Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Part III: Finishing and Installing Your Mobile

Whew, Crocheters!

It’s been a big adventure making these Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobiles, hasn’t it? Well, it’s time to put it all together!

Welcome to Part III of the Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Tutorial.

Want to see Part I or Part II?

part 3 image tile

Don’t forget that you can BUY THE PDF EBOOK with complete patterns, instructions, and photo tutorials for just $5.

If you enjoy using the patterns and instructions for free here on the site and want to support more free designs, please consider clicking a few ad links.

Your support helps me keep the crochet machine cranking merrily along!



Special Tools for Mobile installation

Sewing needle and white or light-colored sewing thread for attaching Balloon Tops to Baskets and hanging Hot Air Balloons and Clouds to mobile frame

12” x 20” Quilter’s Wooden Embroidery Hoop to serve as mobile frame

Small amount of Color H yarn (light blue for sky). See Part I for more information on tools and supplies.

Mug Hook for ceiling installation

Lighting Inserts (Optional, but so fun!) You can use battery-powered flameless tea light candles to add a charming lighting element to 1 or 2 of your hot air balloons by placing the candle into the balloon basket for easy access to turn on and off. For an even more authentic hot air balloon experience, use a flameless candle that has a flickering effect! This functions as a sweet nightlight for your little one or pretty piece of home décor OR since the tea lights won’t fit into the smallest balloon basket, another idea would be to use a small string of battery-included LED fairy lights which can be tucked up inside the Hot Air Balloon Top.



Are you ready to get this bad boy strung up and hung up?

Let’s do it!

ATTACH BASKET ROPES TO BASKETS

Use a yarn needle to thread each Basket Rope through every other space at the top of the Basket. Secure rope by tying the beginning and ending yarn tails in a knot to close the rope, and weave in the yarn tails inside the basket to hide them. Adjust the drape of the ropes to your liking. You can steam them gently to relax the yarn. Repeat for other 2 Baskets.



IMG_20180714_142413029

IMG_20180714_143106792

IMG_20180714_143355038



ATTACH BASKET TO BALLOON TOP

Use sewing thread to attach balloon basket to lower edge of Balloon. Weave or tuck any thread ends into the Balloon or Basket to secure. Insert optional lighting feature.

IMG_20180714_143715712

IMG_20180714_143929840



IMG_20180714_145013573



WRAP MOBILE FRAME

Use Color H (or any color desired) to wrap the entire embroidery hoop with yarn. Weave in beginning and ending yarn tails to secure.

IMG_20180714_171333636

ATTACH CHARMS TO MOBILE FRAME

To install your balloon mobile or installation, use sewing thread to thread a long hanging loop evenly through the top of your hot air balloon. Tuck the knotted end inside the balloon to keep it out of sight. I like to use a screw-in mug hook as a ceiling hanger. Hang hot air balloon from the thread loop. Repeat for other Hot Air Balloons and Clouds, hanging them at varying levels to please your eye.

IMG_9516



CROCHET HANGING CORDS

Join Color H centered at the narrow end of the mobile frame and create mobile hanging chains by chaining desired length across long space of mobile frame. Repeat across width of mobile frame. Weave in yarn ends. Create another loop to go around these 2 chain cords that will allow you to adjust the position of the mobile once hung. Weave in all yarn ends.

IMG_9765.JPG

STAND BACK AND ENJOY WHAT YOU’VE CREATED!

DSCN4265

It was quite a maker’s adventure!

Thank you for joining me on this beautiful adventure into the clear, blue skies of Crochetland, I hope you’ll come back to find out what I’m making next.

Because there’s always a new adventure waiting on the horizon.

on a personal note…

I’ll leave you with a slideshow of photos that tell the story of a sunrise hot air balloon adventure I was able to take with my husband to celebrate our 10th anniversary, the inspiration behind this project.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Wishing you love and happiness in all your creations, and those for whom you create!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara

Use #sarakayhartmann to share your Hot Air Balloon Adventure on Instagram.

Visit me at sarakayhartmann.com for more inspiring crochet patterns!

part 3 image tile

Check out my first nursery mobile, the Crochet Butterfly Mobile!

