Crochet Baby Boy Cardigan pattern with hood (Easy Hooded Crochet Cardigan Pattern FREE) 3 sizes

Easy FREE Crochet Cardigan with hood perfect crochet sweater for baby boys.  3- 6 months, 12, months  (use a 4.00mm hook) and 18  months. (use a 5.00mm hook)  

Suggested Yarn Weight: 41/2 (4 3/4, 5) Ounces

This is brilliant. Such an enjoyable crochet project. I love simplicity of this crochet pattern.   BUT please NOTE: this is not a beginners pattern,  .  I would like to think if you have mastered simple pieces increasing and decreasing, you will find this a very easy project.  It is made in basic shaped pieces and then sewn together.
You should have experience in shaping for pieces front and back and neck edges. I have already answered many questions in the comments section please read through the WHOLE pattern before commencing.

This can be made for a boy or a girl, but really the pattern gives it a really cosy texture and my niece loves her son wearing this hooded cardigan whilst out and about.

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Boys Hooded Cardigan With Front Buttons
(This one was made by substituting the HDC for a crocssed double crochet, single crochet alternate rows as the height of 2 rows is the same as 2 HDC rows) 

If you WANT to make the GREY Hooded TOP visit an achieved version here
It is so easy to make up and finish, it fits perfectly for the 3-6 month sizing and is chunky and warm.The original Pattern used a crossed double crochet, single crochet pattern, however I have simplified the pattern using a Half Double Crochet. Throughout.

Directions are for size 3-6 months. Changes for 12 and 18 months are in the ( )
I only recently progressed to crocheting baby clothes, after mastering booties and hats, I love how easy and quick these baby sweater are to make.

Hook for 1st size I use 4.00mm, Bigger sizes 5.00mm
Finished item Chest measured 18 inches (20", 21 3/4")
sc=single crochet
dc=double crochet
Hdc - Half Double Crochet

Please NOTE: To decide if this pattern is suitable for you and your crochet skill set  you should have a basic understanding of working in a pattern, increasing,decreacing

Starting with  the Back
Chain 33, (36, 39)
Row 1 (RS): Ch2, HDC in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across; turn 31 (34,37) sc
Row 2: Ch2,  HDC, across, turn
Row 3- Row 24:  CH2* HDC, across, turn*  until back measures 9 1/2 (10, 11) * from beg.
Fasten Off.

FRONTS (make 2 noting the change for each sides)
Chain 15,18, 21
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd chain from hook, hdc to end
Row 2-21:   ch2, HDC in each stitch, turn
(work exactly the same as back over 13, 16, 19 stitches until Row 21,( OR UNTIL FRONT IS 3 Rows less than length of back)
Shape neck -next Row:
Row-22: 10 HDC (leave remaining stitches unworked) turn, ch,2
Row 23-24: Work these 2 more rows, HDC for 10 stitches, turn, ch2

2nd Front
Chain 15, (18,21)
Row 1: hdc into 3rd chain from hook,* hdc across, ch2, turn* work exactly the same as back over 13,16, 19 stitches until Row 21,OR UNTIL FRONT IS 3 Rows less than length of back
Shape neck -next Row:
Keeping working in HDC rows,
Row-22: Slip St first 3 sts, work remaining 10 sts in  HDC, turn, ch2
Row 23-24: Work these 2 more rows, HDC in the 10 stitches, turn, ch2
Fasten off. 

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Your 2 Front Pieces Should Look Like These

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Sleeves Read through all the instructions BEFORE starting
Ch 22, (24, 27)
Row 1: Hdc, turn  (20,22,25 ) sts
Row 2: Ch2, HDC, turn
Row 3: Ch2, HDC, turn,
Row 4 CH2, 2Hdc, in next stitch, hdc to last stitch, 2hdc in last st, turn {22}
Row 5: Ch2, HDC, turn {22}
Row 6: Ch2, HDC, turn {22}
Row 7:  Ch2, HDC, turn {22}
Row 8:  Ch2, 2Hdc, in next stitch, hdc to last Stitch, 2hdc, {24}
Row 9 +:   ch2 working in HDC, increase 1 at END of EVERY row Until 30,(sts) continue working in hdc rows or  until sleeve measures 6, 6 1/2, 7  inches.
Finish with 1 row HDC .

