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How to make a Sweater

I get a lot of questions asking about the construction of the sweater patterns I have. I have sat down and taken pictures of each step as I made it. You will need to print out the Cardigan Pattern to use with this. I am not posting the pattern here, just the "how to". This will help you make any of my sweaters and any you may find on the web as they are all basically the same.

1. This is what it will look like after row 1.
2. This is after Row 5. The next row will form the armholes.

3. This is row 6 and forms the armholes.

4.Here you get a better look at what the sweater will look like after row 6 is complete.
You have now formed the yoke of the sweater and the next row
will start the body of the sweater.

5. This is row 7, this is where you crochet in the chain 6 of row 6.

6. This is the front edge after you have completed the body of the sweater.

7. This is the buttonhole on the left front. Sorry the picture isn't great.

8. Where the hook is is where you joing to make the sleeve. It doesn't matter exactly where you join, usually about the middle.
You are joining in the unused loops of the chain 6 that formed the armhole.

9. Voila!!! This is your finished sweater!!


skhan said…
WOW ! Thanks so much. This tutorial is a holiday gift for all the beginners out there !
needlekrafter said…
thank you so much. this is an adorable baby sweater pattern!
Marilyn said…
This is wonderful for anyone just starting out. I love your patterns. They always turn out so cute and I think they are very easy to use but I started crocheting at age 3. Now anyone shoould be able to make all your designs.
Lisa said…
Thanks for posting this! It was so much easier to do with a visual aid. I'm only on row 8, but I'm confident I'll have no problem finishing the sweater tomorrow. I was looking for something to make to match a baby blanket I made for my friend. I'm so glad I discovered your blog.
Lupie said…
This is a great lesson.
Thank you for it and all of your beautiful patterns.
leonbasin said…
So cute and soft sweater dresses for newborn baby!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial... blue and pink combination dress is best one!!
Crochet Mom said…
Oh, THANK YOU so much!

I tried your pattern before, and while I would call my first attempt a good 'first try' baby's cardigan, it didn't quite come out the way I'd planned.

Thanks for sharing this tutorial, with instructions. I'm sure the next time I try this, it will work.

Thank you.

kelsey said…
So cute and soft sweater dresses for newborn baby!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial... White and pink combination dress is best one!!
Jodie said…
Thanks so much since i ever started crochting just over a year ago i cud never get to grips with cardigans now your tutorials changed everything:)

I cant believe ive made my first cardigan :D
Jarinah said…
Thanks a lot..i've been searching for this for long time.i really need those instruction.Its really useful for me as a beginer.Luv ya.. ^_^
Anonymous said…
this is my first sweater and it is so easy, so far. I'm having one problem...I am stuck at the sleeves! How do I join the yarn to begin the sleeves? Can't figure out how to do it. Help!!! I have to finish this ASAP as a gift! Thanks.
Anonymous said…
Kelly, I have used the basic sweater construction instructions, but I am STUCK at the sleeves! I don't know how to join the yarn to begin the sleeves. This is my first time making a sweater, and it is for a gift. I need help asap! Thank you.
Kelly said…
You join it with a slip stitch.
Ron said…
What a beautiful sweater pattern. I can't wait to make it for a new baby. Thank you so much. Looking forward to more patterns for baby boys.
Deborah Rene' said…
I love your sweaters,thank you for making the patterns easy to follow. Your sweaters are so nice. I want to use your sweater pattern to create matching sweaters for my granddaughter and her baby doll, how do I enlarge your pattern to fit a size 7 for a 7ear old?
Kelly said…
I'm sorry I don't know how to make it that large. I only do newborn sizes.
That was a great help, thank you, now to make a sweater is easy with your tips. Thanks
Anonymous said…
thank you, very inspiring. especially for beginner
steph120765 said…
I have been making hats for a while now (without a pattern) and am a new crocheter. I was frustrated as I just couldn't figure out how to read a pattern so the little dress pattern of yours is the very first one I tried. With the help of the pictures and seeing the shape I actually just finished my first little dress! Thanks so much for sharing.
Pavi said…
Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern. I made a cute sweater with your pattern for my newborn to arrive. you can find the sweater here.
This pattern is really wonderful... I already made two swetters but this would be more easy for me.... Thank you
Wow! Thank you for the pictures of this little sweater. I got a similar pattern but got stuck at the row when you get to the sleeve. It was not clear or missing how to link under the arm. It just said DC the next many rows. Thanks to your great pictures I will have a sweater, cap and whatever else I can make for another nephew to arrive in September. I am a big fan of yours! Thanks, Jackie

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