Little Thun by The Blue Mouse

Little Thun

August 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29.5 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette (in the round & blocked)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
215 - 675 yards (197 - 617 m)
Sizes: A (B, C)[D, E, F, G] ///// 0-3m (3-6m, 6-12m)[2y, 4y, 6y, 8y]
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Little Thun is the baby/child version of the Adult Thun Sweater which you can find here.

A super simple, fun & fast knit. This baby sweater will knit up in a flash using DK weight yarn and incorporating stripes into the body & sleeves.

See a full schematic & sizing measurements list a few photos down on this page

  • These measurements are based off of averages found in online baby/child size charts. Not all children are built the same, these are based on averages. If you can measure the child you’re knitting for that is the best way to achieve the perfect fit.
  • There is a little bit of built in positive ease for the chest and upper arm measurements for comfort.
  • How to choose a size: the measurements are to fit the upper range size, 3-6m will fit up to a size 6m, but if the baby is 6m old, you should choose a larger size.

Sizes: A (B, C)D, E, F, G
0-3m (3-6m, 6-12m)2y, 4y, 6y, 8y
Main sample (pink and mint striped version - 1st photo) is size C.

17.5 (18.5, 19.25)22, 23.5, 26, 28 inches, {44.5 (47, 49)56, 59.5, 66, 71 cm}
All sizes rounded to the nearest 0.25″/ 0.5 cm

YARN - DK weight yarn, approx:
MC: 145 (175, 200)245, 310, 390, 490 yds, {133 (160, 183)224, 283, 357, 448 meters}.
CC: 70 (75, 80)145, 155, 175, 185, {64 (69, 73)133, 142, 160, 169 meters}.
Yardage may vary if your gauge/yarn is different.

Sample (main sample - pink & mint) uses: Autumn & Indigo Classic DK (100% SW Merino, 8 ply, 231 yds/100g) in the colorways ‘Rosewood’ (MC) & ‘Cane’ (CC)

Sample (beta version - blue & cream): The Wool Barn Merino DK (100% SW Merino, 8 ply, 273 yds/100g) in the colorways ‘Charcoal’ (MC) & ‘Sand’ (CC)

Affordable Yarn Options
Yarns my testers were able to match gauge with that are an affordable option.

  • Joy DK Solids which has 273 yds/100g for $4.49 US a ball
  • Snuggly DK which has 179 yds/100 grams for $4.95 a ball
  • Patons Big Baby 8 ply which has 300 yds/100 grams for about $6.96 AU a ball

--Gauge: US 5 (3.75 mm) 16″ {40 cm}, 24″ {60 cm} and your preferred sleeve needles (9″ {22 cm} DPNs, or magic loop).
Or size needed to match gauge.
--Rib: Circular needles 2 sizes smaller than what you use to meet gauge with in the same cable lengths. In this case US 3 (3.25 mm).

yarn needle, stitch markers, waste yarn

Blocked stockinette worked in the round using the gauge needles.
20 sts/29.5 rounds = 4″ {10 cm}


  • This pattern was professionally tech edited & test knit for every size.

  • The second sample in the photo (blue & cream) was a beta test version, it was a size that I later scrapped before moving on with the pattern. It’s similar in size to the 3-6m with 1 more stripe in the body & sleeves than the pattern is written. The main sample (pink & mint colors) is accurate to the pattern.