How to Crochet a Baby Cardigan – 6, 9, 12 & 18 months

How to Crochet a Baby Cardigan – 6, 9, 12 & 18 months


Welcome back to redheart.com , as well as The Crochet Crowd I’m your host Mikey and in today’s
tutorial we are going to explore this fabulous little baby sweater. You have been asking for it and I said
okay let’s do it. We are doing the baby series for January 2014. This is called
the Flower Petal Sweater and I’ll put a link in the more information so you can
access the free video for this. This just took me one evening to do and this
pattern is available with six months, nine months, 12 and 18 and it’s featuring
Anne Geddes baby yarn and I’ll talk a little bit more about that in just a
moment. So let’s do a quick review of your
yarn. I’m using the Anne Geddes yarn and when I turn it over you’re going to look for the gauge. So if
you’re substituting your yarn at all with any other Red Heart product you’re
going to want to make sure that you see a light and then the number 3
because that’s dictating the gauge of the yarn itself, just like so. We are
going to be using a 4.25 millimeter crochet hook today size G and if you’re substituting with Super
Saver you’re going to want to pay attention to this because the Super
Saver is a 4 and so then your sweater will end up being bigger. So you need to
pay attention to small little things like that so you don’t really end up
with a size that’s way out of alignment for the young one that’s going to be
wearing it. So let me direct your eyes to the
pattern here. It’s available in the more information link. Just wanted to bring
your eyes to the point of understanding how to change sizes. So if you’ve never done clothing before if you’ve never done child’s clothing you’re going to notice here that there
is different sizes available within the same pattern. So it says directions are for six
months. So if you follow the directions and just pay attention to the first
number then you’ll end up with a six month. So it says the changes for 9, 12 and 18
months are in the parentheses. So the finished chest the first number
will be six months, the second number is nine, the third
number is 12 and the fourth number is 18. So anytime you see these particular
parentheses throughout your project it says rows number 8 that would be
six months and then etcetera etcetera etcetera going along and then it will say
DC in the next 17 and then you see 19, 20, 24 so depending on what size you’re working
on is the number that you’ll be paying attention to and this makes the
directions look really long but in actual sense you’re only using just a section
of it because it’s giving you all the sizes that you need. So that’s just a little helpful hand for
you today. And finally looking at the second page of the directions you’ll
notice that there’s little diagrams like this. These are really extremely helpful
to you. So what happens here is that the sweater
is divided into language and so if you really look at the top here, the top
section, here, this is called the yoke and you’ll see that it’s divided in two. That
doesn’t mean that there’s two different sides to this project. And, you see how it’s
going around, just like so, that’s a neck size. So this yoke is just basically
starting on one side coming back around to the other. So that’s just the seam line
that’s just down the middle and then the skirt is the same way. So it’s a skirt on
both sides as we go around. So this gives you a great indication.
Remember what I just said about the parentheses. That’s what these mean
here. So this total diameter here would be 20 if it was six months and etcetera
etcetera and again the heights and the lengths, just like so, are indicated in
parentheses to give you the sizing that it should be. And that should be a really
helpful hand for you, as well. So, without further adieu, I’m going to get
started and we’re going to work from the top of our sweater all the way down to the bottom. We worry
about the the collar section, right here. That is one of the last things that
we will do and the sleeves are one of the last things. So we’re going to start
off just with the yoke area as we come around down all the way. So let’s begin right now. So to begin
today I want you to start off with about a 12 inch tail. We’re going to use that
afterward in order to sew in that so that it can be totally hidden. Let’s start off with a slip knot and I
want you to chain 50 regardless of what size you’re working
with chain 50 is the right thing. So just immediately just start chaining.
So 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Go all the way to 50 and meet you back up in just a moment
and we’ll start up. So we’re going to start off with row number one and this is
the first trick of today. So I want you to have a beautiful clean finish at the
end of your project and if I just do into the chains as normal you’re going to
end up with the seam line that doesn’t look so favourable. So what I’m going to suggest to you is
that we’re going to turn our chains over and I’m just going to read the instructions
first before I show you. So it says to double crochet into the fourth chain
from the hook and then two double crochet into the next chain and then
double crochet into the next three chains and then repeat going all the way
across. There’s more to it but we’ll review the
rest of that in just a moment. So it says the fourth chain from the hook
so let’s count back. So 1, 2, 3, 4 and normally I would go into the front side
but I want you to turn it over and you will see that there’s one string that’s
right in the middle and that’s where I want you to go. So we’re going to double crochet. So
I’m just going to go in there and it’s like a bump on the back. It’s just one
string and what this does is that it turns your chain over to the upside down
which is what I want you to do. Just like so. So that you can see now the chain appears upside down. So remember what it said. It says 2
chains then into the next or two double crochets into the next chain and this is
our repeat pattern. So we want to continue to just go into the back of the chain.
And what this does is it really puts that clean edge on the bottom side
because that is actually the top of your sweater and now for the next three chains it’s
going to be one double crochet each crochet each. And remember the pattern is a repeat after this. So I find because my hook is a little bit smaller, my yarn is a
little bit thinner, is that it takes me a little bit to get started but once you
get this first chain off the rest of the project blazes through pretty quickly. So
the repeat pattern, then, all the way across, then, is two double crochets into
the next and then the next three chains are one double crochet each and
I want you to go almost right to the end and when I’m going to pick back up and
I’m going to show you what to do in the final few stitches because you’ll notice
that in the final of every one of these going back and forth is that there’s
something different going on in the edge. So continue that same pattern. So two double crochets into the next and then the next three chains are by themselves with the
double crochet and keep repeating. So now I’ve made it all the way to the other side and as per the instructions it says in the last two chains it says two
double crochet into the next and then double crochet into the last. You should know that I ended up with two
