This is the final piece of a 4 piece set, designed to match my Puffy Pinwheel HatStriped Booties and  Dreaming of Pinwheels blanket. The Anne Geddes Baby yarn by Red Heart quickly became a favorite of mine through these projects, and I hope I have a chance to work with it again soon. It’s soft and squishy, but strong too, and comes in beautiful, bright colors!

This pattern has instructions for sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-24 months. The images show the 6-12 month size.

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Daydreamer Cardigan

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Difficulty:

Experienced – Made in several pieces with decreases, seaming, working into the back loop only, and working in the round.

Sizes:

Pattern is written for 0-6 months with changes for 6-12 months and 12-24 months in ( ). See assembly diagram for measurements.

Gauge:

15 hdc x 12 rows = 4″ square.  Gauge matters for a proper fit, so be sure to check your gauge!

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • fphdc = front post half double crochet
  • bphdc = back post half double crochet
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet two stitches together
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • rnd = round
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Notes:

  • You should be able to get the largest size made with just one skein (340 yds) of color C, but it will be very close. You might want to buy an extra skein just to be on the safe side (plus that way you can make the booties and hat too!).
  • Foundation stitches are highly recommended because they are stretchier and leave a nice finished edge. If you do decide to use starting chains instead, you may want to add a single crochet or slip stitch edging around the hemline when you’re done.

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Back:

Row 1 (WS):  With blue: Work 38 [40, 44] fhdc OR ch 39 [41, 45], hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (38 [40, 44] sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across, switching to green at end of row

Row 3: With green, repeat row 2, switching to yellow at end of row

Row 4: With yellow, ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, dc in blo only of next st and each st across, switching to green at end of row

Row 5: With green, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across, changing to blue in last st

Row 6: With blue, ch 1, turn, hdc in blo of each st across

Rows 7-31 [33, 34]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Mark first and last st of row 21 [22, 24] for later joining.

Row 32 [34, 36]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next 12 [13, 14] sts, mark last st worked, hdc in each st across.

Row 33 [35, 37] L: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next 10 [11, 12] sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, leaving remaining 26 [27, 30] sts unworked (11 [12, 13] sts)

Row 34 [36, 38] L: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in next 9 [10, 11] sts. (10 [11, 12] sts)

Edging L: Ch 1, working in sides of rows, work 16 [17, 17] sc evenly spaced to marker, move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement), work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to bottom corner. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 33 [35, 37] R: With WS facing, join blue in marked st on row 32 [34, 36]. Ch 1, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in next 10 [11, 12] sts. (11 [12, 13] sts)

Row 34 [36, 38] R: Ch 1, hdc in next 9 [10, 11] sts, hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Fasten off. (10 [11, 12] sts)

Edging R: With right side facing, join blue with sl st in bottom right corner (last st of row 1). Working in sides of rows, work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to marker, sc in marked row, move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement), work 15 [16, 16] sc evenly spaced to top corner.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Left [Left, Right] Front:

Row 1 [WS]:  With blue: Work 20 [21, 23] fhdc OR ch 21 [22, 24], hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (20 [21, 23] sts)

Rows 2-26 [28, 29]: Repeat rows 2-26 [28, 29] of back. On row 21 [22, 24], only mark the last [first, last] stitch of the row.

Row 27 [29, 30]: Turn, sl st in first 2 sts, ch 1, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in next 16 [17, 19] sts. (17 [18, 20] sts)

Row 28 [30, 31]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next 14 [15, 18] sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, leaving last st unworked. (15 [16, 18] sts)

Row 29 [31, 32]: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in each st across. (14 [15, 17] sts)

Row 30 [32, 33]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across to last 2 sts, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. (13 [14, 16] sts)

Rows 31-33 [33-35, 34-36]: Repeat rows 29-30 [31-32, 32-33], then repeat row 29 [31, 32] once more.(10 [11, 13] sts)

Sizes 0-6 months & 6-12 months only:

Row 34 [36]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Fasten off. (10 [11] sts)

Edging row: With right side facing, join blue with sl st in bottom right corner (last st of row 1). Working in sides of rows along straight edge, work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to marker, sc in marked row, move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement), work 15 [16, 16] sc evenly spaced to top corner. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Size 12-24 months only:

Row 37: Repeat row 33. (12 sts)

Row 38: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Do not fasten off.  (12 sts)

Edging row: Ch 1, working in sides of rows along straight edge, work 16 [17, 17] sc evenly spaced to marker. Move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement). Work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to bottom corner. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Right [Right, Left] Front:

Row 1 [WS]:  With blue: Work 20 [21, 23] fhdc OR ch 21 [22, 24], hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.  (20 [21, 23] sts)

Rows 2-26 [28, 29]: Repeat rows 2-26 [28, 29] of back. On row 21 [22, 24], only mark the first [last, first] stitch of the row

Row 27 [29, 30]: Turn, hdc in next 16 [17, 19] sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, leaving last 2 sts unworked. (17 [18, 20] sts)

Row 28 [30, 31]: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next st, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in next 14 [15, 18] sts. (15 [16, 18] sts)

Row 29 [31, 32]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across to last 2 sts, hdc2tog in last 2 sts. (14 [15, 17] sts)

Row 30 [32, 33]: Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in each st across. (13 [14, 16] sts)

