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Armhole Tutorial

I have had some questions about making the armholes on the baby sweaters. I've taken some pictures and hope this helps you if you don't understand the written directions. I haven't made all the rows just enough to show you what to do and I used 2 different colors to show you where to join to make the armholes.

1. This is where you should be on the last row before the shaping.

2. DC across to first 3dc group, DC in the middle stitch of the group. (shown in purple) Ch 4 or whatever is called for in the pattern.

3. Skip all stitches until the next 3DC group and DC in middle stitch of that group. You can see now how the armhole is formed.

4. Now DC across to next 3dc group and repeat steps 2 and 3. DC across to end and you now have armholes!

Armhole made.


Anonymous said…
Kelly!!! I have been skared of trying little sweaters because when the pat says all one piece, I can't SEE THE PIC! Now when I find your little tutorial I GET IT!!! Thanks for this! I can now do sweaters for my charities.
Kelly said…
Glad I could help!!
Lisa said…
Who would have thought arm holes could be so simple :) Thank you, I am enjoying this pattern and I hope to make more of them.
knitting4gramma said…
Very wonderful work and thanks for sharing

nancy aka crochetmum
bluealtoknits said…
Your tutorial made it so clear. I'm just trying my hand at crochet (for the Ravelympics) and inwardly groaned when I got to that part and didn't understand it.
This, is so easy, I really shouldn't tell anyone - the Ravelympics is supposed to be a challenge!
Holly said…
This part I understood. What I don't get is once you get to round 9, are you supposed to dc 6 times in the chains that you made? Seems kinda odd that way, but if you don't, and you skip over the chain, then you have a hole on the underarm. And I just THOUGHT I was good at crocheting. LOL! I am lost. Help, please? Thanks!

Kelly said…
Hi Holly, you put 1 dc in each chain so you will have 6dc total.
Hope this helps.
Holly said…

Thanks! I don't have internet access at home, so I just went home and "guessed" and went on ahead with the 6 dc's in the chain, and it worked. I have a friend who is having a baby girl, and she SWEARS that she is not putting pink on her baby. She loves black, so I am doing the sweater in black, with hot pink sleeves, then I'm going to do a hat with the pink and black. Can't WAIT to see how it turns out. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. If only I could make one in my size. LOL!
Tara said…
Anonymous said…
Hi Kelly, I love this little sweater and you have been so helpful in showing how to make the armholes. I got to the 8th round and was lost until I clicked to see how to make them. Thank you so much for the free pattern and for all the help you've shown.
Best regards..
Susannah said…
Wow! Thanks for the tutorial it is so much easier the way you put it together I sell my things online and donate to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando Fl.
So now I can start making little baby sweaters!
Thanks so much for your help!!!

Annette said…
Thank you so much for your tutorial. It is awesome. Very clear and has made my day. Thanks again.
Tracey said…
Awesome - now I know what I was doing wrong lol. THANK YOU!
Anonymous said…
Divalicious said…
Thanks to you, I am making my very first baby item that isn't a hat or booties!! I was too scared, but you have made it wonderfully easy!!!! THANK YOU!!!
Lauren said…
Hey there,
Question. When I go to put the double crochets in the chain stitches I am having a hard time figuring out where it should go. The chains seem really tight no matter how loose I think I'm making them. Tips?
Kelly, I have been using this pattern for years for all of my friends baby shower gifts. I am now known as the sweater lady and they always know one is coming in a set with hat and booties and they get excited! It is a beautiful pattern and everyone loves it! It comes together very easily. Thank you for creating and sharing it! Love your blog!
lawawuu said…
Well I guess I'm dumb. Is the picture you show for the newborn directions? If using those directions when you start the 6th row, would you DC in the first 2 DC and then CH 4 in the 3rd DC? Then skip to the 8th DC to continue? I'm so lost!
Kelly said…
@Lawaluu, I don't understand your question.
Thanks for this tutorial! I am a beginner crochet and love trying out new little dresses.
Anonymous said…
So far I'm doing great. I'm pretty much the most basic crocheter. This is so easy! AND CUTE! Will need a little help still from mom but still, I'm a quick learner and will defiantly be making a few of these.
Debra Cain said…
Awesome tutorial now I get it.... yay now I can make sweaters Thank Thank Thank You.
Diane Rowe said…
Kelly thank you for such easy patterns I have crocheted hats scarfs and afghans but have always found sweaters alittle scary I just completed your baby cardigan and feel so proud of myself will be following you often Diane
Towanna said…
Very helpful,you rock
Thank you Kelly for this easy to follow tutorial and for sharing the pattern. I crochet & knit baby hats for charities but I'd to tackle the baby sweaters.
Thank You so much for sharing this .

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