anyway so it works out to be the same as if you were to follow the repeat pattern.
So it’s two double crochet and then just the final stitch is one double crochet
by itself. So because you’ve been doing this and adding in the two double
crochets into the same stitch it’s caused your work to do a semicircle and this is
the very top of your sweater. So let’s begin row number two next. So let’s begin to turn our work and here
we go. So as per the instructions it says chain
3 and it says count as a double crochet here and throughout. So at the
beginning of our instructions when it says chain 3 that counts as a double
crochet. It says double crochet into the next and then the next one is two double
crochets in the next and then double crochet into the next four. So let’s begin to go slowly. So we’re
going to chain 3. So 1, 2 and 3 and it says double crochet into the next. So we’re just going to double crochet into the next stitch available. And then it says
to two double crochets into the next. So we’re going to put two into the next
one one and two. And this is where the repeat
pattern start started if you see the *asterisk and it says to double crochet
into the next four. So one, two, three and four. So the repeat pattern, then, if
you’re going all the way across until we get to the very edge is that we are
going to do the next one is two double crochets into the next, as per the repeat pattern, and then the
next four are by themselves. So continue that same configuration
going all the way across, very easy, easy to follow along. So I’ll meet you back up before we
finish the line because the end of the instructions are like the last one. There’s something happening that’s
different at the end. So we’re coming up to the end of row number two and you
have to follow the instructions there. It says in the last three stitches double
crochet into the next and then double crochet into the final two double
crochets. So I kind of ad libbed it just to make it a lot more sense for you. So
you have to really pay attention to where your stitches are going at this
point and so I still have four stitches left here and I really kind of wanted to
show you this because some people think that this end piece is part of the first
one so, therefore, they start ending it early. So you have to make sure that you
can identify your stitches in order to work. So now I officially have three stitches
left. I know it’s kind of hard to see so here’s one, two and the chain is the
third. So, as per the instructions, the first one
of the three is two double crochets into it. ok and then the next two double crochets
are going to be by themselves. So that was the top of this one here and then
the final one is into the chain. Do not forget to do that because that
makes a complete difference on the counts of your particular baby. So let’s move on to row number three
next. So let’s turn our work and very easy. To begin it says chain 3, double
crochet into the next two double crochets and then two double crochet
into the next double and then double crochet into the next five which is your
repeat pattern. So let’s begin. So we’re going to chain 3.
So 1, 2 and 3 and so it says double crochet into the next two double
crochets. So the first two stitches will be double crochet each. So here comes your repeat pattern which
is the next one. So the next one is your two double
crochets into the next. So put two in here and here is your repeat pattern so
there’s your two. So then it says the next five double crochets are the five
stitches are going to be your one double crochet each for number five of them mhm I went out I went out the long way
around on those instructions. So make sure that you have one double crochet in
each of the next five. You know my brain and my fingers just
automatically do the work and sometimes explaining it is really tough. So we have 5 by themselves, so the repeat
pattern then is the next one will be two together. So there’ll be two double crochets into that stitch and then we go with our five again. So do that all the way close
to the edge on the other side and we’ll meet back up and finish it off because
there’s something special on that side as well. So we’re just finishing up row
number three and in the final instructions it says for the last
three stitches it says two double crochet in the next and then double crochet into
the last two. So that’s just a very easy one. So just one each, sorry, two double
crochets in the first one and then the final two. So do you see how you have two stitches
left. That’s the biggest concern that new crocheters have is that they don’t recognize that final chain as a stitch. So that concludes row number three and you can really clearly see that you do have three rows. So one, two and three. Let’s begin. Turn our work and we’re
going to move up to row number four next. To begin row number four, very easy again,
chain 3. One, two and three. And it says to double crochet into the next
two double crochets. So let’s just do that. It’s just easier to go as we read it. So one into the next two, ah, one double
crochet into the next two stitches and then here’s the repeat pattern. Two double
crochet into the next double crochet and then double crochet into the next six. So
the first one is going to be two into the same one, which is your repeat pattern,
and then the next six are by themselves for a double crochet. So continue to do that all the way
across with the repeat pattern. I’ll meet you back up on the other side. We’ll finish
off the final again and this will conclude then row number four together.
So we’re just coming along to the end of row number four and it says across to
the last four stitches, two double crochet into the next double crochet and
then double crochet into the last three. So we have to make sure this is the
first time we’ve been leaving three, if you’ve been recognizing the
pattern here, is that this one now we’re leaving the four. So we’re going to do the first one is
two double crochets into that one and then the last three stitches are
going to be a double crochet by themselves. So very, very easy to finish
that off. So that would conclude round number four together and you just have
to turn your work. Let’s begin on round number five next. In
row number five let’s go, says to chain 3. So let’s start
off with just chain 3 and we’ll go our way through it. Says double crochet into the
next three double crochets. So the next three are going to be by themselves. So
the yoke at the top has to grow evenly and that’s why you don’t see a consistent
pattern as far as like matching of the stitches for each other like you
normally would on like on an Afghan etc So it says two double crochets into the
next double crochet and then double crochet into the next seven. So here’s your repeat pattern. So we’re
going to do two into this one and so now the next seven are going to
be by themselves. So let’s do that and so then the repeat
pattern then is two into one and then seven standing alone by themselves and we
repeat that all the way to the end. We’re going to stop a little early just
like we have been and just review the final few stitches that are left in
order to follow this pattern along. So continue along. Meet you back up on the
end of round, ah, row number five. So coming up on to the end of row number
five it says across to the last four stitches two double crochets into the next double
