I came across this picture of a crochet motif cardigan a couple of years ago on a blog and fell in love with the cardigan but I had no idea where the pattern came from so I could not get hold of the actual pattern.
Every now and then I would search for it but without any luck until one day I came across it on Google picture search and this pointed to Ravelry, only to find out it is a Japanese pattern (no problem) but it was in a Japanese book (no problem), I could not seem to purchase anywhere (problem). Having purchased Japanese books many times from this great etsy shop Pomadour24
I messaged them to ask if they could get it and guess what – they could. She has managed to get a couple of books for me previously just by supplying a picture of the front cover.
I duly started my cardigan but knew it would have to be a background task as making that many motifs would be a long hard slog. I had chosen after a lot of deliberation to use Sirdar Heart and sole for the coloured part of the motif as it was quite hard to get co-ordinating colours. I didn’t use the blue colourway. For the joining I used Rowan fine lace doubled (from stash – yaah).
Many many motifs later ……
Before I started assembling the cardigan I used wooden skewers to hold each row of motifs in the correct order so I didn’t have to find the next one I just slid it off the skewer
To join all the motifs together I used a Join As You Go method of assembly which is great as you only get a couple of ends instead of two for each motif.
The cardigan is now blocked and is looking good, all I have to do is sew in all the coloured ends (yuk)
I’m so please with this even though its taken a year as a background task
Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan
I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear
This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.
Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.
For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.
The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.
This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.
The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs. The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.
Now the maths part!!
- Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
- Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
- Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed e.g. 10 inches
Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using. I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.
Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.
- Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
- Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
- Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
- Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
- Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required
Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,
To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch
Knitting Latest knit
Had some wool for my birthday and after a couple of false starts on other cardigans I settled for this pattern.
The pattern is Kemari by Berroco and the pattern is in one of their booklets. there is a chunky and a DK version of this cardigan. I made the chunky version. Unfortunately I could not get the pattern in this country so I had to send to America for it. Jimmy Beans wool were great, they have no problems sending items outside of America and they give you quotes for different air mail services so you can pick the one you want. Be warned it is not cheap to send but as all american craft items are so cheap then that offsets the airmail.
For the cardigan I used Katia tropic which a cotton tape. I love the colour ways but being a chainette tape you quite often get the needles caught in the chains.
Had to use IC needles as the back and half the sleeves are knitted in one.
Knitting – slip stitch cardigan….. I saw this pattern and just had to knit it.
Earhart by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
It uses a combination of two yarns. For mine I used Noro Kureyon for the variegated yarn and Rowan Cocoon for the plain yarn.
The cardigan is knitted throughout with knit and slip stitches which gives it is unique look. to achieve the correct tension I had to go up to 8mm needles using 1 strand of each wool. The body of the jumper is knitted in one piece up to the armhole shaping so my trusty Knitpro IC and one of my longest wires came into use.
Not 100% happy about the buttons but will sleep on it.
Crochet – Granny Cardigan pattern now available….With a lot of help from Julie W. we have finished the pattern and it is now available as a free pattern.
The pattern is a simple formula to creating a cardigan in any size with any type of yarn and any size hook.
Each cardigan is made largely of two hexagons, so if you can granny square you can hexagon.
My version is a little different to others I have seen as it has extra rows on the back to create a flat back neck.
There is a photo tutorial and charts.
It’s amazing that something so simple takes a lot of explanation.
Hope you all enjoy the pattern.
Crochet – Granny square Cardigan pattern….I keep getting asked how I make my granny square cardigans so I’ve decided to write a pattern to share. As I normally just crochet these little cardigans without reference to any pattern I had to take it slowly and write down every step I carried out. Well it won’t be a pattern as such it will be a “how to” as there is a simple formula to creating a cardigan in any size with any type of yarn and any size hook…sounds great eh.. Oh and by the way these cardigans are made from hexagons not squares which is a bit daunting the first time as they do not lie flat…… Also my version is a little different to others as it has extra rows on the back to create a flat back neck.
Julie W is doing a great job in checking and correcting the pattern for me, and in the process making her first crochet cardigan. She has also checked some other patterns for me which will be published soon. Back to the cardi she has just got to the border and the ties so I should get the pattern back soon then I can finish it off and publish it.
Not only is there a working method I’ve put in a photo tutorial as well.
Watch this space……………….
Previous cardigans I have sold through Purl n Lace in Swanage.
Just when you thought it was all over ……
Following on from my previous granny square cardigan – I’ve made another based on the pattern below, this time it was a childs size 24 inch chest.
Original pattern, Granny cardigan by Yarnartist
This time I used Knitcol trends – 052 by Adriafi which was purchased om my trip to bath a few weeks ago.
~the cardi took just under 3 balls on a 5mm crochet hook, the wool is just shy of being Aran weight – ball label tension is 16 st x 22 rows.
Following on from my previous granny square cardigan – I’ve made another based on the pattern.
Granny cardigan by Yarnartist
This time I used Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn 241 .
I’ve wanted to do an adult crochet project for a while and came across this post a couple of weeks ago
Granny cardigan by Yarnartist
So I’ve used this pattern as a basis for this Cardigan. Basically you make two hexagon granny squares – 6 sides instead of 4 untill you get to the size you require.
I used Rowan Purelife organic cotton in 4 ply – the colour is Rhubarb. It is great to crochet with as it does not split. I used a 4.5mm hook and did 22 rounds to get my size – 44 chest. I did 10 extra rows on each side of the back for the back neck. I finished it off with 2 rows of double crochet and a third with a bead above every cluster. As the cardigan wraps slight at the front I made a rose and have attached it to a pin to secure the front.
I’m pleased with the result it fits well, but I’m going to have to get used to the flared sleeves. I will probably make another one in maybe Aran like the orignal one.
I must also get better at showing and photographing my projects.
I’ve been looking around for a very simple pattern for our new crocheters for their second workshop (after just mastering the basics in their Learn to crochet workshop). This will help us explain the construction of a garment and its associated pattern terms.
After rummaging through load of patterns and books I found an old pamphlet from 1972 in my stash of old and vintage patterns. The booklet is by a company called Chadds, of which, I’ve never heard of. I had to guess amount of yarn as I had no idea how long the balls of Chadds Baby quickernit were or even the weight of the balls. As it took 5 balls I assume they were 25g ball size. I had a rummage in my stash and came up with 1 full ball and 2 lightly used balls of 50g twilleys dk cotton. I managed to get the cardigan out of the balls but it was a close run thing. Why do I crochet/knit quicker when I’m running out of wool!!
The cardigan is crocheted in trebles throughout and is made in one piece starting bottom back up to the shoulders and then down to the bottom of the fronts.
I edged the cardigan in a contrast dark lavender colour. Cardigan still needs pressing but you can see whats its going to look like when finished.