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15 Free Crochet Baby Sweaters and Cardigans Patterns

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Crochet baby sweaters and cardigans make such a sweet and thoughtful gift for a new little one. Enjoy these free baby cardigan crochet patterns, whether you’re making them for your own little bundle of joy or as a thoughtful present for a friend!

photo collage of four crochet projects of baby sweaters, including a pink cardigan with a hood, a pink sweater with no hood, cardigan with pom-poms, and a multi-colored cardigan with buttons.

Crochet Baby Sweaters and Cardigans

Baby and toddler clothes are always adorable, but there’s something extra-special about one-of-a-kind, handcrafted cardigans, and adorable baby-sized sweaters. That’s why we’re excited to share this collection of our all-time favorite baby cardigan and sweater crochet patterns, guaranteed to have you reaching for your hooks!

This list features a diverse array of free patterns, from vintage-inspired designs to trendy, modern styles – making them perfect for baby showers, birthdays, or just because. And while some patterns may take a bit more time to complete, you’ll also find several that can be whipped up in just an afternoon, creating the perfect last-minute gift for any occasion.

Are these patterns beginner-friendly?

Most of the crochet baby cardigan patterns in this list are ideal for experienced beginners or intermediate crafters. Before you jump into making a sweater or cardigan, you’ll want to be comfortable with basic stitches, color changes, and seaming. If you’ve made a few crochet projects using these techniques, a simple cardigan won’t be too much of a learning curve.

15 Crochet Baby Sweaters and Cardigans

We hope you enjoy these lovely baby cardigan crochet patterns for beginners and intermediates! Happy creating!

Supplies for Baby Sweaters

Here are some supplies that you’ll need to create your baby sweater:

  • Yarn 
  • Crochet hook
  • Other notions (scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, buttons, etc.)

Before starting on your project, be sure to read through your pattern thoroughly to make sure that you have all of the needed supplies.

What is the Best Yarn to Use for Baby Sweaters?

Most baby sweaters are made of light- to medium-weight yarn, such as DK or worsted. Soft, washable yarns, like acrylic and cotton, are ideal for little ones (easy-to-wash is a must for babies!). 

Lion Brand Jeans, Stylecraft Special DK, and Caron Simply Soft are great options. For your convenience, we’ve linked an ideal choice for each pattern below, so you can spend less time shopping and more time creating!

How Much Yarn Do I Need to Crochet a Baby Sweater?

Depending on the size you’re planning to make, most baby sweaters will require approximately 200 yards of yarn. This usually equals around one to two skeins, depending on the yarn you choose. Toddler sizes and complex patterns, however, may require more yarn.

Crochet Techniques to Know

Are you ready to dive into a crochet sweater project? Here are some techniques you’ll want to be familiar with before getting started.

Not all of the cardigan patterns in the list below include all of these techniques, so read through your pattern before getting started to make sure it’s a good fit for you.

More Crochet Projects

If you love to crochet, you may be interested in these related posts.

photo collage of four crochet projects of baby sweaters, including a pink cardigan with a hood, a pink sweater with no hood, cardigan with pom-poms, and a multi-colored cardigan with buttons.

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Anita Quinta

Monday 25th of September 2023

Would like to make a poncho for my granddaughter who is 5 yrs old. Knit or crochet.

Sarah Stearns

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Hi Anita, you might like either of these two posts: Knit Poncho Patterns and Crochet Poncho Patterns


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Thanks so much for your free patterns. The " Top Down " sweater was just what I was looking for. I love all the patterns that you offer, and I'll be joining your group. Looking forward to making more of your wonderful patterns.