crochet and then double crochet into the next three. So we have our four stitches left just
like so. So the first one is going to be two into that one and then the final three are
going to be one double crochet on their own. And that will conclude round number five. Now if you’re doing
the six month version we only have two more rounds to go. Everybody else has a little more rounds
and I’ll be explaining that as we head to that point. So let’s move along to row
number six and let’s turn our work and begin. Let’s begin row number six. So
we’re going to chain up 3. One, two and three. And as per the instruction says chain
3, double crochet into the next three double crochet and then two double
crochet into the next double crochet and then double crochet into the next eight
double crochet. Crazy stuff here. So we’ve already done our chain 3 and
double crochet into the next three double crochets. Sometimes these
directions just saying them out loud makes me sound ridiculous. ok So we have the three standing alone
by itself and it says two double crochets into the next. So let’s do that. And now here this is
your repeat pattern. So this is your two into that one. So your repeat pattern is that we’re
going to go eight by themselves and then two double crochets and then eight by
themselves again. So let’s say just continue to do that
all the way across and we’ll meet back at the end of the line. So coming up to the end of the row
number six we have it says across to the last five stitches two double crochet
into the next and then double crochet in the next four. So one, two, three, four, five. So the first
one is going to be two into that one two double crochets and then the final four
are by themselves. So double crochet each and that will conclude off row number
six right here. So let’s turn our work in just a moment and move up to
row number seven and row number seven is the final of the six month size but I will
be reviewing the other sizes in just a moment after that as well. So let’s
continue. Turn your work and move up to row number seven. So to begin row
number seven, for our six month size, this is your last row for the yoke area. So let’s begin. Chain number 3. 1, 2, 3.
So chain three times. And it says double crochet into the next
three double crochets. So we’re just going to put one into the next three. Very easy and then following along it says two double crochet into the
next double crochet and then double crochet into the next nine. So here’s your repeat pattern. So we have
a two into the first and then the nine are going to be standing alone and then two
again and nine. So do that all the way to the end and I’l
meet you back up the other side. The other side also, like the rest of the rows has been
been slightly different, as well, so we’ll meet back up the last few stitches in
this row. So on the other side of row number seven it says to cross to the last
six stitches, two double crochet into the first and then double crochet into the
final five. So the next first one here is going to
be two into this one and then the final five double crochets will be one double
crochet each. So very easy to do and for our six month old people we are done
this particular yoke and in the next part of this tutorial I’m just
going to run briefly over what the other people need to do and then we’re going
to carry on to form the armholes and just after that. So stay tuned and I’ll be right back. So
right now the yoke is finished for our six month old people and this is what it
will look like for all sizes at this moment and you can see that it is a
semicircle and essentially the armholes happen because just on the shoulder area
it will be folded in half so that you end up with arm holes that are on the
sides just like so. So very easy to do and so the stitchwork then becomes less
and less because this is going over top of the shoulders at the same time. Once we get into the skirt area there
you’ll find that it’s going to blaze along really quickly So let’s review the instructions for those
that are going on to the bigger sizes and let’s pull our instructions out
right now. So for those that are going from the 9,
12 or 18 months we have finished on row number seven this is for the six month. So you see 9, 12 and 18 this has to be
done if you’re carrying along. So the nine month is here. So you’ll notice here
it says 12 and 18 months so this is the last section, this next instruction, and it’s just like
you have been doing along with me just read it along like you’ve been reading
at the bottom of the screen and just finish it off. For the sizes 12 to 18
months you will do then row number nine and follow the
instructions and then you will see that here is 18 months only. So this is the
end for the 12 right here and so then you will finish off for the
18 months right here and this will bring us right back down here. So regardless of
what size you are working on we’ll all begin to pick up right here and this is
where the parentheses come into play because now that you were moving to all
the different three sizes is that the parentheses are going to be indicating
different things and we’ll review that in just a moment, as well. Let’s move along. We’re going to go on to
the next one. This will be row number eight for all those that are in the
six month. It’s row number 9, 10 and 11 for those in the alternative sizes that
we’re doing. So let’s move along right now. So let’s begin. We are doing the
front, back and sleeves area, right now. So this is for the six month version
but I will explain the others while we’re here. And so this is row number eight for six
month, it’s nine for the next one, ten for the next and eleven for the next. I’m kinda
cheating there. So let’s begin. We are going to do a
chain one, just like so. And then it says two double crochet into the next 17. So you’ll see that the parentheses
are there. You’ll see 17, 19, 22, 24. Those are the different sizes. So when
it says double crochet into the next 17 – that’s for the small size. That’s what
we’re doing right now the six month. And then the other ones are for the other
sizes. So regardless of what size you’re working on just follow the one that’s
in the parentheses that makes sense for you. So, for me, we’re going to double crochet
for 17. So now I have my 17 in. If you did the
bigger sizes you will either have 19, 22 or 24 double crochets. Now it says chain six and then there’s
more parentheses. So if you have the different sizes you have to look at the
one in the parentheses that makes sense for you. For the six month size we are
just going to chain six. So one, two, three, four, five and six. So look in the parentheses because you
either will have 8, 8 or 10 So now it says to skip the next 30 ok
and that’s for the small size version, the six month, and then the parentheses
32, 32, 34 is for the other sizes. So we’re going to skip 30. So we’re just going to
count over. I’m just going to put my hook down, it’s just easier for me and I’m going to count
30 over. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, So now that I skipped my 30, for my
particular size, you’re going to skip others if you’re doing the other size,
you want to make sure that you are going into the next one after the 30 is done.
So I have 30 and so essentially I’m going to the next one after so it will be 31
and we are going to double crochet again. So I’m just going to immediately pick it
