How to crochet the Sahara Cardigan




This is a cardigan I have crocheted during summer and I loved the sideaways style of working and how easily a rectangle creates a flattering shape cardigan!






Main pattern is worked in fronts and back piece and hdc pattern on sleeves.
If you are a beginner do try to crochet this pattern, as instructions are very detailed and you will find out it is a project for you!


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Skill level: easy+



PATTERN


Materials

10-12 skeins of cotton   yarn, I used DROPS
MUSCAT   YARN col 61 beige
50gr =100m=109yds
Alternative yarns are :




Crochet Hook

J/10 US (6mm)

I found a fantastic set of double ended Knitpro hooks here
and this  great ergonomic set of 8 hooks of Groves here


Gauge

12 hdc x 11 rows= a square of 3,93 inches (10cm)


Sizes: Adult Small
Instructions for XS, M, L in my sketche B

MEASUREMENTS
SIZE SMALL (images size)
Width of back panel, after sewing the 2 panels: 18,89 inches(48 cm)
Width of front panel with            border: 8,66inches (22cm)
Length from shoulder to         bottom= 26 inches (66cm)

Abbreviations in US terms:
Sts=stitches
Ch=chain
Sl st=slip stitch
Sc=single crochet 
Hdc=half double crochet
Dc=double crochet 
trc=triple crochet
Rep=repeat
Sk=skip
prev=previous
dec=decrease
rnd=round
dc2tog=double crochet two together, it is a decrease


Special sts
Puff st around  hdc post=, work a hdc in indicated st, YO, insert hook from  right into  the post of hdc just worked,  to back and  left again, YO , insert hook in same post and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO insert hook in same post and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), YO insert hook in same post and pull up a loop (7 loops on hook), YO and pull through all 7 loops. (you do not chain 1 to secure the puff, you continue working the next hdc , skipping 1 st)
Trc=triple crochet: YO twice, insert hook in indicated st, YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining 2 loops.

Dc2tog: *YO, insert hook in indicated st, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next st and rep from * to * , you now have 3 loops on hook, YO and pull through all 3 loops, you decreased 1 st.
  
CROCHET PROJECT
 We are crocheting the body sideways.
This pattern starts with an initial chain which is the length of both front and half back piece. You will crochet 2 similar pieces for the body.


Note : the rule for this pattern is  to chain an odd number of chains and the number of  hdc worked in all rows has to be an odd number .( since we insert our hook in 3rd ch from hook to work hdc then you will certainly have an odd number of hdc)

SKETCH A 



PANEL A
This is the left panel of cardigan

Ch 153 for size small 
(chain 153 for XS, chain 155 for medium, chain 161 for large,  follow instructions in sketch B for these sizes)

Note: ch2 in the beginning of all rows, does not count as hdc


Row 1:hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in every ch till the end (151 hdc)
Row 2: ch2, hdc 1st hdc of prev row, hdc across  to the end (151  hdc)
Row 3:   rep row 2 ,   (151 hdc)
Row 4: ch2, hdc in 1st hdc of prev row, puff st around post of hdc just made, skip 1 st, *hdc in next st, puff st around the post of hdc, sk 1 st* rep from * to * to last 2 sts, skip 1 st, hdc in last st, turn

For rows 5-16 rep rows 1-4
(so you have a 4 row repeat

For rows    5-8    rep rows 1-4
For rows   9-12   rep rows 1-4
For rows   13-16 rep rows 1-4
Now work 3 rows of simple hdc
For rows     17-19 rep rows 1-3

Now we have crocheted all we need for the front part. We will continue crocheting till the center of our piece and back again in order to make our back piece a little bit wider than the front. In our front part we are going to add a small collar and the wavy shell edging so it shall be wider then.

Row 20: ch2, hdc in 1st hdc of prev row, puff st around post of hdc just made, skip 1 st, *hdc in next , puff st around the post of hdc, sk 1 st* rep from * to * until the middle of your piece, you will work 38 puff sts, skip next st, work hdc in next st( the last st for this row) 77 sts  and turn
Row 21: ch2, hdc 1st hdc of prev row, hdc across  to the end(  77)  hdc, turn
Row 22: rep row 21
Fasten off weave in ends.
End of panel A


PANEL B
This is the right panel of cardigan
Work  rows 1-19 of panel A
Fasten off weave in ends
Attach yarn to the other edge of your last row (the 19th) and start working  rows  20-22  of panel A
Note: We do this small change so we have 2 panels that when folded for   sewing, will be both right side facing us.
Fasten off , weave in ends.


Sewing

Now fold the pieces in half vertically.  Then you will get your yarn needle and long piece of yarn to sew. Sew the back of the pieces till the center back neckline.

