The Little Chunky - Free Knit Baby Sweater Pattern

There's nothing cozier than a pullover sweater, but sometimes it can be hard to accomplish for babies with their big baby noggins. Designed with an oversize fit, this extra wide turtleneck will be sure to fit your little loved ones! The scrumptious texture of Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky really pops with the seed stitch detail. And this yarn is great for baby garments: the perfect mix of soft, chunky, and washable. I know you'll love knitting up this quick project for all the little darlings in your life.

To follow along with a free downloadable version of the pattern, click HERE:


You'll need about 180 yards ( 165m), or 3 balls, of Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky for the 6-9 month size and 240 yards (220m) for the larger sizes. You'll also need 8mm and 10mm circular knitting needles, though most of the pattern is worked flat.

Sizing & Gauge

The pattern is written for 6-9 months and additional sizes will be written next to the 6-9mo 

numbers like this: (1yr, 2yrs). Finished Chest Circumference: 20 (22, 25)in , 51 (56, 63.5)cm

Gauge: 8.5 sts by 18 rows on a 4x4" swatch of seed stitch with 10mm needles (9 sts by 12 rows in stockinette)


Back Piece:

To begin, with 8mm needles, cast on 23 (25, 27)sts

Row 1: (ws) p all sts

Row 2: (rs) k all sts

Row 3: p1, k1 to last st, p1

Row 4: k1, p1 to last st, k1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 two more times 

Switch to 10mm needles

Row 9: k1,p1 to the last st, k1

Row 10: k1,p1 to the last st, k1

rep rows 9 and 10 for a total of 32 (38, 44)rows or until your back piece measures 9.5 (10.5, 11,5) in. (24 ((26.5, 29)) cm

bind off

Front Piece:

Repeat the back piece instructions to row 10 and repeat rows 9 and 10 for a total of 28 (34, 40) rows.

On the next ws row, work 7 sts in the seed stitch pattern and place those sts on hold.

Bind off 9 sts, then knit the remaining 7 sts in the seed stitch pattern.

Working 7 sts:

Rs: k1p1 to the last 4 sts, k2tog twice

Ws: k1p1 across the row

Rs: k1p1 to the last 4 sts, k1, k2tog (k2tog twice for the larger sizes).

Bind off remaining sts.

To work the sts you have on hold, reattach your yarn at the neckline stitch on the right side. SSK twice, work remaining sts in seed stitch.

Ws: k1p1 across the row

Rs: SSK twice, k1 p1

Bind off

Sleeves (make two 😉)

With 8mm needles, cast on 15 (17, 19)sts

Row 1: (ws) p all sts

Row 2: (rs) k all sts

Row 3: p1, k1 to last st, p1

Row 4: k1, p1 to last st, k1

Row 5: rep row 3

Row 6: rep row 4

Switch to 10mm needles

R7: k1p1 to last st, k1

Rep row 7 until row 10

Row 10: k1, kfb, *k1p1* to last 2 sts, kfb k1

Row 11: k2, *p1k1* to last st, k1

Rep row 11 until row 14

Row 14: k1, kfb, *p1 k1* to last 3 sts, p1, kfb, k1

Rep rows 7-14 until you have 23, (25, 27) sts then repeat row 7 (without increasing) until your sleeve piece measures 8 (8.5, 9)in

Bind off


Make sure the wrong sides of the body are facing each other. Seam shoulder seams and up the sides of the body pieces leaving 11 (12, 13)sts unseemed for the arm holes. Seam sleeve bind off edges to the body of the sweater, aligning the center sleeve bind off stitch with the shoulder seam. Seam sleeves at the underarms.

Neck Edging

With 8mm circular needles, at the shoulder seam and working all around the neck opening of the sweater, evenly pick up 38 (42, 46) sts. K1, p1 in the round for 4 (4, 5) rnds, then work 3 rnds of knit sts only. Finish with a stretchy bind off. Yay!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I enjoyed making it for you all! Be sure to check out the entire amazing Paintbox Yarns line at and I also encourage you to share your projects anywhere online that you hangout, like Ravelry or Instagram! I'd love to see them!

Happy stitching!



I'm Michelle

I'm a knitting and crochet designer from a small town in Arizona.  Now I live in Tel Aviv, Israel with my husband Daniel and baby Ariella. When I'm not knitting or crocheting, I'm... shopping for more yarn.

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