Strawberry Cream Cardigan

Perfect for a spring or summer day, this trim, cropped cardigan is crocheted in a soft cotton-blend yarn, and has just a touch of faux Fair Isle stitching for an extra splash of color.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished bust size 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)” to fit bust 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”; There is 1” of negative ease built into the pattern for a close fit; Shown in size 35”

Gauge: 16 sts and 12 rows/3 row repeats = 4” [10 cm] in pattern stitch after light blocking

Materials

Yarn: Valley Yarns Longmeadow (60% cotton, 40% microfiber; 117 yards [107 meters]/50 grams): #02 Natural (MC, [6 (7, 7, 8, 9) skeins], #08 Coral [1 (1, 1, 2, 2) balls]
Hook: US size G/6 (4.0 mm) hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread for buttons, 5 coordinating buttons: 7/8” each

Pattern Notes

Ch-3 counts as 1 dc.

Pattern

Back

With MC, ch 73 (81, 89, 97, 105).
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (72 (80, 88, 96, 104) sc)
Row 2 (WS): Sc in each of first 2 sc, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * across. Change to CC, chain 1, turn. (37 (41, 45, 49, 53) sc)
Row 3 (RS): With CC, sc in first sc and in first ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Change to MC, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: With MC, rep Row 3, ch 3, turn.
Row 5: * 2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, sk 1 sc, dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (72 (80, 88, 96, 104) dc)
Row 6: Sc in first dc and between first and 2nd dc, * ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd sc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Change to CC, ch 1, turn.
Rows 7-14: Rep Rows 3-6 twice, using color changes as written.
Rows 15-32 (32, 36, 36, 40): Using MC only, rep Rows 3-6 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) times, then Rows 3-4 once more.

Armhole

Row 1: Sl st in each of first 5 (7, 7, 9, 9) sts and ch-1 sps, ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across until 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sc remain, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (64 (68, 76, 82, 90) dc)
Row 2: Sc between 3rd and 4th dc from hook, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook * ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Ch 1, turn. (31 (33, 37, 40, 44) sc)
Row 3: Sc2tog working in 2nd and 3rd sc in row, sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (29 (31, 35, 38, 42) sc)
Row 4: Sc in first sc and in first ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. ch 3, turn.

Sizes 35” and 39” Only

Using MC only, rep Rows 5-6 of Back , then Rows 3-6 of Back 3 (3) times, then Rows 3-4 of Back once more.

Right Shoulder

Sl st in each of first 2 scs, sc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, sc and ch-1 sp, tr in next sc, ch-1 sp and sc. End off.

Sizes 43”, 47” and 51”

Row 1: Rep Row 5 of Back.
Rows 2-3: Rep Rows 2-3 of Armhole. (33 (36, 40) sc)

Size 43” Only

Using MC only, rep Rows 4-6 of Back, then Rows 3-6 of Back twice, then Rows 3-4 once more.

Right Shoulder

Sl st in each of first 2 scs, sc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, sc and ch-1 sp, tr in next sc, ch-1 sp and sc. End off.

Sizes 47” and 51” Only

Rep Row 5 of Back, (rep Rows 2-4 of Armhole, then Row 5 of Back) once (twice). (34 (36) sc)
Using MC only, rep Rows 4-6 of Back, then Rows 3-6 of Back twice, then Rows 3-4 once more.

Right Shoulder

Row 1: With RS facing and MC, sl st in each of first 2 scs, sc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, hdc in next ch-1 sp and in next sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, sc and ch-1 sp, tr in next sc, ch-1 sp and sc. End off.

Left Shoulder: All Sizes

With WS facing and MC, rep instructions for Right Shoulder for the size you are making. Leave unworked stitches in center of back for neckline.

Left Front

With MC, ch 35 (39, 43, 47, 51).
Repeat all instructions for Back to Armhole Shaping.

Armhole Shaping

Row 1: Sl st in each of first 5 (7, 7, 9, 9) sts or ch-1 sps, ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, sk 1 sc, dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (30 (32, 36, 40, 44) dc)
Row 2: Sc between 3rd and 4th dc from hook, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook *ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Ch 1, turn. (15 (16, 18, 20, 22) sc)
Row 3: Sc2tog working in 2nd and 3rd sc in row, sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (14 (15, 17, 19, 21) sc)
Row 4: Staying in MC, rep Row 3 of Back.
Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 5-6 of Back, then Rows 3-4 of Back, ch 1, turn after Row 8. (26 (28, 32, 36, 40) dc in Row 5)

Neckline

Row 1: *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * until 3 ch-1 sps remain, sk 1 sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (20 (22, 26, 30, 34) dc)
Row 2: Sc between 1st and 2nd dc from hook, sc between 2nd and 3rd sc from hook, *ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Ch 1, turn. (10 (11, 13, 15, 17) sc)
Rows 3-4: With MC, rep Row 3 of Back; ch 3, turn after Row 4.
Row 5: *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * until 1 ch-1 sp remains, sk 1 sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (16 (18, 22, 26, 30) dc)
Rows 6-8: Rep Rows 2. (4. 8 (9, 11, 13, 15) sc)
Row 9: Rep Row 5. (12 (14, 18, 22, 26) dc)
Rows 10-16 (16, 16, 20, 24): Rep Row 6 of Back, then Rows 3-6 of Back 1 (1, 1, 2, 3) time(s), then Rows 3-4 of Back.

