Free Crochet Pattern- Cosy Crochet Cardigan with Aran Yarn

Hello Craftee, now that it is September I suppose many have begun to make ‘sweater weather’ items. How about adding this Cosy Crochet Cardigan to your list?

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Cosy Crochet Cardigan with Aran yarn-Yarn Craftee

I have named this crochet cardigan Mel’s cosy crochet cardigan after my good friend Melissa. Melissa came into my life when I did not know I needed a friend to pull me out of my shell; she is a gift to me. We have not been friends for long, but I feel so close to her, like I have know her for a long time. Do you have a friend like that?

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These days, I find that creating designs with a person in mind adds more meaning to my projects; knowing that the item I am making is going to bless someone makes me put even more heart into it.

You can style this crochet cardigan over jeans or a skirt, leave it open or closed. To close it, you just criss-cross the button loops; the right button goes in the left button hole and vice-versa.

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CONSTRUCTION

This Mel’s cos crochet cardigan is made in rows and parts that are joined together to form a whole. It is pretty simple to make with repetitive rows and simple stitches. I have divided it into seven parts to make it easier to follow the steps below:

  • Part 1: back panel
  • Part 2: right front panel
  • Part 3: left front panel
  • Part 4: sleeves
  • Part 5: join all parts
  • Part 6: connect front panels and shoulder
  • Part 7- pockets
  • Lastly- Block! Block! Block! This makes a word of difference for your cardigan. If you used the same yarn as in this pattern, your cardigan will turn out really soft and it will be much more comfortable to wear.

‘WORKING INTO THE THIRD LOOP’

Working into the third loop of a Half Double Crochet stitch can be confusing for some. This short video shows you exactly what loop to work into for this pattern.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

If you committed to this project only, you an finish it in two weeks. However, if there are other projects you need to do, it could take three to four weeks to complete. The good thing about this ribbed crochet cardigan is that it uses aran weight yarn, so your yarn will be flying off your hook in no time.

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COSY CROCHET CARDIGAN with ARAN YARN

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Size Guide

SizesXSSML1XL2XL3XL
Starting chains124126126128128130130
Bust (inches)28-3032-3436-3840-4244-4648-5052-54
Approx. Cardigan length/width; inches (after blocking)30/1830.7/1930.7/2031/2131/21.531.7/22.531.7/23.5
Armhole (by stitches) on each panel26272830323334
Divide Front panels (upper/lower row)60/6359/6459/6461/6661/6662/6762/67
sizes used are from Craft Yarn Council measurement guide for women

Gauge: 15 HDC stitches across × 16 rows = 4″

Materials:

  • This pattern uses Aran weight yarn. Used for this pattern is Stylecraft Special Aran (value pack) Stylecraft Special Aran (single pack). Per size in meters 1,400 (1,570, 1,600, 1,770, 1,800, 1,960, 2000). Substitute with yarn that matches the gauge.
  • 5mm hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch markers (no stitch markers? substitute with hair pins)
  • 2, 1inch diameter brown buttons

Stitches:

  • HDC- half double crochet
  • SC single crochet
  • SL ST- slip stitch
  • CH- chain
  • RS- right side
  • WS- wrong side
  • FLO- front loop only (or in this pattern, third loop)

Notes:

  • The Pattern uses U.S terms
  • Ch 1 at the end of row does not count as stitch
  • Pattern is written from smallest to largest; with larger number is parentheses, e.g, 24 (26,28,30…)

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

Part 1- Back panel

Refer to table above for number of starting chains.

