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Urban cardigan

After my easy chunky shrug , I have always wanted to challenge myself with a complete, long sleeves cardigan. I had in mind a simple pattern, with basic stitches and a cardigan easy to wear with everyday outfits. Here is what came out and I literally can’t contain my enthusiasm for it!!

For a size M cardigan, I’ve used 7 balls of KATIA MERINO ARAN yarn (700 gr) in this beautiful dark grey color, which is the shade n. 14 and my trusty 6mm crochet hook.

I love this yarn. I’ve already used it for my puff stitch cowl and it’s fabulous. The 52% virgin wool makes it incredibly soft and easy to work with. Also it is machine washable and this is something that always makes the difference when it comes to choosing yarn.

Believe me if I tell you that the pattern for this cardigan is super easy and beginner friendly. I wanted a pattern like that too, considering that it has been my first time with a cardigan as well.

So, if you too want to add a handmade, stylish piece to your wardrobe, grab your tools and enjoy the free pattern below!!

BACK PANEL (Worked as a rectangle)

Chain 64

row1 : hdc into the 3rd chain from hook. Hdc into each stitch below.

rows 2-55: ch2 and turn your work. Hdc in each stitch below.

At the end of row 55, your back panel should be about 58 cm high.

FIRST FRONT PANEL

row1: ch2, hdc into the next 30 sts

rows 2-55 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn.SECOND FRONT PANEL

To start working the second panel, let’s skip two stitches on your back panel last row and attach your yarn into the 3rd stitch of the exact same row.

row 1: ch 2, hdc into the next 30 stitches.

From now on, the second panel is worked exactly like the first panel, in rows back and forth

rows 2-55 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn

Before making the sleeves, I began the assembling just to give this crochet piece more a cardigan shape.

After folding the two front panels, I sewed along both sides, leaving on top about 17cm opened for the arm holes.SLEEVES

For the sleeves, I did some researches and learned that there are different techniques. You can start making them from your wrist and come all the way up, increasing stitches every five or six rounds to match the size of the hole left on top. Or you can work them top down, starting from the hole.

I chose the second option. Since I was new to crochet cardigan too, I found easier crochet all around the arm hole and then continue all the way down to the wrist edging.

NOTE : the sleeves are worked in the round, turning your work at the end of each round. This gives the same pattern that working in rows back and forth gives to the panels.

round 1 : hdc evenly around the arm hole left.

rounds 2-34 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first st.

EDGING

NOTE: use a 4.5mm crochet hook

SLEEVES

round 1 : ch2, dc in each stitch below

round 2 : ch2, *fpdc into the very first stitch,  bpdc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Sl st into the first st.

rounds 3-5 : ch2, *fpdc into the fpdc below, bpdc into the next bpdc below*. Repeat from *to* until the end of your round. Sl st into the first st.

BOTTOM RIBBING

row 1 : ch2, dc evenly along all the bottom hemline stitches.

row 2: ch2 and turn. Dc into the very first stitch, *1 fpdc into the second stitch below, 1 bpdc into the next stitch. Repeat from * to * until the end of your row. Dc into the very last stitch of your row.

rows 3-5: ch2 and turn. Dc into the very first stitch below, *1 fpdc into the fpdc stitch below, 1 bpdc into the next bpdc stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of your row. Dc into the very last stitch of your row.

COLLAR RIBBING

row 1 : sl st all along the collar stitches.

row 2 : ch1 and turn. sl st into each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn

I love how my cardigan turned out! It is so comfortable because of the loose fitting, while the basic pattern and the neutral dark color make it that staple piece you easily want to grab to complete your everyday outfits. Also it’s extremely warm and lightweight at the same time. Definitely my favourite crochet project ever!!

Let me know on social (facebook…..) or in the comments below if you too like this pattern and want to give it a try. Also do not hesitate to contact me if you want to know more about the sizing or the pattern itself. Meanwhile I wish you an amazing crocheting time and see you to the next post. Byeee!!!!