Weekender Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Free crochet pattern for Weekender Cardigan by www.CityFarmhouseStudio.com Size XS-3XL

Earlier this spring I came to the realization that I did not have any handmade wool sweaters to wear.  Living in Michigan it is cold, and I’m always cold.  I have found that layers that include wool garments have become my best friends in staying warm.  I have several men’s wool sweaters from our local thrift store that I wear around the house, but I didn’t have anything that was presentable to go out in or that I had made.

So, while the weather was still cool and full on summer heat hadn’t arrived, I began to design and make a wool sweater cardigan for myself.  Since I had wool sweaters I knew I wanted more of a jacket or cardigan because it is easier to take on or off if you get hot.  It also has the option to be worn unbuttoned.  Practicality and versatility are always a priority for me.

Free crochet pattern for Weekender Cardigan by www.CityFarmhouseStudio.com  Size XS-3XL

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While looking for yarn at our local craft store, I noticed one out of mohair (get it here).  I had made things out of sheep’s wool and alpaca but never had tried mohair.  A fiber farm I follow on Instagram has mohair goats, so I thought I would try it and see what it is all about.  Plus, the yarn is gray mohair (which is my favorite color) that is plied with a strand of lighter blue and a strand of silver metallic.  I thought it would make a nice fabric with more color and texture interest than a solid gray yarn.

While the yarn feels a bit on the scratchy side while working with it, I have found that it washes and blocks much softer.  The metallic thread doesn’t show as much in the sweater as some metallic yarns are designed, but gives just enough sparkle with the bright blue thread.  The hand and color came out to be just perfect for me.

The pattern is for size XS-3XL with a 4” ease in the bust.  For example, I am 5’5” with a 36 inch bust and I’m wearing the size M that has a 40” garment bust in all the images.  To find a sweater with a similar fit measure your bust and add 4”.  Compare that to the garment measurements in the sweater to determine which size you should make.

Free crochet pattern for Weekender Cardigan by www.CityFarmhouseStudio.com Size XS-3XL

The fit of the cardigan is boxy with plenty of room in the arms.  I have several sweaters that I like, but can’t layer under them.  The arms are too small and wearing layers under them makes you feel stuffed.  The under arm depth and arm width both give room for a comfortable fit with layers.

The bonus side of this sweater is that not only is it warm, it is really warm!  I had to put making it on hold during the summer since it got to be too big and warm.  This fall it has been so nice to make it since it is a perfect lap blanket while working on it.  It feels so nice that now I’m dreaming about a blanket made out of the same yarn.

This cardigan is so comfortable and warm.  It is perfect to cozy up in with a cup of coffee and a great book on those cold snowy days, or to go out and get a cup of coffee and walk through the snow.

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Free crochet pattern for Weekender Cardigan by www.CityFarmhouseStudio.com  Size XS-3XL

Crochet Weekender Cardigan

by City Farmhouse Studio

Buttercream Luxe Craft Yarn – Mohair Metallic – Blue Gray  – 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10) – (get it here)

1 1/8” Buttons – 5

Stitch markers

Needle

Crochet hook:   K (6.50mm)

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, Xl, 2XL, 3XL)

Garment measurement at bust: 32” (36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”, 56”) 

Stitch gauge: 4” x 4” = 12 hdc x 11 rows

Stitches:

Fsc: foundation single crochet

Hdc: half double crochet

Dc: double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Note – stitch or repeat step numbers listed as “na” means Not Applicable to that size.    For example, instructions reading:   Repeat na (na, 2, 4, 1, 3, 3) more times  means that the instructions are not applicable for size XS and S and that you should move to the next step instructions.

Make body of cardigan.  Cardigan is made vertically starting at front edge where buttons will be sewn on later on, working towards armhole, across back, to the other armhole, and finishes at the other edge of the front.

54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)fsc.

Ch1 turn.  54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Repeat for 17 (19, 23, 23, 25, 25, 27) more rows.

 

For all sizes begin decrease for armhole:  Ch1 turn.  39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

Repeat step once for all sizes.

 

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Repeat step once for all sizes.

 

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  33 (33, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Repeat 2 (4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3) more time.

For size M, L, Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, 33, 33, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

Repeat na (na, 2, 4, 1, 3, 3) more times.

 

For size Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, na, na, 35, 35, 36)hdc.

Repeat na (na, na, na, 2, 2, 4) more times.