Row 1: Skip 1st ch, SC in 4 chs, HDC in each ch across. ch 1, turn

Row 2: SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops f last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops f last st. Ch 1, turn

Rows 5-24 (26,28,30,30,32,34): repeat rows 3 & 4

Row 25 (27,29,31,31,33,35): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 2 sts, skip last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 26 (28,30,32,32,34,36): SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 27 (29,31,33,33,35,37): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across. Ch 1, turn

Rows 28 (30,32,34,34,36,38) – 45 (47,49,51,53,55,57), repeat rows 26 & 27, as well as for larger sizes. At the end of the last row, Chain 3, turn

Row 46 (48,50,52,54,56,58): skip 1 ch, SC into back bump of next 2 chs, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 47 (49,51,53,55,57,59): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across. Ch 1, turn

Row 48 (50,52,54,56,58,60): SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Rows 49 (51,53,55,57,59,61): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across. Ch 1, turn

Rows 50 (53,54,56,58,60,62) – 69 (73,77,81,83,87,91): repeat rows 48 & 49.

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Part 2- Right front panel

According to size, chain the same number as for the Back panel:

Row 1: Skip 1st ch, SC in 4 chs, HDC in each ch across. ch 1, turn

Row 2: SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: SC in FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Rows 5-24 (26,28,30,30,32,34): repeat rows 3 & 4. Do not snip yarn.

DIVIDE THE STITCHES IN HALF. See table above for the how to divide the upper and lower rows.

The next row is done on the bottom half of the panel.

Row 25 (27,29,31,31,33,35): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 6 sts, SC across to the marked stitch. Ch 1, turn

Row 26 (28,30,32,32,34,36): 2SC into the first st, SC in FLO of next 5 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 27 (29,31,33,33,35,37): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 7 sts, SC across, 2SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 28: (30,32,34,34,36,38): 2SC into the first st, SC in FLO of next 7 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 29 (31,33,35,35,37,39): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 9 sts, SC across, 2SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 30: (32,34,36,36,38,40): 2SC into the first st, SC in FLO of next 9 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 31 (33,35,37,37,39,41): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 11 sts, SC across, 2SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 32: (34,36,38,38,40,42): 2SC into the first st, SC in FLO of next 11 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 4 sts, SC in FLO of 3 sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 33 (35,37,39,39,41,43): SC in 4 sts, HDC into each st across till last 13 sts, SC across, 2SC in last st. snip yarn.

Part 3- Left front panel

According to size, chain the same number as for the Back panel:

Row 1: Skip 1st ch, HDC in each ch across till last 4 chs, SC in last chs. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: SC in 1st st, SC in FLO of next 3 sts, and FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last st, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 3: HDC into each st across till last 4 sts, SC in to last sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: SC in 1st st, SC in FLO on next 3 sts, and FLO (3rd loop) of each HDC sts, till last sts, SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Rows 5-24 (26,28,30,30,32,34): repeat rows 3 & 4. Snip yarn.

DIVIDE THE STITCHES. Use the same stitch count as for the Right Front panel, mark the stitch.

Row 25 (27,29,31,31,33,35): with wrong side of last row facing up, join yarn in marked st. Ch 1, SC in same st and next 5 sts. HDC across till last 4 sts, SC in last sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 26 (28,30,32,32,34,36): SC in first st, SC in FLO of next 3 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 6 sts, SC in FLO of 5 sts, 2SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 27 (29,31,33,33,35,37): 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 6 sts, HDC across till last 4 sts, SC in last sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 28: (30,32,34,34,36,38): SC in first st, SC in FLO of next 3 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 8 sts, SC in FLO of 7 sts, 2SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 29 (31,33,35,35,37,39): 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 9 sts, HDC across till last 4 sts, SC in last sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 30: (32,34,36,36,38,40): SC in first st, SC in FLO of next 3 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 10 sts, SC in FLO of 9 sts, 2SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 31 (33,35,37,37,39,41): 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 11 sts, HDC across till last 4 sts, SC in last sts. Ch 1, turn

Row 32: (34,36,38,38,40,42): SC in first st, SC in FLO of next 3 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of HDC sts till last 12 sts, SC in FLO of 11 sts, 2SC in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 33 (35,37,39,39,41,43): 2SC in 1st st, SC in next 12 sts, HDC across till last 4 sts, SC in last sts. Ch 1, turn

Part 4- Sleeve- make 2

See table for number of stitches to mark on each panel.