up and just go in to there. And I’m just going to do the first one and I just
want to verify that I did count the number of stitches over. It does make a
difference. You don’t want the sleeves to appear to be a different size. So just go
ahead and count once again. Make sure you did get it and make sure that you
started on the on the next one available, that you’ve skipped 30 and this should be
31 and etc. So I have verified my items. So what we have here is we’ve double
crocheted in the next and then what it says here is that 36 is for the
six month, 40, 46 and 50 for the different sizes and this is going to the very back
of the sweater. So for my size, being a six month, I need
to go 36. This first one, I just did, counts as one
of them. So I’m going to go 36 double crochets all together for the six month
size and your size may be different. So do that all the way across, well not all the way across, just do it
until the number says. So I’m going to do up until 36. You may have 40, 46 or 50 and then we’ll
meet back up again and we’re going to form the other arm hole on the other
side. So now we’ve come all the way across the
back and now it’s time to do the other side of the arm sleeve. It’s basically
what we’ve already done. So we’re going to be chaining six, if you’re doing the
six month. Two, three, four, five, and six. So we’re going to be doing that and so
you’re chaining will be different depending on the size. Just look at the
parentheses. It’ll either be 6, 8, 8 or 10. And now it says to skip the next 30, 32
32, 34. So you have to pick the one that you’re doing. In my case we are doing 30.
So I’m going to jump all the way to 30 and I’m going to double crochet into the
31 space which will begin the next section on the other side of the front
of the sweater. So once you skip your number that you
needed I skipped 30 so this is 31 here and then
you have to double crochet across the top across the top which is the
actual front of the sweater and in my case it will be says double crochet into
the final last 18, 20, 23, 25 depending on what size you’re going. My size,
because it’s six month, it will be 18 and so I would just double crochet
myself all over and if you’re off by one or two stitches
you know you can always improv on this because in the next one we’re going to
start doing some fan work to create the dress at the bottom and that’s where it
can be kind of forgiving in order to kind of fix up your messes if you’ve
done anything along the way. So carry on I’lll meet you back up in just a moment.
We’re going to turn around and begin the dress section next. Let’s do a quick review. You now
have your arm sleeves in. You can see them here and that’s where the baby is
going to put their arms through. Very easy. Now the thing that you should notice, at
this point, is that you have the front panel here and then you have the sleeve
and all of this stitch work on the other side here we don’t have to worry about
that when we’re going all the way back and forth when it comes to the skirt. So in actual fact your rows have gotten
much smaller. So you’re just going to front panel, back and then front as
you’re going along. So regardless of what size you’re
working on right now we’re ready for the skirt and let’s begin that next. So let’s start row number one of the
skirt and it says to chain 3, skip the first two double crochets, fan in the
next double crochet. What is a fan? So when you go and look at the
instructions, when you go back to the upper page it says special
abbreviations and the fan has a value. It says double
crochet and then brackets, chain one, double crochet 4 times. So what I want to show you here is
how to read those because there’s two sets of brackets here. So let’s begin our
first element here. So we’re going to chain one, or sorry, chain three – one,
two and three and it says to skip the first double two double crochets so 1 and
2 we’re going to skip and we’re going to fan into the next. So here’s how those abbreviations are
working because they’re in the brackets. We are going to double crochet into the
first. So in the next set of brackets the chain
1 DC is four times so we’re going to do those that in
particular four times. So here we go Chain one double crochet into the same
stitch. Chain one double crochet that was repeating for two. Chain one double
crochet again. That was for repeating of three. Chain one and double crochet again. So you’re thinking about how are you
going to keep track of that. See how you have five here – one, two, three,
four, five You should have five going up like that.
That’s your fan and there should be a chain one in between each so it becomes
very easy to be able to recognize this. So moving along in the fans as we’re
going across, the only difference of the sizes now is that there’s longer
distances to go the larger size your sweater but the fan is still the same and the
stitches still work out to be the same. So let’s begin again. So it says to skip
the next five – one, two, three, four, five go into the sixth for a fan. So wrap going in
and we are going for a double crochet first and then chain one and double
crochet chain one, double crochet chain one, double crochet chain one and double
crochet and I’m done. So how do I know if I’m done that quick
other than being fabulous the thing is is that I’m looking for
five. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and you know you’re done. So it’s really quite easy. So we’re about
to run into an armhole. So here’s how we operate that. So we’re still going to just carry along
as if this is the real material underneath except for is that we’re just working
with the chain instead. So when we come along we just
have to skip another five – one, two, three, four, five go to the sixth for a fan. So we’re going to double crochet chain one, double crochet
chain one ok and double crochet chain one and I’m
looking for my five just like so. So again we’re going to
skip over to this section here This is the armholes. We still want to
count the stitches – one, two, three, four and five go to the sixth. It just happens to be on
the chain in the arm. Just use that. So you have to use that. So we’re just
going to do that again. So double crochet chain one, double crochet and we’re just
operating within the arm like so. So carry along and do that all the way
across. Just do the same thing on the other side
of the arm and you are good to go on this particular row number one. So we’re here at the end and now it’s
time to go into the very final stitches. And the stitches just happen to be
work out. It says go right to the last three double crochets and then we start
with that. So it says to skip the last thing. So we’re essentially we have our last
fan and so I just want to double crochet into the final just to finalize this off
just like that and just very easy just like this. So we’re going to turn and move up to
your next row and this, I tell you, this is when it gets really quick and you can
see that this is starting to look a lot more interesting on this particular
project So let’s begin row number two together.
Rows number two and three that we’re about to do is the repeat pattern for
the duration of the length of this sweater and when we finish off at the very
bottom, before we change the colour, we always have to finish off with row
number two and then we change the colour and do a final row number three and we