For size Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Chain na (na, na, na, 3, 3, 2) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook na (na, na, na, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

 

Next step for XL, 2XL and 3XL only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, na, na, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

Repeat step na (na, na, na, 0, 2, 2) more times.

 

For size M, L, Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Chain na (na, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook na (na, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Next step for M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Repeat step na (na, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2) more times.

For all sizes increase:  Chain 3 (3, 3, 5, 4, 5, 5) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Ch1 turn.  35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Next step:  Chain 5 (5, 4, 5, 5, 5, 7) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

Ch1 turn.  39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

 

Next step:  Chain 16 (18, 19, 16, 16, 14, 14) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Repeat step 35 (37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 45) more times to create back.

For all sizes begin decrease for next armhole:  note – check that you are starting this row at the bottom of the sweater.   Ch1 turn.  39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

Repeat step once for all sizes.

 

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Repeat step once for all sizes.

 

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  33 (33, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Repeat 2 (4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 3) more time.

For size M, L, Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, 33, 33, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

Repeat na (na, 2, 4, 1, 3, 3) more times.

 

For size Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, na, na, 35, 35, 36)hdc.

Repeat na (na, na, na, 2, 2, 4) more times.

 

For size Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Chain na (na, na, na, 3, 3, 2) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook na (na, na, na, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

 

Next step for XL, 2XL and 3XL only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, na, na, 37, 37, 37)hdc.

Repeat step na (na, na, na, 0, 2, 2) more times.

 

For size M, L, Xl, 2XL and 3Xl only:  Chain na (na, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook na (na, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Next step for M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL only:  Ch1 turn.  na (na, 35, 35, 39, 39, 39)hdc.

Repeat step na (na, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2) more times.

For all sizes increase:  Chain 3 (3, 3, 5, 4, 5, 5) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Ch1 turn.  35 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45)hdc.

Next step:  Chain 5 (5, 4, 5, 5, 5, 7) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

Ch1 turn.  39 (39, 40, 43, 45, 47, 49)hdc.

 

Next step:  Chain 16 (18, 19, 16, 16, 14, 14) turn.  Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Repeat step 13 (15, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23) more times.

Create button holes:  Ch1 turn.  1 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3)hdc.  *2 hdc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 8 (8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9) stitches.*  Repeat from * to * three more times.  2 hdc in next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 2 hdc in the next stitch, hdc in the next 1 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3) stitches.

 

Next step:  Ch1 turn.  54 (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62)hdc.

Repeat row once for all sizes.

Bind off.

Make bottom band

117 (133, 149, 157, 173, 189, 209)sc evenly around bottom edge of sweater.

Step 1:  Ch2.  Beginning in 2nd sc make a dc in the next 2 stitches.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in next stitch, sk 1 stitch.  *2dc, (1dc, ch3, 1 sc in next stitch, sk 1 stitch).*  Repeat from * to * to end of the row leaving one stitch left.  1dc.

Step 2:  Ch 2, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat step  8 (8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) more times.

Bind off.

Make sleeve

note – use stitch markers in the beginning ch section of each row to help identify where the next row will stop.

Ch 18 (18, 18, 18, 22, 22, 22).

Step 1:  1dc in 5th chain from hook, and in the next chain (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in next stitch, sk 1 stitch.  *Dc in next 2 stitches, (1dc, ch3, 1 sc in next stitch, sk 1 stitch).*  Repeat from * to * to end of the row with 4 unwoked stitches.  Sk 1 stitch and dc in each of the remaining 3.

Step 2:  Ch5 turn.  1dc in 3nd chain from hook and in the next.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next stitch.  * (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat row once.

Step 3:  Ch2 turn, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat for 3 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) more rows.

Step 4:  Ch5 turn.  1dc in 3nd chain from hook and in the next.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next stitch.  * (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat for 1 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) more rows.

Step 5:  Ch2 turn, (3dc,  ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat for 2 (2, 3, 1, 1, 3, 3) more rows.

Step 6:  Ch5 turn.  1dc in 3nd chain from hook and in the next.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next stitch.  * (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat for 1 (1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 1) more rows.

Size 3XL only:  Ch9 turn.  1dc in 3nd chain from hook and in the next.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next chain.  Skip one chain.  Dc in the next two chains. (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next stitch. * (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat step na (na, na, na, na, na, 1) more times.