Work in established increase pattern for bigger sizes until length required is reached. ,
Extra sleeve Note: Increase 1 stitch at EACH end of every 4th row twice Only,  Then,  start increasing 1 at END of EVERY row Until 30sts 

chain 53 (56,59) work in rows ,(ch2,HDC, turn) 53, 55,58 sts until work is 6"( 6 1/2", 7") from beg. Fasten off.

Putting together
Make sure you sew seams together keep your stitching loose and try not to pull work too tightly together.
Start by  Sewing together the  shoulder seams. See Pieces Placement Picture above.

Mark fronts and back 4 1/2", (5", 5 1/2") down the seams. Place centre of sleeve tops at shoulder
seams and sew in place between markers.  Again keeping your pieces together loosely to make sure they fit together (Do not pull tightly on threads used to sew sides together)
Sew neatly along sides and sleeve arms.

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Sew Hood seam down the back. Sew Hood along neck from edge to edge.(you will find the hood is bigger when laid out than the actual neck line (along back, down shoulder, and along front)
Make sure you find back centre
of neck edge and sew the hood into place, sometimes 2 stitches  of the neck edge to the 1 stitch of the hood, this gives a bulk shaping to the back of the hood for fitting head shape. )

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***I find weaving in all loose ends at this point really worth while, as we still have borders to do and it makes for a neater finish***

Sleeve Edging:
Sew up sleeve seem to With Right Side facing.
Join yarn at lower Edge: chain 1 work  SC around sleeve.  Fasten off.

 Button bands and Front Edging.
FPHDC and BPHDC = work front and back posts in half double crochet. 
3rd row to form button Holes border. ONLY work this Row one side)

Buttons will be sewen onto  Left side for a girl Right side for a boy  
 With RS facing join yarn at bottom edge and  evenly in DC, work up the front side to the top, stop when you get to the join for the hood) , ch2, turn, work for 2 rows  front Post Double Crochet  (fpdc) back post Double crochet (bpdc.)

If you do not know how to front post and back post crochet then you can simply use DC in these rows, the front post and back post just gives more texture to  the front.

Button holes: Chain 2,  work FPHDC, BPHDC alternatively for 7 ,chain 2,skip 1. FPHDC, BPDC alternativey, for next 11, chain2 skip 1. FPHDC, BPHDC alternatively for 11sts, , chain2 skip 1
Double crochet row on opposite side from holes to attach buttons to. Left side for a girl Right side for a boy

Single crochet around the hood front., slip stitch along the top of the opposite front band, and fasten off neatly.  Weave in ends.

 This gives a nice and neat finish around the hood part of the  cardigan., and no loose threads

Make sure all ends are securely Fastened off and weave in any loose ends. ends.

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Donna aka Betty said...

I love this pattern. This is also my first time making a project of several pieces to attach. Two questions:
Fronts: it says make 2 noting the change for each side...what change? The only change I can figure out is where it talks about the Button Border (right front for girls/left for boys) Is this what you are referring to?
Also, with the Button bands: it says work 2 rows of fpdc and bpdc. Is it correct to assume we are to go as high as the front pieces (three rows less than the back?)

I have the back and one of the front pieces finished. I am loving the look of it already!

Lisa Auch said...

Betty! you are 100% correct :) glad your loving the pattern
Any more bumps you run into just let me know, either here or on the FB page (you need to send it as a message though on FB)


Michelle Latta said...

Just made this cardigan for my son. It's an awesome pattern and looks great on him. Thanks for sharing ��

Mrs.Beck said...

Any advice on decreasing this to Newborn or increasing it for 3-4T? It's exactly what I'm looking for for my sons!



Lisa Auch said...

Claudia I would use a thinner yarn and 1 smaller hook to create for a newborn (although I have NOT tried this, so would love to hear how you got on. (just make sure your width is correct for a newborn (and follow instructions as is.
I have not made this in any larger sizes - again if you are comfortable working out the correct measurements for the widths then carry on with pattern as said.
If you do try it I would love to find out how you get on
Many thanks

Toni Smith said...

