Minnie Mouse Sweater Step-by-Step

*** Please note that this is the tutorial for assembling the Minnie Mouse Sweater with detailed photographs of the work in progress. The FREE pattern for the sweater can be found here.

I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but prior to crocheting this sweater, I have never crocheted a sweater before. Creating this sweater took a lot of trial and error. I examined a lot of different patterns for graphgans and sweaters to find a stitch that is suitable and not too stiff. I am so proud of this sweater I actually wore it a few times out in public before finally picked out a weekend to take the photos you see on this blog with my little BB.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

The sweater is meant to be a relaxed fit. The finished measurements are approximately 50cm wide and 67cm in length. If I were to make it again, I would probably add a few more rows of light grey at the top so that it's a bit longer.

Because this is my very first sweater design, I am not sure on how to write out the pattern in different sizes. I can only give you suggestions on how to change up the sizing.

Sizing Suggestions:


  • Note the gauge: 12 stitches x 12 rows = 10cm x 10cm
    • i.e. 1 stitch = 0.83cm, and 1cm = 1.2 stitches
SMALL: 50cm (20") wide - 61 stitches across 
MEDIUM: 54cm (21.25") wide - 65 stitches across 
LARGE: 58cm (22.8") wide - 69 stitches across
XLARGE: 60cm (23.6") wide: 73 stitches across

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

I started off this sweater at the hem/ribbing using single crochet stitches to the back loops only. I have a tendency to crochet tightly, so I had to do this part several times. I want to make sure that the length of my hem would measure the same as the final width of the sweater without stretching it so that it won't bunch the bottom of my sweater too much.

To start, make the number of rows for your ribbing to be the same number of stitches required for your size. For example, for size medium, you will eventually need 65 sts across, so make 65 rows for the ribbing.

You will want to keep the Minnie Mouse motif close to the middle of the sweater. Each size increase is an increase of 4 stitches. So simply increase stitches on both sides in multiples of two.

The length of the sweater is approximately 67cm. If you would prefer it to be longer, I would suggest adding extra rows to the light grey area above the Minnie Mouse motif.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern
Remember that most of the half double crochets (HDCs) for the sweater is worked between the post.


You can use any kind of stitch to sew and assemble your sweater. For myself, instead of using a needle, I decided to use single crochets to attach my pieces together. If you are wondering, no it did not make my sweater particularly bulky at the seams.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Attach the sweater at the shoulder seams first by aligning the front and back panel together.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

While you are at it, you can attach the collar to your sweater too. For this part, I used slip stitches to attach my collar.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Then it's time to attach the sleeves. The dark grey part of the sweater should match and align with the shoulder part of the sleeve.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Then sew the sleeve from under the arms to the wrist. Once you're done that, then you can sew down the sides of the sweater. For my sweater, I decided to only sew up to the ribbing so that there are side slits at the ribbed hem.

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

And finally, the finishing touches of sewing the dots onto the bow!

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Minnie Mouse Sweater FREE Crochet Pattern

Did you make your own Minnie Mouse Sweater? I'd love to see it! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.

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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