Children's Retro Sweater
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Crochet this children's retro sweater with adorable crocheted buttons to add some color to your child's wardrobe. Use this free, easy crochet pattern to make a warm and stylish gift for a special little girl.
- One size US K-10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
- One each size I-9 and J-10 (5.5 and 6 mm) crochet hook for Collar
- One size US 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook for buttons
- Caron International's Bliss (60% acrylic, 40% nylon; 1.76 oz/50 g, 82 yds/75 m ball): #0002 Cotton Candy (MC), 6 (7, 8, 9) balls
- Caron International's Simply Soft (100% acrylic; 6 oz/170 g, 315 yds/288 m skein): #9727 Black (A), few yards for crocheted buttons
- Caron International's Simply Soft Brites (100% acrylic; 6 oz/170 g, 315 yds/288 m skein): #9606 Lemonade, #9607 Limelight and #9608 Blue Mint (button colors), few yards each for crocheted buttons
- Split-ring stitch markers
- Yarn needle
- Small amount of polyester fiberfill (for buttons)
In single crochet, 12 sts and 12 rows = 4"/10 cm, using largest (K-10.5) hook
In Stitch pattern, sc, ch 1, sc = 1"/2.5 cm
Double crochet (dc)
Single crochet (sc)
Stitch Pattern (multiple of 2 sts + 1 st)
- Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
- Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across, turn.
- Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 space, * ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across, end sc in last sc, turn.
- Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, * ch 1, skip next st, sc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across, end sc in last sc, turn.
- Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for Stitch pattern.
- Using largest hook and MC, chain 36 (40, 44, 48).
- Row 1: Begin Stitch pattern—35 (39, 43, 47) sc after Row 1.
- Row 2:—18 (20, 22, 24) sc, 17 (19, 21, 23) ch-1 spaces after Row 2.
- Row 3:—19 (21, 23, 25) sc, 16 (18, 20, 22) ch-1 spaces after Row 3.
- Continuing in Stitch pattern, work even until piece measures 11 1/2 (14, 15, 15 1/2)" from beginning.
- Fasten off.
Work as for Back until piece measures 10 (12, 13, 13)" from beginning.
- Continuing in pattern, beginning at armhole edge, work across 12 (14, 15, 17) sts, turn.
- At neck edge, slip st across 2 sts, work in pattern to end, turn—10 (12, 13, 17) sts remain for shoulder.
- Work even for 5 (6, 6, 7) rows.
- Fasten off.
- Join yarn at opposite armhole edge; work as for first side.
- Using largest hook and MC, chain 18 (20, 22, 24).
- Row 1: Begin Stitch pattern—17 (19, 21, 23) sc after row 1.
- Continuing in Stitch pattern, work even for 3 rows.
- Shape Sleeve
- Row 5: Ch 1, inc 1 (work 2 sc in first st), work across to last st, inc 1, turn, (3 sc at each end instead of 2 sc).
- Row 6: Work even in pattern
- Work Rows 5 and 6 a total of 8 (8, 9, 10) times—33 (35, 39, 43) sts.
- Work even in pattern until piece measures 10 (12, 14, 15)" or desired length, allowing for cuff to be turned up 1
1/2" – 2".
- Fasten off.
Sew shoulder seams. Measure down each side, Front and Back, 5 1/2 (6, 6 1/2, 7)"; place a marker for underarm. Sew Sleeves between markers. Sew Sleeve and side seams.
Note: For looser, floppier Collar, work last 1 1/2" of Collar with largest hook instead of medium hook.
- Round 1: With RS facing, using size I-9 (5.5mm) hook and MC, beginning at left shoulder seam, work 26 (28, 30, 32) sc evenly around Front neck shaping, and 20 (20, 22, 22) sc across Back neck; join with a slip st to first sc—46 (48, 52, 54) sc; place a marker for beginning of round and move up each round.
- Round 2: Sc in each sc around, join.
- Repeat Round 2 until Collar measures 3 1/2" from beginning.
- Change to J-10 (6mm) hook; work even in sc until Collar measures 5" from beginning.
- Fasten off.
- Crochet 10 each using colors shown or colors of choice.
- Using smallest hook (7-4.5mm), beginning at center, chain 4.
- Round 1: Work 9 dc in fourth chain from hook, join with a slip st to top of beginning ch.
- Round 2: [Draw up a loop in each of next 3 dc, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook]) 3 times, join.
- Fasten off, leaving a 5" tail.
- Using A, make a French knot at center of each button.
- Stuff buttons with a small amount of fiberfill.
- Using yarn needle and 5" tail, gather open end and pull tightly to close.
- Fasten off securely, but do NOT cut tail.
- Turn Collar to RS; using yarn needle and remaining tail, sew buttons randomly around Collar (see photo), working yarn ends into the buttons after sewing them in place.
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