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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 newly born baby perfectly. This crochet baby cardigan is made from the neck down using the single crochet.  

Free Crochet Pattern Baby Cardigan A Star is Born

Giving the cardigan a nice firm neck and shoulder area, and for the body part  I wanted a nice pattern effect.

Eventually I decided on the star stitch. I have hunted around to find the perfect fitting first sized baby cardigan, and struggled, after my friend gave birth to a very healthy but small baby girl. 

Every outfit was way to big even in the first sizes, so the Star is Born baby cardigan was perfect. 
I used DK  and a 4.50 mm crochet hook (US G6 and  Light Worsted) 
Finished chest size is 16 inches around.  (newborn)
Skill Level: Intermediate or Easy if you have worked with the Star Stitch before.
 
Measurements: Cardigan will fit Newborn 16 inches around chest.
I would perhaps make this for a preemie changing my hook – 3.5mm
Materials
Yarn : 100grms of Double Knit
Hook 4.500mm
3 Buttons
Abbreviations:
ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet
st(s) = stitch (es)
Special Stitches:
Star Stitch. 
 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 
Ch4, (working  into and down the chain) 
insert hook into the 2nd chain from the hook yarn over pull through (2 loops on hook) 
insert hook into the 3rd chain from the hook yarn over pull through (3 loops on hook )
insert hook into the 4th ch, yarn over pull through,  (4 loops)
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 draw through all loops on hook, ch1(eye of stitch) 1st star of row competed.


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 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 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 stars eye, and hdc into the top of 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 , work evenly across, to create 39 whole stars, finishing with a 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 and14
finishing with a row 13 to give a lacy edge.
 
Do Not Fasten off but turn work and single crochet evenly along the front sides and neck edge,
BORDER   
Create small loop button holes { sc,ch1,} in one stitch (3 times) evenly spaced along the single crochet Rows.
On the Right side loops for girl, left side loops for boy
Fasten off and weave 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 a Row 1
Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew seams of sleeve 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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