Top Down Child's Sweater by Ruth Maddock

Top Down Child's Sweater

November 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
492 - 689 yards (450 - 630 m)
Age 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 years
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This Top Down Sweater has no seams on the inside and soft rolled hems and neckline. With a big wide neck it is easy to pull on and can be worn either way round as the back and front are the same. It is great for kids with sensory processing disorder - or just for those who like soft and comfy sweaters. Because it is worked Top Down the sleeves and hem can be finished at any length - it could even be made into a tunic or dress.

This is from a collection of sewing and knitting patterns created especially for children with sensory processing disorder.
It is worked on a set of four double pointed needles or circular needles and  can be worked in any standard Aran weight yarn, but I have used Cashmerino Aran by Debbie Bliss.


Age 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 years
Actual Chest
65.5/25¾    70/27½    76.5/30    78.75/31    cm/in
Back length from shoulder
39/15¼    41/16½    43/17    46/18    cm/in
Sleeve Seam
19/7½    21.5/8½    24/9½    26.5/10½    cm/in

5 (6, 6, 7) balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran x 50g balls shade 041 Grey/Green
90 metres (98 yards) per ball

To substitute: use any standard Aran weight yarn with a given tension of 18 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm square on 5 mm (US 8) needles – see ball band label for details.
1 set 4 x 4 mm (US 6) double pointed needles.
1 set 4 x 5 mm (US 8) double pointed needles.
Optional Circular needle no 5 mm (US 8) needle length 60 cm
(bamboo needles recommended for the dpns)

Thanks for looking!