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
I love making granny squares so I decided to make a couple of cushions for the lounge. The lounge has tourquoise curtains and cushion covers but I have never liked the 2 cushions that came with the suite (in the same material), hence the idea of a couple of crocheted ones.
I didn’t use a pattern but kept crocheting until they were the right size. For the back I crocheted trebles in rows and made a couple of flowers for the closure.
To finish the edging Iused crab stitch (backwards doubles) which takes a long time but give a good edging.
I used Rowan Pure new wool DK, does split a bit when crocheting but shouold wash well.
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.