Free Patterns Free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern - download free on LoveKnitting

Published on March 14th, 2018 | by Angie


FREE shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March this year, why not knit up this gorgeous shamrock baby cardigan using this wonderful FREE knitting pattern by Angie from GamerCrafting. This adorable design will have your little one looking festive in no time! 

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern for St. Patrick's Day - download at LoveKnitting

Whether you have children or not, this is a fabulous project for the little ones in your life in the lead up to St Paddy’s Day!

This shamrock cardigan is sized for babies who wear 3 -6 month and 6 -9 month clothing. It’s knit flat on long single pointed needles or circular needles. The sleeves are created with raglan increases, with the sleeve stitches being held on a stitch holder and then picked up after the body is finished.

The colorwork is created using the intarsia technique, which is better suited to knitting things flat – plus, the color chart is only 32 stitches wide so it’s much easier than fair isle in this case.

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern by GamerCrafting - download at LoveKnitting


I chose Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn for this project because it’s soft enough for baby skin and machine washable. Those two attributes make it my go-to baby yarn, and with the wide color range I’m never lacking inspiration.

You will need 2 balls of Apple, and 1 ball of Jade for both sizes.

You will also need a 4 mm (US 6) circular needle: I used my trusty KnitPro Symfonie circular needle.

For the sleeves, you can use the same circular needle if you use the magic loop method; otherwise you will need a set of 4 mm (US 6) DPNs.

4 stitch markers 

1 yarn needle 

4 – 6 buttons

2 stitch holders

Knit by Bit: free shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern by GamerCrafting: download at LoveKnitting

This pattern includes a glossary of terms and row by row instructions so even if you’ve never made a seamless cardigan from the top down, you’ll be able to make this one!

The raglan increases have a clean, crisp look, and are so easy to knit. For those of us who hate to sew pieces together (raise your hands!), seamless knitting is the way to go! There are contact details in the pattern in case you have any trouble, I’m always happy to help a fellow knitter.

What do you think of this baby cardigan knitting pattern? Tell me what you’d like to see on the Knit by Bit free pattern feature by commenting below!

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet and design fun patterns!

Last updated: March 19th, 2018.

23 Responses to FREE shamrock baby cardigan knitting pattern for St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Myriam says:

    For the Spring/Summer it would be fun if Knit by Bit featured a lace table runner, in an easy botanical lace pattern, repeated a few times.

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  4. Pat says:

    Love these patterns on offer

  5. Donna Burke says:

    Loved it!

  6. Lori Burrows says:

    This shamrock sweater is adorable! I need an adult version for next St. Patty’s Day!

  7. Sandy says:

    Where can I find the pattern please?

  8. Celia says:

    There is no link to the free pattern. Can you please correct this? Thank you. 😊☘️

    • Lynne says:

      Tap on the picture of the sweater without the baby in the article. It will take you to the love knitting website where you can download it.

  9. Carol Telfer says:

    What a lovely pattern. Shame it only came into my inbox today, St Patrick Day.
    Will save it tho’ and knit it for next year.

  10. Katherine Child says:

    My first grandchild is due August so if I make the 6-9 month size she’ll be wearing it next St Patrick’s Day. It’s so pretty and green is my favourite colour.

  11. Margaret (Daisy) Lerner says:

    if i hadnt read the comments i wouldnt have known how to get the pattern.
    you need to clarify this on this web page.

  12. Meiriwyn says:

    Would like sizing for toddler and up

  13. Janet says:

    St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 every year—not just this year. Adorable sweater.

  14. Myriam says:

    It would love it if you had a Shamrock pompom tutorial for next St-Paddy’s Day. If you feature it early next March, we’ll have time to make lots of pompoms, decorate ourselves with them and hit the parade in style! They’d even make cool gifts for friends and family.

  15. Diane Muska says:

    I agree. Would love to see it in a larger size.

  16. Han says:

    Wow, what a ball ache to get the pattern. Why can’t there be a download button on this page?

  17. Trixie says:

    would be nice to see step by step instructions; searching the whole page; found material list but no instructions on this page;..

  18. helene says:

    jhow do get this free pattern please would love to knit this

  19. Linda Arsenault says:

    Love this cardi and would love pattern for larger sizes, including adult!

  20. Valerie says:

    All I want is the pattern of the Shamrock, in a knitted square, like a pocket

  21. Bev Frank says:

    I couldn’t find the pattern.

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