What do you do when you are really very pregnant and can’t move? (That’s from about half way through when pregnant with twins!) Well, apparently what I do is A LOT of crochet. So much so, in fact, that this happened when the twins were born:
I made these cardies in two in different colours: mustard and grey.
I also made little hats:
and here is the link to that free pattern.
I have to say that crocheting helped keep me sane towards the end of my pregnancy (even if that picture of little E above suggests otherwise) when I could barely climb the stairs without getting short of breath or get out of bed unaided. Needless to say twin pregnancy is nothing if not challenging, but crochet was the shit when I needed some preggo-craft therapy!
If you want to make this cardigan for a new baby you know (or are about to know!) I suggest using a nice soft wool maybe with merino or cashmere as it’s so lovely for a newbies skin. It doesn’t come cheap, but you can find good deals and you only need a small amount for baby clothes. Ultimately, my advice is to just get the nicest and softest wool you can afford. It’s also amazing for new mums and dads if you can find a super-wash merino or equivalent because you can then wash it at 40 degrees. However, unless it gets dirty, you don’t need to wash it as often as other clothes.
I have written this pattern in UK crochet terms and in terms of difficulty, you just need to know how the basic stitches of chain, double crochet and treble crochet.
For a 0-3 months cardigan, you will need:
2 x 50g balls of wool for the main body of the cardigan (I used SMC Select Super-wash Merino)
1 contrasting ball of wool for the border (I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino) and you will have plenty left over.
4mm crochet hook
V-stitch: 1 treble crochet, chain 1, another treble crochet in the same stitch.
Step 1: main body of cardigan
Round 1: Ch 3, counts as 1st stitch here and in every row, 6 tr c, V st, 9 trc, V st, 14 trc, V st, 9 trc, V st, 7 trc. Turn.
Round 2-6: Ch 3, trc in each trc and V stitch in each V stitch and turn at the end of each row. (This will slowly increase the size of your work)
Round 7: Ch 3, trc to first V stitch, folding so 1st and 2nd V stitches are together trc in both to join them, trc to next V stitch and join 3rd and 4th V stitch in same manner, trc to end and join
Note: This creates the armholes, you will add the sleeves in the next step.
Round 8-18: Trc in each trc, skipping the armholes
Round 19: Ch 2, turn. dc all the way up the front of the cardigan, round the neck and back down the front on the other side, end. I think this gives the front a nicer finish.
Step 2: add the sleeves
Going through both V stitches where the sleeves were joined in the underarm, join yarn, if you don’t do this there will be a hole in the underarm
Rd 1-11: ch 3, trc in each stitch, Check to make sure you have 22 stitches and end.
Step 3: add the contrasting border and buttons.
Make sure your cardigan is right side out. Begin with your contrasting colour on the front right side of your cardigan at the bottom left
Round 1: Ch 2, then dc all the way up the front around the neck, down the front of the other side and around the bottom, when you get to the end, slip stitch to join. On the corners make 2-3 dc in 1 stitch to round them nicely.
Round 2: Repeat round 1 until you begin to descend the front left of your cardigan as you need to make the buttonholes. Dc around the corner and make 1 dc followed by ch 2, then dc 5 and ch 2 until you have 6 buttonholes. Continue to dc as in round 1 and join.
Round 3: Repeat round 1
Round 4: Dc the front right side ONLY. End.
Finishing: You just need to sew in the ends and sew on your buttons very securely. I also added two rows of dc to the sleeves in the contrasting yarn🙂
I would love to see your finished creations, so please let me know if you make this! You can Instagram #zoedidit
If you have any trouble with the pattern, or would like me to make one for you, comment below or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy hooking! x