Soft & Sweet Baby Beanies

 

Quick. Easy. Adorable.

The Soft & Sweet Baby Beanie is a lovely baby gift. The pattern offers 3 sizes and 4 color options to change up the basic double crochet beanie so you can suit it to boys and girls or go gender-neutral!

 

Sizes

Newborn (6 Mos., 12 Mos.)

Newborn finished measurements: 14” head circumference and 5” length from brim to crown

6 mos. finished measurements: 16.25” head circumference and 5.75” length from brim to crown

12 mos. finished measurements: 18” head circumference and 6.5” length from brim to crown



 

Yarn

All Samples Used Various Colors of: Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic & 40% Polyamide; 377 yd [344 m] / 4 oz [113 g]

 

For Yarn Substitutions:

71 (84, 101) yd [65 (77, 93) m] / 0.74 (0.88, 1.1) oz [21 (25, 30 g] of #3 Light (DK weight) yarn

 

Hook/Gauge

Size F/5 [3.75 mm] hook

18 sts and 11 rows = 4” in double crochet

 

Notes

  • This beanie is worked in the round from crown to brim in double crochet with one round of reverse single crochet (crab stitch) as a border.
  • Each round is a Right Side round.

 

COLOR VARIATIONS

Solid Color:

Use one color to work the entire hat. Easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Blocked Hat:

Work Rounds 1-8 (1-10, 1-12) in Color A and Rounds 9-13 (11-15, 13-17) in Color B. Work Edging Round in A or B as desired. Try making a pom-pom in Color C and attach to the crown center for a jaunty winter look!

 

Classic 2-Color Stripes:

Work all odd numbered rounds in Color A and all even-numbered rounds in Color B; work Edging Round in B. Carry unused yarn down the inside of the hat “seam” without fastening off to reduce the number of ends to weave in. (Psst! This sample shows the Classic 2-Color Stripes Beanie with my Baby Bear Ears motif from my Sweet Motifs for Crochet Delight Collection!)

 

Multi-Stripes: Work each round in a different color, or alternate colors at random. Go color crazy! Pick “boy” or “girl” colors or make it gender-neutral—a great option for gifts where the parents are not finding out the baby’s sex.

Fasten off and break yarn after each round and join a new color at the start of the next round. Work over yarn ends to weave in as you go and reduce finishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC BEANIE INSTRUCTIONS

See Color Variations Above to determine color patterning.

 



CROWN

All Sizes

Make adjustable ring.

 

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, sl st to join round and pull beginning yarn tail to close ring…12 dc.

 

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to first dc to join round…24 dc.

 

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, dc in next dc *2 dc in first dc, dc in next dc; rep from * around, sl st to first dc to join round…36 dc.

 

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, dc in next 2 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; rep from * around, sl st to first dc to join round…48 dc.

 

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, dc in next 3 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc; rep from * around, sl st to first dc to join round…60 dc.

 

Size 6 Mos. and 12 Mos. ONLY

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, dc in next 4 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc; rep from * around, sl st to first dc to join round…72 dc.

 

Size 12 Mos. ONLY

Round 7: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same dc, dc in next 11 dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next 11 dc; rep from * around, sl st to first dc to join round…78 dc.

 

HAT BODY

All Sizes

Round 6 (7, 8): Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each dc around, sl st to first dc to join round.

Rounds 7-13 (8-15, 9-17): Ch 3 (counts as dc, dc in each dc around, sl st to first dc to join round.

 

Edging Round: Ch 1, work rev sc (crab stitch) in each dc around, sl st to first rev sc to join round.

 

Finishing

Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly with gentle steam if desired.

 

 

 

 

 

 



STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

 

”                       inches

*                      repeat the instructions following

the single asterisk as directed

ch                    chain

cm                  centimeters

dc                   double crochet

g                      grams

m                     meters

mm                 millimeters

mos                 months

oz                    ounces

rep                  repeat

rev sc              reverse single crochet (crab stitch)

rnd(s)              round(s)

RS                    Right Side

sl st                  slip stitch

st(s)                 stitch(es)

WS                   Wrong Side

yds                  yards

 



 

Thank you for using a #SaraKayHartmann design.

