Crochet a tiny orange sweater for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – free crochet pattern

Crochet a tiny orange sweater to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with this free crochet pattern.

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and the survivors of Canadian residential schools, as well as their families and communities.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

I’ve created this free crochet pattern for you to observe this day of remembrance. Display it proudly

Tiny Orange Sweater – free crochet pattern

Tiny Orange Sweater (c) ACCROchet


Artfil Belle, colour Autumn Burn (10 g)


4 mm crochet hook


Scissors, stitch marker, yarn needle


I don’t say this often, but gauge is not critical in this project.

Finished size

5 cm x 12 cm

Stitch Guide

  • Ch… chain
  • Sc… single crochet
  • Sl st… slip stitch
  • St… stitch


The Tiny Orange Sweater is crocheted from the bottom up in two pieces (Back and Front) that are assembled at finishing.

Beginning ch-1 never counts as a stitch.


Make two.


Ch 11 to start.

Row 1. Sc in second chain from hook and in each ch across, turn. (10 sc)

Rows 2-10. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

After Row 10, DO NOT TURN, ch 10 and set aside.

With another length of yarn, ch 10 and attach this chain with a sl st to the opposite end of Row 10. Finish off.


Put hook back into loop where it was set aside.

Row 1. Turn, ch 1, sc in next 10 chs, sc in next 10 sc, sc in next 10 chs, turn. (30 sts)

Rows 2-4. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

After Row 4, finish off and weave ends in.


With a length of yarn and your tapestry needle, assemble the two pieces together as follows:

SIDES and UNDER THE ARMS: From bottom of sweater to underarm, and from underarm to wrist. Cut yarn. Repeat on second side.

TOP LEFT: From wrist to 2nd stitch on body. Cut yarn. (12 sts)

TOP RIGHT: From 8th st on body to wrist. Cut yarn. (12 sts)

Weave all ends in.

xo Julie

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