The Olivia Crochet Cardigan



 Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern!



 This is a shrug-cardigan , loose and comfy very friendly for beginner crocheters!
Its been a very long time now that I have been trying to write down the pattern for this! 

I have finished crocheting last month and since then I really wanted to lounge in it all day!
I did not want to get out of it once I tried it on.

After my Aspen Crochet Shrug I wanted to make a new one , a rectangle shape again so a new crocheter can make it and I was searching for a stitch that would resemble to granny stripes but yet not classic granny pattern.
I made lots of swatches and I finally chose this block stitch which is one of the easiest you will ever come across, an effortless pattern to work even while watching your favorite TV shows.

Watch my tutorial video here Get the ad-free, large print, printable PDF pattern in my etsy shop






Materials needed
-US size J/10 (6 mm) crochet hook
-Worsted weight yarn , 650 yds 6-8 years- 800 yds 10-12 years-1000 yds 15-18 years- 1300 yds Small- 1450 yds Medium-1650 yds Large -1850 yds XL1950 yds 2XL- 2200 yds 3XL-2350 yds 4XL
I used:
LIONS BRAND VANNAS STYLE
100% acrylic
Shade:174 OLIVE
100g  232m=254yds
For the stripes I used half of a skein in ecru and half of a skein in red, you can use any of your scrap yarns..
You can shop your yarn here (affiliate link)



Gauge
   4 block sts= 3.54” (9 cm) width
 10 rows of pattern=8.26”(21 cm) long


Sizes: Children 6-8y /10-12y /Teens15-18   /Adult Small /Medium/ Large /XL /2X /3XL /4X

Measurements of finished rectangle
6-8 years:       width   23.62” (60cm) x21.25” (54cm)       length
10-12 years:    “         28.74” (73cm) x25.19” (64cm)        “
15-18 years:      “       32.67” (83cm) x29.52” (75cm)          “:
Adult Small:       “       37” (94cm) x 34.25” (87cm)        “
Medium:            “        39.37” (100cm) x 37.79” (96cm)         “
Large:                “        41.73” (106cm) x 40.94” (104cm)       “
X Large:            “        44.88” (114cm) x 43.30” (110 cm)       “
2X Large:           “       46.85” “(119cm) x 43.30” (110 cm)         “
3X Large:            “      49.21” (125cm) x 47.24” (120cm)           “
4X Large:            “      52.36” (133cm) x 47.24” (120cm)           “


Abbreviations in US terms:
YO=yarn over
Sts=stitches
Ch=chain
Sl st=slip stitch   
Dc=double crochet 
Rep=repeat
Sk = skip
Prev =previous
FPhdc=front post double crochet


CROCHET PROJECT
*This pattern is one big rectangle worked from bottom up.
* When rectangle is finished, we fold it in half lengthwise.
*We sew the sides, up to a point so we leave an opening to form the armholes.
*Long ribbed cuffs around the armholes and ribbed collar are worked directly into the finished sewn body of shrug.
*We crochet the border all around the perimeter of the shrug

CROCHET PATTERN

The foundation chain for this pattern should be a multiple of 3 plus 1 chains.

With the US J/10 (6mm) hook make a slip knot and chain the number of chains needed for the size shrug you will be making.

Pictured is size small

Sizes:
Chain    88       6-8 years old
Chain   106      10-12 years old
Chain   121       15-18 years old
Chain   136        adult   Small
Chain   145       Medium
Chain   154       Large
Chain   166      X Large
Chain   172      2X Large
Chain   181       3X Large
Chain   193       4X Large

  
Row 1:sc in 3rd ch from hook,* sk 2 chains, ch2 ,work a sc in next chain* repeat from * to *  till you have 1 chain left before the end , sc in last ch, turn

Row 2:ch4, sk next sc, work 3dc in next ch2 sp,* ch1, sk next sc, work 3dc in next ch2 sp* , rep rom* to * till you have 2 sts left, ch1, sk next sc, dc in lst s which is the 2nd ch of the two chains of foundation chain row, turn

Row 3:ch1( * you can mark this stitch with a marker so you find easily where to put your hook at the end of next row), sc in next ch1 sp,*ch2, sc in next ch1 sp* rep from * to * till you have 1 st left, sc in last st which is the 3rd st of initial ch4, turn

Row 4:ch4, sk next sc, work 3dc in next ch2 sp,* ch1, sk next sc, work 3dc in next ch2 sp* , rep rom* to * till you have 2 sts left, ch1, sk next sc, dc in last st which is the ch1 of the beginning of prev row( the stitch with the marker), turn
                         
Rep rows 3 and 4 to desired length
Work row 3 as your last row so you will have ch2 spaces to work your collar.
*Work approximately this number of rows for every size. The length of the shrug is easily adjusted depending on how long or short you may like it adding or omitting rows 2 and 3 repeat.

