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Baby Bear Cardigan An Easy Baby Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern (Newborn -3 months)

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Baby Bear Crochet Cardigan Pattern
I must admit this is one of the cutest crochet cardigans for a baby boy I have made.  And the Pattern is so easy to adjust to get a different look for your baby sweater jacket.

 I like the button being offset at the front, this is because some baby cardigans can become wet under the chin from dribbling, this smoother edge ensures this area is nice and soft for baby's chin and no buttons rubbing. 

Cardigan is worked from the neck down, from the yoke in one piece.

I used 1 x Ball of 100g Cygnet Aran used for this project.
USING A 4.00mm hook I achieved a  finished chest size of 17inches around. (0-3 months)

Alternative hooks and yarn ideas I have used to make this pattern

I have also made this using (Red Heart Cream Aran ) with a 3.5mm hook, finished Chest size is 17 inches around  (Newborn)
A 4.00mm hook and James C brett Double Knit Gave me Chest size is 17 inches around  (Newborn)



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PLEASE NOTE: ABOVE PICTURE IS created Differently to the written pattern. 
The free pattern is for a straight edge, although I have made one with a diagonal finish, by increasing an EXTRA stitch (2DC in the last stitch) at the END side of the LONGEST at the end of each 2nd  this will make the front flap diagonal instead of straight.

And I crocheted a small bear face applique which just finished it all off.  But you can add any applique you like. I find this pattern works in one colour or by Using two contrasting colours works well. and would look really good with the Bear hat with ears.

Crochet Terms used in this pattern are the US.

 Sometimes you find your side is quite loose and the straight edge has holes along with it.
I usually 2Dc in second last stitch and leave all loops on hook to DECREASE in the last stitch)- the 2 DCs fill the little triangle left by the turning chain and last stitch. )

Or watch this video on here it will open in a new window and at exactly the correct time to watch how to crochet a straight edge without leaving any gaps - Amazing (thank you to our FB subscribers for sharing these)  Watch this video






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Ch=Chain stitch, DC-=Double Crochet, St=Stitch
Gauge:4 stitches=1 inch and 2 rows= 1 inch.
Hook 3.50mm (UK)
Size  new-born to 3 months. (16 inches chest) (to make bigger use a bigger hook)
Yarn- DK Aran/   Worsted


FREE BABY CARDIGAN PATTERN 

Size new-born to 3 months. (17 inches around to fit 16 inches chest)


Using a Hook 3.50mm (UK) Aran weight Yarn
I have also used a 4.00mm hook using SuperSoft Double Knit James c Brett (This will also make 17 inches around chest to fit 16 inches)
BABY CARDIGAN Crochet PATTERN

Chain 50

Row 1:
DC in 4th Ch. from hook and next 4 Ch's, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 6 Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 12 Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 6Chs, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 14 Ch's. Ch.2 ,turn.

Row 2:
DC in base of Ch, and next 14 Ch, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 8 Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 14 Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 8 Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 6 Ch. Ch.2,turn.

Row 3:
DC in base of Ch, and next 6 Ch, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 10Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 16 Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 10 Ch, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 16 Ch. Ch. 2 turn.

Row 4:
DC in base of Ch, and next 16Ch, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 12Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 18 Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 12 Chs, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 8 Ch's. Ch. 3,turn.
Row 5:
DC in base of Ch, and next 8Chs, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 14Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 20 Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in next 14 Chs, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 18Ch's. Ch. 3,turn.


Row 6:
Dc in base of Ch, and next 18Chs, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 16Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 22Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 16 Chs, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in last 10 Ch's. Ch. 3,turn.

Row 7:
Dc in base of Ch, and next 10 Chs, work 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 18Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 24 Ch's, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
Dc in next 18 Chs, 3 DC in next Ch.(corner),
DC in last 20 Ch's. Ch. 3,turn.

Row 8: DC in base of ch stitch, and in next 20sts ( first corner,) Ch5,
skip 21 sts, we are creating the armholes here) and DC in nxt st, continue working in DC across Back in next 27sts, Ch5,
skip 21sts ,(second armhole) DC in the next stitch and DC to end. 

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Rows 9-19: Ch. 2, turn, DC in each st across, including the ch5 for armholes 
(72sts
at end of row 19 Ch. 1

Edging: Mark on which side you wish the buttonhole loops to be, and work SC up front side. Make buttonhole loops by {sc, ch2 sc in the same Stitch} where you want them, continue working around each st in SC around the whole of the cardigan edging, placing 3 SC in each corner.

Join to first SC, finish off.

Sleeves:
Start by joining yarn to centre st at bottom of the armhole, chain 3 (counts as 1st DC, DC around, slip to join into top of chain 3

Work 8 rows. Dc2tog on FIRST stitch of Row 5 of sleeve and DC2tog FIRST stitch of Row 8

 
(change to contrasting yarn at this point if you wish)

Rounds 8-12: Ch 1,Work Sc around the sleeve., slip to join


If you feel the cuff is too wide and needs a decrease, you can Sc2 tog, to make the bottom of the cuff smaller. However, I like to keep it quite wide as it is easier to roll up slightly

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Add buttons and finishing touches.


                          

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