Recently, I’ve asked a question on knittingparadise.com about this cardigan – “Would you wear it?”. And I got a lot of answers from all who would do this. So, I decided to make a renewing post for all who want to crochet it. I will post all my thoughts, photos and instructions here. Please join and ask questions in comments. Unfortunately, I don’t know who designed this cardigan, so if anyone knows an author’s name, I would be happy to know it too. Thanks :)
So, you’ll need 12 granny squares for the front part of the cardigan and 12 squares for the sleeves. I’ll use this pattern for making granny squares. Make the first square (5 rounds), then crochet the second square (4 rounds) and join as you go to the first square. I will post a video how to join granny squares later. I’m going to make the back of the cardigan this way:
crochet a foundation chain multiple of 4+1, then make dc in the 4th ch from the hook, dc in next ch, *ch-1, skip 1 ch, dc in next 3 chs **, repeat from * to ** to the end of the row;
the second row start with 5 chs,** 3 dc in next ch-1, ch-2 **, repeat from * to ** to the end of the row, end with ch-2 and dc in the last st
the third row start with 3 chs, 2 dc in the first ch space, * ch-2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space **, repeat from to ** to the end of the row
repeat 2-3 rounds
So, lets start :)
Crochet Hook: 3.5 mm (E)
Yarn: any sport weight yarn
I’ve made 12 granny squares for the front part of the cardigan and video on how to join granny squares. So, here is the result of my work today:
I’ve just finished joining… It’s time to talk about the cardigan size. The longer stripes are going to the front part and double stripes are going to the sleeves. I’m 168 cm (5’6″) and I wear size S. The length of the longer stripes is equal to the length from the shoulders to mid-thigh. The length of the double stripes is equal to the length from the shoulders to elbows. I will increase the sleeves later. Your stripes could be longer or shorter than mine.
I’m working on the back part of the cardigan now. I divided my hips measurement by 2 and I got the wide of the back part. (94/2=47 cm). The length should be equal to the length of the longer stripes (64 cm)
Here is result of my work. I crocheted the back part of the cardigan and connected the granny squares to it.
I made the cardigan longer (+ 10 rows)
Crochet 9 rows for each side of the sleeves but if you use worsted weight yarn you can skip this step or make less rows.
Use join-as-you-go method to join the sleeves to the body (see the video)
I connected the sleeves to the body and crocheted the front part of the cardigan + 13 rows. You can add more rows.
I’m going to lengthen the sleeves. If they are too loose try to change the pattern:
- 3 dc in each space between 3 dc’s of the previous row (without ch-1), or
- 2 dc without ch-1, or
- crochet row of sc around the sleeve then decrease by skipping sc’s between 3dc’s
The cardigan is finally done… :) It took me a lot more time than I planned I was hoping this could be done in a week but in the end it took me a month in total. I’ve worked on two projects last month that is why it took more time. So, we stopped on the sleeves. I lengthened and narrowed it (3 dc in each space between 3 dc’s of the previous row (without ch-1). Also, I made a row of sc around the collar, bottom and sleeves. The second project you can find here: Crochet Skirt Pattern.
I will post more photos tomorrow… ;)