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Velvet Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern for Little Kids

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect velvet yarn crochet pattern for kids, this Velvet Cardigan for Little Kids is it, friend! Grab your velvet yarn and your crochet hook and let’s get to work with this Free Velvet Cardi for Little Kids crochet pattern!

Velvet Cardigan Crochet Pattern for Little Kids

I loved every minute of crocheting these little velvet cardigans. You can match your mini with the adult pattern (available here), and be sure to take a peek at the companion video tutorial, during which we crochet the purple cardigan – size 2/3T – pictured. ♥

These crochet velvet sweater patterns are long enough to cover the bum and are the most comfortable thing you’ll ever crochet. These skeins of Bernat Velvet are a whopping 315 yards each, and this yarn goes on sale frequently, so this is an economical project, too!

Sizes available: 12M, 18/24M, 2/3T and then 4/6, 6/8, 10/12

NOTE: I have broken the kids’ sizes into two posts: one for little kids (this one including up to toddler size) and one for Big Kids (which can be found here).

Get ALL of the kids sizes together in one print-friendly PDF on either Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home shop. Thank you!

Little Kids Velvet Cardi

Materials:

Bernat Velvet Yarn (Bulky/315 yards per skein)
-approx. 260 yards for 12M (1 ball)
-approx. 275 yards for 18/24M (1 ball)
-approx. 330 yards for 2/3T (2 balls)

*Note that this yarn is labeled as hand wash only, lay flat to dry. While this isn’t too bad for adults, the kids sizes may need more frequent laundering. Consider using a different bulky weight yarn, such as Bernat Softee Chunky. I bet that would work (and hold up) great!

Crochet hook in size I/5.5mm

Gauge: 11 hdc sts x 9 rows = 4” square

Pattern Notes:

The chain at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.

Fhdc = Foundation Half Double Crochet (tutorial)

The body is worked in vertical rows.

Keep your tension on the tight side, especially on the decreases.

Leave longer yarn tails than normal to fully weave in ends.

Pattern written using US terms.

Find a full companion video for this pattern here.

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

Size 12 Month:

Back:

Row 1: Fhdc-40

Rows 2 – 24: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Underarm/Armhole row:

Row 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 29 sts only, then ch-12. (41)

Front:

Row 26: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (40)

Rows 27 –  30: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Row 31: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 32: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 33: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 34: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 35: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (34)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Other front:

Attach to bottom corner, with top of cardigan to your left as pictured…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in 29 sts only, then ch-12. (41)

Row 2: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (40)

Rows 3 – 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 11: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (34)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Lay cardigan out flat and fold the two “fronts” in to form shoulders/armholes. Sew shoulders together end for end using the Mattress Stitch. Do not weave in all of these ends yet. (We’ll use them to cinch any holes after both the edging and sleeves have been added).

Sleeves Size 12 Months:

Attach yarn in bottom center of armhole with slst…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc evenly around opening. Join to first hdc with sl st. (24)

Rows 2 through 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (24)

Row 5: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (23)

Row 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (23)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last two sts, hdc2tog. (22)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (22)

Rows 9 – 16: repeat rows 5 – 8 (ending with 18 sts)

Cuff:

Row 1: where still attached… Ch-7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Row 2: Sl st to next open st on sleeve, turn. Sc in blo of next 5 sts, sc in both loops of last st. (6)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in blo of each st to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Repeat rows 2 & 3 all the way around the cuff. When you get back to the first row, and there are no more sts left on sleeve, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew last row to first row of cuff.

Size 18/24 Month:

Back:

Row 1: Fhdc-40

Rows 2 – 24: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Underarm/Armhole row:

Row 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 28 sts only, then ch-13. (41)

Front:

Row 26: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (40)

Rows 27 – 30: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Row 31: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 32: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 33: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 34: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 35: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (34)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Other front:

Attach to bottom corner, with top of cardigan to your left as pictured…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in 28 sts only, then ch-13. (41)

Row 2: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (40)

Rows 3 – 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (38)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (36)

Row 11: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (34)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Lay cardigan out flat and fold the two “fronts” in to form shoulders/armholes.

Sew shoulders together end for end using the Mattress Stitch. Do not weave in all of these ends yet. (We’ll use them to cinch any holes after both the edging and sleeves have been added).

Sleeves Size 18/24M:

Attach yarn in bottom center of armhole with slst…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc evenly around opening. Join to first hdc with sl st. (26)

Rows 2 – 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (26)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (25)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (25)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last two sts, hdc2tog. (24)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (24)

Rows 11 – 18: repeat rows 7 – 10 (ending with 20 sts)

Cuff:

Row 1: where still attached… Ch-7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Row 2: Sl st to next open st on sleeve, turn. Sc in blo of next 5 sts, sc in both loops of last st. (6)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in blo of each st to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Repeat rows 2 & 3 all the way around the cuff. When you get back to the first row, and there are no more sts left on sleeve, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew last row to first row of cuff.

