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 Cardigan is a simple 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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Before you start
- 3 mm hook
- 2 skeins of Schachenmayr Catania Originals yarn in the main color and 1 skein for the edges. You can also make the cardigan with one color only.
- 4 buttons of 10mm. I’m absolutely in love with the cute wooden buttons with an engraved leave I used. You can find them here.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends
- T-pins for blocking
- 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.
The pattern is available in 2 sizes: 3-6 months and 6-9 months. The 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 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 69 (81)+ 2
Row 1 : Starting in the 3rd ch from the hook, dc 69 (81), ch 2, turn (69, 81 st)
Row 2: 1 dc in the 3rd st from the hook, * 2 dc in the next st, 1 dc *, ch 2, turn (106, 122 st)
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.
Row 4: dc 18 (21), v st in previous row ch 1 space, dc 21 (24), v st, dc 32 (36), v st, dc 21 (24), v st, dc 18 (21), ch 2 turn (124, 138 st)
Repeat the same process for 3 more rows (rows 5 to 7 below):
Row 5: dc 19 (22), v st, dc 23 (26), v st, dc 34 (38), v st, dc 23 (26), v st, dc 19 (22), ch 2 turn (132, 146 st)
Row 6: dc 20 (23), v st, dc 25 (28), v st, dc 36 (40), v st, dc 25 (28), v st, dc 20 (23), ch 2 turn (140, 154 st)
Row 7: dc 21 (24), v st, dc 27 (30), v st, dc 38 (42), v st, dc 27 (30), v st, dc 21 (24), ch 2 turn (148, 162 st)
Form the sparation 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.
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
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
Row 5 – 16: Repeat row 1 to 4 2 (3) times.
Row 17 – 18: Repeat row 1 to 2
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.
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 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.
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.
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)
Round 15: repeat round 2
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Soak the cardigan in some warm water. Pin it to a blocking mat.
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 Bubble 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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