*after folding the 2 pieces, right side facing you , sew the back seam
*sew the side from bottom up, till indicated point so you leave an opening for armhole


Start from bottom up and sew for  17,7 inches  (45cm), leaving an opening for armhole

Sizes  XS, S=  7,08 inches(18 cm)
Size M=  7,87 inches(20 cm)
Size L=  8,66 inches(22 cm)
Size=  XL, =  9,44 inches(24 cm)





SLEEVES
Note: for sizes M, L, XL, see instructions at the end of sleeves pattern
We work in rounds from top (the armhole) to bottom.
Attach yarn at the bottom armhole right side facing you. We work the sleeves joining every round with a sl st and turning.
Note:We work simple hdc rounds.
For sizes XS, S work around the  7,08 inches(18 cm) opening
Round 1: ch2, hdc in 1st st ,  work  22 hdc(equally spaced) till shoulder point( it is half the perimeter of armhole),work  22 hdc (equally spaced) to the end of round , sl st in first hdc to join ,(44 hdc) turn
Round 2: (now wrong side is facing you) ch2, hdc in 1st hdc of prev round ,  work  hdc  in each of next  sts to the end of round , sl st in first hdc to join  ,(44 hdc) turn
Rounds 3-4 rep rep rounds 1-2
Note: You can stop here if you want as short sleeve cardigan

In next round you will decrease 2 sts in the beginning of the round and 2 sts in the end of the round.
Round 5(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 40 sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (42 sts)
Rounds 6,7,8  work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 42 sts
Round 9(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 38  sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (40 sts)
Rounds 10,11,12  work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 40 sts
Round 13(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 40 sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (38 sts)
Rounds 14,15,16 work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 38 sts
Round 17(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 40 sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (36sts)
Rounds 18,19,20 work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 36 sts

 Round 21(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 40 sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (34sts)
Rounds 22,23,24 work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you  and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 34 sts.

Round 25(dec rnd):ch2, dc2tog in next 2 sts (dec),  hdc in next 40 sts, work dc2tog in last 2 sts(dec) (32sts)
Rounds 26-36  work as in rnd 2 , (working on one row  right side facing you and on next row wrong side facing you, you will always have 32 sts
Fasten off, weave in ends

For size M work also 36 rows, you are going to crochet 48 hdc all around armhole 7,87 inches(20 cm) opening
,make decreases in  7 rows in
5th, 9th, 13th,17th,21st,25th,29th
So you decrease 14 sts and you end with 34 sts to wrist


For size L work also 36 rows,you are going to crochet 52 hdc all around armhole 8,66 inches(22 cm) opening
,make decreases in  9 rows in
5th, 9th, 13th,17th,21st,25th,28th, 30th,32nd
So you decrease 18 sts and you end with 34 sts to wrist


For size XL work also 36 rows, you are going to crochet 56 hdc all around armhole 9,44 inches(24 cm) opening
,make decreases in  11 rows in
5th, 9th, 13th,17th,2Oth, 23th,26th,29th,31st,33rd,35th
So you decrease 22 sts and you end with 34 sts to wrist


COLLAR
Join yarn in the left bottom side of the front piece.
You will work 73 hdc till the shoulder seam, 16  hdc in the back neckline and 73 hdc along the other front panel.(162 hdc all around)
Row 1: ch2(does not count as hdc), hdc first  st, hdc across the left front piece equally spaced 73 hdc till shoulder,  work 16 hdc  at the back neckline, then 73 hdc equally spaced along the right front piece until the bottom, turn
159(159.170) hdc  in total for the collar)
Row 2: ,ch2,  hdc in 1st hdc of prev row, hdc across,(162 hdc) turn
Now we will work  the last shell row
Follow my diagram
Row 3:ch1, sl st in first hdc of prev row, *sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3trc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st*, rep from * to *,  to last st, sl st in last st.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Note: I did  not make pockets in this cardigan however if you want to make follow these instructions.

POCKETS
make 2
Chain 23
Row 1:  in 3rd ch hdc, hdc across, turn (21 hdc, beg ch2 counts as hdc)
Row 2: sl st in 1st st , ch1,(or just ch2), hdc in 2nd st, hdc across, turn (21)
Rows 3-17 rep row 2
Row 18:ch1, sc in very first hdc of prev row, sc in each st to the end (21sc).
Fasten off weave in ends.
Size of the pocket  17 x 17 cm (6,69 x 6,69 inches) approximately.
Put the pockets on the cardigan and sew with a tapestry needle


End of tutorial



SKETCH B






SKETCH C




Happy crocheting!!

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