Touch of Merino Cardigan

Make this simple crochet cardigan with my beginner-friendly pattern for beginners available in size S up to 5XL. All you need to know is how to make chains and double crochet stitches. It has a simple construction with the back and front panel worked in one piece and sleeves joined in the arm hole. It also features a beautiful ribbed neckline which is worked in rows. If you know how to make double crochet stitches and chains, you can make this cardigan!

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Touch of Merino Cardigan

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Touch of Merino Cardigan which is a simple crochet cardigan for beginners worn by model size S

About the design

The design of this simple crochet cardigan is inspired by one of my favorite cardigans which I wear almost every day. I aimed for the same length and fit and used Lion Brand’s Touch of Merino yarn which is very soft. Bigger projects can become very expensive as you need a lot of yarn. I wanted to use a stitch that doesn’t eat too much yarn and used one of my favorite stitches: the v-stitch which is made with (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in the same stitch. This stitch truly is a yarn saver, because I only needed about 3.5 balls for size S!

This simple crochet cardigan is designed keeping beginners into account and you’ll be surprised by the simplicity of this project. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crocheter looking for something different than shawls, this is a great garment project to start with! If you know how to make double crochet stitches and chains, you can make this cardigan.

Touch of Merino Cardigan which is an easy and simple crochet cardigan pattern modeled by Karla in size S

About the pattern

The complete cardigan is made out of V-stitches: (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in the same stitch. The cuffs and neckline are made with fpdc & bpdc alternating, creating a fun textured ribbing. The front and back panels are worked in one piece and sleeves are joined in the arm hole with continuous rounds. Below you can find my video tutorial which shows you how to make this simple crochet cardigan.

Touch of Merino Cardigan which is a simple crochet cardigan hanging on the wall

About the yarn

For this cardigan I’ve used Lion Brand’s Touch of Merino yarn which is part of the ‘Touch of Luxe Yarn collection’. This acrylic and merino wool blend has springy stitches, cashmere-like feel and excellent drape. It’s available in 8 colors and an affordable alternative to the expensive merino wool options.

Click here to grab the kit which includes all the Touch of Merino yarn you need for your size and a printed copy of this pattern from Lion Brand.

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Pattern

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Materials

– Lion Brand Touch of Merino (Weight 3/Light, 3.5 oz/100g, 257 yds/237m)
4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins in Oxford Grey
or 355 (385, 425, 460, 510, 540, 565, 620) grams
Click here to grab the kit which includes all the yarn you need for your size + a printed copy of this pattern!

– Crochet hook 6 mm (US J/10)

– Crochet hook 5 mm (US H/8) for the cuffs

– Tapestry needle

 Measuring tape

– Scissors

Sizes

S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

For reference, model is 1.63m/5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and wearing the cardigan in size Small.

Finished measurements

S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Bust 34 38 42 46 50 54 58 62
Length 21 21,5 22 22,5 23 23,5 24 24,5
Arm hole 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11
Sleeve length 17.5 17.5 18 18 18.5 18.5 19 19

Gauge

5.3 ch-sp x 8 rows equal 10 cm / 4”

Stitches & abbreviations (US terms)

– st: stitch
– sl st: slip stitch
– ch: chain
– ch-sp: chain space
– dc: double crochet
– fpdc: front post double crochet
– bpdc: back post double crochet

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
( ) at end of a row: amount of stitches you should have at the end of that row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– Pattern is worked in one piece from the back panel bottom-up to the first front panel without breaking yarn, then rejoined for the second front panel. Sleeves are joined in the arm hole and worked in continuous rounds. Hemline ribbing is worked in back and forth rows.

– 3 turning chains do not count as a stitch

– Pattern contains instructions for sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “chain 67 (73, 85, 91, 103, 109, 115, 127)” whereas ch 76 stands for size S, 73 for M, 85 for L, 91 for XL, 103 for 2XL, 109 for 3XL, 115 for 4XL, 127 for 5XL. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow the pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Video

In this video you can see how to make this cardigan.


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Pattern

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Back panel

With hook size 6mm, chain 67 (73, 85, 91, 103, 109, 115, 127), turn

Row 1: 
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in 4th chain from hook, *skip 2 ch, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next ch* repeat across, turn (22, 24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38, 42 ch-sp)

Row 2:
ch 3 (does not count as a st here and throughout), (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp across, turn (22, 24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38, 42 ch-sp)

Repeat row 2 until row 42 (43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49) or until it measures 21 (21.5, 22, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24.5)”. Don’t break yarn yet as we’re going to continue working on the first front panel.

