I designed this simple baby sweater crochet pattern for my newest niece, Navy Jayne. The Plain Jayne sweater will be a wardrobe staple item. It’s gender-neutral and can be worn in so many ways. Making a tiny sweater is the perfect bite size project. Even with the lightweight yarn, it works up in a flash.

I always gravitated towards garments that were “simple”. That could be made in panels then sewn together. After working a few top down sweaters I’m hooked! I love that you don’t have to seam anything together.

If you’ve been hesitant to try an all in one sweater this pattern is a great starting point. They really are easy to understand once you’ve made the first one.

The sweater is a raglan style. That means it’s crocheted in one piece from the top down and has increases in specific places. This creates 4 distinct points that create the front, back, and 2 sleeves.

Another type of top-down sweater is a round yoke. That means that the increases are spaced evenly around to create a smooth curve. The Over The Top Crop Pattern has a round yoke.

crochet crop top pattern over a dress

I wanted to make one for my other sweet niece Emmy. She’s wearing the 24-month size made with the Hawthorne Yarn from WeCrochet. I love the subtle color variations. It’s a budget-friendly yarn and is machine washable (yay!)

Let’s get started on the crochet baby sweater pattern.

What You Need

Crochet Gauge

20 sts x 20 rows = 4” square Tutorial all about gauge

Crochet Pattern Notes

Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch of the round and move it up each round. You will need 5 stitch markers.

Special Stitches

The extended single crochet stitch is an easy stitch to get the hang of. It creates a flat texture that is perfect for garments.

Extended single crochet (esc): insert hook in st, YO pull through st, YO pull through 1 loop, YO pull through both loops on hook.

Extended single crochet 2 together (esc2tog): insert hook in st, YO pull through st, YO pull through 1 loop, insert hook into next st, YO pull through st, YO pull through 1 loop, YO pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Sizing

The pattern is written for size 3 months with the larger sizes in parenthesis as follows 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months. The sweater is designed to be worn with about 2” positive ease. 

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 19 (20, 21, 22, 23.5) inches
  • Finished Length: 9.5 ( 10.25, 11, 12, 12.5) inches
  • Sleeve Length To Underarm: 6 (6.5, 7.5, 8, 8.5) inches
  • Upperarm Circumference: 7 (8, 8, 8.5, 9.5) inches

Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)

  • beg = beginning
  • BLOsc = back loop only single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • esc = extended single crochet
  • esc2tog = extended single crochet 2 together
  • pm = place marker
  • sc = single crochet
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s)s = stitch(es)

Plain Jayne Baby Sweater Crochet Pattern

Ribbed Neck Line

Ch 7 (7, 7, 8, 8)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Rows 2-60 (60, 68, 76, 76): ch 1, 1 BLOsc in each st across, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Fold in half so the first and last row are on top of each other. Sl st the first and last rows together to form a loop. 

Body

Round 1: pm in first st, work 1 esc along the edge of each row, do not join. 60 (60, 68, 76, 76)sts

Round 2: 1 esc in each of the next 11 (11, 12, 13, 13) sts, pm in last st, 1 esc in each of the next 8(8, 10, 12, 12) sts, pm in last st, 1 esc in each of the next 22 (22, 24, 26, 26) sts, pm in last st, 1 esc in each of the next 8 (8, 10, 12, 12) sts, pm in last st, 1 esc in each of the last 11 (11, 12, 13, 13) sts. 60 (60, 68, 76, 76)sts

Rounds 3-14 (16, 16, 16, 18): *1 esc in each st until 1 st before marker, 2 esc in st before marked st, 1 esc in marked st (move marker up), 2 esc in st after marker; repeat from *. 156 (172, 180, 188, 204)sts

Round 15 (17, 17, 17, 19): 1 esc in each st around, move up markers as you work. 156 (172, 180, 188, 204) sts

Repeat this round 1 (0, 2, 3, 4) more times.

Separate Sleeves from Body

Next Round: *1 esc in each st to marker, 1 esc in marked st, remove marker, sk all sts until next marker st, 1 esc in marker st, remove marker; repeat from * 1 more time, 1 esc in each st until back to beg marker. 94 (102, 106, 110, 118) sts

Next Round: 1 esc in each st around. 94 (102, 106, 110, 118) sts

Repeat this round until measures 4 (4.5, 4.75, 5.5, 6) inches from the underarm. Do not cut the yarn.

Ribbed Band

Continuing where you are.  Ch 7 (7, 7, 8, 8)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 sts of the body, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Row 2: sk the 2 sl sts, 1 BLOsc in each st across, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Row 3: ch 1, 1 BLOsc in each st across, sl st in each of the next 2 sts of the body, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Repeat rows 2 and 3 all around the body of the sweater. Sl st the first and last rows together. Cut the yarn.

Sleeves

Attach the yarn at the bottom center of the underarm.

Round 1: pm in first st, work 2 esc in the opposite side of the marker st that was used for joining the body, evenly esc around, work 2 esc in the opposite side of the marker st that was used for joining the body . 35 (40, 41, 43, 47) sts

Rounds 2-4: 1 esc in each st around. 35 (40, 41, 43, 47) sts

Round 5: esc2tog, 1 esc in each st around until final 2 sts, esc2tog. 33 (38, 39, 41, 45) sts

Rounds 6-7: 1 esc in each st around. 33 (38, 39, 41, 45) sts

Repeat rounds 5-7 until work measures 5 (5.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5) inches from the underarm. Don’t cut the yarn.

Ribbed Cuff

Continuing where you are.  Ch 7 (7, 7, 8, 8)

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, 1 sl st in each of the next 2 sts of the sleeve, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Row 2: sk the 2 sl sts, 1 BLOsc in each st across, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Row 3: ch 1, 1 BLOsc in each st across, sl st in each of the next 2 sts of the sleeve, turn. 6 (6, 6, 7, 7) sts

Repeat rows 2 and 3 all around the sleeve. Sl st the first and final rows together. Cut the yarn.

Repeat for the 2nd sleeve. 

Weave in ends and you’re done. (yay!)