My Garden Cardi Free Crochet Pattern

My Garden Cardi is a simple crochet cardigan perfect for layering as it starts to warm up. This pattern has an easy construction which makes it great for crocheters new to garment making.

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I dont know about you but I am ready for Spring! Give me warmer weather, sun and working in the garden. I designed My Garden Cardi for the Spring months were it’s starting to warm up but you might just need a little cardigan over a dress, tee or tank top. I used a fairly new to me yarn CotLin from we Crochet. I really enjoyed working with this yarn. The green color was a bit out of my norm but it paired perfectly with a cute dress I picked up last year. 

I loved using this yarn. I haven’t used a cotton yarn in a garment in a long time but I have to say after making this cardigan I’d love to use it more. Something I’m always not too sure about is how to block cotton yarn. So I played with it and found wet blocking or a light steaming worked great. It really didn’t take much though.

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Before you get started here are some helpful links.

You can purchase an ad-free version of this pattern through Etsy, Ravelry or We Crochet.

I’ve used the CotLin Yarn from We Crochet and you can build a kit of your own HERE. With We Crochet’s Kit Builder you can sub any of their DK weight yarns. I think it would be lovely in their Swish or Gloss. Don’t let the wool fool you. It breathes wonderfully in warmer weather too!

If you have any questions please use the my Contact Me form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can

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My Garden Cardi ©2022 KT and the SquidAll rights reserved. You may not sell, trade, share or redistribute this pattern in any way. You may sell finished items made from this pattern.

Size 

xs (s, m, l, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x)

To fit a bust of: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 64)”

Finished bust: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68)”

Length hem to under arm: 15”

Arm opening: 6 (6.5, 7.25, 7.5, 8, 8, 8.75, 8.75, 9.5, 10)”

Sleeve length: 7”

Yarn

6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins We Crochet CotLin (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123  yds/50  g; dk weight)

Sample shown in Lichen

Approximately 610 (720, 840, 975, 1055, 1185, 1270, 1420, 1565) yards

Hook

G+/4.5 mm hook (or hook to obtain gauge)

Abbreviations

Ch = chain

St = stitch

Sc = single crochet

Esc = extended single crochet

Eesc = extra extended single crochet

FLO = Front loop only

Notes
This cardigan is worked in 3 pieces that are seamed. The sleeves are added last.

Gauge 

15 Esc worked in the FLO by 11 rows in pattern = 4” square (blocked)

Special Stitches

Extended single crochet (Esc): Insert hook into indicated St, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through one loop on hook, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook. 

Extra extended single crochet (Eesc): Insert hook into indicated St, pull up a loop, (yarn over pull through one loop on  hook) twice, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook.

Instructions

Back

Ch 65 (73, 81, 89, 97, 105, 113, 121, 129)

Row 1 (rs): Esc in the 2nd ch from hook and each Ch across, turn. 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 120, 128)

Row 2: Ch 1, working in the FLO Esc in each St across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, working in the FLO *Esc 3, Eesc in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below, repeat from * until 4 remain, Esc in the last 4, turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Ch 1, working in the FLO Esc in the 1st St, Eesc in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below *Esc 3, Eesc in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below, repeat from * until 2 Sts remain, Esc in the last 2, turn.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 3-6

Row 11: Repeat row 3.

Row 12-56 (58, 60, 62, 62, 64, 66, 68): Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Front (make 2)
Ch 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57)

Repeat rows 1-56 (58, 60, 62, 62, 64, 66, 68) of the Back.

Seaming
Sew sides up to row 40, sew shoulders.

Front Finishing Row (rs): Join to the bottom of the front, Ch 1, evenly Sc up 1 side of the front and down the 2nd side. 

Fasten off.

Sleeves (repeat on both sides)
With the right side facing out, join to the bottom of the under arm.

Round 1: Ch 1,  working around the opening of the arm Esc for a total of  44 (48, 52, 60, 60, 64, 64, 72, 76) Sts with half of the Sts before the foundation Ch (shoulder seam) and half after, join with a slip St to the first St, turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, working in the FLO Esc around, join with a slip St to the first St, turn.
Round 3: Ch 1, skip 1, working in the FLO Esc in each St until 1 remains, skip the last St, join with a slip St to the first St, turn. 42 (46, 50, 58, 58, 62, 62, 70, 74)
Rounds 4 and 5: Repeat round 2.
Round 6: Repeat round 3. 40 (44, 48, 56, 56, 60, 60, 68, 72)
Rounds 7-12: Repeat rounds 4-6 two times. 36 (40, 44, 52, 52, 56, 56, 64, 68)
Round 13: Ch 1, working in the FLO *Esc 3, Eesc in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below, repeat from * around, join with a slip St to the first St, turn.
Round 14: Repeat round 2.
Round 15: Ch 1, working in the FLO Esc  in the 1st St, Eesc in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below *Esc 3, Eesc  in the FLO of the next St 2 rows below, repeat from * until 2 Sts remain, Esc in the last 2, join with a slip St to the first St, turn.
Round 16: Repeat round 2.
Rounds 17-19: Repeat rounds 13-15.

Fasten off.

Finishing
Block, weave in ends.

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