• Katrina Zwambag

Mila Sweater - FREE Pattern

One of the many titles I have is Mother, Mom, Momma, Mommy. It may not be the title I first identify myself as but it's one that I am so very proud of. My two sweet daughters are just as passionate about yarn as I am. They both love rolling out balls of yarn and 'untangling' it (really just tangling more) but I'll let them think that.


My sweet baby Saige is 6 months old and the sweltering heat of southern Ontario here in Canada is breathtaking in August - and not in a good way. Who would ever think of putting their child in anything knit at this time of the year? Definitely not me, but I can dream of cool fall weather, blessing our sunburnt (now crispy) skin, come September. I don't know what September will entirely look like during this pandemic but I do know one thing, cooler days are coming and this sweet babe of mine will need a few handmade knits.



Welcome Mila Sweater! This crochet pattern is available in sizes 0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6-12 Months, 1-2 Years, 3-4 Years.


I absolutely love this yarn - I would make everything using it if I could. Lionbrand Jeans is amazing. It has a great weight to it but is soft and light making the flowy peplum area drape to perfection! And to top it off this size 6-12 months size used 1 ball. Yep 1 ball, it has so many yards in each ball that it seems to go on forever. I also fell in love with this colourway Topstitch. I think it's the perfect blend of rusty orange and ugly mustard yellow.


Now I would say this one is as beginner friendly but it really only uses dc and sc stitches with chains so I think anyone can master this as long as you stick with the pattern. It's a quick project using a 5.5 mm hook, the yoke and waistband area construct very quickly.


I hope you find everything helpful and that you enjoy working up this design. I’m so grateful for your feedback and truly appreciate every like, share, and comment!

MILA SWEATER - FREE CROCHET PATTERN


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Materials:

· 1-2 balls of Lion Brand Jeans in Topstitch

· 5.5 mm crochet hook

· Tapestry Needle

· 2-3 Buttons


Gauge:

12 dc by 6 rows is 4x4 inches

Abbreviations:

ch - Chain

dc - double crochet

sc - single crochet

V stitch – dc, chain 1, dc in same stitch

st - stitch

sts - stitches

ch-sp - chain space


Notes:

The sizes are colour coded for easy pattern reading. Pick your size and always follow that colour throughout the pattern including the bracketed areas. You're Welcome!

WRITTEN PATTERN


Available in sizes

0-3 Months ~ 190 yards

3-6 Months ~ 225 Yards

6-12 Months ~ 250 yards

1-2 Years ~ 325 yards

3-4 years ~ 375 yards


Setup Row

Ch 38 (44,48,54,60) dc in 3rd ch from hook and the following 6 (7,8,9,10) sts. Create a v-st in the next st, dc in 2 (3,3,4,5) sts. Create a v-st in the next st, dc in 14 (16,18,20,22) sts. Create a v-st in the next st, dc in 2 (3,3,4,5) sts. Create a v-st in the next st, dc in the remaining 7 (8,9,10,11) sts.


Rows 2-5: Ch 2, dc in each st across creating a v-st in each ch-sp. 72 (78, 82, 88, 94) sts


Sizes 0-3 and 3-6 Months continue onto Band Section.


Row 6: Ch 2, dc in each st across creating a v-st in each ch-sp. N/A (N/A, 90, 96, 102) sts


Size 6-12 Months continue onto Band Section.


Row 7: Ch 2, dc in each st across creating a v-st in each ch-sp. N/A (N/A, N/A, N/A, 104, 110) sts


Size 1-2 Years continue onto Band Section.


Row 8: Ch 2, dc in each st across creating a v-st in each ch-sp. N/A (N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, 118) sts


Size 3-4 Years now continues onto Band section.



Band Section (creating armholes).

This section is worked on a different row number depending on the size and is now completed using single crochet stitches to give a tight band effect.


Ch 1 sc in 12 (13,15,17,19) sts and in ch-sp, ch 3, skip 12 (13,15,18,20) sts, sc in next ch-sp, sc in 24 (26,30,34,38) sts and in ch-sp, ch 3, skip 12 (13,15,18,20) sts, sc in next ch-sp, sc in remaining 12 (13,15,17,19) sts. Total including chains 58 (62,70,78,84)


Work 5 (5,5,7,7) additional rows of single crochet stitches starting with a chain 1 to create the band section.


Increase Row

Ch 1, Sc in first st, 2sc in each stitch until last two stitches. Sc in each st. 113 (121,137,153,165) sts


Shell Pattern

Row 1: Ch 3, skip 2 sts, (2 dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st. *Skip 3 sts, (2 dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st. Repeat from * across until 2 sts remain. Skp 1 st, dc in last st. Turn.


Row 2: Ch 3, skip 2 sts, *(2dc, ch1, 2dc) in ch 1 sp from previous row, skip 4 sts. Repeat from * across until 3 sts remain. Skip 2 sts, dc in last st. Turn.


Repeat Row 2 an additional 6 (8,9,9,10) times.

Cut yarn and fasten off, tie in loose ends.



Sleeves

Row 1: Join yarn in armpit, ch 1, sc in each 12 (13,15,18,20) stitches skipped when creating armhole, place 2 additional stitches in corner, 3 sc across the 3 chains created and an additional 2 stitches in the other corner of armpit. Slip stitch to first sc. 19 (20,22,25,27) sts in total.


Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Slip stitch to first sc.

Work 4 (4,4,6,6) additional rows of single crochet stitches starting with a chain 1 to create the band section.


Increase row

Sizes 0-3 Months, 1-2 Years, 3-4 Years

Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch until last st, 3 sc in last stitch. Slip stitch to first sc. 39 (51,55) total sts.

Sizes 3-6 Months and 6-12 Months

Ch 1, 2 sc in each stitch to last 3 sts. 3 sc in each of the last 3 sts. Slip stitch to first sc (43,47) total sts.

Shell Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 3, skip 2 sts, (2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) in next st. *Skip 3 sts, (2 dc, ch1, 2 dc) in next st. Repeat from * across until 2 sts remain. Skp 1 st, dc in last st. Slip stitch to first dc.


Cut yarn and fasten off, tie in loose ends.


Add buttons to dc section of yoke, using a size of button that will fit through the natural hole between two dc stitches.



I really hope you enjoyed this pattern!  I can’t wait to see all the amazing Mila Sweaters you work up so please don’t forget to tag @OrchidLoop in all your pictures! 

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