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New Beginnings Cardigan – FREE Crochet Pattern

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As Spring approaches I’m settling into a new year and the days are getting longer. With the newness of a new year and Spring right around the corner I’m usually bursting with new ideas and new inspirations. Spring time is a season of new beginnings. The New Beginnings Cardigan was one of my inspirations for the days getting longer and warmer.

Aloha, I’m Tonja and the designer behind Pink Plumeria Maui. I have been crocheting for six years and I love to create fun and functional patterns. I’m honored and excited to be back on Joy of Motion Blog as a Guest Designer. I’m a full time mom to four boys and live in Maui. I find a lot of my inspiration from my surroundings and I’m always trying to incorporate colors and textures that I see into my patterns.  

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

 

THE YARN


I’m super excited about the yarn used is from Joy of Motion Yarn. The yarn base is called Favorite DK and it’s soft and light yet still very cozy.

The color pictured is “Pink Plumeria Maui” and was custom hand dyed.

The yarn is 100 % Merino.

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

CROCHET A CARDIGAN


Have you wanted to crochet a cardigan but not sure which one to make. The New Beginnings Cardigan is a great crochet project for all levels of experience. Designed to cater to all levels and to be size inclusive, the New Beginnings Cardigan would be a beautiful addition to your wardrobe or make a lovely gift.

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New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern
 

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

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NEW BEGINNINGS CARDIGAN – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN


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ABOUT THE PATTERN:


The body is made of the filet stitch and the arms are made of double crochet. The body is made by starting with ribbing and working up with filet stitch. The breaks are then made to split the back and the two front panels. The arms are started with ribbing and worked up. The shoulder is seamed and then the arms are seamed and sewn on to the body. Pattern is written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). 

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

SKILL LEVEL: 


EASY

 

Read about skill levels.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:


CROCHET HOOK:

Size: H/5.0 mm  

 

YARN: 

Yarn used: 

Joy of Motion Yarn Favorite DK

Find it here.

 

Yarn amount used: 

XS 18 oz/ 500 g / 1250 m / 1365 y 

S 18 oz/ 500 g / 1250 m / 1365 y 

M 18 oz/ 500 g / 1250 m / 1365 y 

L 22 oz / 600 g / 1500 m / 1638 y 

XL 22 oz / 600 g / 1500 m / 1638 y 

2X 25 oz / 700 g / 1750 m / 1911 y 

3X 25 oz / 700 g / 1750 m / 1911 y 

4X 29 oz / 800 g / 2000 m / 2184 y 

5X 29 oz / 800 g / 2000 m / 2184 y

 

Yarn characteristics:

  • 3 light yarn, DK yarn.
  • 100% Merino

 

OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:

 

GAUGE:


Filet Stitch 

4 x 4 inches = 9 stitches of filet pattern x 6.75 rows of filet pattern  

 

NOTES: 


  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.

 

  • Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
  • Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
  • Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).

 

  • The fit of this cardigan has a 2-inch ease in the body and the arms have no ease.
  • At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis.

 

SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:


MAIN PART:

SIZE:

Adult Woman’s  

Bust, Waist / Hip measurements from CYC 

XS, 29/24/33.5 Inches 

S, 33/26.5/35.5 Inches 

M, 37/30/39 Inches 

L, 41/34/43 Inches 

XL, 45/36/47 Inches 

2X, 49/42/53 Inches 

3X, 53/45/54.5 Inches 

4X, 57/47/56.5 Inches 

5X, 61/50/61.5 Inches  

 

FINISHED DIMENSIONS:

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

DIAGRAM:

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS:


ch = chain (s) (tutorial)

sc = single crochet (tutorial)

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)

BLO = back loop only

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

STITCHES YOU WILL NEED: 


SINGLE CROCHET BACK LOOP ONLY (sc BLO):

Crochet single crochet stitches, but in back loops only. Insert hook in back loop, draw up a loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

Find video tutorial here.

 

TECHNIQUES YOU WILL NEED: 


CHAIN SPACES:

You will need to know how to crochet in chain spaces. Chain spaces are formed when you chain one or more stitches, then skip one or more stitches, & finally you crochet in the next stitch.

In this pattern you will make chain spaces with 1 chain, and crochet 1 double crochet.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:


BODY RIBBING:  

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc in the remaining chains. Turn work. (10 sc) 

Row 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each stitch across.  (10 sc) 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until you have 164 (174, 192, 210, 232, 260, 270, 278, 306) rows. (10 sc)  

 

BODY: 

Turn ribbing to work on top of ribbing. Ch 4 does count as a stitch in rows with dc and ch 1 does not count as a stitch in sc row through entire body, including panels.   

