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Spring Cardi FREE Crochet Pattern | KT and the Squid

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I won some fabulous yarn from Expression Fiber Arts when I won Round 2 of Battle of the Stitches. It only took 6 months but I finally came up with the perfect pattern for it. I wanted a simple cardigan that I could wear over a tank top or dress this Spring.

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Spring Cardi
by Katy Petersen

This pattern is copyrighted by KT and the Squid. You may NOT copy, share, change or sell the pattern itself.
If you’d like to sell finished items from this pattern please do! Finished items belong to you and you may do what you wish with them.

This pattern was written for size small and has been graded for all other sizes. The pattern has NOT been tested.

 

Materials

Fingering weight yarn: approx. 550 (660, 800, 880, 1000, 1200, 1500) yards
G/4mm hook

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Abbreviations

Ch = chain
St = stitch
Ss = slip stitch
Hdc = half double crochet
Hdc2tog

Gauge

13 hdc by 11 rows = 3” square

Sizes

XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Bust: 28”(32”, 36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”)
Finished back width: 14” (16”, 18”, 20”, 22”, 24”, 26”)
Finished length: 20.5″ (21”, 21.5”, 22”, 22.5”, 23”, 23.5”)

Notes

  • Please read all instructions before beginning.
  • This top is flat worked in one piece.
  • Instructions for this top are written for all sizes as XS(S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
  • This pattern is based off standard sizes. If you can, I recommend trying the top on the recipient as you go so you can make adjustments as needed.
  • This cardigan was designed to be worn open with 0 ease on the back panel.
    *if you’d like more coverage in the front you can continue with the trim. Just keep in mind you will need more yarn and it will make it longer as well.

Instructions

Back Panel
Ch 61(71, 79, 87, 97, 105, 113)
Row 1 – Hdc in 2nd ch from hook (skipped st does not count as a st) and every ch across. 60(70, 78, 86, 96, 104, 112)
Row 2 – Ch 1 (does not count as a st from here on), turn, hdc in every hdc across. 60(70, 78, 86, 96, 104, 112)
Repeat row 2 until you have 24(26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) total rows, fasten off.

First Front Panel
Return to the beginning ch of the back and join to the first ch. You will now work on the opposite side of the ch (this will become the shoulders)
Row 1 – Ch 1, hdc in the 1st 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34). 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34)
Row 2 – Ch 1 (does not count as a st from here on), turn, hdc in every hdc across. 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34)
Repeat row 2 until you have 24(26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) total rows, fasten off.


Second Front Panel
Return back to the beginning ch, skip 24(30, 32, 34, 40, 42, 44) ch from the first front panel, join in the next ch.
Row 1 – Ch 1, hdc in the last 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34). 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34)
Row 2 – Ch 1 (does not count as a st from here on), turn, hdc in every hdc across. 18(20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 34)
Repeat row 2 until you have 24(26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) total rows, do NOT fasten off.

Bottom
You will now join the front panels with the back.
Row 1 – Ch 1, turn, hdc in every hdc across, hdc in every hdc across the back, hdc in every hdc across the first front panel. 96(110, 124, 138, 152, 166, 180)
Row 2 – Ch 1, turn, hdc in every hdc across. 96(110, 124, 138, 152, 166, 180)
Rows 3-36 – Repeat row 2.
Rows 37-44 – Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in every hdc until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog.
Do NOT fasten off.

Spring Cardi free crochet pattern

Finishing
Round 1 – Ch 1, turn, hdc in every st across, hdc in the end of every row up the first side, hdc in every ch, hdc in the end of every row down the second side, join with a ss to the first hdc. 232(258, 276, 294, 320, 338, 356)
Rounds 2-7 – Ch 1, hdc in every hdc around, join with a ss to the first hdc.
Fasten off. 232(258, 276, 294, 320, 338, 356)

Sleeves
Join in the end of a row close to the underarm.
Round 1 – Ch 1, hdc in the end of every row around the arm opening, join with a ss to the first hdc. 48(52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72)
Rounds 2-7 – Ch 1, hdc in every hdc around, join with a ss to the first hdc. 48(52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72)
Fasten off, weave in ends, block.

Edit:
Some people said they were having a hard time visualizing how this design is constructed so I made a little image to hopefully help. The red line is where you’ll start with the foundation ch. The back is then worked. You’ll fasten off and join back at the foundation chain and work the first panel. Then fasten off, go back to the foundation chain, skip the number of indicated stitches for the neck, join and work the 2nd panel. Last, (do NOT fasten off) you’ll work the first row of the bottom (indicated by the blue line in the image) which will go across the 2nd panel (where the 1 is), then across the back (where the 2 is) and across the first front panel (where the 3 is).