Front panel

Row 1:
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in next 11 (12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21) ch-sp, turn (11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21 ch-sp)

Repeat row 1 until row 42 (43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49) or until front panel measures 21 (21.5, 22, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24.5)”. Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. First front panel is finished.

Join yarn to the next stitch and repeat on the other side to create the second front panel. Do not break yarn after second front panel.

Assembly
Match the side seams and sew both sides together. You can either use a mattress stitch or single crochet to seam up the sides. Work 1 sc in the first stitch, *2 sc in each ch-2 sp, 1 sc in between the spaces* across. Make sure to use a loose tension. Begin at the bottom, work your way up and leave 14 (16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22) ch-sp or 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11)” open for the arm hole. Fasten off, weave ends.

Sleeves

With hook size 6 mm, join yarn to first ch-sp of arm pit. Leave a long beginning tail to use for seaming later.

Round 1:
ch 3, (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-3 turning space around, sl st in 1st dc (14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22 ch-sp)

From now on we’ll work in continuous rounds.

Round 2:
(1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc) in each ch-sp around (14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22 ch-sp)

Use a tapestry needle and your long beginning tail to close the hole between the first and last ch-sp.

Repeat round 2 until round 26 (26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29) or until sleeve measures 15.5 (15.5, 16, 16, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17)”. Don’t break yarn yet as we’re going to continue working on the cuff.

Sleeve cuffs

Work in continuous rounds. With hook size 5 mm:

Round 1:
sl st in next ch-sp, ch 3 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in each ch-sp around (28, 32, 32, 36, 36, 40, 40, 44 dc)

Round 2:
*1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat around (28, 32, 32, 36, 36, 40, 40, 44 st)

Repeat round 2 until round 7 or until your cuff measures 2″. End cuff with a sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off, weave ends. Repeat sleeve + sleeve cuff on the other side.

Neckline ribbing
Join yarn to one of the corners. With hook size 6 mm:

Row 1:
ch 3, 1 dc in 1st st, 2 dc in each ch-sp across, 1 dc in last st (176, 180, 184, 188, 192, 196, 200, 204 st)

Row 2:
ch 3, 1 dc in 1st st, *1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat across, 1 dc in last st (176, 180, 184, 188, 192, 196, 200, 204 st)

Repeat row 2 until row 7 or until your total neckline ribbing measures 2″. Fasten off, weave ends.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Gee
    20 May 2020 at 10:28 am

    Hi, How many balls of wool will be needed for a 2xl size, thank u

  • Reply
    Patricia Ruggiero
    27 April 2020 at 4:09 am

    I’m one who likes to button her sweaters, but I really, really want to make this pattern. Do you think I could add buttons and loop closures without ruining the front line? Thank you! Pat

  • Reply
    Robyn
    21 April 2020 at 7:21 pm

    I have made 2 of these cardigans. The first one I used Red heart’s Roll With It Sparkle yarn, the second I used Lion Brand Scarfie. It is a wonderful pattern to work with & adapt to different yarns & hooks. Both cardigans were warmly welcomed by their new owners. I’m almost finished the butterfly shawl & will be making the sleeveless scarfie top next for a friend. Your patterns are absolutely beautiful. The videos that you make to go with them are very well done & very helpful. Thankyou for sharing your talent with us
    Your admirer & friend in Canada

  • Reply
    Simona shay
    23 March 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Hi, can you show us how to make a gauge and measure it? Please

  • Reply
    Marietta Tyks
    19 March 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Do you have a pattern for a mans cardigan sweater that has tight stitches and large pockets? preferably something like this style.

  • Reply
    Sabra
    14 March 2020 at 8:35 pm

    How do you measure chain spaces to do the gauge swatch? Do you mean to do the V stitch and then measure the spaces you create with it? I bought the pattern but it doesn’t explain this.
    Thanks

    • Reply
      Wilma
      15 March 2020 at 11:12 am

      Hi Sabra, a gauge with 5.3 V-st = 4 inch means that when you work 5.3 v-stitches (1 v-st = 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc), it should measure 4 inch. You measure from dc to dc. Hope this helps!

  • Reply
    Shana Wung
    14 March 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I found Simple crochet cardigan pattern for beginners: Touch of Merino Cardigan very educational.

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  • Reply
    Adelle Smith
    12 March 2020 at 9:55 pm

    What does 5.3 ch-sp mean?

    • Reply
      Wilma
      12 March 2020 at 9:56 pm

      5.3 chain spaces

      • Reply
        Adelle Smith
        12 March 2020 at 10:28 pm

        What exactly is the 5.3? I’m sorry. It’s not clicking for me.

        • Reply
          Wilma
          12 March 2020 at 10:43 pm

          5.3 means five and a little bit

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