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Children’s Scrubs Costume, a Free Crochet Pattern

Pale green crochet top and drawstring pants on a gray background. White bag with white and red cross, children's toy thermometer, syringe, and stethoscope. Text reads BananaMoonStudio.com.

This children’s scrubs costume is a free crochet pattern for children sizes 2 through 10. Crochet this costume for your kiddos and they can dress up as one of today’s greatest heroes, a nurse or doctor! The costume is made in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, which is easy to find, and machine washable.

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I want to take this opportunity to say a great big THANK YOU to nurses, doctors, and scientists that have been my personal heroes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. I designed this particular pattern in tribute to the great sacrifices made by these professionals to take care of the rest of us during this time!

To make these scrubs you will need Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn. I used the color #178 Sea Glass. Many thanks to Lion Brand Yarn, who provided the yarn for this project! To make just the top you will need 2-3 skeins. For the pants only you will need 3-6 skeins. If you are making both the top and pants you will need 4-8 skeins, depending on which size you are making.

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Pale green crochet top and drawstring pants on a gray background. White bag with white and red cross, children's toy thermometer, syringe, and stethoscope. Text reads BananaMoonStudio.com.

Children’s Scrubs Costume, a Free Crochet Pattern

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

Difficulty Level Easy

Available Sizes Children’s 2 [4, 6, 8, 10]

Finished Measurements

Top chest circumference 23 [24 ½, 27 ½, 28 ¾, 30 ¼] inches, length 10 ¼ [11 ¼, 13, 15, 16 ¾] inches.

Bottom hip circumference 24 ½ [25 ¾, 27 ¼, 30 ¼, 31 ¾] inches, inseam 12 ¾ [16, 18, 23 ¼, 24 ¼] inches.

Yarn Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% Acrylic; 170 yd/156 m; 3.5 oz/100 g; yarn weight 4/medium): #178 Sea Glass. Get this yarn with my affiliate link, click here.

  • Top only 2 [2, 2, 3, 3] skeins
  • Bottom only 3 [3, 4, 5, 6] skeins
  • Set 4 [5, 5, 7, 8] skeins

Crochet Hook K/10.5 – 6.5 mm, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions locking stitch marker, 7/8” diameter button, sewing thread to match yarn, yarn needle.

Gauge 11 sts x 8 rows = About 4” in hdc.

Notes

Instructions for size 2 are given, with changes for the additional sizes in [ ].

The pattern stitch is half double crochet (hdc). I have a basic video tutorial for that stitch here: https://bananamoonstudio.com/2019/05/21/learn-half-double-crochet-stitch/

You will work in the round, but you will join at the end of each round and turn. Turning is essential to create a straight seam in hdc.

You will construct the top and sleeves separately and seam the sleeves in to the top. I have a tutorial for seaming here: https://bananamoonstudio.com/2020/11/25/how-to-seam-a-sweater/

For the pants, you will make one leg, fasten off, make the other leg, and continue from there, connecting both legs as you work from the crotch, up. At the top of the pants, you will fasten off. Then you will make the drawstring, and then sew it into a casing made by folding over the top two rounds. I have the first of two video tutorials for the pants available now! This video shows you how to connect the legs as you begin to crochet around the hips.

This video shows you how to put in the drawstring.

Scrub Top

Ch 62 [66, 74, 78, 82], making sure not to twist ch, sl st in first ch to join into a ring.

Rnd 1 (RS) Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in each ch around, join to first st with sl st, turn – 62 [66, 74, 78, 82] sts.

Rnd 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 12 [14, 18, 20, 22] rows.

Front (split at armhole for front and back)

Row 1 (RS) Ch 1, sl st in first 3 [3, 5, 5, 5] sts, (sl st, ch 2, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 24 [26, 26, 28, 30] sts, leave rem sts unworked, turn – 25 [27, 27, 29, 31] sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn. Place marker in center st of this row.

Begin neckline shaping, Front Left Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) Ch 2, hdc in first 11 [12, 12, 13, 14] sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts including marked st, leave marker in place, leave rem sts unworked, turn – 12 [13, 13, 14, 15] sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, hdc2tog over first 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn – 11 [12, 12, 13, 14] sts.

Row 3 Ch 2, hdc in each st to last 2 sts, hdc2tog over last 2 sts, turn – 10 [11, 11, 12, 13] sts.

Row 4 Repeat Row 2 – 9 [10, 10, 11, 12] sts.

Row 5 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 5 for a total of 7 [7, 7, 9, 11] rows since beginning the neckline shaping.

Last row Ch 2, hdc2tog over first 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 [3, 3, 3, 3] sts, sl st in last 2 sts – 7 [8, 8, 8, 8] sts. Fasten off.

Front Right Shoulder

Row 1 Join yarn with sl st to marked st, remove marker, ch 1 (does not count as a st), no further sts in the marked st, hdc in each rem st across, turn — 12 [13, 13, 14, 15] sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st to last 2 sts, hdc2tog over last 2 sts, turn — 11 [12, 12, 13, 14] sts.