Size 2/3T Toddler:

Back:

Row 1: Fhdc-45

Rows 2 – 26: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (45)

Underarm/Armhole row:

Row 27: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 33 sts only, then ch-13. (46)

Front:

Row 28: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (45)

Rows 29 – 32: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (45)

Row 33: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (43)

Row 34: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (43)

Row 35: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (41)

Row 36: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (41)

Row 37: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (39)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Other front:

Attach to bottom corner, with top of cardigan to your left as pictured…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in 33 sts only, then ch-13. (46)

Row 2: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. (45)

Rows 3 – 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (45)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (43)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (43)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (41)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (41)

Row 11: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. (39)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulders. Do not weave in ends.

Lay cardigan out flat and fold the two “fronts” in to form shoulders/armholes. Sew shoulders together end for end using the Mattress Stitch. Do not weave in all of these ends yet. (We’ll use them to cinch any holes after both the edging and sleeves have been added).

Sleeves Size 2/3T:

Attach yarn in bottom center of armhole with slst…

Row 1: Ch-1, hdc evenly around opening. Join to first hdc with sl st. (26)

Rows 2 – 6: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (26)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (25)

Row 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (25)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn, hdc in all but last two sts, hdc2tog. (24)

Row 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (24)

Rows 11 – 18: repeat rows 7 – 10 (ending with 20 sts)

Rows 19 – 20: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join to first hdc with sl st. (20)

Cuff:

Row 1: where still attached… Ch-7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Row 2: Sl st to next open st on sleeve, turn. Sc in blo of next 5 sts, sc in both loops of last st. (6)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in blo of each st to end. Sl st to next open st on sleeve. (6)

Repeat rows 2 & 3 all the way around the cuff. When you get back to the first row, and there are no more sts left on sleeve, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew last row to first row of cuff.

Edging (all sizes):

Attach anywhere along bottom of cardigan with sl st (side seam looks nicest)…

Row 1: Ch-7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. Sl st to top of corresponding open row/stitch on body. (6)

Row 2: Sl st to next open row/st on body, turn. Sc in blo of next 5 sts, sc in both loops of last st. (6)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in blo of each st to end. Sl st to corresponding open st on body. (6)

Alternate rows 2 & 3 all the way around the entire cardigan.

When working up the curved front edges, only slip stitch to body ONE time in between rows. This keeps the curved portion of the cardigan body from puckering while allowing the outsides of those edging rows to continue to grow. If you need help with the edging, the video tutorial will help!

Complete neck section as bottom edge. When you get all the way back around to where you started, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew last row to first row.

Sew to ends together and you are done! You can find the Big Kid sizes of this pattern here. I hope you loved making your Velvet Cardi for Little Kids! ♥

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16 Comments

  1. I just found this adorable pattern and am wanting to make a pair of them for my granddaughters, but have a question. It looks to me like the patterns for the 12 month size and the 18-24 month size are identical. Can you please clarify? Thanks!
  2. I love this pattern so much! Looking forward to make my first wearable. Is it possible to add a hoodie to this cardigan (similar to the one from the painted crayon cardigan)? If so, where can I find the pattern for it or a video tutorial?
  3. I love this! Making three for my three daughters. I messed up and didn’t see the second slst for the cuff so I made a flared cuff instead. I like it though so I’m going to leave it!
    1. Hi Angela! You can find the big kid sizes here: https://hearthookhome.com/velvet-cardigan-free-crochet-pattern-for-big-kids/
  4. Just found your site today and am so very to have done so- it is fab - will definitely be working my way through your many awesome patterns. Would love to make this cardigan first for my 19 month old daughter. The swatches I have done with my 2 chenille yarns are not matching the gauge given. Am getting 6" by 6" and 5" by 5" instead of 4 by 4. I crochet tight and normally need to go up a hook. Think the yarn is maybe chunkier than what you have used. Have tried smaller hooks but either not making a huge difference to swatches or making them really tight and stiff. Was going to do a 2/3T size. Due to the gauge difference do you think working to the 18-24 month pattern would give a 2/3T sizing?
    1. Hi Kerry! First off, welcome! I am glad you have enjoyed my blog so far! As for your cardi, my typical advice when wanting to use a slightly larger yarn than is called for in the pattern, is to go up a hook size and down a pattern size...so yes, you should be fine to make the 18/24 month size. Hope this helps!
  5. It's not clear when making 12 month size, do I use sleeves for 18-24 months??? I dont see 12 month sleeves on here. So far loving this pattern, would just love to finish it!
  6. I absolutely love this pattern! The texture, colors and style are all so adorable. I VERY MUCH would like to obtain this pattern in a 4T or 5-6T when available. I am on your email list, so I assume when you release it I will get a notice. Is that correct? Thank you so much.