will review that in just a little while as well. So let’s begin. We’re going to
simply just chain up one and we are going to single crochet into the first
double crochet. So this is how we always are going to start it just like this and it says single crochet into the next
and then chain 3. So here is the repeat pattern for you. So we’re going to chain 3 and coming
back in So we’re going to go into the next see
this fan we’re going to go into this next space here This is the chain one space, chain 3.
Coming back into the space, next space that’s available, for a single crochet,
chain 3 and then we come in to the final for a single crochet. So when we’re
doing this we’re going to be playing we’re going to have like three loops,
like this, on the top of each one of the fans – one, two and three and you can see
that this loop, here, should be in the very middle of the five. So what we’re going to do now is that we
finished off with a single crochet we immediately jump to the next fan and we
single crochet into the next one, just like this, and then we begin again. So
chain 3, single crochet, chain 3, single crochet, chain 3, single crochet and it’s
just like we’ve already done. You can see the three loops so we
immediately just skip over to the next fan and immediately single crochet in
the next. I actually will admit to you this is an outtake
that I had before. I had actually gone past as well beyond this
pass and then I realized that I had these major gapping spaces like major
major in between the fans and I realized that I had chained three in between
going in between these fans and in the middle and it created really huge gaps
that were not very nice. So you know you just have to pay
attention that when you’re working with these fans that you’re just single
crochet and then single crochet in the next before starting to do the chain 3
once again. So do that all the way across to the end
and when we come back I’ll just finalize the end for you and move up
to round number three and again round number two and three is the repeat
pattern for the remainder of this sweater going down. So we’re coming up all the way to the
end and we just continue along as normal right into the final gapping of the
final fan and then simply at the very end we just have to single crochet into
the top of the turning chain just like this. So that was the conclusion of row
number two so let’s start off with the row number three. So we’re going to just
turn our work, just like this, and so row number three is exceptionally easy
because you have these gapping spaces that are in the top of each one of the
fans. The fans just directly sit right on top of each other. So to begin row number three we are
going to chain up three, like so, and it says to fan and skip over the next
chain three space and fan into the next. So we skip over the first one we go
to the second. How I identify that, you can see that there’s three gapping
spaces one, two and three. The middle one is in
direct alignment with the one below. These fans are sitting right directly on
top of each other. So to do a fan it’s just double crochet,
chain one. It’s just like what you’ve already done.
So chain one, double crochet, chain one, double crochet and we want to get a
total of five little spokes again like so – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then immediately
we just reach over and we go to the middle one of the next fan. So just look
over So you’re going to skip one, two go to
the third gapping space and begin the fan again. So double crochet, chain one, double
crochet, chain one, double crochet, chain one, double crochet, chain one like that. So there you go. So
you’re just going to go all the way over and just finish it off. I’m going to get over there I’ll show you how to
finish this row off and then you’re going to repeat two and three all the way down.
You will see that it says to repeat two and three until the skirt area measures
four inches if you’re doing the newborn or the six month size. It will have 4, 4, 5 and 5 for the other
different sizes. So this is the distance between the yoke at the top of the
sweater all the way down to the bottom. Now when
we go to change our colour at the bottom this here is row number three. This is
the final. I’ve actually changed it in the
directions that the last two rows were one colour. You don’t have to do that. You can follow
the instructions to just make this wavy one colour or you can just leave the
entire thing one colour. The other thing that you have an option
to, because you’re the creator, is that you can make this skirt a lot longer if you wish.
If you think it’s too short you can always just add more fans until you’re
satisfied etc. So I’m going to take you to the end of this row number three, show
you how to finish that row off and then you’re going to do the remainder of the
distance on your own, going down, and then I’ll show you how to do the bottom edge
and then we’ll do the arm sleeves after that. When you get to the end of row three
all you’re just going to do is double crochet into the final stitch onto
below. So you just have to keep repeating rows number two and three to get to the
distance. I’m going to go my four inches as it’s saying and when I come back I’ll have four inches
done and when we make sure that when you come back you need to be done on row
number two. So you have to have it with these chain
spaces that we had on this row right here as your final before moving on to
do the final edging. So do that and I’ll meet you back up in
just a few moments and I’ll be crocheting this off camera in the
meantime. So off camera I’ve done my four inches
and the final row remember what I said it has to be row
number two. It has to be these loops because the final final of the trim is
the same thing that you see in the fans here. So let’s finish off this colour.
We’re just going to change, Remember you can change colours at any
point in this project, doesn’t have to be where it says in the pattern. So we’re
going to grab the next colour. This one is called Lily. Again another Anne Geddes
yarn and I’m going to start it off with a slip knot. It’s not technically proper but it’s the
way that I like to begin just to make sure. I also do leave a longer tail here
so that I can use a darning needle to seal that end afterwards because the worst thing
you can do is have a baby have a problem with this. So what I want to do is that I want to
before I finish it off on the total end I want to make sure I just come back and
have two loops left onto my hook slip on the white here, you can pull the
white through, just like this, and I want to trim my yarn, which I’ve already
done, and so now I’m ready to turn my work and do the final edge, just like so.
So I want to trap in these stragglers on the top and I’m going to use a darning
needle at the end of the project to seal the deal and get those in there so that
the baby doesn’t have to worry about seeing those or even grabbing onto
them at all. So we’re just going to simply do exactly what we’ve been doing.
This is row number three and it’s just with the new colour just chaining
three and we can pull this nice and tight afterward and immediately just
jump into the top one as always just like so. Chain 1 and it’s a fan okay we’re just doing what you already
know how to do but we’re using a different colour to provide a little bit