Tip- keep your slip stitches loose to make them easy to work into.

Row 1- Chain 76 (78,80,84,84,86,86), skip 1st ch, sl st in 4 chs, SC in 6 chs, HDC across till last 6 chs, SC in last 6 chs. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2- SC in FLO of 1st st and next 5 sts, SC in FLO (3rd loop) of the HDC sts, SC in FLO of next 6 sts, Sl St in FLO of next 3 sts, Sl St in both loops of last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 3- Sl St in FLO of  1st st and next 3 sts, SC in 6 sts, HDC across till last 6 sts, SC in last 6 sts. Ch 1, turn

Rows 4- 51 (53,55,59,63,65,67): repeat rows 2 & 3. Snip yarn, leave long tail to sew sleeve

Part 5- Join all parts

Mark armhole by number of stitches (see table above). When joining the sleeves, at the point where the back and front panel connect, join 2 stitches from the body of the cardigan to 1 stitch row on the sleeve. The video tutorial shows how to do this.

Part 6- Finish front of Cardigan

With front of cardigan facing up, skip 1st st, join yarn in next stitch.

Row 1:  SC into each st across,

At the back, SC into each st row.

On opposite side, SC into each st across, skip last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: SC in 1st st, skip next st, SC in FLO of each st across till last 2 sts. skip next st, SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in 1st st, skip next st, SC into each st across till last 2 sts, skip next st, SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Rows 4-8: repeat rows 2&3. At the end of row 8, chain 7 (this is the first button loop).

Row 9: Repeat row 3. Do not snip yarn, continue to make the second button Loop

Ch 7, sl st into next st row. SC into each st row down, skip the skipped st on row 1, SC across the lower half stitch rows till last 2 rows, sl st in next st row, snip yarn leaving 4inch tail to sew button.

Opposite Button Loop- Join yarn in 1st st on lower half row (leave a 4 inch tail to sew button), SC in next st and across the upper half stitch rows, Sl st in row before the last row (that is row 8 where we made the 1st button loop). Snip yarn, weave in tails.

Sew the buttons on.

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Part 7- Pocket- make 2

Sizes XS, S, M

Row 1: Chain 26, skip 1st ch, SC into each ch across. ch 1, turn

Row 2: HDC into each st across. ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in FLO of 1st st, and each st across till last st. SC in both loops of last st.

Rows 4-19 (21,21): repeat rows 2&3. Ch 1, turn

Sizes L, 1XL

Row 1: Chain 28, skip 1st ch, SC into each ch across. ch 1, turn

Row 2: HDC into each st across. ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in FLO of 1st st, and each st across till last st. SC in both loops of last st.

Rows 4-21 (21): repeat rows 2&3. Ch 1, turn

Sizes 2XL, 3XL

Row 1: Chain 30, skip 1st ch, SC into each ch across. ch 1, turn

Row 2: HDC into each st across. ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in FLO of 1st st, and each st across till last st. SC in both loops of last st.

Rows 4-23 (23): repeat rows 2&3. Ch 1, turn

Sew pockets on.

BLOCK YOUR CARDIGAN- ways to do this:

  • Rinse and spin it in the washing machine, stretch the parts a bit and pin it down to dry. In the absence of a washing machine, dip it in water till all parts are soaked, squeeze out excess water and pin down to dry.
  • If the ends are curled, place a steam iron over the curled parts (NOT ON TOP, JUST A LITTLE GAP BETWEEN THE IRON AND THE FABRIC), move the iron back and forth over the edges till they straighten.
  • If no steam iron, sprinkle water on the curled parts, place iron over the parts (same as with the steam iron), move it back and forth till the heat from the iron straightens the edges.

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6 Comments

  1. I really like your sweater, and it will be on of the projects I will try to make. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. This is exactly what I was looking for in a crochet cardigan! Sideways construction is the best and resembles knitting. Thank you for including pockets too!

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