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Baby Sweater & Bonnet
Free Crochet Pattern
by KarensVariety.com

Size: Size 1 and 2
Materials: Botany sport yarn
3 2-oz skeins for size 1 and 4 skeins for size 2
Number F bone afghan hook
Size 1 steel crochet hook
8 small pearl buttons
 ch  chain
 st(s)  stitch(es)
 sl st  slip stitch
 lp  loop
 sk  skip
 dc  double crochet
Tension: 11 sts = 2 inches
4 rows equal 1 inch

Crochet a baby sweater in pattern stitch with border in a complementary pattern. The sweater buttons up the side and high around the neck and has a matching bonnet. The sweater is crocheted and the borders are made in afghan stitch.

Border Pattern: Ch stated number of sts, pick up a lp in second st from hook and in each ch st to end; then yarn over, draw it through first lp on hook, then through the rest of the lps in pairs. The last lp becomes the first st of next pair of rows. Make 3 such pairs of rows, or 6 rows, to become the bottom border.

Body Pattern: is a variation of this stitch and produces a diagonal effect. Continue the border up the right side of the piece you are working on 8 sts.

Row 1 of Pattern: Sk next (9th) st, pick up a lp through 10th st, then pick up a lp through 9th or skipped st. Work across in this manner, each time picking up a lp in second st from hook, then another lp in skipped st. Work back as for border stitch.

Row 2 of Pattern: Work the same as Row 1 but work 9th st, sk 10th st, work 11th st, and pick up a lp in skipped st. At end of row, this time, work off a single st first. On other rows, when you begin with the 10th st, work off two sts first as you come back.

Repeat these 2 rows for body of sweater.

When working on a piece such as the back or sleeve, where there is no border up the side, the 10th st would be the second, 11th would be the third, etc.

BACK: With afghan hook, ch 60 (65 sts). Work in border pattern for 6 pairs of rows. Then change to body pattern and work even until back measures 8 (8 1/2) inches from start or desired length to underarm.

To Shape Armholes: Sl st over first 5 sts, work until 5 sts remain at end of row. Work back. Work even until arm measures 4 1/2 (4 3/4) inches from armhole shaping. Work a sl st in each bar across row.

RIGHT FRONT: Ch 48 (51) sts. Work border pattern as for back. Work 8 sts at front edge in border pattern and remaining sts in body pattern until same length as to underarm of back. Shape armhole at armhole side same as back. Work even until armhole measures 3 (3 1/4) inches from armhole shaping. Sl st over 24 sts at neck edge. Decrease 1 st at neck edge twice (to decrease, insert needle under 2 bars and pull up a lp). Work even until armhole measures same as back armhole. Sl st over remaining sts.

LEFT FRONT: Ch 27 (30) sts and work same as other front (reversing shaping and omitting front border) until armhole measures 3 (3 1/4) inches from armhole shaping. On next row, work across 15 (18) sts and leave 7 sts at front edge unworked; work back. Decrease 1 st at neck edge twice. Work even until armhole measures same as armhole in other front. Sl st over remaining sts. Sew shoulder seams.

SLEEVES: Pick up 50 (52) sts around sleeve edge and work body pattern back and forth for 5 inches. Decrease 1 st on each side every row 5 times. Work until sleeve measures 6 1/2 (7) inches from start. Decrease 1 st on each side. Work border pattern for 6 rows. Sl st over remaining sts.

COLLAR: Omitting first 8 sts of border on right front, pick up 58 (60) sts around neck. Work in border pattern for 4 rows. Sl st over all sts across row.

FINISHING: Sew side, shoulder and sleeve seams. Starting at lower edge of right hand border, work a row of sc making 6 lps for buttonholes. Make 2 lps for bottonholes on collar. Sew buttons in place.


HAT: Ch 65 (70) sts and work border pattern for 6 rows. Increase 5 sts evenly spaced across row. Work even in body pattern until piece measures 5 (5 1/2) inches from beginning. Sl st across next 23 (25) sts, work across row leaving last 23 (25) sts unworked. On remaining centre 24 (25) sts work even in body pattern for 4 (4 1/2) inches. Sl st across these sts.

FINISHING: Crochet seams together on left side. Work one row of sc around bottom of hat, sk every third st. Work another row of sc in each st. Work a row of beading by making 4 sc, sk next st, dc in next, * ch 3, sk 1 st, dc in next st, repeat from * across row. Make 2 more rows of sc. Work 1 row sc around face of hat. Make a drawstring and draw through beading. Join 2 tassels at end of drawstring.

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