of an interest to this particular project. I’m going to let the stragglers
now just fall into the background and I’m going to put those in with the
darning needle afterward and so we just have to make sure we do have our five
here and then we immediately just begin going to the next fan over here and
start a fan over on the other side. So there you go. So that would be how you
would finish off the bottom edge. When we come back we’re going to start doing the
arm sleeves together and what you need to determine at this point, too, while
I’m doing this, is that you have to determine what is the good side and what is the
bad side for yourself because once you get those arm sleeves and you’re
going to have to commit to which side that you like the best before doing it
because that is going to make a bit of a difference on the way that your project
looks from that point onward. So continue to do this
all the way to the end, fasten off, weave in your ends. You can
use a darning needle at this point, to hide them in if you wish or wait to the
end like I did with the original project but
that’s up to you. So here we have the sweater and the
bottom trim is now done. I have fastened off and it looks fabulous and the top
yoke is almost done. We just have to do the sleeves and you
will see that see how the the top of the yoke area you see how it naturally opens
up like that. That’s part of the characteristics of this. So when you go to apply a button you can
just choose any part right in the front etcetera to be able to do that. So
it’s just really quite easy to do and you can slip a button through these
particular double crochets. So let’s begin. We have to commit to what do
you think is the outside and what do you think is the inside. The reason for it is
that we have to make sure that we start both sleeves from the same point of view. So you have just a look at it and
determine which is which. So I’ve determined that this is going to be my
good side and so I want to make sure that I continue with that same thought
process. So let’s begin. We’re going to do the sleeves. The sleeves is really
very simple. It’s only one row all the way around and so it’s just very quick and easy
and let’s start that next. So let’s begin the sleeves. We need to
know where we’re going to be joining it and we’re going to be joining it right
on the underside so when a child is sitting there with their arms down you
will not see where you join this anyway. So it says to there join C in the
first, second, second or fourth, those are the parentheses, depending on the
size, double crochet of the skipped sleeve stitches in either opening. So what I want to do is that I want to take
this, the new yarn, create a slip knot because that’s what I prefer and I want
to create the idea here. So I want to go into this, right here, in the middle of
the chain so that’s what we’re going to start. So
we’re going to create the same thing that we’ve done on the skirt but on the
sides of the sleeves. So I’m just going to fasten this and then I’m going to
chain 3. So we’re going to pretend we’re doing a
row, in actual fact we’re doing a round. and so let’s chain 3 ok. So the
fastening counts as one chaining there and so now it says to
skip over if you remember so we’re going to skip over two, go to the third and this
just happens so we’re going to go all the way around the sleeve, at this
point, and we’re going to do a fan a fan like we’ve already done in
the skirt. So let’s try that again. So we’re just
going into the side stitches here and a fan so it’s double crochet, chain one,
double crochet and keep doing that until you get your five in there. Really easy. I
have to give the designer a lot of credit to this one this has been really
easy. So then just like before we have to skip
over. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 go to the sixth and start the next one and we’re essentially
just going to go around both of these sleeves in the same manner.
So if you really look at the photo you can see that the the baby is having
what appears to be petals on the sides of their arms and in actual fact it’s
just these fans. So again we get another one in – one, two,
three, four, five, go to the sixth and continue that all the way around. We’ll meet
back up in just a moment and then you’re going to be left to do the next one on
your own on the other side. You just remember that we fastened on
with the outside of the project that we’re looking at so we make sure that
when we turn this around that we fasten on looking at the outside of the project
and don’t turn it inside out at all. So come all the way around the sleeve
and all I just want to do is just join it to the top of the chain three that we
started off with and I want to leave a generous tail so I’m going to just trim
this nicely and I just want to pull it up and I’m going to leave a generous
tail so that when I go to seal this in I’m going to use a darning needle to go along
the white and so essentially I need you to do the other side now to have the
perfect sleeves just like so. So you can see how fabulous
that looks actually really quite happy with that. So I’m going to do the other
side off camera. I’m going to weave in both ends and then we just have the
collar left and this is almost done for today. So carrying right along we now have both
sleeves in. You can see how fabulous it is on the front and the back side just
really quite fun and easy just like so. So now we’re ready to do the top collar.
The top collar is really so simple as well and I’m going to show you that next. So we’re almost done this particular
project for today. To begin the collar we want to leave a little bit of a longer
tail so that you can sew it in afterward. This is a very visible edge and so you
don’t want it to be the stragglers hanging out so you can use a darning
needle to put that in. So as per the instructions we want to chain 63. So 1, 2,
3, 4 and 5 and please go all the way to 63 and we’ll meet back up and we’ll
carry on. So row number one of the collar is very
simple. It says to fan in the sixth chain
from the hook and then skip the next five chains and fan
in the next and go all the way and repeat to the last three chains and then it
has the final. So what we want to do is just skip
to the sixth. So we go to one, two, three, four, five and six just like so and that’s where we’re
going to do our fan. So the fan remember is double crochet, chain one,
double crochet, chain one, double crochet, chain one, and we want to get in those
five spokes just like we’ve been doing all along. You see how the fans are really exciting
in this particular pattern. So as soon as you have your five immediately skip five
chains. so one so see how this one is being pulled down
that is a chain right here so don’t see if you went underneath that is one so
don’t forget to include that. So one, two, three, four and five so we
want to skip five chains and then go into this sixth and do another fan. So do that all the way to the end. I’ll meet
you back at the end where we’ll finalize this row off together and move along and we only have
like three simple rows for this because it is the collar there’s not a lot to it. So just going to continue to do the fan.
When you get all the way to the end you were just going to double crochet
into the final chain and it will work out just perfectly for you. So it says simply we’re going to turn