Row 3 Ch 2, hdc2tog over first 2 sts, hdc in each rem st, turn — 10 [11, 11, 12, 13] sts.

Row 4 Repeat Row 2 – 9 [10, 10, 11, 12] sts.

Row 5 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Alternate repeating Rows 2 and 5 for a total of 7 [7, 7, 9, 11] rows.

Last row Sl st in first 2 sts, sc in next 2 [3, 3, 3, 3] sts, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog over last 2 sts – 7 [8, 8, 8, 8] sts. Fasten off.

Back

Row 1 With RS facing, count from the end of Front, Row 1, leave 6 [6, 10, 10, 10] sts unworked at underarm, (sl st, ch 2, hdc) in next st, hdc in next 24 [26, 26, 28, 30] sts, turn, leaving rem sts unworked – 25 [27, 27, 29, 31] sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for a total of 4 [4, 4, 6, 8] rows since beginning the back. Place marker in center st.

Note At this point you should have a total of 6 [6, 10, 10, 10] skipped sts at each underarm.

Back of a crochet top on a gray background.

Back Right Shoulder

Row 1 Ch 2, hdc in each st, ending in marked st, leave marker in place, turn – 13 [14, 14, 15, 16] sts.

Rows 2-4 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Row 5 Ch 2, hdc in first 6 [7, 7, 7, 7] sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts, turn – 7 [8, 8, 8, 8] sts.

Row 6 Ch 2, hdc in first 3 sts, sc in next 2 [3, 3, 3, 3] sts, sl st in last 2 sts. Fasten off.

Back Left Shoulder

Row 1 (Sl st, ch 2, hdc) in marked st, hdc in each rem st, turn – 13 [14, 14, 15, 16] sts.

Rows 2-4 Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Row 5 Ch 3 for button loop, sl st in first 6 [6, 6, 7, 8] sts, ch 1, hdc in last 7 [8, 8, 8, 8] sts, turn – 7 [8, 8, 8, 8] hdc.

Row 6 Sl st in first 2 sts, sc in next 2 [3, 3, 3, 3] sts, hdc in last 3 sts. Fasten off.

Sleeve (make 2)

Ch 26 [26, 26, 30, 36], being careful not to twist ch, sl st in first ch to close circle.

Rnd 1 Ch 2, hdc in each ch, join to first st with sl st, turn – 26 [26, 26, 30, 36] sts.

Rnd 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 6 [6, 8, 10, 12] rnds.

Split into rows for sleeve cap

Row 1 Ch 2, hdc in each st, do not join, turn.

Repeat Row 1 until you have completed 3 [3, 4, 4, 4] rows after the split for the sleeve cap. Fasten off.

Finishing

Seam shoulders. Seam in sleeves. Need help with this? See my video tutorial here: https://bananamoonstudio.com/2020/11/25/how-to-seam-a-sweater/

Pants

Leg (make 2)

Ch 36 [40, 42, 46, 50]. Making sure not to twist ch, join to first ch with sl st to form circle.

Rnd 1(RS) Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in each ch around, join to first st with sl st, turn – 36 [40, 42, 46, 50] sts.

Rnd 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 24 [30, 34, 44, 46] rnds. For first leg made, fasten off. For second leg made, do not fasten off.

Join legs

See my free video tutorial for this part here.

With legs RS out and folded in half with seams in the middle of one side, hold legs together with seams together in the middle, second leg that you made closest to you, and first leg you made behind it. Mark the 4 [6, 6, 6, 8] st to the left of the join in the last rnd of each leg. Set first leg made aside for now.

Rnd 1 Ch 2, hdc in each st to marked st, hdc in marked st, pick up other leg, hdc in marked st, hdc around to join of this leg, join to first st on other leg with sl st, turn – 66 [70, 74, 82, 86] sts.

Rnd 2 Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 16 [18, 20, 22, 26] rnds since joining the legs. Fasten off.

Drawstring

Make a crochet chain that is about 10” longer than the circumference of the waist of the pants, sk first ch, sc across. Fasten off. Weave in the ends of the drawstring.

Finishing

Use crochet hook to pull two ends of drawstring through two spaces between sts close to the middle front of the waist line in the 3rd row from the top. Pull a few inches through on both sides and arrange the rest so that it will sit inside the casing. Fold over top 2 rows of pants to form a casing around the drawstring. Using yarn and yarn needle, sew the edge of this down. See this video for help putting in the drawstring.

From the inside of the pants, sl st or sew the crotch closed with yarn and yarn needle.

Weave in ends. Block. Enjoy!

Schematic

If you would prefer an ad-free PDF of this pattern, you can get one at Ravelry, Etsy, or LoveCrafts. The PDF also includes a schematic with measurements of the various pieces.

Get the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

Get the ad-free PDF on Etsy.

Get the ad-free PDF on LoveCrafts.

As with all my patterns, please don’t make paper or digital copies of my pattern for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!

Happy crocheting!

April

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