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Baby Pullover Sweater

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Keep baby warm and cozy with this simple Baby Pullover Sweater.  Great for all kinds of weather, this sweater is easy to make and great to have on hand for those unseasonably cool days.  Make this sweater in a variety of colors so your little one always has a fun pullover to match with any outfit!  Great for boys and girls alike, this universal crocheted sweater pattern is one you'll find yourself coming back to again and again!

Crochet Pullover Sweater

Materials:
6 months (12 months, 18 months, 24 months)

  • 8 (8, 10, 10) balls Caron International's Simply Soft Baby (100% acrylic; 2 oz/56.7 g, 95 yds/87 m ball) yarn in Cool Mint
  • US G-6 (4 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • US H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

 

Gauge:  In stitch pattern, using G-6 (4 mm) hook, 17 sts and 16 rows = 4"/10 cm.

 

Finished Measurements:
6 months (12 months, 18 months, 24 months)

Pullover Sweater Crochet Diagram

  • Chest 20 (21, 22, 23)"/51 (53.5, 56, 58.5) cm
  • Length 10 1/2 (11, 11 1/2, 12 1/2)"/26.5 (28, 29, 32) cm

 

Special Terms:

  • sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together – Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
  • fl-sc: Front loop single crochet – Sc in front loop only of indicated stitch.
  • bl-sc: Back loop single crochet – Sc in back loop only of indicated stitch.

 

Instructions:
To maintain Stitch Pattern during garment shaping, always work in the front loop of fl-sc sts and in the back loop of bl-sc sts.

Stitch Pattern (worked over an odd number of stitches)

  • Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, fl-sc in first st, *bl-sc in next st, fl-sc in next st; repeat from * across, turn.
  • Repeat Row 2 for Stitch Pattern.

 

Back

Rolled Hem

  1. With larger hook, chain 44 (46, 48, 50).
     
  2. Row 1: Slip st in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—43 (45, 47, 49) sts.
     
  3. Rows 2–7: Ch 1, working in back loops only, slip st in each st across, turn.
     
  4. Fold piece lengthwise, bringing Row 1 up to align with sts of Row 7.
     
  5. Row 8: Ch 1, working through both thicknesses, *insert hook in unused loop of next st of Row 1 and in the front loop of next st of Row 7, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (making a slip st); repeat from * across, turn.
     
  6. Change to smaller hook, tighten loop on hook slightly.

 

Body

  1. Row 9: Ch 1, bl-sc in each slip st across, turn.
     
  2. Row 10 (RS): Ch 1, work Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.       
        
  3. Continue even in Stitch Pattern until piece measures 5 3/4 (6, 6 1/4, 7)"/14.5 (15, 16, 18) cm from beginning (including rolled hem).

Shape Armholes

  1. Row 1: Ch 1, slip st in first 2 sts, ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern across to last 2 sts; leave last 2 sts unworked, turn—39 (41, 43, 45) sts (excluding slip sts).
     
  2. Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in Stitch Pattern across to last 2 sc, sc2tog, turn—37 (39, 41, 43) sts.
     
  3. Continue even in Stitch Pattern until armhole measures 4 1/4 (4 1/2, 4 3/4, 5)"/11 (11.5, 12, 12.5) cm from beginning of armhole shaping.

Shape First Shoulder

  1. Row 1: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern over first 8 (8, 9, 9) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—8 (8, 9, 9) sts.
     
  2. Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in Stitch Pattern across, turn—7 (7, 8, 8) sts.
     
  3. Fasten off.

Shape Second Shoulder

  1. Sk 21 (23, 23, 25) unworked sts following first shoulder; join yarn with slip st in next st.
     
  2. Row 1: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern in same st as join and in each remaining st across, turn—8 (8, 9, 9) sts.
     
  3. Row 2: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern to last 2 sts, sc2tog—7 (7, 8, 8) sts.
     
  4. Fasten off.

 

Front

  1. Work as for Back until piece measures 8 1/2 (9, 9 1/2, 10)"/21.5 (23, 24, 25.5) cm from beginning (including rolled hem)—37 (39, 41, 43) sts.

Shape First Neck Edge and Shoulder

  1. Row 1: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern over first 13 (13, 14, 14) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—13 (13, 14, 14) sts.
     
  2. Row 2: Ch 1, slip st in first 5 sts, ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern across, turn—8 (8, 9, 9) sts (excluding slip sts).
     
  3. Row 3: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern across to last 2 sc, sc2tog, turn—7 (7, 8, 8) sts.
     
  4. Continue even in Stitch Pattern until armhole measures same as Back armhole. Fasten off.

Shape Second Neck Edge and Shoulder

  1. Sk 11 (13, 13, 15) unworked sts following first neck edge; join yarn with slip st in next st.
     
  2. Row 1: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern in same st as join and in each remaining st across, turn—13 (13, 14, 14) sts.
     
  3. Row 2: Ch 1, work in Stitch Pattern over first 8 (8, 9, 9) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—8 (8, 9, 9) sts.
     
  4. Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in Stitch Pattern across, turn—7 (7, 8, 8) sts.
     
  5. Continue even in Stitch Pattern until armhole measures same as Back armhole. Fasten off.

 

Sleeve (Make 2)

  1. With larger hook, chain 28 (30, 32, 34).
     
  2. Rows 1–10: Work as for Rows 1–10 of Back—27 (29, 31, 33) sts.
     
  3. Row 11 (increase row): Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, work in Stitch Pattern across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn—29 (31, 33, 35) sts.
     
  4. Rows 12–15 (16, 16, 17): Work in Stitch Pattern.
     
  5. Row 16 (17, 17, 18): Repeat Row 11—31 (33, 35, 37) sts.
     
  6. Repeat last 5 (6, 6, 7) rows 3 more times—37 (39, 41, 43) sts.
     
  7. Continue even in Stitch Pattern until piece measures 6 1/2 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2)"/16.5 (19, 20.5, 21.5) cm from beginning (including rolled hem).

Shape Sleeve Cap

  1. Row 1 (decrease row): Ch 1, sc2tog, work in Stitch Pattern across to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—35 (37, 39, 41) sts.
     
  2. Rows 2–8 (9, 10, 11): Repeat Row 1—21 (21, 21, 21) sts.
     
  3. Fasten off.

 

Finishing

  1. Sew shoulder seams.

Rolled Collar

  1. Row 1: With RS facing and larger hook, join yarn with slip st in either shoulder seam; work slip st evenly around neckline; do not join, turn.
     
  2. Rows 2–5: Ch 1, working in back loops only, slip st in each st across, turn.
     
  3. Fold collar down lengthwise, bringing Row 5 down to align with sts of Row 1.
     
  4. Row 6: Ch 1, working through both thicknesses, *insert hook in unused loop of next st of Row 1 and in the front loop of next st of Row 5, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook (making a slip st); repeat from * across.
     
  5. Fasten off. With yarn needle, carefully seam beginning and ending edges of the collar together.
     
  6. Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in all ends.

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