I hope to give you a joyous crochet experience!

 

Share your projects with me at

@sarakayhartmann on IG

 

Find more patterns you’ll love at sarakayhartmann.com

Many of the hats in this collection were embellished with my

Sweet Motifs for Crochet Delight!



Yours in Stitches,
Sara

IMG_9754

Simple Baby Onesie ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Hello Dear Crocheters,

I have yet another sweet little baby project to share with you today! You can use the pattern free below or buy the $2 PDF download in my Ravelry shop for an ad-free experience.

Embellish your Simple Baby Onesie by appliqueing a crocheted motif on the chest–I used the Bright Rainbow pattern from my Tiny Happy Crochet collection.

My Simple Baby Onesie was designed with babies and mommies in mind! Machine-washable DK weight yarn is soft and cozy while being lightweight enough for all seasons to keep baby comfy. The pattern features adjustable shoulder straps for longer wear as baby grows along with crotch buttons for easy diaper-changes. Customize your onesie with buttons or sew on a sweet crochet applique to suit boys or girls.

 



 

Size
To fit babies 3-9 mos. old with adjustable shoulder straps

Yarn
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic & 40% Polyamide; 377 yd [344 m] / 4 oz [113 g]): #66 Surf Baby, 1 skein

For Yarn Substitutions:
271 yd [248 m] / 2.9 oz [81 g] #3 Light (DK weight) yarn

 



 

Hook
Size F/5 [3.75 mm]

 



 

Notions
7 flat buttons: 7/8” each

 



 

Gauge
17.5 sts and 13 rows in 4 rows of half-double crochet

 



 

Notes
• This onesie is worked seamlessly from the bottom up.
• The back and front crotch pieces are worked separately before being joined for working the body in turned rounds, then the pattern divides to work the back and front chest and straps.
• This onesie has 2 sets of adjustable buttons to attach the straps at the back of the onesie and allow for longer wear as baby grows. It also buttons at the crotch for easy diaper changing.

 
Special Abbreviations
LC (long chain): This pattern uses a single long chain instead of the conventional 2-chain half double crochet turning chain worked as follows: Draw up a loop to the height of the hdc about to be worked, work first hdc in same st. This eliminates the need for a turning chain and the unsightly gaps that accompany the standard turning chain.

INSTRUCTIONS
Back Crotch Flap
Ch 19.
Row 1 (RS): LC, work hdc in each foundation ch across, turn…19 hdc.
Row 2 (Buttonhole Row): LC, hdc in first 2 sts, *ch 3, sk 3, hdc in next 3 hdc; rep from * twice, hdc in last 2 sts, turn.
Row 3: LC, hdc in each hdc, 3 hdc in each 3-ch sp across…19 hdc.
Row 4 (increase row): LC, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each st to last 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn…21 hdc.
Row 5: LC, hdc in each hdc across, turn.
Rows 6-9: Rep Rows 4-5.
Rows 10-13: Rep Row 4…33 hdc made at the end of Row 13.
Row 14: LC, hdc in each hdc across, turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.
Set Back Flap aside while Front Flap is worked.



Front Crotch Flap
Ch 19.
Row 1 (RS): LC, work hdc in each foundation ch across, turn…19 hdc.
Rows 2-9: LC, hdc in each st across, turn.
Row 10: LC, hdc in first st, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn…21 hdc.
Rows 11-16: Rep Row 10…33 hdc made at the end of Row 16.
Row 17: LC, hdc in each st across, do not turn.

Onesie Body (worked in turned rounds)
With RS of Back Flap facing:
Back Flap Joining Round: LC, hdc in each st of Back Flap, sl st to first hdc of Front Flap Row 17 to join round, turn…66 hdc.
Round 18 (WS): LC, hdc in each hdc around, turn.
Rounds 19-42: Rep Round 18, turning with each row and working from the Right Side or Wrong Side as appropriate (odd rows are Right Side rows, even rows are Wrong Side rows).

