We are fast approaching my favorite time of the year - the fall! I am eagerly waiting for cooler days, the vibrant colors outside, and a lot less moisture in the air. I even love the light September rains that we get here. This is the time when I can breathe fully, take long walks in the woods with my dog and wear my favorite warm clothes. And I can predict that one of my most worn garments this autumn will be a freshly finished Cardigan  - that I can't wait to wear. I know that you are going to love it too - so I'll share the pattern with you.



The Rosewood Cardigan is such a sophisticated and versatile cardigan with its delicate stitches, beautiful drape, and gorgeous collar. It looks so chic when you cuff the sleeves and roll them up a bit!

                                                        


Below are the instructions I promised for this beautiful comfy cardigan.


Gauge: 23 sts and 19 rows = 4? (single crochet worked in FLO)

Final Measurements (in inches):

Approximate Yardage/Number of Skeins Required:

Small: 8 skeins, ~800 g/1856 yards (I would purchase 9 skeins to be on the safe side since I entirely used up that 8th skein)

Medium: 9 skeins, ~880 g/2035 yards

Large: 10 skeins, ~960 g/2230yards

Extra Large: 11 skeins, ~1040 g/2410yards

2XL: 12 skeins, ~1140 g/2640yards

3XL: 13 skeins, ~1230 g/2850 yards

4XL: 14 skeins, ~1330 g/3085 yards

5XL: 15 skeins, ~11420 g/3300 yards

Notes:

  • This cardigan primarily uses single crochets worked in the front loop only (FLO). Each stitch is composed of a front loop and a back loop (looks like a V together). The front loop is the loop closest to you, while the back loop is the loop farthest from you. The delicate edgings along the bottom, sleeves, and collar are created by working slip stitches in either the front or back loops only.
  • One back panel and two front panels are crocheted from the bottom up by single crocheting in the front loops only. They are seamed together at the top and sides, leaving space for the arm holes.
  • Stitches are picked up along the bottom of the back and front panels with a smaller crochet hook to help cinch in the bottom with slip stitches. The bottom edging adds about 0.25?.
  • The sleeves are worked from the bottom up, whip stitched along the edge, and then attached to the arm holes. 
  • The only increases are worked during the sleeves. Please note that an increase is worked as described below and results in the addition of two stitches (e.g. from 45 to 47, or 47 to 49). The increases are worked in the second and second to last stitches of the increase row.
  • INCREASE ROW: {all in FRONT LOOPS ONLY} Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc 1. Work 2 sc in next st. Sc across until two stitches remain. Work 2 sc in next st. Sc in last stitch.
  • Stitches are picked up along the bottom of the sleeves with a larger crochet hook to provide a simple slip stitch edging. Slip stitches can get very tight, so a larger crochet hook with looser gauge is used to ensure the stitches are not too tight.
  • Stitches are picked up along the collar with a larger crochet hook to provide a beautiful slip stitch edging. Add more rows of slip stitches if a thicker collar is desired (as written, collar is about 1.75? wide).
  • Two optional pockets are crocheted and attached to each front panel.

When seaming pieces together, always join wrong sides together using the whip stitch to make the seams less visible, then flip inside out at the end.

PATTERN

  • Back Panel

Using 4 mm hook, chain 122 (134, 145, 157)(168, 180, 191, 203)

Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc across. (121, 133, 144, 156)(167, 179, 190, 202)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in front loops only. (121, 133, 144, 156)(167, 179, 190, 202)

R3-145: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes Small and Medium, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

R146-147: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes Large and XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

R148-150: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes 2XL and 3XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

R151-152: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes 4XL and 5XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

  • Front Panels (make 2)

Using 4 mm hook, chain 46 (52, 58, 63)(69, 75, 81, 86)

Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc across. (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in front loops only. (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85)

R3-145: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes Small and Medium, fasten off and leave long end for sewing. 

R146-147: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes Large and XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

R148-150: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes 2XL and 3XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

R151-152: Repeat Row 2.

For Sizes 4XL and 5XL, fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

Whip stitch tops of front panels to back panel, going through both front and back loops.  Whip stitch sides of front panels to back panel, making sure to leave an arm hole. 

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

  • Bottom Edging

We will now be picking up stitches along the bottom of the front and back panels to cinch it in and to create a delicate edging.

Using 3.5 mm hook,

Row 1: While holding the piece upside down with front panels facing you, start in left corner (where opening is) and pick up 211 sts (235, 258, 280)(303, 327, 350, 372) in the back loops only, going along one front panel, the back panel, and then the other front panel. To do so, make a slip knot.  Insert your crochet hook into the back loop of the stitch.  Add the slip knot and pull through.  Yarn over and chain 1.  Insert your hook into the back loop of the next st, yarn over, pull through the work and loop on hook, creating a slip stitch.  Keep repeating this process to pick up stitches along the bottom. (211, 235, 258, 280)(303, 327, 350, 372)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in FLO across. (211, 235, 258, 280)(303, 327, 350, 372) 

Fasten off and weave in end.

  • Sleeves (make 2)

Using 4 mm hook, chain 46 (52, 58, 63)(69, 75, 81, 86) and leave long initial end for seaming sleeve.

Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc across (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in front loops only. (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85)

R3-8: Repeat Row 2.

R9: INCREASE ROW (47, 53, 59, 64)(70, 76, 82, 87)

R10-12: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (47, 53, 59, 64)(70, 76, 82, 87)

R13: INCREASE ROW (49, 55, 61, 66)(72, 78, 84, 89)

R14-16: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (49, 55, 61, 66)(72, 78, 84, 89)

R17: INCREASE ROW (51, 57, 63, 68)(74, 80, 86, 91)

R18-20: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (51, 57, 63, 68)(74, 80, 86, 91)

R21: INCREASE ROW (53, 59, 65, 70)(76, 82, 88, 93)

R22-24: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (53, 59, 65, 70)(76, 82, 88, 93)

R25: INCREASE ROW (55, 61, 67, 72)(78, 84, 90, 95)

R26-34: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (55, 61, 67, 72)(78, 84, 90, 95)

R35: INCREASE ROW (57, 63, 69, 74)(80, 86, 92, 97) 

R36-38: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (57, 63, 69, 74)(80, 86, 92, 97)

R39: INCREASE ROW (59, 65, 71, 76)(82, 88, 94, 99)

R40-44: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (59, 65, 71, 76)(82, 88, 94, 99)

R45: INCREASE ROW (61, 67, 73, 78)(84, 90, 96, 101)

R46-48: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (61, 67, 73, 78)(84, 90, 96, 101)

R49: INCREASE ROW (63, 69, 75, 80)(86, 92, 98, 103)

R50-52: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (63, 69, 75, 80)(86, 92, 98, 103)

R53: INCREASE ROW (65, 71, 77, 82)(88, 94, 100, 105)

R54-56: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (65, 71, 77, 82)(88, 94, 100, 105)

R57: INCREASE ROW (67, 73, 79, 84)(90, 96, 102, 107)

R58-60: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (67, 73, 79, 84)(90, 96, 102, 107)

R61: INCREASE ROW (69, 75, 81, 86)(92, 98, 104, 109)

R62-64: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (69, 75, 81, 86)(92, 98, 104, 109)

R65: INCREASE ROW (71, 77, 83, 88)(94, 100, 106, 111)

R66-72: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in FLO. (71, 77, 83, 88)(94, 100, 106, 111)

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing. 

Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise and whip stitch sides together. Whip stitch tops of of sleeves to arm holes. We will now add a delicate sleeve edging.

  • Sleeve Edging

We will now be picking up stitches along the opening of the sleeve and working in rounds.

Using 6 mm hook,

Round 1: Starting at stitch near the seam, pick up 45 slip stitches (51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85).  To do so, make a slip knot.  Insert your crochet hook into both loops of a stitch near the seam.  Add the slip knot and pull through.  Yarn over and chain 1.  Insert your hook into both loops of the next st, yarn over, pull through the work and loop on hook, creating a slip stitch.  Keep repeating this process to pick up 45 slip stitches around opening. (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85).

Round 2: Slip stitch in back loops only around. (45, 51, 57, 62)(68, 74, 80, 85).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

  • Collar

We will now be picking up stitches along the length of the first front panel, across the back panel, and down the length of the other front panel to create a beautiful collar.

Using 6 mm hook,

Row 1: Starting in bottom left corner, pick up slip stitches around. To do so, make a slip knot.  Insert your crochet hook the bottom left corner, add the slip knot, and pull through. Yarn over and chain 1.  Insert your hook into an adjacent space, yarn over, pull through the work and loop on hook, creating a slip stitch.

Keep repeating this process to pick up stitches along the collar. {For the Size Small, I picked up approximately 145 + 31 + 145 sts = 321 sts (# of front panel rows + gap between front panels along back panel + # of front panel rows). Medium = 321 sts, Large = 325 sts, XL = 325 sts, 2XL = 331 sts, 3XL = 331 sts, 4 XL = 335 sts, and 5XL = 335 sts)}

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in FLO across.

Row 3-17: Repeat R2.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

  • POCKETS (make 2)

Using 4 mm hook, chain 26.

Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc across. (25)

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. Starting in second st from hook, sc in front loops only. (25)

R3-17: Repeat Row 2.

R18: Chain 1, turn. Slip stitch in FLO. (25)

R19-21: Repeat R18.

Fasten off and leave long end for sewing.

You can increase the size of the pockets for the larger sizes – place your pockets on your front panels to see how they look proportionally and adjust as necessary (add more stitches to the initial chains to increase the width of the pocket and add more rows to increase the length of the pocket).

Place one pocket on each front panel and use running stitch to attach both sides and bottom into place.  For my size small, I placed the pocket approximately 3.75? from the bottom edge and 3.25? from the side edge/collar.



Crochet always amazes me. I love the way you can work with a bazillion colors or three or just one and have something that you could not have any other way. How with each stitch, you work a part of yourself into the object itself.

So I will continue to ply my craft one stitch at a time, and with my cup of coffee and yarn at hand, I will party like it's 2000!

Here's to a terrific Fall!