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Macchiato Child Crochet Sweater Free Pattern

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If you love mommy and me sets, now there is a child version of the Introducing the adorable Macchiato Child Crochet Sweater Pattern – the perfect addition to your mommy and me collection! Picture-perfect family moments await as your little one dons this irresistibly adorable crochet sweater for those cherished photos.

If you want to crochet an adorable sweater for your little one this season but are a little nervous, don't worry, I've got you. With a comprehensive child crochet sweater pattern accompanied by a helpful video tutorial, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable crochet experience for both beginners and advanced crocheters. The top-down construction is worked the same way as the stylish and cozy adult Macchiato Crochet Sweater and has a matching Macchiato Crochet Beanie.

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What you'll love about this pattern.


  • Zero Seams! - With this top down construction, this crochet garment it worked as one-piece without any seaming.
  • Gorgeous Yoke - The puff stitches around the yoke are easy and add a focal point, similar to the Macchiato Poncho Pattern.
  • Quick Project - Crafted with a lightweight bulky yarn, this crochet sweater not only provides a delightful feel but also allows for a fast and effortless creation process.
  • Lots of Size Options - 7 size options from 1 year to teen.

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Modern Baby & Child Crochet Fashion

For those who delight in crafting crochet apparel for their little ones, the Easy Free Crochet Vest Pattern is a fantastic choice, catering to 18 sizes ranging from baby to adult. Alternatively, consider the easy crochet stitches of the Everyday Crochet Knit-Look Sweater Pattern for another top-down raglan sweater option, offering a seamless construction and a timeless sweater aesthetic.

The Macchiato Collection can be purchased on Etsy or Ravelry.


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Supplies Needed for the Child Crochet Sweater

Yarn
WeCrochet Wonderfluff Bulky (5 Weight) in Finnley Heather, 70% Baby Alpaca, 23% Nylon, 7% Merino Wool; 142 yds/50g.

Yarn Quantities
(300, 450, 500, 600; 700, 800, 850)
3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) Balls

Yarn Substitutions
Snuggle Puff
70% Pima Cotton, 30% Nylon
142yds/50g
Brava Bulky
100% Premium Acrylic
136yds/100g
Swish Bulky
100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool 137yds/100g

Remember to always check gauge and drape when substituting yarns.

Crochet Hook
Size J (6.0mm) Crochet Hook, or hook to obtain gauge.

Notions
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner

Sizing
1 (2, 4, 6, 8, 10/12, 14/16) Years
To fit chest:
20 (21, 23, 25, 26.5, 28, 31.5)
More measurements are in schematic.
Ease: Finished bust measurements, including ease: 22 (25, 27, 29, 30.5, 32, 35.5)

Abbreviations
Alt –Alternatively
BLO -back loop only
Ch -chain
FLO -front loop only
Hdc -half double crochet
Hdc2tog -half double crochet two stitches together
Inc. - increase

Gauge
13 sts by 8.5 rows = 4” square

How to Crochet A Gauge Swatch
Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. A gauge swatch helps you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Gauge Swatch Instructions:
Stitch pattern for gauge swatch: Ch 17, in second chain from hook hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * across, turn. Repeat these steps to make the gauge swatch with a ch 1 at the beginning of the row.

Construction
This is a top-down yoke sweater. We will start with the neck ribbing then work the yoke (shoulders) while evenly increasing on rounds. During this section we will add the beautiful puff details. Next, we will separate for the body and sleeves, and continue to work the body through the ribbing. Last, we will work the sleeves and cuff ribbing.

Special Stitches
Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop. (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) two more times (7 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through the first 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.

Established stitch pattern (est st pattern): *hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo*; repeat from * to * around increasing by placing two stitches in indicated stitch.

Notes

  • A ch 1 at the beginning of a row is not counted as a stitch. Using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round is recommended.
  • This sweater is worked in a top-down seamless yoke style. The instructions and stitch counts are given for the smallest size, with the larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Before you dive into your project, take a moment to identify the stitch and row counts that match the size you're making. By highlighting or marking them, you'll save time and effort later on. Trust us, this small step will make a big difference in your crochet journey!
  • When there is ‘no increase’ listed in the instructions, work the round without increasing. Where there is a ‘n/a’ listed in the instructions skip these as it’s not applicable to that size.
  • This sweater is worked in the round turning at the beginning of each new round, place a stitch marker in the last stitch of the round to help keep track of first and last stitches. When increasing for sizes with two numbers (i.e ⅞), increase in the 7th stitch and then crochet 8 and also increase in the 8th stitch. For sizes Medium, Large, 2x, and 3x there will be extra stitches at the end of the round, finish those stitches in pattern.

This Pattern Uses Standard US Terminology

Video Tutorial for the Child Sweater

Watch how easy and beginner friendly it is to work up this crochet piece with a tutorial.

How to Crochet A Yoke Child Sweater

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Collar Ribbing
Please note, these stitches should be worked loosely and have a good amount of stretch. Go up a hooks size if needed.

Row 1: Ch 6, in blo slip st in second chain from hook and across sts, turn. | 5 sts

Row 2: Ch 1, in blo slip st in each stitch across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until there are a total of 60 (64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 76) rows.

Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time. Flip collar ribbing so seam is on the inside and no longer facing.

