This is my first fall crochet cardigan pattern ever! It is very easy to make and put together, and the finished product is gorgeous. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. It would go perfectly with jeans and some of your favorite fall boots! This crochet cardigan is not only super cute, but also super comfortable. When the weather cools down, don’t be surprised if you see pictures of me wearing this almost every day (it’s that comfortable, seriously). Happy hooking you guys!
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn’s new Mandala Yarn in the color Centaur. It was recently released and is sold through walmart, but you can also get it on Amazon. This was my first time using it and I am IN LOVE. It lays so nicely and felt really good on my hands as I crocheted. 10/10 would recommend! Hopefully I can make lots of fall/winter projects with all the colors!
Crochet Hook: I used a 10mm Clover Brand Hook. It is a larger hook than suggested for this yarn but I wanted an airy look for this crochet cardigan (plus it works up much quicker this way).
Tapestry Needle: This is a yarn needle to weave in your ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn. The scissors below are the ones I use and keep in my crafting bag. They are super sharp and compact enough to carry with me and my projects!
Stitches Used in This Pattern
I will be using abbreviations (beginners check out my printable abbreviation cheat sheet) in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:
Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having an slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Double Crochet (DC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through first two loops on hook. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Double Crochet 2 Together (DC2Tog) – Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, making 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over hook, pull through 2 loops. YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, now leaving 4 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last 3 loops.
Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) – Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches.The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the double crochet that you’re working around. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook.Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice. (Here is a youtube tutorial, head to minute marker 1:40)
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) – Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches.The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around. YO and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice. (Check out this video tutorial for further help)
*These two descriptions above for the bpdc and fpdc are from dummies.com
If you love this essentially fall crochet cardigan pattern, you also may be interested in checking out my Sweater Pattern Round up post as well!
Essentially Fall Crochet Cardigan Pattern
This cardigan can be altered to fit any size and body type. I will tell you in what areas you will want to adjust it to make it larger or smaller. I made mine in a M size for reference (I am a size ten pants and size 8 top normally). Sizes will be indicated as M (S, L)
UPDATE: changed the pattern to a HDC granny square instead of a DC granny square after further testing it gave the cardigan a more snug feel and I think this will work best for everyone! <3
Make a Magic Circle (MC).
Round 1 (all sizes): CH 2 (this counts as first HDC), work two HDC into the ring, CH1, then work 3 more HDC into the ring. *CH1, 3HDC* twice more ending up with four 3HDC clusters seperated by a CH1. SS to the 3rd chain of your beginning chain..
Round 2 (all sizes): CH 2 (counting as first hdc), then work 2 HDC into the ch1 space from the previous round. CH1. Now work *3hdc, ch1, 3hdc* into each of the next corners. At the last corner, work 3 HDC into the ch1 space, CH 1 and join with a SS.
Round 3 – 32 (29,35): CH 2 (counting as first hdc), then work 2 HDC into the ch1 space from the previous round. Work *3hdc, ch1, 3hdc* in each corner and *3hdc* in each gap on the sides between the 3hdc clusters in the row before.
When I was finished, my square was about 39 inches wide for the medium. If you want to increase or decrease the size, every 3 rows will change the size by 5”. If you just want it to drape a little longer, adding rows has the same effect and/or just size up for added length.
I blocked my granny square out at this point just to make the sides even out a bit, and make it easier to line up and seam together the edges.
Shaping your Crochet Cardigan
- Fold your project in half, right side in the inside.
- I used a tape measure and started from the folded ends measured out 7 inches and marked with a stitch marker. This will be the size of your arm holes. If you want them to be exactly even on both sides you can count the stitches after measuring one side and then mark at the same number of stitches on the other side but it is not completely necessary. (For plus size add a few more inches, and for smaller sizes reduce by 1-2 inches. The arm hole should be very loose around your arm at this point.)
- Starting from the non-folded edge, SS with your hook, or use your yarn needle to whip stitch the edges together, stopping when you reach your stitch marker.
- Repeat this on both sides and now you have the basic shape of your cardigan!
Adding the Body Border
Now you will want to grab your cardigan and open it up like it is in the picture below so we can start adding our trim about the opening of your crochet cardigan.
Border Row 1: Now you will attach your yarn where the stitch marker is pointed to below right where you seamed your edges together to form your armhole. CH 3 then make one DC in every stitch all the way around using the arrows to guide you. SS to the 3rd CH when you have made it back to your starting CH 3.
Border Row 2: CH 3. Now perform a FPDC on the next ST, and then a BPDC on the next. You will repeat *FPDC, BPDC* all the way around the cardigan opening using a SS to attach the round to your beginning chain.
Border Row 3-5: CH 3. You will continue the *FPDC, BPDC* alternating pattern just like you did in row 2. Make sure that you are making a FPDC on top of the FPDC from the previous row, and the BPDC’s are on top of the BPDC’s from the previous row.
Feel free to do a thicker or thinner border by adding or reducing the number of FPDC/BPDC rows you make.
Finishing the Sleeves
Now you will tie onto the seam of your sleeve of your crochet cardigan. To get your sleeves to match in color you will want to start each sleeve at the same spot in the color way of the yarn. For example I started both of my sleeves with the start of the cream color to help keep the coloring consistent on both sides.
Round 1-2: CH 3. DC in each stitch around the arm hole and SS to the 3rd CH.
Round 3: CH3, then DC2tog all the way around and SS to the 3rd starting CH.
Round 4-5: Repeat rounds 1 & 2
Round 6: CH 3. Now you will do same *FPDC, BPDC* around the arm hole just as you did for the front opening border.
Round 7-18: CH 3. You will continue the *FPDC, BPDC* alternating pattern just like you did in row 2. Make sure that you are making a FPDC on top of the FPDC from the previous row, and the BPDC’s are on top of the BPDC’s from the previous row.
**Also at row 5 check to see how tight the sleeves are. If you would like them tighter than skip the last DC of the round and just SS to the chain 3 at the end of the round to decrease the width. Do this for however many rows you want to make the sleeves as tight or loose as you see fit.
* Feel free to add or deduct rows to make the length of the sleeves fit how you would like. I made mine slightly longer because that is the fit I prefer.*
Round 19: CH1. SC in each ST around. Connect with SS to first SC. Tie off
— Repeat on other sleeve insuring that you use the same number of rounds on both sides.—
Weave in your ends!
Essentially Fall Cardigan, or a Fall Essential?
The answer is both! This Essentially Fall Crochet Cardigan is definitely a fall essential for your fall wardrobe. It was a surprisingly simple design with a beautiful and comfortable outcome. I hope I can find the time to make this sweater in all the neutral colors so I can wear one every day of the week! If you have ANY QUESTIONS about this crochet cardigan pattern, or about anything other crochet topics, please please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!
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