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Baby Cardigan Pattern

An Easy Crocheted Baby Sweater for Beginners

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This crochet baby cardigan is constructed of rectangles using only single crochet stitches.

© Erica Jackofsky

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Baby's First Cardi

This baby cardigan pattern will have even the newest crocheters making baby clothes in no time. Step by step instructions are written out in full so there is no frustration caused by abbreviated terms.

Skill Level: Easy / Beginner

Materials
Yarn:
1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins Coats & Clark, TLC Amore [80% acrylic/20% nylon; 170 grams; 335 yards], Color #3823 “Lake Blue”

Crochet Hook:
US size I (5.5mm) crochet hook
Adjust size of hook if necessary to achieve gauge listed below.

Extras:
4 buttons measuring approximately 0.5” diameter.

Gauge:
13 single crochet stitches = 4”

Finished Chest Size:
16 (18, 20, 21, 22)”

To Fit Size:
Newborn (1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months)

Please note that ages are given as a reference only and are based on yarn industry standards. Every child will grow at a different rate. Select size based on actual chest measurements whenever possible. When in doubt go up a size for baby garments.


Pattern Notes
The instructions for this pattern are written for the smallest size with changes for larger sizes within parentheses. It is suggested that you print the pattern and highlight all the numbers that apply to the size you’re making before you begin crocheting.

Baby Cardigan Pattern
This garment consists of 5 rectangles that make up 2 sleeves, 2 fronts, and a back. We will begin with the back section.

Cardigan Back
Chain 27 (31, 33, 35, 37).

Foundation Row: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook. Work 1 single crochet in each chain stitch to the end -- 26 (30, 32, 34, 36) stitches. Turn work.

Row 1: Chain 1, work 1 single crochet in each stitch across row -- 26 (30, 32, 34, 36) stitches. Turn work.

*Continue working Row 1 until your piece measures 8 (9, 10, 10.5, 11)” from beginning.

Fasten off last stitch.


Cardigan Fronts (make 2)
Chain 14 (16, 17, 18, 19).

Foundation Row: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook. Work 1 single crochet in each chain stitch to the end -- 13 (15, 16, 17, 18) stitches. Turn work.

Row 1: Chain 1, work 1 single crochet in each stitch across row -- 13 (15, 16, 17, 18) stitches. Turn work.

*Continue working Row 1 until your piece measures 8 (9, 10, 10.5, 11)” from beginning.

Fasten off last stitch. Make a second cardigan front piece in the same manner.


Sleeves (make 2)
Chain 22 (23, 27, 29, 30).

Foundation Row: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook. Work 1 single crochet in each chain stitch to the end -- 20 (22, 26, 28, 29) stitches. Turn work.

Row 1: Chain 1, work 1 single crochet in each stitch across row -- 20 (22, 26, 28, 29) stitches. Turn work.

*Continue working Row 1 until your piece measures 6.75 (7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5)” from beginning.

Fasten off last stitch to prevent work from unraveling. Make a second sleeve piece in the same manner.


Assembling the Cardigan
Single crochet stitches have no obvious wrong or right side, so don’t get distracted by trying to determine which side is which.

What you need to do now is sew the shoulder seams together, sew the upper arm in place, and then sew up the side of the garment and down the under arm to the wrist edge. Do this by intuition or by following the steps below.

Step 1: Sew the shoulder seams
Lay the cardigan back and two fronts out on a hard surface. Arrange the pieces so that the short side of the back piece rests against the short sides of the cardigan fronts.

With a tapestry needle threaded with your yarn, sew 1 (1.25, 1.25, 1.25, 1.5)” of where the pieces meet on the right edge together to make a shoulder seam. Repeat on the left edge.

Step 2: Sew sleeve in place
Leave the pieces laid out exactly as they are. Take one of your sleeve pieces and arrange it so the short edge meets the long side of the piece laid out. Make sure half the short end of the sleeve is in front of the shoulder seam and half is behind it (so it’s centered next to the shoulder). Sew in place. Repeat for second sleeve.

Step 3: Sew remaining seams
Now fold the garment in half making sure the seams are facing out so you can see them.

Sew up the side of the cardigan from the bottom to the armpit and then down the sleeve seam toward the wrist edge. Repeat on other side.

Turn the garment right side out.


Finishing
To keep the collar laying flat you might want to tack it down. This step is optional.

Evenly space your buttons down one of the cardigan fronts and sew into place. If you worked your crochet stitches at the gauge called for then you should find the buttons slip right through the stitches eliminating the need for a button band.

For a smooth finished look, work single crochet stitches evenly space around the entire edge of the sweater. Space stitches out at approximately 3 stitches per inch.

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