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 165 (175, 193, 211, 233, 261, 271, 279, 307) evenly on top of ribbing. Turn work. (165, 175, 193, 211, 233, 261, 271, 279, 307 sc) 

Row 2: Ch 4, skip next sc, dc, *ch 1, skip next sc, dc*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. Turn work. (82, 87, 96, 105, 116, 130, 135, 139, 153 Filet stitches) 

Row 3: Ch 1, *sc, sc in ch-1 space*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. The last sc will be in the 3rd ch of previous ch-4 space. (165, 175, 193, 211, 233, 261, 271, 279, 307 sc) 

Row 4: Repeat row 2. 

Row 5: Repeat row 3.  

Repeat row 2 and row 3 until row 47 (49, 49, 49, 49, 51, 51, 53, 53).  

The body of pattern will now be separated into 3 sections, 2 front panels and back panel. This will be done by working one section at a time with repeating rows.  

Continuing from the last row you finished, you will be making left front panel first.  

 

LEFT FRONT PANEL: 

Row 1: Ch 4, skip next sc, dc, *ch 1, skip next sc, dc*. Repeat from * to * 19 (20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 31, 32, 35) more times. Turn work. (21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 33, 34, 37 Filet stitches) 

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc, sc in ch-1 space*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. The last sc will be in the 3rd ch of previous ch-4 space. (43, 45, 49, 53, 57, 65, 67, 69, 75 sc) 

Row 3: Repeat row 1. 

Row 4: Repeat row 2.  

Repeat row 1 and row 2 until row 18 (20, 20, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28). Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off.  

 

BACK PANEL: 

With wrong side of work facing you (you would be looking at back side of row of sc). Attach yarn into the same stitch as last double crochet in the first row of left front panel. 

Row 1: Ch 4, skip next sc, *dc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc*. Repeat from * to * 38 (41, 46, 51, 58, 64, 67, 69, 77) more times. Turn work. (40, 43, 48, 53, 60, 66, 69, 71, 79 Filet stitches) 

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc, sc in ch-1 space*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. The last sc will be in the 3rd ch of previous ch-4 space. (81, 87, 97, 107, 121, 133, 139, 143, 159 sc) 

Row 3: Repeat row 1. 

Row 4: Repeat row 2.  

Repeat row 1 and row 2 until row 18 (20, 20, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 14). Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off.  

 

RIGHT FRONT PANEL: 

With wrong side of work facing you. Attach yarn into the same stitch as last double crochet in the first row of back panel. 

Row 1: Ch 4, skip next sc, dc, *ch 1, skip next sc, dc*. Repeat from * to * 19 (20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 31, 32, 35) more times. Turn work. (21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 33, 34, 37 Filet stitches) 

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc, sc in ch-1 space*. Repeat from * to * until end of row. The last sc will be in the 3rd ch of previous ch-4 space. (43, 45, 49, 53, 57, 65, 67, 69, 75 sc) 

Row 3: Repeat row 1. 

Row 4: Repeat row 2.  

Repeat row 1 and row 2 until row 18 (20, 20, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28). Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off.  

 

SLEEVES:  

Make 2 sleeves. 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern 

SLEEVE RIBBING:  

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc in the remaining chains. Turn work. (10 sc) 

Row 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each stitch across.  (10 sc) 

Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until you have 32 (32, 34, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36) rows. (10 sc) 

 

SLEEVE XS (S, M, L): 

Turn ribbing to work on top of ribbing. You will turn work after each row. Ch 2 does not count as a stitch.  

Row 1: Ch 2, dc 32 (32, 34, 34) evenly on top of ribbing. (32, 32, 34, 34 dc) 

Row 2 – 4: Ch 2, dc 32 (32, 34, 34).  

Row 5: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 29 (29, 31, 31), 2dc. (34, 34, 36, 36 dc) 

Row 6 – 8: Ch 2, dc 34 (34, 36, 36).  

Row 9: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 31 (31, 33, 33), 2dc. (36, 36, 38, 38 dc) 

Row 10 – 12: Ch 2, dc 36 (36, 38, 38).  

Row 13: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 33 (33, 35, 35), 2dc. (38, 38, 40, 40 dc) 

Row 14 – 16: Ch 2, dc 38 (38, 40, 40).  

Row 17: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 35 (35, 37, 37), 2dc. (40, 40, 42, 42 dc) 

Row 18: Ch 2, dc 40 (40, 42, 42).  

Row 19: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 37 (37, 39, 39), 2dc. (42, 42, 44, 44 dc) 

Row 20: Ch 2, dc 42 (42, 44, 44).  

Row 21: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 39 (39, 41, 41), 2dc. (44, 44, 46, 46 dc) 

Row 22: Ch 2, dc 44 (44, 46, 46,).  