Chest Flap
Row 1: Sl st in first 3 sts, LC, hdc in same st, hdc in next 28 sts, turn…29 hdc.
Row 2: LC, hdc in first hdc, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, turn…27 hdc.
Row 3: Rep Row 2…25 hdc.
Rows 4-7: LC, hdc in each st across, turn.

Right Shoulder Strap
Row 1: LC, hdc in first st and next 5 sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, turn…7 sts.
Row 2: LC, hdc2tog over first 2 sts, hdc in next 5 sts, turn.
Rows 3-16: LC, hdc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

Left Shoulder Strap
With WS of Chest Flap facing, join yarn in 7th hdc from left chest corner, pull up a loop.
Row 1: LC, hdc2tog over first 2 sts, hdc in next 6 sts, turn…7 sts.
Row 2: LC, hdc in first 5 sts, hdc2tog over last 2 sts, turn.
Rows 3-16: LC, hdc in each st across, turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 



 
Upper Back Flap
With RS facing, join yarn in 3rd hdc to left of Chest Flap (leaving 2 hdc unworked) and pull up a loop.
Row 1: LC, hdc in same st and next 28 sts, turn…29 hdc.
Row 2: LC, hdc in first st, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in each st to last 3 sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, hdc in last st, turn…27 hdc.
Row 3: Rep Row 2…29 hdc.
Rows 4-5: LC, hdc in each st across, turn.
Row 6 (buttonhole row): LC, hdc in first st, hdc in next st, ch 3, sk 3 hdc, hdc in next hdc and each hdc across to last 5 hdc, ch 3, sk 3 hdc, hdc in last 2 hdc, turn…2 buttonholes made.
Row 7: LC, hdc in each hdc, 3 hdc in each 3-ch sp across, turn…29 hdc.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

Edge Buttonholes
(Work for all 7 buttonholes)

10
With RS of Onesie facing, join yarn in corner of buttonhole and pull up a loop. Work 11 sc around buttonhole opening, sl st to first sc made to join round. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

 



 
Finishing
Weave in yarn ends. Sew buttons in place. Steam lightly to set stitches.

SCHEMATIC
A – Body Circumference: 14” [35.5 cm] (unstretched)
B – Crotch Length: 3.5” [9 cm]
C – Neck Width: 3” [7.5 cm]
D – Total Length: 15” [38 cm] or 16” [40.5 cm] depending on which buttons are fastened

11 schematic photo

 


STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

” inches
* repeat the instructions following
the single asterisk as directed
ch chain
ch-sp chain space
cm centimeters
g grams
hdc half double crochet
hdc2tog half double crochet 2 together
LC long chain (see Special Abbreviations)
m meters
mm millimeters
oz ounces
rem remaining
rep repeat
rnd(s) round(s)
RS Right Side
sc single crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)
WS Wrong Side
yds yards

If you enjoy my patterns and want to support more free patterns, please consider buying the $2 PDF download or click a few ads here on my site. I really appreciate your support!

If you make a Simple Baby Onesie and want to share it with me, use #sarakayhartmann on IG! I’d love to hear from you about my patterns. My goal is to give you joy in your crochet experiences, so I hope this onesie is a fun project for you.

Yours in Stitches,

Sara



pattern label

Tiny Happy Crochet: 8 Darling Motifs to Make for Little Ones

Oh Crocheters, I have the dearest thing to share with you today!

Tiny Happy Crochet Collage with Label

Tiny Happy Crochet is a collection of eight darling crochet motifs that will sweeten up any project for little ones! You can sew them to simple garments and accessories for a touch of whimsy, create charms for precious buntings and nursery mobiles, or attach them to hair clips and greeting cards for a dear handmade touch. My three-year-old daughter enjoys playing with them fresh off the hook. They’re just fun to have around!

You can buy this ebook style pattern with ad-free written instructions and crochet charts for only $2 in my Ravelry Shop.

Some Introductory Remarks About Yarn…

YARN
For my colorwork projects, I love to work with a single brand or line of yarn that offers a wide range of colors to draw from. Many brands have color cards that are developed together to offer harmonious hues and simplify the issue of differing gauges and yarn textures creating motifs that look tied together.

With that said, you can mix, match, and blend weights, textures, and colors to your heart’s content! It is all good. This is a project to play and have fun with!



