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Stay In Crochet Cardigan | Free Crochet Pattern

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Image is made of two pictures of a woman wearing a handmade crochet cardigan. The cardigan is yellow and fades to shades of purple towards the arms. The crochet cardigan has a turquoise trim around the front and on a single pocket on the left side.

There’s something undeniably enchanting about the art of crochet – the rhythmic dance of the hook, the interplay of yarn, and the creation of intricate textures that come together to form stunning wearables. If you’re a crochet enthusiast who’s been on the lookout for the perfect project to dive into, we have a treat in store for you! Introducing our latest masterpiece: Stay in Crochet Cardigan, a captivating and colorful crochet cardigan that’s as cozy as it is stylish.

This a brand-new free crochet cardigan pattern that you may have earlier in 2023. Whether you’re a seasoned crochet aficionado or a passionate beginner, this simple yet elegantly designed cardigan pattern will capture your imagination and ignite your creativity. Crochet is not just a craft; it’s a journey of self-expression and a means of wrapping yourself in warmth and artistry. And what better way to embark on this journey than with a customized fit cardigan that boasts both comfort and flair?

This crochet sweater is perfect for testing out color pairing, faded cake yarns, or even yarn remnants. You know you have a bag or basket full of partial skeins of yarn that have been waiting to be used.

So, gather your favorite yarn hues, take out your trusty crochet hooks, favorite stitch markers, and prepare to embark on a delightful adventure of stitches and colors. In the crochet pattern that follows, we’ll delve into simple crochet stitches worked in only one loop to create texture, creating an edging, consideration of length and fit, and a touch of lace to the sleeves and pocket. As a recipe style crochet pattern, this crochet cardigan will be truly unique and fitting just right. A table is provided with the measurement and stitch and row counts used to create the sample Stay in Crochet Cardigan. If you would like to receive an empty table, consider purchasing the ad-free PDF from your favorite pattern shop below.

Whether you’re envisioning a cozy companion for chilly evenings or a statement piece that reflects your unique style, this free crochet cardigan pattern is here to make your vision a reality.

Let’s dive in!

Yarn

The yarn for making the crochet cardigan was provided to me by Hobbii as part of the #spiceutupwithhobbii campaign earlier this year. As it has been an adventurous year with and without yarn, this crochet pattern is finally available.

Wheel of Alpaca and Friends Cotton 8/6 was the perfect selection for color to capture Courtney’s personality and sense of style, comfortable chic. Also, Courtney might have a slight obsession with alpacas. They’re soooo cute!

Wheel of Alpaca is a generous size cake without the sugar that is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca. This means that this yarn will work for so many different types of projects from garments to shawls to blankets. I love the slight halo from the alpaca fibers, as well as the light weight of the fiber, even when wearing this long crochet cardigan. Each yarn cake is 250 g / 8.8 oz with a put-up of 1028 yards / 940 meters at the original cost of $36. At the time of this writing, it’s on sale for $22, plus you earn points with every order at Hobbii. To make this cake even sweeter, there are 15 shades to chose from that include shades of pink, gray, black, yellow, red, purple, blue, teal and turquoise, greens and brown. Although I chose Princess Party, a transition from yellow to light lavender to hot pink, I am considering making a different length Stay in Crochet Cardigan in Purple Rain. (Did your brain automatically start singing??)

Friends Cotton 8/6 is a 100% cotton skein that comes in an array of colors. I had to give it a try as I’ve heard nothing but great things about Friends Cotton, in all of the weights available. Each skein is 50 grams / 1.75 ounces and 115 yards / 105 m, which is a generous amount for a sport weight yarn, especially at $2.40 per skein. With 60 colors to choose from, you’ll always find what you need for a crochet project.