Row 23: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 41 (41, 43, 43), 2dc. (46, 46, 48, 48 dc) 

Row 24: Ch 2, dc 46 (46, 48, 48).  

For XS, Row 25 – 35: Repeat row 24. Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off. (46 dc) 

Row 25: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (43, 45, 45), 2dc. (48, 50, 50 dc) 

Row 26 – 28: Ch 2, dc (48, 50, 50).  

For S, Row 29 – 36: Repeat row 28. Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off. (48 dc) 

 Row 29: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (47, 47), 2dc. (52, 52 dc) 

For M, Row 30 – 36 Ch 2, dc (52). Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off. (52 dc) 

For L, Row 30:  Ch2, dc (52).  

Row 31: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 49, 2dc. (54 dc) 

Row 32: Ch 2, dc 54.  

Row 33: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 51, 2dc. (56 dc) 

Row 34 – 37: Ch 2, dc 56. Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off. 

  

SLEEVE XL (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X): 

Turn ribbing to work on top of ribbing. You will turn work after each row.  

Row 1: Ch 2, dc 34 (34, 36, 36, 36) evenly on top of ribbing. (34, 34, 36, 36, 36 dc) 

Row 2: Ch 2, dc 34 (34, 36, 36, ,36).  

Row 3: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc 31 (31, 33, 33, 33), 2dc. (36, 36, 38, 38, 38 dc) 

Repeat Row 2 – 3 twelve times, repeat row 2 once more. (60, 60, 62, 62, 62 dc) 

For XL, Row 29 – 37: Repeat Row 28. Leave a long tail to sew in and fasten off. (60 dc) 

Row 29: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (57, 59, 59, 59), 2dc. (62, 64, 64, 64 dc) 

Row 30: Ch 2, dc (62, 64, 64, 64).  

Row 31: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (59, 61, 61, 61), 2dc. (64, 66, 66, 66 dc) 

Row 32: Ch 2, dc (64, 66, 66, 66).  

For 2X, Row 33 – 38: Repeat Row 32. Leave a long tail to sew in and fasten off. (64 dc) 

For 3X, Row 33 – 38: Repeat Row 32. Leave a long tail to sew in and fasten off. (66 dc) 

Row 33: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (63, 63), 2dc. (68, 68 dc) 

Row 34: Ch 2, dc (68, 68).  

Row 35: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (65, 65), 2dc. (70, 70 dc) 

Row 36: Ch 2, dc (70, 70).  

For 4X, Row 37 – 39: Repeat Row 36. Leave a long tail to sew in and fasten off. (70 dc) 

Row 37: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (67), 2dc. (72 dc) 

Row 38: Ch 2, dc (72).  

Row 39: Ch 2, dc, 2dc, dc (69), 2dc. (74 dc) 

Row 40: Ch 2, dc (74). Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off. 

 

FINISHING:


To assemble the cardigan, turn right sides front panels and back panel together. Line up filet stitches evenly and seam top of shoulder with a ladder or invisible stitch. Turn sleeves with right side together and seam bottom of sleeves with a ladder or invisible stitch. To sew on the sleeves, turn body of cardigan with the wrong side facing out and turn sleeve with right side out. 

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

Place sleeve inside the cardigan, with sleeve and armhole matched up and seam of sleeve facing down. Using wonder clips or push pins, secure and using a ladder or invisible stitch sew sleeve to cardigan. Repeat on other side. 

 

FRONT BORDER: 

With cardigan right side facing out attach yarn on bottom corner of right front panel.  

Row 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around. In the filet repeats, sc in sc row and 2sc in dc or ch-space. Turn work.  

Row 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each stitch. Turn work. 

Row 3 – 5: Repeat Row 2. Leave a tail to sew in and fasten off.

 

New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

 

BY GUEST DESIGNER TONJA PE BENITO FROM PINK PLUMERIA MAUI!


New Beginnings Cardigan - FREE Crochet Pattern

Tonja Pe Benito lives in Maui, Hawaii with her husband and 4 boys which keep her very busy. She is an avid crocheter and knitter. While she’s not keeping her hands busy with crocheting or knitting she’s at the beach playing in the waves and looking for shells. She also loves baking, cooking, hiking and carving crochet hooks from local wood.

 

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  1. Hi, I am crocheting the New Beginnings Cardigan and have a question. The two front pieces (20 filets) laid over the back piece of 40 filets … how can this work? I have just finished crocheting this and would love your feedback please????

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    • Hi Jeanette! Because this pattern was from a guest designer on my website, she likely won’t see your question here. Feel free to scroll back up to reach out to the designer via the links provided for her website and Instagram! Thank you

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