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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.