Strawberry Cardigan & Cap

Your toddler will be the hit of the preschool parade in this berry-delightful pink sweater-hat combo!


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Skill Level Intermediate

Finished Sizes Cardigan: 18 months (2 years). Shown in Size 18 months. When only one number is given, it applies to both sizes. Cap: One size

Finished Measurements Cardigan chest (buttoned) = 21 (23) inches Cardigan length = 10 1/2 (12) inches Cap = 17 inches around and 6 inches deep

Yarns

  • Lion Brand Cotton-Ease; 50% cotton, 50% acrylic; worsted weight; 3.5 ounces. (100 g), 207 yards.
  • 2 (3) balls #101 Strawberry Cream (MC)
  • 1 ball #102 Bubblegum (A)
  • 1 ball #100 Vanilla (B)
  • Small amount #169 Pistachio (C)

Hooks and Extras

  • Size 7 (4.5 millimeters) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size G/6 (4.0 millimeters) crochet hook
  • Blunt-end yarn needle
  • 5 buttons, 1/2-inch diameter

Gauge

  • 15 sts and 9 rows = 4 inches (10 centimeters)
  • Take time to check your gauge.

Notes: Body is worked in one piece to the armholes. Turning chain-2 does not count as a stitch.

Special Pattern Stitches

Picot

Ch 3, sl st into last st worked.

Hdc2tog (half double crochet 2 together)

Yo and draw up a lp in next st, draw up a lp in next st, yo and draw through all 4 lps on hook.

Hdc3tog (half double crochet 3 together)

Yo and draw up a lp in next st, draw up a lp in each of next 2 sts, yo and draw through all 5 lps on hook.

Lower Body

With larger hook and MC, ch 81 (89).

Foundation Row (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, 79 (87) sts; turn.

Pat Row: Ch 2, hdc in back lp of first st; *hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st; rep from * across; turn.

Rep Pat Row until work from beg measures approx 6 (7) inches, ending with a WS row.

Right Front

Ch 2, work in pat across first 15 (17) sts; turn, leaving rem sts unworked. Work even for 5 (7) more rows.

Neck Shaping Row 1 (RS): Sl st in first 5 (6) sts, ch 2, pat to end of row, 10 (11) sts; turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, pat to last 2 sts, hdc2tog; turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc2tog, pat to end of row; turn.

Row 4: Pat across 8 (9) sts; fasten off.

Back

With RS facing, sk 8 sts from right front, join MC with sl st in next st, ch 2, hdc in same st; pat across next 32 (36) sts; turn and leave rem sts unworked. Cont in pat on 33 (37) sts for 8 (10) more rows.

Neck Shaping Next Row (WS): Ch 2, hdc in first 8 (9) sts; fasten off. With WS facing, sk center 17 (19) sts, join MC with sl st in next st, ch 2, hdc in same st, pat to end of row; fasten off.

Left Front

With RS facing, sk 8 sts from back, join MC with sl st in next st, ch 2, hdc in same st, pat to end of row; turn. Cont in pat on these 15 (17) sts to correspond to Right Front, reversing neck shaping.

Sleeves (make 2)

With larger hook and MC, ch 25 (27).

Foundation Row (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, 23 (25) sts; turn.

Pat Row: Ch 2, hdc in back lp of first st; *hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st; rep from * across; turn.

Inc Row (RS): Incorporating new sts into pat as they accumulate, inc 1 st each edge on this and foll RS rows until there are 33 (37) sts. Cont in pat until sleeve measures approx 7 (8) inches from beg, ending with a WS row; fasten off.

Place markers each side of edge, 1 inch below top of sleeve.

Sleeve Edging With RS facing and larger hook, join B with sl st to right cuff edge, ch 1, sc in same ch, (ch 3, sk next 2 ch, sc in next ch) 7 times, ch 3, sc in last ch; fasten off. With RS facing and larger hook, join A with sl st in first color B sc, ch 1, sc in same sc; *ch 1, in next sc work 2 dc, picot, and dc; ch 1**, sc in next sc; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, join with sl st in first sc; fasten off.

