Friday, June 28, 2013

Easy Baby Sweater and Hat



After searching and attempting to create the perfect - and quick/easy - baby sweater to give as a gift, I finally just combined a few to make the one I wanted. This particular one is more what I would envision for a girl (regardless of color) because of the lacy pattern created with the shells. My next step to find/create one for a boy. This one is simple enough to work up quickly. I only have a few hours of crochet time at night and I completed the set within 3 days. I imagine if you had half a day you could easily finish it in one setting, depending on your skill level.

Sweater

Materials:
  • 3-4 ounces 3 ply baby yarn 
  • Hook -
    • size F for newborn 
    • size G for 3 to 6 months
    • size H (and 4 ply soft yarn) for 6 to 9 months
  • 2-3 button for closure

Pattern:

(Shell = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)

Starting at neckline, loosely ch 38.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook & in each ch to end. (37 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2, turn (counts as 1st dc throughout) 1 dc in each of the next 4 stitch, (3 dc in next stitch- (increase made = dc inc), 1 dc in each of the next 7 stitch, dc inc., 1 dc in each of the next 9 stitch, dc inc., 1 dc in each of the next 7 stitch, dc inc., 1 dc in each of the last 5 stitch. (45 stitches)

Row 3: ch 1, turn. sc in each stitch, with increases of 3 sc - (sc inc. made) in the middle dc inc. (53 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2, Turn. dc in each stitch, with increases of 3 dc in the middle sc inc. (61 stitches)

Row 5-9: Repeat rows 3 & 4, ending with row 3. (Row 9 totals 101 stitches)

Row 10: ch 1, turn. sc in first 13 stitch, skip 24 stitch, (1st armhole made) sc in next 27 stitch, skip 24 (2nd armhole made) sc in last 13 stitch.

Row 11: ch 2, Turn. 1 dc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch., (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next stitch (shell made), skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, repeat across, dc in last 2 stitch. 

Row 12-15: ch 2, turn. 1 dc in next stitch, Shell in each Shell, increase to 2 dc between Shells across to end, 2 dc in last 2 dc, ch 2 turn.

Rows 16-19: ch 2, turn. 1 dc in next stitch, Shell in each Shell, increase to 3 dc between Shells across to end, 2 dc in last 2 dc, ch 2 turn.

Row 20: 5 dc in each shell, dc in each of the 3 dc across. Do not fasten off.

Edging: ch 1, sc up right front opening, around neck, and down left front opening, 3 sc in corner stitch, sc around hemline, 2 sc in same as 1st sc, join with slip stitch. Fasten off.

Sleeve: With right side facing, attach yarn at bottom of armhole, ch 3.

Row 1: Make Shell in 2nd sc, skip 2, 1 dc in next st, skip 2, repeat around armhole to last sc, slip stitch in top of ch3 to join.

Row 2-7: ch 3, turn. Repeat Row 1, but with increase of 2 dc in each dc.

Row 8: ch 3, Turn. Repeat Row 1, decreasing to 1 dc in each 2 dc space. 

Row 9: ch 1, turn. sc in same stitch, skip 1, across (15 stitch)

Row 10: ch 1, turn. sc in each sc across, join & fasten off. 

Attach 2 to 3 buttons to fasten the front. The dcs make perfect button spaces or you can use ribbon. Be sure to attach securely.


Hat

Size:  3 - 6 months
Hat Circumference:  14 inches. 

Materials:  
  • 1 ounces baby yarn
  • size H (5.00mm) crochet hook.

*For a smaller size use baby sport yarn and size G (4.00mm) crochet hook.

Note:  Beg ch 2 does not count as a st in this pattern.


Pattern:

Beginning at top of hat, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1:  Ch 2, work 13 dc in ring, join with a sl st in first dc. (13 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. (26 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, turn, dc in first st, *2dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around ending with 2dc in last st, join with a sl st in first dc. (39 dc)

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, turn, *dc in first two sts, 2dc in next st, repeat from * around, join with a sl st in first dc. (52 dc)

Rnds 5 - 16:  Ch 2, turn, dc in each st around, join with a sl st in first dc. (52 dc)

Do not turn at end of last row.

Edging:  (Ch 1 and sc) in each st around, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends of yarn.

Turn up bottom of hat for brim.

Charlie -my best model
Make each one unique by adding differently colors for contrasting or blocking. How cute would an ombre color scheme be?!? 

This precious little outfit has made it's way from Florida to California as a gift for my high school friend, Jonathon. He and his partner are expecting their first baby any day now. So happy for you both!
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