Auntie M’s Abigail’s Baby Sweater

Auntie M designed some amazing patterns, but for years they’ve only been available via the wayback machine. Now her pattern for Abigail’s Sweater has a new home!
abigail baby sweater cardigan newborn free crochet patterRecently, I was able to contact “Auntie M” via email, and she generously agreed to allow me to republish her pattern for Abigail’s Baby Sweater! I have altered the formatting a little bit as the original formatting was lost in the transfer, but the wording and all instructions remain the same. Auntie M, aka Marsha, retains all rights to this pattern, including copyright. Please do not republish this pattern without her permission, and do not offer it for sale. Thank you, and many thanks to Auntie M!

Auntie M’s Abigail’s Baby Sweater

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Note from moogly: Many who have made this sweater have found that the end result is very small. Unless you have a very loose natural gauge, consider bumping up to a worsted weight yarn and an H hook for a full term newborn’s sweater.

  • G hook, baby weight yarn
  • 2 buttons
  • Ribbon roses (optional)

Bodice

Row 1 Ch 38, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and each across. Ch 2, turn. (counts as 1st hdc in next row.)

Row 2: 1 hdc in next 5 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 6 sts to end. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: 1 hdc in next 6 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 8 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 8 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 7 sts to end. Ch 2, turn.

Row 4: 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 14 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 8 sts to end. Ch 2, turn.

Row 5: 1 hdc in next 8 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 16 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 12 sts, 3 hdc in next st (corner made). 1 hdc in next 9 sts to end. Ch 2, turn. (70 stitches.)

Row 6: (armholes) 1 hdc in next 10 stitches (to middle stitch of 3 hdc group). Ch 6, skip sts in between to next corner. Hdc in middle stitch of 3 hdc group and across to next corner. Ch 6, skip sts in between to last corner, 1 hdc across to end

Row 7: Hdc in each hdc and ch across.

Pattern row

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in 1st 2 sc. * Ch 3, skip 2 sc, sc in next 3 stitches.* Repeat from * to. Ch 3, skip 3 sc, 2sc in last two stitches Ch 1 turn.

Row 9: Ch 1. Sc in first sc. Skip next sc. 5dc in ch 3 space. *Skip next sc, sc in next sc, skip next sc, 5 dc in next ch 3 space * Repeat from * to * end. 1 sc in last sc (8 shells)

Row 10: Ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc ch 1) Skip next dc, sc in next three dc, * ch 3. Skip next dc, next sc and next dc, 1 sc in next 3 dc.* Repeat from * to * to last shell in prior row. Ch 1 and hdc in last sc. (10 shells) Turn

Row 11: Ch 3 (counts as dc) 2 dc in 1st ch 1 space. *Skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, skip last sc, 5 dc in next ch 3 space* Repeat from * to end. Skip 1 sc, sc in next sc skip last sc, 2 dc in last space and 1 dc in in 2nd chain at end of previous row. (9 shells and 2 half shells) Turn.

Row 12: Ch 1. 1 sc in first 2 dc.* Ch 3. Skip next dc, next sc and next dc (next three spaces). Sc in next three dc. * Repeat from * to * end. Ch 3, skip next three stitches and 1 sc in each of last two stitches. Turn.

Rows 13 to 16: (Repeat Row 9 through 12 once)

Row 17. Ch 1 turn. Sc in each stitch across. Do not fasten off.

Trim

Working up front to first stitch in neck sc in each sc and hdc, 2 sc in each dc on front. 3 sc in first neck stitch (now known as ch 3 group in neck edge.) Sc in each stitch around neck ending with three sc in last neck stitch. Working down opposite front, sc in each sc and hdc, 2 sc in each double crochet. Sl to join with first sc on bottom edge. Fasten off.

Button edge

With right side facing, join with sc in 1st sc made in first row of bodice. Sc in next two sc. Ch 2 skip next sc. Sc in next three sc. Ch 2, skip next sc. 3 sc in center of ch 3 group in neck edge. Sc around neck to opposite ch 3 group of neck edge. 3 sc in center of ch 3 group. Sc in next 8 stitches and fasten off.

Arms:

Round 1: With right side facing. Join with sl stitch in any middle stitch at bottom of armhole. Ch1, sc in same stitch as join and in next stitch. Ch 3, skip two stitches, sc in next three stitches around. At end you will skip last three stitches and join to beginning sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, Sc in same stitch. Skip next sc. 5 dc in ch 3 space, sc in middle stitch of next 3 sc group around. Join with sl st in first sc.

Round 3: Ch 3. *Skip next sc and next dc. Sc in next three dc, skip next dc.* Repeat around to last Dc group. Skip last dc, ch 1, join with sl st in second ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 4: Ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space. 5 dc in ch 3 space, sc in middle stitch of next ch 3 group around to end. 1DC in last ch 1 sp. Sl st to join in top of beginning ch 3.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch and next 2 dc. Ch 3, *skip to middle 3 dc of next group, sc in each of middle three dc, ch 3* repeat from * to *. Sl st to join in first sc.

Rounds 6 to 9: Repeat 2 through 5. Fasten off.

