Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Simple Crochet Cardigan

This is a very easy and simple crochet cardigan I made for my sister. My sister likes simple designs, nothing too flashy. She also prefers close-weave crochet fabric, not crochet fabric that has lots of large holes. I thought of this very simple design for a cardigan using a simple close-weave lace pattern.

Here (below) is the stitch pattern that I used for the cardigan. It is from a book called "Stitchionary 4" I got from a store in Manila more than 10 years ago. The stitch pattern is worked over a foundation of 6 sts +2.

If you have a stitch dictionary and would like to use it to make finished items and garments, then this project can help you get started. There's another similar project on Using A Stitch Pattern to Make A Mini Dress.

After selecting the stitch pattern, I made a gauge swatch using the hook and yarn I have selected for the cardigan. I also made a simple schematic for the cardigan and from there, determine how many stitches I will need to make the size I want.

These three photos below show the work in progress. I am using a 35" bust dress form. There is no shaping in the design of this cardigan so it is very easy to make, Work begins at the bottom, going up, so the cardigan is seamless. There is a split for the armholes then the right and left front are attached to the back at the shoulders.

The next part is to make the collar of the cardigan. I used the same stitch pattern worked along the rows of the front of the cardigan and around the back of the neck. The collar is 6 rows wide and ends with a simple trim of 3sc-picot. Here (below) is a quick presentation of the stitch pattern (in red) for the collar, also used for the sleeve trim.

Here below are detailed photos of the collar. The last row of sc-picot is worked all around the cardigan including the hem.

I used the same stitch, one row then the sc-picot trim, all along the armholes.

Instead of buttons, I decided to make ties that attach to the front of the cardigan, shown below. The ties are simply one pattern repeat of the basic stitch pattern.

The finished cardigan (below) fits bust size 32"-36" and can be worn over a simple top or even a pretty bra top. The construction of this cardigan is one piece, seamless, and very simple.