Free Crochet Pattern Beautiful Vintage Swing Baby Cardigan (0-3 months)

Free Crochet Patterns: Vintage Style Baby Cardigan and Matching Hat (Crochet Baby Set)
As you know I love experimenting with crochet patterns and I was really pleased how this little baby cardigan and hat turned out. I chose purple to fit in with the slightly vintage feel I wanted but of course you can pick any colour you like. I crocheted this up in about 2 hours using gorgeous soft baby double knit yarn. 
The cardigan itself is worked up in one piece and looks and feels fabulous even if I say so myself.
Free Crochet Patterns-crochet baby layette patterns-baby sweater patterns- Baby Cardigan and Matching HatThis baby cardigan pattern is one you can follow along at home. The cardigan is designed to be fairly heavy the better to keep baby warm and cosy when out in the pram. The flared sleeves are really pretty but, because they are short, it will work best worn over a long sleeved top of some kind. My friend had asked for shorter length arms. So she could put the baby jacket over babies all in one baby grow.
 But You can lengthen the arms  and the instructions are included in the pattern
I've styled it so the cardigan hangs from a high yoke then out to a full and flouncy flare so it lies in nice folds. The finished Jacket sits just at the right length if baby had on the fancy ruffled pants. Since it is an open pattern, you can add your own little touches like ribbons if you want to.
The cute little hat is perfect for keeping the chill off baby’s head and it was so quick and easy to make too. I was particularly pleased with the scalloped edge which I think just adds to its appeal.
Your baby will be the talk of the park – or the street, or the party – in this matching crocheted baby cardigan and hat. Teeny tiny crocheting projects are always fun to do and I just loved how this one turned out. S
he will look fab and be cosy and warm when you are out and about. I think this set would be ideal for a new baby gift or baby shower – but what do you think?
Crochet baby cardigan patterns are fun to create and even more fun to work up. 


I used a 3.500mm UK hook
SIZE: Newborn-3 months
Special stitches

CH = chain stitch

DC INC =Double chain increase
SK 1 ST =Skip 1 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
We will be starting at the neckline, 
CH 38 loosely.

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,
 (3 DC in next ST- (DC INC. made), 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST, DC INC., 1 DC in each of the next 9 ST, DC inc., 1 DC in each of the next 7 ST, DC INC., 1 DC in each of the last 5 ST. 
(45 stitches)

Row 3: CH 1, turn. SC in each ST, with increases of 3 SC - (sc inc. made) in the middle DC INC. 
(53 sts)

Row 4: CH 2, Turn. DC in each ST, with increases of 3 DC in the middle SC INC.
 (61 sts)

Rw5 :  CH 1, turn. SC in each ST, with increases of 3 SC - (sc inc. made) in the middle DC INC.  ( 69sts)

Rw 6: CH 2, Turn. DC in each ST, with increases of 3 DC in the middle SC INC. (77sts)

Rw 7 : CH 1, turn. SC in each ST, with increases of 3 SC - (sc inc. made) in the middle DC INC. (93sts)

Rw 8:  CH 2, Turn. DC in each ST, with increases of 3 DC in the middle SC INC.(101sts)

Row 9: CH 1, turn. SC in first 13 ST, SKIP 24 ST, (1st armhole  created) SC in next 27 ST, SKIP 24sts (2nd armhole created ) , SC in last 13sts (53sts)

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.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Vintage modern Style Baby Cardigan
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.
Round 3-5 CH 3, Repeat Row 1, but work DC in each side of previous rounds DC. So you will have 2 DC stitches between each shell. except at underarm
 (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. 

Crochet Baby Hat Pattern
Using a 4.00mm Hook Baby DK 
Size: 0 -3 months = 13.5 inches around
        3-6 months = 15 inches around
CH 4, join to form circle. 
  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 5 : Ch3,*1 DC in first 8 sts, 2DC in next ST*, 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



Lisa Auch said...

Row 12-15: CH 2, turn. 1 DC in next ST, Shell in each Shell, increase to 2 DC between Shells across to end, 2 DC in last 2 DC, CH 2 turn.

(these rows you are creating the pattern. If you look at the picture you will see you are working the shell of the next row (INBETWEEN the middle of the previous round) so technically you are missing working into the middle of the previous shell - I will try to finda diagram to put on the post for you

Anonymous said...

Thank you i must sound daft but im learning x

Anonymous said...

I am a beginner trying out this lovely pattern. I'm ok until i reach row 13-15, where it says
"Make 1 dc either side of previous rows DC". Can you try and explain to me how i do this?


Lisa Auch said...

