and even on them, the sweaters don't look to large. Cardigan is upsized slightly more (by the width of the button band) to allow it to be worn over other garments. If you are concerned, try the sweater on your little prince or princess as you go and reduce by applying decreases at both underarms until you get the desired fit. That is the beauty of knitting top down!


  • US5 Circular needles, darning needle

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing thread & buttons for cardigan only

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Classic Elite Liberty Elite for Yoke and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport for body


Classic Elite = Watercolor; Cascade = Cotton Candy