Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nessa's Sweater

 My little one decided to join us early. She was born at 29 1/2 weeks. I wanted to make her some sweaters but was unable to find a pattern that I liked. So I decided to design one for her. Then a few weeks ago I wondered how many sizes I could make using the same stitch counts and  there are quite a few. This pattern will make sweaters ranging from a small preemie to 12 months.

Today marks the one year anniversary of her coming home and I'm celebrating by offering this pattern for free! This sweater has a very simple construction. It is top down and seamless, which is my favorite part!



Nessa's Sweater
Written pattern copyright Kimberly Saunders 2014
Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share with others.
Do not sell or reproduce this written pattern. If you sell anything made from this pattern, please give credit to me for the design 
and include a link to either the free pattern or my blog. Thank you!


Supplies:
Sport Weight or Worsted Weight Yarn 
Crochet hook sizes G through K
Buttons Optional: Find some that fit through the spaces between dc.

Sizes and Gauges:

Small preemie: 
 12-13" Chest finished measurement 
 Hook G 
 Sport Weight Yarn
 10 dc and  6 rows = 2" x 2"

Preemie: 
 14" Chest finished measurement
 Hook H
 Sport Weight Yarn
 8.5 dc and 5.5 rows = 2" x 2"

Small Newborn: 
 15" Chest finished measurement
 Hook I                         
 Sport Weight Yarn
 8 dc and 5 rows = 2"x 2"

Newborn:
 16" Chest finished measurement
 Hook H
 Worsted Weight Yarn
 4.5 dc and 4.5 rows = 2" x 2"

3 Month:
 18" Chest finished measurement
 Hook I
 Worsted Weight Yarn
 7 dc and 4.25 rows = 2" x 2"

6 Month:
 19" Chest finished measurement
 Hook J
 Worsted Weight Yarn
 6.5 dc and just over 4 rows = 2" x 2"

12 Month:
 20" Chest finished measurement
 Hook K
 Worsted Weight Yarn
 6 dc and 4 rows = 2" x 2"

Special Stitches:
V Stitch: (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch
Cluster: 3 dc in same stitch
Picot: Ch 2, slip stitch in sc just made

Notes:
*The sweater is worked from the top down, turning after every row.
*The first row is the right side.
*All rows begin with a dc. For ease in counting stitches, starting on row 2, I did not include the beginning dc part in the instructions. You can start the rows with whichever method you like best, I use my Starting DC.  
*When working the sleeves, I turn after every row to keep the look the same as the lower half of the sweater which alternates right and wrong side rows. And to keep the seam straight.
*If desired, you can elimate the picots and just sc around the bottom of sweater and sleeves.

Yoke

Chain 41 

Row 1: Ch 2, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 3 chs, V Stitch in next ch, dc  in next 8 chs, V Stitch in next ch, dc in next 11 chs, V Stitch in next ch, dc in next 8 chs, V Stitch in next ch, dc in next 5 chs. Turn. (45 dc)

Row 2: Dc in next 6 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 10 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 13 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 10 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 6 sts. Turn. (53 dc)

Row 3: Dc in next 7 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 12 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 15 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 12 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 7 sts. Turn. (61 dc)

Row 4: Dc in next 8 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 14 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 17 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 14 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 8 sts. Turn. (69 dc)

Row 5: Dc in next 9 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 16 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 19 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 16 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 9 sts. Turn. (77 dc)

Row 6: Dc in next 10 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 18 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 21 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 18 sts, V Stitch in ch 1 space, dc in next 10 sts. Turn. (85 dc)


This next row will form the armholes.
Row 7: Dc in next 11 sts and the ch 1 space, ch 3, skip 20 dc, dc in next ch 1 space and next 23 sts, dc in ch 1 space, ch 3, skip 20 dc, dc in ch 1 space and the next 11 sts. (49 dc)


Row 8: Dc, * skip next st, Cluster, skip next st, V Stitch* repeat to end, dc in last st.Turn.
Row 9: Dc, *Cluster in ch 1 space, V Stich in middle st of Cluster* repeat to end, dc in last st. Turn.

Row 10- 19: Repeat row 9, ending on a right side row.

Edging. Do not turn. With right side facing, sc evenly up the side, around the neck, down the other side, with 2 to 3 sc in the corners. (I had about 28 sc per side.) Along the bottom: sc to center of Cluster, Picot, *sc in next 3 sts, Picot,* repeat across bottom.sc in last 2 sts. Join, finish off.

Sleeves:

Row 1: With right side up and neck towards you, working in the same pattern as the lower half of the sweater, and starting with a Cluster, evenly space 5 Clusters and 5 V Stitches around armhole. Join to first st, Turn.
Note: Hope these pictures explain better than I could find words. I put my first Cluster in the space shown below, then the V Stitch in the ch 1 space, then skipped 2 sts between. 

Row 2: Slip stitch to center of V Stitch, *Cluster in V Stitch, V Stich in middle st of Cluster* repeat around. Join to first st. Turn.

Row 3-12: Repeat row 2. 

Edging. Do not turn. With right side facing, sc to center of Cluster, Picot, *sc in next 3 sts, Picot,* repeat around. sc in last st. Join, finish off.

Finishing:
Weave in all ends. Add a button or 3 if desired. Enjoy!

70 comments:

  1. this is just adorable. I love that it can be made in many different sizes. Thanks a bunch for your creativity!

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  2. Beautiful, simply beautiful, and the sweater is pretty too! She has come such a long way, may the rest of her journey be carefree, happy, and above all healthy.

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  3. Happy birthday, anniversary, little one wishing you many more

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  4. Going to be a Great Grandma soon so I am crocheting a few things. I just crocheted a 3 month sweater. It turned out beautiful. Thanks for your time spent making all these sizes. Just love how the new sweater turned out.

