Give a hug this Valentine’s Day with this cosy sweater keychain crochet pattern. I’ve also included a couple of options for printables (one punny and one more traditional) to make gifting easy.
Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? If you’re looking for something different or you’re just not that into it, I’ve got you covered. This pattern is so quick and the colour combinations are endless. The instructions below are for the stripey sweater but you could easily make it in a single colour and pop a little heart on the front or other embellishment – how cute would that be?? It’d be a fun one for kid’s to give to their friends or just to let someone know that you’re thinking of them.
You can find all the instructions for creating the keychain and assembling the card down below. Please check your gauge and use the correct materials to help ensure that your keychain hangs in the right place on the card. Enjoy!
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- DK Weight Yarn in 2 colours – main colour (MC) and contrast colour (CC) (I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK in Pansy Purple/Pale Lilac and Lipstick Pink/Blush Pink)
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Keychain (I used a 1″ keychain ring with a 1.25″ chain)
- Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- hdc-inc – half double crochet increase
- hdc-dec – half double crochet decrease
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/s – stitch/es
- […] – repeat the instructions in brackets
- (…) – indicates stitch count at end of round
The pattern is written using US terminology and measures approximately 2″ x 3.5″ (5cm x 9cm) when using the materials listed.
The body of the sweater is worked in joined rounds from the top down. The sleeves are added at the end and are worked in a continuous spiral without joining.
The ch 1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch.
If you are using this pattern in conjunction with the printable cards, please use the materials listed above. Use the gauge measurement below as a guide and adjust hook size as necessary.
Gauge = 1.5″ after R3
Colour changes take place in the last yarn over of the previous colour, the joining sl st is made in the new colour. Keep the unused colour attached and carry it up the inside of the sweater.
SWEATER BODY (starting with MC)
R1: Ch 16, sl st to first ch without twisting
R2: Ch1, sc in same ch and in each ch around, sl st to first sc to join (16)
Change to CC in last st of R2
R3: Ch 1, [hdc-inc] x16, sl st to first hdc to join (32)
R4: Ch 1, [hdc] x32, sl st to first hdc to join (32)
Change to MC in last st of R4
R5: Ch 1, [hdc] x32, sl st to first hdc to join (32)
R6: Ch 1, 5 hdc, sk 6, 10 hdc, sk 6, 5 hdc, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
Change to CC in last st of R6
R7-8: Ch 1, [hdc] x20, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
Change to MC in last st of R8
R9: Ch 1, [hdc] x20, sl st to first hdc to join (20)
R10: Ch 1, [sc] x20 (20)
Fasten off invisibly to first sc and weave in ends.
For more help with this section there is a premium pattern available with step-by-step photos.
The sleeves are worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join at the end of each round.
Join yarn to the first skipped st from R6 on the back of the body.
R1: Ch 1, sc in same st, [sc] x5. Sc in both corner sts on the front and back of the sweater body (8)
R2-7: [Sc] x8 (8)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end.
Join yarn to the last skipped st from R6 on the back of the body.
R1: Ch 1, sc in same st and both corner sts on the back and front of the sweater body, [sc] x5 (8)
R2-7: [Sc] x8 (8)
Fasten off invisibly and weave in end.
Leaving a longer starting tail for attaching the keychain (approximately 4″/10cm), join yarn in the centre st at the back of the neck.
Ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc-dec, [2 hdc, hdc-dec] x3, hdc (12)
Fasten off invisibly to first hdc leaving a long tail of approximately 4″/10cm. Use the leftover yarn tails to attach the keychain. Weave in ends.
You can download the PDF printables below.
There are two different designs and you can choose between a full size foldable card or a single sided half card (the single sided card prints two to a page).
ASSEMBLING THE CARD
(I recommend using a ruler and Exacto/X-Acto knife (or other craft knife) for precise cutting).
- Save the PDF file to your PC.
- Print the template onto a piece of A4 card. Make sure to select actual size and that your paper size is set to A4.
- Trim off the two short edges, cutting just inside the black lines.
- Fold the card in half matching up the edges and using the fold lines as a guide. (If you’re using the single sided card, do not fold. Simply cut using the centre cut lines as a guide).
- Open the card out and trim off the two long edges.
- Take a piece of yarn or twine and thread it onto a sharp needle. Poke the needle through the lowest of the two marked dots at the top of the card from front to back.
- Thread your keychain onto the twine left on the front of the card. Thread that end onto the needle and poke it through the other marked dot.
- Tie the ends together in a bow on the inside of the card and trim off any excess.
PIN IT FOR LATER!
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