Easy Baby crochet cardigan: Free Pattern

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Easy baby crochet cardigan made in just one piece without sewing! Some months ago, I was admitted to the hospital just a few days before our son’s delivery, I went in with a lot of yarn and this easy baby cardigan was one of the designs that came out with me alongside the baby! This cardigan is super easy and in no time, you would have your own beautiful cardigan(s).

Looking for a free last-minute gift for a new mum? You can never go wrong with a quick and easy baby crochet cardigan that is handmade! In a span of hours, I made 3! Ok, not in one sitting but I did not spend more than 1 hour on each.

The first, smallest was made while I was in the hospital, it ended up being rather too small for our little one. I had to size up to 6 months size and it was a perfect fit for him as he is a big baby. The third cardigan was made for the fun of it, just after I got the pattern back from my Tech editor.

This easy baby crochet cardigan pattern is free, read on for the details or get the Ad-free copy in my stores.

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One of the reasons I love making baby items is that it works up pretty quickly. It also uses less yarn, and you always have an appreciative little one who would cherish the garment or accessory.

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Materials needed for this easy baby cardigan pattern

Yarn – The pattern uses any #3, double knit yarn. prototypes made in different yarns.

Hobbii Twister Solid, fine, #2 (55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic, 437 yards/400 m per 3.5 oz/100g Ball)

2 strands was held together to get DK #2 weight

Estimated Yardage 

0 – 3 mths

1Ball/ 3.5 oz/100 g/ 230 yd / 210 m

3 – 6 mths

2 Balls/7 oz/200 g / 300 yd / 274 m

6 – 9 mths

2 Balls/7 oz/200 g /350 yd/ 320 m

9 – 12 mths

2 Balls/7 oz/200 g /400 yd/ 390 m

Hook and other Materials

–     4 mm Crochet Hook.

– Buttons = 5 pcs, 3 cm each

Gauge

18 sts over 14 rows = 4”/10 cm Square made in hdc, before blocking.

Adjust hook size if necessary, to obtain gauge.

Pattern Notes

  1. Please kindly read through the pattern before starting.
  2. Similar #3 weight yarn can be substituted, please check the gauge.
  3. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

Difficulty Level – Intermediate

Terms – US Terminology

Stitches Abbreviations

Ch(s) – Chain(s)

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Dc – Double Crochet

Sc – Single Crochet

Rep – Repeat

BLO – Back Loop Only

FLO – Front Loop Only

Special Stitch

V st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated stitch.

Finished Measurements

Sizes/Color = 0 – 3 (3 – 6, 6 – 9, 9 – 12) months

Age of Child in MonthsChest MeasurementLengthSleeve opening
 0-316”11”3”
3-617”12”3.5″
6-918”13”4”
9 – 121914”4.5”
    

The pattern has 1 – 2” of Positive ease

Construction Notes

  1. The baby sweater is worked in one piece with no sewing required.
  1. Section 1 – Yoke is made in rows after which you need to split for armpit opening.
  2. Section 2 – the Body is made in rows.
  3. Section 3 – Sleeves

Adjustments/fittings

Length: increase or decrease the repeats on the body and or the sleeves as you would prefer.

Instructions for the baby cardigan pattern

Section 1: Yoke

Chain 54

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in next 6 chs, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 8 chs, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 17 chs, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in next 8 chs, 3 hdc in next ch, hdc in last 8 chs, turn.  61 hdc

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in first 9 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 19 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 9 sts, turn. 69 hdc

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 21 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 10 sts, turn. 77 hdc

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in first 11 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 14 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 23 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 14 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 11 sts, turn. 85 hdc

Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in first 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 16 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 25 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 16 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 12 sts, turn. 93 hdc

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc in first 13 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 18 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 27 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 18 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 13 sts, turn. 101 hdc

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in first 14 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 20 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 29 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 20 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 14 sts, turn. 109 hdc