our collar now and move up the next round, the next, sorry the next row, the next two rows are exactly what you already know. So let’s move along and do row number two next. Okay row number two is very simple
we’re just going to simply chain up one and we’re going to single crochet
into the first double crochet and then single crochet into the next gap. It’s just kind of exactly what you
already know so we’re simply just going to chain 3, come into the gap space of
the next on the fan and one, two and three next gap space, 1, 2 & 3, final gap space
on the fan and just like before we skip over to the next fan and single crochet.
So continue to do that all the way across. That’s just exactly what you know
and then row number three is repeating already what you know as well. So
continue that and meet you back up in just a moment. Now coming back to the other side we
just simply just want to single crochet into the final stitch, just like so, and
now we want to turn our work and we simply just want to begin to do the fan
again one more time this is our very last row and you can start jumping up
and down that you’re done. So we’re going to chain 3 and immediately jump to the
middle one just like you have been all along. I’ll
keep it nice and brief here because you know what you’re doing. Put another fan in that one and carry on
to do the fans all the way across like you have been and one, two, three, four and simply once you get your fan in you
just immediately jump to the next top one over here. So continue to do that and we’re going
to fasten off. I’ll let you fasten off and then I’m going to show you the
proper way of joining because I really think that the collar that I have on
original sample is upside down and I want to show you a trick to look for in
order to keep your collar on looking so that it looks normal so I’ll be right
back in just a moment and we’ll start up and fasten on the collar. So my collar is now done. Look how fabulous that looks. It actually turned out really nicely and so you have to bend it and
put it around your project. Now one thing I noticed with my
particular project. See how this is bending up like this when I
naturally did it see the back is just wanting to
pull up and I think it’s because my project is upside down. I think that I should have applied it on
the other way. So what I’m recommending to you is that when you go to apply this to
your project is that just do a preliminary idea. Now I’m the queen of liking to cut
corners and in the pattern it says that you should pin this to the top. I will tell you I’m the queen of cutting
corners and I would totally pin this to the top because what happens is that if you
try to begin to affix to the top or front here you might pull it too much to
the point where you are just having way too much left at the end and you will
not finish properly. So what I’m recommending to you is that
just a pin a couple spots well actually just put a couple spots
and determine that when you go to put it on is the collar going to sit down
properly and once you confirm that then just pin it all the way around and I’ll
show you that in just a moment. So I’m going to make an educated guess.
If you look at this one here this is the right side and I can tell that because
when I crocheted it you can see how it kind of comes forward
and when you turn it around you can see this is the back side and what I’m
recommending to is that look at that and I would put it so that the backside is
actually on the outside of this because it will naturally curl inward. So I
want you to grab a pin and just match it to the top and this is just going to
hold it in position as you crochet. So don’t you don’t want
to go right into the stitches itself just come right underneath just is this this is just a marker essentially just
to hold this as you go and so just move it along there you go. So okay so that collar is now pinned in and I’m just going to adjust it here and
I want to see how it looks, like this. And so now I want to turn it around and
I think see I think that’s much better than the way that I originally did it. So now it’s up to us to single crochet
this into position and I’m going to start off with the very beginning. We’re actually going to slip stitch this
into position and I’m going to start off in the very beginning and I’ll show you
how to do that once you understand this concept you’re pretty well done for
today. okay grabbing the yarn I want an extra
long tail so I can weave it in afterward with my darning needle. And we just want
to start off, I’m going to start off with a slip knot and I want to just match
the very corner top to the corner of the the collar. So go right into a stitch don’t go in a
chain, don’t go into a gapping space because it
will be really obvious. So let me just put everything, here, and I
just want to grab the string that’s going to the yarn I’m going to leave the
other one on the other side and I will use that for darning needle later. So I’m just going to grab the yarn and
pull through and through. Did I say darning needle? I’m going to
grab the yarn and pull it through. So now I’m just going to make my way
along the the white and into the other side of the blue and I’m just going
along the top. So the top remember I asked you to turn that chain
over you’re going to see chains here. If you did a conventional chain you would not see that so nicely so
basically every chain on the collar is going to match the chain on the blue. Now you have to make a judgment call
when you’re going along if you think that it’s not stretching enough you can
this is where you need to address it. So if you think that it’s looking a
little bit too sloppy then you need to do some extra you know just fancy
footwork I guess you can say to be able to adjust it and get it into the right
position. So this is where you need to do it, just like so. So simply just go all
around and just slip stitch it all together. So I’m going to leave that for you after
I’ve just blabbed your ear off and I will be right back and I’m going to show
you my final look and that will end today’s tutorial. So here is my finished sample for today.
I just need to apply button right in the very middle just like the original that
I did, just like so. Very easy. Make sure that when you’re applying your
buttons that you are extra secure to make sure that they don’t fall off and
become a choking hazard because I know some people are going to say that to me. So what we have here is that I just want
to point out this is the Anne Geddes yarn and you can see how much more yarn I
have left because the yarn is a lightweight three there is a generous amount on there. I
can probably at least do two outfits with just one ball with this with the
doing the six month size and for that alone you know for the price of the ball
of yarn getting two outfits for one ball i think is absolutely brilliant. So I
should turn it around just to show you the back end just like so. That’s coming
from the yarn balls that’s not from my work. So here we go. So there you go. So I’m
really excited about that and thank you so much for joining me on this very long
tutorial. This has been a tutorial request to do
an upgraded baby sweater and this is absolutely wonderful. Until next time I’m Mikey on behalf of
redheart.com as well as the Crochet Crowd. This is baby month of January 2014 and we
have a lot more lined up for you.

