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Summer’s End Short Sleeve Cardigan Crochet Pattern

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A short sleeve cardigan is the perfect warm weather layering piece. Easily crocheted and adjustable the Summer’s End Cardigan will be your favorite make this summer.

The short sleeves and hip length make this crochet cardigan the perfect grab and go for those cool mornings that aren’t quite freezing just yet!

Well no matter where you are or how the weather’s treating you, it’s pretty official that summer’s over. While we’ll miss those warm days at the pool, autumn brings fun of it’s own. Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with the Summer’s End Cardigan.

I love fall. The cooler weather, the autumn activities, but most I love all.the.crocheting. But, cool mornings and warm afternoons require layers.

So I wanted a go to short sleeve cardigan that would be easy to wear, easy to layer and easy to feature. With three different ways to wear it, it doesn’t get much more flexible than this cardigan.

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picture of short sleeve cardigan open front

I fell in love with this yarn when I first laid eyes on it. It’s Lion Brand’s Flikka yarn, which is a cotton/poly blend. I love natural fibers and this yarn has the added benefit of strength from the poly blend.

My only complaint is that I envisioned the sleeves and hem in contrast. It would look lovely in any of the colors in this yarn, but alas there are no solids in Flikka (yet?). But it turned out great and I’m so happy with my new lightweight crochet cardigan.

picture of back of summers end cardigan

Construction

If you’re new to crocheting garments, never fear. This piece is worked in two long rectangles. Yes, you do have to seam them together, but that bit is easy.

Once you learn seaming (thank you YouTube for so many great videos), you really open up what you can do with your crochet. Seaming a sweater is not unlike seam squares of a blanket. I dare say it’s easy, as there are fewer seams.

After seaming the back and sides then you add the sleeve edging and hem edging. The bottom hem, lapel and neckline are all crocheted in one long round.

Adding the hem at this point allows you to add a few extra inches. But if you prefer a longer cardigan I’ve added a few notes on that as well. Or you can get the longer, sister pattern the Midsummer Cardigan.

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Materials

Estimated yardage by size: 

XS-800

S-900

M-1000

L-1200

XL-1400

2X-1600

3X-1800

4X-2000

5X-2200 yds

Notes

  • This cardigan is worked in two panels of back and forth rows, then they’re are sewn together forming the back. The sides are then sewn together, leaving the armhole open. The sleeves and edge/hem are added in rounds.
  • Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  • The stitch multiple is 3 plus 4 if chaining for the foundation row, or 3 plus 2 if using fdc.
  • Pattern is written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Stitches/Abbreviations

fdc-foundation double crochet {chain instructions also provided}

RS-right side WS-wrong side

ch-chain

dc-double crochet 

sc-single crochet

sl st-slip stitch

dc3tog-Cluster Stitch: tutorial here

Gauge

4 rows in the pattern {3 dc rows +1 cluster row} = 2.5” tall & 7 dc in 2”

Swatch

Row 1. Fdc 14 or ch 16, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.

Row 2. Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 3. Rep last row again.

Row 4. Ch 4 (counts as a dc + ch 1), in next 3 sts dc3tog, *{ch 2, in next 3 sts dc3tog} rep from * across, ch 1, dc in last st (3rd ch).

Measure gauge and adjust hook size if needed.

Video Tutorials available

I’ve created video tutorials for each of the sections. You can access them anytime throughout the process at the Summer’s End Cardigan Video Playlist. I’ve also linked up the videos under each section of the pattern.

Fit

The pattern is written to include positive ease, meaning the garment measurements are larger than the actual body measurements. The fit of this cardigan is loose and hip length, I can easily overlap the front panels over my chest. The bottom hem reaches just past my bottom. 

Adjustments 

To customize the length of this cardigan measure from your shoulder down to where you’d like the hem to hit on you. Multiply this number by 2. This is the desired length of your panels. These measurements do not include the sc edging rounds. If you are adding rows to get extra length be sure to end after 3 dc rows. To adjust width, increase the stitch count in multiples of 3. Keep in mind adjustments will effect the amount of yarn you need. 

Dimensions in inches:

Bust Size”Pattern SizePanel Width”Panel Length”
30XS941
34S1044
38M1147
42L11.7549
46XL12.552
502X1559
543X1762
584X17.7566.5
625X18.569.5

*These measurements do not include the sc edging rounds.

ChristaCoDesign patterns use Craft Yarn Council sizing standards.

Pattern

Panels Video Tutorial

Make 2

1. (WS) Fdc 32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 53, 59, 62, 65) or Ch 34 (37, 40, 43, 46, 55, 61, 64, 67) and dc in 4th ch from hook (2 dcs formed) and in each ch across, turn. (32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 53, 59, 62, 65 sts)

2. Ch 3, dc in next dc and in each dc across, turn. 

3. Rep last row.

**

4. (RS) Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), in next 3 sts dc3tog, *{ch 2, dc3tog} rep from * across until last st, ch 1, dc into last st (3rd ch), turn. (32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 53, 59, 62, 65 sts)

5. Ch 3, dc in each ch sp (placing 2 dc in each ch 2 sp) and st across, the last 2 dcs will go in the 4th and 3rd ch, turn.

