You’d think that babies would come with some warning. And they do, they do, at least in my experience. But when you aren’t the one with the constant AHEM physical reminders, those 9 months just fly by! Before you know it, the imminent arrival is REALLY REALLY imminent… and as a crafter, you can’t just run out to the big box store for some anonymous onesies! You must make something! A baby blanket is always great, but let’s face it, they do take time. But a crocheted baby sweater? Perfect! Quick, easy, perfectly personalizable (it’s a word, I decided), and they take just a little bit of yarn and a couple of fun buttons.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a fast and easy recipe for baby sweaters, and while I’ll occasionally try something new, this is the design I come back to again and again.
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!
It’s important to me to respect copyright, so instead of re-writing the pattern, let’s think of this as a crochet “recipe”. Here’s how to make the Mini Moogly Sweater using some great ingredients!
ERRATA UPDATE! 6/9/12: There were a couple mistakes I made in the pattern joining writeup, but they should be fixed now. Please let me know if you find any other errors!
ANOTHER UPDATE! 6/19/12: I’ve added sizing for 6-9 months. I haven’t made it, but the math should be right. If you make it in this size, please let me know how it turned out!
ONE MORE HUGE UPDATE! 8/22/12: Auntie M has given me permission to republish Abigail’s Baby Sweater here at moogly! No more wayback machine or cutting and pasting needed! The pattern and intro have been changed to reflect this.
The Mini Moogly Sweater
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- Hook: G
- Yarn: any worsted weight
- Stitch counts and directions in the pattern are listed as Newborn-3mths (6-9 mths), so depending on which size you are making, it may help to print off a copy and circle the size you are making.
Ch 50. If you prefer to use fdc, then work it in the pattern for row 1, working 3dc right into the foundation base of the corners.
Row 1-5 (1-7): Work as shown for Kelly’s Sweater Rows 1-5 (1-7). (I recommend using stitch markers in the center stitches of the corners, it’s a lot easier!) You should have 88dc (104dc) at the end of the fifth row.
Row 6 (8): Work as shown for Kelly’s Sweater Row 8. This gives you 20 dc, ch 5, 24 dc, ch 5, 12 dc, or 56 dc and two ch 5 spaces (24 dc, ch 5, 28 dc, ch 5, 14 dc, or 64 dc and two ch 5 spaces).
Row 7 (9): Sc evenly around body. Working one sc in each ch and each dc, that gives you 66 sc (74 sc). This is a little tricky, because the switch from dc to chains in the previous row can make it seem like there are extra stitches there to be worked into, and if you add a stitch you will have to skip a stitch in the next row.
Row 8 (10): Ch1, and sc in the first 2 sts. *Ch3 and skip 2 sts, then sc in the next 3 sts. Repeat from * until there are 4 sts left. Ch3, skip 2 sts, and sc in the last 2 sts. This creates 13 (15) ch3 loops for the shells. NOTE: For 6-9mth size, in order to make the stitch count work, under each armhole skip only 1 st rather than 2 sts, before working the next 3 sc. These “short skips” don’t have to be lined up in the center of each armhole, but somewhere in the armpit is the best place to hide them.
Row 9 – 16 (11-18): Work as shown for Abigail’s Sweater Rows 9-16.
Row 17-19 (19-21): Repeat rows 9-11. (Just continue in the shell pattern to desired length – I like the sweater a little long, but you can stop at row 16 (18) if desired.)
Row 20 (22): Evenly dc into each shell stitch.
Sleeves: Work as written for Abigail’s Sweater. You should have 6 (7, you may have fudge a little bit here too) shells around. I like to add a little length here too – just continue the pattern as written. I like to end with an even shell row rather than an odd setup row to give a nice scalloped edge.
Trim: Work in sc around sleeve ends. Work in sc all around neck, bottom, and front, with 3sc in each corner. Make two (or however many you like) button loops and attach to trim where desired. For these buttons I used a ch of 8, but you’ll need to play around a bit to get them just right for the buttons you bought. If you prefer, smaller buttons can but used and you can close them right through the dc stitches in the yoke.And that’s it! This crochet recipe will give you tasty results, and with your choice of buttons and yarn, each one will be unique. Do it in one color or twenty, leave off the sleeves for a summer baby, use big bold buttons or tiny classic pearls, or even make crocheted frog closure… and enjoy!
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