Mini Sweater Christmas Ornament (Free Crochet Pattern & Video Tutorial)

by - December 19, 2020

 


Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm so happy to share with you a very special design that I made.  This is the Mini Fair Isle Sweater, a Christmas tree ornament that was specially created for my baby girl's very first Christmas. 


I made it in two sizes: a small and a large!  I can't decide which one I like better.  I feel that the teeny ones are more cutesy, and the larger one looks a bit more realistic.  What do you think? 


For reference, here's how tiny it is... the SMALL Sweater is 2.5 inches in height.  


The LARGE Sweater that I made is a bit bigger -- 3 inches in height.  However, both are still soooo little compared to a regular-sized sweater, of course! 


Here are some cool things about this sweater pattern:
  • Crocheted in one piece (no sewing!)
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Quick to work up 
  • Comes with a video tutorial
  • Uses only yarn scraps 
  • Customizable with so many color combinations 


The materials are simple; you really don't need much to create this petite sweater.  I used some generous skeins here, but you can even make do with yarn scraps since it's so small.  (And I don't know about you, but I always love scrap yarn kinda projects!) 



Ideas & Inspiration 

Here are some ideas on how to use this project. 
  • Attach a hanging loop to turn it into a Christmas tree ornament 
  • Make a few to hang on a garland for cozy décor 
  • Glue a magnet to the back to stick to your fridge 
  • Attach to gift tags for presents 
  • Attach to a keychain to make it into a charm 
  • Sew to a quilt or other project as an applique 
  • Crochet it with your favorite sport’s team colors
  • Recreate your favorite sweater 


If you like this design of mine, you can check out related categories on my site, such as my Amigurumi Patterns, or click to see all my Free Crochet Patterns


You can also PIN it for later on your Amigurumi or Crochet board!


Scroll down for the free written pattern for the SMALL sweater.  If you'd also like the instructions for the BIG sweater, and you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

(BONUS: Includes LARGE Sweater pattern!)




Mini Fair Isle Sweater, a Christmas Tree Ornament

Free Crochet Pattern


Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.


Introduction:

Learn how to crochet this adorable, little Christmas Sweater, which comes in two sizes: small and big.  The easy, written pattern is also accompanied by a step-by-step video tutorial to make this DIY project perfect for beginners.  This tiny pattern is fast to work up and makes a great last-minute handmade gift or stocking stuffer using only yarn scraps or a small amount of yarn.  It can be customized as a mock fair isle design with different yarn color combinations.  This cute craft is perfect for the holiday season as a Christmas tree ornament, magnet for the fridge, applique, garland décor, keychain charm, or even as a gift tag for a present. You can recreate your favorite sweater using this pattern too!

The PDF pattern file includes instructions for both the SMALL and LARGE sweaters.  A video tutorial is also available for the small sweater.  


Size:

Small sweater: 2.5” in height
Large sweater: 3” in height 


Level of Difficulty:

★★☆☆☆  Easy / Familiar Beginner 
Requires familiarity with stitches used (below) and changing yarn colors.


Stitches/Terms Used:

  • Ch: chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • BLO: back loops only

Materials:

  • Medium weight 4 yarn in desired colors 
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook 
  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors 



YARN COLOR GUIDE




CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS

Notes (Read before beginning):

  • The sweater is made completely in one piece with no sewing required. 
  • The sweater construction is broken down into three main parts: the collar (worked flat), and the body & sleeves (worked in joined rounds).
  • The V-stitch is used in the Body section of the sweater. 
    V-stitch: (dc, ch, dc) all in the same st. 
  • A complete, step-by-step video tutorial of the SMALL sweater is available.  


COLLAR 

Use the 2.75mm crochet hook and C1 yarn. 

Ch 4. 

R1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch. (3 sc) 

R2-R10: Ch 1, turn. Sc across in BLO. (3 sc) 

Do not fasten off. Continue with the ‘Body’ instructions below, where you will be working along the side of the collar.


BODY

Note: The V-stitch is used in this section.  V-stitch: (dc, ch, dc) all in the same st. 

Use the 3.75mm crochet hook and C2 yarn. 

R1: You will be working along the side of the collar.  Ch 3, dc in same st (this counts as the first V-stitch). Then, insert a V-stitch in each of the 10 rows across. Join with a sl st to the inside of the first V-stitch. (10 V-stitches) Switch to C3 yarn. 

R2: Ch 3, dc in same V-stitch gap (this counts as the first V-stitch).  Insert a V-stitch in each of the ch-1 V-stitch gaps made in R1. Join with a sl st to the inside of the first V-stitch. (10 V-stitches) Switch to C2 yarn. 

R3: Ch 2. Insert 2 dc in the 1st V-stitch gap. Insert 2 dc in the 2nd V-stitch gap. Skip the 3rd V-stitch gap (to create the armhole). Insert 2 dc in each of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th V-stitch gaps. Skip the 8th V-stitch gap (to create the second armhole). Insert 2 dc in the 9th and 10th V-stitch gaps.  Join with a sl st to the first dc. (16 dc) 

R4: Ch 2, dc around. Join with a sl st to the first dc. (16 dc) Switch to C1 yarn. 

R5: Ch 1, sc around in BLO. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (16 sc) 

Fasten off and weave in the ends.


SLEEVES (x2)

Use the 3.75mm crochet hook and C2 yarn. 

R1: Attach yarn to the armholes created in R3 of the Body.  Ch 2, insert a dc in each of the 5 open stitches, as well as in the middle of the two neighboring dc created in R3 of the Body. *Join with a sl st to the first dc. (7 dc) 

R2-R3: Ch 2, dc around. *Join. (7 dc) 

Switch to C1 yarn. 

R4: Ch 1, sc around in BLO. *Join. (7 sc) 

Fasten off and weave in the ends. Repeat on other side for the second sleeve.


VIDEO TUTORIAL

Prefer following along with a video tutorial?  Check out my step-by-step video instructions below!  

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Congratulations on finishing your Mini Fair Isle Sweater!  


If you'd like to make the large size, you can find the pattern instructions in the paid PDF pattern.  Thank you in advance for supporting my small business and helping me offset some of the materials costs for creating new designs! 


IDEAS & INSPIRATION

Don't forget!  Here are some ideas on how to use this project. 
  • Attach a hanging loop to turn it into a Christmas tree ornament 
  • Make a few to hang on a garland for cozy décor 
  • Glue a magnet to the back to stick to your fridge 
  • Attach to gift tags for presents 
  • Attach to a keychain to make it into a charm 
  • Sew to a quilt or other project as an applique 
  • Crochet it with your favorite sport’s team colors
  • Recreate your favorite sweater 




If you enjoyed this free project, you can make a donation to support my work!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs! 

Also, if you'd also like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!

(BONUS: Includes LARGE Sweater pattern!)




Love this pattern? 

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Best wishes,

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5 comments

  1. These are soooooo cute. They would also make cute ornaments if you want to make enough of them. They would really make up fast just by looking at the pattern. And would be cute also using alot of varigated yarns.

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    1. Yes, I think it'd be adorable with variegated yarns!! Thanks for the sweet comment and hope you'll have fun making this if you decide to do so! :)

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  2. Thanks a lot for the tutorial! Adorable little sweaters) The description is so good that I'm in a hurry to get to work faster)

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  4. You have such cute patterns! These are adorable and a great way to use up some of my way too big stash!! Thank you so much for the patterns!

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