Crochet-Along: How to Crochet a Baby Hoodie, Part 2

comments (14) October 22nd, 2008     

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To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.
Compare the left front to the back of the sweater to make sure youre on track, then begin the neck shaping.
Compare the left front to the back to make sure you have the same number of rows in each and that the parts fit together.
To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.

To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.

Photo: Linda Permann

Step 2: Make the Right Front

Ultimately, you want to re-create the left front in reverse, so that the right front is a mirror image of the left front. To do this, you will just switch a few key stitches. Begin by working the pattern in hdc until it measures the indicated length. Remember to end at the end of a wrong-side row, then turn. When you are ready to proceed to Shape Armhole, instead of working slipstitches into the first 4 stitches, ch 2 and hdc in each stitch across until the last 4 stitches. Leave the last 4 stitches unworked and turn. This is going to give you an armhole on the left side of the work (when RS is facing you) as pointed to by my crochet hook in the below photo.

Crochet-Along: How to Crochet a Baby Hoodie
Continue to work even until the armhole measures the indicated length, remembering to end at the end of a wrong-side row. Turn the work to the right side.

Now you are going to start the Neck Shaping. As you can see from the photo above, and hopefully from your piece, you are already in the area where the collar will be, so you will start the shaping at the beginning of the row for the right front (instead of at the end, as on the left front). Note that the Right Front is shown on the left above-this is because the terms "left" and "right" refer to the wearer's left and right (confusing, I know!). Follow this pattern for the next four rows of the Right Front:

1st row: Slipstitch in first 3 stitches, hdc in next hdc and each hdc across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st until last 2 stitches. Hdc2tog over last 2 stitches, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc2tog over first 2 stitches, hdc in each stitch across.

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

From here you can follow the pattern again-working even until the height of the front matches the back (in my case, I did not make any extra rows, but depending on your size, you may need to do so). When you are finished, fasten off the work. (Note: If you need a slipstitch or fastening-off refresher, visit last week's post.)

Crochet-Along: How to Crochet a Baby Hoodie   Here are the two completed sweater fronts. As you can see, the hoodie is really starting to shape up!


Next week, we'll be making the sleeves, which are relatively simple, and then I'll show you how to add the sleeve border. Feel free to post any questions in the meantime!


Note: For easy reference for those of you just joining, here's the pattern we're using: Sweet Baby Hoodie. If you need to catch up, click over to: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4, and Week 5.


See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.


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Comments (14)

Johanka1986 writes: Hi Linda, great tutorial, thank you! So far I was crocheting only scarfs and mittens. This is my first attempt to proper garment. I hope you don't mind that this post will be long.

I have started as you've advised - with taste square. With 4mm hook my piece was too small - however, with some blocking (which I have never done before), it would achieve 4inch wide, height would be more difficult, but I figured, that I could just crochet more rows of actual hoodie to achieve required size. I have tested 5mm hook as well - that would give 4inch without stretching the piece (width), but again similar situation for the height.

Could you advice whether the final piece requires blocking, and therefore I should stick to 4mm hook? And if so - is blocking even possible with acrylic yarn? Or maybe blocking will not be required and I should switch to 5mm hook? Or just assume that 4mm is ok and hoodie will stretch while being used?

Posted: 3:42 am on April 4th
Miss Mandy writes: Please help I'm confused...the armholes are causing me grief, despite following the tutorial! I'm hoping someone has had similar problems. On shaping the armhole for the Back it is specified to continue even till armhole measures 12.5cm (12m size). However when working a right or left front armhole it specifies to work even until it measures 7.5cm. Wouldn't they measure the same? A photo of all pieces laid flat, in place before being sewn would be soooo helpful. Oh dear, my arm when folded only measures 10cm at the widest part. Too small for the gap in which I need to attach it. HELP!
Posted: 5:44 am on June 5th
LindaPermann writes: cirone- just saw your question-- i answered it on the other post:
Posted: 2:00 am on October 31st
cirone writes: just commenting to say i'm done with week 2 (after having to undo and redo the right front side 3 times to make it match the left *sigh*) and starting week 3 =) pictures will come later after the camera battery gets charged up.

in the future, how would i tell whether a side is "right" or "wrong"?
Posted: 10:20 pm on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: Oh yea, there it is! Yes, it must've just taken a few minutes. I'm all about instant gratification...not always a good thing!
Posted: 2:59 pm on October 30th
LindaPermann writes: AZwanKenobi- I see it on the page-- I think it might just take a while to show up. It looks great so far!
Posted: 2:47 pm on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: I posted my photo, but it doesn't show up on this page...only my "Share" page. How do I get it to show up here?
Posted: 11:26 am on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: About the right or wrong sides...they do look very similar, so I just picked the side that looked nicest to me and made that my "right" side. I've finished the back piece and the right front. I'll post a photo...
Posted: 11:10 am on October 30th
LindaPermann writes: Cirone-
don't worry too much about the right and wrong sides, there's barely a difference for this pattern (just something to keep in mind when working on garments later).

And yes- worry about the shaping when you get there. I am sure you will figure it out! And if not- I'll help!

Posted: 2:01 pm on October 27th
cirone writes: I just found a moment to start on week 2 =) Wow, I didn't realize there was a right/wrong side out? Both sides look pretty similar to me. And the shaping thing looks complicated. I think I'll just start and deal with it when I get there =)
Posted: 12:08 am on October 27th
redrose1550 writes: Sounds like me. always a day late and a dollar short as they say. i need to get started also. Just found your website.
thank you.
Posted: 10:39 pm on October 25th
idlehands2 writes: I made this sweater (boy's version) in March 2008, using the Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn in Sky Blue, and it was very easy (and fun!). I have only been crocheting since Thanksgiving of last year, so that should attest to how simple it was! I used to knit, years ago, and was always frustrated with garments. This pattern taught me that I can make garments with ease!
Posted: 6:50 am on October 25th
LindaPermann writes: SharonWinPA- Don't worry, it's not too late to start and I would love to have you join in. These pieces actually work up pretty quickly so you should be able to catch up without stressing. Good luck!
Posted: 3:04 am on October 23rd
SharonWinPA writes: Good grief! I'm at least a week behind already... Oh well, what else is new for me, the Constant Procrastinator! I just found the site for the first week and now it's week 2. Guess I'd better get to bed so I can start in the morning - it's already after midnight anyway.
Posted: 12:42 am on October 23rd
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