Crochet Sweaters for Reborn Baby Dolls

I stared to crochet for new babies when ever I got invited to a baby shower.  I crochet the sweaters big enough so that the new little one can grow into them. I all got started about the time the little one in the top picture was born. He is in middle school at this writing.

Then I showed them to my step-daughter and she liked them so well I was then asked to crochet some sweaters for her “Reborn Babies” that she makes. Because she sells more of them to people at Christmas time they look even cuter wearing a crocheted hat and sweater set. They wear a newborn or even a preemie size sweater so now I have been crocheting them to fit a 3 to 5 pound baby. The yarn I use is thinner than what I use for the 18 month size and so the hook I use is smaller too by believe me there is the same amount of work that goes into crocheting them.

I crochet the Reborn Baby sweaters the same styles as I crochet sweaters for human children

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This too was crocheted for a real person. The daddy is holding the sweater and the hat is on his lap. Taken at a baby shower.

I was told that weather can damage their “skin” so the Reborn Babies must be covered so they do not get cold or melt. Because it is hot where we live we cannot leave it in a car when we go out any place. We take it into the stores and restaurants with us. This draws attention when we are out with one but the crocheted sweater and hat get noticed almost as much. That is good business for me. I get to make a sweater and a hat for each one sold to someone.

New born size sweater.

Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors.

I have included this link so that you can look them up for yourself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reborn_doll

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Two Easy to Crochet Babies and Tots Sweaters Explained

Crochet Top Down Sweater

Crochet Top Down Sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

I have written about crocheting for children before but I am now crocheting many baby and toddler size sweaters. What got me crocheting them is all the babies that some of my friends and family members have been having the past few years. I have essentially just 2 patterns I have crocheted much when it comes to sweaters with sleeves. One is the “hexagon sweater” and the other is a top down sweater. Both are very easy.
The “hexagon sweater” is crocheted making 2 hexagons and then putting them together by slip stitching or by sewing. I prefer the slip stitch method of putting them together as it is easier for me. The sweater will end up needing some finishing off to make it look more professional or finished looking. I like to add some length to the sleeves and I single crochet around the neck, down one side, across the bottom and up the other side. I usually start at the back of the bottom and work around the piece from there. Some of the time I will crochet ties to both sides of the front. But sometimes I sew on buttons and sometimes I add ribbons for ties.
Here are some of the pictures of some of the hexagon sweaters I crocheted: Lipstick baby sweater This is one I was working on. I since finished it.

Forest Green Baby Sweater

Forest Green Baby Sweater

I used a soft cotton yarn in worsted weight for both of these.
For the next one I used cotton yarn that felt more like string but washed up nice. I crocheted ties in finishing this little sweater made by crocheting 2 hexagons.
Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors

Crochet hexagon sweater in Christmas colors


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Back of the pullover sweater.

Back of the pullover sweater.

I showed the back of this one so you can see how I made the two halves the same.

Now let me tell you about the crochet top down sweaters. I like this method better as I can use whatever yarn and hook I want and can make it with long sleeves, three quarter sleeves, short sleeves or cap sleeves. I can finish it off like I do the hexagon sweater and I can make it as short or long as I want to make it. I have even crocheted this style for adults using measurements of the wearer. The main reason I like it is because it is so easy to make. I just start out with a chain and crochet back and forth till the sleeve row. Then I get to skip for the sleeves and continue crocheting back and forth till I reach the length I need. Then I crochet around the piece and then I go aback and add sleeves that I crochet in rounds for the desired length. No seams to sew!!

Back if the royal blue sleeves and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater.

Back if the royal blue sleeves and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater.

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater

Royal blue and multicolor crocheted top down toddler sweater


Mint green and white sweater f Mint green and white sweater b

Crochet Pattern for Ski Cap

Shorter hat

Shorter hat

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This cap was crocheted for this little guy.

This cap was crocheted for this little guy.

This is my burnt orange color ski cap.

This is my burnt orange color ski cap.

I crochet a ski cap from my own pattern. I adjust it to fit any size head from preemie to extra-Large man size. I use measurements to get the size I need and do not worry about a gauge. I also can use any yarn I want to crochet this pattern.
Please DO Not publish this pattern without asking me first. Enjoy it.
Here is the pattern.

Marion’s Easy Ski Cap
Supplies used:
Note pad and pen or pencil
Bulky yarn if you want a very warm hat about 6 ounces
Worsted weight yarn for warm hat about 3 ounces or more
Sport weight for a lighter hat or baby hat about 3 ounces as I am guessing here.
Crochet hooks suggestion: J or K for adults if using the worsted weight yarn or bulky yarn. Use a H or I for a sport weight yarn.
Tape measure that can go around the head
Note: Start by taking the measurements of the wearer’s head from the middle of the head to the bottom of ear. Then add the length of the ear. Write this down on paper.
Then take and measure around the hair line going over the ears. Write this measurement down also.
Start by chaining a length that is just slightly smaller than the length of the first measurement. NOTE: Make sure you chain loosely or with a larger hook than what you will be using it crochet the hat.
Row 1: DC in each stich to almost the end. When you have 6 chains left then HDC in the next 2 chains, SC in the next 3 chains. Chain 1 and turn. Note: Chain 1 does NOT equal a SC in this pattern.
Row 2: SC in the first 3 stitches then HDC in the next 3 stitches then DC to the end. Chain 2 and turn. Note: chain 2 does NOT equal a DC in this pattern.
Row 3: DC crochet in all DC stitches of previous rows, HDC in all HDC and SC in all SC, chain 1 and turn.
Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 till the piece will equal to the second measurement or diameter of the wearer’s head when slightly stretched.
Finishing: Slip stich the last row to the starting chain. Do this by using the back loops of the last row and the unused loops of the starting chain. Then take and sew the crown of hat closed. I do this with yarn.
Attach yarn to the bottom of hat and then SC around the hat, join with a Slip stitch then chain 1 and turn REV SC around and weave in ends. Pom-pom or any other trim can be added.

