CH = chain stitch
Each Shell consists of (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) Rows 12 to make the DC each side of the previous rounds DC you are working into the connecting bar of the stitches.
Baby Cardigan Pattern
Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook & in each CH to end. (37 stitches)
Row 2: CH 2, turn (counts as 1st DC throughout pattern) 1 DC in each of the next 4 ST,
Row 3: CH 1, turn. SC in each ST, with increases of 3 SC - (sc inc. made) in the middle DC INC.
Row 4: CH 2, Turn. DC in each ST, with increases of 3 DC in the middle SC INC.
Rw 6: CH 2, Turn. DC in each ST, with increases of 3 DC in the middle SC INC. (77sts)
Row 10: CH 2,(counts as 1st DC), DC in next st, *skip 1st, (2dc,ch1,2dc in next)* repeat * finish with dc in last 2 sits, (24 shells made)
Row 11: CH 2, 1 DC in next ST, *working into space created by the ch1 of previous rnds shell, 2DC, CH1,2DC,Make 1 dc in-between shells of previous round* repeat * to * across, to last 2sts, DC in last 2 Sts.
Row 12-14. CH2, 1DC in next stitch, **working into the space created by the ch1 of previous rounds shell (2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC) Make 1 dc either side of previous rows DC (in between the shells) * repeat * to * across, to last 2sts, DC in last 2 Sts.
Rows 15-18: CH2, 1DC *working into the space created by the ch1 of previous rounds shell, create (2DC, CH1, 2DC), work 1dc in each of next 3sts *(in spaces available from previous rows dc posts) repeat ** around.
Last Row: Make sure this is the right side - Crochet 5 DCs in each shell, DC in next group of 3 DCs across. Do not fasten off.
EDGING: CH 1, SC up right front opening, around neckline, and down left front opening, 3 sc in corner ST, sc around hemline, 2 SC in same as 1st SC, join with SL ST. Fasten off.
This is how your Cardigan should be looking at this point before the sleeves are worked
Round 1: With right side facing, Join yarn at bottom of armhole, SC evenly around armhole ,slip to join (28sts)
Round 2: Ch 3.(counts as first DC) SKip 1st, work (dc,ch1,2dc) SK 2, 1 DC in next ST, * Skip 2sts , (2dc,ch1,2dc) skip 2sts, 1dc in next * repeat ** around armhole, finish with a dc, skip 1stitch and then, SL ST in top of CH 3 to join. (the underarm will only have ONE Double crochet between the shells.
(This is where I finished for the shorter sleeves. You can continue working to achieve the longer length. Just keep working in established pattern, finishing on round 7
Row 8: CH 3, Repeat Row 1, decrease by working the 2 dc tog. Around ,slip to join
Row 9: CH 1, SC in same ST, SK 1 ST, around, slip to join
Row 10: CH 1, SC in each SC around, slip to join and fasten off
Repeat for second sleeve. Fasten off and weave in all ends. If you want to attach buttons I simply use the spaces naturally created down the front from the double crochet rows, for the buttonholes.
There are beautiful Baby Layette crochet pattern sets for baby, they have the vintage feel to them but with today's beautiful colors of yarn can be made to feel very modern mind you there is nothing more gorgeous than a new baby in one of these vintage sets.
Size: 0 -3 months = 13.5 inches around
3-6 months = 15 inches around
Rnd 1: Ch 3, (Counts as 1st DC) 11 DC in circle, slip to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, *2 SC in each ST* repeat ** around, slip to join.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, *1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST,* repeat ** around, slip to join.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *1 SC in first 6 ST, 2 SC in next ST*, repeat ** around,slip to join
(for next size up)
RND 4: Ch1, 1SC in first 2 stitches, 2sc in next* repeat ** around, slip to join)
Rnd 6: SC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 7: DC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 8: SC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 9: DC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 10: SC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 11 : DC in each stitch around, slip st to join
Rnd 12: SC in each stitch around, slip st to join
(for 3-6 months repeat Rnd 11 and Rnd 12)
Rnd 13: Chain 3 2dc in base of chain 3, * skip 1 st, sc, skip 1 st 5 DC in next stitch* repeat from ** around, finish off with 2 dc in base of beginning chain 3 to complete starting shell. Slip to join and fasten off .
Thread ribbon if you wish through round 12 (3- 6 month weave through Rnd 14)
How about making a matching set of mittens for baby Free Crochet Baby Mitts Pattern HERE