Crochet Baby Cardigan Pattern: Bellflower by OneLittleHook

I’m excited to introduce Julie from OneLittleHook as a new guest contributor to Underground Crafter! Julie is sharing her adorable crochet baby cardigan pattern for the Bellflower Cardigan today. Read on for details!

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Julie from OneLittleHook is an avid crocheter and boy mom who loves following the beat of her own drum. She can often be found with a cup of coffee in her hand while playing Legos or hopping through neighborhood sprinklers with her two little troublemakers. Her crochet and Tunisian crochet designs feature simple stitch repeats to create beautiful texture and timeless designs. Julie is often amazed at what you can make with one little hook!

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Bellflower Cardigan

Crochet Baby Cardigan Pattern by OneLittleHook

The Bellflower Cardigan is a sweet and surprisingly easy crochet cardigan inspired by my Marshmallow Clouds baby blanket pattern. Gorgeous texture and frilly ruffles make it the perfect garden party, photo shoot, church visit, or everyday glam garment! Grab the pattern PDF on Ravelry and you’ll have access to the additional sizes of 6-12 months and 18-24 months as well as loads of photo support.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

Materials

  • 5mm / H crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • 184 yards (168 meters) WeCrochet Swish DK size 3 yarn
    • 26062 Wonderland Heather color pictured
  • 4 stitch markers

Size

  • 0 – 3 months, Size based on Craft Yarn Council’s standard body measurements.

Gauge

  • 18 sts x 9 rows = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)

Abbreviations (U.S. terms)

  • BPDC – back post double crochet – A helpful video tutorial for BPDC and FPDC is available below.
  • If you can’t see the video tutorial for BPDC and FPDC above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
  • BPSC – back post single crochet – Leisure Arts has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • Ch – chain
  • DC – double crochet
  • FDC – foundation double crochet – Moogly has a helpful video tutorial for the FDC here.
  • FPDC – front post double crochet – A helpful video tutorial for BPDC and FPDC is available below.
  • If you can’t see the video tutorial for BPDC and FPDC above, click here to watch it on YouTube.
  • FPDC2TOG – front post double crochet 2 together – Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • SC – single crochet
  • Sk – skip
  • Sp – space
  • st – stitch

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is worked top down. The body of the cardigan is crocheted first including the ribbed bottom edge, the ruffle trim next, then the sleeves last. The body section has a row that says {mark this st}. These marks are where you join the sleeves so they should stay marked until you come to the sleeve section.
  • Turning chains do not count as stitches.
  • Ch-2 sp refers to the previous row’s ch 2.
  • Repeat directions in brackets [ ] the total number of times indicated.
  • Stitches in parenthesis ( ) are worked into the same stitch.
  • If weaving ends as you go, I would advise leaving the tail of the starting chain free until you are finished. This will help with cardigan orientation while crocheting. The starting chain tail will always be on the top right while you are facing the garment.
  • Arms are worked in joined rows. This creates a sleeve without seaming while maintaining the same stitch pattern as the body of the cardigan.

The Pattern

Body

  • Row 1: FDC 37. Ch 1, turn. (37)
  • Row 2: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 12 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (37)
  • Row 3: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. (SC, ch 2, SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. (SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. (SC, ch 2, SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. (SC, ch 2, SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. (SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. (SC, ch 2, SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. (SC, HDC, DC) sk 2. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (45)
  • Row 4: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (61)
  • Row 5: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 2 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 5 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (73)
  • Row 6: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 6 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (85)
  • Row 7: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 3 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 5 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 7 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 5 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (97)
  • Row 8: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 6 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 8 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 6 times. (SC, HDC, DC). (SC, ch 2) in ch-2 sp. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (109)
  • Row 9: [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 4 times. (SC, HDC, DC). SC {mark this st} in ch-2 sp. Ch 1. Skip over several stitches to the next ch-2 space. SC {mark this st} in next ch-2 sp. Left armhole formed. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 9 times. (SC, HDC, DC). SC {mark this st} in ch-2 sp. Ch 1. Skip over several stitches to the next ch-2 space. SC {mark this st} in next ch-2 sp. Right armhold formed. {(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 5 times. SC in last st. Ch 1, turn. (67)
  • Rows 10 – 15: *(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2; repeat from * across. Ch 1 , turn. (67)
  • Row 16: *(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2; repeat from * across. Ch 2 , turn. (67)
  • Row 17: DC in each st across. Ch 2, turn. (67)
  • Row 18: *FPDC, BPDC; repeat from * across. Ch 1. Rotate work so the front of the cardigan is facing towards you. (67)

Ruffle Trim

  • SC evenly across edges that form the front, left opening (the wearer’s left side). BPSC around the foundation double crochet row. SC evenly across edges that form the front, right opening. Cut yarn and fasten off. Join new yarn in the first SC made in the ruffle trim section. Work 3 DC in each SC around (up left side, around collar, and down right side). Cut yarn and fasten off.

Sleeves

  • Sleeve instructions are worked the same for both arms.
  • Position the cardigan right side out with the opening facing towards you, the collar at the top, and the ribbing at the bottom.
  • Starting on either arm, join yarn in the right most marked stitch.
  • Row 1: (SC, HDC, DC) in first marked st. Sk ch-1 and second marked st. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 7 times. Sl st to first SC of this round. Ch 1, turn. (24)
  • Row 2: (SC, HDC, DC) in same st as ch-1. Sk 2 sts. [(SC, HDC, DC) sk 2] 7 times. Sl st to first SC of this round. Ch 1, turn. (24)
  • Rows 3 – 8: Repeat Row 2. At end of final row repeat, ch 2 and do not turn. (24)

Ribbed Sleeve Cuff

  • Row 9: DC in same st as ch-2. DC in each st around. Sl st to first DC of this round. Ch 2, turn. (24)
  • Row 10: *FPDC2TOG, BPDC; repeat from * around. Sl st to first st of this round.
  • Cut yarn, fasten off, weave in all ends.
© 2021 by Julie Forsey/OneLittleHook and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Julie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2021/08/25/crochet-baby-cardigan-pattern-bellflower-by-onelittlehook/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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