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Crochet Baby Sweater

A Free Pattern for an Easy Crocheted Baby Sweater

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Crochet Baby Sweater
© Erica Jackofsky

Sweet Potato Baby Sweater

The short sleeve styling of this crochet baby sweater means it is perfect for year-round wear. Buttons at the shoulder seams make it easier to get this sweater on your little one.

What could be cuter than a tiny crochet baby sweater? How about an entire matching set! This design is part of the Sweet Potato Baby Layette which includes baby slippers, an easy crochet baby blanket, stylin’ baby beanie, and square-top hat.

Skill Level: Easy +

Materials
Yarn: Knit Picks, Comfy Worsted [75% pima cotton/25% acrylic; 109 yards; 50 grams; worsted weight]

Main Color: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins “Sweet Potato”
Coordinating Color: 1 skein “Sea Foam”

Substitute any worsted weight yarn of your choice. Something maschine washable is always highly recommended for baby items. The photographed sweater (size Newborn) used 207 yards or 95 grams in the suggested yarn.

Crochet Hook:
US size H/5mm hook
Adjust hook sizes as necessary to achieve gauge listed below.

Extras:
4 buttons measuring 5/8”(16mm)
2 locking stitch markers to note sleeve openings (during assembly)
Ruler or measuring tape
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and sewing seams

Gauge:
14 sc and 20 rnds = 4” using size H/5mm hook.

Finished Chest Circumference:
15.5 (16.5, 18, 19.5, 21, 22)”

To Fit:
Preemie (Newborn, 1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months) -- Shown in size Newborn.

Ages are given as a reference only. Choose a chest size based on actual body measurements whenever possible. When guessing a size for babies and children it is best to go up a size.


Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
* = a repeat in the pattern
( ) = work instructions between parenthesis in one stitch or space
beg = beginning
cc = coordinating color yarn
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
mc = main color yarn
rep = repeat
rnd = round
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over


Pattern Notes
This sweater is made up of 4 pieces: a back, a front, and 2 sleeves. After each piece has been crocheted you will sew them together using a strand of your mc yarn threaded on a tapestry needle.

Crochet Baby Sweater
Back
Using mc yarn, ch 28 (30, 33, 35, 38, 40).

Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across -- 27 (29, 32, 34, 37, 39) sc.

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 0 (1, 0, 1, 0, 1) sts, *dc in next 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) times, dc in next 1 (2, 1, 2, 1, 2) sts -- 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32) dc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 0 (1, 0, 1, 0, 1) sts, *dc in next 2 sts, (yo, pull up a loop) 4 times into next ch-1 sp, yo and pull through all 9 loops on hook, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) times, dc in next 1 (2, 1, 2, 1, 2) sts, turn -- 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32) dc

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st to end, turn -- 27 (29, 32, 34, 37, 39) sc.

*Repeat Row 3 until piece measures 9.25 (9.5, 10, 10.5, 10.5, 11.25)” from beginning.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13) sts, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13) sts. Fasten off yarn and weave in yarn end.

Row 7: Attach yarn to unworked edge. Ch 1, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13) sts, turn leaving the center 9 (9, 12, 12, 13, 15) sts unworked.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sts. Fasten off and weave in yarn end.


Front
Work the same as the back until Row 3.

*Repeat Row 3 until piece measures 8 (8.25, 8.75, 9.25, 9.25, 10)” from beginning.

Front Neck and Shoulder Shaping
Row 1: Ch 1, sc in next 11 (12, 12, 13, 14, 14) sts, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sts, turn -- 10 (11, 11, 12, 13, 13) sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 10 (11, 11, 12, 13, 13) sts, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11) sts, turn -- 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12) sts, turn.

*Repeat Row 5 until front measures same length as back.

Fasten off yarn.

Attach mc yarn to unworked edge of front piece. You will now be working the second shoulder and neck shaping section. Repeat Rows 1 to 5 to complete second shoulder.


*Continue to next page for sweater sleeves and finishing instructions.

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