SIMPLE CROCHET CARDIGAN.in craft, crochet, diy
It turns out third time was indeed the charm with this simple crochet cardigan. I started out making it way too small, having to buy more wool and starting again. Oops. On the second attempt I ended up overcompensating and making it way too big. This was third time lucky and it was just right. The Goldilocks of crochet projects.
I think I first saw a version of this over on Pinterest last year. It's a really easy crochet project, perfect for beginners as all you need to know is how to single crochet just like with these hats. It's basically a giant rectangle folded in half and stitched together. Super simple.
After a bit of research I found out it was a free pattern from Lion Brands Yarns. You can find the original pattern here, you need to sign up to the site to get access to their free patterns. As it's coming up to Winter I wanted to make a chunkier, cosier version than the original so I choose thick, chunky wool and a smaller crochet hook to get a tighter stitch. Here's my adapted pattern and how I put it together.
Simple Crochet Cardigan.
Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. 120 sts.
Row 2. Ch 1, turn, working in the back loops only sc in each st across.
Repeat Row 2 until piece measure around 32 inches. Weave in ends.
To make my simple crochet cardigan I used 7 100g balls of chunky wool and a size 7 (4.5mm) crochet hook.
To start with I chained for 120. The original pattern said to chain for 84 but as I was using a smaller crochet hook I adjusted the pattern.
To make the ribbed texture you need to crochet into the back loop of each stitch. It's the same way I made the ribbed hat in my easy diy crochet hats post. You can see the front and back loops more clearly in that post so make sure to check it out if you're not sure what to do.
I kept on crocheting into the back loops. 98 rows and 7 balls of wool later I had a piece of crochet that measured 31½ inches by 41½ inches.
The initial chain is what decides how wide your cardigan is and the number or rows the length. If you wanted to make a smaller bolero style shrug you would crochet fewer rows.
Now comes the fun part. To make your simple crochet cardigan you need to fold your rectangle in half. Make sure when you fold it you fold it with your rows running vertically not horizontally.
Whip stitch the sides together leaving an 8 inch gap on both sides. These gaps will form the armholes. Don't forget to weave in any loose ends to get a neat finish.
Here's what the sides look like stitched together.
Open up your rectangle from the bottom. The base of your rectangle opens to form a circle. You can fold it back to form a collar. I wanted my cardigan to have a wide cosy collar so I made sure to allow for this when I made my initial chain. If you wanted a thinner collar you need to make your initial chain smaller.
Here it is hanging up so you can get a better idea of how it looks.
And a few pictures from all sides.
I can't tell you how pleased I am with how my cardigan turned out. It was worth all the failed attempts! I can already see myself making a lighter Summer version as well. How lovely would it look in any of these colours?
If you like this you might want to check out my latest crochet project, my Diy Granny Square Top. It's a great crochet project for Summer.
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