Free Crochet Pattern for Newborn Baby Cardigan (Easy)

Megan's Easy Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Pattern.  
This is an EASY Crochet BABY Cardigan Pattern.   Ideal to crochet for small NEWBORN Baby. 

The Cardigan is crocheted all in one piece from the top down. 

 This one pictured above was made for my newborn Grandson, using a 5.00 mm hook and Aran yarn. 

It fitted him perfectly just out of the hospital. When everything else seems to drown them. 

Please note: I am an extremely LOOSE crocheter!! 

Ive just became a grandmother and the sizes I ‘thought’ were age appropriate’ were blown out of the water! So I will give you SEVERAL ideas of different sizes. 

Please ensure you measure around your cardigan UNDERARMS to correspond with the desired Chest measurement you require. 

If you need to ADD MORE increasing rounds to achieve the desired chest measurement. then just keep within the established pattern 

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Easy Newborn Baby Cardigan FREE Crochet Pattern - Beginner Friendly 

The cardigan was originally made for my niece's preemie. Who was expecting a small newborn? She had a preemie so I actually ended up sizing the cardigan even smaller (I used a 3.5 mm hook and a DK yarn)

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We couldn't believe how tiny the cardigan was, but She adored how snug it fitted him. 

The Crochet Baby Beanie Pattern and Booties Pattern can be found on my website too. 

It was worn at every opportunity as everything else seemed to drown him, so we knew he was being kept warm and cozy. 

As he grew slightly it was easy to whip up another one using a larger hook and thicker yarn as we went. 
I made the grey one (above)  for my grandson just born, (I used a 4.50mm hook and Aran weight it fitted perfectly for the first week when everything else seemed too big for him. 

(I am a VERY loose crocheter, you may need to go up a hook size to achieve chest circumference )

When I had posted a picture of him wearing it and was immediately inundated with requests for the cute pattern in different sizes, using different hooks and yarns. So read carefully to make it to your size preference.

It is one of those patterns that are in my memory and I just find myself making it time and time again. 

When I am asked to crochet a cardigan for a newborn. 

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I'll be honest this is one of my first ever crochet cardigans I made, I found every other pattern was just too big for that initial straight out of hospital size. 

Especially if the baby has dropped some weight and we want to keep them snuggly and warm. 

It's an easy crochet pattern, once you get the increases for the corners you can actually keep on going in the established pattern and make it bigger. 

SO I have finally put it down in writing for you all. The PAttern is written in US terms however I am from the UK! 

Yarn Weight
UK US conversion
Aran UK = Fisherman/ worsted 

 PREEMIE  use a 4.50mm Hook and Double Knit Yarn. 

14 inches around 

 (this was the size we needed for my niece's preemie ) 

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NEWBORN -using a 5.00mm hook  and Aran Weight - VISIT FOR BEST DEALS HERE FRom DERAMORES

I used 1 x 100grm Ball of  Cygnet Aran  and 4.50mm = 16 inches around the chest
(I crochet loosely you may need to go UP a hook size) 
Due to many requests, I have added in a larger size 3+ MONTH  of the Easy baby cardigan pattern you can view this over at my Personal Website 
See How easy this cardigan is to make with this Quick time Step by Step video 

This also helps to explain how we create the Sleeves / Underarms of the cardigan working from the top down. 


(Instructions are given in US terms)
The Start Chain should be loosely made
you will make the FIRST stitch of the row into the next stitch from the Ch2

You will make the LAST stitch of the row into the top of the Ch2

Chain 36 (neck opening ) 

Row 1: 
Dc in 4th ch from hook and Dc in next 3 chs, 3dc in next st, 
dc in next 5 sts, 3 dc in next ch, 
dc in next 10sts, 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 5sts,  3dc in next st, 
dc in next 7 sts, 3dc in next st, 
dc in next 12 ch, 3dc in next ch, 
dc in next 7sts, 3dc in next, 
dc in last 6 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 
dc in next 6 sts, 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  7sts , 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  8sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 5: 
dc in next 8st,  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  9sts. ch 2, turn.  
Row 6:  dc in next 9sts, ch 4, (underarm) skip 16 sts, 
dc in next 22sts 
ch 4, (underarm) skip 16 sts, dc to end. 
NEWBORN work 1 more ROW of increases in established pattern. 
Row 6
dc in next 9sts,  3dc in next ch, 
dc in next 15 sts, 3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 20 sts, 3 dc in next st, 
dc in next 15 sts, 3 dc in next ch, 
dc in last 10 sts. ch 2, turn.

Row 7 :  
dc in next 11sts, ch 4, (underarm) skip 18sts, 
dc in next 23sts ch 4, (underarm) skip 18 sts, 
dc to end. 

Row 8:  dc in each dc and each chain across. ch 2, turn.

Rows 9-15 (17 for NEWBORN): 
 dc in each dc across. Ch 2, turn.


Either in same color or join a contrasting color. 

Work 3 sc in last stitch, sc around the 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 the 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)



Make sure you are working in the opposite direction of the last row of sleeves worked.  
Join yarn to center stitch at the bottom of the armhole, and pick up evenly around the Armhole.  

(Making 1 dc into the POST of Row 7 at the side of the armhole as you work around) . 

Work 8 rows of DC around. As follows

*Ch2, skip 1st space, dc in each stitch around, 
slip to join, TURN* Repeat for 8 Rows
 this will decrease 1 stitch each row 

Row 9, sc around the sleeve. To finish 

Repeat for the second row
I like to fold over the Tops of the baby cardigan at the neck.  Just secure to the cardigan with some yarn. 

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

Weave in all ends 

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

I love using these easy Crochet Patterns. I can mix and match to create such cute and adorable little sets for newborns.

They are also quick to crochet projects to make for last-minute gifts and baby showers.

Crochet Pattern All in one cardigan newborn Free crochet pattern

And the Cute Baby Hat 

with Ears is HERE

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