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Crochet cardigan

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Yarn - Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (Sand) / light 3/ 4.2 oz (120 g) / 254 yards (232 m) / about 5 balls needed
Hooks - F/5 – 3.75 mm and G/6 4.25 mm or other size hooks needed for the gauge
Gauge - 18 dc sts go into about 4 inches (10 cm)
Jacket Size - S/M
Complexity - Advanced beginner

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Cardigan jacket crochet pattern

Part 1 video tutorial

Begin crocheting the cardigan from the top to bottom.

Make a foundation chain of 60 chs to work 2 repeats/shells for each shoulder and 4 repeats/shells for the back part. One repeat is 5 chs.

1st row (right side) – h4ch, corner1*, sk4, (shell1, sk4) x 2, corner1, sk4, (shell1, sk4) x 4, corner1, sk4, (shell1, sk4) x 2, corner1 + RC3
*corner – dc1, (ch1, dc1) x 3, dc1
2nd row (wrong side) – (dc1, ch1, dc2) under ch, Vst into Vst, shell1 under ch, (shell1 into shell of prev.row) x 3, Vst into Vst, (shell1 into shell of prev.row) x 6, Vst into Vst, (shell1 into shell of prev.row) x 4, Vst into Vst, (dc2, ch1, dc1) under ch, dc1 + RC3
3rd row – shell1 under ch, corner1 into Vst, [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner into Vst] x 3, shell1 under ch, dc1 + RC3
4th row – (shell 1 under ch) x 2, Vst into Vst, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 3, (shell 1 under ch) x 2, dc1 + RC3
5th row – h4ch, dc1, (shell1 under ch) x 2, corner1 into Vst, [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner into Vst] x 3, (shell1 under ch) x 2, dc2 into last ch + RC3
6th row – h4ch, dc1, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 4, (shell 1 under ch) x 3, dc2 into last ch + RC3
7th row – h4ch, dc2 into 1ch, [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner into Vst] x 4, (shell1 under ch) x 3, dc3 into last ch + RC3
8th row – h4ch, dc2 into 1ch, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 4, (shell 1 under ch) x 4, dc3 into last ch + RC3
9th row – h4ch, (dc1, ch1, dc2) into 1ch, [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner into Vst] x 4, (shell1 under ch) x 4, (dc2, ch1, dc1) into last ch + RC3
10th row – (dc1, ch1, dc2) under ch, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 4, (shell 1 under ch) x 5, (dc2, ch1, dc1) under ch, dc1 into last ch + RC3

Increase chs from front and back parts only. Do not add chs for shoulder parts.

11th row – [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner** into Vst, work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner*** into Vst] x 2, (shell1 under ch) x 6, dc1 into last ch + RC3
**corner – (dc2, ch1, Vst) into Vst of previous row
***corner – (Vst, ch1, dc2) into Vst of prev.row
12th row – h4ch, dc1, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 4, (shell 1 under ch) x 7, dc2 into last ch + RC3
13th row – h4ch, dc2 into 1ch, [work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner** into Vst, work shells into shells of prev.row to Vst of prev.row, corner*** into Vst] x 2, (shell1 under ch) x 7, dc3 into last ch + RC3
14th row – h4ch, dc2 into 1ch, [work shells into shells to Vst of prev.row, Vst into Vst] x 4, (shell 1 under ch) x 8, dc3 into last ch + RC3

Join front and back parts together

15th row – h4ch, dc3, [work dc4 above each shell to Vst, dc2 into Vst, sk all shells to next Vst (shoulder part), dc2 into Vst] x 2, work dc4 above each shell to last 3 chs; dc2, dc2 into last ch + RC3

After that you should have 152 chs. Use a smaller size crochet hook.

16th row – h5ch, dc to end + RC3
17 – 24 rows = 16th row

Decrease 10 chs

25th row – h5ch, dc11, [dec1, dc12] to end + RC3

Decrease 2 chs each row

26th row – h5ch, dec1, dc to last 3 chs; dec1, dc1 + RC3
27 – 32 rows = 26th row

Continue decreasing 2 chs every row and begin a new pattern

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Part 2 video tutorial

33rd row – h5ch, dec1, dc12, [ch1, dc14] to last 15chs; ch1, dc12, dec1, dc1 + RC3
34th row – h5ch, dec1, dc9, ch1, sk2, dc3 under ch, ch1, sk2, [dc10, ch1, sk2, dc3 under ch, ch1, sk2] to last 12 chs; dc9, dec1, dc1 + RC3
35th row – h5ch, dec1, dc7, ch1, dc2 between 1st and 2nd dc of dc3 (prev.row), ch3, dc2 between 2nd and 3rd dc of dc3, ch1, sk2, [dc8, ch1, dc2 between 1st and 2nd dc of dc3 (prev.row), ch3, dc2 between 2nd and 3rd dc of dc3, ch1, sk2] to last 10 chs; dc7, dec1, dc1 + RC3
36th row – h5ch, dec1, dc5, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 under arch of 3chs, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, [dc6, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 under arch of 3chs, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2] to last 8 chs; dc5, dec1, dc1 + RC3
37th row – h5ch, dec1, dc3, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above sc1 of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, [dc4, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above sc1 of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2] to last 6 chs; dc3, dec1, dc1 + RC3
38th row – h5ch, dec1, dc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sk1, sc3, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, [dc2, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sk1, sc3, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2] to last 4chs; dc1, dec1, dc1 + RC3
39th row – h5ch, dec1, dc1 under ch, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above middle sc of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2, ch1, [dc4, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above middle sc of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2, ch1] to last 4chs; dc1, dec1, dc1 + RC3
40th row – h5ch, dec1, dc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 above sc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, [dc6, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 above sc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1] to last 4chs; dc1, dec1, dc1 + RC3
41st row – h5ch, dec1, dc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, [dc8, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1] to last 4chs; dc1, dec1, dc1 + RC3
42nd row – h5ch, dec1, dc1, ch2, ddec1*, ch2, [dc10, ch2, ddec1*, ch2] to last 4chs; dc1, dec1, dc1 + RC3
*ddec – work one unfinished dc between dc2 of prev.row, one unfinished dc under ch, and one unfinished dc between following dc2 of prev.row
43rd row – h5ch, ddec1, dc1, [ch1, sk1, dc14] to last 6chs; ch1, sk1, dc1, ddec1, dc1 + RC3
44th row – h5ch, ddec1, dc to last 4chs; ddec1, dc1 + RC3
45th row = 44th row

