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Cozy Cardigan: Crochet Tips and Tricks

Size 4 – Lion Brand Yarn Scarfie (Silver/Cream)

Set aside those household chores, your next crochet project awaits! This comfy cardigan is crocheted in one piece with minimal seaming. The sleeves are crocheted into the sides of the body following side seaming, then a lapel is added by crocheting directly into the cardigan panels.  The final cardigan boasts a cozy amount of ease for ultimate comfort. Size up or down as desired! 

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Alternative Yarns

Testers used the following yarn alternatives when making their own Cozy Cardigan:

  • Ganga Acrowools Yarn, India (100% Acrylic)
  • Red Heart Dreamy (100% Acrylic)
  • King Cole Riot Chunky (70% Acrylic, 30% Wool)
  • Loops and Threads Barcelona (100% Acrylic)
  • Premier Yarns Puzzle (100% Acrylic)
  • Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Chunky (100% Acrylic)
  • Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn (100% Acrylic)

Pattern Construction

You can switch up the order in which you construct this cardigan in; some testers preferred to seam the cardigan sides, then directly crochet the sleeves without breaking the yarn. Others preferred to leave the cardigan unseamed while working the lapel, coming back to the seaming and sleeves later. It’s totally up to you!

Personal Modifications

If you are above or below the average human height, you may wish to add or remove chains from the suggested beginning chain value. The waistband itself uses 5 sts in front and 5 sts in back; keep this in mind when modifying the length.

Of course, the measurement around the widest point of your bust does not always correlate to the circumference of your bicep. While this pattern uses the Craft Yarn Council standards for measurements, you may wish to modify the depth of your sleeve, and therefore the circumference of your sleeve. This is easily done by adjusting the amount of the sides that you seam – seam more for a smaller depth, seam less for a larger depth. Once you’ve found a depth you’re happy with, count the remaining stitches. The sleeve will be worked into these stitches, then joined in the round.

See below for the number of rounds each tester decided on for their desired length. “Long” sleeves that fall around your palm require ~19-22 rounds, “Wrist” length sleeves require ~ 16-18 rounds, “Above Wrist” length requires ~14-16 rounds, and “Forearm” length sleeves require ~5-8 rounds. This is dependent on your shoulder width, your arm length, the size you selected with respect to your bust size, etc. Testers that sized up a few sizes larger than their bust found they required less rounds.

Swatching is your friend!

Please keep in mind that gauge is really important when making garments. If you are a tight crocheter, your cardigan will come out smaller than expected unless you take precautions; the best way to ensure your FO (finished object) garment will match the expected dimensions is to SWATCH! Swatch a small 4″ x 4″ square and count the number of stitches and rows contained within the 4″. Are you off? If so, switch to a different hook size. It’s okay if you have to do this; not everyone crochets the same way! I, for one, crochet very loosely. (Don’t worry, this has been accounted for in the pattern!)

Tester Sleeve Rounds

Cardigan Size# Sleeve Rounds Crocheted by Tester
417, 19
58, 14, 20, 22
620, 22
714, 18
916, 18
1214, 18

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