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Children's Cord Sweater

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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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One of my biggest nightmare projects. I hated it and I won't even list in on Ravelry on my designer page. Sooooo embarrassing. But, the company wanted the braids to promote their Embellish-It tool. There was no getting around it. So glad someone sent it to What Not To Crochet. The things I had to do to design the sweater just to support the braids! What a nightmare.

This sweater is over kill, too much goddy stuff

I just E-mailed this to the bloggers at "What Not To Crochet".

Bless you! This is one of those things that I dreaded doing. I couldn't *believe* I was being asked to do it. I won't even list it on Ravelry.

I have a "tween" granddaughter who would love this!

THIS PROJECT IS TO BUSY FOR ME. HOWEVER, I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT CHILDREN WOULD LIKE IT VERY MUCH, SO I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE IT, FOR MY LITTLE GIRL, IF I HAD ONE, OR FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S LITTLE GIRL. THANK YOU.

I pity the poor kid who has to wear this ugly sweater.

Too busy for my taste.

Too busy.

Sorry, but I find this a very ugly sweater. Take off the braids!

In place of the cords, I would do a chain stitch on top of the sweater. Make the colors thin stripes instead of the the overly bulky braided cords. The sweater does need some color added. But the braids look like they may even hinder the child bending and arm!

Yuck! Those braids make it a truly ugly sweater. I wouldn't want any child I know to wear it. I might consider making it without the braids.

My first impression was please remove those braids from this cute sweater. Much to busy. Would be much nicer with an embroidered chain stitch in a contrast colored cable pattern.

I scrunched my face when I saw this! Take those terrible chords off the sweater before someone rips them off and strangles someone.

Sorry, but i find it ugly. Remove the braids & I might make it.

Others may like the braided cords on the sweater, but I am more of a classic sweater lover... I could see the basic sweater without the cords, but with the cords I think it is too busy for my tastes.

No, not for me either. Don't like those heavy braids. Sweater may be OK by itself but without the braids. Maybe with a multi colored band around the neck and the bottom to add more color to it.

I would downsize the braid and place it around the neck or even make sweater 6 inches longer and make a belted look. Otherwise an interesting concept but braids are too heavy and there are too many.

ummm..no...simply put, the chords on the sweater are too big..kids would laugh at the poor tyke wearing it. It looks way to fake!!

My granddaughter would so wear this sweater. I think it is very fun. I just might adjust the pattern to fit me.

This has to be one of the Top 10 on the sweaters no child would ever like to wear. It is too bulky and the cords and tassels make putting on a winter coat impossible.

I'm sorry but I think any child who wore this would be laughed out of school. It is hideous. :(

No, never! Sweater without the braid is possibly okay. But those heavy braids! What was this designer thinking? 9And I use the word designer loosly! Sorry but it is a horrible design.

If I made this sweater, I'd make it plain, without all the braids.

THe sweater is fine but the braids are too much.

Since children grow out of clothes so fast and this is an advanced pattern, I would just buy a plain sweater and braid some matching yarn and sew it on the sweater. If this was something I was going to wear for several years or an afghan that was going to last a long time, I would just crochet a simple plain afghan and then sew on some braids. But I'm lazy.

the size of the pattern is shown on the top of the page along with the changes throughout the pattern in ( )

Hmmm. It does say sizes 4(5-6-7) This corresponds to the directions. Am I missing somehting here? Or has it been updated since the previous comments are from 8/10?

This is a cute pattern. Please tell the sizes that it can make. How frequently and how often do the people in charge check the comments?

I agree! Who wants to make a sweater when they don't know what size it's going to be when they're finished? I like a pattern for various sizes with changes for the larger, too.

This pattern doesn't tell the size of the sweater. It should show that and then changes for larger sizes.

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