The Sophie Sweater: A New Free Kids’ Pattern

With both shame and pride, this is one of those completely spontaneous projects that arose from a KAL. I’ve gotten much better at knitting only my new designs and planned projects, but when I saw pictures of the Knit Collage Fall KAL for 2019 floating around on Instagram, I really could not help myself.

I had been tentatively planning to knit each of my two kids a new sweater for Christmas, and like me, Sophie has long been smitten with Knit Collage yarn. When I showed her the colors online, it was all too easy. I decided to design a sweater just for her.

After looking at the yarn, Sophie and I decided a sweater with blocked stripes would be best. For her colors, she chose Spun Cloud “Blue My Mind” and Cast Away “Chasing Rainbows.”

Below is the free pattern that I wrote up while knitting the Sophie Sweater. Please keep in mind that the pattern is untested and is designed to fit my ten-year-old daughter, but I do provide her measurements below. If you are interested in knitting this sweater in a different size, let me know in the comments below and I’ll be happy to assist you in figuring out what to do.


Gauge: Approx. 9 sts/4 inches for Spun Cloud and 8 sts/4 inches for Cast Away and 14 rows/4 inches for both yarns

Needles: Size US 9 for ribbing and US 11 for main

Yarn: 2 skeins of Knit Collage Spun Cloud and 2 skeins of Knit Collage Cast Away (I had a scant amount of Cast Away left over and approx. half a skein of Spun Cloud left over.)

Finished chest circumference: 32 inches

Fit: Designed to fit my 10-year-old daughter, whose chest circumference measures 27.25 inches. It fits her with 4.75 inches of positive ease.

Measures 21 inches from top of shoulder to edge of hem


Using ribbing needles and Spun Cloud yarn, CO 46 sts using long tail or preferred cast-on method. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

(K1, p1) for 5 rnds.

Switch to main needles. K 1 rnd.

Work German short rows for raising the back of the neck as follows: K6, turn. Make DS (double stitch) on purl side, p to marker, slip marker, p6, turn. Make DS on right side, k to marker, slip marker, k to DS, k DS, k6, turn. Make DS on purl side, p to marker, slip marker, p to DS, p DS, p6, turn. Make DS on right side, k to marker. Knit around, knitting the two remaining DS’s.

(K2, m1) around. [69 sts] K 3 rnds.

(K3, m1) around. [92 sts] K 3 rnds.

(K4, m1) around. [115 sts] K until yoke measures 6.5 inches from cast-on edge in center front.

Separate for sleeves as follows: K17, slip 24 sts to scrap yarn for right sleeve, CO 2 sts for right underarm, k33, slip 24 sts to scrap yarn for left sleeve, CO 2 sts for left underarm, k17. [71 sts]

K 1 rnd. Break yarn or carry down along the marker.

Join in Cast Away yarn. K 12 rnds. Switch to Spun Cloud yarn. K 6 rnds. Repeat these 18 rnds once more, switching colors as instructed. On last round, decrease one st. [70 sts]

Knit around with Spun Cloud until sweater measures 12 inches from underarm, or 1.5 inches less than desired length.

Using Size 9 needles, (k1, p1) around for 5 rnds. Break yarn.

Both sleeves are worked the same. Work sleeves as follows: Using Spun Cloud, locate center of underarm and, moving clockwise, pick up and knit 2 sts, knit all sts held for arm, pick up and knit 2 more underarm sts. Place marker. [28 sts]

Switch to Cast Away yarn. Decrease Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ask, k1. [26 sts]

K 2 rnds. Repeat Decrease Rnd. [24 sts]

Repeat Decrease Rnd every 14th rnd until sleeve st total is 18 sts. At the same time, knit a total of 11 rnds with Cast Away, followed by 6 rnds of Spun Cloud. Repeat these 17 rnds two more times, switching colors as instructed. Knit with Spun Cloud until sleeve measures 15.5 inches from underarm, or 1.5 inches less than desired sleeve length.

Using Size 9 needles, (k1, p1) for 5 rnds. Break yarn.

Weave in all ends, soak in your favorite wool wash and block by laying flat to dry.


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  1. Crafty Like Granny says:

    What a gorgeous sweater Jamie. Your daughter looks so happy to be wearing it. Knit Collage yarn has come up a treat in this design. Just lovely. Cheers Jodie

    1. Thank you so much! It’s the perfect Christmas sweater for her.

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