4 Sizes Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern for Beginners

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Free Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

This pattern is designed for four different sizes, making it perfect for babies of various ages. It’s a great beginner pattern, so even if you’re new to crochet, you’ll find it easy and fun to make. Plus, it includes a helpful video tutorial to guide you through each step.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet hook size: H-8 5 mm or hook needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn: worsted weight yarn #4
  • Yarn needle: Use this to weave in your ends.
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker(s): Use these to help keep track of your stitches. 

Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner. This baby cardigan crochet pattern uses basic crochet stitches in basic form and simple repeats.

Size Chart- Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

SizeChestWaistBack LengthCrossbackArmhole Depth
0-3 Months16″18″6″7.25″3.25″
3-6 Months17″19″7″7.75″3.5″
6-12 Months18″20″7.5″8.25″3.75″
12-24 Months20″21″8.5″8.75″4.25″
Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern Size Chart

Gauge

17 stitches & 10 rows = 4 inches

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch/chs = chain/chains
  • rnd/rnds = round/rounds
  • rem = remaining

Pattern Notes

  • Repeat instructions between the two asterisks (*) for the rest of the row/round.
  • Use stitch markers to mark the v-stitches.
  • The sleeves are worked in the round.
  • The pattern is written in US terms.

Special Stitches

V-Stitch: In the same stitch make (dc, ch 1, dc).

Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern Instructions

For rows 1 & 2, the starting chain & stitch count are listed for all sizes (0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-24).

Row 1: Make your starting chain (58, 62, 66, 70) and dc in the 3rd ch from the hook and in each rem ch, turn (stitch count: 56, 60, 64, 68)

Row 2: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, turn (stitch count: 84, 90, 96, 102)

0-3 Months Size Cardigan Continued

Row 3: ch 2, dc in 13, v-stitch, dc in 14, v-stitch, dc in 26, v-stitch, dc in 14, v-stitch, dc in 13, turn [88]

You will now make your v-stitches in the ch-1space from the previous row.

Row 4: ch 2, dc in 14, v-stitch, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 28, v-stitch, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 14, turn [96]

Row 5: ch 2, dc in 15, v-stitch, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 30, v-stitch, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 15, turn [104]

Row 6: ch 2, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 20, v-stitch, dc in 32, v-stitch, dc in 20, v-stitch, dc in 16, turn [112]

Row 7: ch 2, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 22, v-stitch, dc in 34, v-stitch, dc in 22, v-stitch, dc in 18, turn [120]

Row 8: ch 2, dc in 18, dc in next st – skip 22 sts – dc in the next st (1st sleeve made), dc in 36, dc in next st- skip 22 sts – dc in next st (2nd sleeve made), dc in 18, turn [76]

Rows 9-22: ch 2, dc in each st, turn [76]

Row 23: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sleeves Instructions for 0-3 Months Size

Join yarn in the back so that the join seam isn’t visible in the front.

Rnd 1: Join yarn, ch 2, dc around entire arm opening, join to first dc

Rnds 2- 14: ch 2, dc once in each st, join

Rnd 15: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

3-6 Months Size Cardigan Continued

Row 3: ch 2, dc in 14, v-stitch, dc in 15, v-stitch, dc in 28, v-stitch, dc in 15, v-stitch, dc in 14, turn [94]

You will now make your v-stitches in the ch-1space from the previous row.

Row 4: ch 2, dc in 15, v-stitch, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 30, v-stitch, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 15, turn [102]

Row 5: ch 2, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 32, v-stitch, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 16, turn [110]

Row 6: ch 2, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 21, v-stitch, dc in 34, v-stitch, dc in 21, v-stitch, dc in 17, turn [118]

Row 7: ch 2, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 23, v-stitch, dc in 36, v-stitch, dc in 23, v-stitch, dc in 18, turn [126]

Row 8: ch 2, dc in 19, dc in next st – skip 23 sts – dc in the next st (1st sleeve made), dc in 38, dc in next st- skip 23 sts – dc in next st (2nd sleeve made), dc in 19, turn [80]

Rows 9-22: ch 2, dc in each st, turn [80]

Row 23: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sleeves Instructions for 3-6 Months Size

Join yarn in the back so that the join seam isn’t visible in the front.

Rnd 1: Join yarn, ch 2, dc around entire arm opening, join to first dc

Rnds 2- 15: ch 2, dc once in each st, join

Rnd 16: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

6-12 Months Size Cardigan Continued

Row 3: ch 2, dc in 15, v-stitch, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 30, v-stitch, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 15, turn [100]

You will now make your v-stitches in the ch-1space from the previous row.

Row 4: ch 2, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 32, v-stitch, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 16, turn [108]

Row 5: ch 2, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 20, v-stitch, dc in 34, v-stitch, dc in 20, v-stitch, dc in 17, turn [116]

Row 6: ch 2, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 22, v-stitch, dc in 36, v-stitch, dc in 22, v-stitch, dc in 18, turn [124]

Row 7: ch 2, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 24, v-stitch, dc in 38, v-stitch, dc in 24, v-stitch, dc in 19, turn [132]

Row 8: ch 2, dc in 20, dc in next st – skip 24 sts – dc in the next st (1st sleeve made), dc in 40, dc in next st- skip 24 sts – dc in next st (2nd sleeve made), dc in 20, turn [84]

Rows 9-24: ch 2, dc in each st, turn [84]

Row 25: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sleeves Instructions for 6-12 Months Size

Join yarn in the back so that the join seam isn’t visible in the front.

Rnd 1: Join yarn, ch 2, dc around entire arm opening, join to first dc

Rnds 2- 17: ch 2, dc once in each st, join

Rnd 18: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

12-24 Months Size Cardigan Continued

Row 3: ch 2, dc in 16, v-stitch, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 33, v-stitch, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 16, turn [106]

You will now make your v-stitches in the ch-1space from the previous row.

Row 4: ch 2, dc in 17, v-stitch, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 34, v-stitch, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 17, turn [114]

Row 5: ch 2, dc in 18, v-stitch, dc in 21, v-stitch, dc in 36, v-stitch, dc in 21, v-stitch, dc in 18, turn [122]

Row 6: ch 2, dc in 19, v-stitch, dc in 23, v-stitch, dc in 38, v-stitch, dc in 23, v-stitch, dc in 19, turn [130]

Row 7: ch 2, dc in 20, v-stitch, dc in 25, v-stitch, dc in 40, v-stitch, dc in 25, v-stitch, dc in 20, turn [138]

Row 8: ch 2, dc in 21, dc in next st – skip 25 sts – dc in the next st (1st sleeve made), dc in 42, dc in next st- skip 25 sts – dc in next st (2nd sleeve made), dc in 21, turn [88]

Rows 9-26: ch 2, dc in each st, turn [88]

Row 27: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sleeves Instructions for 12-24 Months Size

Join yarn in the back so that the join seam isn’t visible in the front.

Rnd 1: Join yarn, ch 2, dc around entire arm opening, join to first dc

Rnds 2- 19: ch 2, dc once in each st, join

Rnd 20: ch 2, *skip a st, 4 dc in next st, skip a st, slip st in next st*, join, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cardigan Collar (all sizes)

With the opening of the cardigan facing you, attach your yarn to the end of the left side of the collar.

Ch 2, *dc2tog, dc in the next st*, continue pattern until you reach the other end of the collar. Finish off and weave in your ends.

Accent Trim (all sizes)

Attach your yarn to bottom of left side of the cardigan and sc up the side, around the collar and back down on the right side of the cardigan, finish off and weave in ends.

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