This week I am going to share with you a very 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 set of patterns. If you like this one, then you should definitely check out the rest of them too.
Watch the video and follow the step by step tutorial to learn how to make this adorable crochet baby cardigan from start to finish. Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel that you can find HERE and turn on post notification so you won’t miss any of my future videos.
YOU WILL NEED
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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.
For those of you who prefer to work offline or would like to have a copy of the pattern for their own crochet library, there is an add-free beautifully designed PDF pattern available in my Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crochet shop. If you purchase more than 3 patterns on Etsy or Ravelry use a coupon code THREEORMORE to get 20% off on your entire purchase. Happy crocheting!
STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
Here are a few simple stitches and abbreviations you have to know before you start with the pattern. If you need a little bit of help or you are not quite familiar with some of those, hop over to my video tutorial where you will learn all the stitches and techniques you have to know to crochet this cardigan.
- St/Sts – stitch/stitches
- Ch – chain
- Ss – slip stitch
- Sc – single crochet
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
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).
SIZES AND MEASUREMENTS
The pattern is available in two sizes 0 – 6 months and 6 -12 months. You can find the pattern for 0 – 6 months size here on my blog and a beautifully designed PDF pattern in my pattern stores (Etsy, Ravelry, and Love Crochet) where both sizes are included in a file that you can download instantly.
- 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.
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- Use stitch markers to indicate your important stitches (first stitch of the row/round, where to start the next segment of the pattern …).
- How to read a pattern:
- If the number is written before the stitch 3 hdc work 3 hdc into the same stitch. If the number is written after the stitch hdc 3, work hdc into next 3 stitches.
- Repeat what is written in the () as many times as it’s written right after the (). For an example: Repeat (2 hdc, hdc 1) 5 times. It means that you have to repeat the sequence work 2 hdc sts into the same st, 1 hdc into the next one 5 times. And you will get 5 additional stitches by doing that.
- The chain at the beginning of the round/row does not count as a stitch unless otherwise stated in the pattern.
- The slip stitch is just a joining stitch and does not count as a stitch in the pattern.
- The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
- Skill level: Easy
CROCHET BABY PATTERNS YOU SHOULD TRY
Free Crochet Pattern For Baby Cardigan
The instructions are written in a few simple steps: yoke, lower part, sleeves, three lines of slip stitches, edging and a strap.
This part is made from the top down. Take Aran weight yarn and create a foundation chain made of 45 (53) 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.
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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