You are working through the connecting bar of the previous rounds double crochet (so either side of previous rounds DC you have made a double crochet either side of it in next round) I will also post a close up pic - you are working through the bar of the stitches in these rounds NOT into the stitches - easy but to explain it quite hard Any probs drop me a message and I will try to help out :)

Anonymous said...

Thx. Lisa, i'm going to keep on trying until i master this. lol.

wendy bradley said...

Wow you are great at answering questions I'm new to Crochet as well. Hope to try this pattern sometime, will make sure I read all your replies when I do attempt this. Thanks so much

Lisa Auch said...

I wil try to help as much as I can - i want people even who are new to crocheting to know once you have masterd some basic stitches and understanding of crochet you really can create what many think are more advanced items - EASILY you can always find me around onine or FB or on our FB page where I try to break down some of the patterns if you need a bit of a hand - I woudl LOVE also if you would let me know how you got on, anythign I could do to make the pattern easier. etc...and to keep spreadign the crochet love :)

Flora said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern.

emma said...

I have double knit baby wool and 4ply baby wool which would you reccomend.

Lisa Auch said...

Yes round 12 - create shell in the shell of next round and work between the shell then 1 dc

Lisa Auch said...

You asked So on rows 13-15 I am acutally making 2 dc in between the shells correct?
YOU are making *2dc,ch1, 2dc* into the previous rounds ch1 of shell (so now the shell will be stacked on top of the previous shell.
Then working for how ever many dc I have stated in between.

Can you see the close up picture I have put on now?

I do not read chart crochet patterns, I usually just do photos and tutorials.

Usually more indepth tutorials are PAID patterns.

Dotty Hazell said...

hi, Im having a go at your Baby Hat on this patter. I cant see how at end of row four it is only 41 sts. I keep getting 53:

end row 1: 12
end row 2: 24
end row 3: 48
end row 4: 53 with this row however there are 4 sts left over (it doesnt end with 2sc in the last st)

also when repeating the rows (5-20) do we turn after each chain like in the first 3 rows or just as the pattern reads?

Lisa Auch said...

The pattern is indeed WRONG - however I cannot get in to edit it just now!
Your working in rounds.(slip to join)

Change now to a 4.00 mm hook
Row 1: CH 3, (Counts as 1st DC) 11 DC in circle, slip to join.
Row 2: CH 1, 2 SC in same ST & in each ST around, slip to join.
Row 3: CH 3, *1 DC in next ST, 2 DC in next ST,* around, slip to join.
Row 4: CH 1, *1 SC in first 6 ST, 2 SC in next ST*, around, join.

Angie said...

how adorable they are! I love the dress, hat and their color too! Thanks Lisa Auch so much. I wanna make them for my cute niece for her 1 old birthday but I dont know how to make it bigger without using bigger hooks. I myself have studied in 10 days on youtube.:) Could u pls tell me?:) Thanks Lisa Auch.

Lisa Auch said...

This pattern was made for the specific size in the pattern. To make it bigger calls for a totally different set of measurements. I have no time plans on making a larger one just now Sorry
however I can recommend this patttern that turns out awesome

Anonymous said...

Am about to start thi and just want to check if this is US or UK stitches. I believe it's US but just need to check

Lisa Auch said...

US terminology used (On a pattern If you see SC = single crochet then a pattern is in US ;)

Lilacrosesandthemoon said...

Thank you for so kindly sharing your patterns. I appreciate all the work you put into them.

YarnGirl said...

Hello Lisa. I absolutely love the look of this little sweater. It's perfect to go with a shell-stitch blanket I've made for my wife's cousin, who is due next month. I've run into a snag with the pattern, and I hope my question makes sense.

Row 11 includes a single DC between each of the shells. No problems there. Where I've gotten confused is with rows 12-14. With row 12, by my reckoning, I'll have 2 DC between each shell, one on either side of the 1 DC from row 11. The way I'm reading the pattern, though, with row 13, I'll do 1 DC on each side of each of the DC from row 12, giving me a total of 3 DC between each shell - is that correct? Following that, 4 DC between each shell with row 14?

I've looked at the picture you posted here, with the top-down view, but because of all of the beautiful ruffles, I can't count the stitches between each shell.

Thank you in advance for your help. =)

Lisa Auch said...

Hi yarn girl .....i have added a close up (red) if you do it the way you think it will make the garment even wider...... there are repeat rows :)hope the close up helps

Rosanne Jarvis said...

Hi Lisa I love this pattern I am new to crochet and would love to make this for my little girl but how do I change the pattern to fit a 12 to 18 months

Many thanks

Lisa Auch said...

I would need to write out a whole new pattern which Takes time and I have not written one yet.

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