crochet cardigan

This beautiful crochet cardigan is the perfect addition to your year-round wardrobe. With its elegant style and wide sleeves, you can pair it with any item in your closet – from dresses to jeans. The Aloya Crochet Cardigan is a great project for beginner crocheters who want to try something a bit more intense but using simple, familiar stitches. When complete, the cardigan is blocked – I used steam blocking. The listed measurements are based on standards used by the Craft Yarn Council – and are before blocking. Measurements may change based on hook size, yarn and gauge. 

This free pattern is written for a size medium. The downloadable PDF pattern with sizes small to xxl is available in my Etsy Shop!


Aloya Crochet Cardigan Information

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner 

Finished Sizes:  

Across back panel before blocking: 17 inches.

Materials Needed: 

Gauge

15 dc, 8 rows (4×4 inch square)


Pattern Notes for Aloya Crochet Cardigan

For the Front Panels:

There is a small difference between Row 1 and Row 2:

  • At the beginning of Row 1, you have to skip 3 stitches before 5dc into next stitch, between [dc, ch 2, dc] and 5dc into next stitch.
  • At the beginning of Row 2, you have to skip 2 stitches before the 5dc and after the second 5dc on the other side of the row.

Stitches Used

US Terms

** Repeat instructions in asterisks defined number of times 
[ ] Work these stitches in same stitch 
Ch Chain 
Dc Double Crochet 
Dec Decrease 
Eor End of Row 
Inc Increase 
Rep Repeat 
Sk Skip 
Sp Space 
St(s) Stitch(es) 

Pattern for Aloya Crochet Cardigan

Back Panel

Chain 68 +3 if you feel is not wide enough for your measurements. For the Front panels the start chain will remain the same.

Row 1: dc into 3rd ch from hook, dc in each st to eor (65 dc)

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each st across

Row 3 to Row 57 : Rep Row 2


Front Panel (make 2)

Chain 38 +3

Row 1: dc into 3rd ch from hook, dc in the next 10 sts, sk 3, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] into the same st, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 3, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 st, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] into the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 3 to Row 46: Rep Row 2

From Row 47 there is a small difference between the 2 front panels, depending on which side of the row you start decreasing. (see pattern notes section)


Front Right Side Panel

Row 47: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 9 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 48: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 9 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 49: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 7 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 50: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 7 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 51: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 5 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, ]dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 52: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 5 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 53: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 3 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 54: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 3 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 55: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 56: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 57: ch 3, turn, dc into the next st, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Front Left Side Panel

Repeat the same pattern as front right side panel until Row 46

Row 47: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 10 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 48: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 8 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 49: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 8 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 50: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 6 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 51: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 6 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 52: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 4 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 53: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 4 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts.

Row 54: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, dc in the next 2 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 55: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 2 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts

Row 56: ch 3, turn, dc dec into the next 2 sts, sk 2, 5dc into the next st (that is the middle of the 5dc from previous row), sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 2, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 12 sts.

Row 57: ch 3, turn, dc in the next 11 sts, sk 2, 5dc in the next st, sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in the next ch2 sp from previous row, sk 3, 5dc into the next st, sk 2, dc in the next 2 last sts.


Sleeves

Chain 48+3 (multiple of 8 +3) This will stay for all sizes.

Row 1: dc into 4th ch from hook, dc across.

Row 2: ch 4 (counts as a first dc + ch 1), turn, *[sk 1, dc], rep from * to eor.

Row 3: ch 3, turn, 2dc into the same st, *sk 3, [dc, ch 2, dc], sk 3, 5dc into next st. rep from * to eor, sk 3, 3dc into the last st.

Row 4: ch 3, turn, dc into the next 2 sts, *[dc, ch 2, dc], into the ch2 sp from previous row, dc into the next 5 sts, rep from * to eor, dc into the last 3 sts.

Rep this combination of 4 Rows 5 times until you have 20 rows.

Row 5: Rep Row 1. Ch 3, turn, dc in each st, except the ch 2 space from previous row, ch only one dc in each space. ( counts 49 dc)

Row 21: ch 3, turn, dc into each st across.

Row 22: ch 3, dc into the same st (counts as first dc and the first inc), dc until last st, 2dc into last st, (counts as inc at the end of the row).

Row 23 to Row 26: Rep Row 21

Row 27: Rep Row 22

Row 28 to Row 34: Rep Row 21

Row 35: Rep Row 22

Row 36: Rep Row 21

Row 37: Rep Row 22

Row 38 to Row 40: Rep Row 21


Assembly

  1. Lay all the pieces together with the wrong sides facing up.
  2. Start from shoulders and sew.
  3. Sew the sleeves.
  4. Sew from bottom of the side and sew up along until armpit and continue under sleeves and finish.

Front Border

Attach yarn in any place.

Ch 1, sc in each st along front panels and neckline, sl st.

Cord or Button for close the front side.

Make a long chain – I chained 100.

Row 1: sl st into 2nd st, sl st to eor.

Tassels

Using the same yarn, wrap the yarn around a 4” book 40 times. Tie a piece of yarn around the top of the bundle and cut the other end. Tie a second piece of yarn an inch from the top of the bundle and trim the bottom strands. Add a bead to the top piece of yarn and tie securely Make two tassels for both sides of the cord.

Attach to both front panels and tie.

I used Steam Blocking


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