Harper Mixed Stitch Cardigan

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Get ready for some fun stitches in this unique cardigan! Shells, spike stitches, post-stitch ridges, and more decorate the yoke of this 3-season sweater. It is crocheted seamlessly from the top down making finishing almost effortless.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Extra Small (Small/Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X) Finished Bust Size: 34.5 (36.75, 43.75, 46, 48.25, 55, 57.5)”, buttoned

0-4” positive ease recommended.

Shown in extra small size

Gauge: 17 sts x 8.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in double crochet after wet blocking using smaller hook,

21 sts/7 V-st x 8 rows = 4” in V-St pattern using larger hook

Materials

Light weight yarnYarn: Fibra Natura Dona (100% Extrafine Superwash Merino; 126 yards [115 meters]/50 grams): 130 Steely (MC, 10 (11, 13, 14, 14, 16, 17) balls), 134 Glacier (CC1, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls, 131 Onyx (CC2, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) balls)), 103 Amber (CC3, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) balls), 115 Wild Berry (CC4, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2) balls)

Hook: US size G/6 (4 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, ten 3/4” buttons

Special Stitches

V-St: [dc, ch 1, dc] in st or sp indicated

Beg V-St: [ch 4, dc] in st or sp indicated

Spike Sc: Insert hook from front to back through the center of the of st indicated 2 rows below.

V-St Pattern (worked flat)

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), [V-st in V-st] to last dc, dc in last dc, turn.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

V-St Pattern (worked in joined rows)

Row 1: Sl st to center of V-st, Beg V-st in same V-st, [V-st in V-st] to end, join with sl st to third ch of Beg-V-st.

Rep Row 1 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down.

When changing colors in the Yoke, complete the last stitch of a row before a color change with the new color.

Cut yarn after each color change and weave in ends.

Pattern

Yoke

Row 1 (WS): With CC1 and smaller hook, fdc 90 (98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 138), turn.

Row 2 (RS): With CC1, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (90 (98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 138) sc)

Row 3: With CC2, ch 1, sc in first sc, *spike sc between next 2 dc from Row 1, fpsc in next 4 sc; rep from * to last sc, spike sc between next 2 dc from Row 1, sc in last sc, turn. (23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts inc’d, 113 (123, 133, 143, 153, 163, 173) sc)

Row 4: With CC2, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (113 (123, 133, 143, 153, 163, 173) sc)

Row 5: With CC3, ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in next sc, *sk next sc, sc2tog, sk next sc, 5 dc in next sc; rep from * to last 5 sc, sk next sc, sc2tog, sk next sc, 3 dc in next sc, dc in last sc, turn. (22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 24) sts inc’d, 135 (147, 159, 171, 183, 195, 207) sts; 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33) 5-dc groups, 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34) sc2tog, 2 3-dc groups, 2 dc)

Row 6: With CC4, ch 1, sc in blo of next 4 dc, *fpsc in sc2tog, sc in blo of next 5 dc; rep from * to last 5 sts, fpsc in sc2tog, sc in blo of next 4 dc, turn. (135 (147, 159, 171, 183, 195, 207) sts)

Row 7: With MC, ch 1, sc in first sc, fpsc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, *sk fpsc from Row 6, fptr in sc2tog from Row 5, fphdc in next 2 sc, fpsc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc; rep from * to last 5 sts, sk fpsc from Row 6, fptr in sc2tog from Row 5, fphdc in next 2 sc, fpsc in next sc, sc in last 2 sc, turn. (135 (147, 159, 171, 183, 195, 207) sts)

Row 8: With MC, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (135 (147, 159, 171, 183, 195, 207) sc)

Row 9: With CC1, hdc in first sc, 2 fphdc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, *bpdc in fptr from Row 7, sk next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, 2 fphdc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc; rep from * to last 5 sc, bpdc in fptr from Row 7, sk next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, 2 fphdc in next sc, hdc in last sc, turn. (23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts inc’d, 158 (172, 186, 200, 214, 228, 242) sts)

Row 10: With CC4, ch 1, sc in blo of each st across, turn. (158 (172, 186, 200, 214, 228, 242) sts)

Row 11: With CC 2, ch 1, sc in first sc, fpsc in next sc, *spike st between next 2 sts (the inc) from Row 9, fpsc in next 7 sts; rep from * to last 2 sts, spike st between next 2 sts from Row 9, fpsc in next sc, sc in last sc, turn. (23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts inc’d, 181 (197, 213, 229, 245, 261, 277) sts)

Row 12: With CC2, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (181 (197, 213, 229, 245, 261, 277) sts)

Row 13: With CC 3, ch 4 (counts as tr), dc in same st, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc, *sk next 3 sc, 8 tr in next sc, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc, hdc in next sc, [dc, tr] in last sc, turn. (24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts inc’d, 205 (223, 241, 259, 277, 295, 313) sts; 22 (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34) 8-dc groups, 23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr)

