Children’s Chunky Crochet Jumper

Crochet jumper and hat
Crochet jumper and hat

This jumper pattern has been designed for 3-4 years but because of the pattern’s simplicity you can easily increase the number of rounds to adapt for larger sizes.

I’ve been jotting down the pattern on the back of an envelope as I worked through the design, so hopefully I’ve not missed anything between feeding the baby and chasing a three year old around the house! I’ve had to do a bit of quick math for the number of stitches there should be in certain rounds, but actually the hardest part of finishing this design was persuading (OK, bribing) my incredibly unwilling model to try the jumper on!

Crochet jumper and hat
Crochet jumper and hat

We’re through the trials and tribulations, and I’m happy to share the pattern for you to make your own. It’s a great one if you’ve got a couple of spare hours in an evening.

Or if you simply don’t have the time, nor inclination, I’ll happily take orders – just send me an email with your requirements.

 

Free crochet jumper pattern:

*US terminology*

I used 4 skeins of super chunky Lion Brand yarn in Wichita Tweed from Love Crochet, and a 12mm hook.

To start, ch 44 and join the ends with a sl st to make a loop (careful not to twist) – this is your neck line

Round 1

Step 1: ch 2 and work 13 dc in next 13 ch,

Step 2: dc, ch 1, and dc in the next st (this is your first corner),

Step 3: work 5 dc in the next 5 ch,

Step 4: dc, ch 1, and dc in the next st (this is your second corner),

Step 5: work 13 dc in the next 13 ch,

Step 6: dc, ch 1, and dc in the next st (this is your third corner),

Step 7: work 5 dc in the next 5 ch,

Step 8: dc, ch 1, and dc in the next st (this is your fourth corner), join with the 2nd ch of the first 2 ch that you made in step 1

Rounds 2 – 6: 

Step 1: ch 2 and continue as round 1; dc around with dc, ch 1, dc in each corner. Each round should increase by 8 st.

Round 7: 

Step 1: this is where we make the holes for the sleeves. Fold your work in half so that your corner points meet up, ensuring your first sleeve has 17 st, join corner to corner with a sl st.

We’re going to work the main part of the body now and come back to the sleeves later.

Step 2: ch 2 and work 24 dc in the next 24 st until you get to your next corner, count out 17 st until you get to the next corner and join with a dc, leaving the 17 st that make up the second sleeve unworked.

Step 3: work 24 dc into the next 24 st and join with a sl st to finish your round. Your first round to make up the main part of the body should have 50 st.

Rounds 8 – 14:  ch 2 and work 1 dc in every st around, join each round with a sl st (50)

Round 15: ch 1 and work 1 sc in every st around, join with a sl st

Fasten off.

 

The sleeves 

Round 1:  attach the yarn to the first arm pit and ch 2, work 16 dc around and join with a sl st

Round 2: ch 2 and dc 2 tog, dc in the next 14 st around and join with a sl st

Round 3 – 4: ch 2 and dc in each st around

Round 5: ch 2 and dc 2 tog, dc in the next 13 st around and join with a sl st

Round 6 – 8: ch 2 and dc in each st around

Round 9: ch 2 and dc 2 tog, dc in the next 12 st around and join with a sl st

Round 10: ch 1 and sc around, fasten off.

Repeat for the second sleeve.

 

The neckline

Round 1: attach the yarn to one of the corners, ch 1 and sc in every chain space around. Join with a sl st

Round 2 – 3: ch 1, sc 2 tog, work 20 sc in the next 20 st, sc 2 tog, work 20 sc in the next 20 st, join with a sl st

Round 4: ch 1 and turn your work so you’ll be working your next st along the back of the jumper. work 16 dc into the next 16 st, work 1 sc into the next st and fasten off.

Weave in your loose ends.

 

And now, if you have a spare skein of the same yarn lying around why not make the matching hat!

Crochet hat
Crochet hat

 

 

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