Bubbly Baby Cardigan

baby cardigan crochet pattern

I love making baby cardigans. They always turn out super cute (maybe that’s just because of the baby size) and work up so fast compared to the adult version.

The bubbly baby crochet cardigan is an easy baby cardigan with a little bubbly texture. The cotton yarn makes it perfect for colder summer evenings. Depending on the colors you chose it is perfect for a little boy or a little girl.

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Bubbly Baby Cardigan free crochet pattern

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Before you start

1. Materials

2. Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • v st = V stitch (refer to special stitches)

The turning ch 2 doesn’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

Repeat the instructions in between * the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.

3. Special Stitches

  • V stitch : (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in the same stitch
  • Bobble stitch:
    • Start with the first half of a dc st: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops.
    • Repeat in the same stitch/space until you have a total of 6 loops on your hook.
    • Yarn over, pull through all loops at once. Lock the stitch with an sc in the next st 1.

4. Size

The pattern is available in 2 sizes: 3-6 months and 6-9 months. The baby cardigan crochet pattern is written in the 3-6 months size and the changes for the 6-9 months size is in (). The pictures only give the 3-6 details for better readability.

The Actual Bubbly Baby Cardigan Crochet Pattern

The cardigan is crocheted from the top down. The sleeves are added after crocheting the body. There is no need for buttonholes. The small buttons fit between stitches.

1. The Collar

Using a 3mm hook, ch 71 (81)+ 2

Row 1: Starting in the 3rd ch from the hook, dc 71 (81), ch 2, turn (71, 81 st)

easy baby crochet cardigan start of the collar

Row 2: 1 dc in the 3rd st from the hook, * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc *, 0 (1) dc, ch 2, turn (106, 122 st)

working in the round for this cute baby crochet cardigan pattern

Row 3: dc 17 (20), v st, dc 19 (22), v st, dc 30 (34), v st, dc 19 (22), v st, dc 17 (20), ch 2 turn (114, 130 st)

To make the following rows easier and avoid counting I place a stitch marker in each V stitch. The next rows V stitch is always in the previous row ch 1 space of the below V stitch.

add stitch markers to avoid counting and know when to increase for each round.

Row 4 – 7: *dc until st marker, v st in previous row ch 1 space*, dc until end of row, ch 2 turn. (146, 162 st)

collar of the bubbly baby crochet cardigan pattern

Form the separation between sleeves and body

Row 8: dc 22 (25), dc in the ch 1 space, skip 29 (32), dc in the ch 1 space, dc 40 (44), dc in the ch1 space, skip 29 (32), dc in the ch 1 space, dc 22 (25), ch 2 turn (88, 98 st).

2. The Cardigan Body

Each row is now 88 (98) st.

skip stitches to separate the sleeves of the baby crochet cardigan

Row 1: 88 (98) dc, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: 2 dc, 1 sc, bobble, 1 sc, *3 dc, 1 sc, bobble, sc 1* repeat times 14 (15) times, 2 (4) dc, ch 2, turn.

top of the baby cardigan, with sleeves separated from the body section

Row 3: 88 dc, ch 2, turn

Row 4: 4 dc, sc 1, *bobble, sc 1, 3 dc, sc 1* repeat times 14 times, (2 dc) ch 2, turn.

first row of bobbles for the body of the baby crochet cardigan pattern

Row 5 – 16: Repeat row 1 to 4 2 (3) times.

Row 17 – 18: Repeat row 1 to 2.

alternating bobble rows on the body of the easy crochet baby cardigan pattern

Before switching colors, make sc along the vertical edge of the cardigan to give it a neater finish. You can do this at the end too but I like to do it now to avoid weaving in too many ends.

add an sc border along the edges for a neat finish

Row 19 – 20: switch to grey yarn and repeat row 3 and 4.

Finish with a couple of sc along the vertical edge as we did with the blue part.

3. The Cardigan Sleeves

Both sleeves of the baby crochet cardigan are constructed the same way. They are crocheted in the round. Each round is started by a ch 2 and joined by a slip stitch in the 2nd ch st.

Join the yarn in the armpit so the junction will be less visible.

go back to work the sleeves. Join in the armholes of the baby cardigan

Round 1: ch 2, dc in each of the 29 (32) st we had skipped in row 8 from the body. Add

3 dc in the armpit before joining the round with a ss (32, 35 st)

Round 2 – 12: ch 2, 32 (35) dc, joining the round with a ss (32, 35 st) for 11 (12) rounds.

crochet baby cardigan with one sleeve complete

Switch to grey yarn.

Round 13: repeat round 2

Round 14: ch 2, 1 (2) dc, * 1 sc, bobble, 1 sc, 3 dc * repeat 5 times, 1 (3) dc, join the round with a ss (32, 35 st).

final bobble edge in different color

Round 15: repeat round 2

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

finished baby crochet cardigan pattern

Blocking and Finishing Touches

You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help even your stitches, block your project lightly.

3 bubbly baby cardigans hanging

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help. Once your Bubbly Baby Cardigan is completely dry, sew 4 buttons equally spaced. Try to put them on a row without bobbles. It is easier and they will stay flat this way.

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  • Oph
    July 20, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Je cherchais désespérément un patron pour realiser un cardigan de bébé. Je sais pas pourquoi j’ai pas pensé à toi plus tôt (un bug de cerveau sûrement). Je t’envoie des photos quand j’ai fini ! (hé oui… C’est ma cokotteuse Caro qui se met au bébé)

  • Valerie Crone
    November 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Can you recommend another yarn For the one listed for the pattern Baby Bubble Cardigan? The one listed is out of stock on Amazon. Thank you.

  • Valerie Crone
    December 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

    I recently completed and gifted this delightful Bubbly Baby Sweater. I enjoyed every stitch as it was exciting to see the sweater unfold before my eyes. I plan to post photos now that it has been gifted. Did you recently announce that you had created booties to match? Did I dream this? If so I’ve been unable to locate it. Thanks for some of my favorite patterns!

    • Hortense Maskens
      December 16, 2019 at 5:54 am

      Hi Valerie, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the pattern! Unfortunately, I’m not sure where you got that from but I don’t have a matching bootie pattern. You could adapt the Happy Feet Baby socks (https://knittingwithchopsticks.com/happy-feet-baby-socks/) by switching the eyelets for bobbles and using DK weight yarn and one size smaller than what you actually need. Let me know if you need help!