6. Ch 3, dc in next dc and in each dc across, turn.

7. Rep last row.

**

Rep Rows 4-7: 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26) more times, for a total of 67 (71, 75, 79, 83, 95, 99, 107, 111) rows, or 41 (44, 47, 49, 52, 59, 62, 66.5, 69.5).” 

Cut yarn & weave in ends.

picture of cardigan panels

Assembly

Seaming Video Tutorial

Seam the back

*Since the panels are seamed to form the back and then folded over the shoulder to form the front panels this will result in one side (your front or back) being “upside down.”

If you have a preference on which you see in the front then orient them that way. Just be sure both panels are facing the same way (ie. both row 1 on the bottom) before seaming them together.

picture of panels folded over
picture of back seam cardigan
  1. Lay the two panels side by side, with the “right sides” facing down.
  2. Use your stitch marker to mark where to stop sewing for the back seam: Seam together bottom up (row 1) through:Row 33 (34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 45, 47), or for 20 (21, 22, 22.5, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29) inches.
  3. Thread needle with a length of yarn (double the number of inches you need to sew is usually plenty), and sew the back panels together. You may use a whip stitch or mattress stitch to sew. Start from the bottom and stop where you marked. If sewing isn’t your thing, use a slip stitch.

Seam the sides

  1. Fold over the front panels, line up the bottoms so they’re even-notice the back is not sewn all the way up to the top of the shoulder.
  2. Sew front panel sides up until 6.5” (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5) inches are left to the fold of the shoulder.
picture of armhole placement

Sleeves

Sleeves Video Tutorial

Join yarn with a sl st to the underside of armhole.

  1. Ch 1, sc in the same st and evenly around the armhole, join with sl st to the first sc.
  2. Ch 1, sc in the same st and in each sc around, join with sl st to the first sc.
  3. -10. Rep Round 2. Finish off. 10 rounds = 2.25”

Rep for other sleeve.

Edging

Edging Video Tutorial

picture with arrow start edging

Back of neck

picture of neck cardigan

The bottom hem and lapel are worked all together in rounds.

  1. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each st around, at the corners place (sc,ch1, sc) all in the same st and continue to sc evenly up the inside lapel, back down and around, joining to the first sc with a sl st.
  2. Ch 1, sc in same and in each sc around, placing (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch 1 sp at the corners.
  3. -5. Rep Round 2. Finish off.
picture of summer's end cardigan hanging

Belt (optional) 

This XS in Mandala Sparkle is the gorgeous work of Karen Cobb. 

picture of skinny belt

First decide if you’d like to add belt loops or thread your belt through the holes.

If you’d like a thin belt to thread through the holes then do a foundation single crochet to your desired length-long enough to wrap around your waist with extra to tie a bow. I like this option because it’s thin and stretchy.

If you’d like a more substantial belt, decide how wide you want it, then chain to that width. Below is Heidi’s beautiful version and she added the perfect size belt. I love the contrast and the fall colors she chose.

picture of woman wearing cardigan and belt

Belt Pattern 1.5” wide 

  1. Ch 7, sc in the 2nd chain from your hook and across, turn. (6) 
  2. Ch 1, sc in the same and in each sc across, turn. (6)
  3. Rep Row 2 until the desired length is reached. Cut yarn & weave in ends.

Add Belt Loops

Find your natural waist while wearing the cardigan. Mark the sides of the cardigan at the waist. Since our belt is 1.5” wide we want the belt loop to be a little bigger to facilitate easy of threading the belt through, but not so big that the belt sags. So let’s add .25” to the width of our belt loop placing. Mark two spots for the top of the belt loop and the bottom, 1.75” apart. The belt loop itself will be a little larger than this space, allowing room for the belt to fit. 

Join yarn with a sl st to the top marked stitch, chain 9 (2” for a 1.5” belt) and sl st to the bottom marked stitch and finish off. Thread your belt through and tie! 

I added a belt loop in green-below (so you could see it). Join yarn with a sl st to the top marked stitch, chain 9 (2” for a 1.5” belt) and sl st to the bottom marked stitch and finish off. Thread your belt through and tie! 

picture of belt loop cardigan

I did a short tie (fsc) that is only thread through the front to keep it closed.   

I like that I can wrap the front panels and secure them.

I hope you enjoyed making this short sleeve cardigan use #summersendcardi + tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work. 

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Dana

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Love this pattern it is so easy. Your video was fabulous and easy to understand. Love the alternate chain 3 stitch for the double crochet. Makes my project look so, much nicer.

Christa18

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Thanks Dana, so glad to hear it!

Georgia Davis

Friday 26th of July 2019

Did you block the panels before you seamed them

Christa18

Friday 26th of July 2019

Yes, it’s easier to block them before!

Cheryl Heming

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

I love this jacket, would Lion Brand Comfy Cotton work for this?

Christa18

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

Definitely! Several of my testers used Comfy Cotton for this one and it worked up beautifully!

Robyn

Friday 23rd of November 2018

LIke this. Added to my list of projects to make.

Christa18

Saturday 24th of November 2018

Thank you, I hope you enjoy it!

Suzanne jewison

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

This looks so easy I love it

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