3-ply baby or fingering yarn, less than one 5-ounce skein)
E hook (I used G for the sweater shown and it's probably a size 6-9 months)
5 dc =1", 3 dc rows = 1" (this is for size 0-6 months)
Row 1 Ch 49, dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 ch, [ch 1, skip next ch, dc in each of next 3 chs] across, turn (12 groups of 3 dc)
Row 2 Ch 4, sc in 1st ch-1 space, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 space] across, working last sc in top of dc of previous row, ch 3, turn (12 ch-3 loops)
Row 3 2 dc in first ch-3 loop, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-3 loop] across, turn
Rows 4 - 23 Repeat rows 2 and 3 ten times
DO NOT BREAK OFF, JUST CONTINUE TO FRONT
Row 1 Ch 4, sc in first ch-1 space, [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 space] 3 times, ch 3, turn (4 ch-3 loops)
Row 2 2 dc in first ch-3 loop, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-3 loop] 3 times, turn
Rows 3 - 23 Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the front measures the same as the back. Fasten off.
For the second half of the front, return to the back section. Skip 3 ch-1 spaces from the first front section and sl st your yarn to the 4th ch-1 space. Now complete as you did the first half of the front, working toward the opposite edge. DO NOT FASTEN OFF, turn.
Facing and collar:
Round 1 Ch 3, sc in next space, repeat around entire sweater, working into ends of either side of fronts and the back, with sc in each corner, join, ch3, turn
Round 2 [3 dc in first space, ch 1, 3 dc in next space] around garment. *Note - 4 dc in 2 spaces at each corner of the back and the fronts (not the neckline corners), join, turn (96 dc groups)
Round 3 Repeat round 1, working increases at each corner as follows: [ch 3, 2 sc between 2nd and 3rd dc of 4 dc group, ch 3, sc in next space] 2 times. Join at end of round, ch 3, turn
Round 4 Repeat round 2 (108 dc groups)
Round 5 Repeat round 3
Round 6 Repeat round 2 (120 dc groups)
Round 7 Repeat round 3
Round 8 Ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-3 space [ch 3, sl st into first ch (picot made), 3 dc in next space] 48 times, [3 dc into next ch-3 space, ch 1] 21 times, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, picot] 27 times, [3 dc into next ch-3 space, ch 1] 21 times, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, picot] for the remaining spaces, sl st to top of first ch 3 and fasten off.
With wrong side facing, skip 3 ch-1 spaces from the last picot on one side, join yarn with sl st in next space
Row 1 Ch 4, sc in next ch-1 space, [ch 3, sc in next space] 13 times, ch 3, turn
Row 2 2 dc in the first ch-3 loop, [ch 1, 3 dc in next loop] across, turn
Rows 3 - 14 repeat rows 1 and 2, six times
Row 15 repeat row 1, once
Row 16 2 dc in first ch-3 loop, [picot, 3dc in next loop] across. Fasten off
Complete second sleeve in the same manner.
Sew sleeve seams and side seam as far as the first picot (I used a whip stitch on the wrong side in the back loops only. It made a nice flat seam). Fold back front facing and collar. Sew either a ribbon or a crochet chain to either side of fronts and tie.