Rows 31-33 [33-35, 34-36]: Repeat rows 29-30 [31-32, 32-33], then repeat row 29 [31, 32] once more.(10 [11, 13] sts)

Sizes 0-6 months & 6-12 months only:

Row 34 [36]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Fasten off. (10 [11] sts)

Edging row: Ch 1, working in sides of rows along straight edge, work 16 [17, 17] sc evenly spaced to marker. Move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement). Work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to bottom corner. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Size 12-24 months only:

Row 37: Repeat row 33. (12 sts)

Row 38: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. Do not fasten off.  (12 sts)

Edging row: With right side facing, join blue with sl st in bottom right corner (last st of row 1). Working in sides of rows along straight edge, work 28 [30, 33] sc evenly spaced to marker, sc in marked row, move marker to last st worked (for underarm placement), work 15 [16, 16] sc evenly spaced to top corner. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sleeve:

(Make 2)

Row 1 WS:  With blue: Work 23 [24, 24] fhdc, join with sl st to first st. (23 [24, 24] sts)

OR ch 24 [25, 26] being careful not to twist the chain, join with sl st to first ch to form a circle, ch 1, hdc in each ch around. (23 [24, 24] sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to green.

Rnd 3: With green, ch 1, turn,  hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to yellow.

Rnd 4: With yellow, ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, sk first st, dc in blo of next st and each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to green.

Rnd 5: With green, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to blue.

Rnd 6 [6, 6-7]: With blue, ch 1, turn, hdc in blo of each st around, join with sl st to first st.

Rnd 7 [7, 8]: Ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st. (24 [25, 25] sts)

Rnd 8 [8, 9]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.

Rnd 9 [9, 10]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around to last st, 2 hdc in last st, join with sl st to first st. (25 [26, 26] sts)

Rnd 10 [10, 11]: Repeat rnd 8 [8, 9].

Rnds 11-23 [11-25, 12-27]: Repeat Rnds 7-10 [7-10, 8-11] three more times, then repeat rnd 7 [ 7-9, 8-11] once more.  (32 [34, 34] sts)

Rnd 24 [26, 28]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next 16 [17, 17] sts, mark last st worked, hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 Pocket:

(Make 2 – optional)

Row 1 (WS):  With blue, work 10 (10, 11) fhdc OR ch 11 (11, 12), hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (10 [10, 11] sts]

Rows 2-7 [7, 9]: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across, changing to yellow at end of last row. Do not fasten off blue.

Row 8 [8, 10]:  With yellow, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across, changing to green at end of row.

Row 9 [9, 11]: With green, sl st in each st across, fasten off green.

Edging round: With right side facing, insert hook into side of row 8 [8, 10] (directly below where you just fastened off the green, as shown in image below), and draw up the blue yarn that you dropped at the end of row 7 [7, 9].

draw up blue yarn

With blue, working into sides of rows, work 10 [10, 12] sc evenly spaced to bottom corner. Working in bottom of row 1, work 3 sc in first st, sc across to last st, 3 sc in last st. Working into sides of rows, work 10 [10, 12] sc evenly spaced to corner. Working across row 8 [8, 10] (behind row 9 [9, 11] as shown in image below), 3 sc in first st, sc in each st across, 3 sc in last st, join with sl st to first st of edging round. Fasten off.

pocket edging

Assembly:

  • With right sides facing:
    • Sew back to each front piece at shoulder seams.
    • Sew side seams from hem to underarm markers. Remove underarm markers.
  • With right sides facing, line up sleeve with armhole opening so that the 1st stitch / joining on the sleeve (where the tail is) lines up with the underarm / side seam, and the marked stitch on the sleeve lines up with the shoulder seam. Sew together. Repeat for 2nd sleeve.

diagram

Assembly Diagram – click to view larger image

 

Button Band & Collar Edging:

Row 1L [WS]: With WS facing, join blue with sl st to bottom corner of left front as shown in assembly diagram. Work 33 [35, 37] hdc evenly spaced to neck opening, fasten off.

Row 1R [WS]: With WS facing, join blue with sl st to bottom of neck opening on right front as shown in assembly diagram.Work 33 [35, 37] hdc evenly spaced to hem, changing to green in last st.

Row 2:

  • With green, ch 1, turn, hdc in next 2 [4, 2] sts, [ch 1, sk next st (buttonhole made), sc in next 6 [6, 7] sts] 4 times, ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st, 3 hdc in next st. (35 [37, 39] sts)
  • Working along neckline, work 15 [15, 17] hdc evenly spaced to shoulder seam, work 18 [19, 21] hdc evenly spaced across back to next shoulder seam, work 15 [15, 17] hdc evenly spaced to corner. (48 [49, 55] sts)
  • Working into row 1L, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in remaining 32 [34, 36] sts, changing to blue in last st. (35 [37, 39] sts)

Row 3: With blue, ch 1, turn, working in blo, hdc in next 33 [35, 37] sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 49 [50, 56] sts, 3 hdc in next st, hdc in next 33 [35, 37] sts. Fasten off.  (122 [127, 137] hdc)

Finishing:

  • Sew buttons onto front, lined up with button holes.
  • Using picture as a guide, sew patch pockets into place. I like to use a backstitch or running stitch just under the top edge so the seam is hidden.
  • Weave in any remaining ends.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! Thank you to Red Heart, for supplying the lovely yarn, and to Jen Mackenzie of AG Handmades for testing the pattern!

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