Men wear then too.

Men wear then too.


This is the same pattern.

This is the same pattern.

Two colors

Two colors


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Baby Boy Sweaters

This is what the sweater looks like from the back.

This is what the sweater looks like from the back.

Baby Boy Sweaters

I have crocheted some baby boy sweaters and this is just one of them. It is blue, white and brown. It is crochet using worsted weight yarn. This sweater is a size 18 months comes with a blanket to match.

Crocheting a Baby Blanket

I am crocheting two baby blankets for a new mom.  She asked me if I would crochet a baby blanket for her for the baby girl that is due in August of this year. After finding out that the baby is a girl she told me the room is green, pink and yellow.  I then told her to make sure I was invited to the baby shower and I would then have it ready by then.  I decided to crochet her two blankets, one for the car seat and one for the baby to use as a toddler.

I am using some sport weight yarn for the first blanket.  It is going to be for the baby car seat.  I have worked a hole into it for the crouch strap to come up through.  It is pink and white variegated, lavender, and green so far. I have to find some yellow to put with it.  I have been given so much yarn that I have desired to use what I have on hand and not go buy any more yarn.

The other blanket is going to be made with some already leftover granny squares I was saving for a time like this.  I have taken pictures of them as I laid them out on my bed to try to see how they would look.  This one is going to have many colors and many textures of yarn.  Some are soft and some will soften up as it is washed.  This is like a learning blanket.  I also plan to find some white or off white to crochet them together and to trim or edge the whole blanket. 

I will also finish a sweater I have been working on that was intended for my granddaughter but will fit a baby at age 4 to 8 months old.  My granddaughter is growing faster than I can crochet for her.  The sweater I crochet for my granddaughter will be much bigger than I had been told she wore.  All in all I have much crocheting to do and a little bit of time to get in all crocheted.

Pictures to come.

Crochet for children

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I crocheted these 3 sweaters

I crochet 3 sweaters each for a little girl.

This is the sweater for the 5 year old.

Back of sweater
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I was crocheting a sweater for my oldest granddaughter that I thought she could grow into. I am trying the sweater on her as I was working on it. It just so happens that the short little girl started a big growth spurt as I started the sweater. It is now too small for her. I have not had that problem since her aunt was little about 27 years ago.

Back then I was crocheting a little jumper for my oldest daughter. By the time I finished it a week later she had grown to the point it was 2 sizes too small. I then saved it for her little sister the mother of my granddaughters. She wore the jumper to day care as did their younger sister. It was too warm for them to wear often as we live in a warm climate.

I am now looking for white yarn in a sport weight so the sweaters will be used when in the A/C. The sport weight yarn is also good for young children to wear as many times worsted weight yarn is too hot for them. Unless it is outdoor winter wear then the lighter weights are best. 

I finished the sweater that I started because I thought I will give it as part of a baby shower gift next month.  I also have a white sweater and a white with off white sweater crocheted in the worsted weight for my granddaughters. These sweaters are long sleeve bulky looking that I did with a 9 mm hook for most if it and then the lower part of the sleeves I switched to a 6.5 mm hook. I added one set of ties to the front of the white one and I think I will put 2 sets of ties on the other one.

I had also crochet two Rapunzel hats for the granddaughters as well.  One is done in rose with a pink flower and the other is pink with a rose color flower so the girls will know that it is theirs and the other one is her sister’s hat.  I hope their mom will be ok with it as she thinks they should be the same.  The one for the younger child has shorter braids and the older child’s hat has longer braids.

Many baby or children’s blankets can be crocheted in sport weight of worsted weight as well as the sweaters and jumpers.  Many times the children will like bright colors but adults prefer pastel colors for children’s blankets.  I like to ask what the child’s favorite colors are so the child will want to use the blanket.  I also like to as what the parents preferences are if the blanket is for a newborn.  

      Many times I crochet the colors of the parent’s favorite sport team.  This makes for non-traditional colors for a baby blanket.  Many sport teams use bright and/or contrasting colors.  Babies and young children like bright colors and contrasting colors.  They do not like pastel colors as much as pastels look blurry and the bright colors catch their eyes better thus helping with eye sight in the growing child.

Note: The picture of the blanket is crocheted in royal blue and orange is for my daughter the mother of my granddaughters and my “Gator” fan in my family.