Saturday, June 2, 2012

Granny Square Baby Cardigan

I have had several requests for one of the baby sweaters I use in my classes.  Here is the pattern.  The basic granny square pattern is not mine.  It is one of those things that is out there that everyone seems to know.  I would welcome everyone to make one to check the directions I have here.  Please let me know of mistakes or things that are not clear.  Please send pictures of yours.  I'd love to see them.  This pattern as written will fit a newborn under 10lbs.

Materials needed:
      2 colors baby yarn or sock yarn, 6 oz each A and B
      size 7 steel hook (or size needed to obtain gauge)
      yarn or tapestry needle

Gauge:  Finished Granny square should be 2 inches.

Stitches used in project:  Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Decrease

Abbreviations:  Dc = double crochet, R = Row, Rd = Round, Sc = Single Crochet, Sl St = Slip Stitch, Ch = Chain, Prev = previous, Rep = Repeat, Dec = decrease, Sk = Skip, St = Stitch

Granny Square (Make 64)

With A: Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.
R1:  Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 1, * 3dc in ring, ch 1.  Rep from * 2 more times.  3 dc, ch 1 and sl st in top of ch 3.  Fasten off.
R 2:  With B, join in any ch 1 sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc,  ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in same ch 1 sp as join, * 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1.  Rep from * around.  Fasten off.
R 3:  With A, join in any corner sp.  (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in same ch 1 sp as join, * 3 dc, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1).  Rep from * around, end 3 dc, ch 1 in final side ch 1 sp and sl st in top of ch 3.  Fasten off.

Half Square Triangle Granny (Make 4)

With A, Ch 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
R1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 3 dc in ring, ch 1, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, dc in ring. Fasten off.
R2: With B, join yarn around the ch 4 of prev rd, (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1) in same sp. (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in next ch 1 sp (corner), 3 dc in last ch 1 sp. Fasten off.
R3: With A, join yarn in sp between ch 3 and dc of prev rd. Ch 3, 2 dc in the same sp, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in ch 1 sp of prev rd, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1) in corner ch 1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in last ch 1 sp, 3 dc in sp bet 2nd and 3rd dc of prev rd. Fasten off.


       Join the squares with a whip stitch or overcast stitch, making sure all the squares are showing right side up (whichever side you decide is right). Use the yarn that you used for the last round of granny squares (A)

         Make a panel that is 4 blocks tall by 5 blocks wide.  Now add for the shoulder and neck shaping.  At the top left corner sew across the top 1 whole block, a half block to make a slide from the top of the block just added to the row below, skip the next block, a half block in mirror image of the first and finally a whole block.  See the pictures for help.  (22 whole squares and 2 half square granny triangles)  Now add the sleeves.  Make two panels 2 blocks high and 3 blocks wide (6 whole squares for each sleeve back) and sew on each side starting at the shoulder.

To make the sweater fronts

         Each front is 2 blocks wide and 5 blocks high with one exception.  The other half square granny triangles are placed to open the neck up in a V shape (9 whole blocks and 1 half square granny triangle for each side). The sleeves are 2 blocks high and 3 blocks (6 whole squares for each sleeve front) long. Sew  them to the fronts at the top on the opposite side as the half square granny.  See the pictures for help.  Place the sweater back wrong side up, put the fronts over the back, properly aligning the sleeves and the sides.

 Join the squares with a whip stitch or overcast stitch, making sure all the squares are showing right side up (whichever side you decide is right).  Seam along the top of the sleeve/shoulder on both sides and bottom edge of sleeve and side seam.  Leave the bottom square on sides unseamed for a vent feature.

Finishing into a cardigan

Note:  The button bands will fill in the space between the fronts.

R 1:  With B, join at the bottom left corner of cardigan, ch 2, hdc in each stitch up the front center, around the neck (work 2 hdc dec in each corner at the back neck) and down the other side of front center.  Turn.

R 2:  Ch 3, work dc in each st as the prev row, keeping the dec in line.  Turn.

R 3:  Rep R 2. Turn.

R 4: Dc in each st on button side of the cardigan and around the neck and along the V neck on both sides.  Tr in each st on the button hole side and evenly space 4 buttonholes (ch 1, sk the next st) along the left side for boys and right side for girls.  Work the button holes at the same level as the seams.  Option:  Work a button hole 3 sts from the bottom edge if desired.

R 5:  Working along bottom edge of cardigan, sc in each st and 2 sc in each dc or ch 3 along the fronts.  Fasten off.  Weave in all ends.

Sleeves:  Sc in each st along edge with B.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

Sew 4 buttons on the opposite side to match the buttonholes.  As of 6/12/12 I have no buttons on this sweater.  You can just make out the buttonholes as dark spots on the left front at the edge.

I'm updating this pattern to include this chart for seaming for added clarity.

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