This is a crochet pattern for my easy beginner-friendly baby cardigan – Boho Baby. Find out what inspired me to design this pattern, what yarn did I choose, and learn all the tricks on how to create a perfect baby cardigan.
You can find the free instruction below. If you want to support my work or need more sizes, purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
This week I am going to share with you a simple and beginner-friendly pattern and video tutorial on how to make a boho-inspired crochet baby cardigan. The collection of my boho-inspired patterns is slowly growing, and this is already my fourth pattern from in a row from that collection of patterns. If you like this one, then you should check out the rest of them too.
You can find more patterns from Boho Baby Collection here
All the patterns are also available as a beautiful crochet bundle of four patterns here. They include some additional sizes and a bunch of photo material to help you along the way.
This pattern is made with 100% cotton yarn in Aran weight yarn. I choose Rico Creative cotton yarn, because how soft the yarn is. However you can pick any Aran weight yarn you like. In the same price range and thickness are also Drops Paris and Yarns and Colors Epic yarn. Both of the can be a perfect substitution for the yarn I was using.
The cardigan can be a great summer piece, but can be also layered with a cute cotton long sleeve shirt for any other time of the year.
Just imagine how cute it would be if you would add fun crochet or knit collar to it. Something with fancy crochet or knit stitch to spice up the look.
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- YARN: For this pattern, I was using two different yarn brands and yarn weights; Rico creative cotton in shade natural (60) for the cardigan and Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK yarn in shades Washed Teal (433), Daffodil Yellow (422), and Bright Peach (412) for three lines of slip stitches at the bottom of the cardigan.
- CROCHET HOOK: 4.0 mm or G/6 crochet hook
- OTHER: 6 stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors, and a measuring tape or a gauge ruler to measure your gauge.
GAUGE: Work 8 sts and 4 rows in DC using 4.0 mm crochet hook and Aran weight yarn measure 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches).
When you find a new crochet project that you would like to make, you usually want to start ASP. We all do. But please take some time and check the gauge. It might save your project!
Checking the gauge is a crucial step in the process of making a new crochet/knit garment. It will help you achieve the right size of your finish item. Learn how to check your gauge here.
Stitches and Abbreviations
- St/Sts – stitch/stitches
- Ch – chain
- Ss – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Sizes: 0 – 6 months (below) and 6 – 12 months (PDF pattern).
- How to read a pattern: You can learn how to read a crochet pattern here.
- The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
- Skill level: Easy/Medium
- Measurements: 0 – 6 months – Chest 48 cm (19 1/4″), Length 24 cm (9 1/2″), 6 – 12 months – Chest 55 cm (21 1/2″), Length 30 cm (11 3/4″) – PDF pattern only.
- Fit is meant to be comfortable. Not too loose and not too tight.
The PDF crochet pattern is a great solution for those who prefer to work offline, need additional sizes of the pattern, or just want to support my work. This beautifully designed PDF pattern can be found in shops on Etsy, Ravelry, and Love Crafts.
* This PDF instructions include one additional size. The fee compensates for the ad revenue I would make if you had to visit the site to access the instructions.
Crochet Baby Cardigan Pattern – Boho Baby
The instructions are written in a few simple steps:
- lower part,
- three lines of slip stitches,
- edging and
- a strap.
Please, read the instructions carefully. Don’t skip any parts of the pattern and make sure you are not accidentally losing or adding additional stitches to the pattern. That might affect the final look of your design.
This part is made from the top down. Take Aran weight yarn and create a foundation chain made of 45 chains.
A = 3 hdc into the same stitch
I would recommend inserting a stitch marker into the middle hdc from the 3hdc set.
Work in rows. At the end of each row create a turning chain (ch 1) and turn the row.
Row 1: Sc 7. Hdc 1. A Hdc 4. A Hdc 16. A Hdc 4. A Hdc 1. Sc 7. Ch 1. Turn. = 52 sts.
Row 2: Sc 7. Hdc 2. A Hdc 6. A Hdc 18. A Hdc 6. A Hdc 2. Sc 7. Ch 1. Turn. = 60 sts.
Row 3: Hdc 10. A Hdc 8. A Hdc 20. A Hdc 8. A Hdc 10. Ch 1. Turn. = 68 sts.
