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Easy Newborn Crochet Cardigan FREE Pattern - A Star is Born

FREE crochet cardigan pattern for a newborn, that will fit the newborn baby perfectly. 

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This crochet baby cardigan is made from the neck down using the single crochet stitch for the yoke, and the star stitch for the main body of the baby cardigan. 

Giving the cardigan a nice firm neck and shoulder area and for the body part. This Cardigan was made for my friend's daughter's little one. 

Every outfit was way too big even in the first sizes, so the Star is Born baby cardigan was perfect.

 

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Materials you will need to crochet the Simple baby Cardigan

  • I used 100grms of Double Knit /light worsted  and a 4.50 mm crochet hook (US G6 and  Light Worsted) 
  • The finished chest size is 16 inches around.  (newborn)
  • OR for a slightly bigger baby cardigan a 4.50mm crochet hook with Aran eight / worsted  approx 20 inches around
  • 3 small buttons 
  • tapestry/yarn needle

Skill Level: 

Intermediate or Easy if you have worked with the Star Stitch before.

Measurements: 

The Cardigan will fit the Newborn to fit 16 inches around the chest.

Abbreviations:
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet
st(s) = stitch (es)
Special Stitches:

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I have a very easy Star Stitch crochet baby blanket FREE Pattern HERE

Explanations Star Stitch. 
Easy each full star stitch has 5 pull-through stitches together, pay attention to where on the stitches you are pulllling through.
Chain 3 on the star stitch row counts as part of the first star stitch.

To start, the first star at the beginning of ROW

Ch number required, (working into and down the chain) Pull up a loop in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th chains from the hook (6 loops on hook). YO (Yarn Over), pull through all 6 loops, and chain one to close the stitch. 1st Star Stitch completed

TO work a FULL STAR STITCH: 

*Insert hook into eye of the last st, draw a loop through the eye, (2 loops on hook)
insert hook into the LAST diagonal loop of the last star stitch just made, yarn over, and pull through, (3 loops on hook)
Insert hook into the base of last star st,  yarn over pull through (4 loops on Hook)
Insert hook into next st, yarn over pull through (5 loops on Hook)
Insert hook into next st, yarn over pull through (6 loops on Hook)
Yarn Over and pull through all the loops on hook, ch 1 (eye created)*

Repeat from *to* to the last stitch of the row,
Securing with a slip stitch, at the end of the row, Chain 1

Row 2: 2hdc in each eye of star of previous rounds. Finish the last STAR with 2hdc, and hdc to secure in very last stitch

Notes: Read Pattern instructions carefully before starting. 

  • In last worked star of every row, replace the ch1 (eye) with a half double crochet HDC
  • Chain 2 on the half double crochet row of star stitch does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Always finish the HDC row with 1 hdc into the last star's eye, and hdc into the top of the previous row  chain to secure.
  • Chain 3 on the star stitch row counts as part of the first star stitch.

Cardigan Pattern Instructions: Written using US crochet terms

Starting at Yoke / Neck
Ch 43,
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain, ch1 turn.(42sts)
Row 2: Ch1, sc in the first 7 sts, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 14 sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in next 5 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in last 7 sts. Turn (50)
Row 3:Ch1,  sc in the first  8sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 7sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 16 sts 3sc in next st,sc in next 7 sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 8 sts. Turn (58)
Row 4: Ch1,  sc in the first  9sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 18 sts 3sc in next st,sc in next 9 sts, 3sc in next sts sc in last 9 sts. Turn (66)
Row 5: Ch1, sc in the first  10sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 11 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 20 sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 11 sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 10sts. Turn (74)
Row 6: Ch1, sc in the first  11sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 13 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 22sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 13 sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 11 sts. Turn (82)
Row 7: Ch1, sc in the first  12sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 15 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 24 sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 15sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 12 sts. Turn (90)
Row 8: Ch1, sc in the first 13sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 26 sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 17sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 13 sts. Turn (98)
Row 9: Ch1, sc in the first  14sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 19 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 28 sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 19sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 14sts. Turn (106)
Row 10: Ch1, sc in the first 15sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 21 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 30 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 21sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 15sts. Turn (114)
Row 11: Ch1,sc in the first 16sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 23 sts, 3sc in next st, sc in next 32 sts, 3sc in next st,sc in next 23sts, 3sc in next sts, sc in last 16sts. Turn (122)
(you are going to skip stitches to make the armholes here)
Row12: ch1, sc in the first 18 sts, ch4, skip 25 sts,  sc in next 36 sts,  ch4, skip 25sts, sc in last 18sts ch3, turn. (80sts)
Row 13: ch4, complete 1 whole star stitch as described in special stitches above, and work evenly across, to create 39 whole stars, finishing with an HDC in the LAST st 
 
Row 14: ch2, 2hdc in each eye of previous rows star, (80 hdc) hdc in top of previous rounds ch to finish 

Row 15 to Row 25:
Repeat rows 13 and 14 finishing with row 13 to give a lacy edge.
 
Do Not Fasten off but turn work and now you will single crochet evenly along the front sides and neck edge,

BORDER   

Simple border: You can just work evenly in a single crochet up the side - along the top of the neck and back down the opposite side, working 3 sc sts into the corners. 

NOTING BUTTONHOLE PLACEMENTS! - (use a stitch marker to identify on the side you are making the buttonholes

On the Right side loops for girl, left side loops for boy - you will create small loop button holes { sc,ch1,} in one stitch (3 times) evenly spaced along the single crochet Rows.

Some of the eagle eyed readers has noted my different finishing on the cream cardigan *** I like to work on each side separately, although this means more weaving in of endings  

Row 1: slip stitch UP the outer side of the cardigan, chain 1 TURN. 

Row 2:  single crochet back down the slips stitches just made by working into the front loops of the slip stitches. 

And create the Buttonholes on the side required by working a 

Row 3: Sc in each stitch however NOTE buttonhole placements. On the Right side loops for girl, left side loops for boy - you will create small loop button holes { sc,ch1,} in one stitch (3 times) evenly spaced along the single crochet Rows.

Then I will work  single crochet row around the Neck piece. 

Fastening off and Weaving in ends neatly

Sleeves:
Join yarn under arm and
Row 1: chain 3 to start star stitch Row. Work 15 stars, Ch2, turn. (15 stars created)
Row 2: Work 2 hdc in each eye of star to end, do not close last star of Row with a ch 1 but
finish with hdc in very last stitch.
 
Repeat Row 1 and 2 – 9 times finishing on Row 1
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew the seams of the sleeves together. Fasten off and weave in ends neatly.
 
Finishing: sew buttons securely into position
Care Instructions: Hand wash or wash on cool setting. Leave to dry.

 I do love the Star Stitch and have Free Crochet Patterns available to make a crochet baby's blanket and bonnet using this easy decorative stitch



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