Ladylike Buttoned Cardi

This gorgeous cropped cardi features an open front with a V-neckline and a beautiful filet crochet pattern that is worked along the front edge and neckline. Perfect for layering over a sun dress or a basic tank top, this intermediate-level cardigan is finished with beautiful pearl buttons.

Skill Level: Intermediate 

Size: Small, Medium, Large, 1X to fit bust size 34″, 38″, 42″, 46″; Total length: 22″, 22″, 23″, 23″; Armhole depth: 9″, 9″, 10″, 10″; Sleeve length to underarm: 5½”

Gauge: 22 dc = 4” (10 cm) 

Materials

Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Size 3 (100% mercerized cotton; 150 yards [137 meters]): #182175 Warm Blue (7 (8, 9, 10) balls)
Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, 8 pearl buttons for closure, sewing needle and matching thread, removable marker 

Special Stitches

Multiple of 21 sts + 2 turning ch
Base row: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, (ch 2, skip next 2 ch, dc in next ch) 6 times. Turn.
Row 1: Dc in first dc, ch 2, (dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2-sp) 4 times, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, tr in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc. Turn.
Row 3: Dc in first dc, ch 2, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 4, sc in next tr, ch 4, skip next 2 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in each of next 3 dc. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in each of next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch-4-sp, ch 2, tr in next sc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch-4-sp, dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc. Turn.
Row 5: Dc in first dc, ch 2, dc in each of next 4 dc, 2 dc in ch-2-sp, dc in next tr, 2 dc in next ch-2-sp, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 2, dc in each of last 3 dc. Turn.
Row 6: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, (ch 2, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc) 4 times, ch 2, dc in next dc. Turn.
Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern. 

Pattern

Back

Ch 103 (114, 125, 136).
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each and every ch across. Turn. (100 (111, 122, 133) dc)
Rows 2-11: Ch 3, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn.
Row 12 (decrease row): Ch 2, 2-dc-cluster, dc in every dc till last 3 dc, 2-dc-cluster, dc into the 3rd ch. Turn. (98 (109, 120, 131) sts)
Row 13: Ch 3, dc in 2-dc-cluster, dc in every dc across, dc in 2-dc-cluster, dc in 3rd ch.
Rows 14-17: Repeat rows 12-13, twice. Turn. (94 (105, 115, 127) dc)
Rows 18-21: Ch 3, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn.
Row 22 (Increase row): Ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc in every dc across to last 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in 3rd ch. Turn. (96 (107, 117, 129) dc)
Rows 23-24: Ch 2, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn.
Rows 25-30: repeat rows 22-24, twice. Turn. (100 (111, 122, 133) dc)
Rows 31-33: Ch 2, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn. 

Armhole Shaping

Row 34: Sl st into the next 11 (11, 13, 15) sts, ch 3, dc in every dc across to last 10 (10, 12, 14) dc. Turn. (80 (91, 96, 103) dc) 

Sizes Small, Medium
Rows 35-53: Ch 3, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn. 

Right Shoulder

Row 54: Ch 3, dc in next 25 (29) dc. Turn. (26 (30) dc total for each shoulder)
Row 55: Ch 3, dc in every dc across shoulder. Fasten off.

Left Shoulder

Row 54: Skip next 28 (31) dc, attach another ball of yarn, ch 3, dc in last 25 (29) dc. Turn.
Row 55: Ch 3, dc in every dc across shoulder. Fasten off. 

Sizes Large, 1X
Rows 35-55: Ch 3, dc in next dc and every dc across. Turn. 

Right Shoulder

Row 56: Ch 3, dc in next 31 (33) dc. Turn. (32 (34) dc total for each shoulder)
Row 57: Ch 3, dc in every dc across shoulder. Fasten off. 

Left Shoulder

Row 56: Skip next 32 (37) dc, attach another ball of yarn, ch 3, dc in last 31 (33) dc. Turn.
Row 57: Ch 3, dc in every dc across shoulder. Fasten off. 

