I’m excited to share an easy crochet cardigan pattern by guest designer, Susana from Fluffy Stitches, today! Susana is sharing the Easy Ribbed Cardigan, a t-shaped, kimono-inspired pattern in eight sizes from XS through 4X.

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Susana is the the girl/ woman (depends on the mood) behind Fluffy Stitches. In the past 9 years, she’s lived in Europe, Africa, and Asia and has just moved to Australia. She is an IT engineer by profession, but a maker by heart. Her mother taught me to crochet about 20 years ago, but the timing wasn’t right. Too many hormones going around. Fast forward to 2016, when she found herself in need of a creative outlet, something to help calm the mind. That’s where the maker fever really hit her. She knew only chains and double crochets, but she started learning on her own. Since then, crochet has become a part of her life, and more recently knitting and Tunisian crochet as well. Susana created “Fluffy Stitches” to help her find a connection with other makers and feel grounded while sharing fun and meditative patterns with the crafting community.

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Easy Ribbed Cardigan

Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern by Fluffy Stitches

Hi there!I am super excited to share my free easy crochet cardigan pattern on Underground Crafter! This comfortable, oversized, kimono-inspired cardigan is a perfect layering piece for your everyday life. Made with a V-Stitch pattern and ribbing at the edges and collar, this beautiful cardigan can be made even by a beginner crocheter because it’s all about chains and double crochets! I hope you enjoy this pattern, which is available in sizes XS to 4X! Thank you Marie, at Underground Crafter for this opportunity!

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Description

  • Feel at ease with the Crochet Easy Ribbed Cardigan! This comfortable layering piece is easy to make and great for the everyday life!

Project Level

  • Easy

Materials

  • 8 (9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 15) skeins of Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (137 yds/125 m) in Bubblegum Pink
  • US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook
  • US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • scissors

Gauge

  • 6 sts x 11 rows of V-stitch = 4”/10 cm

Finished Measurements

  • Written for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X):
    • For each measure you’ll see first inches and then cm
 XSSMLXL2X3X4X
Bust size ref.30 – 7634 – 86.538 – 96.542 – 106.546 – 11750 – 12754 – 13758 – 147
Back Panel Width16 – 40.518 – 45.520 – 5121.25 – 5424 – 6126 – 6628.75 – 7330.75 – 78
Length20 – 5120.5 – 5221 – 53.521.5 – 54.522 – 5622.5 – 5723 – 58.523.5 – 59.5
Front Panel Width5.5 – 146 – 156.5 – 16.57 – 188 – 20.58.5 – 21.59.5 – 2410.5 – 26.5
Sleeve Length11.5 – 2912 – 30.512 – 30.512.5 – 3212.5 – 3213 – 3313 – 3313.5 – 34.5
Armhole Depth7.5 – 198 – 20.58.5 – 21.59.5 – 249.5 – 2410 – 25.510.5 – 26.510.5 – 26.5
  • The pattern includes 2’’ of positive ease.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • bpdc: back post double crochet (A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.)
  • ch: chain
  • ch-# space: chain # space
  • dc: double crochet
  • fpdc: front post double crochet (A video tutorial for this stitch is available here.)
  • rep: repeat
  • sk: skip
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • tch: turning chain

Special Stitches

  • Standing double crochet (standing dc): Make a slip knot. This counts as one loop on your hook. Yarn over and insert your hook in designated space and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through 2 remaining loops.
  • V-Stitch (V-st): (dc, ch 2, dc) in designated space.

Notes

  • This project is worked as a back panel with a T-Shape and two front panels. The back panel is seamed at the shoulders, sleeves and sides, the adding ribbing around the sleeves and the collar.
  • Use a st marker to easily identify the last st of the tch.
  • Identify the right side of the panels with a st marker for the assembly part.
  • The right side of the panels is the one where the ribbing pattern starts as (dc, bpdc, fpdc, fpdc).
  • Ch 3 at the beginning of row DOES COUNT as a st.
  • In instructions where more than one stitch count is mentioned, the count always refers to the total number of stitches, counting from the beginning of the row or round.
  • Work in the back bumps of the foundation chains to make it easy to identify the stitches at the time of seaming.

Easy Ribbed Cardigan

Back Panel

  • With US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Ch 97 (109, 121, 129, 145,157, 173, 185)

Ribbing Section

  • With US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook.
  • Row 1: ch 3 (counts as st), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across <98, (110, 122, 130, 146, 158, 174, 186)>
  • Row 2: ch 3, t, fpdc in next st, * bpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc in last st from tch <98, (110, 122, 130, 146, 158, 174, 186)>
  • Row 3: ch 3, t, bpdc in next st, * fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, dc last st from tch <98, (110, 122, 130, 146, 158, 174, 186)>

V-Stitch Section

  • Row 4: ch 3, t, sk 2 sts, V-st in 6th st from hook, * sk 3 st, V-st in next st, rep from * to last 3 st, dc in last st from tch <24 (27, 30, 32, 36, 39, 43, 46) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Row 5: ch 3, t, V-st in each ch-2 sp across, dc in tch <24 (27, 30, 32, 36, 39, 43, 46) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Row 6 – 37 (37, 37, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39): Repeat Row 5.

