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!
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.
Supplies for Baby Sweaters
Here are some supplies that you’ll need to create your baby sweater:
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.
This cozy cardigan with vertical rows is available in sizes 3-6 months all the way through adult! From baby sizes on up, this sweater gives off a handsome, professor-type feel and is sure to be a well-loved addition to any closet.
Inspired by the character Eloise, this colorful baby sweater creates an adorable, mischievous look for a little girl. The sideways skirt is worked first, then the yoke, sleeves, cuffs, and finishing details.
This beautiful vintage baby sweater is available in five different sizes. If you’re creating this pattern in size 12 months or below, you most likely be able to make it with only one ball of Lion Brand Jeans yarn (although you may want to have two on hand just in case!). Stitches needed for this pattern include the chain, single crochet, double crochet, and V stitch.
Here’s a simple crochet baby cardigan with the sweetest little tie to close the front of the jacket. It features a main, neutral shade with just a splash of vintage brightness on the bottom edge. If you love it, check out the boho baby bundle (linked in the pattern) for the matching bonnet, blanket, and sandals.
This modern crochet baby jacket is available in sizes 0-3 months all the way up to 4T. With step-by-step instructions and plenty of pictures, this is a fun pattern for advanced beginners to intermediates.
This 3-6 month pattern features cute little bubbles that are reminiscent of bubble tea. For a larger or smaller size, try adjusting the yarn weight and hook size. You can also choose to modify the ties on the front by replacing them with buttons.
Whether you choose pastels or brighter shades, this four-color baby sweater is the perfect way to accent your favorite hues. Customize this sweater by opting for a hood or leaving off the hood and crocheting ties instead.
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Would like to make a poncho for my granddaughter who is 5 yrs old. Knit or crochet.
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.