Sizes:
6-8 years              1-20   row
10-12 years old    1-25   row
15-18 years old    1-30   row
Adult  Small          1-35  row
 Medium               1-40  row
Large                    1-44  row
X Large                 1-46  row
2X Large               1-46  row
3X Large               1-51  row
4X Large               1-51  row

Fasten off yarn, weave in all ends.



SEWING

Place piece flat.
Fold the rectangle lengthwise.
Use whip stitches (or preferred sewing method) to join the side edges together.
 Sew up until armhole point so that you leave unsewn an opening for armholes.
These numbers are half the total opening of armhole, i wrote it this way  because when shrug is folded you will measure this half space.

Sew up the sides and leave an opening for Sizes:

6-8 years              5.5”     (14cm)  
10-12 years old    6,3”     (16cm)
15-18 years old    7”        (18cm)
Adult   Small         7”        (18cm)
 Medium               7.87”   (20cm)
Large                    8.6”     (22cm)
X Large                 9.44”   (24cm)
2X Large               9.84”   (25cm)
3X Large               10.23” (26cm)
4X Large               11”      (28cm)

Tie off and weave in ends.



COLLAR RIBBING
Now we are going to add a ribbing border to the opening of the shrug so we create a collar.
Join yarn (same yarn as in body) with a sl st at the side seam bottom point, right side facing you.
We work the collar ribbing joining every round with a sl st and we turn after joining every round.
 We are going to work first a regular hdc round all along the perimeter of the opening of the shrug.

DESCRIPTION OF RIBBING PATTERN
*This ribbing pattern is very easy, you will be working a foundation row of hdc and then in first row, you will be alternating *FPhdc in next st and hdc in next st*. In row  2 and every other row you are going to be working the same repetition* FPhdc in next st, hdc in next st, taking care to FPhdc in PFhdc of prev row and to hdc in hdc of prev row.

Foundation row:ch2(does not count as hdc), hdc in next st, hdc in each st ( you are going to be working 3hdc into every ch2 space only (you are not going to be working in sc sts at all)  to the end of the round, join with a sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch2 turn  
Round 1:ch2,* FPhdc in next st, hdc in next st * rep from * to * to the end of the round, join with a sl st in 2rd ch of initial ch2, turn
Round 2:ch2,* FPdc in next st ( if it’s a FPhdc st), hpdc in next st ( if it’s a hdc st)* rep from * to * to the end of the round, join with a sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch2
Repeat round 2 for 6 times more
Fasten off weave in ends.





SLEEVES RIBBING
 Attach yarn with a slip stitch in the seaming place of one armhole, right side facing you (repeat the same for the second armhole)
We work the sleeves joining every round with a sl st. We turn to work a new round.
We are going to work first a regular hdc round all along the perimeter of the armhole.
We are going to work down the side of our work so work hdc in each side edge space.

Work approximately this number of dc in every size in total all around the armhole perimeter.
6-8 years                       34 hdc 
10-12 years old             38 hdc
15-18 years old             45 hdc
adult   Small                  45 hdc
 Medium                        48 hdc
Large                             52 hdc
X Large                          58 hdc
2X Large                        60 hdc
3X Large                        64 hdc
4X Large                        68  hdc  

Foundation round:ch2(does not count as hdc), hdc in next st, hdc in each st, join with a sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch2, turn
Round 1(decrease row for sizes 6-8, 10-12, 15-18 years):ch2, *dc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts* , repeat from * to * to the end(25,28,34 hdc), turn

Round 1(decrease row for small, medium, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL):ch2, *dc2tog in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts* repeat from * to * to the end( (34,36, 39, 44,46,52 sts ) turn

Round 2(for all sizes):ch2,* FPhdc in next st, hdc in next st * rep from * to * to the end of the round, join with a sl st in 2rd ch of initial ch2,turn
Round 3(for all sizes):ch2,* FPdc in next st ( if it’s a FPhdc st) hpdc in next st ( if it’s a hdc st)* rep from * to * to the end of the round, join with a sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch2
Repeat round 3 for 6 times more for all sizes
Round 10(decrease row): repeat decrease row 1 for each size as indicated
Repeat round 3 for 2-4 times more for all sizes, you can easily adjust the length of the sleeves adding or omitting rounds
Fasten off weave in ends.



End of tutorial.

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