There are several baby sweater patterns here on Moogly that start with a top down yoke, with increases in the four corners that are later joined to create the armholes.
It’s a simple technique, but the first time you make a sweater like this it can be a bit of a mystery! I’ve had a couple of requests for help understanding how these armholes are made, so I’m happy to have been able to make this video!
So if you’d like to make the Mini Moogly Sweater, Baby in Bloom Sweater, Summer Breeze Baby Sweater, or the Sven Sweater, but need a little help getting started, this video tutorial is for you! In fact, you might find yourself designing your own…
How to Crochet Armholes in a Top Down Baby Sweater
As you can see, the first few rows of stitches are made in a sort of rectangle, with increases in the four corners. It’s very important to use stitch markers to keep these lined up! These markers also tell us where the “armpits” will go. When it’s time to make the armholes, you crochet to the first marked stitch, make a specified number of chains, and start crocheting again in the second marked stitch – skipping all the stitches in between. Then you crochet all the way over to the third marker, make the same number of chains, and start crocheting again in the fourth marker. Crochet to the end of the row, and you’ll have made two armholes!
It doesn’t matter what stitch, how many rows, or how many chains the pattern calls for, the technique is the same. It turns a flat rectangle into the top of a sweater, with the chains in the armpits and the short sides of the rectangle becoming the tops of the shoulders. Even though I’ve done it over a dozen times, it still feels a little bit like magic when it happens! Anything more than the simplest origami has always been a mystery to me, so if I can do this, you can too! I hope this helps you “see” how a top down sweater in this style gets started. There are lots of different ways to start a sweater, but this one is definitely my favorite! Thanks again for watching!
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