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Secret Garden Cardi

This captivating cardigan starts with stunning motifs worked from the front to the back, creating a flattering V-neckline. Delicately crafted in filet stitch, the sides feature graceful slits for movement. The sleeves echo the motif’s beauty, while the rest continues seamlessly in filet crochet, showcasing an intricate yet cohesive design. Crocheters are invited to explore filet crochet’s artistry, mastering techniques for a sophisticated garment.

Time: 30 hours project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Bust Size 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)” to fit bust 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”

Shown in size 36”

Gauge: one motif = 5” [13 cm]

12 dc and 12 rows in filet pattern = 4” [10 cm]

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Berroco Ultra® Wool Fine 100% Superwash Wool; 400 yards [366 meters] / 3.5 ounces [100 grams]): 53139 Verbena (MC 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) balls), 5301 Cream (CC 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) balls)

Hook: US size E-4 3.5 mm

Notions: tapestry needle, two 1” buttons, sewing needle and matching thread

Special Stitches

2-tr cluster: Yo twice, insert hook into the desired sp, yo, pull through lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] twice, yo twice, insert hook into the same sp, yo, pull through lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] twice, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Ch 4 at the beginning of row counts as dc, ch 1.

Pattern Notes

For joining motifs, please check the diagram.

Pattern

Motif 1

With MC, ch 5. Make a ring with a sl st into the first ch.

Rnd 1: Ch 4, tr in ring, ch 3, (2-tr cluster in ring, ch 3) 6 times, 2-tr cluster in ring, ch 1, tr into the 4th ch (counts as ch-3 sp). (8 2-tr clusters, 8 ch-3 sps)

Rnd 2: (Ch 7, sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 5, sl st into next ch-3 sp) 3 times, ch 7, sl st into next ch-3 sp, ch 2, dc into last ch-3 sp (counts as ch-5 sp). (4 ch-7 sps, 4 ch-5 sps)

Rnd 3: Attach CC to the last ch-5, ([tr, ch 1] 10 times in next ch-7 sp, tr in same ch-7 sp, sc in next ch-5 sp]) 4 times.

Rnd 4: With MC, ch 5, * [tr in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 4 times, tr in next ch-1 sp, ch 5, [tr in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] 5 times, tr in next sc, ch 1; rep from * around, end with sl st into the 4th ch. Fasten off MC.

Rnd 5: With CC, * [sc in next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, sc in next tr, [2 sc, ch 3, 2 sc] in next ch-5 sp, [sc in next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, ch 3, sk next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, end with ch 3, sl st into the first sc. Fasten off.

Motif 2 and all other motifs

Work same as motif 1 to rnd 5.

Rnd 5: With CC, * [sc in next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, sc in next tr, 2 sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1, sl st into the corresponding ch 3-sp on previous motif, ch 1, 2 sc in same ch-5 sp, [sc in next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp] 5 times, ch 1, sl st into the corresponding ch 3-sp on previous motif, ch 1, sk next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * on all joining sides, otherwise follow instructions of rnd 5 of motif 1. Fasten off.

Instruction

Follow instruction for motif 1 then for the rest of the motifs follow instructions for motif 2. For joining motifs, check diagram.

Side Panel (make 4)

Row 1: Starting from bottom edge attach MC to ch-3 sp of the first motif, ch 4, dc in next sc, ([ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc] 14 times, ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp) 4 times, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, * dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, end with dc in 3rd ch, turn.

Rep row 2 another 2 (5, 7, 9, 12) more times for respective sizes. Fasten off.

Attach side panel to each side of front and back.

Front edge Panel (make 2)

Row 1: Starting from bottom edge attach MC to ch-3 sp of the first motif ch 4, dc in next sc, ([ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc] 14 times, ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp) 4 times, [dc in next sc, sk next sc, ch 1] 6 times, sk next sc, hdc in next sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, * dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, end with dc in 3rd ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across to dc before ch 3, end with hdc in 3rd ch, turn.

Rows 4-8: Rep rows 2-3. Fasten off.

Sleeve Panel (make 2)

Row 1: Starting from edge of the sleeve attach MC to ch-3 sp of the first motif ch 4, dc in next sc, ([ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc] 14 times, ch 1, dc in next ch-3 sp) twice, sk next ch-2 sp or 2 sc on the corresponding body panel, sl st into next sc, turn.

Row 2: Ch 4, * dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, end with dc in 3rd ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 4, * dc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * across, dc in the 3rd ch, sk next 2 sc on the corresponding body panel, sl st into next sc on body motif, turn.

Rows 4-14: Rep rows 2-3.

Finishing

Sew side seams leaving 5” at the bottom edge without sewing together. Sew sleeve seams.

Sleeve Finishing

Rnd 1: Attach CC to the edge of the seam. Sc in every sc around.

Rnd 2: Reverse sc in every sc around. Fasten off.

Bottom Edge Finishing

Row 1: Attach CC to the front edge of the left front, 2 sc in the side dc or ch-3 sp, on the motifs, sc in every sc along the edge.

Row 2: Reverse sc in every sc across. Fasten off.

Front Edge Finishing

Row 1: Attach CC to the edge of the right front, 2 sc in the side dc or ch-3 sp, on the motifs, sc in every sc along the right front edge, back neck and left front edge.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in every sc until you get to the edge of right front V-neck, ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc in next 10 sc, ch 5, sk next 3 sc, sc to the bottom edge. (Two buttonholes made)

Row 3: Reverse sc in every sc and every ch across. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.  Block cardigan to size. Sew buttons across from buttonholes.


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