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Spencer Striped Waterfall Cardigan

This soft and tweedy cardigan is perfect as the nights draw in, grab your mug and wrap yourself in a hug and let the warmth envelop you. Crocheted sideways to create vertical stripes, this cardigan couldn’t be easier, the back and both sides are worked the same to create the large wrappable front.

Time: 2 Week Project

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: S–M (L– 2X, 3X–5X)

Finished back size 18 (20, 21)” to fit cross back size 14-16.5 (17-18, 18-18.5)”
Shown in size S-M”

Gauge: 14 hdc and 11 rows = 4” [10 cm]

Materials

Yarn: James C Brett Northern Lights (95% premium acrylic, 5% viscose; 492 yards [450 meters]/150 grams): NL03 (A, 2 (2, 2.5) balls), NL09 (B, 2 (2, 2.5) balls)

Hook: US size H/8 (5 mm)

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Special Stitches

This pattern is worked sideways. I have used foundation stitches to add stretch to the edges. If you find foundation stitches too challenging I recommend going up a hook for your foundation chain.

Foundation half double crochet (fhdc):

Ch 3.

Step 1: Yo, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook,

Step 2: Pull up a lp,

Step 3: Yo, pull through 1 lp (creates the chain for the next stitch),

Step 4: Yo, pull through all three lps. (first fhdc made)

Step 1: Yo, insert hook under chain created in Step 3.

Step 2: Pull up a lp.

Step 3: Yo, pull through 1 lp (creates the chain for the next stitch).

Step 4: Yo, pull through all three lps. (next fhdc made)

Rep last 4 steps until you have required number of fhdc.

Pattern Notes

Cardigan is worked flat and sideways.

Do not cut yarn at color change, instead carry unused yarn along turning chain to save weaving in ends.

Pattern

Body Panel (make 3)

Start each piece with A and alternate colors every 2 rows.

Row 1: Fhdc 86 (90, 94), turn.

Rows 2 – 50 (55, 58): Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn. (86 (90, 94) sts)

Fasten off.

Sleeve (make 2)

Start with B and alternate colors every 2 rows.

Row 1: Fhdc 50 (64, 76), turn.

Size S–M Only:

Rows 2-3: Ch 2, hdc, hdc2tog, hdc to end, turn. (2 sts decreased)

Rows 4-5: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Rows 6-44: Rep Rows 2-5 ten more times. (28 sts rem)

Size L–2X Only:

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Rows 3-4: Ch 2, hdc, hdc2tog, hdc to end, turn. (2 sts decreased)

Row 5: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Rows 6-46: Rep Rows 3–5 fourteen more times. (34 sts rem)

Size 3X–5X Only:

Rows 2-5: Ch 2, hdc, hdc2tog, hdc to end, turn. (4 sts decreased) 

Row 6: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Rows 7-11: Ch 2, hdc, hdc2tog, hdc to end, turn. (5 sts decreased)

Rows 12-47: Rep Rows 6-11 six more times turn. (37 sts rem)

Row 48: Ch 2, hdc in each st across.

All Sizes:

Fasten off.

Finishing

Be gentle with this yarn, pulling too hard when stitching can shred the threads.

To avoid the stitching being too tight I recommend stitching twice per row/stitch. For side seams pass the needle through both loops of the stitch back to front then return front to back through the post of the same stitch. For shoulder and arms, pass the needle through the end post back to front then return front to back through the top of the stitch.

Sew back and front panels together at row-ends starting at the outer edges for (20, 25, 28) rows for shoulders. Leave remaining edges open for neckline.

Starting at center of sleeve and top of shoulder, sew sleeve to front then work in the opposite direction to sew sleeve to back. Repeat for second sleeve.

Starting at the cuff, sew both sides of the sleeve together then continue down the side and sew back and front sides together.

Weave in ends.

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