Advent Calendar Project – Week 20

(Every week until December 1st we will be making a small Christmas ornament that can be used in our Pocket Advent Calendar. Join us in making all 24 or just pick and choose your favorites.)

We’ve knit tiny toques and mini mittens for our advent calendar, now let’s add a tiny sweater.
Advent Calander Project - Week 20
This little sweater knits up quickly in one piece. The fun thing is you can personalize the sweaters anyway you want. For the example above, I did a simple colorwork pattern.

A couple years ago, I did one for everyone in my family and duplicate stitched their initials on them.
#354 - Hand knit gift tags
They looked so cute on all the gifts.

Tiny Knit Sweater Ornament

Download the Tiny Knit Sweater Ornament Pattern

11/30/12 – Ok, this pattern had an embarrassing amount of errors in it, especially in row numbering. I think they are all fixed now. I much have been drinking when I wrote it 😉

Gauge is not really important for this project, but I have given you what I used to make this ” sweater. Try it with sock yarn and smaller needles for a really tiny sweater.

Yarn: Worsted Weight
Needles: US size 3
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch


  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Required skills:

  • knitting and purling
  • casting stitches on at the beginning of an existing row
  • seaming


  • k = knit
  • p = purl

Cast on 17 stitches
Row 1: (WS) p1,k1 until end of row (you will end with a p)
Row 2: (RS) k1,p1 until end of row (you will end with a k)
Row 3-17: Work in stockinette starting with a purl row.
Row 18: Cast on 16 stitches, knit across until end
Row 19: Cast on 16 stitches, purl until last 3 stitches, k2, p1.
Row 20: Slip first stitch as if to knit, knit until last 3 stitches, p2, k1
Row 21: Slip first stich as if to purl, purl until last 3 stitches k2, p1
Row 22-23: Repeat rows 20 and 21
Row 24: Slip first stitch as if to knit, k21, bind off 5, knit until last 3 stitches, p2, k1
Row 25: Slip first stitch as if to purl, p21, cast on 5 stitches, purl until last 3 stitches, k2, p1
Rows 26-31: Repeat rows 20 and 21
Row 32: Bind off 16 stitches, knit until last 3 stitches, p2, k1
Row 33: Bind off 16, purl until end
Row 34-47: Work in stockinette
Row 48: k1, work in k1,p1 ribbing until last stitch, k (you will have two knit stitches at the beginning and end of the row.)
Row 49: p1, work in p1,k1 ribbing until last stitch, p (you will have two purl stitches at the beginning and end of the row)
Row 50: Bind off

You will have a piece that looks like this.
Advent Calander Project - Week 20

Fold the sweater in half, wrong sides facing each other. Seam up each side and under each arm. Attach a length of yarn at the neck for hanging (I also use this length of yarn to neaten up the neckline.)

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31 Comments to Advent Calendar Project – Week 20
    • The pattern is not complete if you follow it the second side is not long enough.It is not explained how to add the decorative white stitch . I have not weaned from the right side and don’t know how to. Thank You p.s if I’m misten and just missed something I apologise

      • Kat
      • Pati – Oh my gosh, you are right. I had the numbering wrong & row 33 – 36 should have read 33 – 46 and then the rest should have been 47, 48 & 49. I fixed it below and in the pdf.

        I didn’t give instructions for the colorwork as that is just a suggestion on a way you can decorate it. All I did was did a white fair isle “x” you could also do something in duplicate stitch. I only did the decoration on the front.

        Sorry for the mistake.

    • Lil
    • Hi Kat,

      This is an adorable pattern! I’m about halfway through a Christmassy red one – can’t wait to put it up on the tree. Going to make some in my favorite pink shimmery yarn as well.

      One small correction: I think the second row should be k1, p1 until the end of the row?

      Thanks again for the lovely design,

      • Kat
      • Lil,

        Yes, you are right. Man, I don’t know where my head was when I was writing this pattern. I did the same thing on row one & fixed it but didn’t there.


    • Jennifer
    • Do you have instructions for crocheting these ornaments? I don’t knit but I love these little sweaters, hats and mittens! If I can get crochet directions, I’ll be able to make them for next year, since I didn’t find your web site until a few weeks ago. Thanks for great ideas!

    • tinpen
    • i love this pattern, I’m making one each for nieces and nephews!
      I’m a bit confused though, at row 17 I’m on the wring side of the work. so should i be purling rather than knitting these stitches? although this throws off the rest if the pattern too.
      Or is the ws/rs at the beginning of the pattern off?

      thank you!

      • Kat
      • Oh my gosh, seriously this pattern will be the death of me. Row 17 should be part of the stockinette section. I think I have fixed the numbering so everything is right now. The download is corrected too.

        For such a tiny pattern I certainly did not do a good job writing it 😉

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