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Easy Crochet Baby Pattern – The Lazy Day Sweater

I don’t know about you but there’s nothing I love more than an easy crochet baby project. There’s something about making gifts for little ones that I find so satisfying and now having two boys of my own I’m loving making things for them.

So today I’m really excited to share a free crochet baby sweater pattern with you – The Lazy Day Jumper. It’s a modern crochet baby pattern in a simple raglan sweater style made almost entirely from half treble (UK)/half double crochet (US) stitches. The textured detail you see on the front panel is made from just placing the stitches in either the front or back loop of the stitch and so is super easy!

You can find the free pattern here on the blog or you can purchase an ad-free version to download here if you prefer.

easy baby crochet sweater in grey

About the Lazy Day Jumper – an easy crochet baby pattern

Like so many people I’ve always been a bit intimidated by crochet garments and so I thought a great place to start would be with little ones! The best thing about baby and child garments is that they work up so fast!

I made the front and back panel in an evening, the sleeves the next and seamed it together the last night – three evenings in total to make it! It was so much fun too.

For anyone worrying about shaping, please don’t! If you can increase (make 2 stitches in a stitch instead of 1) and decrease (work 2 stitches together to form just 1) then you’re absolutely good to go.

After designing the jumper when my boy Elliot was only tiny I had so many requests to release the pattern in lots of sizes and so it can be made in sizes from newborn to 7 years.

If you enjoy crocheting for babies and littles ones then here are a few more of my free patterns you might enjoy:

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  1. Baby Bunny Hat (free crochet pattern)
  2. Oyster Shell Blanket (free PDF to download and yarn pack option)
  3. Pumpkin Beanie Hat (free crochet pattern)
little boy in grey crochet baby jumper

Pattern Options

The crochet baby sweater pattern is shared here for free in both UK and US terms but if you would like to purchase an ad free version to keep then just choose one of the options below:

Get the ad-free PDF version of the Lazy Day Jumper Pattern on Etsy

Get the ad-free PDF version of the Lazy Day Jumper Pattern on LoveCrafts

Add the Lazy Day Jumper pattern to your Ravelry queue

If you don’t want to download the PDF then that’s absolutely fine too – read on and find the full pattern for free here on this blogpost.

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modern baby crochet jumper collar detail

Yarn

I used Scheepjes Merino Soft DK yarn to make my little jumper (50% wool superwash merino, 25% microfibre, 25% acrylic; 105m/50g) which is beautifully soft and has washed well so far and Elliot wore it so much when he was little so it’s wearing well too.

You will need 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) balls of Michelangelo (603)

Find the yarn I used here

Find a great alternative yarn here

Tension and Sizing

17st and 12 rows of the main pattern = 10cm by 10cm/4in by 4in.

SizeChest (inches)Length (inches)
0-6 months17 3/49 1/2
6-12 months2011
1-2 years2212 3/4
2-3 years24 1/215
4-5 years25 1/216 1/2
6-7 years2819

Materials

Along with the yarn to make your project you will also need:

A 4.5mm/G/7 crochet hook (make sure to work a swatch to make sure it’s the right size)

Needle – find one here if you don’t have one (US/worldwide) or find one here (UK)

Scissors – find some here if you don’t have any (US/worldwide) or find some here (UK)

2 x 2 cm buttons of your choice for the fastening at the front collar.

Notes

Work the front and the back of the jumper exactly the same.

Work both sleeves exactly the same.

The ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch throughout.

Glossary/Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch (es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

sp – space

beg – beginning

Stitches –

UK termsUS terms
dc – double crochetsc -single crochet
htr – half treblehdc – half double crochet
tr – treble crochetdc – double crochet

Special Stitches

FP – front post

BP – back post

FL – front loop

BL – back loop

modern baby crochet jumper cuff and sleeve detail

Lazy Day Sweater Crochet Pattern – UK terms

(In standard UK terms – please scroll down for pattern in US terms)

Front and Back panels worked the same – 

Bottom Cuff

Foundation chain: ch39,43,47,53,57,61

Row 1: (RS) htr in 2nd and each [38,42,46,52,56,60]

Row 2: ch1, dc, *FPhtr, BPhtr, rep from * to last, dc in last 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2

Main body

Row 1(WS): ch1, htr in FL of each [38,42,46,52,56,60]

Row 2: ch1, *htr, htr in BL, rep from * across 

Row 3: ch1, *htr in FL, htr, rep from * across

Rows 2 and 3 create the pattern. 

Repeat the pattern 4,6,7,10,12,15 more times 

Last row for main body: Repeat Row 2 again, then continue to shape the top of the panel.

Shape Raglan

Row 1: ss in3, ch1, *htr in FL, htr, rep from * to last 2, leave last 2 unworked [34,38,42,48,52,56]

Row 2: ss in 2, ch1, *htr in BL, htr, rep from * to last, leave last unworked [32,36,40,46,50,54]

Row 3: ss in 2, ch1, *htr in FL, htr, rep from * to last, leave last unworked [30,34,38,44,48,52]

Rows 2 and 3 create the decrease pattern.

Repeat the decrease pattern 5,6,7,7,8,8 more times to complete the panel [10,10,10,16,16,20]

Sleeves

Make 2 

Bottom cuff: 

Foundation chain: ch23,25,27,29,29,31

Row 1: (RS) htr in 2nd and each ch [22,24,26,28,28,30]

Row 2: ch1, dc, *FPhtr, BPhtr, rep from * to last, dc in last 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2

Main sleeve body: 

Row 1: ch1, 2htr in FL, htr in FL of each to last, 2htr in FL [24,26,28,30,30,32]

Row 2: ch1, htr in each

Row 3: Rep Row 2

Row 4: ch1, 2htr, htr in each to last, 2htr in last [26,28,30,32,32,34]

Rows 5-8: Repeat Row 2

Rows 4-8 create the increase pattern.

