Free Crochet Pattern for a Newborn Baby Cardigan (Easy)

Megan's Easy Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Patterns. Basic Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Babies (Easy)  This little crochet cardigan pattern really is one of the easiest I make.  It was originally made for my nieces preemie. And she adored how snug it fit him, as he grew slightly it was easy to whip up another one using a larger hook as we went. I had posted a picture of him wearing it and was immediately inundated for requests for the cute pattern. It is one of those patterns that is in my memory and I just find myself making it time and time again, SO I have finally put it down in writing for you all. 
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Size: preemie - newborn for First size use a 4.00mm Hook and Double Knit Yarn = worsted
Double knit yarn and a 4.00mm hook = 14 inches around (this was the size we needed for my nieces preemie)
0r using  Red Heart Baby Soft and  a 4.50mm hook to make slightly larger baby 0-3 months 1 x 100grm Ball of Redheart baby soft Steps . = 16 inches around chest

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(Instructions are given in US terms)
Chain 36
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 chs,3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 10 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last 5 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 2: dc in next 5, 3dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts, 3dc in next st, dc in next 12 ch, 3dc, dc in next 7 ,3dc in next, dc in last 6 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 3: dc in next  6, 3dc in next ch, dc in next 9 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 14 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last  7 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 4: dc in next  7, 3dc in next ch, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 16 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last  8 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 5: dc in next 8,  3dc in next ch, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 18 sts, 3 dc in next st, dc in next 13 sts, 3 dc in next ch, dc in last  9 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 6:  dc in next 10 sts, ch 4, skip 16 sts, dc in next 21 sts, ch 4, skip 16 sts, dc to end.

Row 7:  dc in each dc and each chain across. ch 2, turn.

Rows 8-15:   dc in each dc across. Ch 2, turn.

Border
Either in same color or join a contrasting color. 
Work 3 sc in last stitch, sc around neckline, put 3 sc in last st of neck, sc  evenly around, remember to work 3 sc in each corner stitch, (this helps it to lay flat and not curl)   work 3 sc in last stitch and sc across bottom of sweater,  2 sc in last st and join to first sc. finish off. (on whichever side you decide for girl or boy  create the buttonhole loops by sc, ch 3, sc in next st)

Sleeves:
Join yarn to center stitch at bottom on armhole,
Work 8 rows  of DC around. .
Row 9, sc around sleeve.

TO finish cardigan off I folded down the top neck corners, and sewed securely in place with matching color of yarn
Weave in all ends 

Please note the hat is a basic baby beanie with 2 rows added to front to create a brim, and booties are from Topsy Turvy Wrap around Booties

I have lots of favourite go-to patterns for creating baby Cardigans so make sure you view my page here which has a selection of the best FREE baby Crochet cardigan Patterns I find online





6 comments:

Kathy Gibbons said...

Hi, I am new to crocheting anything other than afghans, I saw this set and thought it was adorable so I started it, here it is two hours later and I am finished except for the sleeves. It is cute. Thank you for making this easy to understand. I will post a pic when I am done.

Anonymous said...

Can you use Caron Simply Soft instead of Red Heart?

Lisa Auch said...

If caron simply soft is an aran weight then yes

Unknown said...

I'd like to make this for my nephew who is 5 months old. I'm going to try to enlarge it. Can you tell me if this pattern starts from the bottom or the top?

Anonymous said...

this may be a silly question but is there a difference between dc in next chain and dc in next stitch, is this the same thing?

Lisa Auch said...

It is the same thing....lol sometimes I write the pattern how I see it at the time :)

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