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Free Herringbone Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Well, here I am, still waiting for my sweet little bundle of joy to be born. I’m 38 weeks, so I technically have 2 weeks to go. So to pass the time, I decided to make an adorable (and super easy!) baby sweater.

The Herringbone Baby Sweater is made using a herringbone double crochet stitch. It is a very simple, but beautiful stitch. Make and Do Crew has very easy video tutorial on how to do the herringbone double crochet stitch. Check it out here.

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Since I live in Minnesota, sweaters are a must when the temperature starts dropping. September is arguable the most beautiful month here, but it doesn’t take long for those beautiful 65 degree September days to turn into the rainy 50 degree days of October. It’s best to make sure my little one has a warm sweater to wear on outings.

Now, I didn’t want to make just a plain sweater, so I decided to add little accents throughout the pattern. All of these accents are definitely optional, but they do add so much character and beauty to the pattern. The pockets are absolutely adorable and the extra embroidery looks so cozy to me.

I hope you enjoy this free sweater pattern. It was loads of fun to work up!

Herringbone Baby Sweater

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Materials:

  • 2-3 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Choice in Linen 
  • 4 mm (G) crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Wooden buttons (15 mm)
  • Sewing/embroidery needle for sewing on buttons
  • Brown scrap yarn

Stitches:

ch(s) – chain(s)

hbdc – herringbone double crochet: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and first loop on hook, yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops on hook.

sc – single crochet

st(s) – stitch(es)

sk – skip

Gauge:

15 hbdc x 10 rows = 4 inch square

Pattern Notes:

  • Chain 3 at the beginning of each row counts as a stitch.
  • Chan 1 at the beginning of border does NOT count as a single crochet. You should still single crochet into last stitch of previous row.

Pattern: 0-3 month, (3-6 month, 6-12 month)

ch 45, (50, 55)

Row 1: hbdc in 4th chain from hook, hbdc in next 4, (5, 6) chains, 3hbdc in next chain, hbdc in next 6, (7, 8) chains, 3hbdc in next chain, hbdc in next 16, (17, 18) chains, 3hbdc in next chain, hbdc in next 6, (7, 8) chains, 3hbdc in next chain, hbdc in next 5, (6, 7) chains, turn. (50, (55, 60))

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as stitch), hbdc in next stitch, hbdc in next 4, (5, 6) sts, 3hbdc in next stitch, hbdc in next 8, (9, 10) sts, 3hbdc in next stitch, hbdc in next 18, (19, 20) sts, 3hbdc in next stitch, hbdc in next 8, (9, 10) sts, 3hbdc in next stitch, hbdc in next 5, (6, 7) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (58, (63, 68))

Row 3: ch 3, hbdc in next 6, (7, 8) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 10, (11, 12) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 20, (21, 23) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 10, (11, 12) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 6, (7, 8) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (66, (71, 76))

Row 4:  ch 3, hbdc in next 7, (8, 9) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 12, (13, 14) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 22, (23, 24) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 12, (13, 14) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 7, (8, 9) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (74, (79, 84))

Row 5: ch 3, hbdc in next 8, (9, 10) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 14, (15, 16) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 24, (25, 26) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 14, (15, 16) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 8, (9, 10) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (82, (87, 92))

Row 6:  ch 3, hbdc in next 9, (10, 11) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 16, (17, 18) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 26, (27, 28) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 16, (17, 18) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 9, (10, 11) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (90, (95, 100))

Row 7: ch 3, hbdc in next 10, (11, 12) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 18, (19, 20) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 28, (29, 30) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 18, (19, 20) sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 10, (11, 12) sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (98, (103, 108))

Continue below for each size:

0-3 month 

Row 8: ch 3, hbdc in next 12 sts, ch 1, sk next 20 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 31 sts, ch 1, sk next 20 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 11 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (58 + 2 chs)

arm hole (1).png

Row 9: ch 3, hbdc in next 12 st, hbdc in chain, hbdc in next 32 sts, hbdc in chain, hbdc in next 11 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (60)

Rows 10-26: ch 3, hbdc in next 58 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (60)

