Well, I just finished my first "real" pattern, that I actually wanted to write down because I thought I'd make it again. I have looked a long time for a top-down baby sweater in fingering weight yarn. I found some beautiful knitted ones, but all the crochet ones I found were seamed, which I CAN do, but don't enjoy.
This pattern is different. No seaming, and you do the edging as you go, which means very little finishing. Just add buttons. Also, I am toying with some different body patterns... a few lacy ones for girls, a cable one, etc. If you all like this, I'll post them as I get them done. I really like the flexibility. After you do the yoke, you can pretty much do anything you like with it.
I welcome all feedback!! Please let me know of any errors or anything that I wrote that isn't clear (I've never had to explain what I was doing before). By the way, you are welcome to use this pattern for gifts or charity purposes. Please do not sell or distribute pattern. Thank you for looking!
Epiphany Baby Sweater
Materials: Rowan 4 ply soft yarn (or any fingering weight/sock yarn)
Color A: 2 balls Whisper (blue), Color B: 1 ball Suede or colors of your choice
“E” hook (or size needed for gauge)
(4) 3/8 inch buttons
Size: 3 mo
Gauge: 11 dc = 2 inches
Special Stitches and notes:
Shell: 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp
In this pattern, always put first stitch of row in first stitch of row below. Do not count turning ch as a stitch, and do not put a stitch into turning ch. At the end of dc row, ch 2, turn. At the end of a sc or hdc row, ch 1, turn, first st. in first stitch of row below.
To change colors, leave last to lps on hook, drop yarn, make lp with new color, draw new color thru last 2 lps left on hook of previous color. Cut previous color. Continue with new color. Weave in ends.
With A, starting at neckline, Ch 62
Row 1 (right side): Dc in 4th chain from hook, (ch 3 counts as 1st dc), dc in next 10 ch, shell, dc in next 4 ch, shell, dc in next 24 ch, shell, dc in next 4 dc, shell, dc in last 12 ch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Dc in first dc and each dc to shell, *shell in shell sp, dc to next shell, repeat from * to end. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3-6: repeat row 2
Row 7: Dc in first dc and each dc to shell, *in shell work dc, ch 2, dc, dc to next shell, repeat from * to end. Ch 2, turn.
Row 8: Dc in first dc and each dc to ch 2 sp, *in sp work dc, ch 2, dc, dc in each dc to next sp, repeat from * to end. Ch 2, turn.
Row 9-11: repeat row 8.
Row 12: Dc in first dc and each dc to first sp, * yo, pull up lp, yo and draw thru 2 lps, yo, draw up lp in next ch2 sp, yo and draw thru 2 lps, yo, and draw thru all 3 lps on hook (underarm made), dc in next dc to next sp,* repeat from * to end. Leaving last 2 lps of last dc on hook, begin color B (see color change directions above).
Body: following color changes and stitch pattern below, complete stripes in the following colors:
Row 1: Sc in B
Row 2-3: Dc in A
Row 4: Hdc in B
Row 5: Dc in A
Row 6: Dc in B
Row 7: Hdc in A
Row 8-9: Dc in B
Row 10: Sc in A
Row 11-14: Dc in B. Do not finish off after row 14. Ch 1, turn.
Edging: with right side facing, 3 sc in dc below, continue sc in each dc across bottom edge, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly up right side of sweater, 3 sc in corner, sc in back ridge of starting chain, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly down left side if sweater, join to first sc, finish off.
Row 1: With front facing, join B with sl st in ch 2 of underarm, draw up 5 lps across underarm, with last lp in next ch 2 sp, yo and pull thru all 6 lps on hook (first st made), sc in dc around arm, join A in last sc, sl st to first sc, ch 2, turn.
Follow stripe pattern for Body rows 2-14. At end of row 14, ch 1, turn.
Edging: sc in same st and next st, *yo, draw up lp in next 2 st (3 lps on hook), yo, draw thru 3 lps (decrease made), sc in next 2 st, repeat from * around. Join to first sc, fasten off.
Repeat for second sleeve.
Finishing: Weave in all ends and attach 4 buttons evenly spaced on yoke.