Row 14: With CC 4, ch 1, sc in blo of first 3 sts, * fpsc in sc, sc in blo of next 8 dc; rep from * to last 4 sts, fpsc in sc, sc in blo of next 3 sts, turn. (205 (223, 241, 259, 277, 295, 313) sts)

Row 15: With MC, ch 1,hdc in first sc, fphdc in next sc, fpdc in next sc, *sk fpsc from Row 14, fptr in sc from Row 13, fpdc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, fpsc in next 2 sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, fpdc in next sc; rep from * to last 4 sts, sk fpsc from Row 14, fptr in sc from Row 13, fpdc in next sc, fphdc in next sc, hdc in last sc, turn. (205 (223, 241, 259, 277, 295, 313) sts)

Row 16: With MC, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (205 (223, 241, 259, 277, 295, 313) sc)

Row 17: With CC1, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, fpdc in next 2 sc, *sk next sc, bptr in fptr from Row 15, fpdc in next 4 sc, 2 fpdc in next sc, fpdc in next 3 sc; rep from * to last 5 sc, sk next sc, bptr in fptr from Row 15, fpdc in next 2 sc, 2 dc in last sc, turn. (24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts inc’d, 229 (249, 269, 289, 309, 329, 349) sts)

Row 18: With CC1 ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (229 (249, 269, 289, 309, 329, 349) sts)

Row 19: With CC2, ch 1, sc in first sc, fpsc in next sc, * sk next sc, spike st between dc from Row 17, fpsc in next 4 sc; rep from * to last 3 sts, sk next sc, spike st between dc from Row 17, fpsc in next sc, sc in last sc, turn. (1 st inc’d, 230 (250, 270, 290, 310, 330, 350) sts)

Row 20: With CC2, ch 1, sc in each sc across to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn. (1 st inc’d, 230 (250, 270, 290, 310, 330, 350) sc)

Row 21: With CC3, ch 1, sc in first sc, *sk next sc, 5 dc in next sc, sk next sc, sc2tog; rep from * to last 4 sc, sk next sc, 5 dc in next sc, sk next sc, sc in last sc, turn. (47 (51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71) sts inc’d, 277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts; 46 (50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70) 5-dc groups, 45 (49, 53, 57, 61, 65, 69) sc2tog, 2 sc)

Row 22: With CC 4, ch 1, sc in first sc, *sc in blo of next 5 dc, fpsc round sc2tog; rep from * to last 5-dc group, sc in blo of next 5 dc, sc in last sc, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Row 23: With MC, ch 3 (counts as dc), fphdc in next 2 sc, fpsc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc, * sk fpsc from Row 6, fptr in sc2tog from Row 5, fphdc in next 2 sc, fpsc in next sc, fphdc in next 2 sc; rep from * to rep from * to last sc, dc in last sc, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Row 24: With MC, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Row 25: With CC1, ch 1, hdc in first sc, fphdc in next 5 sc, *bpdc in fptr from Row 23, sk next sc, fphdc in next 5 sc; rep from * to last sc, hdc in last sc, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Row 26: With CC4, ch 1, sc in blo of each st across, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Cont in MC only. Switch to larger hook.

Row 27: Ch 1, sc in first sc, fpsc in each sc to last sc, sc in last sc, turn. (277 (301, 325, 349, 373, 397, 421) sts)

Row 28: Ch 2 (counts as dc), *sk next sc, V-st in next sc, sk next 2 sc; rep from * to last 3 sc, V-st in next sc, sk next sc, dc in last sc, turn. (92 (100, 108, 116, 124, 132, 140) V-st, 2 dc)

Work in V-St Pattern for 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) more row(s) or until piece meas 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11)” from beg.

Divide Body and Sleeves

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), [V-st in V-st] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21) times, ch 8 (8, 14, 14, 14, 20, 20), sk next 19 (21, 21, 23, 25, 25, 27) V-st, [V-st in V-st] 28 (30, 34, 36, 38, 42, 44) times, ch 8 (8, 14, 14, 14, 20, 20), sk next 19 (21, 21, 23, 25, 25, 27) V-st, [V-st in V-st] 13 (14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21) times, dc in last dc, turn. (54 (58, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86) V-st, 2 ch-8 (8, 14, 14, 14, 20, 20) sps, 2 dc for body)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc), *[V-st in V-st] to ch-8 (8, 14, 14, 14, 20, 20), [sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch] 2 (2, 4, 4, 4, 6, 6) times, sk next 2 ch; rep from * 1 more time, [V-st in V-st] to last dc, dc in last dc, turn. (58 (62, 74, 78, 82, 94, 98) V-st, 2 dc)

Work even in V-St Pattern until piece meas 3” from division. 