Shoulder

Row 1: Sl st in each of first sc and ch-1 sp, sc in next sc and in next ch-1 sp, hdc in next sc and next ch-1 sp, dc in next sc, ch-1 sp, and sc, tr in next ch-1 sp and last 2 sc. End off.

Right Front

With MC, ch 35 (39, 43, 47, 51).
Repeat all instructions for Back to Armhole Shaping.

Armhole Shaping

Row 1: *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across until 2 ch-1 sps and 4 sc remain, dc in next ch-1 sp, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (30 (32, 36, 40, 44) dc)
Row 2: Sc in first dc, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook, * ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd sc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Ch 1, turn. (15 (16, 18, 20, 22) sc)
Row 3: Sc in first sc and in first ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. (15 (16, 18, 20, 22) sc)
Row 4: Sc2tog over first sc and first ch-1 sp, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 3, turn. (14 (15, 17, 19, 21) sc)
Rows 5-8: Rep Rows 5-6 of Back, then Rows 3-4 of Back; ch 1, turn after Row 8. (26 dc in Row 5)

Neckline

Row 1: Sl st in each of first 6 sc and ch-1 sps, ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep From * across, sk 1 sc, dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (20 (22, 26, 30, 34) dc)
Row 2: Sc in first sc and in first ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. (11 (12, 14, 16, 18) sc)
Row 3: Sc2tog over first sc and first ch-1 sp, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 4: Rep Row 2. (10 (11, 13, 15, 17) sc)
Row 5: Sl st in each of first 3 sc and ch-1 sp, ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, sk 1 sc, dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 (18, 22, 26, 30) dc)
Rows 6-8: Rep Rows 2-4. (8 (9, 11, 13, 15) sc)
Row 9: Rep Row 5. (12 (14, 18, 22, 26) dc)
Rows 10-16 (16, 16, 20, 24): Rep Row 6 of Back, then Rows 3-6 of Back 1 (1, 1, 2, 3) time(s), then Rows 3-4 of Back. Ch 4, turn after final row.

Shoulder

Row 1: Tr in first ch-1 sp and next sc, dc in next ch-1 sp, sc and ch-1 sp, hdc in next sc and ch-1 sp, sc in next sc and ch-1 sp, sl st in each of last 2 sc. End off.

Sleeves: Make 2

With MC, ch 51 (53, 55, 57, 59).
Rows 1-4: Rep Rows 1-4 of Back, including color changes.
Row 5: 2 dc in first sc, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp, *2 dc in net ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, sk 1 sc, 3 dc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (54 (56, 58, 60, 62) dc)
Row 6: Rep Row 6 of of Back.
Rows 7-12: Rep Rows 3-6 twice, including color changes, then Rows 3-4 once more in MC. 58 (60, 62, 64, 66) dc after Row 9. Ch 1, turn after Row 12.

Shape Sleeve Cap

Row 1: Sl st in each of first 5 (7, 7, 9, 9) sts and ch-1 sps, ch 3, *2 dc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across until 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sc remain, dc in next sc, leave remaining sts unworked. Ch 1, turn. (50 (50, 52, 52, 54) dc)
Row 2: Sc between 3rd and 4th dc from hook, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook * ch 1, sc between 2nd and 3rd dc from hook. Rep from * across until 3 dc remain, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in last dc. Ch 1, turn. (24 sc)
Row 3: Sc2tog working in 2nd and 3rd sc in row, sc in next ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. (22 sc)
Row 4: Staying in MC, Rep Row 3 of Back.
Row 5: Rep Row 5 of Back.
Rows 6-13 (13, 13, 17, 21): Rep Rows 2-5 2 (2, 2, 3, 4) times. End off.

Finishing

Block each piece to measurements shown on schematics.
Sew Fronts to Back at shoulders.
Sew side seams.
Sew sleeve/underarm seam.
Pin sleeves into armhole opening and sew into place.

Button/Buttonhole Bands

Row 1: With RS facing and MC, work 37 (37, 41, 41, 45) sc evenly spaced along Right Front edge, 3 sc in corner, 92 (98, 104, 108, 114) sc evenly spaced along neckline to next corner, 3 sc in corner, 38 (38, 42, 42, 46) sc evenly spaced along Left Front. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: Sc in first sc and ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * all the way around front opening, making sure to put 3 sc in each of the two corner sts. Change to CC, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Sc in first sc and ch-1 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, [ch 3, sk 1 ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp) twice] 4 times, ch 3, sk 2 sc, 3 sc in next sc (corner made), * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, making sure to put 3 sc in next corner st. Change to MC, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: Sc in first sc and ch-1 sp, * ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp. Rep from * across, making sure to put 3 sc in each of two corer sts until you come to the first sc before a ch-3 sp (buttonhole). [Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc ) in ch-3 sp, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp) twice] 4 times, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
Row 5: Sc in each sc and ch-1 sp across, making sure to put 3 sc in each of 2 corner sts. End off.
Sew buttons onto button band opposite each buttonhole.
Weave in all ends. yarn ball

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