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Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

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Use this baby sweater crochet pattern from Bernat Yarns to create a darling lttle baby cardigan with tie bottom, zip and hood. This cardigan will keep baby warm through the winter. You only need two to three balls of yarn.

 

Baby Crochet Hooded Cardigan

 

Materials:

  • Yarn: 2 balls for 6 months 3 balls for 12-18 months Bernat Baby Bouclé (100 g/3.5 oz)
  • Crochet Hook: Size 6.5 mm (U.S. K or 10½) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Zipper

Gauge:

11 sc and 12 rows = 4" 10 cm.

Stitch Glossary:

Sc2tog = (draw up a loop in next sc) twice. Yoh and draw through 3 loops on hook.

Sizes:

Chest measurement:
6 mos: 16" [40.5 cm]
12 mos: 18"  [45.5 cm]
18 mos: 20"  [51 cm]
Finished chest:
6 mos: 21 1/2" [54.5 cm]
12 mos: 24 1/2" [62 cm]
18 mos: 27 1/4" [69 cm]


Pattern:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus ( ).

 

Body:
Ch 60 (68-76).
Foundation row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Ch 3. Turn.
2nd row: (eyelet row). Miss first 2 sts. *1 hdc in next st. Ch 1. Miss next st. Rep from * to last st. 1 hdc in last st. Ch 1. Turn.
3rd row: 1 sc in each st or ch to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 59 (67-75) sc.
4th row: 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
Rep last row until work from beg measures 6 (7 1/2-8)" [15 (19-20.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

 

Right Front:
Next row: (RS). Work across 14 (16-18) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Cont even until work from divide measures 2 1/2 (2 1/2-3)"[6 (6-7.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Neck shaping:
1st row: (RS). Sl st in first 5 (6-6) sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in same st as last sl st. 1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 10 (11-13) sts.
2nd row: Work to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts.
3rd row: Sc2tog over first 2 sts. Work to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 8 (9-11) sts.
Cont even until armhole measures 4 1/2 (5-5 1/2)" [11.5 (12.5-14) cm], ending with RS facing for next row and omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.

Back:
With RS of work facing, miss next st. Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp. Work across 28 (32-36) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. Cont even across 29 (33-37) sts of Back until armhole measures same length as Right Front to shoulder, ending with RS facing for next row and omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.

Left Front:
With RS of work facing, miss next st. Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp. Work to end of row. 14 (16-18) sts.
Cont even until work from divide measures 2 1/2 (2 1/2-3)" [6 (6-7.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Neck shaping:
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in each st to last 4 (5-5) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
2nd row: Sc2tog over first 2 sts. Work to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
3rd row: Work to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. 8 (9-11) sts. Work to correspond to other side.

Sleeve:
Ch 18 (20-22).
Foundation row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn.
1st row: 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 17 (19-21) sc. Rep last row.
Next row: (RS). 2 sc in first st. Pat to last st. 2 sc in last st. Work 3 rows even.
Rep last 4 rows 3 (3-4) times more. 25 (27-31) sts.
Cont even until sleeve from beg measures 6 (6 1/2-7)" [15 (16.5-18) cm], ending with RS facing for next row and omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.

Finishing:
Sew shoulder seams.
Hood: With RS of work facing, join yarn with sl st to right front neck edge, work 11 (11-12) sc up right front neck edge, 17 (19-19) sc across back neck edge and 11 (11-12) sc down left front neck edge. Ch 1. Turn. 39 (41-43) sts. Cont in sc until hood from beg measures 6 (6 1/2-7)" [15 (16.5-18) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.
Next row: (RS). Sl st in first st. Sl st in each of next 13 (13-14) sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in same st as last sl st. 1 sc in each st to last 13 (13-14) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Cont even on rem 13 (15-15) sts until hood from beg measures 4 3/4 (4 3/4-5)" [12 (12-12.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row and omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off. Sew hood seams.

Front Edging:
With RS of work facing, work 1 row sc evenly up right front edge, around hood and down left front edge. Fasten off.

Drawstring:
Make a chain 50" [127 cm] long. Fasten off.

Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve seams. Sew in zipper under front edging. Thread drawstring through eyelets at bottom edge.

 

If you think this free crochet pattern is adorable, check out our collection of 15 Cute Crochet Patterns for Babies.

 

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