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Here is a free pattern for you to try.
I used a size 4 crochet hook and double knit wool for the red and the grey cardigans. Whilst I tried a super soft organic cotton for the white one. All designs have been slightly adapted, so feel free to play around with different combinations. The red one has no button holes and is fastened with a big double satin ribbon. The grey cardigan has button holes (in the picture I have not sewn on the buttons yet … Couldn’t quite decide!) and the white cardigan has a scallop edge plus short sleeves finished again with a scallop edge. The possibilities are endless… So have a go at the basic design and then play! I would love to see your completed cardigans!
You can also order bespoke cardigans from my shop
The pattern for a newborn
Chain (ch) 50
Treble (tr) into 4th ch from hook
Tr into every ch (47 sts)
*1tr into next 4 sts, 2tr into 5th st (rep from * to end) (57 sts)
*1tr into next 5 sts, 2tr into 6th st (rep from * to end) (67 sts)
*1tr into next 6sts, 2tr into 7th st (rep from * to end) (77 sts))
*1tr into next 7sts, 2tr into 8th st (rep from * to end) (87sts)
*1tr into next 8sts, 2tr into 9th st (rep from * to end) (97 sts)
Create a bobble
*Yarn over hook, Hook through 2nd st, Yarn over hook, (rep from * two more times)
Pull yarn through all sts on hook (7)
Yarn over, pull through st
Create a bobble again through same st.
*Ch 1, Miss three, 2 bobbles ( rep from * twice more)
Miss three, 1 bobble (3 1/2 bobble sets on the front)
1 bobble into st
(this leaves a space for the armhole)
*ch 1, miss three, 2 bobbles (rep from * 7 times)
1 bobble into st
*ch 1, miss three, 2 bobbles (rep from * 3 times to end) ch1 miss one st
1 tr into last st
So you should have 2 x 3 1/2 bobble sets on the front
1/2 bobble, 7 bobble sets, 1/2 bobble on the back plus two arm holes of 19 chains in each gap.
*Miss three, 2 bobbles, ch 1(rep from * to end)
Tr into last st
When the cardigan is the required length ch 1, turn, double chain (dc) around the edge into every st. Repeat.
I like to complete a third row of dc at the base of the cardigan to give a professional finish.
Fasten off and weave in loose thread.
Knot in yarn under arm to fasten the two bobbles together.
1 really loose ch
*2 bobble into first st,ch1, miss three (rep from *) (6 sets of bobbles)
Slip stitch (ss) into first ch
1ch, dc into every st, ss into 1st st
Fasten off and repeat on other sleeve.
This pattern has no button holes as I used a ribbon at the waist through two tr.
How to create button holes
On the second round of dc when you reach the desired side for button holes all you do is sacrifice some 2 dc’s, ch 3 instead and dc into 2nd ch from hook for as many buttonholes as you require.
Now I think you will need to stock up on wool as this is a lovely little design.
To make larger cardigans
All I do for slightly larger and looser designs is increase the size of my hook and yarn.
You can also add multiples of six to enlarge the design. This is due to the design requiring two extra bobbles (one for each side to keep it even).
Enjoy and let me know how you get on 🙂
Look look look!
I am sooooo happy, other bloggers are using my patterns and sharing their creations with me! I am sooooo happy!
And look at this beauty
As promised here are the step by step instructions on how to cross stitch.
I hope you find them easy enough to follow.
What you will need
Embroidery needle (this has a bigger eye and blunt point)
Aida (specialist fabric with a square count… The one I used for the free cupcake pattern was 14 count … This means there are 14 squares per inch. You can get as small as 28 count and as large as 4 count. )
How to set up an embroidery hoop
Get the fabric and the hoop.
Split the hoop by pushing out the inner circle.
Place the Aida over the top of the inner hoop. (Centralise it all … The image is to show the order of placing everything.) Place the outer hoop on top and gently push the outer hoop down to create tension on the fabric.
How to thread a needle
Embroidery silks are called skeins.
A skein consists of 6 individual threads spun together.
When cross stitching on 14 count Aida it is best to use a piece which consists of two threads unless specified.
I find it easiest to wrap the thread over the stem of the needle. Pull it tight. Pull the needle out whilst still holding onto the thread. Then shimmy the eye of the needle onto the thread. Do not put a knot in the end of the thread! Hold onto about an inch of excess thread on the back as this will not how through the other side.
How to create a single cross stitch
Push your needle through one of the holes where you wish to start the design. Work diagonally to the top right and push the needle down into the fabric.
Remember to hold onto the excess thread on the back to avoid pulling it through.
Push the needle up through the bottom right hole.
Push the needle down through the top left hole.
Get a giant rabbit to ‘help’ you!
It should look like this.
How to cross stitch a row
Repeat the first step of creating the diagonal stitch, but instead of going back on yourself to create the cross, continue creating diagonals for as long as guided on the pattern.
When you have stitched the correct amount, go back on yourself to create a cross stitch.
Two complete stitches.
Following the pattern
Every block of colour on the pattern is to be stitched onto the Aida by counting. Hence the name counted cross stitch.
Running out of thread or changing colour
When your thread starts to get too short to work with, weave the remaining thread into the back of the work.
Then weave the new thread in.
How to work a pattern
Complete one section of colour before moving onto another. Leave gaps where the next colour is to go.
Re thread in the next colour and fill in the gaps.
I like to work from top to bottom in rows. Some people like to work from the centre.
So here it is … The next free pattern as promised.
It is not what I expected to be uploading as I was hoping for my Blythe dolls to have arrived by now. I am currently finding out that there are hefty customs charges from New Zealand!
I was hoping to be giving you a free Blythe clothing pattern … But I need to have the doll to ensure the correct sizing.
So for now I am uploading the first stage of my Kawaii cupcake cross stitch pattern.
You will need
14 count Aida
A range of embroidery silks ( feel free to use different colours)
Embroidery hoop (optional)
Cross stitch is a very easy craft which gets progressively more difficult with the more colours and shading. Some cross stitch patterns require half and quarter stitches too, plus you can also combine threads and shade too.
This pattern however is very easy with blocks of colour, no half or quarter stitches, no blending and no back stitching.
I will be adding step by step instructions as I complete my example, which means … Even if you have never done any cross stitching before you will be able to complete this design.