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Child Sweater Yoke
Set Up Rnd: Ch 1, sl st around one edge of the collar ribbing placing one stitch per row, join. | 60 (64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 76) sts.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * around, join.

Rnd 2 (WS): Turn and ch 1, skip the first hdc st, hdc in the next, work a puff st into the skipped st; repeat from * to * around, join.

Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 2 (Puff Round).

Rnd 4: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing 12 times, every 5th sts for sizes 1-8 and every 6th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. There will be stitches left over for some sizes, complete those in established stitch pattern from here on out. | 72 (76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 88) sts.

Rnd 5: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 6th sts for sizes 1-8 and every 7th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | 84 (88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 100) sts.

Rnd 6: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 7th sts for sizes 1-8 and every 8th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | 96 (100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 112) sts.

Rnd 7-8: Repeat Rnd 2 (Puff Round).

Rnd 9: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing for size 1, and increasing every 8th sts for sizes 2-8 and every 9th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | 96 (112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 124) sts.
Sizes 2-8, 10/12 & 14/16 Only:

Rnd 10: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern increasing every 9th sts for sizes 2-8 and every 10th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | na (124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 136) sts.
Sizes 4-8, 10/12 & 14/16 Only:

Rnd 11: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing for size 4, and increasing every 10th sts for size 8 and every 11th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | na (na, 126, 140, 142, 144, 160) sts.
Sizes 6-8, 10/12 & 14/16 Only:

Rnd 12: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing for size 6, and increasing every 11th sts for size 8 and every 12th stitch for sizes 10/12 & 14/16 sts alt., join. | na (na, na, 140, 154, 156, 160) sts.
Sizes 8, 10/12 & 14/16 Only:

Rnd 13: Turn and ch 1, work in established stitch pattern without increasing for size 8, and increasing every 26th sts for size 10/12 and every 13th stitch for size 14/16 sts alt., join. | na (na, na, na, 154, 162, 172) sts.

Rnds 14-15: Turn and ch 1, hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * around, join.
Sizes 14/16 Only

Rnd 16: Turn and ch 1, hdc 1 in blo, hdc 1 in flo; repeat from * to * around, join.

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Fitting Tip

If you would like more stitches to customize fit around chest, work fewer stitches on the back body (section before doing first set of sleeve sts) in increments of two, and that will add to the stitches on the front of the sweater. Just make sure sleeve st counts and chains remain the same.

Separate Body & Sleeves
Rnd 1: Turn and ch 1, work in est st pattern for 29 (38, 40, 44, 46, 48, 50)sts, ch 7 (4, 7, 4, 3, 3, 4) for underarm sleeve, skip 19 (24, 23, 26, 31, 33, 36) sts for arm; repeat from * to * one more time, join.

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Sweater Body
Rnd 1: Turn and ch 1, work in est st pattern 72 (84, 94, 96, 98, 102, 108) around body stitches including the chains under the arms, join. | 72 (84, 94, 96, 98, 102, 108) sts

Rnd 2: Turn and ch 1, work in est st pattern 72 (84, 94, 96, 98, 102, 108) around body stitches, join.

Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 12 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18) body rnds. From underarm to bottom before bottom rib measurement in inches is 5.5 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 8.5). If more length is desired repeat Rnd 2 more times until length minus repeat.

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Bottom Body Ribbing
Row 1: Ch 7, in blo slip st in second chain from hook and across to body, sl st 2 sts on the body (these do not count as sts), turn. | 6 sts

Row 2: Skip the two sl st sts from the body, in blo sl st in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, in blo sl st in each st across, sl st 2 sts on the body, turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 around the bottom of the sweater body. Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time with the WS facing.

Sleeves
Rnd 1: With the appropriate RS or WS facing (opposite from the last row worked on yoke), attach yarn to the center st under the arm. Ch 1, work in est st pattern for 6 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40) sleeve stitches around. | 6 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40) sts

Rnd 2: Turn and ch 1, work in est st pattern 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 40) sleeve stitches around.
Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 14 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26) sleeve rnds. From underarm to bottom of sleeve (before 2.5 inches for decrease & cuff rnds) measurement in inches is 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 11, 12). If more length is desired Repeat Rnd 2 more times.

Decrease Rnd: Turn and ch 1, work in est st pattern hdc2tog around, join. | 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20) sts.

Sleeve Cuff
Row 1: With the RS facing Ch 7, in blo slip st in second chain from hook and across to sleeve body, sl st 2 sts on the sleeve body (these do not count as sts), turn. | 6 sts

Row 2: Skip the two sts from the sleeve body, in blo sl st in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, in blo sl st in each st across, sl st 2 sts on the sleeve body, turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 around the bottom of the sleeve. Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time with the WS facing.

Finishing
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Use yarn and needle to close any holes/gaps under the arm. Lightly block and wear.

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The Child Macchiato Crochet Sweater opens the door to a world of warmth, style, and charm to a child's wardrobe. I hope you have enjoyed crafting this adorable garment, and the joy it will bring to your little one's wardrobe by having an item made with love.

While I know this pattern was fun to work in the round, have you ever crocheted a flat sweater? The Easy Child Crochet Sweater Pattern is so fun you might want to make more than one, or also create the matching Easy Crochet Mittens Pattern For Beginners. Both of these patterns only have 2 seams to complete, consider putting it on your make list!

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