Afghan Stitch Preemie Sweater

Bernat Lollipop Yarn
4.00 mm afghan hook, 3.00 and 4.00 mm crochet hook
Gauge: 5 1/2 stitches and 5 1/2 rows = 1 inch
(22 stitches and rows = 4 inches)
12[13, 14](15, 16) inch finished chest
Largest size takes 60 grams (2 oz) of yarn
Done from the shoulder seam down.
3 Versions of Sweater:

Version 1: Front Flap on Left Side
Sweater done in Afghan Stitch 20 Kb

(Version 1 Sweater)
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Version 2: Front Flap on Right Side
Sweater done in Afghan Stitch 20 Kb

(Version 2 Sweater)
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Version 3: Cardigan Style
Sweater done in Afghan Stitch 21 Kb

(Version 3 Sweater)
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If you are just learning the afghan stitch,
I suggest you check out the Afghan Stitch Tutorial at Crochet Cabana.

My Mini-Tutorial will cover two bind-offs and extending the rows
for the front flap of the sweater.

Back: With 4.00 mm afghan hook,Chain 67[73, 79](85, 89) and work
66[72, 78](84, 88) stitches for 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows.

Mini-Tutorial: Last stitch in the Row

Start of Body:
Next Row: Bind off 16[18, 20](21, 22) stitches [not loops]

Mini-Tutorial: Bind Off at Beginning of Row

Work 34[36, 38](42, 44) stitches [not loops] for a total
of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.
Leave remaining 16[18, 20](21, 22) stitches unworked.

Skip to Version 2 Instructions
Skip to Version 3 Instructions

  Version 1 -Front Flap on Left Side:
Front 1:
With front of fabric facing and working through vertical loops
and top free loop of starting row:
Work 27[29, 32](34, 35) stitches for 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows.

Start of Body:
Next Row:
Bind off 16[18, 20](21, 22) stitches and then work remaining stitches
for a total of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.

Front II: Starting at shoulder seam at last stitch of Front I,
Bind Off next 12[14, 14](16, 18) stitches.
Work remaining stitches for 6[6, 7](7, 8) rows.

Shape Front Flap:

Mini-Tutorial: Extend 2nd half of Row

Next Row: At end of Row 6[6, 7](7, 8), Chain 11[13, 13](15, 17).
Work 37[41, 44](48, 51) stitches for a total
of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows from shoulder.

Start of Body:
Next Row: Work 21[23, 24](27, 29) stitches for
22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.
End Version 1 Instructions
Skip to Finishing.

 

Version 2 -Front Flap on Right Side:
Front 1:

With front of fabric facing and working through vertical loops
and top free loop of starting row:
Work 27[29, 32](34, 35) stitches for 7[7, 8](8, 9) rows
and then cast-on 10[12, 12](14, 16) loops.
Work loops off (second half of the row) in the normal manner.
Mini-Tutorial: Extend 1st half of the row

Continue to work even for a total of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows from shoulder.

Start of Body:
Next Row:
Bind Off 16[18, 20](21, 22) stitches then work remaining stitches
for 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.

Front 2:Starting at shoulder seam at last stitch of Front 1,
Bind Off next 12[14, 14](16, 18) stitches.
Work 27[29, 32](34, 35) stitches for a total
of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows from shoulder.

Start of Body:
Next Row:
Work first 11[11, 12](13, 13) stitches
for 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.
End Version 2 Instructions
Skip to Finishing.

 

Version 3 -Cardigan Style:
Front 1:
Work 27[29, 32](34, 35) stitches for 7[7, 8](8, 9) rows and then
cast-on 4[5, 5](6, 7) loops. Work second half
of the row in the normal manner.
Mini-Tutorial: Extend 1st half of the row

Continue working even for a total of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows from shoulder.

Start of Body:
Next Row:
Bind Off 16[18, 20](21, 22) stitches then work remaining stitches
for 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.

Front 2:
Starting at shoulder seam at last stitch of Front 1,
Bind Off next 12[14, 14](16, 18) stitches.
Work 27[29, 32](34, 35) stitches for 6[6, 7](7, 8) rows.
At the end of the second half of the last row,
chain an additional 5[6, 6](7, 8) chain.

Mini-Tutorial: Extend 2nd half of Row

Next Row:
Work 32[35, 38](41, 43) stitches for a total
of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows from shoulder.

Start of Body:
Next Row:
Work first 16[17, 18](20, 21) stitches for a total
of 22[24, 26](28, 29) rows. DO NOT Bind off.
End Version 3 Instructions.
Continue with Finishing Instructions, below.

 

**Instructions for Finishing are the same
for all versions of the sweater**

Finishing:
Sleeve:
Change to 4.00 mm crochet hook.
Working on side of sleeve that has NOT been bound off,
pull loop through last used loop at underarm and bind-off to the cuff.

Mini-Tutorial Binding Off at End of Row

Change to 3.00 mm hook.
Row 1: Chain 4, Skip 1 stitch, DC, **(Chain 1,Skip 1 dc),
DC in next stitch. Repeat from ** across. Ch 1, Turn
. Row 2: SC with Picot in first DC, **sc in each of next 2 dc,
SC with Picot in next DC. Repeat from ** across. Fasten off.
Repeat for Second Sleeve

Sew body side seams.

Front and Body Edging:
With Front of fabric facing, join yarn with SC at lower right corner,
Picot, **sc in next 2 stitches, sc with Picot.
Repeat from ** to lower left corner adding ties as needed.
Add 2 sc in corner stitch after the sc with picot,
change to 4.00 mm hook and Bind Off across the lower edge.
Join with slip stitch to first sc. Fasten Off.
Weave ribbon through cuff.
Weave in all loose ends.

 


Diagram of Afghan Stitch Sweater
Version 1
Sweater done in Afghan Stitch 11 Kb
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