Lakeside Crochet Cardigan

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The Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern is an easy crochet crop cardigan pattern worked in one piece with a simple stitch pattern. The crochet cardigan can easily be modified to any length, and the pattern works up quickly with limited seaming.

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

When you purchase the PDF, additional options include the long version with optional buttons, a belt and pockets!

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These warm and cozy crochet cardigan patterns are made in Knit Picks/WeCrochet Brava Tweed worsted weight yarn and include step-by-step video tutorials on YouTube.

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Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

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How to Crochet the Lakeside Crochet Cardigan

The crochet stitches used to crochet the Lakeside Crochet Cardigan include the Single Crochet (sc) and the Extended Single Crochet (esc) stitches. These crochet stitches are beginner-friendly and work up quickly. 

The Lakeside Crochet Cardigan pattern includes women’s sizing from XS-5X. Sizing is based on women’s standard sizing index with a 3-3.5″ positive ease. 

The cardigan is crocheted all in one piece flat, starting at the back band and finishing with the front panels. The sleeve cuffs and button-up ribbing is added at the end. The only seaming required is to seam the sides and sleeves together.

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The Lakeside Crochet Cardigan pattern is written in Standard American terms and includes sizes XS – 5X. The schematic, customization options and detailed pictures are included in the beautifully designed written PDF.

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

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Cardigan Inspiration

My beautiful daughters modelled the Cardigan for me in Lake Louise, Alberta. it was only fitting for me to name it the Lakeside Crochet Cardigan after the beautiful Lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

I love that this cardigan can be made in different lengths. Besides the options, I’ve shown you can also make it hip length if you prefer.

Teen girls love the cropped length modelled on my daughter Emma. She fell in love with this crochet sweater and has decided that she’s keeping it. The long version with a belt and pockets was perfect for my daughter Bethany; although she’s my second born, she’s at least 3″ taller than Emma and it fit her perfectly.

I’m not letting the girls take the long cardigan as I’ll be wearing it all Fall and Winter with cozy slippers!

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Crochet Hook

The Lakeside Crochet Cardigan pattern calls for a

US 8/H (5mm)

US 9/I (5.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

To prevent hand pain, I crochet with Furls Crochet Hooks. I can spend hours crocheting with these hooks. For the Lakeside Crochet Cardigan, I used the Furls Streamline Cafe Hooks (the resin hooks are breakable, so make sure not to drop them) the metal streamlines are fabulous and more durable; they should be back in stock soon. You can purchase them HERE with code MJS15 for 15% off.

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan Yarn

Brava Tweed Worsted Weight #4- 97% Premium Acrylic, 3% Viscose (218yds/100g) shown in Heron & Mink

Yarn Details

Brava Tweed is enhanced with flecks of viscose Tweed to add depth to sweaters, blankets, and more while maintaining the durability and affordability you can expect from the Brava family.

The range of coordinating colours all feature cream, coffee, and charcoal tweed flecks, and for even more colour options, Brava Tweed can mix and match with Brava Worsted or Brava Speckle to create beautiful projects!

Hypoallergenic, hard-wearing, and machine washable, as always, Brava Tweed is sure to please. – WeCrochet

Crochet Cardigan Yarn Substitutes

Comfy Color Mist

Chroma Worsted

Heatherly

Mighty Stitch Worsted

Brava / Brava Speckle

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan Pattern –

Get the PDF on RAVELRY, ETSY, WeCrochet or the Digital interactive pattern on Ribblr in Spanish and English

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

Additional Supplies:

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Markers

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Blocking Pins

Blocking Mats 24″x24″

Woolwash

4 Wooden Buttons (35mm)

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

Gauge:

12 sts and 12 rows equal to 4″ in esc with 5.5mm hook

7.5 sts and 8 rows equal to 2″ in ribbed pattern with 5mm hook

Crochet Video:

Watch how to crochet a Women’s crochet crop Cardigan on YouTube

https://youtu.be/QGBLvG0ppIY

Special Crochet Stitches

Extended Single Crochet (esc): Insert hook through indicated st and pull up a loop, yarn over (YO), pull through 1 loop, YO pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.

Extended Single Crochet Decrease (esc2tog): Insert hook through indicated st and pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, pull up a loop, yarn over (YO), pull through 2 loops, YO pull through the last 2 loops on the hook.

