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
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