March 12th, 2014

Easy Toddler Pullover – 3 Ways

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Plain, stripes, fair isle, or fabric appliqué? This tutorial walks you through the knitting as well as three different treatments to make your sweater unique.

Sizes: 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T (see sizing chart below)
Needles: size US 5 (3.75mm), 24” circulars and double-pointed needles
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, (50g/110 yards per skein); or another washable wool or wool-blend yarn, worsted weight (also called 10 ply weight)
- 6-12 mo, 12-18 mo, 18-24 mo = 4 skeins
- 2T, 3T = 5 skeins
– 4T, 5T = 6 skeins
Additional Materials: 4 stitch markers, thin scrap yarn, tapestry needle
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch, after blocking

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PDF pattern download + links to seven-part video tutorial, $8 US via PayPal. addtocart

This tutorial is a collaboration with the YouTube channel Pancake Manor, a channel with puppets who get in adventures and sing songs, “for kids and awesome parents”. Be sure to see the sweaters I knit for the puppets in this video:


You can download the fabric appliqué instructions and puppet faces templates for free HERE.

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Information on things you’ll see in these videos:
The yarn I used in my sweaters is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash.

The 16″ circular needles I used are from this interchangeable set.

The poncho on the mannequin is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

The green scarf I’m wearing is Hitchhiker, knit with Hazel Knits DK Lively.

The bamboo double-pointed needles I use are by Clover.

The nail color I’m wearing is CND Shellac polish, in color “Asphalt”.


  1. Hooray! I have been waiting for this latest pattern and tutorial since you mentioned it during your interview with Judy. I’m finishing up the Rodeo Drive Poncho first, then making this awesome little pullover.

    Thank you! Your tutorials and patterns are wonderful.

    Comment by Joanne — March 12, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

  2. Can you tell me what stitch markers that you used in your video for the toddler raglan sweater?? I really like them !!

    Comment by Mary — March 13, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

  3. Staci,
    This is awesome sweater! I am going to try this. One suggestion for keeping the yarn colors bright ( to prevent fading ) is when washing a sweater like this for the first time, is to when filling your washer with water & detergent, add 1 full cup of vinegar to your wash water. ( then you can add your fabric softener crystals or your downy ball ) This little trick will keep your clothes from fading ( not just knits, you can do this to any load of washing.) To keep the colors from fading with further washing, repeat the 1 cup of vinegar every 10 washings or so.
    You can use any type of vinegar, White or Apple Cider, it doesn’t matter.

    Comment by Jacqueline — March 13, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

  4. Hi Mary- the stitch markers I use in videos are listed out with all of my other favorite stuff on my FAQ page:

    The markers I use are from a seller on etsy, but she doesn’t appear to have the ball-chain markers in stock right now:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — March 13, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

  5. brava… brava… brava! Li faccio subito per i miei figli.

    Comment by lorenza — March 14, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  6. This is really a cute idea. I have 3 grandsons with a 4th due in August and this would be a great Christmas gift. I have plenty of time to plan. The videos were great. Thanks Staci!

    Comment by Chris — March 15, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  7. Hi Staci, I just want to check the needle size you are suggesting for the toddler sweater. 3.75mm needles for 10 ply yarn seem very small. I would have thought 4.5mm to 5mm needles would be required. Can you please confirm what size needles are correct. Many thanks. Melanie.

    Comment by Melanie — March 17, 2014 @ 12:55 am

  8. Yes, the needle size 5 (3.75mm) is correct, or whatever it takes for any knitter to get the same gauge of 6 stitches per inch.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — March 17, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  9. This will be the very first pattern I’ve purchased from you, Staci, but with all the techniques you offer on this one, I think it’s a perfect choice to be the first of many to come.. Thanks so much for the invaluable tip for eliminating that pesky jog! ?

    Comment by Laura — March 31, 2014 @ 10:11 am

  10. Staci,
    I’m interested in making a striped pullover. Will this pattern show me how to make the stripes look continuos even across the raglan sleeve so that they line up with the body of the sweater? I’d like to confirm that before I purchase the pattern. Thanks for your reply.

    Comment by Elyse — May 12, 2014 @ 7:39 am

  11. Elyse – the pattern doesn’t give instructions for stripes, because you can work whatever stripe pattern you like without instructions. Since there is no stitch count necessary to make stripes work correctly, they do not disrupt the raglan increases. As long as you start and end the stripes in the same place (at the beginning of the round), they will look even throughout the whole sweater. You can also use this technique to correct the “jog” that occurs at the color change when you’re knitting in-the-round:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — May 12, 2014 @ 9:04 am

  12. Staci,
    Thanks for your quick reply. I’m interpreting your answer to mean that if I want to put in 3 even stripes throughout, as long as I start at the BOR each time & make the stripes the same # of rows it should work using your toddler pullover! correct!

    Comment by Elyse — May 12, 2014 @ 9:54 am

  13. I meant “correct”?

    Comment by Elyse — May 12, 2014 @ 9:55 am

  14. Elyse – that’s the thing, you can make them ANY number of rounds, any number of colors, odd numbers, even numbers, narrow stripes next to wide stripes, the whole sweater or part of the sweater – anything. The only thing you want to do is to start new colors at the beginning of the round.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — May 12, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  15. Hi Staci,

    I just bought this pattern and I’m very excited to start this sweater. It’s my third sweater pattern I bought from you. Can you tell me the colors you used and also the size you used for the pullover in picture. My other question is I would like to do the stripes where you did your pattern but don’t know when to start it. Can you give some idea ,I would like it around the same place where you started your design. Thanks so much !Linda

    Comment by Linda — May 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am

  16. Linda – in the finished sweater (on the boy) in the photo, I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Avocado, Columbine, and Coal. I believe I knit the 19-24 month size. Regarding stripes – you can add them wherever you like! The fair isle pattern is a couple of inches wide, so you can add it anywhere close to the bottom, allowing for those two inches and the length of the bottom cuff.

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — May 18, 2014 @ 10:26 am

  17. Staci- could I crochet Zacks or Reggies face on the knitting sweater or would you just do fabric applique?

    Comment by Melissa S — June 18, 2014 @ 9:23 am

  18. Melissa – I haven’t tried crocheting like that on knitted fabric. It’s worth a try!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — June 18, 2014 @ 10:06 am

  19. Hi Staci, I am working on this sweater for my grandson and I know you mentioned that under the arms there would be a hole but I have a hole that I would like to fix because it is bigger than I like. I have never fixed a hole like that and need some help. It isn’t because of a dropped stitch it just looks like I didn’t pull something tight enough. Thank you.

    Comment by Susanne — August 15, 2014 @ 10:35 am

  20. Hi Suzanne – top down raglans create holes under the arms, which is totally normal and fixable. if you haven’t picked up the sleeves yet, you can pick up an extra stitch or two there, and decrease them out on the next round. If you have already knit the sleeves, you can use duplicate stitch to tighten up the stitch(es) that appear loose. Here is my video on duplicate stitch:

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — August 15, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

  21. Ok, I have already knit one sleeve but will pick up an extra stitch or two on the next sleeve and I will try the duplicate stitch to tighten things up. Thank you.

    Comment by Susanne — August 15, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

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