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New Pattern Release “Atherton” Top Down Hoodie for Kids

I am just thrilled to be releasing the final edit of my latest knitting pattern for download.

“Atherton”  A Top Down No Sew Hoodie with Cable Trim for Kids

This is a design that is very close to my heart. One of my own personal favorites developed over years of refining the pattern to fit well, look good and be a joy to knit.
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  • A versatile basic Hoodie Sweater Pattern to knit from the top-down all in one piece.
  • For kids in 10 different sizes from 2T to size 16 or Adult small with about 4″ of ease for a comfy “sweatshirt like” fit.
  • A Classic, timeless design with simple raglan cables and a new twist on construction carefully designed for smooth, uninterrupted nonstop knitting.
  • One piece top-down construction helps you get the perfect fit every time.
  • Knit it with or without the “Afterthought Wallaby Pouch”
  • My kids actually love to wear this. It’s comfortable and looks great too.

This is a “Meditative” knit with easy repetitive shaping that flows without interruptions. Before you know it you’re finished and the only sewing to do is the top of the hood and minimal ends to weave in.

I find myself knitting this again and again with simple variations that make it new each time.  Make it a cardigan, lose the hood, add pockets or a stitch pattern for texture. Lots of ideas for variations included as well as a tutorial on an “Afterthought Pouch Pocket” that you can add to any knit.

You are unlikely to find an error now that this pattern has been thoroughly edited by “The TECHsorcist” – Technical Editing by Eleanor Dixon

Skills Required:

Working in the round on circular needles and double pointed needles; knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing; simple cable pattern


Child Sizes: 2T (4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16)
To fit chest:  21 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31.5, 32.5)”  [53.5 (58.5, 61, 63.5, 66, 68.5, 71, 76, 80, 82.5) cm]
Shown in photo – size 6 with 4″ [10 cm] of ease. 

Finished Measurements

Chest at Underarm: 25.5 (27.5, 28.5, 29.5, 30.5, 31.5, 32.5, 34.5, 36, 37)” [65 (70, 72.5, 75, 77.5, 80, 82.5, 87.5, 91.5, 94) cm]
Finished Length: 15 (16.75, 18, 19, 21, 22.5, 24.25, 26, 27, 28)” [38 (42.5, 45.5, 48.5, 53.5, 57, 61.5, 66, 68.5, 71)cm]
Sleeve Length:  9 (10, 10.5, 11, 12, 12.5, 13.5, 15, 16, 17)” [23 (25.5, 26.5, 28, 30.5, 32, 34.5, 38, 40.5, 43) cm]


Nancy Elizabeth Designs Custom Handspun Merino Wool and Silk  (1 oz/28g, 40-50 yds/36-46 m,  85% Merino Wool/15% Tussah Silk), 13 (15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 30) oz worsted weight yarn [CYCA 4]

Red sample shown in Grevillea colorway

OR 640 (760, 850, 920, 1035, 1105, 1265, 1420, 1536, 1625) yds [595 (705, 785, 850, 955, 1045, 1170, 1315, 1420, 1500) m] of any worsted weight natural fiber yarn in stated gauge

Blue sample shown in Berroco Pure Merino in #8581 Regatta colorway


US size 9 [5.5 mm] or size needed for correct gauge
US size 8 [5.0 mm] or 1 size smaller than gauge needles

  • 20-32″ [50-80 cm] circular needles – both sizes (choose needle length according to the size you are making, must be shorter than the finished chest measurement and long enough to accommodate all of the yoke sts)
  • double-pointed needles (set of 4-5) for sleeve cuffs – both sizes

8-10 stitch markers
2 stitch holders or waste yarn for sleeves
Toggle closure or button (optional)


18 sts and 24 rows or rnds = 4″ [10 c] in St st with larger needles after blocking.

Notes: Simple raglan cables enhance this classic all-season hoodie which is  worked in the round with basic shaping, easy-to-memorize stitch patterns,  and no finishing. Allow a generous amount of ease for a comfy, sweatshirt-like fit. Detailed instructions provided for ten sizes with plenty of ideas for variations and customization – knit it again and again without ever making the same sweater twice.


    • NancyElizabeth

      Hi Debbie, Did you get your email receipt? The link is in that email. It should arrive in your inbox withing a moment or two of finishing your payment. If not please check your junk mail folder. If you are still not finding it please email me and I will resend the link to you. nancy at nancyelizabethdesigns dot com.

    • Trude BERGH

      I don’t like how the hood is loose fitting around the neck. I would like it better if it fit more snuggly to keep the neck and ears warm. It almost needs a scarf to hold it all together. Is there any way to put in a zipper to make it more like an anorak?

      • NancyElizabeth

        Hi Trude, I’m sorry you don’t like how the hood fits. i made it to suit my grandson who wanted a more dramatic look. Usually i put a button/toggle at the neckline. Perhaps i took the pics before i decided to add this. Also, the shape of the hood is almost square. it would be very easy to just make it an inch or two shorter if you want to take away the extra ease.
        if you find other ways to make this more to your liking it would be great to hear about them. please let me know, Nancy

    • NancyElizabeth

      Thanks a bunch Arlene, so glad you like them. I don’t have anything like that set up but please email me at “nancy at nancyelizabethdesigns dot com” and I will see if there is a coupon code That you can use.

  • Val Murphy

    I am in New Zealand and want to purchase this pattern but can only get the Canada option on the link. Can I do it another way. Val

    • NancyElizabeth

      Hi Val, thanks so much for visiting. I have added 3 new links at the top of the page where you can also buy my patterns. I would also, very much, like to know more about where you are having this problem so that I can fix it right away.

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