“Abigail” baby sweater copyright 2003 Auntie M

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Comments

  1. 4

    lauren says

    Hmm any tips on extending it to an 18 month? How many stitches are in the pattern on the bottom? I had started a sweater similar to this one, the top used two hdcs in two stitches next to each other for the corners & I didn’t like the lace on the bottom :o/

    • 5

      moogly says

      Lauren, it’s not my pattern, and I haven’t ever made it straight through. In general, I find going up a couple of hook sizes and adding a few rows to the length is often enough to take a sweater to 18mths. A J-hook ought to do it!

  2. 6

    Sande Francis says

    I need a bit of advice, too, on this darling sweater. The pattern calls for “baby wt yarn,” and today that can be anything from fingering wt to worsted wt! Given a G-hook, I be tempted to start with a sport or DK wt yarn. What do you think? Again, thanks for making this darling sweater public for us again. :)

    • 7

      moogly says

      Hi Sande! She probably meant sport, but I think worsted would work well too, depending on your gauge. And thanks for your comments! :D

      • 8

        Sande Francis says

        I’m gonna try it first in sport wt. I have a bunch of variegated Bernat baby sport and some Michael’s brand baby sport. I should be able to crank this out pretty quickly, even tho the baby is not due till january!

          • 10

            Sande Francis says

            I finally finished the stuff I was working on and made this sweater. I used a size 3 yarn (Joann’s Sensations Cuddle Muffin) and a G hook. My sweater came out about 6″ long from neck to hem and about 12″ around the chest. I suspect that this yarn is not large enough to make a sweater larger than preemie sized. I’m gonna try worsted wt next. Is there a way for me to post a photo in my comment?

          • 11

            moogly says

            Hi Sande! Thanks for the info on sizing – sounds like a size 4 or worsted might be better for newborn. Unfortunately there’s I don’t think there’s a way to post photos in comments, but you are welcome to head over to the moogly facebook page and post a photo on the wall!

  3. 12

    Carol says

    I am thinking of trying to make this sweater for my first grandchild (a little boy) due the end of March. Can you give a rough idea of how many ounces I will need to buy for this sweater??? Thank you.

    • 13

      moogly says

      Hi Carol! 200yds or about 3-4 oz would probably do it. However many have found that as written this makes a VERY small sweater. For a full term newborn you may want to bump up to an H hook and a worsted weight yarn.

  4. 15

    Ashley S. says

    I’m having trouble with the sleeves. After 3 attempts, I keep coming up with 5 shells instead of 6…any suggestions???

    • 16

      moogly says

      Ashley, are you making the Abigail Sweater as above, or the Mini Moogly Sweater? The Abigail Sweater doesn’t indicate a number of shells as far as I can tell.

  5. 17

    joan o'brien says

    as a novice i would appreciate pictures as you change or begin a sleeve to get a visual as to what it should begin to look like some of us llearn visually

    i would appreciate it if something could be done. thanks joan

    • 18

      moogly says

      Hi Joan! It’s not my pattern, I’m just re-hosting it for a site that no longer exists, but if I make the pattern I’ll try to add some photos!

  6. 19

    Suzanne Trapp says

    I adore this little sweater and being quite new at crocheting, I was intimidated by the pattern. I was pleasently surprised, as I took my time to see it come to life and I was so excited! UNTIL I got to the sleeves. I am completely and utterly lost on how to do them. I am very confused by the pattern directions but found the rest of the sweater to be very easy to follow. To start, I was able to “join with a sl stich in any middle stitch at the bottom of the arm hole, sc in the same stitch as join and in the next stitch – ch 3, skip two stitches, sc in the NEXT THREE STITCHES AROUND??? I know it doesn’t mean to sc all the way around, as there is a pattern as it appears on the picture; the same as in the body of the sweater. I am LOST!! Can you help me????

    • 20

      Tamara Kelly says

      I can help! :D This pattern is written in a slightly different style. If I were writing it, I would say

      Ch1, sc in same stitch as join and in next stitch. *Ch 3, skip two stitches, sc in next three stitches. Repeat from * until there are 3 sts left. Skip last three stitches and join to beginning sc.

      Does that help? :)

    • 27

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Abigail! hdc is half double crochet. http://www.mooglyblog.com/half-double-crochet-hdc/
      To work 3 hdc into one stitch, just work the first one in the next stitch as you normally would, then instead of moving to the next stitch from the previous row to make the next st, make your next 2 hdc sts in that same st as you used before. This is an increase – adding more stitches to a row. I hope this helps!

  7. 29

    Kristan says

    I am kind of having a moment…I am on the shell part of this sweater rite after the arm holes. It says by the time you are done with that row, you should have 8 shells…I have a total of 9…am I doing something wrong?

    • 30

      Tamara Kelly says

      I didn’t write this pattern, so if it looks ok I say go with it – it shouldn’t affect the rest of the pattern too much at all – you’ll just have 9 loops and shells instead.

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  1. [...] What I wanted was something interesting but simple, fun but practical – and I’d say this one fits the bill! While this sweater is original, it’s a mash-up of two other published patterns. The top half was inspired by Kelly’s Sweater at Bella Bamnina Knits, and the bottom half and sleeves are from a pattern published by Auntie M, who has generously given my permission to republish her pattern for Abigail’s Baby Sweater here! [...]

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