Yarns Used:
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic/40% Polyamide; 377 yds [345 m];4 oz [115 g]): 1 skein each…
Sand Castle #404 (beige)
Bashfull #76 (peach)
Pooltime #59 (seafoam green)
Flannel Marled #402 (light heather gray)
Naked #11 (cream)
Sunkisses #16 (light yellow)
Boo Pink # 40 (baby pink)
Sugarplum #60 (lavender)
Surf Baby # 66 (light aqua blue)

 

 



 

Yarn Substitutions:
Various amounts and colors of #3 Light (DK weight) yarn. Feel free to use any weight yarn you desire. Just change to an appropriate hook size—check yarn label for guidance on recommended hook sizes if you are unsure.

Yarn Quantities:
You need very small amounts of yarn for the individual motifs. I recommend buying an assortment of colors, and have fun playing around! You’ll get LOTS of motifs from a few skeins of yarn.

 

 

 

CROCHET HOOK
Size F/5 [3.75 mm]
See Yarn Substitutions above for guidance on hook sizes. As with any crochet project, you should adjust hook size until you are happy with your fabric.

ABBREVIATIONS
Abbreviations and any Special Stitches used follow each Sweet Motif along with a crochet symbol chart and chart key.

Little Blossom (2 colors)


This Little Blossom is a dear little doodad with endless possibilities for applique onto garments and accessories. String them as a bunting. You could sew them together to create a beautiful scarf or scatter a few as a table decoration for a tea party.

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, 2 dc cl in ring (counts as 3 dc cl), ch 1, (3 dc cl, ch 1) 5 times in ring, sl st to top of first cluster to join round. Pull beginning yarn tail to close blossom center. Do not turn…6 clusters; 6 ch-sps made.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 6” [10 cm] tail.
Join B in top of any cluster and pull up a loop.
With Color B:
Round 2: Ch 1, 3 dc-ch 1-sl st to top of same cluster, *sl st in next cluster, (ch 1 – 3 dc – ch 1 – sl st) in same cluster; rep from * around, sl st to top of first cluster to join rnd.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail. If you have any gaps between petals, use a yarn tail to tighten that area before weaving it in.
If you plan to applique this motif to another crocheted item, leave 1 or 2 yarn tails unwoven and use them to sew the motif to the background piece. Weave in yarn ends.

Little Blossom Chart and Key

 



 

Abbreviations/Special Stitches

“ inches
cm centimeters
2 dc cl 2 double crochet cluster
Instructions: Yo, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in same st or sp, yo, pull up a loop,, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

3 dc cl 3 double crochet cluster
Instructions: Yo, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, (yo, insert hook in same st or sp, yo, pull up a loop,, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
ch chain
ch-sp chain space
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch

Itty Bitty Blossom (2 colors)



The Itty Bitty Blossom may be my favorite of this whole collection, if I could choose one. Such a speedy way to add a tiny pop of pretty wherever it may be needed. We couldn’t resist turning them all into hair clips, but I think these would be darling sewn all over a baby sweater!

INSTRUCTIONS
With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 1 (counts as sc), 9 sc in ring, pull beginning yarn tail to close ring, sl st to ch to join round, do not turn…10 sc.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.
Join B in any sc, pull up a loop.
With B:
Round 2: Ch 1, (sc-hdc-sc) in same st, *sl st in next 2 sc, pull up a loop, (ch 1, sc-hdc-sc) in same st; rep from * 3 times, sl st to first ch to join round.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.


 



 

Abbreviations

“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
hdc half double crochet
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
sts stitch(es)

Little Cloud (1 color)


My family loves Winnie-the-Pooh so I think of this cloud motif as the Little Cloud that Pooh Bear sings about in Chapter 1.

How sweet to be a Cloud
Floating in the Blue!
Every little cloud
Always sings aloud.
-Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

I use this design as an applique with Tiny Raindrops (below), as base clouds for my Bright Rainbow applique (below), and as nursery mobile charms! Imagine how cute it would be to sew clouds all over to a fuzzy blue baby blanket. Baby would love to touch and feel all the Little Clouds.

