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Bomber Cardi for Kids (size 2/3T)

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Moving right along with our Bomber Cardigan series for kids! This free Bomber Cardi crochet pattern is the 2/3T size, with other sizes linked below!

Bomber Cardigan for Kids, Size 2/3T

BOMBER CARDI FOR KIDS

This cardigan is a bomber style, meaning that it is shorter than average and it runs a bit on the small side. This is all intentional. Please look at the sizing chart to determine which size your little one needs. If you’re wanting this for yourself, you can find the adult size here.

Bomber Cardigan for Kids, Size 2/3T

If you would like the cardigan to be a bit longer, add two rows to the body before starting the right, left, and center.

Bomber Cardi Sizing Guide

BOMBER CARDI FOR KIDS SIZES:

3/6 month
12 month
2/3T
4/5T
6/8
10/12
12/14

The adult size of this pattern is the Bombshell Bomber, and I just love it!!

Materials:

Crochet hook in size J/6mm
Size 4/Aran/worsted weight
-approx. 365 yards
Zipper (optional, at least 11” long)

Bomber Cardigan for Kids, Size 2/3T

Pattern Notes:

Pattern is written using US terms.

Place first stitch of each row in same as turning. (chain does not count as a stitch)

Fhdc – Foundation Half Double Crochet tutorial

Fphdc and Bphdc – Front Post (and Back Post) Half Double Crochet tutorial

Mattress Stitch tutorial

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.

A BIG thanks to Susan for testing this size and for providing me with the photos. You rock, Susan!

Gauge:  

12 sts & 10 rows = 4” square

2/3T Pattern:

Row 1: Fhdc-60 (or ch-61 and hdc in 2nd st and in each across) (60)
Rows 2 – 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end (60)

Right arm
Rows 11 – 20: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 15 sts. (15)
Row 21: Ch-1, turn, loosely sl st in next 6 sts (or clip and reattach in 7th st), hdc in next 9 sts. (15)
Row 22: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 7 sts, hdc2tog. (8)
Rows 23 – 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (8)
Fasten off leaving tail for sewing shoulder.

Left arm
Attach yarn in 15th st from left.
Rows 11 – 20: Ch-1, hdc in same st and each st to end. (15)
Row 21: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 9 sts only. (9)
Row 22: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (8)
Rows 23 – 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (8)
Fasten off.

Center/back
From the “right”, attach yarn in next stitch.
Row 11: Ch-1, hdc in same st and next 29 sts. (30)
Rows 12 – 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st across. (30)
Fasten off leaving tail for sewing shoulder.

Sew shoulders:

Fold fronts in and line up the top edges. Sew the shoulders using the Mattress Stitch for all stitches on both fronts. You should have 14 sts across the neck.

Collar:

Row 1: Attach at what will be the right lapel. Ch-1, hdc in same st and next 5 sts. Hdc in side of next st. Hdc2tog (up decrease), hdc in each row end to neck. Hdc2tog (straddling the front/back), hdc in each neck st to opposite side. Hdc2tog (straddling the back/front) hdc in each rows end to decrease, hdc2tog over decrease, hdc in each st to end.

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first st, * bphdc around next, fphdc around next * repeat around, ending with a bphdc. Hdc in last st.

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first st, fphdc around previous row’s bphdc. Repeat fp/bp around, ending with fphdc. Hdc in last st. Fasten off and start bottom edging.

Bottom Edging:

Attach at bottom left corner of cardigan. (if you were wearing it)
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in first, * fphdc in next, bphdc in next * repeat between * * around to end. Fphdc in last, hdc in same.

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first. Bphdc around previous row’s fphdc (to create ribbing), fphdc around next bphdc. * bphdc around next, fphdc around next * repeat between * * to end. Hdc in last.

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around, up around neck and back down to beg sc. Join with Invisible Join, weave in all ends.

Sleeves:

Attach yarn at bottom of armhole.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc 30 times evenly around armhole. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (30)
Row 2: Ch-1, turn, hdc around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (30)
Row 3: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (29)
Row 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each stitch around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (29)
Row 5: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st w/sl st. (28)
Row 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (28)
Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (27)
Row 8 – 14: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (27)
Row 15: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st w/sl st. (26)
Row 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (26)
Row 17: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (25)
Row 18: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (25)
Row 19: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st w/sl st. (24)
Row 20: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (24)
Row 21: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (23)
Row 22: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (23)
Row 23: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st w/sl st. (22)
Row 24: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (22)
Row 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (21)
Row 26: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc w/sl st. (21)
Row 27: Ch-1, turn, * fphdc around next, bphdc around next. * repeat between * * around. Fphdc around last. Join to top of first fphdc with sl st.
Row 28: Ch-1, turn, * bphdc around next, fphdc around next. * repeat between * * around. Bphdc around last. Join to top of first bphdc with sl st.
Row 29: Ch-1, turn, * fphdc around next, bphdc around next. * repeat between * * around. Fphdc around last. Join to top of first fphdc with sl st.
Row 30: Ch-1, turn, * bphdc around next, fphdc around next. * repeat between * * around. Bphdc around last. Join to top of first bphdc with sl st.
Row 31: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. Join with Invisible Join.

If adding the optional zipper, you’ll want to watch this tutorial. Since there is no ribbing on this particular pattern, I just stayed consistent with my placement of the casing, going into the second stitch of each row. If you have questions, be sure to watch the video!

Bomber Cardigan for Kids, Size 2/3T

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14 Comments

    1. You will put 1 hdc in each of the 1st seven stitches, then do a hdc2tog over the next 2 stitches...giving you a total stitch count of 8 for that row.
  1. This is first sweater so bear with me lol. So the left arm & right arm don’t have same directions & I’m lost help.
    1. Hi Karen! There are a few photos in the 12 month pattern post that may help. That can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/infant-bomber-cardi-crochet-pattern-12-month/
  2. Thank you for your pattern! It was easy to follow. I made the 2/3T in denim with a white collar and sleeves, to mimic a high school letter jacket. I also shortened the sleeves a bit, and added buttons. I wish I could post a pic.
  3. Hi ashlea. I love this pattern. Made one for my newborn baby.. Want to make one for my 3 years old daughter too. But I want it little loose. Can I make size 4/5T?? But I think, if I do so, I need to shorten the sleeves.
  4. Hey I love your site! I’m working on this as a lil Xmas gift for my niece and nephew (Twins) lol. But I’m super confused on the collar part. Any help??
  5. Hi There, I just love your patterns! I'm so excited to try a few. THANK you for sharing them. In the Kids Bomber CardI I have #5 bulky yarn and would like to make a 2-3T. Would I go up 1 or 2 sizes of the pattern? I hope I'm making sense. Lol Thanks Jewel
    1. Disregard this message. I just realized what I asked. It would have been way to large for the size Im looking for. I did a swatch and figured it out. Thanks!
    2. Hello Jewel! I would find the gauge with the recommended yarn first, then go down pattern size and up a hook size. It may not be a perfect fit, but it will be close!