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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Crocheted Fashions for Ministry at Church

I am now volunteering with a bread and food ministry at my church that also has a table that we put out used clothing for the taking.  As I help hand out the food I noticed many children.  Many of them look like they are wearing hand-me-down clothes.  I have started to crochet hats to hand out when the weather gets colder here in sunny Florida.  I am hoping that the parents and grandparents will give them to the little ones to wear during our short winter and then save them for them to wear the following year.  Many of the hats will also fit the older children and the adults as I make them to fit me or larger.  I also have scarves for them as well and for the adults.  Some of the scarves are those fashion ruffle style that can be worn while dressed up in nicer clothes for going to parties or church.  Many of them are more for fun or just warmth.

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


This next one is a pull over style still made with 2 hexagons. class=”size-medium wp-image-329″ /> This is a pullover hexagon sweater.[/caption]
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

Sweaters, Hat and Scarves Equals Van Repair

This was the hat that matched the scarf I crocheted for the tire.

This was the hat that matched the scarf I crocheted for the tire.

This pleased the young woman that got this scarf.

This pleased the young woman that got this scarf.

This is a pullover. The back and the front are the same till I crocheted the neckline.

This is a pullover. The back and the front are the same till I crocheted the neckline.

This the style I crocheted for 2 of the ladies.

This the style I crocheted for 2 of the ladies.

I needed a tire and some repairs to the cooling system of my van last October. I was just sitting on my front porch when the security officer came by my apartment. He offered to get me a tire for my van and I agreed to crochet a scarf for him to give to his wife as a Christmas gift. After he replaced the worn tire for a better one then I was able to go get a water pump.
Later in the week I got up very early to follow him to his residence. I was greeted with a warm greeting from his whole family and even from some of the barn yard animals. After many hours of working on the van and a few more parts later I was asking, “How much do I owe you?”. The answer was two black sweaters for Christmas presents.
The sweater in the picture is the one I made for another woman in 2011. It is the same basic style of the one of the black sweaters I crocheted. I also crocheted a pullover style and a red scarf for the same young lady. When I was almost finished with the second black sweater I was then asked to crochet one more. I was asked how much I wanted but I then remembered that the wife of the security officer was an author. I asked for some copies of a book she wrote. She has autographed them for my daughters. We are all happy with the arraignments made that way.

Daughter’s birthday gift

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I crocheted a hat my daughter asked me to crochet for her birthday.  She went with me to pick out the colors she wanted it to be. She said she wanted it bright.  I picked up yarn I thought was bright. She kept saying to me it was not bright enough. I finally stepped back and let her pick what she wanted.  We ended up with Caron Simply Soft as they have the brighter yarns.  We also had to go to 2 different stores in to different cities to get the yarn. 

One thing I like about it is now I have yarn to crochet more hats or even a shrug to go with the hat.  I have a few months to decide as it is only June and Christmas is half a year away.

Sky caps also known as the Santa Hat by Marion Davis

These are not first ski cap I crocheted.  I have crocheted many of these over the years and everyone that I crochet is one more that gets me an order for another one.  The ones I have post pictures of were all crocheted during the period from December 2011 to January 2012. Many while I road the bus shopping for other items. I crochet them in as many colors as people would like.  I do not just crochet them in red and white.  I have used black and brown, navy and white, pink, pink and purple, navy and white, orange and royal blue, black and white, berry and holly & ivy and pine, as well as multi-color and gray.  The possibilities are endless as the color of yarn combinations.

But it is the first one that I crocheted using post stitches as the brim trim. I gave this one to a friend as a gift last winter. I then had to crochet one for all of the many children at her house.  Each one posted here was crocheted because of this one hat I crocheted to give to my friend.  Crochet one and everyone wants one but in their choice of colors. Here below are the others I crochet just because I crocheted this one cap.

The pink and purple one was one of the caps I crocheted as another gift.  This time for a winter birthday. 

Pink and Purple Ski Cap     

Below is Isaiah ski cap.  This one was crocheted just for Isaiah using a multi-color and gray color also I used some scrap yarns.  The reasoning behind this is Isaiah is “all boy” and likes bright colors.  I wanted a hat that when he lost it as school or left on a bus it would be easily spotted.  

Ski cap in black and orange was crocheted because my son’s friend wore her’s to school and wanted one in a school color.

Each ski cap was made to order so each wearer now has the color cap that he or she wants to wear.  I asked what the favorite colors were for each person before I crocheted them.  Many were crocheted while I was riding the bus and going to take care of other errands.Each cap was crocheted using yarn I had left over from other crochet projects.  I used yarn that is machine washable and machine dry-able so that it would be easier to take care of it.

White and Red Ski Cap

White and Red Ski Cap

Brown and Black Ski Cap

Crocheted cap in brown and black for a young man.

Isaiah’s Ski Cap

Gray and multi-color ski capAll ski cap shown here were crocheted as a gift.  I would however crochet a ski cap in a color or colors that you choose. Please leave me a comment here if you would like.  Prices will not be discussed in discussions.  I will never post a price here as all prices are subject to change just as the price of anything changes.

My Stocking Cap

My Stocking Cap right view.

More Hats I have Crochet

   I often crochet hats to give to others as a gift.  I also have crocheted hats and caps to sell.  The only different is the ones I crochet to sell there is no one to tell me what colors I can make the hat as I have not met the potential customer yet.

These are some of the hats I have crocheted.  Some in cotton and others in acrylic yarn.  All are crocheted it women and men alike.  Anyone of these hats I am willing to crochet for you in the color of your choice.

 The hat on the left was crocheted using cotton yarn.  It is the same hat I have on.  All I did was turn up the brim to make it look more stylish.  It was designed for the summer.   

The other three are crocheted in acrylic yarn and designed for the winter.  I crocheted each one in a different style but they are all the same easy to put wear kind. Each one comes to just below the ears or mid-ear depending on the wearer.   The orange and blue hat is shown on a little girl but we tucked her hair up under the hat as it was braided.

Scroll down to see more hats both in cotton and acrylic yarns and all crocheted my me.

Stripped Cap