INSTRUCTIONS
Round 1: Ch 5, 3 dc in first ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 8 dc in same ch, working on bottom side of foundation chain, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in first ch worked to close round.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.
Use yarn ends to sew as an applique or weave in yarn ends. If your cloud has any gaps in the center, you can use the yarn tail to invisibly sew it closed from the back.

 

 

Abbreviations

“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
dc double crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch

Tiny Raindrops (1 Color)

cloud drops
Designed to make a sweet raincloud when paired with my Little Cloud motif (above), the Tiny Raindrops are quick and cute!

 



 

 

INSTRUCTIONS
(make 3-5 raindrops if using with Little Cloud pattern above)
Make adjustable ring.
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring. Pull beginning yarn tail to close ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Use yarn ends to sew the raindrop in place on your background fabric. Weave in remaining yarn ends.

Another Idea: An assortment of small blue buttons also make charming raindrops that fall sweetly from your Little Cloud instead of the crocheted Tiny Raindrops. Always use care when working with buttons on projects for small children since they can be choking hazards.

 

 

 

Abbreviations
“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch

Bright Rainbow (6 Colors)

Sighting a rainbow is always special and fills me with joy!

Important Note: Fasten off and break yarn color after each row; join next color with Right Side of Rainbow facing throughout.

 

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
Row 1: Ch 9, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hk, 2 sc in each ch across, do not turn…16 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 3 times, do not turn…24 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] twice, sc in next 6 sc, [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 3 times, do not turn…30 sc. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, do not turn. Fasten off, break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.

Single Crochet Rainbow Motif

Attach Clouds (optional)
Make 2 Little Clouds (pattern above) from white or ivory yarn using the same yarn weight and hook size you used for the Bright Rainbow so the proportion is correct. Use the yarn tails from the Little Clouds to sew the clouds to the bottoms of the rainbow applique.

 



 

Abbreviations
“ inches
cm centimeters
ch chain
RS right side
sc single crochet

Tiny Hearts (3 sizes)

Tiny Hearts are irresistible! Glue to cards to make valentines, hair clips, string for a bunting, or sew to anything for a little shot of love! Here are three sizes—all tiny!

INSTRUCTIONS
TINY HEART (large size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 4, work following stitches into ring (3 dtr – 3 tr – dtr – 3 tr – 3 dtr), ch 3, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

 



 

TINIER HEART (medium size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 3, work following sts into ring (3 tr – 3 dc – tr – 3 dc – 3 tr), ch 2, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

TINIEST HEART (small size)
Make adjustable ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, work following sts into ring (3 dc – 3 hdc – dc – 3 hdc – 3 dc), ch 1, sl st into ring. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail. Pull beg yarn tail tight to close ring.

Bitty Bows (1 Color)


Bows are timeless for little girls, and these Bitty Bows add a precious tiny touch to baby hats, headbands, clothes or booties.

 



 

INSTRUCTIONS
Make adjustable ring using a long length (about 12” [30.5 cm]) of yarn to leave a long beginning yarn tail.
Round 1: Ch 6, 6 dtr in ring, ch 6, sl st in ring, ch 6, 6 dtr in ring, ch 6, sl st in ring.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” [15 cm] tail.
Use beginning yarn tail to wrap around the center of the Bitty Bow several times to form a gather. Weave yarn end through the back of the wrapped yarn to secure and weave to opposite short end of Bitty Bow. Use yarn ends to sew applique to background fabric. Weave in all ends.

 

 

Baby Bear Ears (1 or 2 Colors)


Sew these bear ears to the crown of any baby hat to instantly make it a bear hat! Adorable. Make the ears in the same yarn you used for the hat.

INSTRUCTIONS
Make 2 ear motifs.

Make an Adjustable ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 9 dc in ring, pull beg yarn tail to close ring, turn…10 dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, dc in next 8 dc, 2 dc in last dc, turn…12 dc.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 8” [20.5 cm] tail.

