Mini V-Neck Sweater

boy sweater knitting pattern

A new boy sweater knitting pattern, the Mini V-Neck Sweater knitting pattern, is now available in my Etsy & Ravelry shops. Read all about the inspiration, easy sweater knitting pattern construction and beautiful yarn or grab the printable PDF here.

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The Inspiration

My boys loved their Paint Colorblock sweaters so much, Basile kept asking for “another mommy-made sweater”. Thinking back on how much Arnaud is wearing his Arnaud’ Classic V-Neck sweater I based off of his most worn sweaters, I took the same approach and looked through the kiddos closets.

Simple classic V neck sweaters is what I dress them up with the most, so a mini V-Neck sweater it is!

The Boy Sweater Knitting Pattern Yarn

Although the cut is a great match for a daddy and me set, I choose to hold Hobbii Extra Fine Merino (sport weight (2)) yarn double, which is equivalent to worsted weight yarn, to make it nice and warm while the Arnaud’s Classic V-Neck Sweater is designed in DK weight yarn as to not be too warm.

The Hobbii Extra Fine Merino is absolutely gorgeous to work with, super soft and has an amazing stitch definition. It also comes in a very wide selection of colors which never hurts.

Downloadable Mini V-Neck Boy Sweater Knitting Pattern

Grab the printable PDF of the boy sweater knitting pattern now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry.

More Languages!

The Mini V-Neck boy sweater knitting pattern is also available in German on Hobbii Plus here.

Boys Sweater Knitting Pattern Construction

The childrens sweater knitting pattern is knitted from the bottom up. Both front and back panels are worked in one piece knitting in the round until the underarm. The piece is then divided in 2 parts working the front and back panel separately. A few stitches are cast off on each side of the panels for simple square armhole shaping. The back panel is then worked straight. The front panel is divided in 2 parts to shape the V-neck.

Both panels are then sewed together at the shoulders.

Stitches for the sleeves are then picked up, worked flat until the end of the armhole indent, then joined in the round and worked down to the cuffs.

Finally, stitches are picked up to form the V-neck shaping.

What Materials do you need for the Mini V-Neck Boys Sweater Knitting Pattern

  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
  • 2 Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder. I like to use an unused cable from my interchangeable needle set but you can also use a scrap of yarn.

Children’s Sweater Knitting Pattern Sizes

The baby/kid sweater knitting pattern is available in the following sizes: 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years, 12 years, 14 years, and 16 years.

Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) years.

The pictures illustrate the 24-month and 4-year sizes.

Final garment measurements are:

  • Bust circumference: 53 (56, 58, 61, 63) (71, 76, 80, 83, 89, 92, 94) cm / 21 (21.75, 22.75, 24, 25) (28, 29.75, 31.5, 32.75, 35, 36.25, 37.25)”.
  • Upper arm circumference: 18 (20, 20, 22, 22) (24, 26, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40) cm / 7 (7.75, 7.75, 8.5, 8.5) (9.5, 10.25, 11.75, 12.5, 13.5, 14.25, 15.75)”.
  • Sleeve length: 17.5 (19, 21.5, 22, 22) (29, 29, 35, 37, 40.5, 45, 45) / 7 (7.5, 8.5, 8.75, 8.75) (11.5, 11.5, 13.75, 14.5, 16, 17.75, 17.75)”.
  • Length: 25 (27, 29, 31, 32) (37, 42, 46, 51, 55, 58, 64) cm / 9.75 (10.5, 11.5, 12.25, 12.5) (14.5, 16.5, 18, 20, 21.75, 22.75, 25.25)”.

The sweater is designed with a loose fit 8 – 12 cm / 3” – 5” ease at the bust.


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch (4 mm / US 6 knitting needles), is 18 st by 25 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together

Repeat instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.

Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Stockinette stitch:
    • In the round: knit continuously
    • Worked flat: alternate knit rows on the right side and purl rows on the wrong side of your project.
  • Picking up stitches: if you’re not familiar with this technique, this tutorial is very helpful.
  • V-neck ribbing: The pattern includes complete instructions for the V-neck but if you’re new to V-neck ribbing shaping, this video tutorial will give you a more visual guide for the technique used here. (note, the number of stitches picked up is very different due to the difference in yarn and V-neck size)

Grab the printable PDF of the boy sweater knitting pattern now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry.

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