Overcast Cardi | Free Crochet Pattern


This cozy cardi is the perfect winter-spring or summer-fall transition piece! It features the simplest faux lace stitch pattern, worsted weight yarn, and a loose gauge to ensure a quick project with a great result. Enjoy!


Materials

  • 3(4, 5, 5, 6) cakes of Hobbii Lollipop, or approximately 1015(1270, 1530, 1785, 2065) yards or 530(665, 800, 935, 1080) grams of another comparable worsted weight yarn. Sample uses Lollipop Melange in Denver(13)

  • 7.0 mm crochet hook

  • Ruler to check gauge

  • Scissors and yarn needle

Gauge

In order to ensure the cardigan will fit its intended recipient, I highly suggest checking your gauge.


8 stitches by 4 rows = 2 by 2 inches in pattern


Abbreviations

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

sc: single crochet

ea: each

st(s): stitch(es)

slst: slip stitch

rem: remaining

FO: finish off


Pattern Notes

  • Find the featured yarn here!

  • Each ch 1 space counts as a stitch, as does the sc/dc sts.

  • The ch 3 at the beginning of the dc rows counts as a dc and a ch 1 space.

  • The ch 2 at the beginning of the sc rows counts as a sc and a ch 1 space.

Choosing Your Size

  • This oversized cardigan is written in five sizes, distributed as XS (S, M, L, XL). Each size is designed to fit bust sizes 28-36 (36-44, 44-52, 52-60, 60-68) inches, with 6-14 inches of positive ease per size. The finished bust measurements are 40 (50, 58, 66, 74) inches. I recommend choosing the size that best suits your negative/positive ease preferences.

  • When finished, the cardigan measures 24 inches long. Note that this is easily customizable.

Stitch Pattern

Use these instructions (if desired) to modify any of the sizes or make a gauge swatch.

Ch any multiple of 2, plus 2


Row 1: dc in the fourth ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc in the next st* across.


Row 2: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Row 3: ch 3 and turn. *dc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 2 sp from the previous row, dc into the ch 2 space.


Row 4: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Repeat rows 3 and 4 for the pattern.


Construction

This cardigan is worked in five pieces consisting of two front panels, a back panel, and two sleeve panels. Once all panels are created, you will seam them together by seaming the shoulders, then attaching the sleeves, then seaming from the hem all the way to the sleeve cuffs.


Refer to this simple tutorial if needed: https://youtu.be/XWd_VO62fjA


Back Panel

Make One

ch 82(102, 118, 134, 150)


Row 1: dc in the fourth ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc in the next st* across.


Row 2: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Row 3: ch 3 and turn. *dc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 2 sp from the previous row, dc into the ch 2 space.


Row 4: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Rows 5-48: repeat rows 3 and 4


To make the cardigan shorter/longer, simply repeat Rows 3-4 less/more times. Note how many rows you worked on the back panel so that the front panels will match, and keep in mind that any changes to the pattern will affect your required yardage.


FO, and proceed to Front Panel Instructions


Front Panels

Make Two

ch 38(48, 56, 64, 72)


Row 1: dc in the fourth ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc in the next st* across.


Row 2: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Row 3: ch 3 and turn. *dc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 2 sp from the previous row, dc into the ch 2 space.


Row 4: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Rows 5-48: repeat rows 3 and 4


If you subtracted/added length to the back panel, be sure to do the same to the front panels.


FO, and proceed to Sleeve Instructions


Sleeves

Make Two

ch 58(64, 74, 82, 90)


Row 1: dc in the fourth ch from the hook, *ch 1, sk 1, dc in the next st* across.


Row 2: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Row 3: ch 3 and turn. *dc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 2 sp from the previous row, dc into the ch 2 space.


Row 4: ch 2 and turn. *sc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sk 1* until you reach the ch 3 from the previous row, sc into the ch 3 space.


Rows 5-24(28, 32, 36, 40): repeat rows 3-4


To make the sleeves shorter/longer, simply repeat Rows 3-4 less/more times. Be sure to work the sleeves identically, and keep in mind that any changes to the pattern will affect your required yardage.


CUFF

Feel free to modify the amount of decreases and rounds you work for the cuff to suit your preferences.

Round 1: ch 1 and turn. sc in ea ch 1 space across.


Round 2: ch 1 and turn. *sc in the next st, sc2tog* until one st rem, sc in the last st.


Round 3: sc in ea st across.


FO, and proceed to Seaming Instructions


Seaming

Feel free to substitute your preferred seaming method for this technique.


Lay all the pieces flat with the wrong sides facing you. Seam the shoulders and sleeves, then fold the front panels over and seam the sleeves and sides of the cardigan.


Refer to this tutorial if needed: https://youtu.be/XWd_VO62fjA


Seaming is complete; weave in any ends.


Proceed to Border Instructions


Border

The border addition is completely optional, but provides a clean finish.


Join the yarn to any st along the bottom of the back panel.


Round 1: place 1 sc st in ea st along the bottom of the front/back panels, and 2 sc sts per row up and around the front collar. Place 3 sc sts in ea corner. ss to the first sc st.


Rounds 2-3: ch 1 and turn. sc in ea st around the border, placing 3 sc sts per corner. ss to the first sc st.


FO, weave in any ends, and proceed to Finishing Instructions


Finishing

Weave in any ends you may have remaining. If you decide to block your cardigan, I recommend pinning it out on blocking mats gently, spritz with water, and either steam block or let air dry. The sample pictured is not blocked.


Finally, wear and enjoy your beautiful new handmade garment! I would love to see your new creation! Post a picture of your finished cardigan on Instagram, and tag @thegracefultangle. Be sure to use the #overcastcardi and #thegracefultangle for a chance to be featured!



I hope you enjoyed following this pattern! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to thegracefultangle@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow along on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook and to stay in the loop!


Until next time,

Amy Kate


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