Minnie Mouse Sweater Crochet Pattern

*** Please note that this is the pattern for the Minnie Mouse Sweater. The step-by-step tutorial to assemble the sweater and notes on sizing changes can be found here.

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! I hope you fill your bellies with good food and your pockets with red envelopes. I am so excited to be sharing this much-anticipated crochet pattern with you all today.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

I posted a photo of BB and I wearing our Minnie Mouse sweaters on a few different Facebook groups a few weeks ago and collected more than 1500+ likes and comments! Is this what going viral feels like?! Many people were asking me for the pattern and I wish I could have shared it right at that instant, but I needed some time to put it all together.

Now before I go any further, I want to clarify that I only created the one that *I* am wearing. The one that BB is wearing is actually from GAP Kids. Many people thought I made both of them, but I only made the adult size. Sorry. For those interested, I wrote about the inspiration behind this sweater here when I gave my readers a "sneak peek".

I'll be honest, I've never crocheted a sweater before this. So essentially I had no idea what I was doing. However, I could not be more proud of myself and the end result. Before I took the photos in this post, I had already worn my sweater out in public a few times.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

I did a lot of research and examined other crochet designers' sweater patterns before deciding to create my own because I couldn't really find what I was looking for. I wanted a defined silhouette of Minnie Mouse on the sweater, but I have yet to come by a crochet sweater pattern that has an image on it without using appliques. I know I can create graphs/images using single crochet, but I was unsure whether single crochet stitches would make the fabric too stiff. Not to mention that it would take me forever to finish.

I wanted the sweater to be worked up quickly because I have a hard time completing huge projects that take me months to finish. So I decided to use half double crochet (HDC) stitches for this sweater, but there's something about HDC stitches that bothers me. When crocheting HDC in rows the conventional way, it leaves a horizontal ridge, which I wanted to avoid. It's also slightly taller than single crochet stitches which would make the image taller than it is wide -- also something I want to avoid.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

So guess what?! I found a new way to work HDCs to avoid both of these problems for this sweater. Most of the stitches on this sweater are HDC stitches that are worked BETWEEN THE POST (i.e. in the space between the stitches). Now I wouldn't use this to replace the conventional way of working HDCs, but it worked fantastically well for this project.


I really like how I was able to use the same stitch for the entire sweater without needing to change it up just for the image/silhouette section. Please note that I am not in any way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. I am simply a huge fan of their work.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

For more photographs of the work in progress and/or notes on how to change the sizing of the sweater, please click here.

Crochet Stitches:


  • ch - chain
  • sc - single crochet
  • sc blo - single crochet in back loops only
  • hdc - half double crochet
    • Most of the hdc stitches in this pattern are worked into the space between each stitch. I will state in the pattern when we need to work the hdc into the spaces, otherwise, work hdc the conventional way. 
  • hdc2tog - half double crochet decrease

Materials:



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Notes:


  • This sweater is worked from bottom up. 
  • The turning chain does not count as a stitch.
  • Gauge: 12 sts and 12 rows measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over hdc worked in spaces between stitches using a 6mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge

Pattern:


Front:


Ribbing
Using Black yarn, Ch16
Row 1: Sc in second ch from the hook, and then in each st across (15 sts)
Row 2-61: Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across (15 sts)

At the end of the final row, do not turn. The next row is worked without a turning chain into the side edge of the ribbing we just created, one stitch into each row.

Black
Row 1: Ch1, sc in the same st as the last rib row 61, and then in each st across (61 sts)
Row 2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61 sts)
Starting from here on, work the rest of the front panel using hdc in the space between the stitches
Row 3-24: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61sts)

Light Grey
Rows 25-56: Change to light grey yarn, continue the pattern above making sure to change colour yarn by following the graph below. For example, each hdc is a "pixel". Keep in mind that you are working the sweater from the bottom up, so start on the last row first. Click here to download the graph below.

