Although my “baby” is almost 28 years old and my prospects for any grandchildren are nil at this point in time, I still love crocheting baby clothes. I tend to get bored if I don’t see results quickly, so small-fry patterns are ideal for someone like me. Bonus—I always have great baby gifts on hand whenever I need them!
Below is a newborn sweater and pants set that I made recently. Both pieces are easy enough for a beginner to make and I’ve provided instructions below in case you want to give it a try.
Comprised of 18 small squares, each square is created from just the first two rounds of a typical granny square pattern. Super fast and easy.
Materials: 9 mm hook; one ball of white worsted weight yarn; one ball each of two contrasting colours of yarn (I used lime green and teal); yarn needle for weaving in ends. Square is 3” x 3”. Make 18 squares (I made 8 teal and 10 lime green).
Using one of your contrast colours: Ch 4; sl st to make a closed ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc); 2 more dc in ring, ch 3, *3 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * twice more. Sl st with first dc to close. Switch to white yarn.
Round 2: Sl st over to first ch-3 space; ch 3 (counts as first dc), (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same space (first square corner made); dc in each of next 3 dc’s; *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-3 space to make second square corner; dc in each of next 3 dc’s; rep from * twice more. Sl st with first ch-3 to close.
Once you’ve made 18 squares, lay them out as shown in the photo below.
Using your yarn needle and a basic sewing stitch, and working on the wrong side, fasten together 4 rows of three squares, which will comprise the back and front of sweater. (e.g. Row 1: teal-green-teal; Row 2: green-teal-green; Row 3: green-teal-green; Row 4: teal-green-teal).
Then stitch your Row 1 and 2 together to make a block of 6 for the front and do the same for your Row 2 and 3 to make a block of 6 for the back.
Using two shoulder squares to connect the front and back, start with your front block. Fasten a teal square to the green square at one side, then fasten another teal square to the green square at the opposite side. Then fasten the green squares of the back block to the each of the teal squares. The center opening is the neckline. As you can see in the photo above, I single-crocheted lime green around to finish it.
Take your last 4 lime squares and stitch together 2 rows of two squares. These are your sleeves. Take one sleeve and center it to the teal shoulder square as shown. Use markers or safety pins to temporarily fasten, then use your yarn needle to stitch it in place. Repeat for the other sleeve.
Once your sweater looks like the layout below, fold it in half (wrong side out) at the shoulder/sleeve center points indicated by the red lines. Then line up the sides as indicated by the blue lines and sew blue-lined edges together.
To finish, turn right side out and single crochet one round around the edge of each sleeve, and along the bottom of sweater. I used teal.
Matching tie-front pants:
5.5 mm hook; teal, lime green and bit of white yarn.
I used a simple pants pattern from the Mama That Makes site: http://mammathatmakes.blogspot.ca/2013/05/lil-pants-free-pattern.html
For your convenience, I’ll repeat the Mama That Makes pattern here, in the order of the colours that I used to match the sweater, and with a couple of small tweaks of my own.
Round 1: Using teal yarn, chain 42. Sl st to join but don’t twist the chain.
Round 2: Ch 3; dc around, sl st to join.
Round 3: Repeat Round 2. Fasten off. Attach white.
Round 4: Using white, ch 1; sc in each stitch around; sl st to join. Fasten off and join lime green yarn.
Round 5: Using lime green, ch 3, dc in each stitch around, sl st to join.
Round 6-10: Ch 3, dc in each stitch around, sl st to join.
Round 11: To begin first leg hole: Ch 3, dc in next 21 stitches; skip all the rest and sl st to join to top of first dc.
Round 12-16: Ch 3, dc in each of 21 stitches around, sl st to join. At the end of R16, fasten off and change to white yarn.
Round 17: Using white, ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join. Fasten off and join teal yarn.
Round 18: Using teal, ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Join lime green yarn to unworked stitch near center back of R10. Repeat instructions from R11 to create second leg.
Using whichever of the three colours of yarn you’d prefer, chain a length that will fit the wasteband with enough length left to tie a bow. Then single crochet one row in each chain space. Fasten off. Use your yarn needle to weave the tie around between dc stitches in the wasteband. You can add tiny pom poms to each end of the tie, or tie on a bit of yarn to make tassels, as I did. Tie a bow and you’re finished.