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Crochet cardigan

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Yarn - Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (Soft Plum) / 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

You should have 128 chs or multiples of 14 chs + 2 additional chs.
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

Hello sana,thank you so much

Hello sana,thank you so much for responding so quickly, will try n see how it goes,n will keep troubling you until I get it right, love from India.

Hi , I want to crochet this

Hi , I want to crochet this cardigan for my daughter .Her size is xl. so how can I start with . How many chain and so on .
There is a request to teach in xl or large size something beautiful . I have crocheted a cardigan which came out very beautiful so I am very much inspired also by your vdos . pl. guide me
thanking you .love you..

Hi artidesai,

Hi artidesai,
For the larger size, I would start with the same number of chains, but work one more increase row before joining front and back parts together. After the dc row (= 15th row) you should have 166 chs (instead of 152 chs) to have 14 chs more (one repeat) for the bottom pattern. 152 chs + 14 chs = 166 chs. Then follow the pattern as per instruction. Happy crochet!

I am so confused. I make it

I am so confused. I make it for myself. Size xxl. I have done 11 rows as it is. Now what to do. More increasing rows like 9th row and 10th row. Or I have to make 12th row and continue till 16th row. Then increase more to get my size. Please help me out.

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Hi Debasmita saha,

Hi Debasmita saha,
I would suggest you to use a larger size crochet hook after 11th row. When you join front and back parts together (15th row), dc5 above each shell and work extra 2 dc under each arm to have 194 chs in total. Then decrease 10 chs (25th row) and 14chs (26 - 32 rows). Before starting a new pattern you should have 170 chs. Happy crochet!

First of all thanks for the

First of all thanks for the quick response.I have done 11 rows using 5mm hook.am I need to use larger than that or continue with 5mm.

Hi Debasmita saha,

Hi Debasmita saha,
You may use 5.25 mm hook or 5 mm hook and work the pattern slightly loosely to widen the garment. Happy crochet!

You may use any size crochet

You may use any size crochet hook after you join front and back parts together as long as the dc row will be wide enough to your chest circumference. You may crochet a small sample of dc rows to double check your gauge and estimate how many double crochets you need to your bust circumference. Happy crochet!

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