There might be no project more adorable than crochet baby sweaters. They are adorable before they even go on the baby and then of course the little one just makes your work look even cuter. Although they look like complex crochet projects that any parent would be thrilled to receive, crochet baby sweaters can actually be fairly easy to construct. They are also really special items to donate to children's charities!
Here you will find fifteen free crochet baby sweater patterns to give it a go.... You will see crochet baby cardigan styles as well as slip-over classic sweaters. You will find warm crochet baby sweaters for winter as well as ones in lighter weights for layering. You will find crochet sweaters for boys and girls. You may even find that the pattern that you will bookmark and use over and over.
Updated by Kathryn Vercillo.
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It may be difficult to believe if you are new to crocheting baby clothes, but this baby cardigan is so easy that it could be a beginner's very first crochet project. It is a unisex crochet sweater that works as well for little girls as little boys. The design is forgiving and the result is adorable. This free crochet pattern was designed by Erica Jackofsky.
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Bulky yarn and a large crochet hook mean that this adorable little crochet baby sweater from CrochetKitten works up really quickly. It is perfect for last minute gifts! This is a baby cardigan pattern comes in several sizes from newborn through age two. That bulky yarn and a closed stitch pattern makes it a very warm and cozy pattern.
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One of the neatest things about crochet baby sweaters is that they can be made using all different types of shapes. In this case, Cozy's Corner has used a hexagon as the basis for her crochet sweater. Adorable! This crochet pattern was made about a decade ago and it's still stylish.
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The primary colors of the stripes on this free crochet sweater pattern by Christy Tchaparian were inspired by the colors of Ernie's sweater on Sesame Street. The pattern is written for a two-year-old but of course you could adapt it a little (using a smaller hook, for example) to make it smaller for a younger baby. This pattern is offered as a free download on Ravelry.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Cats Rockin Crochet designed this crochet pattern with butterflies in mind, and you can see them moving throughout the body of the baby sweater when you look closely. This free crochet sweater pattern has matching patterns for hat and booties. Make everything in the set to create a very special gift for a baby in your life.
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This crochet pattern is worked in fingering weight yarn but is still a very warm baby sweater thanks to the density of the beautiful wave stitch. The sweater is worked using only two different yarns, one in a solid color and the other in a variegated color. The addition of that variegated color gives it a really fun design. This has a zipper closure at the top of the sweater for variations in weather.
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This free crochet pattern from My Hobby is Crochet uses a variety of basic crochet stitches and a few that are slightly more advanced (including post stitches and v-stitch) to create a really unique texture and pattern that showcases your crafting skills throughout the sweater. It slips on easily over the arms like a cardigan but buttons shut to keep baby really warm.
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Tamara over at Moogly came up with a really cute crochet stitch pattern called Loopy Love, which she used to make several different free crochet patterns. The most adorable of these is her free crochet baby sweater pattern. It is available in three sizes, ranging from newborn through one year, so it gives you a good excuse to make something over and over again if you love it!Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Lacy Crochet does a great job of updating vintage crochet patterns to make them easier for beginners to understand. She has done exactly that with this lacy baby sweater. What a precious little sweater for a little girl, perfect for layering over a holiday dress!
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Here is another feminine baby crochet sweater pattern. This one is designed around a pretty shell stitch. It is an easy crochet pattern that a beginner could certainly tackle. There are three sizes from newborn through nine months. It includes a matching crochet hat pattern to keep baby really warm.
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Some of the crochet sweaters we have seen have open designs that are great for layering when the weather is just getting cool. Here is a baby sweater that will actually keep baby super warm in the winter thanks to the great texture in the design, which is from Suzie's Stuff. It has a matching crochet baby hat free pattern.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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If you want to make a really cute set, this crochet sweater with matching baby pants is a great choice! They both close with a drawstring for a great fit even as baby grows. Make them in the same colors or in colors that complement each other. Worked in baby / sport yarn this is a lightweight sweater set.
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Karen's Crocheted Garden of Colors used a fabulous basic stitch that is definitely underused in crochet: the X stitch. It's a great stitch that is easy to make if you know how to double crochet. This is a cute crochet sweater that you can do in a solid color or with two-tone sleeves and it has a matching free crochet hat pattern.
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Vintage crochet patterns for babies can be super, super cute, which we definitely see in this pattern by Monarch that was designed in the 1930's. This crochet pattern is now available online, and even though it's as old as that, modern babies will look just as precious in it as babies did back then.