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This short sleeve, textured crochet cardigan with pockets is a versatile and stylish wardrobe piece that combines comfort and fashion. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this cardigan offers a delightful texture and a unique crochet design that sets it apart from ordinary sweaters. It’s a wonderful transitional piece, perfect for layering on those chilly days.

The Wolf Canyon Cardigan is suitable for various occasions, whether you’re dressing up for a casual brunch, layering it over a dress, or pairing it with jeans for a cozy evening by the fire. It effortlessly complements a wide range of outfits.

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Inspiration behind this textured crochet cardigan

My coworkers at my day job know I crochet and design patterns. Whenever I would come in wearing a sweater, whether it was a crochet one or not, the favorite question was “Did you make that?” Finally, I said to myself, I’m going to make one so the next time they ask that question, I could say, “Yes, yes I did!”

Originally, I had planned to make a pull over sweater. But somewhere along the way, it morphed into a short sleeve cardigan with pockets. I love the way it turned out and decided it became what it was meant to be.

The Stitch

I chose the Sedge stitch for this project. It’s one of my very favorite ones. I love how you can take the three most basic stitches of crochet-single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet and turn them into such lovely texture by combining them into one stitch. And because they are basic, most any crocheter will be able to complete this project.

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Ooooh, the texture!

The Yarn

I’m a big fan of Lion Brand Yarn. Many of my projects use their cotton brand, 24/7. I’ve seen many other designers rave about Heartland for it’s softness, and I love the selection of earthy colors. Check out all the colors here.

Materials needed for this crochet cardigan:

#4 worsted weight {I used Lion Brand Heartland in “Wolf Trap”}

Estimated yardage:

XSM 1000, SM 1200, MED 1400, LG  1600, XL 1800, 2X 2000, 3X 2200, 4X 2400, 5X 2600

US G (4mm) Furls hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

Tapestry needle for sewing and weaving ends.

Gauge:

20 hdc=4”

6 BLO hdc rows=2”

14 Sedge st rows=4”

Multiple: 3+1

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes available :  XSM (SM, MED, LG, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Bust Measurements:   28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)

Abbreviation Used: {US Terms}

Fhdc= foundation half double crochet

BLO= back loops only

ch= chain

sc= single crochet

hdc= half double crochet

dc= double crochet

sk= skip

rep= repeat

sl st= slip stitch

st(s)= stitch(es)

tch= turning chain

Special Stitches used in this crochet cardigan:

Sedge st: (sc, hdc, dc) all in same st

Notes:

  • Side to Side construction. Two rectangle panels are folded over at shoulders and seamed up the sides to the armhole and up the back. The front is left open.
  • Finished length is after rectangles are folded in half at the shoulder. Length is also based on adding 2” hdc border to bottom of cardigan.
  • Length can be adjusted by making the foundation row any length with final stitch count as a multiple of 3+1. Keep in mind the length of rectangle should be double what you want finished length to be as it will be folded in half. Ex. You want the cardigan to be 26”long. Rectangle should be 52” long.
  • Each rectangle panel width should measure ¼ your bust size. Ex. XL measurement is 44”. The two rectangles will each be 11” wide.
  • There is no ease in this garment. This can be adjusted by adding more sedge stitch rows. Every 3.5 rows add 1”.
  • Every size will start with 6 hdc in BLO rows and end with 6 hdc in BLO rows.
  • Ch 1 counts as a stitch in the sedge stitch rows but not in the hdc rows.

Stitch counts at the end of Sedge stitch rows will be counted like the following example [80 sedge, 1 sc]

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Choose the length of finished cardigan below or adjust using the method in the notes section {measurements include 2” hdc border around bottom of cardigan}

This foundation row will be considered Row 1. [stitch count for sedge rows]

22”= Fhdc 205 [68 sedge, 1 sc]  Or ch 206, hdc 2nd ch and each across, turn

24”= Fhdc 223 [74 sedge, 1 sc]  Or ch 224, hdc 2nd ch and each across, turn

26”= Fhdc 241 [80 sedge, 1 sc]  Or ch 242, hdc 2nd ch and each across, turn

28”= Fhdc 265 [88 sedge, 1 sc]  Or ch 266, hdc 2nd ch and each across, turn

30”= Fhdc 283 [94 sedge, 1 sc]  Or ch 284, hdc 2nd ch and each across, turn

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Pattern Instructions for crochet cardigan:

All sizes: {Make 2 rectangles}

Row 2-6: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Row 7: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next; rep from * until 3 sts remain, sk 2, sc in last, turn

Row 8: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Continue to your size.

