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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Toddler Short Sleeved Cardigan | Twin V- Stitch - Free Crochet Pattern

This cute cardigan is worked in one piece, top down, beginning with the yoke, then separating the sleeves, you'll form the right front side, right sleeve, back, left sleeve and left front side.

short sleeved toddler cardigan free crochet pattern

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Twin V- Stitch Cardigan Pattern


Size: 18 Months +
(My little girl is 20 months old and there is still place to grow)
You can change the size of the cardigan using other hook sizes and yarn weights.


  Measurements:    


Materials needed:
- Yarn: - 1 skein+ a small amount of another skein of
              Caron Simply Soft yarn, color Watermelon
            - small amount of white and green yarn for flower
- 5 mm crochet hook
- 4.5 mm crochet hook 
- 5 buttons 
- tapestry needle to sew in the ends
- sewing needle and thread to sew to buttons
- stitch markers/ yarn pieces

Update 05.11.2013: Very good results were obtained by crocheters using a smaller hook (4 mm or 4,5 mm) for the yoke part and a 5 mm crochet hook for the body part!

Gauge:  with 5 mm crochet hook in the simple dc rows: 14 dc in the row x 9 rows= 10x10 cm  

Stitches, terms and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc blo: single crochet back loops only
sc dec: single crochet decrease
sc invisible dec blo: single crochet invisible decrease back loops only
                             (Link to the tutorial in the pattern)
dc: double crochet
sk:skip
st: stitch
dc increase: here,3dc in same stitch
dec:decrease
Special stitch used: The Twin V- Stitch, explained in the pattern. 

Notes: ch 3 at beginning of the rows count as the first dc of the row. The first dc will be worked in the next stitch, after the ch3.
The last dc of the row will be worked into the top of the ch3 of previous row.
You will make increases in each row until separating for the sleeves. Each increase will be made in the center dc of the 3 dc in the corners. If you are not sure where to make the increases, you can place stitch markers in the corner center dc.
With each increase row you will have 1 dc more for the front sides and 2 dc more for the shoulders and the back.

Written Instructions
See also my CHARTED PATTERN!
Row 1: With hook size 4.5 mm Chain 56, make 1dc in the 4th. ch from hook, 1dc in each of the next 6ch (this will be the left front side), 3dc in next ch (corner), 1dc in next 9ch (shoulder), 3dc in next ch (corner), 1dc in next 16ch (the back), 3dc in next ch (corner), 1 dc in next 9ch (shoulder), 3dc in next ch (corner), 1dc in next 8 ch. (right front side). Chain 3 and turn. ( 62 stitches total)
Row 2: 1dc in each of the next 8dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 11dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 18dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 11dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 9st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 3: 1dc in each of the next 9dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 13dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 20dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 13dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 10st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 4: 1dc in each of the next 10dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 15dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 22dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 15dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 11st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 5: 1dc in next 11dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 17dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 24dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 17dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 12st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 6: 1dc in each of the next 12dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 19dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 26dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 19dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 13st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 7: 1dc in each of the next 13dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 21dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 28dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 21dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 14st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 8: 1dc in each of the next 14dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 23dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 30dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 23dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 15st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 9: 1dc in each of the next 15dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 25dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 32dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 25dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 16st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 10: 1dc in each of the next 16dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 27dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 34dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 27dc, 3dc in next dc, 1dc in each of the next 17st. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 11Change to hook size 5 mm!
This row we'll shape the armholes! Place stitch markers in each center stitch of the corners! 1dc in each of the next 18dc (till the first marked stitch, inclusive) (front side), ch5 (for underarm), skip the next 29dc (sleeve), 1dc in second marked stitch and in each of the next 37dc (inclusive the 3rd market stitch) (back), ch5 (underarm), skip the next 29dc (sleeve), 1dc in the next marked stitch and each of the next 18 st (front side). Chain 3 and turn.
You'll have: 19 stitches left right side- 5 chains left underarm- 38 stitches back- 5 chain right underarm-19 stitches right front side. (86 stitches total)
Row 121dc in each st across the row, inclusive in each chain made for underarms.
Chain 3 and turn. (86 dc total)
Row 13: The pattern stitch used it's the "Twin V stitch".
sk next dc after the ch3, 2dc in each of the next 2dc, (sk 2dc, 2dc in each of the next 2dc)* 20 times, sk the last dc, 1 dc in the top of the ch3 of previous round. Chain 3 and turn. 


Row 14-26 Repeat as row 13, by the end of the last row omit the turning ch3. 
(Note: If you want a shorter cardigan, make less rows, for a longer cardigan, add more rows). Cut yarn. Fasten off.

The edging (3 rows total)
Begin at bottom of right front side, work round neckline, then down on the left front side.

Note: across the neck part you will make in all 3 rows, 1 sc decrease in each of the 4 corners= the stitch in front of the corner stitch and the corner stitch will be worked together.


Row 1
Join yarn in the ch3 space in the bottom corner of the right front side and ch1, 1sc in the same ch 3 space, 2sc around each dc and ch3 of the first side till the neck (52 sc across the side= 26 rows*2 sc for each row); continue with the neck: 1 sc in each of the next 6 stitches, 1 "sc invisible decrease made over next stitch and the corner stitch" 
(See tutorial by Moogly for The Invisible Decrease), 1 sc in each of the next 8st, 1 "sc dec over next st and corner st", 1sc in each of the next 15st, 1 "sc dec over next st and corner st", 1 sc in each of the next 8 st, 1 "sc dec over next st and corner st", 1 sc in each of the next 6 st; continue with the side: 2 sc around each dc and ch3 of the side (52 sc across the side)
Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2: 1sc blo in each sc across, excepting the 4 neck corners where you will make 1"sc invisible dec blo"  in each of the 4 neck corners.  ( See my Tutorial “3 Ways of decreasing the stitch single crochet in back loops only")
Ch1 and turn.
Row 3: In this row you will form the button holes on the left side.
First work the right front side from bottom to the top: 1sc blo in each st across; then the neck :1 sc blo in each stitch with 1 dec sc blo in each of the 4 corners, then working the left side: 1 sc blo in the next 3 stitches, make button holes: *(ch2, skip 2 stitches), 1 sc blo in each of the next 7 stitches * repeat from * to * 5 times if you want 5 buttons or 3 times for 3 buttons; 1 sc blo in each stitch of the side remained.
Don't cut yarn! Continue with a row of sc stitches on the bottom of the cardigan. Cut yarn. Fasten off.



Sleeve edge
:
Join yarn and make 1 sc in each stitch around the sleeve. Join with sl st. Cut yarn. Fasten off.
Repeat for other sleeve.
The Flower: You can find the free pattern for the flower in my blog post Crochet Blackberry Flower.

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Written Instructions and pictures Copyright 2015 Kinga Erdem.
This pattern is free for you to use, you can sell the products of your work, my only request is to link back to my blog. Please don't repost the pattern itself to any other sites, but please share the link to the pattern if you want to share the pattern with your friends. You may not give away copies of this pattern. Thank you.


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