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Miniature Sweater Ornament

Complimentary gift pattern from HeartStrings by Jackie E-S

Miniature Sweater Ornament is a free online pattern valued at $5.00. If you like this pattern, please support the continued development of new HeartStrings knitting designs by purchasing any of the popular for-sale patterns. Visit the online Design Gallery at the HeartStrings FiberArts website for the entire collections.

Note: To print this pattern, set your printer to landscape mode.

This little sweater is knit from the top-down and is almost seamless. A collection of small lengths of different yarns is an excellent choice for easy one-of-a-kind results — a great way to use those workshop or goodie bag samples. If using different yarns, you can plan ahead on color or texture placement based on the order the parts of the sweater are knit (i.e. neckband and yoke, each sleeve, then body.). Some choices are light to dark, dark to light, mixture of smooth and textured, or whatever. Or just use the yarns in a serendipitous fashion, letting the colors and textures fall where they may!

Miniature Sweater Ornament
  • Approximate size - 3" length and 5" body circumference
  • Materials: 20 - 25 yards of light to medium weight yarn (e.g. fingering or sport weight)
  • Size US 1 and 4 double point knitting needles, sets of 5
  • Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch
  • mini-clothes hanger (optional - you can fashion one out of a small piece of 26 or 28 gauge wire)

Note: gauge and needle size are not terribly important -- these are guidelines only, so use whatever you have that is close and just have fun

Abbreviations and Terms

k - knit
k1,p1 ribbing - * k1, p1, repeat from* the number of times needed to complete the round or row
lift 1 next - increase 1 stitch by lifting and knitting into the side of the next stitch one row below
lift 1 prev - increase 1 stitch by lifting and knitting into the side of the previous stitch two rows below
ndl(s) - needle(s)
p - purl
rep - repeat, repeating
rnd(s) - round(s)
st(s) - stitch(es)
stockinette stitch - work knit stitches on the outer side of garment, work purl stitch on the inner side

Sweater Instructions


Using smaller ndl, cast on 20 sts.

Beginning with start of cast on, arrange sts on four ndls as follows: 6 sts each on ndls 1 and 3; 4 sts each on ndls 2 and 4.

Join without twisting.

Work k1,p1 ribbing for 2 rnds.


Change to larger ndls.

Rnd 1: k to end.

Rnd 2 (raglan increases):
on ndl 1 - lift 1 next, k to end of ndl, lift 1 prev,
on ndl 2 - k1, lift 1 next, k to 1 st from end of ndl, lift 1 prev, k1,
on ndl 3 - rep as for ndl 1,
on ndl 4 - rep as for ndl 2.
(8 sts increased)

Rnds 3 - 8: rep rnds 1 - 2 three more times. (52 sts after rnd 8)

Knit one more rnd, then knit across ndl 1 once more.


On ndl 2 only (12 sts) and continuing with larger ndls, work in stockinette stitch back and forth for 7 rows, decrease each side on rows 5 and 7. (8 sts after row 7)

Change to smaller ndls and work k1,p1 ribbing for 2 rnds.

Bind off. Cut yarn and sew seam.

Rep for other sleeve, attaching yarn at beginning of ndl 4 and working sts on ndl 4 only.


Continuing on larger ndls, arrange the remaining 28 sts on 3 or 4 ndls as you prefer.

Attach yarn at one of the underarms. Mark this point as beginning of rnd.

Knit for 9 rnds.

Change to smaller ndls.

Work k1,p1 ribbing for 2 rnds. Bind off.


Weave in ends invisibly.

Steam to block.

Insert hanger in neckline and secure invisibly if desired.

Optionally, attach coordinating yarn loop through hanger for additional length in hanging as an ornament.

Enjoy! Jackie E-S

p.s. This pattern can be used in conjunction with the Technique Teddy Bear class Jackie E-S teaches at Needlecraft University.

© 1996, 2000 Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. This pattern is intended for personal use only. It may be freely distributed for non-commercial purposes only, as long as distributed in its entirety including copyright notice and origination. No sale of finished products from this pattern is allowed without express permission with licensing agreement.

Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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