Sleeves Section

  • Leave the yarn on hold and get new yarn. You will now make a foundation chain for the opposite sleeve. This way you’ll be able to work uninterruptedly and make the T-shape of the back panel.
  • Leaving you work on hold, pull up a loop from the 3rd st of the tch in the beginning of the row you are working.
  • With US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Ch 67 (71, 71, 75, 75, 79, 79, 83). Fasten off. 
  • Go back to where you left off in the opposite side.
  • Ch 67 (71, 71, 75, 75, 79, 79, 83).
  • With US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook.
  • Row 38 (38, 38, 38, 38, 38, 40, 40): ch 3, t, sk 2 sts, V-st in 6th st from hook, * sk 3 st, V-st in next st, rep from * until you reach the panel again <17 (18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21) V-sts + 1 dc>. Continue working a V-st in each ch-2 sp across until you reach the foundation ch for the sleeve <41 (45, 48, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67) V-sts + 1 dc>. V-st in 2nd ch of the foundation ch, * sk 3 st, V-st in next st, rep from * to last 3 st, dc in last ch <58 (63, 66, 70, 74, 79, 83, 88) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Row 39 (39, 39, 39, 39, 39, 41, 41): ch 3, t, V-st in each ch-2 sp across, dc in tch <58 (63, 66, 70, 74, 79, 83, 88) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Repeat the previous Row until you reach Row 58 (59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67). Fasten off.

Front Left Panel

  • With US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Ch 37 (41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61, 69)

Ribbing Section

  • With US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook.
  • Row 1: ch 3 (counts as st), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>
  • Row 2: ch 3, t, fpdc in next st, * bpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc in last st from tch <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>
  • Row 3: ch 3, t, bpdc in next st, * fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, dc last st from tch <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>

V-Stitch Section

  • Row 4: ch 3, t, sk 2 sts, V-st in 6th st from hook, * sk 3 st, V-st in next st, rep from * to last 3 st, dc in last st from tch <9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Row 5: ch 3, t, V-st in each ch-2 sp across, dc in tch <9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17) V-sts + 2 dc>
  • Row 6 – 37 (37, 37, 37, 37, 37, 39, 39): Repeat Row 5.

Sleeves Section

  • With US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Ch 67 (71, 71, 75, 75, 79, 79, 83).
  • With US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook.
  • Row 38 (38, 38, 38, 38, 38, 40, 40): ch 3, t, sk 2 sts, V-st in 6th st from hook, * sk 3 st, V-st in next st, rep from * until you reach the panel again <17 (18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21) V-sts + 1 dc>. Continue working a V-st in each ch-2 sp across, dc in tch <26 (28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38) V-sts + 1 dc>
  • Row 39 (39, 39, 39, 39, 39, 41, 41): ch 3, t, V-st in each ch-2 sp across, dc in tch <26 (28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 38) V-sts + 1 dc>
  • Repeat the previous Row until you reach Row 58 (59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67). Fasten off.

Right Front Panel

  • With US Size G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Ch 37 (41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61, 69)

Ribbing Section

  • With US Size E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook.
  • Row 1: ch 3 (counts as st), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>
  • Row 2: ch 3, t, bpdc in next st, * fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, dc in last st from tch <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>
  • Row 3: ch 3, t, fpdc in next st, * bpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc last st from tch <38, (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 70)>
  • Repeat the V-Stitch and Sleeves Sections from the Front Left Panel.

Assembly

Shoulder Seam

  • Lay the back panel with wrong side up. Lay the front panels with wrong side up aligning the top of the V-sts from the edge of the sleeves to the collar. Sew with a mattress stitch starting from the sleeve and up to the collar. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sleeve and Side Seam

  • With the panels still with the wrong side out, sew the sleeves with a mattress stitch and the sides with a whip stitch. Be mindful to keep the V-sts and rows aligned when seaming, especially in the armpit zone.

Sleeve Ribbing

  • You will now work in the round to make the ribbing for the sleeves. You will work dc’s evenly along the rows of the sleeve. Start from the first row after the bottom seam of the sleeve. Remember to work your dc’s around the stitches of the edge, not into.
  • Round 1: Standing dc in the edge of the first row of the sleeve. Dc in the same row. 2 dc per row around the edge of the sleeve until you reach the standing dc. Join with a sl st. <84 (88, 92, 100, 104, 108, 108, 112>.
  • Round 2: ch 3, bpdc in next st, * fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, dc in last st. Join with a sl st.  <84 (88, 92, 100, 104, 108, 108, 112>.
  • Round 3: Repeat Round 2. Fasten off.
  • Repeat the previous instructions for the other sleeve.

Collar Ribbing

  • You will now work in rows to make the ribbing for the collar. You will work dc’s evenly along the rows of the front panels and the top of the back panel. Start from the ribbing of the right front panel. Remember to work your dc’s around the stitches of the edge, not into.
  • Row 1: ch 3 (counts as st), dc in first row of ribbing. Dc in the same row. 2 dc per row around the edge of the right front panel until you reach the seam with the back panel <116 (118, 120, 124, 126, 128, 132, 134)>. 2 dc in first dc from V-st, * 2 dc in ch-2 sp from V-st, dc in 2nd dc from V-St, dc in dc from V-St, rep from * to last dc from V-st. 2 dc in last dc <142 (148, 154, 158, 168, 174, 186, 184)>. 2 dc per row around the edge of the left front panel until you reach the bottom of the panel <258 (266, 274, 282, 294, 302, 318, 318)>.
  • Row 2: ch 3, t, fpdc in next st, * bpdc in next 2 sts, fpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc in last st from tch <258 (266, 274, 282, 294, 302, 318, 318)>.
  • Row 3: ch 3, t, bpdc in next st, * fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 2 sts, rep from * to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, dc last st from tch <258 (266, 274, 282, 294, 302, 318, 318)>. Fasten off.

Finishing

  • Weave in all ends.
  • Block your piece to measure.
© 2020 by Susana Velez/Fluffy Stitches and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Susana’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2020/07/27/easy-ribbed-crochet-kimono-in-8-sizes-by-fluffy-stitches/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!
Ribbed Easy Crochet Cardigan in 8 sizes by Fluffy Stitches

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