Note: I added the white polka dots to Minnie Mouse's bow after as the colour changes were driving me a little crazy and yarn was getting tangled. However, if you are a pro at graphgans, by all means, give it a try! 

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern Graph
Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Dark Grey
Change to Dark Grey yarn...
Row 57-72: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61 sts)

Shaping the collar, right side
Row 73: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st for the next 24 sts, leave the rest of the 37 sts unworked (24 sts)
Row 74: Ch2, turn, hdc2tog, then hdc in each st across (23 sts)
Row 75: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across for the next 21 sts, then hdc2tog (22 sts)
Row 76: Ch2, turn, hdc2tog, then hdc in each st across (21 sts)
Row 77: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across for the next 19 sts, then hdc 2tog (20 sts)
Row 78-80: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (20 sts)

Shaping the collar, left side
Starting at row 72 again. Skip the centre 13 sts and rejoin yarn into the next st.
Row 73: Ch2, turn, hdc in the same st and then in each st across (24 sts)
Row 74: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across for the next 22 sts, then hdc2tog (23 sts)
Row 75: Ch2, turn, hdc2tog, then hdc in each st across (22 sts)
Row 76: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across for the next 20 sts, then hdc2tog (21 sts)
Row 77: Ch2, turn, hdc2tog, then hdc in each st across (20 sts)
Row 78-80: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (20 sts)

Back:


Ribbing
Using black yarn, Ch16
Row 1: Sc in second ch from the hook, and then in each st across (15 sts)
Row 2-61: Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across (15 sts)

At the end of the final row, do not turn. The next row is worked without a turning chain into the side edge of the ribbing we just created, one stitch into each row.

Black
Row 1: Ch1, sc in the same st as the last ribbed row 61, and then in each st across (61 sts)
Row 2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61 sts)
Starting from here on, work the rest of the back panel using hdc in the space between the stitches
Row 3-24: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61sts)

Light Grey
Change to light grey yarn...
Row 25-57: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61 sts)

Dark Grey
Change to dark grey yarn...
Row 58-82: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (61sts)

Sleeves x 2:


Ribbed Cuffs
Using Dark Grey yarn... Ch13
Row 1: Sc in the second ch from the hook, and then in each st across (12 sts)
Row 2-30: Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across (12 sts)

At the end of the final row, do not turn. The next row is worked without a turning chain into the side edge of the ribbing we just created, one stitch into each row.

Sleeve
Row 1: Ch1, sc in the same st as the last ribbed row 30, and then in each st across (30 sts)
Row 2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (30 sts)
Starting from here on, work the rest of the sleeve using hdc in the space between the stitches
Row 3-8: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (30 sts)
Row 9: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 28 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (32 sts)
Row 10-12: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (32 sts)
Row 13: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 30 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (34 sts)
Row 14-16: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (34 sts)
Row 17: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 32 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (36 sts)
Row 18-20: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (36 sts)
Row 21: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 34 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (38 sts)
Row 22-24: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (38 sts)
Row 25: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 36 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (40 sts)
Row 26-28: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (40 sts)
Row 29: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 38 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (42 sts)
Row 30-32: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (42 sts)
Row 33: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 40 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (44 sts)
Row 34-36: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (44 sts)
Row 37: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 42 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (46 sts)
Row 38-40: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (46 sts)
Row 41: Ch2, turn, 2 hdc in the first st, hdc in the next 44 sts, 2 hdc in the last st (48 sts)
Row 42-52: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across (48 sts)

Collar:


Using Red yarn... Ch6
Row 1: Sc in the second chain from the hook, and then in each st across (5 sts)
Row 2-60: Ch1, turn, sc blo in each st across (5 sts)

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

White Dots:


Row 1: Magic Ring, Ch2, make 10 hdc inside the magic ring, join to the first hdc. (10 sts).


Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

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Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern





This is an original pattern written by Juli Anne of Once Upon a Cheerio. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it. 

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