Crochet Schematic – Included in PDF

The PDF pattern includes body measuring instructions, customization tips, as well a schematic.

Abbreviations

Blo – Back Loop Only

Ch – Chain

Esc – Extended Single Crochet

Flo – Front Loop Only

Pm – Place Marker

Rep – Repeat

RS – Right Side

Sc – Single Crochet

Sk – Skip

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Sp(s) – Space(s)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

WS – Wrong Side

( ) – Work step in parentheses in indicated stitch

[ ] – Work step in brackets number of times indicated

Copyright

The Lakeside Crochet Cardigan pattern is the sole property of MJ’s Off the Hook Designs. This pattern is copyright protected and cannot be copied or reproduced in any way. You are welcome to sell your finished items from this pattern. I require a reference or link for my design. My photos are copyright protected and are not to be used to sell your items.

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Lakeside Crochet Cardigan Notes

The cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom up, starting at the back. The bands and edging are worked with a 5mm hook and the body with a 5.5mm hook. A chain is worked out from each side of the body for the sleeves. The sleeves and body are worked as one piece. The neck opening is marked, next half of the sleeve is worked with each front panel. Fasten off once the sleeve is at the correct width. The front body is marked, then worked, finishing with the band. Finish with buttonhole edging and sleeve cuffs.

The pattern is written for the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses ( ). A step-by-step video tutorial is provided on our YouTube channel for crop size medium.

Back

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Band

Row 1: With the smaller hook, ch 15, work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn—14 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1 (not included as a st here and throughout), work 1 sc in the blo of each st across, turn—14 sts.

Rows 3-50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98): Rep Row 2. After the final Row, turn and change to the larger hook.

Body

Row 1 (RS): With the larger hook, ch 1 and work sc sts evenly along the length of the band (1 st per row)—50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98) sts. PM marker on the RS of work for reference.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1 (not included as a st here and throughout), 1 esc in each st across, turn—50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98) sts.

Crop

*Duster cardigan included in the PDF

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan free crochet pattern and video

Rows 3-18: Rep row 2 ending on WS.

Sleeves

Notes: The sleeve is 15″. With a cuff sleeve is 19″ in total. Customization tips included in the PDF

Left Sleeve:

With a new ball of yarn, join to the opposite side of the working yarn. RS facing join to the top left side of work with a sl st, ch 45 and fasten off (this sets up the left sleeve).

Right Sleeve:

Join back onto working yarn top right.

Row 1 (RS): Ch 46, work 1 esc in the 2nd ch from hook, work 1 esc in each ch across the right sleeve, work 1 esc in each st across the body, work 1 esc in each ch across the left sleeve, turn—140 (146, 152, 158, 164, 170, 176, 182, 188) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, work 1 esc in each st across, turn—140 (146, 152, 158, 164, 170, 176, 182, 188) sts.

Rows 3- 16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32): Rep row 2 ending on WS. Don’t fasten off.

Mark Neck Opening

Left and Right side count over 60 (63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts, pm in next st. The neck opening is 20 sts and should measure approximately 6.75″ for all sizes.

Right Sleeve/ Front Panel:

Row 1 (RS): With working yarn, ch 1, 1 esc in each st across to marker (leave neck opening unworked), turn—60 (63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across, turn—60 (63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Stop XS

S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Rows 3-4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18): Rep Row 2, ending with—63 (66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Shaping Increase Rows – All sizes

Row 1: Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across to the last st, 2 esc in the last st, turn—61 (64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across, turn—61 (64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85) sts.

Rows 3-14: Rep Row 1 & 2 [6 times], ending with—67 (70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85, 88, 91) sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Mark Body

From sleeve edge count over 45 sts, pm in the next st (marks off the sleeve length).

Front Right Panel

Notes: Work even in rows so that the front equals the back in length.

Skip over the sleeve. Join yarn in marked st.

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, work 1 esc in each st across, turn—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Crop

Rows 2-17: Rep Row 1—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Row 18: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across, turn—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Band

The band is joined as you go to the panel edge.

Row 1:

With smaller hook, ch 15, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sk first st at the panel edge, sl st in next 2 sts (base row), turn—14 sts.

