Back-zipper baby sweater
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any fingering yarn
front of sweater,
chain 51, 55, 59
single crochet across and continue for 48, 54, 60 rows
divide for neck:
chain 1, single crochet in first 16, 18, 19 stitches for 6 rows. and fasten off.
skip center 18, 18, 20 stitches and attach yarn in next stitch and chain 1, single crochet in same stitch and next 16, 18, 19 stitches across and work even for 6 rows. and fasten off.
(leave a long string to attach pieces together later.
using the size f hook. go back to the beginning Row and right side facing. attach yarn in first stitch and chain 3. double crochet in 49, 53, 57 stitches across.
next Row: chain 2 and skip first stitch. *double crochet in next stitch from the front; (fpdc)
(insert hook from front to back to front around the stem of the stitch on the previous Row. yarn over and pull the yarn through the loop and should have 3 loops on hook. yarn over and pull through 2 loops then yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops.
do the next stitch in reverse working from back to front to back. bpdc.
continue rib pattern for 4 rows.
back, make 2:
using larger hook, chain 26, 28, 30 and single crochet across for 54,60, 66 rows.
with smaller hook, work ribbing pattern over 25 stitches as before.
sleeves, make 2:
with larger hook, chain 39, 44, 50 and single crochet for 30, 36, 42 rows.
with smaller hook for ribbing, work ribbing over 26, 30, 34 stitches, for the first double crochet Row at bottom. i double crocheted first stitch, decreased the next two into one stitch, and went on that way. double crochet one, decrease next two stitches together. it will end in double crochet in the last two stitches and you will have decreased to 26 rib stitches.
with larger hook, chain 72, 79,84 and work in pattern of single crochet over 71, 78, 83 stitches across for 33,36, 39 rows.
with smaller hook, rib over 70, 76, 82 stitches same as before.
sew shoulder seams, place center of sleeve tops at shoulder seam and sew into place. sew sides and sleeve seams. with rib at center front sew hood in place at next having back edges of hood even with center backs of sweater.
instead of using a zipper, i singled crocheted along one side of the back for 4 rows and fastened off. i glued velcro on the top of the 4 rows with those small velcro circles with unique stitch glue. on the opposite side i put in velcro circles underneath the edge. that way the added crochet i did on first side would be completely covered by the second side. it really works well and there isnt a zipper that will hurt babys head and is much more comfortable on baby.