Sleeves

Attach the yarn underarms, ch3 to pick up the height. Work rows joining them together.

1st row (right side) – dc2, work dc4 above each shell to end; dc3, join the beg. and end. of the row together with sl.st.1 + ch3

Continue working dc rows using a smaller size crochet hook.

2nd row (wrong side) – h5ch, dc to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3

Decrease one ch every 2 rows

3rd row – h5ch, dec1, dc to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
4th row = 2nd row

Repeat the pattern starting from the 2nd row until you crochet 26 rows.

You should have 45 double crochets or multiples of 15 double crochets.

27th row – h5ch, [dc7, ch1, sk1, dc7] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
28th row – h5ch, [dc5, ch1, sk2, dc3 under ch, ch1, sk2, dc5] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
29th row – h5ch, [dc4, ch1, dc2 between 1st and 2nd dc of dc3 (prev.row), ch3, dc2 between 2nd and 3rd dc of dc3, ch1, sk2, dc4] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
30th row – h5ch, [dc3, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 under arch of 3chs, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, dc3] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
31st row – h5ch, [dc2, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above sc1 of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, dc2] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
32nd row – h5ch, [dc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sk1, sc3, ch2, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sk2, dc1] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
33rd row – h5ch, [ dc1, dc1 under ch, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch2, sc1 above middle sc of prev.row, ch2, dc2 between dc2, ch1, dc2] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
34th row – h5ch, dc3, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, sc1 above sc1, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, dc3] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
35th row – h5ch, dc4, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, dc2 between dc2 of prev.row, ch1, dc4] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
36th row – h5ch, dc5, ch2, ddec1*, ch2, dc5] to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3
37th row = 27th row (sleeve)

Decrease one chain

38th row – h5ch, dec1, dc to end, join beg. and end. with sl.st.1 + ch3

You should have multiples of 5 chs for the shell pattern.

Shell pattern

39th row – h4ch, dc2 into 1ch, sk4, [shell1, sk4] to end, dc1, sl.st.1 under initial 3chs + ch3
40th row – dc2 into 1st shell of prev.row, work shells into shells to end, dc1 into 1st shell of prev.row, sl.st.1 under 3chs + ch3
41st row = 40th row
42nd row – dc3 into 1st shell of prev.row, work shells into shells to end, dc2 into 1st shell of prev.row, sl.st.1 under 3chs + ch3
43 and 44 rows = 42nd row

Body edge

Work the 6 shell pattern rows (39 – 44 sleeve rows) as you did for your sleeves.

Skip 4 chs between shells where you have chs (neckline and bottom) and 2 rows on both front parts.

Cut the yarn and secure it.

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Abbreviations
[ ] – repeat
ch – chain
corner – (dc2, ch1, Vst1, ch1, dc2) into 1 ch or Vst of a previous row
dc – double crochet
ddec – double decrease – work 3 unfinished dc and then pull yarn through 4 loops on the hook
dec – decrease 1ch – work two unfinished dc and then draw yarn through all 3 loops on your hook
h#ch – insert a hook into the # ch from your hook
RC – returning chain
shell – (dc2, ch1, dc2) into 1ch or into a shell of a previous row
Vst – V stitch – (dc1, ch1, dc1) into 1ch or Vst of a previous row

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Comments

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!!
Please can you make a tutorial on how to make a long dress?

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Hi Kira,

Hi Kira,
Thanks for the suggestion. I probably will make a similar tunic for my daughter which can be adjustable to any size.

Bonjour

Bonjour
Très beau modèle mais il nous faut la deuxième partie en vidéo pour faire les manches et le MOTIF
Car les explications écrites je ne les comprends pas
Merci

Hi Manasa B H,

Hi Manasa B H,
For the chest circumference of 38", I would use the same number of foundation chain and work more rows until my back and front parts will be wide enough to the chest circumference accordingly. Happy crochet!

Hi Shivani,

Hi Shivani,
The number of foundation chains depends on many factors like your gauge and the yarn you choose for the project (some yarns are stretchier than the others). For the XL size, I would start with the same number of chains, but work more increase rows in all parts to make sleeves wider. So, I'd work about 11 increase rows adding chs in all parts, and then I would increase chs for front and back parts only until my front and back parts become wide enough to my chest circumference accordingly. Happy crochet!

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