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Child Size Blanket Cardigan – Free Crochet Pattern – Size 12/14

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Oh, happy day!! I am SO excited to share the last of the child sizes of the Blanket Cardigan with you. My tester for this pattern was Gabby, and this is her first article of clothing. That smile says it all!

Blanket Cardigan for children - free crochet pattern

Gabby is 13 years old and has been crocheting for a couple of years. She wanted a Blanket Cardigan for herself, so her mom and I talked, and Gabby agreed to test this pattern for me. She did amazing, and she started right away!

Blanket Cardigan crochet pattern for kids

With minimal guidance Gabby was able to complete her very own cardigan.

Child Size BLanket Cardigan crochet pattern

Look at the color matching on those sleeves! Eeeeep! A girl after my own heart. ♥

Blanket Cardigan for children - free crochet pattern

OTHER BLANKET CARDIGAN FOR KIDS SIZES:

18 month
2/3T
4/5T 
6/8
10/12
12/14 (this one!)
14/16

Materials:

Crochet hook: I/5.5mm
*or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Lightweight (size 3 or DK) yarn
-approx. 1400 yards for 12/14 pattern
(2) 3/4″ Buttons

Gauge: 12 hdc and 11 rows in 4” square

Make sure you check your gauge – especially when making clothing.

Special Stitches used:

Foundation Half Double Crochet (fhdc) – video tutorial
Front Post/Back Post Half Double Crochet (fphdc/bphdc) – video tutorial

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

While you are free to sell items sold from my patterns, please do not use my photos to represent your work. If selling online, please link back to the original pattern(s) here on Heart Hook Home.

SIZE 12/14 BLANKET CARDIGAN PATTERN:

Row 1: Fhdc-124 (or ch-125 and hdc in 2nd st and in each across) (124)
Rows 2 – 48: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end (124)

Use stitch markers and mark 43 sts in from each side to start armholes.

Right side
Row 49: Ch-1, hdc in next 43 sts (43)
Rows 50 – 69: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end (43)
Fasten off and weave in end.

Center/back
Attach yarn at right stitch marker with sl st.
Row 49: Ch-1, hdc in next 38 sts (38)
Rows 50 – 69: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end (38)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Left side
Attach yarn at left stitch marker with sl st.
Row 49: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end (43)
Rows 50 – 69: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end (43)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

SEW SHOULDERS:
Fold front sides in and line up the edges of the top to sew the shoulder using the Mattress Stitch. Starting at the outside, sew front to back for 10 sts on each side. This will leave 33 unsewn stitches on both fronts and 18 unsewn stitches along the neck for a total of 84 stitches.

COLLAR:

Attach yarn at what would be the right lapel. We will work our way to the shoulder, across the neck and around to the other side, continuing in rows.

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in next 33 sts, hdc2tog (in the same 2 sts as shoulder seam) hdc in next 18 sts, hdc2tog (in the same 2 sts as shoulder seam) hdc in next 33 sts (86)
Rows 2 – 13: Ch-1, hdc in each st to end. (86)
Row 14: Ch-1, turn, hdc in next 3 sts, ch-2, sk 2 sts, hdc in next 76 sts, ch-2, sk 2 sts. Hdc in last 3 sts. (86)
Rows 15 – 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (86)

SLEEVES:
Attach yarn at base of armhole with sl st.
Round 1: Ch-1, hdc in same st and evenly around armhole. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (40)

Rounds 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn, hdc in same st as join and each st around. (40)

Round 4: Ch-1, turn, sk very first st (where the join was last row as pictured) and hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (39)

Round 5: Ch-1, turn, hdc in same st as join and each st around. (39)

Rounds 6 – 7: repeat rounds 4 & 5 (38)

Rounds 8 – 23: Ch-1, turn, hdc in same st as join and each st around. (38)

Rounds 24 – 41: repeat rounds 4 & 5 nine times (ending with 29)

Rounds 42 – 52: Ch-1, turn, hdc in same st as join and each st around. (29)

Round 53: Ch-1, turn, fphdc around first post, bphdc around next. Repeat around, fphdc around last open post. Join to top of first fphdc with sl st. (the chain-1 will look like a bphdc) (29)

Round 54: Ch-1, turn, bphdc around first, fphdc around next. Repeat around, bphdc around last. Join to top of first bphdc with sl st. (29)

Rounds 55 – 56: Repeat rows 61 & 62

Round 57: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. Join using Invisible Join.

You are done!

I just love that Gabby has not only learned to crochet, but that she’s doing SO well with it – and at such a young age! I know that you’ve got BIG things ahead for you, Gabby! Thank you very much for testing this pattern for me, your cardigan is beautiful!

Blanket Cardigan for Kids, Free crochet patterns

MORE FREE CROCHET PATTERNS FOR KIDS:

12 Month Infant Hoodie Free Crochet Pattern
Toddler Hoodie Free Crochet Pattern (size 2/3T)
Egg-cellent Child Size Apron
Cozy Classroom Cardigan Crochet Pattern Size 4/5T
Child Size Unicorn Hoodie Crochet Pattern (sizes 6 – 8)

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25 Comments

  1. Is it "ok" or "normal" to have more than 40 stitches for the sleeves? I thought it looked better by stitching in every row, which leaves me with 61/62 stitches, but i feel like it may be too close and bunched up compared to the rest of the jacket! I NEED HELP!!! lol.
    1. Hi Autumn! If you place 1 st per row end, that should be 40 sts. I would try to get closer to the 40 sts around for the exact reasons you listed above...
  2. Hi, I am new at crochet, so a silly question. When starting, is it from the bottom up?
    1. Hi Charmaine! Not a silly question at all! Yes, this project starts at the bottom and works up to shoulders. Welcome to the addicting world of crochet! =)
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  4. Can you please show/ tell me where the second button is located? I see the one on her shoulder but where did you place the inside button? By the way she did an amazing job! Love how she got the sleeves to match so perfectly!
  5. Hi, I am 13 as well and are looking to make this pattern, but I am small for my age. Do you have any approximate measurements for the size 12 - 14 and 10 - 12 cardigans?
    1. Hi Marie! The width (124 sts across) should be approximately 41" and the height (48 rows) should be 17"-18".
  6. Love this cardigan! Do you have photos to share through the process? I'm not sure where to go after the left side. Thanks !
  7. Well done Gaby! You did an amazing job I would love to make this for my 12 year old and am wanting the same colours as they match beautifully. Could I please have a list of the colours and brand used? Thank you, Carrie
      1. Thank you for that :-) Can't wait to make this; I can only hope mine turns out as lovely as Gabys!
  8. Gabby, I am proud of you. You did a beautiful job on that cardigan. Keep your work coming, we are all impressed.
  9. Gabby, you do beautiful work! You should be proud of yourself. Never stop creating and honing your skills.
  10. Wowza! I don't think that young woman truly realizes how adept she is. The sweater is wonderful, perfect, and gorgeous, sweetheart! Just lovely!
  11. Hi Ashlea! Your friend, Gabby, is an Awesome Tester! Gabby did an absolutely marvelous and perfect job crocheting your blanket cardigan pattern! She certainly has an incredible nack at matching stripes on her sleeves as well as the body part! Just Fabulous and an Inspiration! Kind Regards, Susan
  12. Way to go Gaby!! That is some really impressive work for any crocheter, but to be able to do this at 13, WOW!! I can't wait to see the things you will accomplish, the items you will create... you're putting us all to shame! Keep up the fantastic work young lady!!