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc in first 15 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 22 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 31 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 22 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 15 sts, turn. 117 hdc

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc in first 16 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 24 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 33 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 24 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 16 sts, turn. 125 hdc

Row 10: Ch 1, hdc in first 17 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 26 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 35 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 26 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 17 sts, turn. 133 hdc

Skip to Row 1 of Body for 0 – 3mths

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc in first 18 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 28 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 37 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 28 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 18 sts, turn. 141 hdc

Skip to Row 1 of Body for 3 – 6 mths

Row 12: Ch 1, hdc in first 19 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 30 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 39 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 30 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 19 sts, turn. 149 hdc

Skip to Row 1 of Body for 6 – 9 mths

Row 13: Ch 1, hdc in first 20 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 32 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 41 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 32 sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in last 20 sts, turn. 157 hdc

For all sizes –

Split for Armpit opening

Section 2 – Body

  • The sleeve opening is made here

Row 1: Ch 1, hdc in 20 (21, 22, 23) sts, skip next 26 (28, 30, 32) sts, hdc in next 41 (43, 45, 47) sts, skip next 26 (28, 30, 32) sts, hdc in last 20 (21, 22, 23) sts, turn. 81 (85, 89, 93) hdc

0 – 3 mths, and 9 – 12 mths alone =

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each of the remaining sts, turn. 82 (94) hdc

6 – 9 mths alone =

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each of the remaining sts, turn. 88 hdc

For all the sizes =

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in first st, *skip next 2 sts, V st in next st, rep from * to last 3 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in last st, turn. 26 (27, 29, 30) V sts, 2 dc

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, V st in each ch 1 sp, dc in last st, turn. 26 (27, 29, 30) V sts, 2 dc

Rows 3 – 8 (10, 10, 12): Rep Row 2

Sweater Band

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, 3 sc in each of the ch sps, sc in last ch 1 sp, sc in last st, turn. 80 (83, 89, 92) sc

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn. 80 (83, 89, 92) hdc

Row 3: Ch 1, FPhdc around first st, *BPhdc around next st, FPhdc around next st, rep from * to the end, turn. 40 (43, 45, 46) FPhdc, 40 (42, 44, 46) BPhdc

Row 4: Ch 1, BPhdc around first st, *FPhdc around next st, BPhdc around next st, rep from * to the end, turn. 40 (42, 44, 46) FPhdc, 40 (43, 45, 46) BPhdc

Rows 5 – 6 (8, 8, 8): Rep Rows 3 – 4

Do not fasten off

Edging

Button Holes

Row 1: Ch 1, crocheting across the front opening towards the neckline, sc in each st, aim for 2 sc in each ch 2/dc st, turn. 28 (32, 34, 36) sc

Rows 2 – 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. 28 (32, 34, 36) sc

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, *ch 2, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, rep from * to end

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, aim for 3 sc in each ch 2 sps, turn. 28 (32, 34, 36) sc

Fasten off.

Join yarn with a sl st on the opposite side

Row 1: Ch 1, crocheting across the front opening towards the neckline, 2 sc in each dc/ch3 sp, turn. 28 (32, 34, 36) sc

Rows 2 – 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. 28 (32, 34, 36) sc

Fasten off, sew buttons to the corresponding side.

Section 3: Sleeves

  • Join yarn with a sl st to the base of the armpit.
    • Crocheting in rounds.

Round 1: Ch 1, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st to beginning ch. 26 (28, 30, 32) hdc

Rounds 2 – 13 (15, 17, 19): Rep Round 1.

Sleeve cuffs

Round 1: Ch 1, *FPhdc around next st, BPhdc around next st, rep from * to end of round, join with a sl st to beginning ch. 13 (14, 15, 16) FPhdc/BPhdc

Rounds 2 – 6: Rep Round 1

Fasten off.

Repeat on the other side.

Sew in ends.

I hope you have lots of fun making this easy baby crochet cardigan, when you make yours, do tag me on your post. I would love to see yours.

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