Dare to Make It! Crochet-Along: Week 5

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Add the buttons and the edging, and youll have a very sweet hoodie indeed.
Begin by single crocheting along the right side edge of the right front.
After you make the first buttonhole, pass one of the buttons you intend to use through the hole to make sure it will be a good fit.
Add the buttons and the edging, and youll have a very sweet hoodie indeed.

Add the buttons and the edging, and you'll have a very sweet hoodie indeed.

Photo: Linda Permann

By now we've made all of the pieces and it's time to finish the hoodie. I'll give you fair warning—this was by far the most difficult part of making the hoodie as the intstructions got a little blurry. Hopefully the step-by-steps will save you some of the frustration.

For reference, 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. Now, on to the finishing!

Step 1: Make the buttonhole and button bands.

  Begin by single crocheting along the right-side edge of the right front (for girls) or the right side of the left edge (for boys). Skip ahead to the third photo to get a clearer view of what you're crocheting in this section.

I'm showing this in the green yarn so that it's easy to see. Note: You won't single-crochet up the entire edge; stop just before the neck decreases (the hood will be attached to that triangular part later). There's no perfect way to know where to place each single crochet, so just do your best. If something looks funny, pull out a few stitches and try again—practice makes perfect. Continue to follow the pattern for the second row and proceed to row 3, the buttonhole row. As described in the pattern, each buttonhole is made very simply—just chain 1 and skip the single crochet below.


After you make the first buttonhole, pass one of the buttons you intend to use through the hole to make sure it will be a good fit.

If your button is too small, you'll need to get a larger one (since this is the smallest buttonhole you can make). If you have oversize buttons, you might want to add one more chain and skip 1 more sc to make a larger buttonhole (repeat for all of the buttonholes, and subtract 1 single crochet beween hole repeats to make up for the extra space). Aren't these the easiest buttonholes ever?

Continue to follow the directions for the rest of the buttonhole and button bands. You'll work the button band the same way; just make a sc where you would have made a chain 1 in row 3.


Once you complete the buttonhole and button bands, your front pieces should look like this.

The vertical pink stitching is the part that was added for the button/buttonhole bands.

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