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Newborn Cheer Sweater Free Crochet Pattern

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This little sweater works up in a flash! I love that the stitch has a lot of stretch to it so the size is very forgiving. It still fits my now 3 month old with more room to grow. For my sample I use I Love this Yarn from Hobby Lobby. I’ve used it a few times but only for a few hats.

I have to say I REALLY like it. It’s extremely soft and it comes in so many colors! The best part is it’s very affordable. For now I will only have newborn size but I will be writing up larger sizes (infant, children and women). Larger sizes will be a paid pattern and I will at that link when they are ready. Now to the pattern.

You can view the FREE pattern below or you can purchase the pattern HERE for $1 to print without ads.

Newborn Cheer Sweater

This pattern is copyrighted by KT and the Squid. You may NOT copy, share, change or sell the pattern itself.

If you’d like to sell finished items from this pattern please do! Finished items belong to you and you may do what you wish with them. If you choose to sell them on Etsy please credit me (KT and the Squid) as the designer and add a link to my shop (www.ktandthesquid.etsy.com).

Materials

Worsted weight yarn *Sample is done in I Love This Yarn

Here are some other yarns that will work well
Lion Brand Yarn 860-123I Vanna’s Choice Yarn, Beige
Red Heart With Love 1701 Hot Pink
Red Heart E300.4302 Super Saver Economy Yarn, Black

J/6mm hook

Clover Soft Touch 6.0-mm Crochet Hooks, Size J

4 stitch markers (or scrap pieces of yarn)

Yarn needle

Scissors

Size

Newborn: 16” chest Finished chest measures 17” Finished length measures 8.5”

Gauge

8 stitch repeats (esc, ch 1) by 9 rows = 4” square Save time and check your gauge!

Abbreviations

Ch = chain St = stitch Ss = slip stitch Esc = extended single crochet Beg-ch = beginning chain BLO – back loop only Sm = stitch marker MC = main color CC = contrasting color

Special Stitches

Extended Single Crochet (esc): Insert hook into the stitch indicated, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops.

Gauge Pattern

Ch an odd number of sts. Row 1 – (Esc, ch 1) in 4th ch from hook skipped sts count as esc, ch-1 space), skip 1 ch, *(esc, ch 1) in next ch, skip 1 ch; repeat from * across, esc in last ch. Row 2 – Ch 3 (counts as esc, ch-1 space), turn, (esc, ch 1) in every esc to the turning ch, esc in the 2nd ch of the turning chain. Repeat row 2 to desired length.

Notes

  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • This sweater is worked in the round from the top down. You will start with the yoke, split for the sleeves and bottom then add the sleeves last.

Stripe Pattern

    • Change color every round when working the yoke, bottom and sleeves. The trim is done all in the MC.
    • To change color, work to the last step of the last st before the color change. Draw up a loop of the new color to complete the st and continue with pattern.
    • Drop the unused color at the end of each stripe and carry it up through the inside of the sweater. Do not fasten off unless instructed.

Instructions

Neck Trim

With MC ch 4. Row 1 – Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 2. (3) Row 2 – Ch 1, turn, working in the BLO sc in every st. (3) Repeat row 2 until you have 38 total rows, fold the trim piece in half, ss the starting ch to the back loops of the last row. Do NOT fasten off.

Yoke

*Change color every round. Round 1 – With CC, ch 3 (counts as a esc, ch 1 from here on), (esc, ch 1) in the end of every row around, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (38) stitch repeats Place a sm in esc number 5, 14, 24, and 33. Round 2 – Ch 3, [(esc, ch 1) in every esc up to the 1st sm, (esc, ch 1) twice in the marked esc, move sm to the first ch-1 space just made] four times, esc in each remaining esc, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (42) esc, ch-1 spaces Round 3 – Ch 3, [(esc, ch 1) in every esc up to the 1st sm, (esc, ch 1) in the marked ch-1 space, move sm to the esc just made] four times, esc in each remaining esc, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (46) esc, ch-1 spaces Repeat rounds 2 and 3, two more times. (62) esc, ch-1 spaces

Split for Sleeves and Bottom

*You will now split for the sleeves and the bottom. The skipped stitches will be used for the sleeves. Continue to change color every round. Round 1 – Ch 3, [(esc, ch 1) in every esc to to the next sm, (esc, ch 1) in the marked st, skip all sts between these 2 sms, (esc, ch 1) in the next marked st) 2 times, esc in the remaining sts, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (34) esc, ch-1 spaces Remove stitch markers. Round 2 – Ch 3, (esc, ch 1) in every esc around, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (34) esc, ch-1 spaces Repeat round 2, 8 more times. Fasten off CC.

Bottom Trim

*The trim is worked vertically onto the bottom of the sweater. With MC ch 4. Row 1 – Working in the BLO Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 2 chs, ss in to the next esc of the bottom. (3 sc, 1 ss) Row 2 – Turn, skip the ss, working in the BLO sc in every st. (3) Row 3 – Ch 1, turn, working in the BLO sc in every st, ss in to the next esc of the bottom. (3 sc, 1 ss) Repeat rows 2 and 3 around the entire bottom of the sweater ending with a row 2 repeat, ss the starting ch to the back loops of the last row, fasten off.

Sleeves

With right side facing join with the next color in the stripe patter to any st of the arm opening. *Continue to change color ever round. Round 1 – Ch 3, (esc, ch 1) in every esc around, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (14) esc, ch-1 spaces Round 2 – Repeat round 1. (14) esc, ch-1 spaces Round 3 – Ch 3 (esc, ch 1) in every esc to the last esc, esc in the last esc, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch.(14) esc, (13) ch-1 spaces Rounds 4 – Ch 3 (esc, ch1) in every st to the last esc, esc in the last st, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (14) esc, (13) ch-1 spaces Round 5 – Ch 3 (esc, ch1) in every st to the last esc, skip the last esc, join to the 2nd ch of the beg-ch. (13) esc, ch-1 spaces Rounds 6 – Repeat round 1. (13) esc, ch-1 spaces Repeat rounds 3-6. (12) esc, ch-1 spaces With MC repeat the trim as instructed for the bottom trim, fasten off. Repeat on the other arm opening.

Finishing

Weave in all ends, use yarn ends to sew up the gap under the arms if you’d like, block if needed.


8 thoughts on “Newborn Cheer Sweater Free Crochet Pattern

  1. thanks so much. I’m excited to try this new baby pattern of yours!

  2. Just adorable, and I shared! Thank you for sharing your pattern! 🙂

  3. C-U-T-E, I hope to use thin yarn and make it for an 18 inch doll!

    1. Ooh! That’s a great idea! The squid has one and it would be fun if they had matching sweaters.

  4. Just wondering how much yarn you used to finish this sweater?

    1. Hi Maggie, I used less than one skein of each color for the sample.

  5. Hi! I love the pattern, thank you so much !
    I was hoping i could do it for my daughter 18″ doll? I will really apreciate your help with measurements 🙂

    excuse my english, it’s not my native language, cheers!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      The chest is 17″ and the length is 8.5″ which is a bit big for an 18 doll. I wonder if it would make a cute dress? Maybe just make the sleeves shorter? You can try it on the doll as you go and make it shorter.

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