Shape Waist

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc), [V-st in V]st] 14 (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24) times, ch 1, [V-st in V-st] 30 (32, 38, 40, 42, 48, 50) times, ch 1, [V-st in V-st] 14 (15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24) times, dc in last dc, turn. (58 (62, 74, 78, 82, 94, 98) V-st, 2 dc, 2 ch-1 sps)

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc), *[V-st in V-st] to ch-1 sp, V-st in ch-1 sp, pm on this V-st and move up each row; rep from * 1 more time, [V-st in V-st] to last dc, dc in last dc, turn. (60 (64, 76, 80, 84, 96, 100) V-st, 2 dc)

Rows 3-4: Work even in V-St Pattern.

Row 5: Ch 2 (counts as dc), *[V-st in V-st] to marked V-st, [dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc] in this V-st; rep from * 1 more time, [V-st in V-st] to last dc, dc in last dc, turn. (58 (62, 74, 78, 82, 94, 98) V-st, 9 dc, 4 ch-1 sps)

Remove marker.

Row 6: Ch 2 (counts as dc), *[V-st in V-st] to ch-1 sp, [V-st in ch-1 sp] 2 times; rep from * 1 more time, [V-st in V-st] to last dc, dc in last dc, turn. (62 (66, 78, 82, 86, 98, 102) V-st, 2 dc)

Rows 7-8: Work even in V-St Pattern.

Rows 9-16: Rep Rows 1-8. (66 (70, 82, 86, 90, 102, 106) V-st, 2 dc)

Rows 17-18: Rep Rows 1-2. (68 (72, 84, 88, 92, 104, 108) V-st, 2 dc)

Work even in V-St Pattern until piece meas 15” from division, ending with WS row.

Hem

Switch to smaller hook.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, hdc in each st and sp across, turn, decreasing 1 st. (205 (217, 253, 265, 277, 313, 325) sts)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, hdc in first st, [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Rep Rows 2-3 until Hem meas 2”. Fasten off.

Sleeves

Note: If the last row worked prior to division was a WS row, beg with the RS facing. If the last row worked prior to division was a RS row, beg with the WS facing.

Beg at underarm ch, attach MC with sl st to the V-st just to the left of center with larger hook.

Row 1: Work V-St Pattern to end. (21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33) V-st)

Work even in V-St Pattern until Sleeve meas 3”.

Decrease Section

Row 1: Beg V-st in first V-st, *dc in next V-st, ch 1, dc2tog (center of same V-st tog with center of next V-st), [ch 1, dc] in same V-st as last leg of dc2tog*, work even in V-St Pattern to last 3 V-st; rep from * to * 1 time, V-st in last V-st, turn.

Row 2: Beg V-st in first V-st, *dc2tog (center of next V-st tog with center of next V-st), [ch 1, dc]

in same V-st as last leg of dc2tog*, work even in V-St Pattern to last 3 V-st; rep from * to * 1 time, V-st in last V-st, turn.

Rows 3-6 (6, 5, 4, 4, 4, 3): Work even in V-St Pattern.

Rep last 6 (6, 5, 4, 4, 4, 3) rows, 3 (3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) times. (13 (15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 17) V-st)

Work even in patt until Sleeve meas 15”, ending with a WS row.

Cuff

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, hdc in each st and sp around, join with sl st to beg hdc, turn. (39 (45, 45, 45, 51, 51, 51) sts)

Row 2 (WS): With CC1, [fphdc in next st, spike sc in center of V-st from last Sleeve row, fphdc in next st] around, join with sl st to beg hdc, turn.

Row 3: With CC4, ch 1, sc in back lp of each st around, join with sl st to beg sc, turn.

Row 4: With CC2, ch 1, fpsc in each st around, join with sl st to beg sc, turn.

Row 5: With CC2, ch 1, [sc in first 2 sc, spike sc between sc from Row 2] around, join with sl st to beg sc, turn. Note: Spike sc in this row should fall between the Spike sc from Row 2.

Row 6: With MC, ch 1, fphdc in each st to last 2, fphdc2tog, join with sl st to beg hdc. (1 st dec’d, 38 (44, 44, 44, 50, 50, 50) sts)

Switch to smaller hook.

Rows 7-14: With MC, ch 1, [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] around, join with sl st to beg dc. Fasten off.

Finishing

Block piece to finished measurements.

Neck Edging

With larger hook and MC, join yarn with WS facing.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, fphdc across, decreasing 1 (7, 13, 19, 25, 31, 37) sts evenly across row, turn (89 (91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101) sts)

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Fasten off.

Buttonband

Row 1 (RS) With larger hook and MC, work 107 (109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119) hdc evenly along Left Front opening.

Rows 2 (WS): Ch 1, hdc in first st, [bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Buttonhole Band

Row 1 (RS) With larger hook and MC, work 107 (109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119) hdc evenly along Right Front opening.

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, hdc in first st, bpdc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, [bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st] 4 times, bpdc in next st) 9 times, ch 1, sk next st, [bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn. (10 buttonholes)

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first st, ([fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st] to 1 st before ch-1 sp, fpdc in next st, hdc in ch-1 sp) to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st] to last 2 sts, bpdc in next st, hdc in last st.

Fasten off.

Sew buttons to Buttonband opposite buttonholes.

Weave in rem ends.

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