Even beginners can Crochet a Granny Square Baby Sweater

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Crochet Granny Square Baby Sweater – Sweet!

Make a Baby sweater using only Granny squares.   Using only basic granny squares and very easy sewing you can make this cute little crochet granny square baby sweater.    You will need 12 squares.  You can only any color combinations.  Here I used two colors a lilac and white.  If you like you can change colors on each row but I choose to work two rounds  of lilac with my last two rounds in white.  I would recommend that you make your fourth row the same color on all your squares.  This will help to hide any seam work by using that same matching color to sew all your pieces together.   This is a great way to use up your scraps of yarn as well.    If you don’t know how to sew your pieces together don’t worry I have included the link for an easy to follow video tutorial.  I show two methods for sewing your pieces together.  Choose whichever your prefer.  This should fit a baby 6-9 months old.  If you need to make it bigger you could either  1)  Use a larger hook  2)  Add another row on the granny squares.

Skill Level:  Beginner+

Materials You will need for your Granny Square sweater:

Baby weight 3 (fine) yarn in colors of your choice.. it takes less than 3 oz of each color.


Yarn needle

1 yard of a soft coordinating ribbon (optional) you can choose to just chain 50 and use that as your tie
To begin:  Make 12 granny squares

Granny square pattern:  (I used 2 colors, you can change colors each round if you like)   Are you ready?  “Let’s Get The Party Started!”


(color 1)  chain 4, sl st into 1st ch

rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as dc here and thru out), 2dc into ring, *ch 3, 3dc into ring*, rep from * to * 2 more times, sl st into 3rd ch, sl into next 2 st, sl st into ch-3 space (you will be working inside the corner space)

rnd 2:  ch 3, 2dc into ch-3 sp, ch 3,  *3dc into ch-3 sp, ch 2, 3dc into ch-3 sp,*, rep from * to * two more times,sl st into 3rd ch, sl into next 2 st, sl into ch-3 space.  Change color before completing your sl st in the ch-3 sp  (you will be working inside the corner space)

rnd 3:  (with color 2)  ch 3, 2dc into ch-3 sp, ch 3, *3dc into ch-3 sp, ch 2, 3dc into ch-3 sp,*, rep from * to * two more times,sl st into 3rd ch, sl into next 2 st, sl into ch-3 space.

rnd 4:ch 3, 2dc into ch-3 sp, ch 3, *3dc into ch-3 sp, ch 2, 3dc into ch-3 sp,*, rep from * to * two more times,sl st into 3rd ch, sl into next 2 st, sl into ch-3 space. fasten off.

Check “Putting all together” section for further instructions.  

If you have a different method for making granny square do whichever is easiest for you.   If you prefer to see a video tutorial just click  on the link below or video clip below.

Granny Square video tutorial 

Putting it all together:

After completing your 12 granny squares, you will be making 6 pieces of two squares each.  This will give your 6 pieces that have 2 squares each (these 2 pieces will be forming a rectangle)  These 6 pieces is what you will be using to shape your sweater.    Begin your seam on the 2nd ch of each corner and end on the following 2nd ch of the of that edge.  Line up your squares to ensure you are sewing them correctly.  Do this with all your pieces.   Please NOTE:  Be sure your are sewing the same sides together, meaning both right sides should be facing in the same direction.   See photo below

sets of 2

If you’re not sure how to sew your seams together or you need a reminder I have a quick video tutorial.  Just click on the link or picture below.

How to Sew your pieces together Video tutorial


Back of  Granny square sweater:   Take 2 of your rectangles and sew them together along one edge to form a square.  There will be four granny squares in this piece.  (see photo)  back of sweaterjpg

Front of  Granny square sweater:  Now you will be sewing the front pieces to your sweater.  You will begin at the outer corner (the 2nd chain) and this time you will sew across and stop after the third double crochet of the second 3dc cluster.  You will leave the remaining stitches free.  This will form the neck opening.   See photo below.  Do this on both edges.  Always ensure that the right side of the work is facing you).

front of sweater


Sleeves of Granny square sweater:   Now take the remaining 2 pieces and line them up along the 2 squares in the center.  Meaning the back of sweater and the front of the sweater.   Sew your pieces the same way.  Beginning on the first side 2nd chain and ending on the 2nd chain of your edge.   Your piece should resemble a letter t.   (Well not exactly because the front pieces aren’t sewn shut).    See photo below.

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Sewing up sleeve and side seams:  Now fold your piece with the back to the back and front to the front.  You will be folding your sleeves to have one square to the back and one to the front.  Sew along the side seams to close your sweater.  See photo.

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Finishing edge:   Join yarn (your choice of color) along a stitch in the back of the sweater.  Now, chain 1, and work 3 rows of single crochet around edges in front, back, and neck. Work 3 single crochet on the corner stitches of each row.   Do the same for the sleeves.   Fasten off.

Sew in all your tails.

Take your ribbon and feed it thru the front.  I usually go to the second chain -3 space to avoid having it too close to the neck.  You are ready to enjoy your sweater.

doll wearing sweater)

If you are a visual learner and prefer to see a video tutorial.  Please watch my YouTube video Tutorial.  It is only 13 minutes long and shows the entire process.

If you prefer to follow along with a video, please watch my Free YouTube tutorial.  Link for video tutorial is on next page

Granny Square Baby Sweater Video Tutorial


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6 Responses to Even beginners can Crochet a Granny Square Baby Sweater

  1. Barbara D'Ambrosio January 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Very nice Yolanda. I enjoy making granny squares. Thank you for another wonderful tutorial.

  2. nancy January 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    hi Yolanda,
    I have wanted to make a sweater for myself for a long time I make my pancho’s in the same manner. I just feel so silly to not realize it is just a rearrangement of squares and how to assemble it. thanks so much for all the help keep up the good work. nancy

  3. Vicki christian January 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi Yolanda, i would love to win the Animal Lovie Blanket. Thanks so much.

  4. Cathy April 25, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    What size would this be?

    • Yolanda May 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

      For approximately 6 -8 months.. you can make the squares larger for an older child by using a large hook or adding more rounds to your squares

  5. Dianne April 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi..super job on the tutorial..I’d love to see exactly how to do an adult one! Thanks..

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