Pocket (make 1)

With larger hook and MC, ch 8.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, 7 sts; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across, end with 2 sc in last sc, 9 sts; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Row 4: Work same as Row 2-11 sts; turn.

Work 7 more sc rows. After last row, do not turn. Sc evenly around outside edge of pocket to opposite corner; fasten off.

Edging With RS facing and larger hook, join B with sl st to top right corner, ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in next sc) 3 times, ch 3, sk 2 sc, sc in last sc; fasten off.

With RS facing and larger hook, join A with sl st in first color B sc, ch 1, sc in same sc, (ch 1, work 2 dc, picot, and dc in next sc; ch 1, sc in next sc) twice; fasten off.

Strawberry Motif (make 2)

Berry With A and smaller hook, ch 5.

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in each of next 2 ch; work hdc, 3 dc, and hdc in last ch.

Working along opposite side of ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in last ch; fasten off.

Leaves With RS facing and smaller hook, join C with sl st in first dc at top of berry, (ch 3, sl st in next dc) twice, ch 3, sl st in next hdc; fasten off.

Seeds With B, embroider straight sts to make seeds on front of berries.

Sew shoulder and sleeve seams.

Neck Edging With smaller hook, join MC with sl st in corner of right front neck edge, ch 1 and work sc evenly around; fasten off.

Lower Edging With RS facing, join MC with sl st in corner of left front lower edge, ch 1 and work sc in each rem lp of foundation ch; fasten off.

Buttonhole Band Row 1 (RS): Using smaller hook and MC, work 34 (38) sc evenly along front edge; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc; [ch 2, sk next 2 sc, sc in each of next 5 (6) sc] 4 times, ch 2, sk 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc; fasten off.

Button Band With RS facing and smaller hook, beg at neck edge and work 34 (38) sc evenly spaced along front edge. Work 2 more sc rows; fasten off.

Picot Edging With WS facing and smaller hook, join B with sl st at lower corner of left front, ch 1, sc in same st, work picot; *sc in each of next 3 sc, work picot; rep from * around entire garment, adjusting sts as necessary; fasten off.

Set in sleeves, placing rows above markers along unworked sts at armholes to form square armholes. Sew buttons opposite the buttonholes.

Sew 1 strawberry to center of pocket and the other to left front.

Sew pocket to right front, approx 1 1/2 inches above lower edge and 2 inches from front edge.

With larger hook and MC, ch 71.

Foundation Row (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, 69 sts; turn.

Pat Row: Ch 2, hdc in back lp of first st; *hdc in front lp of next st, hdc in back lp of next st; rep from * across; turn. Rep Pat Row to approx 3 1/2 inch from beg, ending with a WS row.

Crown Shaping Row 1 (RS): Ch 2, pat across first 3 sts; (hdc3tog, pat across 8 sts) 6 times, 57 sts; turn.

Row 2: Pat across.

Row 3: Ch 2, pat across first 3 sts; (hdc3tog, pat across 6 sts) 6 times, 45 sts; turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, pat across first 3 sts; (hdc3tog, pat across 4 sts) 6 times, 33 sts.

Row 5: Ch 2, pat across first 3 sts; (hdc3tog, pat across 2 sts) 6 times, 21 sts. Leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Thread tail into blunt-end needle and back through rem sts. Pull up to close top. Sew back seam.

Make a Strawberry Motif as for the Cardigan and sew to center front of cap.

Edging With RS facing and larger hook, join B with sl st at back seam on lower edge, ch 1, sc in same ch.

*Ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc in next ch; rep from * around; end with ch 2, sk 2 ch, sl st in first sc; fasten off.

With RS facing and larger hook, join A with sl st in first sc, ch 1, sc in same sc; *ch 1, (2 dc, picot, and dc) in next sc, ch 1, sc in next sc; rep from * around; end with ch 1, (2 dc, picot, and dc) in last sc; join with sl st in first sc; fasten off.

Design by Gayle Bunn

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