For all sizes:  Ch2 turn, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat step 4 (5, 5, 2, 3, 2, 2) more times.

Begin arm decrease step 1:  Ch2 turn.  Sc in 1st chain 3 space of previous row.  Ch2.  Place stitch marker in this chain section.  *(3dc, ch3, 1sc) in next chain 3 section.*  Repeat from *to*  to 1dc in last ch.

Step 2:  Ch2 turn, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in marked chain from previous row.

Step 3:  Ch2 turn, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

 

Repeat the above three steps of arm decrease  3 (3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5) more times.

Next step:  Ch2 turn, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Repeat row once for all sizes.

Make one more sleeve

Sew shoulders

Sew 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12) rows on each side of shoulders together. Set sleeves into arm holes and sew together.  Seam up edges of sleeves.

Make collar

Beginning on one edge of neckline 49 (57, 65, 69, 69, 73, 77)sc evenly around edge of sweater neckline.

Step 1:  Ch2.  Beginning in 2nd sc make a dc in the next 2 stitches.  (1dc, ch3, 1sc) in next stitch, sk 1 stitch.  *2dc, (1dc, ch3, 1 sc in next stitch, sk 1 stitch).*  Repeat from * to * to end of the row leaving one stitch left.  1dc.

Step 2:  Ch2, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

 

Step 3:  Ch 2, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6) chain 3 spaces.  In next chain 3 space (3dc, ch3, 1sc) twice.  (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next 5 (5, 4, 5, 5, 6, 5) chain 3 spaces.  (3dc, ch3, 1sc) twice in next chain 3 space.  (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in the next 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6) chain 3 spaces.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Step 4:  Ch2, (3dc, ch3, 1sc) in chain 3 space of each motif from previous row.  End row with 1 dc in beginning chain from previous row.

Bind off.

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17 Replies to “Weekender Cardigan Crochet Pattern”

  1. I’ve just started and my 58 fsc seems very very long? I’m doing the L, but if this is vertical, it’s already past my bottom, without the patterned bit. Is there a dimension from shoulder to waist that I can work to?

      1. Sorry to hear you have concerns with the length. The gauge is 4” x 4” = 12 hdc x 11 rows. So there are 3 hdc in each inch, the fsc would be similar gauge lenght wise. 58 fsc would equal 19.33 inches. The detail at the bottom adds about 5 more inches. If you are have gone down in hook size, please be sure that you are still making 11 rows be 4 inches. If you are getting less rows in 4 inches then the cardigan will be smaller going around bust wise, just be sure it won’t be too small for you.

  2. Hi. I’m having a problem understanding what I’m to do on the 7th step after the “all sizes begin decrease. For size M, L, XL, 2xl and 3xl only.
    Ch 3 turn, Begin in 2nd chain from hook 35 HDC. Do you mean to ch 3, 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook and then continue on to do 35 hdc in the rest of that row? ?

    1. At this step you are beginning to reverse the shaping that you just did for the armhole. Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook hdc. Hdc in the next chain. You will then make 33 more through the rest of the row – totaling 35 hdc in the row.

    1. It does appear the color has been discontinued, but online there are other colorways that are available. As to a substitute, I would look for a loosely plied yarn with some halo/fuzzyness and 8 wpi.

    1. Find the starting Ch2 of the last row, and the last dc of that row. Line them up to each other. Then, working your way up the sleeve place stitch markers to nest the jagged edges into each other. Line up the motifs as best as you can from one side to the other. Stop seaming when you reach the decreases for the upper arm hole.

      Hope this helps! Cathy

  3. Hi Cathy, I have been crocheting for only a couple of months – I am an avid knitter of sweaters 🙂 – so please forgive me if this is a dumb question: For size M, for what would be Row 38 (not counting the FSC as a row, but starting the row counting at the first HDC row), where the increase directions say “Next Step: Chain 5 turn. Beginning in 2nd chain from hook 40 HDC.” Should this be “Chain 4” instead? Sorry if I am way off base, but I love this sweater and really want to make sure I am doing it correctly. Best regards, Theresa

    1. Thank you for catching this! You are correct, it should be Chain 4 for a size M. I am glad that you like the sweater and will wear yours as much as I am mine.

  4. Lovely sweater and looks so warm. I love the stitch on the sleeves, edges of the collar & at the bottom, adds a pop that a lot of other patterns don’t have.

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