Right Front

Ch 53 (57, 63, 68).
Row 1: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, place marker, dc in every ch to end. Turn. (30 (34, 40, 45) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 2: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in each and every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn. (30 (34, 40, 45) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 3: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, dc in each and every dc, dc in 2nd ch. Turn. (30 (34, 40, 45) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Rows 4-11: Repeat rows 2-3, 4 times working on next rows of pattern stitch. Turn.
Row 12 (decrease row): Ch 2, 2-dc-cluster, dc in each and every dc to marker, work as pattern stich on last 21 sts. Turn. (29 (33, 39, 44) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 13: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, dc in each and every dc, dc in 2nd ch. Turn. (29 (33, 39, 44) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Rows 14-17: Repeat rows 12-13, twice. Turn. (27 (31, 37, 42) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Rows 18-21: Repeat rows 2-3 twice. (27 (31, 37, 42) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 22 (Increase row): Ch 2, 2 dc in next dc, dc in every dc to marker, work as pattern stich on last 21 sts. Turn. (28 (32, 38, 43) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 23: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, dc in each and every dc to end. Turn.
Row 24: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn. (28 (32, 38, 43) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 25 (Decrease for neckline at the same time increasing on the side): Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, 2-dc-cluster in next 2 dc, dc in every dc to last 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in 3rd ch. Turn. (28 (32, 38, 43) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 26: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn.
Row 27: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, 2-dc-cluster in next 2 dc, dc in every dc across. Turn. (27 (31, 37, 42) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 28: Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, dc in every dc to marker, work as pattern stich on last 21 sts. Turn. (28 (32, 38, 43) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Rows 29, 31, 33: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, 2-dc-cluster in next 2 dc, dc in every dc across. Turn. (25 (29, 35, 40) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 30, 32: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn. 

Armhole Shaping

Row 34: Sl st into the next 11 (11, 14, 17) sts, ch2, dc in every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn. (15 (19, 22, 24) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 35: Work as pattern stitch on the first 21 sts, 2-dc-cluster in next 2 dc, dc in every dc across. Turn. (14 (18, 21, 23) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 36: Ch 2 (count as dc), dc in every dc to marker, work as next row of pattern stitch on last 21 sts. Turn.

Sizes Small, Medium
Rows 37-54: Work as rows 35-36, 9 times. (5 (9) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 55: Work in pattern stitch on first 21 sts, dc in every dc to end of row. (26 (30) sts)
Fasten off.

Sizes Large, 1X
Rows 37-56: Work as rows 35-36, 10 times. (11 (13) dc and the 21 sts for the filet edge)
Row 57: Work in pattern stitch on first 21 sts, dc in every dc to end of row. (32 (34) sts)
Fasten off.

Left Front

Work same as right front.

Sleeve (Make Two)

Ch 80 (80, 86, 86).
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch, dc in every ch across. (78 (78, 84, 84) dc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (Count as dc), 2 dc in next st, dc in every dc to last 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in 2nd ch. (80 (80, 86, 86) dc)
Row 3: Ch 2 (Count as dc), dc in every dc across.
Rows 4-13: Repeat rows 2-3, 5 times. (90 (90, 96, 96) dc)
Row 14: Ch 2 (Count as dc), dc in every dc across.
Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew shoulder seams and side seams. Start working in round.
Rnd 1: Attach yarn to the center of back neck. Work sc in every dc and 2 sc in every side dc around. Sl st into the first sc.
Rnd 2 (Buttonhole rnd): Ch 1, sc in every sc to right-front. Work as follows sc in next 2 sc, (ch 2, skip next 2 sc, sc in each of next 4 sc) 8 times, then sc in every sc to end. Sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: Reverse sc in every st around. Fasten off.

Edge of Sleeve (Work Twice)

Row 1: Attach yarn to the reverse side of the beginning ch, ch 1, sc in every ch across. Turn.
Row 2: Reverse sc in every sc across. Fasten off.
Sew the sleeves into the armhole.
Sew sleeve seams.
Weave in all ends.
Sew buttons opposite buttonholes.
Block top to size. yarn ball

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