Hey Bear Hoodie

This pint-sized cardigan is not just for fall – it will keep little ones stylish the rest of the year, too!  It features a separating zipper, front pockets and hood with baby bear ears.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Chest Size 17 (18, 19, 20, 21)” for baby sizes 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months

Shown in size 6m

Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Lion Brand Heartland (100% Acrylic; 251 yards [230 meters]/142 grams): #124 Big Bend 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) balls

Hook: US size J/10 (6.0 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; one 12 (12, 12, 12, 14)” separating zipper

Pattern Stitch

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * to last 2 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in last sc, turn.

Repeat Row 1 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

Ch-3 at beginning of row counts as first dc unless otherwise noted.

On some areas you will have to work the pattern stitch over an uneven number of stitches.  Work in pattern st for first row, ending with a ch-1, sc in last st. On second row, sc in first sc, *sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next st; rep from *, ending with a sc in ch-1 sp and last sc. Rep these 2 rows.

If working shaping on each side, the pattern is reversed, with 2 sc at the beginning and a ch-1, sc at the end. To keep the pattern consistent, always sc in a ch-1 sp and skip the sc unless it is at the end of a row.

Pattern

Back

Ch 40 (42, 45, 47, 47).
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (count as first dc) and each ch across row – 38 (40, 43, 45, 45) sts.

Sizes 6 (18, 24) months only
Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, *bpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, fpdc around next st, *bpdc around next 3 sts, fpdc around next 2 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts, turn.

Sizes 3 (12) months only

Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, *bpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, bpdc around next 2 sts, *fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end, turn.

Sizes 3 (6) months only

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each st across row, turn.

Sizes 12 (18) months only

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 21 (22) sts, sc2tog, sc in next 20 (21) sts – 42 (44) sts.

Size 24 months only

Row 4: Ch 1, sc 22, 2 sc in next st, sc 22 – 46 sts.

All Sizes

Rows 5-43 (48, 53, 58, 63): Work even in pattern st.

Fasten off.

Right Front

Ch 20 (22, 22, 25, 25).

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (count as first dc) and each ch across row – 18 (20, 20, 23, 23) sts.

Sizes 6 (12) months only

Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next 2 sts, *fpdc around next 3 sts, bpdc around next 2 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, fpdc around next st, *bpdc around next 3 sts, fpdc around next 2 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts, turn.

Sizes 3 (18, 24) months only

Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, *bpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, bpdc around next 2 sts, *fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.

Sizes 6 (24) months only

Row 4: Sc in each st across row, turn.

Size 3 (12) months only

Row 4: Sc in next 9 (10) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 (9) sts – 19 (21) sts.

Size 18 months only

Row 4: Sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts – 22 sts.

All Sizes

Rows 5-35 (40, 45, 48, 53): Work even in pattern st.

Shape Neck

Row 1: Ch 1, work in pattern st for 16 (15, 14, 13, 12) sts, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked – 16 (15, 14, 13, 12) sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in pattern st to end, turn – 15 (14, 13, 12, 11) sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, work in pattern st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 14 (13, 12, 11, 10) sts.

Sizes 3 (6) months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 13 (12) sts.
Row 5: Rep Row 3 – 12 (11) sts.
Row 6: Rep Row 2 – 11 (10) sts.

Size 3 months only

Row 7: Rep Row 3 – 10 sts.
Row 8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 6 months only

Rows 7-8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 12 months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 11 sts.
Row 5: Rep Row 3 – 10 sts.
Rows 6-8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 18 months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 10 sts.
Rows 5-10: Work even in pattern st.

Size 24 months only

Rows 4-10: Work even in pattern st.

All Sizes

Fasten off.

Left Front

Work same as Right Front to Row 35 (40, 45, 48, 53).

Shape Neck

Row 1: Sl st in first 3 (5, 7, 9, 11) sts, ch 1, work in pattern st to end – 16 (15, 14, 13, 12) sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, work in pattern st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 15 (14, 13, 12, 11) sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in pattern st to end, turn – 14 (13, 12, 11, 10) sts.

Sizes 3 (6) months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 13 (12) sts.
Row 5: Rep Row 3 – 12 (11) sts.
Row 6: Rep Row 2 – 11 (10) sts.

Size 3 months only

Row 7: Rep Row 3 10 sts.
Row 8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 6 months only

Rows 7-8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 12 months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 11 sts.

Row 5: Rep Row 3 – 10 sts.
Rows 6-8: Work even in pattern st.

Size 18 months only

Row 4: Rep Row 2 – 10 sts.