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MATERIALS

  • MC: Hobbii Wheel of Alpaca, DK weight #3 (80% acrylic, 20% alpaca, 1028 yds/ 940 m, 8.8 oz/ 250 g): 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) in Princess Party
  • Friends Cotton 8/6, Sport weight #2 (100% cotton, 115 yds / 105 m, 1.75 oz / 50 g)
    • C1: Lemon x 2
    • C2: Turquoise x 2 
  • Sample Size is M/L, and used 1353 yds in MC and 203 yds total in contrasting colors
  • US H-5 / 5.00 mm hook or hook to meet gauge
  • Stitch markers x 6
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape

GAUGE

18.5 sts in pattern x 8 rows = 4” x 4” [10 cm x 10 cm]

MEASUREMENTS FOR REFERENCE

Adult Woman SizesTo Fit Chest
X-Small30” [76.2 cm]
Small34” [86.2 cm]
Medium38” [96.5 cm]
Large42” [106.7 cm]
X-Large46” [116.8 cm]
2X-Large50” [127 cm]
3X-Large54” [137.2 cm]
4X-Large58” [147.3 cm]
5X-Large62” [157.5 cm]

PATTERN KEY

Ch: chain

Cnr: corner

CSDC: chainless starting double crochet

Dc: double crochet

Dcbl: double crochet back loop

Dcfl: double crochet front loop 

Fdc: foundation double crochet

FO: fasten off

Hdc: half double crochet

M: stitch marker(s)

PM: place marker

Prev: previous

Rem: remain(s) 

Rep: repeat

RS: right side

Sl st: slip stitch

Sc: single crochet

Sk: skip

St(s): stitch(es)

WS: wrong side

YO: yarn over

SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES

CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

Easy

NOTES

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Read entire pattern before beginning.
  • This cardigan is recipe style, and specific stitch counts are only provided for Lace for Pocket and Pocket.
  • A table has been provided within the ad-free PDF to write in measurements and stitch counts as you create your Stay In Crochet Cardigan. The measurements used for the sample are provided as a reference. The sample is a Size L based on  Craft Yarn Council Sizing Charts.
  • The Stay in Crochet Cardigan is made in 9 parts: First Half of Body, First Sleeve, Second Half of Body, Second Sleeve, Seaming, Edging without a Split /Edging for Split, Lace for Pocket, Pocket, Attach Pocket. 
  • Yarn amounts are suggested for making a long cardigan. Any adjustments in size and length will require more or less yarn.
  • A chart is provided at end of the pattern with suggested row and stitch counts to make a fitted (zero ease) Stay in Crochet Cardigan. Add additional rows or stitches for a looser fit (positive ease).

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Measurements and Stitch Counts for Sample Crochet Cardigan

MeasurementStitch / Row Count
Desired Length when folded30 in.244 sts
Cross Back / Shoulder to Shoulder18 in.
Half of Desired Width11 in.21 rows
Bicep / Arm Circumference12 in.45 sts
Sleeve Length15.5 in.29 rows
Length of Front29 in.108 sts

INSTRUCTIONS

First Half of Body

Row 1: Make an even number of fdc until desired length is reached for Front and Back, turn.

Row 2: CSDC in first st, *dcbl in next st, dcfl in next st, rep from * until 2 sts rem, dcbl in next st, dc in last st, turn.

Next Rows: Rep Row 2 until half of desired width is reached, FO.

First Sleeve

Fold Body in half (adjust fold if an uneven hem is desired), and PM in first and last st of last row to hold the piece in place. Measure Bicep for Sleeve circumference and half that number. Write this number in the table, as it will be used to PM on each side of the fold for Sleeve. Try it on the shoulder to ensure preferred Sleeve size. If any adjustments are made, update the # of sts in the table.

Row 1 (RS): Attach yarn in first st with M, CSDC in first st, continue in pattern until 1 st rem, dc in last st (2nd M), turn. 

Row 2: CSDC in first st, continue in pattern until 1 st rem, dc in last st, turn.

Next Rows: Rep Row 2 until desired length, do not FO.

Total Rows Completed for Sleeve: _________

Second Half of Body

PM at the fold. This marks where the Neck Opening will start. Count the sts along the Front. This number will be used for Row 1 below, and add the st count to the table in “Length of Front” box. 

Row 1: Attach yarn to first st at back of First Half of Body, CSDC in first st, continue in pattern until M, make # of fdc for “Length of Front”, turn.

Row 2: CSDC in first st, *dcbl in next st, dcfl in next st, rep from * until 2 sts rem, dcbl in next st, dc in last st, turn.

Next Rows: Rep Row 2 for the same number of rows in the First Half of Body.  

Second Sleeve

Fold Body in half, lengthwise so the last rows line up. PM in Second Half of Body in sts that line up with the First Sleeve. Count # of sts btw M. It should be the same as First Sleeve. 

Follow the same instructions for First Sleeve.

Seaming

Use M to line up the edges of the Sleeve and Body with RS facing out; take yarn from Sleeve and pull active loop through first st, ch 1, evenly sc along Sleeve, sc in each st down the sides of the Body, FO.

Note: Stop before the hem to create a split of preferred length. Hem will not line up if adjustments were made with the First Sleeve to create an uneven hem. 

Rep for second side.

Edging without a Split

Rnd 1: Attach C2 at center of neck opening, ch 1, *hdc in each st to cnr, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in cnr, evenly hdc in side of each st to next cnr, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next cnr, hdc in each st, sl st to join. 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, *hdc in each st to cnr, 3 hdc around ch-2 sp of cnr, rep from *, hdc in each st, sl st to join, FO.

Edging for Split

Rnd 1: Attach C2 at center of neck opening, ch 1, *hdc in each st to cnr, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in cnr, evenly hdc in side of each st to next cnr, (hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next cnr,  hdc in each st until 1 st before seam, sc2tog**, rep from * 2 times stopping at **, hdc in each st, sl st to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, *hdc in each st to cnr, 3 hdc around ch-2 sp of cnr, rep from * 1 time, **hdc in each st until 3 sts before sc2tog of prev row, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog and sk st in middle, sc in next 3 sts**, rep from * 2 times, rep from ** to **, rep from * 2 times, hdc in each st, sl st to join, FO.

Lace for Pocket

Make 1

With C2, ch 18, turn.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd Ch from hook, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, rep from *, turn.

Row 2: CSDC in first st, ch 2, sk ch-3, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts**, dc in next 3 sts, rep from *, ending last rep at **, dc in next 2 sts, turn.

Row 3: CSDC in first st, dc in next st, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk next 2 sts**, dc in next 3 sts, rep from *, ending last rep at **, dc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, ch 5, sc in next 3 sts, ch 5, sc in last 2 sts, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 3, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, rep from *, turn.

Rows 6-10: Rep Rows 2-5, then rep Row 2, FO with long tail for attaching Pocket.

Pocket

Row 1: With C1, ch 21, starting in 2nd ch, sc in each ch, turn. 20 sc

Rows 2-21: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn, FO after last row.

Attach Pocket

  1. Lay Lace piece on top of Pocket, use M or clips to stretch the Lace to cover the entire pocket.
  2. Using the long tail, attach Lace to Pocket across the top.
  3. Place Pocket in the desired location in the front.
  4. Continue to use tail, and attach Pocket starting at an upper cnr and down the side to the bottom and up the second side, FO.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. 

Steam block, if needed.

Uncertain about how your Stay in Crochet Cardigan will fit?

Below is a table of suggested rows and stitches based upon the Craft Yarn Council standard measurements of women. This is an example of the numbers you can choose to create the perfect fitted Stay in Crochet Cardigan. Please consider the amount of ease (tightness or looseness) that is preferred, and make note for the stitches needed to start and the rows to create the Body and Sleeves. You can use this information as an example to make a crochet cardigan in any size for children, teen or any adult.

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A woman wearing the Stay in Crochet Cardigan with a turquoise shirt that matches the edging. The crochet cardigan is yellow at the center and changes to lavender and then a shade of purple. There is a sloth yarn bowl on a white table holding yarn, and a swatch of crochet fabric with a purple crochet hook on the table. This a free crochet pattern to make the Stay in Crochet Cardigan.

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7 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday Courtney! I’m interested in the sideways construction, and appreciate that this pattern is beginner friendly!

  2. I love just love this cardigan and the pockets give it extra flair. Can’t wait to have time to make it.

    1. Pockets are a necessity! Please share once you get started on making your cardigan. I hope to squeeze in some time this fall to make a second one, so I can have one in the office and one in the craft room. Lol

  3. The Stay In Crochet cardigan is super cute …… I adore the lace on the pocket
    With different length options , you can create the perfect cardigan

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