I feel silly asking this. but I've been working on the back and it says repeat rows 2 & 3 until it measures 9 1/2... is that inches or rows...? silly question I know. Sorry

Donna aka Betty said...

Wanted to let you know that I finished the Cardigan just in time for my first Grandson's arrival last week! I found little football buttons to use and made the cardigan out of Baby Blue, babysoft yarn. Thank you again for sharing this easy, beautiful pattern. I was a bit nervous with this being my first clothing project but your guidance and great instructions made it easy.
I will make this again!

Lisa Auch said...

Toni 9 1/2 inches :)

Lisa Auch said...

Donna aka Betty Thanks so much for letting me know and congrats on the grandson! :)

juicyfruitgirl said...

Hi Lisa, I just love this little cardigan. I just finished it with a little difficulty in a few places as it is my first sweater I made. Love it though. Thanks soo much.

Lisa Auch said...

You will fold the hod in half and sew one LONG side together (the hood is kind of long looking but it works once its on! (remember its to fit from shoulder to top of head comfortably for child)
I sew the foundation chains side to the neck to give a neat finish

gobomel said...

Thanks Lisa, sewed everything together and it looks very nice. I have also made your baby girl swing coat and made a sleeveless dress out of the same pattern in pink and white. That set is outstanding! Many, many thanks for all your work.

Lisa Auch said...

Wow! thank you so much! If you are on Facebook I would love it you could post a pic for me of the set and the dress!!!

Anonymous said...

OK, I feel ridiculous. The 1st front, row 1. I do not understand. Do I just have a base chain of 15, turn and then row 1 is a row of 13 HDC?


Lisa Auch said...

Chain 15, (18,21)
Row 1: hdc into 3rd chain from hook,* hdc aross, ch1, turn* work exactly the same as back over 13,(16, 19 )stitches until Row 21, 3 rows less than back top.

YES- you will have 13 stitches for the first size

Lee Khang said...

I have a question about the fronts. Are they the same size as the back when put together? I'm making one for 18 months and I noticed in your picture the two fronts were smaller. Where as mine, they both are touching eachother and I'm not sure how the button wand will fit.

Alicia Glessing said...

Not sure if my last comment posted but I had a question. For the front pieces it says leave 3 stitches unworked. Is that the same for all sizes? Thanks!

Lisa Auch said...

Hi Lee YES this is fine -(The 2 fronts on mine are actually halved over) The front needs lots of room (if you visualise your own back is more straight across body and front needs more room :)

Aubrey Lawrence said...

I sent a Facebook message with my picture questioning the front pieces. Your pictures look like front pieces are two perfect rectangles and I read the pattern as rows 22-24 were 10 HDc thus shorter than rows 1-21. Any help is appreciated as I'm close to finishing!!

Lisa Auch said...

The neck pieces have shaping in them, so NO they are not rectangles.

Anonymous said...

I have no clue how to do the hood is there two pieces for the hood, one looks shorter the other, how do I fold the hood.

Lisa Auch said...

The hood is a rectangle. Fold in half chain start edge to last row worked edge.
sew down ONE side to join. (you now have your hood)

jessica fernandez said...

hola, me gustaria que me digas como hacer para que me quede como el modelo original, el gris, gracias!!!

Lisa Auch said...

In have fixed the typos thanks for letting me know

Janet G said...

I have a question concerning the front pieces in the 12 month size. It says to cHaines 18 and you end up with 16 st but then at top says only hdc in 10 st which leaves 6 not 3. Should I leave 6 undone or 3?

Lisa Auch said...

I have changed the wording to make it clearer - WORK 10 Hdc for each size

Karen I Clark said...

This is the FIRST sweater that I have ever crocheted, and I LOVE the way that it turned out. Very easy instructions! I would love some instructions on how to piece together the pieces, as I am a novice. However, I managed to sew it together, and am quite pleased with the results. It is a 3-6 month size, made with the baby yarn from Hobby Lobby. Could post a photo, but would need to know how. Thank you for this beautiful, easy pattern.

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