Rows 5-10: Work even in pattern st.

Size 24 months only

Rows 4-10: Work even in pattern st.

All Sizes

Fasten off.

Sleeve (make 2)

Ch 22 (25, 27, 30, 32).

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (count as first dc) and each ch across row, turn – 20 (23, 25, 28, 30) sts.

Sizes 6 (18) months only

Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, *bpdc around next 2 sts, fpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, bpdc around next 2 sts, *fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts; rep from * to end of row, turn.

Sizes 3 (12, 24) months only

Row 2: Ch 3, fpdc around next 2 sts, bpdc around next 2 sts, *fpdc around next 3 sts, bpdc around next 2 sts; rep from * to end of row turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, fpdc around next st, *bpdc around next 3 sts, fpdc around next 2 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, bpdc around next 3 sts, turn.

All Sizes

Row 4: Ch 1, sc evenly across row adding 2 (1, 1, 0, 0) sts in the middle of the row, turn – 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts.
Rows 5-6: Work even in pattern st.
Row 7: Ch 1, 2 sc in first st, pattern st to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn – 24 (26, 28, 30, 32) sts.
Rows 8-10: Rep Rows 5-7 – 26 (28, 30, 32, 34) sts.
Rows 11-13: Rep Rows 5-7 – 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts.
Rows 14-16: Rep Rows 5-7 – 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) sts.
Rows 17-19: Rep Rows 5-7 – 32 (34, 36, 38, 40) sts.
Rows 20-22: Work even in pattern st.
Row 23: Rep Row 7 – 34 (36, 38, 40, 42) sts.
Rows 24-26: Work even in pattern st.
Row 25: Rep Row 7 – 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) sts.
Rows 26-28: Work even in pattern st.

Sizes 6 (12, 18, 24) months only

Work even in pattern st for 2 (7, 10, 12) rows.

Fasten off.

Hood

Ch 79 (81, 83, 85, 87).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row, turn – 78 (80, 82, 84, 86) sts.
Rows 2-3: Sc evenly across row, turn.

Sizes 12 (18, 24) months only

Work 2 (4, 6) rows even in pattern st.

All Sizes

Rows 4-7: Work even in pattern st.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in pattern st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 76 (78, 80, 82, 84) sts.
Row 9: Work even in pattern st.
Row 10: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in pattern st to last 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 74 (76, 78, 80, 82) sts.
Rows 11-12: Rep Rows 9-10 – 72 (74, 76, 78, 80) sts.
Rows 13-14: Rep Rows 9-10 – 70 (72, 74, 76, 78) sts.
Rows 15-16: Rep Rows 9-10 – 68 (70, 72, 74, 76) sts.
Rows 17-18: Rep Rows 9-10 – 66 (68, 70, 72, 74) sts.
Rows 19-20: Rep Rows 9-10 – 64 (66, 68, 70, 72) sts.
Rows 21-22: Rep Rows 9-10 – 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) sts.

Work 2 (3, 5, 7, 8) rows even in pattern st.

Fasten off.

Pocket (make 2)

Ch 11 (13, 15, 17, 19).

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row, turn – 10 (12, 14, 16, 18) sts.
Rows 2-5: Work even in pattern st.

Sizes 12 (18, 24) months only

Work 2 (3, 4) rows even in pattern st.

All Sizes

Row 6: Sl st in first 4 (4, 6, 6, 8) sts, ch 1, work in pattern st to end of row, turn – 6 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts.
Row 7: Work even in pattern st.
Row 8: Ch 1, sc2tog, work in pattern st to end of row, turn – 5 (7, 7, 9, 9) sts.
Row 9: Work even in pattern st.
Row 10: Rep Row 8 – 4 (6, 6, 8, 8) sts.
Rows 11-12: Work even in pattern st.

Fasten off.

Ear (make 2)

Ch 6.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across row, turn – 5 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st across row, turn – 10 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 3 sts, turn – 8 sts.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 3 sts, turn – 6 sts.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 4 sts.
Row 6: Ch 1, (sc2tog) twice – 2 sts.

Fasten off.

Work 1 row of sc evenly around outer edge.

Finishing

Block all pieces.

Sew Front to Back at shoulder seams. Sew Back seam of Hood. Sew Ears in place using photo as guide.

Sew Hood around neck edge. Sew zipper in place along front edges, cutting top of zipper to fit as necessary. Sew Pockets in place using photos as guide. Sew Sleeves and side seams.

Weave in ends.yarn ball

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