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Children's Cord Sweater

By: Kim Guzman for Caron International Yarns

Create a colorful cord sweater for your child with this free crochet pattern for children.  Rainbow braids give this sweater a way to stand out from the rest!

Sizes: Child's 4 (5, 6, 7)

Finished Measurements:

Chest 26 (27, 28, 29)"/ 66 (68.5, 71, 73.5) cm

Length 14 (14 1/2, 15, 15 1/2)"/ 35.5 (37, 38, 39.5) cm, excluding braided cords

Materials:

  • Caron International's Simply Soft Brites
  • Caron International's Simply Soft (100% acrylic; 6 oz/170 g, 315 yds/288 m skein): 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins (A).
  • (100% acrylic; 6 oz/170 g, 315 yds/288 m): 1 skein B; 1 skein C; 1 skein D; 1 skein E, for all sizes.
  • Shown in: #9710 Country Blue (A); #9605 Mango (B); #9607 Limelight (C); #9610 Grape (D); #9604 Watermelon (E).
  • One each size US G-7 (4.5mm) and US F-6 (4.0mm) crochet hooks, or size to obtain gauge.
  • Embellish-Knit! automatic spool knitter
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE:

In single crochet worked in front loops only, using US G-7 (4.5mm) hook, 16 sts and 15 rows = 4"/10 cm.

STITCHES USED:

Chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (slip st)

SPECIAL TERM:

sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together – Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (two loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all three loops on hook.

NOTE:

All stitches are worked in front loops only throughout Sweater, except where otherwise noted. In the last stitch of every row, work through both loops for stability.

BACK:

With larger hook and A, chain 53 (55, 57, 59).

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—52 (54, 56, 58) sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, working in front loops only, sc in each st across to last st, sc through both loops of last st (for stability), turn.

Rows 3–34 (35, 36, 37): Repeat Row 2.

Shape Armhole

Note: Continue to work in front loops only throughout, working last st of every row through both loops (for stability).

Row 1: Ch 1, slip st in first 2 sts, sc in next 48 (50, 52, 54) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn—48 (50, 52, 54) sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 44 (46, 48, 50) sts, sc2tog, turn—46 (48, 50, 52) sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—44 (46, 48, 50) sts.

Row 4–17 (18, 19, 20): Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Shape First Shoulder

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first 9 (10, 10, 11) sts; leave remaining sts unworked (for neck and second shoulder), turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across, turn—8 (9, 9, 10) sts. Fasten off.

Shape Second Shoulder

Row 1: Skip next 26 (26, 28, 28) unworked sts at neck; join A with slip st in next st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in remaining sts across, turn—9 (10, 10, 11) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 7 (8, 8, 9) sts, sc2tog—8 (9, 9, 10) sts. Fasten off.

FRONT

Work as for Back to Armhole Shaping——52 (54, 56, 58) sc.

Note: Continue to work in front loops only throughout, working last st of every row through both loops (for stability).

Shape Armhole

Rows 1–10 (11, 12, 13): Work Rows 1–10 (11, 12, 13) of Back Armhole Shaping—44 (46, 48, 50) sts.

Shape First Shoulder and Neck

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first 15 (16, 16, 17) sts; leave remaining sts unworked (for neck and second shoulder), turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, slip st in first 4 sts, sc in each st across, turn—11 (12, 12, 13) sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 9 (10, 10, 11) sts, sc2tog, turn—10 (11, 11, 12) sts.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across, turn—9 (10, 10, 11) sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first 7 (8, 8, 9) sts, sc2tog, turn—8 (9, 9, 10) sts.

Rows 6–9: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Fasten off.

Shape Second Shoulder and Neck

Row 1: Skip next 14 (14, 16, 16) unworked sts at neck; join A with slip st in next st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in remaining sts across, turn—15 (16, 16, 17) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 11 (12, 12, 13) sts; leave remaining sts unworked, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across, turn—10 (11, 11, 12) sts.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 8 (9, 9, 10) sts, sc2tog, turn—9 (10, 10, 11) sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st across, turn—8 (9, 9, 10) sts.

Rows 6–9: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Fasten off.

SLEEVE (make 2)

Note: Work in front loops only throughout, working last st of every row through both loops (for stability).

With larger hook and A, chain 29 (29, 31, 31).

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each remaining ch across, turn—28 (28, 30, 30) sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, sc in each st to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn—30 (30, 32, 32) sts.

Rows 3–11: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 12: Repeat Row 2—32 (32, 34, 34) sts.

Rows 15–32: Repeat Rows 3–12 twice—36 (36, 38, 38) sts.

Rows 33–36 (36, 37, 37): Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Shape Cap

Row 1: Ch 1, slip st in first 2 sts, sc in next 32 (32, 34, 34) sts; leave last 2 sts unworked, turn—32 (32, 34, 34) sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 28 (28, 30, 30) sts, sc2tog, turn—30 (30, 32, 32) sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in each st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn—28 (28, 30, 30) sts.

Rows 4–8 (7, 7, 6): Repeat Row 3 5 (4, 4, 3) times—18 (20, 22, 24) sts.

Row 9 (8, 8, 7): Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 10 (9, 9, 8): Repeat Row 3—16 (18, 20, 22) sts.

Rows 11 (10, 10, 9)–14 (15, 15, 16): Repeat last 2 rows 2 (3, 3, 4) times—12 (12, 14, 14) sts.

Row 15 (16, 16, 17): Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off.

FINISHING:

With WS facing, sew shoulder seams. Set in sleeves.

Neckband

With RS facing and smaller hook, join A with slip st in either shoulder seam at neck.

Round 1: Work sc evenly spaced around neck; join with slip st in first sc.

Rounds 2 and 3: Ch 1, working in both loops, sc in each st around; join with slip st in first sc.

Fasten off.

Braided Cords

Follow Embellish-Knit! package instructions to make knitted cording.

Front and Back Braided Cords: Make 2 cords each with B, D, and E, and braid into two long braided cords. Knot ends of braids. These braids need to begin 4"/10 cm below Front lower edge, extend up Front, over the shoulder, down the Back, and end 4"/10 cm below Back lower edge. Make 4 cords each with C, D, and E, and braid into four braided cords. Knot one end of each braid. These braids need to begin 4"/10 cm below lower edge, and extend to neck edge. Arrange braided cords on body of Sweater and sew in place.

Sleeve Braided Cords: Make 4 cords each with D and E, and 2 cords each with B and C. Braid the cords in the following combinations: make two braids using C, D, and E cords, and two braids using B, D, and E cords. Arrange one of each braided cord around lower half of each Sleeve and sew in place.

Using yarn needle, sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in all ends.

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