If you love a good summer cardigan, you are going to love this design! Pamela from Pamela’s Adoring Crochet and I teamed up to design this beauty. It is a wonderfully breezy summer cardigan that has amazing texture. And the best part is that with one slight modification, you could make yourself a winter version of it as well. Now let’s get to the fun stuff, so you can get started!
Summer DK yarn (or another cotton yarn)
Hook 1 or 2 sizes up from recommended size
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
Tr – treble crochet
dec – decrease
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
- To modify the amount of stitches you need, it should be an odd number. To modify the amount of chains you need, it should be an even number.
- If you are unsure how big to make the back panel, make sure it is as wide as a cardigan that you like the way it fits. Your width should be slightly bigger to account for the space you loose sewing the back panel to the side panel.
- If you would like to make this a long sleeve version, use dc sts instead of tr sts
- Special Stitch:
- hdc3tog – yarn over, place hook in 2nd st from row 1, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, place hook in next st, yarn over, pull loop through, place hook in next st, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook
- treble crochet – yarn 2 times, place hook in st, yarn over, pull through, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) x3
- crossed treble crochet – sk 1 st, tr in next st, tr in skipped st
Let’s Get Started!
- FSC until it is slightly bigger than the width you would like it
Make an even amount of chains, sc across
(On either method, end with an odd amount of stitches.)
2. Ch 3, turn, sk 1st st, hdc3tog using 2nd, 3rd, & 4th sts from previous row, ch 2, (hdc3tog using the last st used for the previous hdc3tog and the next 2 sts, ch 2) repeat across until 1 st remains, ch 1, hdc in last st
3. Ch 1, turn, sc on top of hdc from previous round, sc in ch 1 sp, (sc 2 times in each ch 2 sp) repeat across until ch up from previous row, sc 2 times in last sp, sc in 2nd ch of ch up from previous row
4. Ch 4, turn, sk 1st st, tr in 2nd st, tr in skipped st, (sk st, tr in next st, tr in skipped st) repeat across until 1 st remains, tr in last st
5. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across
Repeat rows 2-5 until it is almost as long as you would like. Then repeat rows 2 & 3 one more time. Fasten off.
Front Sides (Make 2)
To determine how many sts you need, divide the amount you had in your section in half. Then divide by 2 and subtract either 1 or 1.5 so it is an odd number.
For this section you will want an odd number that is around half of the amount of sts from the back but when you add the amount of sts from both front sides does not equal more sts than the back side.
Back side: 85 sts
85 / 2 = 44.5
44.5 – 1.5 = 43
Front side = 43 sts
Back side: 87 sts
87 / 2 = 45.5
45.5 – .5 = 45
Front side = 45 sts
Place a st marker in the center stop the back panel. This will be a guide to make sure each side panel is sewn the same.
Lay the side panel on the back panel so the wrong sides are facing each. Sew the top stitches together. Repeat on the other side.
Starting at the top measure down the amount of inches you would like for your armhole. Place a stitch marker there. Place a second stitch marker so there is one on the front panel and the back in the same spot. Starting at the bottom sew the sides together stopping at the stitch marker.
- Starting under the arm where the seam is from the front and back panels, sl st and sc around armhole until you have an odd number of sts, sl st to 1st st
2. Ch 3 (counts as ch up and ch 1), turn, hdc3tog in next 3 sts, (ch 2, hdc3tog using last st of previous hdc3tog and next 2 sts) repeat around, ch 1, sl st to 2nd ch of ch up
3. Ch 1, turn, sc 2 times in ch 1 sp, (sc 2 times in each ch 2 sp) repeat round, sc 2 times in last ch 1 sp, sc in ch up from previous round, sl st to 1st st
4. Ch 4, turn, sk 2 sts, tr in next st, tr in previous st, (sk st, tr in next st, tr in skipped st) repeat around, sl st to 1st st
5. Ch 1, turn, sc in each tr from previous row until 1 st remains, 2 sc in last st, sl st to 1st st
6. Repeat round 2
7. Repeat round 3
Front and Bottom Ribbing
- Sl st to bottom of cardigan, ch 1, sc across
- 2. Ch 1, turn, sc across
- Ch 3, dc up side of front panel, across top of back panel and down side of other front panel
- Ch 3, turn, (FPDC, BPDC) repeat around
- Repeat row 4
- Repeat row 4