Tiny Sweater Ornaments

December 2014. Here are the instructions for a basic turtleneck with options for crew neck, feather yarn, or feminine waistline noted. When you make a tiny sweater ornament, I hope you will come back and share your pictures with me.

UPDATE: March 2020. I’ve been crocheting tiny sweaters all this time! Hundreds of them. All the different versions that I do have been fine tuned over and over. Now, in addition to this free tutorial, I’m offering a paid version of the pattern. It goes into a lot more detail with pictures and descriptions. There’s a graphic and link at the bottom.

Use a small hook (possibly an F).

Row 1: Slip knot, chain 12, close with slip.

Rows 2 & 3: ch 2, sc 11, close with slip.

As shown on the striped sample, above, Rows 2 & 3 can be eliminated for a crew neck style.

Row 4: ch 2 and sc in same hole. Two sc in each stitch all the way around. Close with a slip.

Row 5: ch 2, sc 3, 2 sc in one stitch, 2 double crochet, 2 sc in one stitch, 8 sc, 2 sc in one stitch, 2 dc, 2 sc in one stitch, 4 sc, close.

(If desired, add a strand or switch to a feather yarn for row 6)

Row 6: ch 2, 3 sc, 2 sc in one stitch, 4 sc, 2 sc in one stitch, 8 sc, 2 sc in one stitch, 4 sc, 2 sc in one hole, 4 sc, close.

Row 7: ch 2, 3 sc, 2 sc in one, 6 sc, 2 sc in one, 8 sc, 2 sc in one, 6 sc, 2 sc in one, 4 sc, close.

Row 8: ch 2, 4 sc, skip over 8 stitches (for first armhole), sc 10, skip 8, 5 sc, close.

Row 9 to End: go around 6 or 7 more times (depending on desired style). Wind in end.

Sleeves: Tie a new thread under the arm and make 6 rows of 8 sc. Bring end through sleeve and tie to underarm thread inside the body.

For a feminine waist: Skip one stitch on each side of body on Row 10. Increase by one stitch two times on each side of Row 11.

Change colors for the collar and or cuffs, make stripes, add buttons and bows!! A little tacky glue holds felt shapes and embellishments in place. Cut felt shapes by hand and make sure they are not too perfect. To add buttons, thread them first and then glue the threaded buttons in place, much easier than sewing them on. Have fun! And again, I’d love to see your creations!!


I’m really excited to bring you this pattern bundle. I call it the Big Book of Tiny Sweaters for a reason, it’s got a lot to offer. Visit my Etsy shop to purchase. Thank you!!

How to Make Tiny Sweaters



15 thoughts on “Tiny Sweater Ornaments

    • Thank you! The post is a few years old but I’m still making them. You can see my latest ones on Etsy at AlexisArtStudio. It’s my pleasure to share and I’d love to see what you come up with!! Alexis

  1. Hi Alexis! I’m brand new to crochet so I was hoping I could ask a question. My project doesn’t have the horizontal lines like your does. I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong or if yours has maybe a row of slip stitches in between? Thank you in advance for any advice!

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  3. My cousin and I have been exchanging mini sweaters for years now. I keep finding new patterns and make them…. now I can’t decide which one to give her…. if I can part with any of them! Thank-you for sharing this pattern!

  4. Just what I was looking for! Thank you for sharing! I would love these as gifts, approx how many sweaters can I make from 340g skein of cotton yarn?

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