Border:

ch 1, sc in each st across, 2 sc in corner, sc 43 up opening for sweater, 2 sc in corner, sc in each st along neckline, 2 sc in corner, sc down other of opening, sl st to join, turn.

ch 1, sc 1, sk 2 st, *ch 2, sc 7, sk 2 st* 4 times, sc 6, turn.

ch 1, sc in each st and chain up the center, finish off. (45 sts)

3-6 month:

Row 8: ch 3, hbdc in next 12 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 21 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 31 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 21 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 12 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (111)

Row 9: ch 3, hbdc in next 13 sts, ch 1, sk next 23 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 33 sts, ch 1, sk next 23 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 13 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (63 + 2 chs)

arm hole (1).png

Row 10: ch 3, hbdc in next 14 st, hbdc in chain, hbdc in next 34 sts, hbdc in chain, hbdc in next 12 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (65)

Rows 11-29: ch 3, hbdc in next 58 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (65)

Border:

ch 1, sc in each st across, 2 sc in corner, sc 50 up opening for sweater, 2 sc in corner, sc in each st along neckline, 2 sc in corner, sc down other of opening, sl st to join, turn.

ch 1, sc 1, sk 2 st, *ch 2, sc 7, sk 2 st* 5 times, sc 2, turn.

ch 1, sc in each st and chain up the center, finish off. (50 sts)

6-12 months:

Row 8: ch 3, hbdc in next 13 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 23 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 32 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 23 sts, 3hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 13 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (116)

Row 9: ch 3, hbdc in each st across, turn. (116)

Row 10: ch 3, hbdc in next 13 sts, ch 2, sk next 23 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 33 sts, ch 2, sk next 23 sts, hbdc in next st, hbdc in next 13 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (63 + 4 chs)

arm hole (1).png

Row 11: ch 3, hbdc in next 14 st, hbdc in each chain, hbdc in next 34 sts, hbdc in each chain, hbdc in next 12 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (67)

Rows 11-30: ch 3, hbdc in next 58 sts, hbdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (67)

Border:

ch 1, sc in each st across, 2 sc in corner, sc 52 up opening for sweater, 2 sc in corner, sc in each st along neckline, 2 sc in corner, sc down other of opening, sl st to join, turn.

ch 1, sc 1, sk 2 st, *ch 2, sc 7, sk 2 st* 5 times, sc 4, turn.

ch 1, sc in each st and chain up the center, finish off. (52 sts)

Sleeves:

Round 1: connect yarn at armpit in first chain st. ch 3, hbdc in next 20, (21, 23) sts, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (21, (22, 24))

sleeve start.png

Rounds 2-5: ch 3, hbdc in next 20, (21, 23) sts, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (21, (22, 24))

Round 6: ch 3, hbdc in next 19 (20, 22) sts, sk last st, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (20, (21, 23))

Rounds 7-9: ch 3, hbdc in next 19, (20, 22) sts, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (20, (21, 23))

Round 10: ch 3, hbdc in next 18, (19, 21) sts, sk last st, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (19, (20, 22))

Rounds 11-15: ch 3, hbdc in next (18, (19, 21) sts, sl st in top of ch 3 to join, turn. (19, (20, 22))

Continue with each size below:

0-3 month:

Round 16: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (19)

Finish off and sew in ends.

3-6 month: 

Round 16: ch 3, hbdc in next 18 sts, sk last st, sl st in top of ch 3, turn. (19)

Round 17: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (19)

Finish off and sew in ends.

6-12 month: 

Round 16: ch 3, hbdc in next 20 sts, sk last st, sl st in top of ch 3, turn. (21)

Round 17: ch 3, hbdc in next 20 sts, sl st in top of ch 3, turn. (21)

Round 18: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join. (21)

Finish off and sew in ends.

Pockets – same for all sizes (Make 2):

ch 13,

Row 1: hbdc in 4th chain from hook, hbdc in next 9 chains, turn.

Rows 2-7: ch 3, hbdc in next st (not st where chain 3 was made, but the next), hbdc in next 9 sts, turn.

Sew onto front of sweater starting 5 rows up from bottom. Put one pocket on either side of buttons.

Using yarn needle, embroider lines down the sts of the top row of each pocket. See picture below.

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