Free Crochet Pattern for Newborn Baby Cardigan (Easy)

 Megan's Easy Crochet Baby Cardigan Free Pattern. This is an EASY Crochet BABY Cardigan Pattern for small NEWBORN Baby. made all in one piece from the neck down. 

 This one was made for my newborn Grandson, using a 4.50mm hook and DK yarn  

Please note: I am an extremely LOOSE crocheter!! I will give you SEVERAL ideas of different sizes to try please ensure you measure around your finished cardigan to correspond with the desired measurement you require. 

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The cardigan was originally made for my niece's preemie.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)

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

It was worn at every opportunity as everything else seemed to drown him, so we knew he was being kept warm and cosy. As he grew slightly it was easy to whip up another one using a larger hook as we went. 

I made this one above for my grandson just born, (I used a 4.50mm hook and Double Knit Yarn) it fitted perfectly for the first week when everything else seemed to drown him. 

And 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 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.  

PREEMIE  use a 4.00mm Hook and Double Knit Yarn = Worsted

I used Marriners Super soft Baby Double Knit

14 inches around 

(this was the size we needed for my nieces preemie)

                    NEWBORN -using a 4.50mm hook  and Aran

I used 1 x 100grm Ball of Redheart baby soft Steps 
= 16 inches around chest

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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 Which also helps to explain how we create the Sleeves / Underarms


(Instructions are given in US terms)

Chain 36 (neck opening ) 

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 chs,3 dc 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 5, 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 7ts,
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 9sts, ch 4, (underarm) skip 16 sts, dc in next 20sts 
ch 4, (underarm) skip 16 sts, dc to end. 
NEWBORN work 1 more ROW of increases in established pattern. 
Row 6: dc in next 9,  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  11sts. ch 2, turn.

NEWBORN Row 7 :  dc in next 12sts, ch 4, (underarm) skip 17sts, dc in next 24sts 
ch 4, (underarm) skip 17 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)

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

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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 

Please note: In the Picture to the Right 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 love using these easy Crochet Patterns. I can mix and match to create such cute and adorable little sets for newborns.
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