Make this beginner-friendly crochet cardigan available in size S-5XL. All you need to know is how to make v-stitches, which is a combination of chains and double crochet stitches. This cardigan has a simple construction with the back and front panel worked in one piece and sleeves joined in the arm hole. This cardi has a beautiful ribbed hemline which is worked lastly. You can find my free pattern below including a video tutorial.
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About the design
The design of this crochet cardigan is inspired by one of my favorite cardigans which I wear a lot. I aimed for the same length. Crochet garments can become very expensive as you need a lot of yarn. I wanted to use a stitch that doesn’t eat much yarn so I ended up using the v-stitch. This stitch is made working a double crochet, 2 chains and a double crochet in the same stitch. It’s truly is a yarn saver, because I only needed about 4 balls for size S!
About the pattern
This simple crochet cardigan is designed keeping beginners into account. It might look difficult, but you’ll be surprised by the simplicity of this project. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crocheter looking for a new adventure, this is a great garment to start with! If you know how to make double crochet stitches and chains, you can make this cardigan.
About the yarn
For this crochet cardigan I’ve used Lion Brand’s Coboo yarn which is very soft. It consists of 50% cotton and 50% Bamboo. It has excellent drape and stitch definition which is perfect for garments and shawls.
Click here to grab the kit which includes all the Coboo yarn you need for your size
free crochet pattern
– Lion Brand Coboo (Weight 3/Light, 3.5 oz/100g, 232 yds/212m)
5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins in Pale Pink
or 410 (445, 490, 530, 580, 620, 650, 720) grams of similar yarn
Click here to grab the kit which includes all the yarn you need for your size + a PDF version of this pattern!
– Crochet hook 6 mm (US J/10)
– Crochet hook 5 mm (US H/8) for the cuffs
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.
14 dc x 7 rows = 4 x 4″ / 10 x 10 cm
Stitches & abbreviations
– 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
* repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
< > amount of stitches you should have at the end of a row
– 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 size S with size M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL in parentheses such as “ch 67 (73, 85, 91, 103, 109, 115, 127)” whereas ch 67 stands for size S, 73 for M, 85 for L, etc. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Below you can find a video tutorial of this cardigan.
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With hook size 6mm, chain 67 (73, 85, 91, 103, 109, 115, 127), turn
(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.
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.
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.
With hook size 6 mm, join yarn to first ch-sp of arm pit. Leave a long beginning tail to use for seaming later.
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.
(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.
Work in continuous rounds. With hook size 5 mm:
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)
*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.
Join yarn to one of the corners. With hook size 6 mm:
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)
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.
Oh wow, thank you for your patterns. I have friends that are plus sizes, and you are the only one I have found that has patterns up to 5X. I use your patterns for birthday and Christmas gifts. You are sent from Heaven. Thank you again.
Good video. Still working but love the pattern. I am using Lion Brand Coboo yarn in white.
What needle sizes would you use if you use a worsted weight yarn?
I meant would you suggest a yarn for the V-Stitch-Cardi for me. I ordered the Lion Brand Coboo, which was listed in pattern, but your video for this sweater in gray used Touch of Merino, which is now discontinued. I appreciate your help
Any weight 3 yarn would work for this pattern, the first one I made was with touch of alpaca from lion brand which is still being produced. I’m currently making one with a weight 4 yarn since the pattern gives what size each panel needs to be
I think you do beautiful work.