Tutorial: how to make a top down raglan sleeve cardigan

from Annalisa Chelli - 12 November 2018

Annalisa Chelli

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The second super crafty Christmas tutorial is a top down raglan sleeve cardigan. It’s been designed for 9/10 year old girls and is a project by Designs By Phanessa who has created it for us, using our new spray paint effect yarn, Piuma.

Phanessa is a Californian knitter and blogger with a cheerful fresh style. You can find an amazing gallery of cardigans, scarves, hats, pot-holders and much more on her Instagram. However, her true passion is children’s knitwear. So, we thought she’d be perfect for this project for children. And we weren’t wrong!

We are crazy about this girls’ top down cardigan (or even unisex, as pink tones don’t have to just be for girls) as it’s a classic cardigan, refreshed by the pattern from our Piuma spray paint edition. The watercolour effect comes from a special spray pattern on the yarn, turning a plain colour into a multicoloured one!

Now let’s grab our needles and follow Phanessa’s instructions. Your top down cardigan will come together in the blink of an eye!

Tutorial Cardigan Designs by Phanessa

How to make a raglan sleeve cardigan

The Knit Cardigan is a classic top-down raglan style cardigan. Worked in one piece, it’s a great beginner’s pattern.

Piuma Yarn color Marshmallow, 10,58 oz / 300 g
Circular Needles, US 11/8MM 42”
Double Pointed Needles (4), US 11/8MM
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker
Tape Measure

4” = 12 Stitches | 17 Rows


Cartamodello per creare un cardigan per bambina

Abbreviation Key
Co – Cast on
Rs – Right Side
Ws – Wrong Side
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Sl – Slip
K – Knit
P – Purl
Kfb – Knit through front loop of stitch & then knit through back of stitch.
Sm – Stitch Marker
Rep – Repeat
Rem – Remaining
St St – Stockinette Stitch
DPNs – Double Pointed Needles
K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together

Pattern Notes

Photos are for demonstration purposes and may not reflect the correct number of stitches. Increase stitches before and after marker using kfb.

How to make a girls' top down cardigan

How to make the neck of the girls’ top down cardigan

Worked in Garter Stitches.

Co 48 sts placing stitch markers after the 9, 6, 18, 6 sts.

Come realizzare il collo di un maglione top down per bambine

Note: sm as you knit

Row 1 (rs): k all sts.
Row 2 (ws): k all sts.
Rep rows 1 and 2 twice.

You should have a total of 6 rows in garter sts.

Pattern to make a kids' top down cardigan


Row 1 (rs): [k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm, kfb] 4 times. K rem 8 sts.
Row 2 (ws): k5, p all sts until last 5 sts, k5.

Note: sm as you purl.

Rep rows 1 and 2 for a total of 24 rows

How to make the body of a girls’ raglan sleeve cardigan

Row 1 (rs): [k to next marker. Remove marker. Place next set of sts before next marker on scrap yarn. Remove next marker] twice.

How to make the chest of the top down cardigan Tutorial: how to make a kids' top down cardigan Tutorial: how to make a kids' top down cardigan

Continue knitting rem sts.

Row 2: k5, p all sts until last 5 sts. k5.
Row 3: k all sts.

Tutorial girls' cardigan

Rep rows 2 and 3 knitting in st st for 27 rows or until your piece measures 14” from collar to needles. You can place markers 5 sts in to mark the garter st bands.

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Work 10 rows of garter sts (k every row).

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Cast/Bind off.

How to make the sleeves of the top down cardigan

Place held sts evenly onto 3 dpns. Use a 4th dpn to knit with. Leave a long tail for closing up hole under arm. Sleeves are worked in the round.

girls' top down cardigan - Pattern

Round 1-5: k all sts
Round 6: k2tog, k rem sts.
Rep rounds 1 through 6 six more times for a total of 42 rounds or until sleeve measures 13”.

How to make the cuffs of the raglan sleeve cardigan

Round 1: k all sts
Round 2: p all sts.
Rep Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. (8 total rounds).

Cast/Bind off.

Girls' top down cardigan

Repeat for other sleeve.

Tutorial how to make a girls' raglan sleeve sweater


Using the long tail from the sleeves, seam up the hole under the sleeves. Rep for other sleeve. Weave in all rem ends. Block.

The top down multicoloured cardigan is finished! What do you think?

Now let’s go on with the Christmas super crafty tutorials. Next up we’re going to learn how to make a felt basket for panettone.

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