69 Replies to “How to Crochet a Baby Cardigan – 6, 9, 12 & 18 months”

  1. I can NOT wait to start this I have 2 baby girls ( friends kids) that will LOVE this !!! ( ok the mommies will love it ) Thank you   so much for all you do Mikey !!!!!!<3

  2. This is so cute I wish it was for 0-3 months since my niece won't be 6 months till it is summer and super hot. I may make this just to make it though since it is adorable. Thank you for another wonderful tutorial you are the best Mikey!!

  3. Mikey…one word..FABULOUS! ok I lied a few more words to say, I think the flowers in the recent tutorials would look darling on this! love love love this!!!

  4. Oh, what a darling sweater! Thank you, Mikey, for the thorough tutorial. I'll be starting one as soon as I finish a pair of mittens!

  5. I made two of these i just finished one today. I went to the crochet crowd site and i seen Mikey was doing a tuitorial on the same sweater.

  6. 1st time making "clothing" and I'm in love!!!! ♡♡ Thank you so much Mikey for doing this!! You are truly amazing !!

  7. Just one question – a G hook is a 4mm hook – you say 2.75 mm – are  you sure you are right about this?? I am an Australian and have to watch the hook sizes in American patterns – AS WELL AS the different crochet terms!!!

  8. OMG I'm so in love with all you tutorials, I have tried to follow many tutorials that are hosted by other instructors but just could not really understand or I would get stuck on a part that should have been simple but because I am just getting back into crocheting and trying to catch up with what I use to remember and trying to learn all the new and amazing technique which is not that easy but your videos rank the highest in my book because Mickey you where born to instruct, direct, and just wow people like me……thanks….. 

  9. This is a fantastic project and a wonderful tutorial. I'm going to start on this for a new cousin right away. Even as a pretty experienced crocheter, I so appreciate the extra hints and warnings. I love to hear about the goofs that can happen to anyone!

  10. I did the sweater part, but only after taking it apart and starting over. I'm getting ready too do the rest. Keeping my fingers crossed

  11. Hi Mikey, love this pattern. I've just finished the edging on one sleeve and I have ended up with 7 shells where the patterns states only 5. I think the pattern is incorrect. Could you please confirm? Many thanks, Melanie.

  12. Hi Mikey, love this pattern. I've just finished the edging on one sleeve and I have ended up with 7 shells where the patterns states only 5. I think the pattern is incorrect. Could you please confirm? Many thanks, Melanie.

  13. I'm just getting into the making of sweaters/clothing.  This is just an amazing tutorial!  You're very clear with both the camera work and your instructions on how the pattern works and how to do it.  Thank you so much!

  14. Could you offer any assistance on making this smaller?  Like for a newborn size?  Like to actually reduce the number of stitches used.  Is there a formula I can use to reduce the stitches?

  15. Hi, I just LOVE watching your tutorials Mikey. Following along with you is very easy. I am going to try and make this sweater tomorrow. Thank you again keep up with your tutorials.  

  16. Mickey thank u very much for such a clear instruction, using printed version. I had prepared it for my daughter. Thank u.

  17. I was hoping Mikey could help me again, i'm having difficulty sorting out wool (yarn) types,as i'm in england.Could you please list me us to uk, and any other types.

  18. hi Mr Micky thank you for a lovely instruction i made on for me too thanx a lot i wanna  try another pattern of red heart but i couldn't understand the written pattern of red heart http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/cool-cables-sweater-leg-warmers so can u help me with a video show please like this one thank u once again
     

  19. Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was awesome! This is only the second thing that I have EVER crocheted and I DID IT with no problem. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU a million times over for getting me through this. My new grandbaby is going to be one happy girl with lots of little outfits crocheted be grandma. Can't wait til she gets here 🙂

  20. hi.. this is soo pretty,i have a friend who asked me to make one for her 3 years old daughter. the pattern is only for 18mo. pls giv me a clue on what to do pls.. thx

  21. hi.. this is soo pretty,i have a friend who asked me to make one for her 3 years old daughter. the pattern is only for 18mo. pls giv me a clue on what to do pls.. thx

  22. really frustrated. II'm on the first row of the fan stitch
    'm doing the 12 month version and my fan stitches do not add up to the 18 required by the pattern I keep on getting 17 fans.
    I've undone it 4 times
    I've counted it 3 times all my dtitches are there.  
    I always end up with the 18th fan landing on the last or second to last stitch
    >:(

  23. I made this but the edges aren't straight like the pattern so i have it over lapped. It looks great though. Its supposed to be a gift so i hope they wont notice.  I wish i could post it so you could see.

  24. Just wondering if anyone knew, do you think is I did this in super saver, that the 18 month size would go up to a 24 month? My daughter is in 24 month.

  25. Mickey I LOVE ur tutorials. They are well explained and just like someone said, "You were born to teach." Keep up the good work. <3:D

  26. Is there anyway I can view the pattern on the website instead of having to print off or download? my computer opens the downloadable pattern but the writing is all over the place.

  27. I am looking for a written pattern but I can`t get it. Every link that I follow is "dead" and from the official site, when I click on "print/pdf" it opens the window, but when I want to open .pdf file, there is no pattern 🙁

  28. Thank you very much , I was searching for the fan pattern , checked so many tutorials , but seemed very tough , your tutorial is so clear and detailed , so I learned fan pattern easily , awesome teaching , god bless

  29. Mikey the link still doesn't work for the written instructions! Am. so disappointed… could you please contact website again or else repost It in another site??

  30. Hi Mikey , Just finished this lovely pullover cardigan . Followed your video. Easy! Love your video tutorials👍🏻

  31. Mike you are an amazing instructor of your projects. I can't wait to try this sweater. I have made your mermaid and shark for friends of mine. They loved them. You make things easy to understand and work through. Hope you will continue to do many more. Thanks! Bonnie

  32. Tried to download the free pattern, it dosent seem to be available. Any help out there on this free pattern.

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