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I’m Elizabeth Smith and designing knitting patterns is my passion. I strive to create simple, modern designs and write patterns for them that are easy to follow and fun to knit. Most of my patterns ...

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Wonder Years

from Elizabeth Smith
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Wonder Years
Wonder Years
Wonder Years
Wonder Years
Wonder Years

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Cast on
  • Bind off
  • Basic pattern reading skills

Pattern Description:

A seamless raglan cardigan knit from the top-down using worsted weight yarn, Wonder Years toddler/child cardigan is inspired by my "Little Coffee Bean" baby cardigan but sized for older children (from 2T-10 years).
The only finishing required is picking up stitches along the front edges for the button bands. Highly customizable, you can make this cardigan longer, shorter, short or long-sleeved, buttons all the way down or simply one or two buttons at the top.


4.5 sts & 6 rws = 1" in St st

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 2T (3T, 4T, 5-6 yrs, 6-7 yrs, 7-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs)


  • Yarn: 440 (440, 440, 440, 440, 660, 660) yds worsted weight yarn of main color, approx 100 yds of each contrasting color for top stripes, shown in 220 Wool by Cascade (100% Peruvian Wool; 100 g=220 yds), 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins for main color, 1 skein of each contrasting color.
  • Needles: 24" circular knitting needles and DPNs in size US 8 or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Needles: 24" circular knitting needles and DPNs in size US 7 or 1 needle size smaller than used to obtain gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 stitch markers
  • 2 pieces of scrap yarn, around 20" in length
  • Tapestry needle or crochet hook to weave in ends
  • 5-7 buttons, 3/4"

Preferred Brand/Yarn: