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Crochet Lacy Cardigan Free Recipe Pattern

Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.

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Are you longing to crochet yourself something wearable but you’re too scared to try? I was. And this is my first cardigan project, the first HUGE crochet project I undertook, and I succeeded. And so will you.

Do you want to crochet something you can wear every day without looking too different? I do, every day. And this cardigan is conventional enough to be a wardrobe staple yet unique enough to provide a sense of individuality. It evokes an old-world feel but it has sufficient class to stand as a timeless piece. Another dream-come-true for me!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

About the Pattern

About My Cardigan

Required Skill

Measurement

Materials


Project Instructions

A. Crocheting Lace Rectangles

B. Assembly

1. Shoulder Seam

2. Side Seam

3. Armhole Seam

C. Finishing

1. Sleeve

2. Back Bodice

- Front-Loop Sc Video

3. Front Bodice

- Sc Decrease Video

- Reverse Sc Video

About the Pattern

This pattern focuses on how to assemble and finish a cardigan using any lace pattern.

This is a recipe pattern, meaning, this is a formula that shows you how you can have your own lacy cardigan. The construction is based on your own choice of crochet lace rectangles and relies on the elasticity of crochet lace to create shape. This recipe requires some estimation because you are making a cardigan just for Y-O-U. But you don’t have to be afraid because this recipe allows a lot of room for errors.

Because I am a visual person, this pattern is most suited to a visual learner. It includes many diagrams, illustrations, and pictures in transferring meaning.

Important Note: The diagrams are NOT DRAWN TO SCALE. The actual cardigan may contain more or less depending on the size you are making.

Required Skill:

  • Crocheting lace rectangles in rows and rounds (choose your own favorite lace patterns)
  • Ch, sc, sl st, front-loop sc (see video below), sc decrease(see video below)
  • Taking body measurements
  • Pinning pieces together
  • Attaching new thread
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Measurement:

A. Shoulder Width
B. Shoulder-to-Hip Length
C. Shoulder-to-First-Rib Length (The first rib is found on the side, about 4-5 inches below the armpit. It’s where your rib starts to branch out.)
D. Sleeve Length
E. Armhole

Materials

  • Size 8 mercerized crochet cotton or raylon (crochet cotton is best because it’s easier to handle)
  • 3/0 aluminum hook
  • Dressmaker’s pins
  • Stitch markers (optional but very helpful when working the sleeve and the shirred part of the cardigan)

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

A. Crocheting the Lace Rectangles

Choose lace pattern/s for the front bodice, back bodice, and sleeve. One lace pattern will do or different lace patterns can be used.

Tip: When using different lace patterns, choose patterns that have the same density. One setback that my cardigan has is my use of a very open lacework (Leaf Bloom lace) for my back bodice. The bodice gets stretched out by the heavier sleeve lace (Iris Shell lace). I should have used the same lace for the back and front bodice (Pistachio Shell lace).

For the sleeve, choose a lace pattern that can be worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to mark the end of a round. I had to frog several rounds when I discovered that I missed the turn of the previous round. This happens a lot to me when I’m watching TV or talking to someone while crocheting.

Back Bodice – The width of the back bodice is equivalent to the shoulder width. Its length is equal to the shoulder-to-first-rib length.

Front Bodice 1 and 2 – The width of each front bodice is 1/3 of the shoulder width while its length is equal to the shoulder-to-hip length.

Sleeves – The length is equivalent to the sleeve length while the circumference is equal to the armhole circumference.

B. Assembly

1. Shoulder Seam

The shoulders are attached first. Make sure you attach the front bodices to the same number of stitches on the back bodice.

Pin at about 1-inch intervals.

//Crochet Pattern Begins

Attach new thread through both front and back bodices.

[Ch 2, sl st to the front bodice, ch 2, sl st to the back bodice, ch 2, sl st to the front bodice on the next dressmaker’s pin. Ch 2, sl st to the back bodice, ch 2, sl st to the front bodice, ch 2, sl st to the back bodice on the next dressmaker’s pin.]

Repeat instructions in [ ] until the end of the shoulder seam is reached. The last sl st should go through both front and back bodice.

Cut thread and weave in loose ends. Attach the other front bodice in the same way.

//Crochet Pattern Ends

2. Side Seam

The side seam is joined in the same way as the shoulder seam.

The front and back bodices are pinned at 1-inch intervals. The new thread is attached via a sl st that goes through both back and front bodices.

Your cardigan should look like a vest now. It’s a good idea to try on your cardigan to make sure the armhole is just right. Don’t forget that crochet lace stretches.

3. Armhole Seam

The last seam we attach is the armhole seam. The sleeve is connected to the bodice.

First, identify the midpoint of the sleeve lace and pin this to the shoulder seam. The starting point of the sleeve lace is pinned to the side seam.

Pin the rest of the sleeve to the bodice at 1-inch intervals. Join to the bodice using the same ch-2 and sl-st stitches.

Don’t forget to try on your cardigan. Make the necessary adjustments because there is no turning back after the seams.

C. Finishing

1. Sleeve

The finishing rounds of the sleeve can be done right after the sleeve lace is crocheted before it is attached to the bodice.

About 12 rounds of chain mesh are used to finish the sleeves. The first round is of the same width as the sleeve. The second round begins to taper and in the last ten rounds the width of the sleeve is reduced so that only the wrist gets through.

//Crochet Pattern Begins

Round 1:

[Ch 3, sl st to the sleeve.] The instructions in [ ] represents one mesh.

Repeat the instructions in [ ] around the circumference of the sleeve. On the last mesh of the round, ch 1, hdc on the sleeve.

Round 2:

[(Ch 3, sl st to the next ch-3 space) 3x, ch 3, skip the one ch-3 space, sl st to the next ch-3 space.] Repeat the instructions in [ ] around. On the last mesh of the round, ch 1, hdc on the next ch-3 space.

Round 3 – 12:

[Ch 2, sl st to the next ch space.] Repeat the instructions in [ ] around. On the last mesh of the round, ch 1, sc on the next ch space.

Break off and weave in loose ends.

//Crochet Pattern Ends

2. Back Bodice

The back bodice is finished with a band of front-loop sc’s. The remaining length of the front bodice is shirred as well as the edges of the back bodice.

You can use stitch markers to divide the remaining length of the front bodice evenly so that the shirring will be uniform. The same can be done to the shirred part of the back bodice.

//Crochet Pattern Begins

Attach new thread at the edge of the front bodice.

Row 1: Ch 1, 15 sc on the front bodice (as previously marked). This will create the shirring of the front bodice. Sl st to the back bodice.

Row 2: Sl st to the back bodice (as previously marked for the shirring of the back bodice), TURN, 15 front-loop sc, ch 1, TURN.

Row 3: 15 front-loop sc, sl st to the back bodice (as previously marked for the shirring of the back bodice).

Row 4: Sl st to the back bodice (on the last mark for the shirring of the back bodice on this side), TURN, 15 front-loop sc, ch 1, TURN

Row 5: 15 front-loop sc, sl st to the back bodice.

Row 6: Sl st to the back bodice, TURN, 15 front-loop sc, ch 1, TURN.

Repeat Row 5-6 until the last 5th row just before the shirring of the back bodice.

Repeat Rows 2-3 for the remaining four rows.

Sl st the last row the other front bodice as previously marked for the shirring of that front bodice.

Break off and weave in ends.

//Crochet Pattern Ends

3. Front Bodice

The last part to finish is the front bodice. The last round of reverse sc’s (drawn in red on the diagrams) is optional. Even without the reverse sc round, the cardigan is already finished.

//Crochet Pattern Begins

Attach new thread at the corner of front bodice 1 and the back bodice finishing. Ch 1.

Row 1: [Sc on the front bodice, ch 3] Repeat [ ] until the corner of front bodice 2 and back bodice finishing is reached. Care must be taken that the sc’s fall at the corners of the front bodice and collar. Ch 1, TURN.

Row 2: Sc on ch-3 space, ch 2, [sc on sc, ch 3]. Repeat [ ] until the front bodice corner edge is reached. Sc on ch-3 space, ch 3, sc on the next ch-3, ch 3, sc on the next sc. Repeat [ ] until the 1stcollar corner is reached. (Ch 2, sc on sc) 2x. Repeat [ ] across except for the corners. Deal with them as described. On the last ch space, sc on sc, ch 2, sc decrease. Ch 1, TURN.

Row 3: Sc on sc, ch 1, [sc on sc, ch 3]. Repeat [ ] until the collar corner is reached. (Ch 1, sc on sc) 2x. Repeat [ ] across except for the next collar corner. On the last ch sp, sc on sc, ch 1, sc decrease. Ch 1, TURN.

Row 4: Sc on sc, [sc on sc, ch 3]. Repeat [ ] until the collar corner is reached. (Sc on sc) 2x. Repeat [ ] across except for the next collar corner. On the last ch sp, sc on sc, sc decrease. Ch 1.

This is the END of the required finish. Break off and weave in ends.

OPTIONAL ROUND: Turn, rsc on sc, [rsc on sc, 3 rsc on ch-3 space]. Repeat [ ] until the edge of Row 4 is reached. Rsc on the edge of each row, sl st across the back bodice finishing, rsc on the edge of each row, sl st to the first rsc of the round.

Break off and weave in ends.

//Crochet Pattern Ends

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© 2014 Moira Durano-Abesmo

I LOVE Comments!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on April 18, 2014:

Thank you heidithorne!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 18, 2014:

What a cute project! Wish I had more time to make one. Voted up and beautiful!

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