Spring Baby Crochet Cardigan & Matching Headband

A super cute project to dive into the world of garment making.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Available Sizes | 6 mos; 12 mos

Ease into the world of garment making with this cute and simple baby crochet cardigan that takes a fraction of the time (and yarn) to complete.

Introduction

About this Pattern


If you’ve been thinking about crocheting garments but you’re not sure you can do it, well this is a great place to start. Baby clothes take a fraction of the time (and yarn) to make yet many of the techniques are the same as if you were making something for yourself.

With this project you’ll get to practice a raglan style of cardigan which starts at the neckline and works down to the band. This is a very common style so it’s a really useful skill to learn! You’ll use basic stitches so you can focus on the technique. And when you’re done, make a cute matching headband to complete the set.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through both the spring crochet baby cardigan and the matching headband step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 200 yds; Lion Brand “A Star Is Born” Feels Like Butta Yarn (Cardigan)
  • Color A – 180yds; Charcoal
  • Color B – 12 yds; Pale Grey
  • Color C – 8 yds; Lilac
  • Approx 25 yds; Lion Brand “A Star Is Born” Feels Like Butta Yarn (Headband)
  • 3.75 mm Crochet Hook
  • 1/2″ or 3/4″ Button
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

FAQ : Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge to make sure the substitution won’t effect the sizing and keep in mind the recommended yarn amount will likely be inaccurate.

Additional Resources:

Essential Guide to Yarn Weight

3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn on B.Hooked TV

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pattern details

Abbreviations


This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Ch Chain
  • Fdc Foundation Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • RS Right Side
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
  • WS Wrong Side
To Fit Chest Measurement:
  • 6 mos – 17”
  • 12 mos – 18”
Finished Chest Measurement:
  • 6 mos – 19.5”
  • 12 mos – 21.5”
Gauge

18.5 sts x 13.5 rows = 4″
worked in double crochet

This pattern is broken into two parts: the cardigan and the headband. Instructions for sizes are given as follows: 6 mos (12 mos)

Additional Notes: Ch 2 at beginning of rows counts as a stitch, in the cardigan (including foundation) and in headband.

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the pattern

Written Instructions


Cardigan

Row 1: 58(62) Fdc. Counting back from hk, PM in 10th(11th),  20th(21st), 39th(40th),  49th(50th) sts. Ch 3 and turn.

Row 2: *1 dc in each st to marker. In marked st (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc). Rep from * to last marker. 1 dc in each rem st. Ch 3 and turn. {62(64) sts}

Row 3: *1 dc in each st to ch-1 sp. In ch-1 sp (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc). Rep from * to last ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each rem st. Ch 3 and turn. {64(66) sts}

Repeat: Rep last row 8(9) more times. Do not Fasten off. Stitch count will increase by two for every row.

Next Row: 1 dc in each st to ch-1 sp. 1 dc in ch-1 sp. Sk next 29(31) sts. 1 dc in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each st to next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in ch-1 sp. Sk next 29(31) sts. 1 dc in eac rem st. Ch 3 and turn. {80(82) sts}

Next Row: 1 dc in each st. Ch 3 and turn. {80(82) sts}

Repeat: Rep last row 4(5) more times. In last st of last row, break color A and join color B.

Next Row (RS): With color B, Ch 3 and turn. 1 dc in each st. In last st, break color B and join color C.

Next Row (WS): With color C, ch 2. *Sk next st, dc in next. Dc in skipped st. Rep from * to last st. Dc last st. In last st, break color C and join color B.

Repeat: Rep last two rows once more (both sizes). In last st of last row, break color B and join color B.

Next Row (RS): With color B, Ch 3 and turn. 1 dc in each st. In last st, break color B and join color C.

Next Row: With color A, ch 3 and turn. 1 dc in each st. Ch 3 and turn.

Repeat: Rep last row 2(4) more times. Fasten off at end of repeat.     

Border (for Right-Handed Crocheters)

Step 1: Lay cardigan flat with right side facing up. Fasten on in bottom corner of front right side (right side as it’s worn).

Step 2: Evenly space 38(40) sc along edge.

Step 3: when you reach neckline, ch 5 (for button hole). Rotate and make 1 sc in each foundation stitch along neckline. {58(62) sts}

Step 4: Rotate work and evenly space 38(40) sc along opposite edge. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Border (for Left-Handed Crocheters)

Step 1: Lay cardigan flat with right side facing up. Fasten on in bottom corner of front left side (left side as it’s worn).

Step 2: Evenly space 38(40) sc along edge.

Step 3: when you reach neckline, rotate and make 1 sc in each foundation stitch along neckline. {58(62) sts}

Step 4: Rotate work and ch 5 (for button hole). Rotate work an evenly space 38(40) sc along opposite edge. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Left Sleeve

Row 1: With color A and right side facing up, fasten on in open st next to st with dc (from join round). Sc in same st. 1 sc in next st. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each st to last 4 sts. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 sc in last 2 sts. Fasten off.

Right Sleeve

Row 1: With color A and back side facing up, fasten on in open st next to st with dc (from join round). Sc in same st. 1 sc in next st. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each st to last 4 sts. 1 hdc in next 2 sts. 1 sc in last 2 sts. Fasten off

Headband

Row 1: With color C, ch 7(10). Herr dc in 3rd ch from hook. Herr dc in each rem ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2. Herr dc in each st. Turn.

Repeat: Rep row 2 until work measures 14.5”(15.5”). Do not fasten off.

Border

Step 1: Rotate work and evenly space 50(54) sc along side edge.

Step 2: Rotate work and make 2 sc in first stitch of bottom edge. 1 sc in next 4(7) sts. 2 sc in last st.

Step 3: Rotate work and evenly space 50(54) sc along remaining side edge.


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