XSM Size: {width of rectangle 7”}

Rows 9-17: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 18: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 19-23: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 23.  Weave in ends. Continue to Seaming section.

SM Size: {width of rectangle 8”}

Rows 9-20: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 21: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 22-26: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 26.  Weave in ends. Continue to Seaming section.

MED Size: {width of rectangle 9”}

Rows 9-24: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 25: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 26-30: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 30. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

LG Size: {width of rectangle 10”}

Rows 9-27: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 28: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 29-33: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 33. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

XL Size: {width of rectangle 11”}

Rows 9-31: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 32: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 33-37: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 37. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

2X Size: {width of rectangle 12”}

Rows 9-34: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 35: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 36-40: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 40. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

3X Size: {width of rectangle 13”}

Rows 9-38: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 39: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 40-44: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 44.  Weave in ends. Continue to Seaming section.

4X Size: {width of rectangle 14”}

Rows 9-41: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 42: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 43-47: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 47. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

5X Size: {width of rectangle 15”}

Rows 9-45: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Row 46: ch 1, hdc in BLO in ch and each st across, turn [st count is same as your foundation row]

Rows 47-51: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn.  Fasten off at end of Row 51. Weave in ends.  Continue to Seaming section.

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For all sizes of the crochet cardigan: {Seaming}

Fold both rectangles widthwise in half at the shoulder. Measure with tape measure from top of shoulder to armhole depth and mark with a stitch marker using the measurements below. Add 1/2’”-1” if you like more ease under the arm.   You will also need to make sure that your stitches for each armhole will be a multiple of 3+1 for adding the sleeves. Therefore, you may have to adjust a little where you place the stitch marker.

Armhole Depth

XSM: 6-6 ½”

SM: 6 ½-7”

MED: 7-7 ½”

LG: 7 ½-8”

XL: 8-8 ½”

2X: 8 ½-9”

3X: 9-9 ½”

4X: 9 ½-10”

5X: 10-10 ½”

Using back loops only, sew the two outer sides of the rectangles from stitch marker at armhole to bottom edge. Optional: Leave a 3” slit at bottom.

Using back loops only, sew the back of the cardigan. I chose to leave a small V shape between the shoulders. If you are leaving the V, sew from bottom of cardigan until about 3” are left until the shoulders. You can sew all the way up to the shoulders if you like.

Bottom Border:

If you chose to leave the slit at the bottom of the cardigan, you will need to add the bottom border to the two front panels and the back panel separately. If you did not leave the slit, you will be able to add the border continuously around the bottom.

Row 1: With shoulders facing you,join yarn in the end of the first hdc row, ch 1, hdc in end of each row, hdc in end of each sedge row, hdc in end of each hdc row across, turn

Row 2-6: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn. Fasten off at end of row 6. Weave in ends.

Sleeves:

The sleeves are worked in rounds.

Rnd 1: Join yarn in a stitch where armpit will be, ch 1, {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next; rep from * until 3 sts remain, sk 2, sc in last, join with sl st in ch 1 [st count will depend on the multiple you used]

Rnd 2: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc last, sl st in ch 1

Rnds 3-10: Rep rnd 2

6” Pockets: Optional {Make 2}

Row 1: Fhdc 28

Row 2: ch 1, hdc in BLO across, turn [28]

Rows 3-6: Rep row 2

Row 7: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next; rep from * until 3 sts remain, sk 2, sc in last, turn [9 sedge, 1 sc]

Row 8: ch 1 {counts as sc}, (hdc, dc) in same st, *sk 2, (sc, hdc, dc) in next sc; rep from *, sc in tch, turn

Rows 9-24: Rep row 8. At end of row 24, fasten off. Weave in ends. Center pockets on each side at bottom of cardigan. Using running seam, sew pockets to cardigan.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Lynn

    If I wanted to make this long sleeved, what would your suggestion be?

    1. mjmdesigns818@gmail.com

      Hi Lynn,

      You could continue with the Sedge stitch until you reached the desired length, but there would be no shaping for the sleeve.

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