Let’s crochet a baby sweater! This pattern is pretty straight-forward and easy, once you get the hang of the Alternating Posts Stitch. Remember that if you are lost, or have questions, you can always email me, or leave a comment below.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Yarn: 2 skeins of Woolike Yarn, by Loops and Threads.
Yarn specs: #1 Fingering Yarn, Acrylic/Nylon Blend,
678 yds / 3.5 oz.
Yarn Notes: You will crochet with both skeins simultaneously in order to make the thread a little thicker and easier to work with. If you choose to make the color stripes, you will need 2 skeins of each color you want to use.
Alternatively, you can also use a #2 sport, or #3 DK yarn, instead of using two threads of fingering yarn. If you use a larger yarn, you do not need to double-up on the threads (so you won’t have to crochet with two skeins simultaneously).
Hook: G, 4.25 mm
Additional materials: Scissors, needle, measuring tape, and button (1 in / 2.5 cm in diameter).
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet
Stitch abbreviation descriptions, photos, and pattern notes are available in the PDF version of the Pattern. You can purchase the ad-free, instant download pattern, below:
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Sizing: 0, 3, 6, and 12 months
Initial Chain: Make a chain that measures the Sweater Width for your desired sweater size.
Row 1: CH 2. Beginning in the third chain from your hook, DC into every stitch of the row.
Row 2: CH 2, turn your work around. FPDC in the first post of the row. BPDC in the second post. Alternate crocheting FPDC and BPDC in every post of the row. When you reach the end of the row, DC in the space between the last post, and the chain at the end of the row. (Use the photo on the right as a guide.)
Row 3: CH 2, turn your work around. If your first stitch is a FPDC (in the previous row), crochet a BPDC. If your first stitch is a BPDC (in the previous row), crochet a FPDC. Crochet the opposite stitch to what you made in the previous row. This will create a woven look. So for every BPDC of the row, you’ll crochet a FPDC in this row, and vice-versa. Interlocking FPDCs and BPDCs is known as the Alternating Post Stitch.
Repeat Row 3 until you complete the Body Height for your desired baby sweater size.
CH 2, turn your work around. Continue to work the Alternating Posts stitch (a repetition of Row 3, from page 3) for this section.
For sizes 0 and 3 months, crochet a width of 2 inches (5 cm) for the shoulder width. For sizes 6 – 12 months, crochet a width of 2.5 inches.
Use the Arm Hole measurement to determine how high to make the shoulder panel.
Repeat the Sweater Body section to complete 2 whole body panels for the sweater. On one panel, crochet a buttonhole after completing the Shoulder Panel.
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Button Hole, Row 1: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into every stitch of the row.
Button Hole, Row 2: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into each of the first three stitches of the row. CH 4, then skip 4 stitches. SC into the remaining stitches of the row.
Check that the button fits into the buttonhole before continuing. It should fit just a tad snug, but still easily pass through the buttonhole.
Button Hole, Row 3: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into each of the first 3 stitches of the row. SC 4 stitches into the chain space, then SC into each of the remaining stitches of the row.
Button Hole, Row 4: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into every stitch of the row.
Once you finish the last stitch, CH 1 and cut a long tail of yarn, then weave it in.
Use the sleeve measurements in the sizing chart to complete this section. You will need to crochet 2 sleeves, so make sure to jot down the number of stitches and rows you crochet for the first sleeve, and use those same stitch counts when crocheting the second sleeve in order to make a matching pair.
Chain as many stitches as you need to in order to meet the Arm Hole Width measurement for your desired baby sweater size.
Row 1: CH 2, Beginning in the third chain from your hook, DC into every stitch of the row.
Row 2: CH 2, turn your work around. FPDC in the first post of the row. BPDC in the second post. Alternate crocheting FPDC and BPDC in every post of the row. When you reach the end of the row, DC in the space between the last post, and the chain at the end of the row.
Row 3: CH 2, turn your work around. Crochet Alternating Posts stitches until you complete the row.
Row 4: CH 2, turn your work around. Skip the first post of the row, then continue the row using the Alternating Post stitch until you reach the last post of the row. Skip the last post of the row, and DC into the chainspace between the last post and the chain.
For the rest of the sleeve, complete 3 repetitions of Row 3, then a repetition of Row 4, until you reach the Sleeve Length for your desired baby sweater size.
Sleeve Cuff, Row 1: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into every stitch of the row.
Crochet 4 repetitions of Sleeve Cuff, Row 1, so that you end up with a total of 5 rows of SC.
Repeat the Sleeves Second a second time, so that you crochet 2 matching sleeves.
Sleeves: Fold one sleeve in half, length-wise. Line up the edges of the sleeve, and sew across the stitches, working your stitches horizontally across the fabric.
Once you complete the first sleeve, repeat with the second sleeve.
Next, you’ll need to sew the two Body Panels together before attaching the sleeves to the sweater.
Lay both of your body panels as seen in the photo on the left. Using the same stitch you used for the sleeves, sew along the narrow edge of the shoulder panel to attach this section to the second panel.
Pin down the buttonhole to the front of the sweater. Be sure to leave some fabric on which to sew the button to. Fold the sweater in half, along the shoulders, and line up the bottom corners and edges. Line up the sleeves along the sides of the sweater, as seen in the photo on the right. Pin them to the sweater (optional), then using the same stitch as the sleeve and shoulder, sew along the edge of the sleeve and the sweater to join both pieces.
Sew along the sides of the sweater, below the sleeves and down to the bottom end to join the front and back panels of the sweater closed.
Crochet 5 rounds of SC along the bottom edge of the sweater.
Row 1: CH 1, SC into every stitch along the bottom edge of the sweater.
Row 2. When you reach the CH from the previous row, skip it, SC into the next stitch, then continue to SC into every stitch along the round.
Rows 3-5: SC into every stitch of the round.
Crochet 3-5 rounds of SC along the neckline of the sweater.
Row 1: Begin at the first stitch of the buttonhole, then SC along the side until you reach the first corner of the neckline. In the first of the 2 corner stitches, insert your hook and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the second corner stitch, and pull up a loop. You should have three loops on your hook. Yarn over, and pull through all three loops on your hook (this is a decrease).
SC into each of the stitches along the back neckline of the sweater. Decrease into the corner stitches.
SC into each stitch along the side of the neckline. Decrease into the corner stitches.
SC into each stitch along the front of the sweater, until you reach the buttonhole.
Row 2: CH 1, turn your work around. SC into every stitch along the front of the sweater. In what could be the corner stitches (it may not be as visible in this row), decrease. Continue to crochet into the remaining stitches of the neckline following the steps of Row 1.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 4 – 5 (optional): Ch 1, turn your work around, SC into every stitch of the row. You no longer need to crochet any decreases in rows 4 and 5. .
Make sure to weave in any yarn tail ends, sew on the button, and you are finished.
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