Repeat the pattern 1,2,2,3,4,5 more times [28,32,34,38,40,44]

For Sizes 1 and 4: 

Repeat Rows 4, 5 and 6 [30,40]

For Sizes 3,5 and 6:

Repeat Rows 4, 5, 6 and 7 [36,42,46]

Final stitch count for end of increase [30,32,36,40,42,46]

Shape Raglan

Row 1: ss in3, ch1, *htr in each to last 2, leave last 2 unworked [26,28,32,36,38,42]

Row 2: ss in 2, ch1, *htr in each to last, leave last unworked [24,26,30,34,36,40]

Repeat Row 2: 11,12,13,14,15,16 more times [2,2,4,6,6,8]

Completion row: ch1, htr in each 

Repeat completion row: 0,0,1,0,1,0 more times [2,2,4,6,6,8]

Sew side seams and set in sleeves to all but the front of the jumper. 

Collar

With RS facing, join to side of 6th row of sleeve shaping from collar. 

Row 1: ch1, 12htr evenly to top of sleeve, htr in each along sleeve top, htr in each along back top, htr in each along other sleeve top, 12htr evenly to 6th row of sleeve side [38,38,42,52,52,60] 

Row 2: ch1, dc, *FPhtr, BPhtr, rep from * to last, dc in last 

Row 3: Rep Row 2

With RS facing, join to 1st stitch of front panel.

Row 1: ch1, htr in each across [10,10,10,16,16,20]

Row 2: ch1, dc, *FPhtr, BPhtr, rep from * to last, dc in last 

Row 3: Rep Row 2

Finishing

Sew the buttons in place on the jumper and slot the collar over them in between stitches of Row 2 and 3 of the collar to secure. 

Lazy Day Sweater Crochet Pattern – US terms

Front and Back panels worked the same – 

Bottom cuff 

Foundation chain: ch39,43,47,53,57,61

Row 1: (RS) hdc in 2nd and each [38,42,46,52,56,60]

Row 2: ch1, sc, *FPhdc, BPhdc, rep from * to last, sc in last 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2

Main body

Row 1(WS): ch1, hdc in FL of each [38,42,46,52,56,60]

Row 2: ch1, *hdc, hdc in BL, rep from * across 

Row 3: ch1, *hdc in FL, hdc, rep from * across

Rows 2 and 3 create the pattern. 

Repeat the pattern 4,6,7,10,12,15 more times 

Last row for main body: Repeat Row 2 again, then continue to shape the top of the panel.

Shape Raglan

Row 1: ss in3, ch1, *hdc in FL, hdc, rep from * to last 2, leave last 2 unworked [34,38,42,48,52,56]

Row 2: ss in 2, ch1, *hdc in BL, hdc, rep from * to last, leave last unworked [32,36,40,46,50,54]

Row 3: ss in 2, ch1, *hdc in FL, hdc, rep from * to last, leave last unworked [30,34,38,44,48,52]

Rows 2 and 3 create the decrease pattern.

Repeat the decrease pattern 5,6,7,7,8,8 more times to complete the panel [10,10,10,16,16,20]

Sleeves

Make 2 

Bottom cuff: 

Foundation chain: ch23,25,27,29,29,31

Row 1: (RS) hdc in 2nd and each ch [22,24,26,28,28,30]

Row 2: ch1, sc, *FPhdc, BPhdc, rep from * to last, sc in last 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2

Main sleeve body: 

Row 1: ch1, 2hdc in FL, hdc in FL of each to last, 2hdc in FL [24,26,28,30,30,32]

Row 2: ch1, hdc in each

Row 3: Rep Row 2

Row 4: ch1, 2hdc, hdc in each to last, 2hdc in last

Rows 5-8: Repeat Row 2

Rows 4-8 create the increase pattern.

Repeat the pattern 1,2,2,3,4,5 more times [28,32,34,38,40,44]

For Sizes 1 and 4: 

Repeat Rows 4, 5 and 6 [30,40]

For Sizes 3,5 and 6:

Repeat Rows 4, 5, 6 and 7 [36,42,46]

Final stitch count for end of increase [30,32,36,40,42,46]

Shape Raglan

Row 1: ss in3, ch1, *hdc in each to last 2, leave last 2 unworked [26,28,32,36,38,42]

Row 2: ss in 2, ch1, *hdc in each to last, leave last unworked [24,26,30,34,36,40]

Repeat Row 2: 11,12,13,14,15,16 more times [2,2,4,6,6,8]

Completion row: ch1, hdc in each 

Repeat completion row: 0,0,1,0,1,0 more times [2,2,4,6,6,8]

Sew side seams and set in sleeves to all but the front of the jumper. 

Collar

With RS facing, join to side of 6th row of sleeve shaping from collar. 

Row 1: ch1, 12hdc evenly to top of sleeve, hdc in each along sleeve top, hdc in each along back top, hdc in each along other sleeve top, 12hdc evenly to 6th row of sleeve side [38,38,42,52,52,60] 

Row 2: ch1, sc, *FPhdc, BPhdc, rep from * to last, sc in last 

Row 3: Rep Row 2

With RS facing, join to 1st stitch of front panel.

Row 1: ch1, hdc in each across [10,10,10,16,16,20]

Row 2: ch1, sc, *FPhdc, BPhdc, rep from * to last, sc in last 

Row 3: Rep Row 2

Finishing

Sew the buttons in place on the jumper and slot the collar over them in between stitches of Row 2 and 3 of the collar to secure. 

modern baby crochet sweater in grey

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