Free Baby Matinee Coat Pattern – Easy Crochet Pattern for a Sweater

This free baby matinee coat pattern was originally published in 1915 in Woolcraft: A Practical Guide to Knitting & Crochet.

Follow the easy step-by-step instructions of this vintage baby pattern to crochet this classic matinee coat. There is absolutely no charge for personal use of this crocheted baby coat pattern.

Free Crochet Sweater Pattern:
How to Crochet a Child’s Sweater

Vintage Crocheted Baby Matinee Coat


4 ozs. BEEHIVE Shetland Floss
A No. 8 Celluloid Crochet Hook
1 yd. Ribbon
Lustre Thread


Work at a tension to produce about 3 patterns, in width, to two inches; the treble stitches measure 1/2 inch in height.

This vintage crochet baby matinee coat is intended to be worn with this matching crochet baby bonnet.


Working the 2 fronts and back in one piece, commence at the lower edge with 140 ch.

1st Row – Miss 3 ch., 3 tr. in the next stitch, miss 3 ch., 1 d.c. in the next, *3 ch., 3 tr. in the same stitch as that into which the d.c. was worked, miss 3 ch., 1 d.c. in the next, repeat from * to the end of the row, turn. There should be 34 groups across each row.

2nd Row – 3 ch., 3 tr. in the d.c. below. *1 d.c. in the top of the loop made by the 3 ch. in the block below, 3 ch., 3 tr. in the same loop, repeat from * to the end of the row, finishing with 1 d.c. in last loop, turn. Repeat the last row for 9 inches (21 rows).

Then commence the division for the armholes as follows: Work 4 inches (11 rows) on the first ten groups for the first front. Fasten off. Commencing again where the groups were left for the back and second front, join up the wool and work 4 inches on the next 14 groups. Fasten off. Join up the wool again where the groups were left for the front and work 4 inches on the last ten groups. Fasten off. Sew together 5 groups at each side of the back and fronts to form the shoulder seams.

The Collar

Make 24 ch. Repeat the 1st row of the back once (making 5 groups). Continue repeating the 2nd row, but increasing a group at the end of each row until 4 inches are worked. Fasten off. Sew the collar at the neck, placing the foundation row along the back of the neck and letting the shaped sides fall along the neck-edge of the fronts.

The Sleeves

Work 11 groups round one of the armholes, join at the end of the round by slip-stitching to the top of the 1st group. Then turn and work 7 inches (16 rows) on these groups, always joining and turning at the end of each round. Fasten off. Work the second sleeve like the first.

The Edging

With the lustre thread work 1 d.c. into each stitch evenly all round the edge of the coat, collar, and cuffs. Add ribbons at the front.

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