Baby Bear Ears Chart KeyBaby Bear Ears Chart

Sew Ears
Lay finished hat flat on work surface with the joining seam centered in back. Position ears (Right Side facing up) on the fold at the crown of the hat so the center of the ear is lined up with the center of Row 5 if you are using my Soft & Sweet Baby Beanie pattern. Use both yarn tails to sew ear securely in place between Rows 3-7. Rep for second ear. Weave in remaining yarn ends. Block lightly if desired.

Color Variation: I love to add Baby Bear Ears to my Classic 2-Color Stripe version of my Soft & Sweet Newborn Beanie. To make Baby Bear Ears for this striped hat, work Row 1 in Color A and Row 2 in Color B using the colors used to make the beanie.

Mix and match because it’s all cute!

If you enjoy my work, please consider buying this collection as a $2 PDF download to support more patterns, or you can always click a few ad links here on the site. I appreciate your support.

Sending you happy crocheted love today!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara

 



Simple Baby Cardigan ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

Hi Crochet Friends,

In keeping with my recent baby projects (lots more to come!), I have a new crochet pattern to share with you today. A fast and simple sweater to stitch up for beloved babies in your life! Use the pattern free here on the site or buy the $2 PDF download, ad-free!

1



This Simple Baby Cardigan is the perfect basic sweater for the darling new baby in your life. You get to add unique touches through color choice or special buttons.

3



Machine-washable yarn is great for tired mamas with lots of baby laundry, and worsted weight is perfect for a speedy sweater since it will be outgrown in only a few months. But those months will be adorable and very special in a lovingly crocheted cardi perfect for boys and girls alike!

2

SIZE
Sized to fit babies 6-12 mos.
Finished Chest Circumference: 20.5” [52 cm]
Total Length: 11” [28 cm]

 

 

YARN
Baby Bee Soft and Sleek (100% Low Pill Acrylic; 182 yds [166 m]/ 3.5 oz [100 g]: #4 Seafoam Marled, 2 skeins

 



 

For Yarn Substitutions:
279 yd [256 m]/5.4 oz [153 g]
of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted)

 



 

CROCHET HOOK
Size I/9 [5.5 mm]

 



 

TOOLS
Yarn needle
5 buttons (7/8”)
Sewing thread or embroidery floss for sewing on buttons
Sewing needle for sewing on buttons

 

 

GAUGE
13.5 sts and 8.5 rows = 4” [10 cm]
in double crochet stitch

 



 

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
LC long chain: This pattern uses a single long chain instead of the conventional 3-chain double crochet turning chain worked as follows: Draw up a loop to the height of the dc about to be worked, work first dc in same st. This eliminates the need for a turning chain and the unsightly gaps that accompany the standard turning chain.

 

 

NOTES
• This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
• The sweater body is worked in a single piece from the bottom up, seamed at the shoulders, and the sleeves are worked seamlessly in turned rounds from armhole to cuff. The neckband and button bands are then worked seamlessly onto the garment.
• This pattern is unisex and offers reversed button/buttonhole band instructions for boys and girls.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS
SWEATER BODY
Row 1 (RS): Make 66 fdc OR ch 66 and LC, dc in each ch across…66 fdc or 66 dc made.
Row 2-13: LC, dc in each st across, turn.

 



 

LEFT FRONT
Set-Up Row (WS): LC, dc in next 16 sts, turn…16 dc made.
Rows 1-4: LC, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 5 (shaping row): LC, dc in next 7 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts, turn…8 sts rem.
Row 6 (shaping row): LC, dc2tog over first two sts, dc in each st across, turn…7 sts rem.
Row 7 (shaping row): LC, dc in next 5 sts, dc2tog over last 2 sts…6 sts rem.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 20” tail.

 

 

UPPER BACK
Join yarn in 17th SWEATER BODY st (this is also the next unworked dc next to the LEFT FRONT just made) and pull up a loop.

Set-Up Row (WS): LC, dc in next 34 sts, turn…34 dc made.
Rows 1-6: LC, dc in each st across, turn.