Row 2:

Sk sl sts, 1 sc in the blo of each st across, turn—14 sts.

Row 3:

Ch 1, work 1 sc in the blo of each st across, sl st in next 2 sts (base row), turn—14 sts.

Rows 4- 22 (24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46): Rep Row 2 & 3, ending on row 2. The last Row fasten off and weave in ends.

Left Sleeve/ Front Panel:

Row 1 (RS): With the larger hook and RS facing sk over the neck opening. Join yarn in st next to marked st, ch 1, 1 esc in each st across, turn—60 (63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across, turn—60 (63, 66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Stop XS

S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Rows 3-4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18): Rep Row 2, ending with—63 (66, 69, 72, 75, 78, 81, 84) sts.

Shaping Increase Rows – All sizes

Row 1: Ch 1, 2 esc in the first st, 1 esc in each st across, turn—61 (64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across, turn—61 (64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85) sts.

Rows 3-14: Rep Row 1 & 2 [6 times], ending with—67 (70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 85, 88, 91) sts. Don’t Fasten off.

Mark Body

From sleeve edge count over 45 sts, pm in the next st (marks off the sleeve length).

Front Left Panel

Notes: Work even in rows so that the front equals the back in length.

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, 1 esc in each st across to marked st (leave sleeve unworked), turn—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Crop

Rows 2-17: Rep Row 1—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Row 18: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across, turn—22 (25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46) sts.

Band

Work the same as Front Right.

Sleeve Cuff:

Repeat for left and right sleeves.

Sleeve Edge:

With RS facing and the smaller hook join yarn to the edge of the sleeve, ch 1, work 22 (24, 26, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42) sc sts evenly across the edge (sk approx. every 3rd row), turn—22 (24, 26, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42) sts.

Band

The band is joined as you go to the sleeve edge.

Row 1:

With smaller hook, ch 15, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sk first st at the sleeve edge, sl st in next 2 sts (sleeve edge), turn—14 sts.

Row 2:

Sk sl sts, 1 sc in the blo of each st across, turn—14 sts.

Row 3:

Ch 1, work 1 sc in the blo of each st across, sl st in next 2 sts (sleeve edge), turn—14 sts.

Rows 4- 22 (24, 26, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40, 42): Rep Rows 2 & 3 ending on Row 2. After the last row fasten off with a long tail for seaming.

Edging:

Row 1: With the smaller hook join yarn to front right panel edge with a sl st, ch 1, work 1 sc evenly across the band and evenly across the front right panel, (approx 3 sts per 2 rows), sc across the neck opening, sc evenly across the front left panel and band. Don’t fasten off and proceed to Collar.

Mark Buttonholes: Watch the tutorial for directions

With RS facing at the front right side, count 4 sts from the bottom edge, pm in the 5th st, *count 8 sts, pm in 9th st; rep from * [two more times] for crop length.

For large 35mm buttons, the buttonhole will be 2 sts.

Collar

The collar is joined as you go to the edging.

A cardigan with buttonholes will have the ribbing 8 sts wide.

Buttonhole Row: Ch 1, work 1 sc in the blo 3 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts, 1 sc in the blo last 3 sts.

Next Row: Ch 1, work 1 sc in the blo 3 sts, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, 1 sc in the blo last 3 sts.

As you are working the collar rows and come to a place marker, use these two rows in place to create the buttonhole.

Row 1:

With smaller hook, ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sk first st at the edge, sl st in next 2 sts, turn—8 sts.

Row 2:

Sk sl sts, 1 sc in the blo of each st across, turn—8 sts.

Row 3:

Ch 1, work 1 sc in the blo of each st across, sl st in next 2 sts, turn—8 sts.

Rep Row 2 & 3 for the entire edge of the crochet cardigan working buttonhole row at each marked st. Fasten off and weave in tails

Blocking:

Wet the entire garment in lukewarm water with a small amount of dish soap or woolwash. Allow soaking for around 30 min. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Wrap the garment in a towel to press out the excess water. Lay the garment out on blocking mats and pin it to the schematic measurements. Allow the garment to dry thoroughly.

Seaming:

Repeat for the Left and Right Sides.

Fold garment RS facing, lining up sides and sleeves. With yarn needle and yarn, whip stitch sleeve and side together. Weave in ends.

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