- If you are coming from the video tutorial this is the place where I told you to continue working in rows; work 1 hdc into each hdc from the row below with an exception of hdc sts marked with a stitch marker, where you have to work 3 hdc into the same stitch. That will give you 8 additional stitches each row and make the yoke bigger and bigger with each row you make.
Row 4: Hdc 11. A Hdc 10. A Hdc 22. A Hdc 10. A Hdc 11. Ch 1. Turn. = 76 sts.
Row 5: Hdc 12. A Hdc 12. A Hdc 24. A Hdc 12. A Hdc 12. Ch 1. Turn. = 84 sts.
Row 6: Hdc 13. A Hdc 14. A Hdc 26. A Hdc 14. A Hdc 13. Ch 1. Turn. = 92 sts.
Row 7: Hdc 14. A Hdc 16. A Hdc 28. A Hdc 16. A Hdc 14. Ch 1. Turn. = 100 sts.
Row 8: Hdc 15. A Hdc 18. A Hdc 30. A Hdc 18. A Hdc 15. Ch 1. Turn. = 108 sts.
Row 9: Hdc 16. A Hdc 20. A Hdc 32. A Hdc 20. A Hdc 16. Ch 1. Turn. = 116 sts.
Row 10: Hdc 17. A Hdc 22. A Hdc 34. A Hdc 22. A Hdc 17. Ch 1. Turn. = 124 sts.
Row 11: Hdc 18. A Hdc 24. A Hdc 36. A Hdc 24. A Hdc 18. Ch 1. Turn. = 132 sts.
2. LOWER PART
Now we are going to join the front and back part of the cardigan.
The stitches skipped in row 12 will later be used for the sleeves – we will come back to them later.
Work in rows. After each row turn the row and create a turning chain (ch 1 for rows made of hdc sts and ch 2 from rows made of dc sts).
Row 12: Ch 1. Hdc 19. Skip 28. Hdc 38. Skip 28. Hdc 19. Turn. = 76 sts.
Row 13 – 21: Ch 2. Dc 76 sts. = 76 sts.
Cut the yarn and fasten off.
Continue with beige yarn. Attach the yarn into the bottom of the armhole.
Work in rounds. After each round join the round with a slip stitch (ss). Create a turning ch (ch 1).
Round 1: Ch 1. Start in the same st. Work hdc sts evenly around the armhole. Join the round with a ss. Turn the round. = 31 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1. Work 1 hdc into each of the next 31 sts. Join the round with a ss. = 31 sts.
Cut the yarn and fasten off.
Repeat all the steps for the second sleeve.
4. THREE ROWS OF SLIP STITCHES
Now we are going to create three simple lines made of slip stitches around the last three rows of double crochet stitches on the lower part of the cardigan.
This part will be made with DK weight yarn, and I will use a different color for each row.
Row 1: This row is made into the last row of dc sts. Use orange yarn. Work 1 ss into each of the next 76 sts. Cut the yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends. = 76 sts.
Row 2: This row is made between rows 20 and 21. Use yellow yarn. Work 1 ss into each of the next 76 sts. Cut the yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends. = 76 sts.
Row 3: This row is made between rows 19 and 20. Use blue yarn. Work 1 ss into each of the next 76 sts. Cut the yarn and fasten off. Weave in the ends. = 76 sts.
TIP: If you are a very tight crocheter and you slip stitches are usually quite tight, try to make those three lines of slip stitches with a larger crochet hook then recommended in the pattern; 4.5 mm instead of 4.0 mm.
Take a small amount of beige yarn and work slip sts evenly around the cardigan.
Start in the right upper corner and work towards the right lower corner.
Work 3 sc sts into that corner, continue alongside the lower part of the cardigan to the left lower corner, work 3 sc sts into that corner and continue up to the left upper corner.
Finish up, cut the yarn and fasten off. Hide the yarn tails between the stitches.
Take a small amount of beige yarn again and chain 35.
Attach the strap to the cardigan in the left upper corner, right where you finished the edging and work slip stitches evenly around the neckline to the next upper corner of the cardigan.
Ch 35. Cut the yarn and fasten off.
Create a nice and firm knot on both sides of the strap, trim the ends, tie the strap in a beautiful bow and your cardigan is complete.
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