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  5. Thanks for a brilliant pattern with all the different sizes. I have a newborn , 7 month old and 19 month old to make jackets for. Can't wait to get started.

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  6. I am afraid of most clothing, but with this great tutorial and pics I think I could do it. Beautiful little one and happy coming home day 1 year.

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to share your pattern it was easy to follow. And it is very beautiful

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  8. I just made the newborn size! I love it and I love the pattern but its more like 3m. I'm going to make another in the small newborn but I'm very confused about how to change the size. According to ur size legend it uses a size I hook, how would that result in a smaller sweater? Please help, I'm having my baby this week.

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    1. The newborn size is made with worsted weight yarn. The small newborn is made using sport weight yarn, which is thinner than worsted weight. Thus a smaller sweater.

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    2. To make sweater smaller I used a smaller crochet hook.For newborn I used a 3.75mm hook

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  9. Hi if I want to make a small newborn and a newborn size in dk yarn what size hooks do I need to use? Thankyou.

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  10. I'm confused about the sdc in the 2nd row I don't understand it. I looked at your SDC tutorial, but when I YO it gives me too many loops and I don't end up with just one on the hook...I end up with 2 loops. Then I don't really understand the beginning row 2 instructions.

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    1. Im confused also on the patteren due to most other patterns chain up 2 or three to gain the needed hight for the following rows, I keep trying it but it looks wrong and now im stuck. Im really excited to try this because I have a hard time following patterns and my best friend told me about it.

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    2. I'm finishing up one right now and I just went ahead and chained 2 at the start of each row and it turned out just fine.

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  11. So I would love to make this, and I have this wonderful yarn that was given to me, but I was wondering how many skeins it took to make the 12 month old sweater?

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  12. Wow I love this - just the kind of cardie I was looking for. You are so very kind for sharing your pattern, Thank you :)

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  13. Wow I love this - just the kind of cardie I was looking for. You are so very kind for sharing your pattern, Thank you :)

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  14. What is a cardigan classified as, jacket or sweater?
    cardigan sweater

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  15. this is a great pattern on number 3 lol easy to follow and comes out nice I wish you could do a matching hat I wish I had a base hat that you can add your pattern to. Again thank yo so much. I have so much left over yarn I was goin g to dump but now I am making these sweaters and will give to charity

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  16. I'm confused about the instructions for rows 9-19. How do you do a v stitch in the middle of the cluster?

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  17. Thank you so much for this pattern. I will make a few sizes.It will be my 1st attempt at matinee jacket but I really want to succeed. Thank you again.

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  18. Thank you so much for this pattern. I will make a few sizes.It will be my 1st attempt at matinee jacket but I really want to succeed. Thank you again.

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  19. This is the most thorough ,beautifully written and illustrated pattern I have seen.

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  20. This is the most thorough ,beautifully written and illustrated pattern I have seen.

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  21. This is such a cute sweater! My baby was in the PICU and NICU for a while and while there she received many crochet hats and a blancket that were donated to the hospital. I started to make hats for the tiny babies and I plan to make a few of these sweaters. thank you for the pattern!

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  22. This is such a cute sweater! My baby was in the PICU and NICU for a while and while there she received many crochet hats and a blancket that were donated to the hospital. I started to make hats for the tiny babies and I plan to make a few of these sweaters. thank you for the pattern!

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  23. I am totally happy to be able to find this pattern. It's a nice pattern & I thought I'd never find one like this for free. Many thanks.
    I do crochet & donate to the needy. Keeps me going.

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  24. Great pattern but I don't understand how to upsize. Where do the additional dcs and rows come in?

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  25. How can I up size to size 2 please. I would love to make this for my wonderful granddaughter. Thank You

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  26. How can I up size to size 2 please. I would love to make this for my wonderful granddaughter. Thank You

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    1. Pat I up-sized to a size 2 by using a larger hook, the one I used was a (N a.k.a. 10mm) Hook! worked out wonderfully! Hope this helps you!Happy Crocheting!

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  28. I just wanted to tell you how much I love this sweater pattern. I came across it the first time a couple of years ago when I was very new to crocheting, but was able to whip it up quickly. It is easy to read and gives a beautiful end product. I'm happy to see your little girl, though born so early, has done so well! Thank you for sharing the pattern you designed for her!

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  29. At the end of each row you turn but do you then start the next row with a ch 2 or 3? It isn't clear in the pattern.

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  30. Is there anyway to adapt this pattern to fit a 3 year old?

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  31. Perfect our little granddaughter was born at 29.5 weeks also on 8/24/17 she is doing wonderfully just need her to eat better. Thank you for the pattern.

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  32. Hi. Love this sweater! Do you have any easy cardigan patterns for a 10-year-old girl similar to this? There are many baby sweaters, but few young girl patterns. Thanks!

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  33. I would love to have those patterns of the sweater, l have been trying to print the free patterns but wouldn't. Thanks hope you can help thanks Wendy

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  34. This is my favourite go to pattern... Thanks so much ! Beautiful, timeless and perfect fit ! X Lou

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  35. A wonderful pattern and a pleasure to make. Thank you!

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  36. Thank you for making this pattern free. I’m definitely going to make this cardigan

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  40. Do you have a hat pattern to match this sweater?

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  41. Thank you for such beautiful pattern! Crochet Hugs for your beautiful princess!

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  44. Just come across your pattern and hope Nessa continues to thrive. My grandson was born at 27 weeks and had a tough year to start with but slowly caught up and next month celebrates his 21st birthday and is almost 6 feet tall. We know how lucky we are as some others born at the same time didn't make it or continue to have health problems. I still make blankets and cardigans now and again for the local special baby unit and anyone else who asks for them so thank you for this pattern

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