 

 

Shape Back Neck
Row 7 (Right Back Neck): LC, dc in next 6 sts. Do not turn. Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail. Skip next 22 sts, join yarn in 23rd st,
Row 7, cont’d (Left Back Neck): LC, dc in next 6 sts. Do not turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

 

RIGHT FRONT
Join yarn at Right Front edge, pull up a loop.
Set-Up Row (WS): LC, dc in next 16 sts, turn…16 dc made.
Rows 1-4: LC, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 5 (shaping row): LC, dc2tog over first 2 sts, dc in next 7 sts, , turn…8 sts rem.
Row 6 (shaping row): LC, dc in first 6 sts, dc2tog over last two sts,, turn…7 sts rem.
Row 7 (shaping row): LC, dc2tog over first 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts, …6 sts rem.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 20” tail.

 

 

SEAM SHOULDERS
Turn SWEATER BODY wrong side out and seam front and back shoulders by sewing or slip-stitching a seam along the shoulder edge. Repeat for second shoulder. Turn SWEATER BODY right side out.

 

 

 

SLEEVE (make 2)
Note: the sleeves are worked in turned rounds so that the sleeve fabric matches the body fabric worked flat.
Join yarn at underarm and pull up a loop.
Rnd 1: LC, work 27 dc evenly spaced around armhole opening, sl st to first dc to join rnd, turn…27 dc.
Rnd 2: LC, dc in each dc around, sl st to first dc to join rnd, turn.
Rnd 3 (decrease rnd): LC, dc in first dc, dc2tog over next 2 dc, dc in each dc to last 2 dc, dc2tog over last 2 dc, sl st to first dc to join rnd , turn…25 sts rem.
Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 5 (decrease rnd): Rep Rnd 3…23 sts rem.
Rnds 6-7: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 8 (decrease rnd): Rep Rnd 3…21 sts rem.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 10 (decrease rnd): Rep Rnd 3…19 sts rem.
Rnds 11-12: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 13 (decrease rnd): Rep Rnd 3…17 sts rem.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

 

 

NECKBAND
With Right Side of the garment facing, join yarn at neck corner of Right Front and pull up a loop.
Row 1: Ch 1, work 55 sc evenly spaced across neckline to neck corner of Left Front, turn…55 sc.
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

 

 

BUTTON BAND
For girl’s sweater: Join yarn at hem corner of LEFT FRONT and pull up a loop.
For boy’s sweater: Join yarn at hem corner of RIGHT FRONT and pull up a loop.
Row 1: Ch 1, work 30 sc evenly spaced along FRONT and NECKBAND, turn…30 sc.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 



 

 

BUTTONHOLE BAND
For girl’s sweater: Join yarn at hem corner of RIGHT FRONT and pull up a loop.
For boy’s sweater: Join yarn at hem corner of LEFT FRONT and pull up a loop.
Row 1: Ch 1, work 30 sc evenly spaced along FRONT and NECKBAND, turn…30 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, [ch 2, sk 2, sc in next 4 sc] four times, ch 2, sk 2, sc in last 2 sc, turn…5 buttonholes made.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, [2 sc in next 2-ch sp, sc in next 4 sc] five times, sc in last 2 sc, turn…30 sc.
Row 5: Rep Row 2.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

 

 

FINISHING
Weave in yarn ends. Sew buttons in place using sewing needle and thread or embroidery floss. Steam lightly to set stitches and relax any tendency for the crochet to curl at the corners.

 

 



 

SCHEMATIC
A – Chest Width: 10.5” [27 cm]/Chest Circumference: 20.5” [52 cm]
B – Total Length: 11” [28 cm]
C – Center Back Neck-to-Cuff: 11.5” [29 cm]
D – Armhole Depth: 4” [10 cm]
E – Sleeve to Underarm Length: 6” [15 cm]5 schematic photo.JPG

 

 

 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

” inches
* repeat the instructions following
the single asterisk as directed
ch chain
ch-sp chain space
cm centimeters
cont’d continued
fdc foundation double crochet
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 together
g grams
m meters
mm millimeters
oz ounces
rem remaining
rep repeat
rnd(s) round(s)
RS Right Side
sc single crochet
sk skip
st(s) stitch(es)
WS Wrong Side
yds yards

 

Thanks for stopping by today! If you make this project, please share it with me and others, @sarakayhartmann on Instagram.

Yours in Stitches,
Sara

label photo for IG