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Little Girl Striped Cardigan

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Hi crochet friend!

It’s been a long time since I’ve crocheted, let alone designed, a cardigan. I think the last one I made was the Herringbone Baby Sweater from a few years ago.

So, I’d say this beautiful and sparkly striped sweater is just the thing we needed to make. Isn’t it pretty?!

The Little Girl Striped Cardigan is a perfect beginner crochet sweater pattern. It comes in size 4T, 5T, and 6 for little girls. You can easily adjust it to have different colors. This free crochet pattern is a great gift.

This cardigan is a size 4T-6T. It is perfect for that little girl who wants to loop a little more fancy. With only one button at the top and a flow-like style, it gives a subtle fashion statement.

The moment I finished this sweater, my oldest daughter, who is 5, begged me to let her wear it. I was so excited to see how pretty the style is on her!

Of course, I tell my daughters they’d look beautiful in a burlap sack, because a smile is the prettiest thing a girl can wear. But it is fun to have something pretty and fashionable.

The Little Girl Striped Cardigan is a free beginner crochet sweater pattern that has a relaxed fit. It is for girls sizes 4T, 5T, and 6. The sweater makes a great gift for birthday, Easter, Christmas, or just for fun.

I hope you enjoy this super easy and sweet Little Girl Stripe Cardiagn!

Happy Crocheting!

Little Girl Striped Cardigan

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Materials:

1 skein light weight baby yarn in pink (Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp in Pink-a-Boo)

1 skein light weight baby yarn in white (Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp in Angel)

5mm (H) crochet hook (I like these hooks best)

12mm button

Yarn needle for sewing in ends

Gauge:

15 dc x 8 rows = 4 inch square

Measurements:

12 inches from neck to bottom

27 inches around chest

Stitches:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc dec – double crochet decrease/double crochet 2 stitches together

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

f/o – finish off

Pattern Notes:

  • Chain 3 (ch 3) always counts as a double crochet (dc)
  • Chain 2 (ch 2) always counts as a half double crochet (hdc)
  • Chain 1 (ch 1) is only a turning chain.
  • The pink yarn can be carried over throughout without cutting until the end.
  • The white yarn must be cut and sewed in after each color change.
  • There are no button holes written into the pattern, but the spacing between stitches can easily fit a 12 mm button.
  • This pattern is for sizes 4-6 in little girls
  • Pay attention to gauge. Crochet a square and adjust hook size to fit your personal tension.
  • Follow the following guide for reading the pattern:
    • The number before the stitch is the amount of times worked in one stitch
    • The number after the stitch is the number of stitches in which you are to work that specific stitch.
    • When stitches are surrounded by asterisks (*), you are to repeat what is between the asterisks the amount of times stated. 
    • Number in parentheses is the number of stitches in each round. 
    • Eg. “*2sc, sc 4* 6 times (36)” means “2 single crochets in first stitch, single crochet once in next 4 stitches. Repeat this pattern 6 times. (There are 36 stitches in this round.)

Pattern:

Using pink yarn, ch 82,

Row 1: work dc in 4th ch from hook, dc 13, 3dc, dc 8, 3dc, dc 32, 3dc, dc 8, 3dc, dc 14. Switch to white yarn to finish last dc, turn. (88)

Row 2: ch 3, dc in next 14 sts, 3dc, dc 10, 3dc, dc 34, 3dc, dc 10, 3dc, dc 15, turn. (96)

Row 3: ch 3, dc in next 15 sts, 3dc, dc 12, 3dc, dc 36, 3dc, dc 12, 3dc, dc 16. Switch to pink yarn to finish last dc, turn. (104)

Row 4: ch 3, dc in next 16 sts, 3dc, dc 14, 3dc, dc 38, 3dc, dc 14, 3dc, dc 17. Switch to white yarn to finish last dc, turn. (112)

Row 5: ch 3, dc in next 17 sts, 3dc, dc 16, 3dc, dc 40, 3dc, dc 16, 3dc, dc 18, turn. (120)

Row 6: ch 3, dc in next 19 sts, ch 13, sk 18 sts, dc 44, ch 13, sk 18 sts, dc 20. Switch to pink yarn to finish last dc, turn. (84dc, 26 ch)

Row 7: ch 3, dc in each st and ch across. Switch to white yarn to finish last dc, turn.

Row 8: ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. 

Row 9: ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. Switch to pink yarn to finish last dc, turn.

Row 10-24: Repeat *rows 7-9* 5 times.

Row 25: ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn to work up side, ch 1, hdc in each row going up, turn to work in top row, ch 1, hdc in each st across the top, turn, ch 1, hdc in each row going down, sl st into top of ch 2 and f/o.

Sew in ends.

Sleeves (2):

Round 1: With the bottom of the sweater facing you, connect white yarn in the 7th ch in row 6. 

Ch 3, dc in next 6 ch, 2dc in next st, dc in next 16 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in last 7 ch, switch to pink yarn as you sl st to join. (34)

Round 2: ch 3, dc 7, dc dec, dc 16, dc dec, dc 7, switch to white yarn as you sl st to join. (32)

Round 3: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st to join. (32)

Round 4: ch 3, dc in each st around, switch to pink yarn as you sl st to join. (32)

Round 5: ch 3, dc 7, dc dec, dc 14, dc dec, dc 7, switch to white yarn as you sl st to join. (30)

Rounds 6-7: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 (30)

Round 8: ch 3, dc 6, dc dec, dc 14, dc dec, dc 6, switch to white yarn as you sl st to join. (28)

Rounds 9-10: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 (28)

Round 11: ch 3, dc 6, dc dec, dc 12, dc dec, dc 6, switch to white yarn as you sl st to join. (26)

Rounds 12-13: Repeat round 3 & 4 (26)

Round 14: ch 3, dc 5, dc dec, dc 12, dc dec, dc 5, switch to white yarn as you sl st to join. (24)

Rounds 15-16: Repeat rounds 3 & 4 (24)

Round 17: ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24)

Round 18: ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st to join. F/o. (24)

Sew in ends.

beautiful neckline of free sweater pattern

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