Sunday, 17 April 2016

All In One Preemie Cardie





This is really the only crochet preemie top pattern you will ever need, these little tops are basic quick and very easy to crochet, made in one piece you can easily adapt them for smaller and larger sizes and add your own touches.

Sizes..
Small Preemie 10 inch chest
Medium Preemie 12 inch chest
Large Preemie 14 inch chest

For the body warmer variations just follow the size you require and omit the sleeves, work a row of dc around armholes to finish off.

Materials

4 mm crochet hook.
3.50 mm crochet hook.
DK yarn in the following approximate quantities..
Small preemie = 20 grams.
Medium preemie = 30 grams.
Large preemie = 40 grams.
Medium body warmer = 20 grams.

THIS PATTERN IS WRITTEN IN UK CROCHET TERMS.

  • Made in half treble crochet (htr) and double crochet (dc) for edging.
  • US = half double crochet (hdc) and single crochet (sc) for edging.
  • Made in one piece bottom up.
  • Long sleeved version in brackets.


SMALL PREEMIE



Chain 46
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 44 htr
Work 6 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve

Right side facing working on first 11 sts only
Row 7 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (10 sts) now make a 4 chain for short sleeve or 12 chain for long sleeve.
Row 8 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 13(19)sts  2ch turn
Row 9 – dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.

Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 9(15) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing and fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing..
Chain 4(10) for right sleeve then htr in next 22 sts, chain 6(12) for left sleeve.
Row 7 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 22 sts for back and 10 ch for right sleeve. = 30(42)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 8 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back measures the same as right front and then fasten off.

LEFT FRONT

Right side facing
Row 7 - Chain 4(10) htr in last 11 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 8 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each 4 (10) ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
See below



 MEDIUM PREEMIE


Chain 50
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 48 htr
Work 8 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve

Right side facing working on first 12 sts only

Row 9 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (11 sts) now make an 8 chain for short sleeve or 14 chain for long sleeve.
Row 10 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 16(22)sts, 2ch turn.
Row  11– dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.

Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 11(17) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing then fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing
Chain 6(12) for right sleeve then htr in next 24sts for back and then chain 8(14) for left sleeve.
Row 9 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 24 sts for back and each ch for right sleeve. = 36(48)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 10 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back measures the same as right front and then fasten off.

LEFT FRONT

Right side facing
Row 9 - Chain 6(12) for left sleeve and then htr in remaining 12 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 10 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING
See below.


Large Preemie



Chain 58
Htr in 3rd chain and in each chain to end = 56 htr
Work 10 rows htr.

Right front and sleeve 

Right side facing working on first 14 sts only...
Row 11 – chain 2, dec one st work to end (13 sts) now make a 8 chain for short sleeve or 16 chain for long sleeve.
Row 12 – htr in 3rd chain of sleeve and htr in each st to end decreasing 1st in last 2 sts, = 18(26)sts, 2ch turn
Row 13 – dec 1 st at beg of row htr to end.
Continue like this decreasing one stitch at neck edge till you have 11(19) sts remaining.
Work one row without decreasing and fasten off.

BACK

With right side facing
Chain 6(14) for right sleeve then htr in next 28 sts, chain 8(16) for left sleeve.
Row 11 – htr in 3rd ch and each ch for left sleeve, 28 sts for back and each ch for right sleeve. = 40(56)sts. 2ch turn..
Row 12 – htr in each htr to end, 2ch turn..
Continue until back and sleeves measure the same as right front.

LEFT FRONT
Right side facing
Row 11 - Chain 6(14) htr in remaining 14 sts decreasing one st at neck edge, 2ch turn.
Row 12 – dec 1st then htr in each htr for left front and each ch for left sleeve..
Continue as right front reversing shaping until left front matches right front and back.
Fasten off.

FINISHING for all sizes..

Sew arm seams and weave in loose ends.
Using 3.50 hook.
With right side facing work a row of dc around work making a 3 chain for a buttonhole one row down from the beginning of front shaping.

Optional Heart

Magic ring
3ch, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc, 1ch, 1tr, 1ch, 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3ch, ss to centre, pull up tight and hopefully you will have one little heart.
To make the heart bigger just go up a stitch size or use a larger hook.

If you find any mistakes in this pattern or anything is not clear please leave me a comment.
Have fun :)




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21 comments:

  1. They're very cute - thanks for sharing your pattern. :)

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  2. so practical and so dinky...I just love these sort of makes!!

    Thanks for sharing Linda

    keep well

    Amanda xx

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  3. They are so cute !!!! And easy to do !!! With the pattern that you shared !!!
    Have a shinny week !
    Anna

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  4. Great patterns....wish my crocheting skills were better.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this pattern. They really are beautiful cardigans.

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  6. Super pattern, thank you Linda! i will be making a few of these x

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  7. They are very cute, Linda!!:) Thanks for sharing the pattern!!

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  8. They are beautiful, thanks for sharing the pattern on Handmade Monday

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  9. These are wonderful, Linda. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I'm sure they will be very useful. My babies were both borderline-preemies and I didn't have enough small clothing for them. If I'd been a better crocheter back then, these would have been perfect. I hope you're having a good week so far!

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  10. They are so cute!!!
    You can decorate them so nice and easy.

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  11. How adorable! And such a versatile pattern, for boys or girls, long-sleeve, short-sleeve... Really nice!

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  12. Sweet & pretty!! ♥ Many thanks for sharing, Linda :-).
    Hugs, Nata

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  13. simply adorable and thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  14. Good Afternoon Linda, I adore these little cardigans, they are so cute. I was looking at the pattern and do you know, I think I might be able to make one. The only problem is, there are no little ones in the family at the moment. You never know, I might just need your pattern in the future.
    Best wishes
    Daphne

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  15. Hello Linda, I love these cardigans you made! Thanks for sharing the pattern to make one.
    I hope you enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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  16. eeeeee thanks for the mesuremeants .... eeeeee I cannot wait to try for meself

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  17. So cute! Great pattern Linda. x

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  18. Hi Linda! I'm from South Africa and live in a small rural town called Vryheid (which means freedom) in the provide of KwaZulu Natal. I'm a granny of five that only recently learned to crochet! �� we have quite a few prem babies in our local hospital! So we started a group of ladies, knitting and crocheting baby hats, booties, jerseys and blankets! But we do all sizes, since there are quite a lot of babies that gets wrapped in brown paper or news paper when they go home!!! So if you have any advice for me/us I would really appreciate it!?���� since we,the ladies that does this are either pensioners or unemployed and struggle ourselves!? We try and do as much with the little we have! Just wanted to say, thank you so much for sharing your patterns with us, because we will definitely make use of them!!! God bless and keep up the good work!!!!��������

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