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Sorella a Free Summer Cardigan Crochet Pattern with Short Sleeves

The Sorella is a short sleeve summer cardigan crochet pattern that has a comfortable and flattering fit. This cardigan is easy enough to crochet in those dark colors that seem to be a staple in our wardrobes.

The iris stitch is lovely, and it’s easy to see where to put your hook. So grab that black yarn and make this simple cardigan today!

The longer length on this easy crochet cardigan makes it a great pairing with leggings on chilly mornings. The short sleeves and neckline create a cardigan that is great for transition seasons, or for those of us who live in warmer climates.

Woman in black crochet cardigan free pattern in short sleeves.

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Back view of easy short sleeve cardigan crochet pattern free.

I named this one for my sister, or “Sorella” in Italian. She requested a black or dark grey crochet cardigan.

Every crocheter knows black is not the most fun yarn to work with, so I chose a stitch that would be easy peasy to see. But I also chose a stitch that’s beautiful.

Open and drapey summer cardigan crochet pattern in black yarn on woman in pink tank top.

And isn’t this Yarn Bee Secret Soft in Shale just a gorgeous color? If you like yarns with sheen, you’ll love this one.

She also wanted a short sleeve cardigan. Living in southeast Texas there are only so many cold days, so she’ll get more use out of this short sleeve crochet cardigan than a long sleeve sweater for sure.

Woman outside in black crochet cardigan with short sleeves.

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More Crochet Cardigan Patterns

For more free crochet patterns that are great for summer check out these!

The Elba is a lightweight cotton cardigan crochet pattern. The Summer’s End Cardigan is another short sleeve cardigan crochet pattern that works up in two rectangles, in Lion Brand yarn Flikka.

I love a crochet summer cardigan! If you’re looking for warmer crochet sweaters, be sure to check out my other cardigan patterns.

Materials

  • #4 med worsted weight yarn, I used Yarn Bee Secret Soft in Shale (100% acrylic; 5oz/142g; 232yd/212m) 4 (XS), 5 (S/M), 6 (L), 7 (XL), 8 (2/3X), 9 (4/5X) skeins. 
  • *Rememeber if you want to lengthen your cardigan, to get an extra ball of yarn.
  • XS (900yd/823m)
  • S (1010yd/924m)
  • M (1160 yd/1061m)
  • L (1380yd/1262m)
  • XL (1500 yd/1372m)
  • 2X (1675yd/1532m)
  • 3X (1850 yd/1692m)
  • 4X (1925yd/1760m)
  • 5X (2025yd/1853m)
  • 6mm US Size J hook, or hook needed to meet gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • optional Stitch markers

Notes

  1. Please read through the pattern, all notes and work a gauge swatch before you begin.
  2. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  3. The cardigan is worked bottom up, as three panels then seamed at the shoulders. Sleeves are added in the round. 
  4. Stitch multiple is 4 + 5.
  5. The stitch used is the iris st- 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc all placed in the previous iris st’s ch 1 sp.
  6. Stitch count is given at the end of instructions with all sizes are inside the parenthesis. An (individual stitch count) is given, as well as the [number of iris sts] (explained in #4), for ease of counting. Use either one. 
  7. Pattern is written for multiple sizes, with the smallest size written first and each subsequent size written in parentheses XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). For example: Row 1. Fdc 65 (73, 77, 85, 93, 101, 105, 113, 121) turn. To make an XS you would foundation double crochet 65, for a M you would foundation double crochet 77 and a 4X you would foundation double crochet 113.
  8. Ease is added to the pattern, so the finished cardigan is larger than your body measurements. See chart for specifics below. 

Stitches/Abbreviations in US Terms

fdc foundation double crochet

iris stitch photo + video tutorial

RS right side

WS wrong side

sk skip the indicated stitch

rep repeat

ch(s) chain(s)

dc double crochet

sl st slip stitch

st(s) stitch(es)

Gauge

5 iris sts= 6”

4” x 4” = 12 dc x 7 rows

Skill Level

Easy

Sizing

Finished Bust: 40″/101.5cm (XS), 45″/114.5cm (S), 49″/124.5cm (M), 53″/134.5cm (L), 55″/139.5cm (XL), 60″/152.5cm (2X), 64″/162.5cm (3X), 69″/175.5cm (4X), 71″/180.5cm (5X)

Front Panel Width: 10″/25.5cm (XS), 11.5″/29cm (S), 12.5″/32 (M), 13.5″/34.5cm (L), 13.5″/34.5cm (XL), 15″/38cm (2X), 16″/40.5cm (3X), 17.5″/44.5cm (4X), 17.5″/44.5cm (5X)

Back Panel Width: 20″/51cm (XS), 22″/56cm (S), 24″/61cm (M), 26″/66cm (L), 28″/71cm (XL), 30″/76cm (2X), 32″/81.5cm (3X), 34″/86.5cm (4X), 36″/91.5cm (5X)

Length: 25″/63.5cm

ChristaCoDesign patterns use Craft Yarn Council sizing standards.

Adjustments

Please note that making any adjustments will change the amount of yarn needed so plan accordingly.

The pattern is written for the same length in all sizes. If you decide to shorten or lengthen yours, be sure to make all panels the same length. The shoulder portion is worked over the last 6 rows of both front panels. So if you change your length to 52 rows (instead of the written 44), you would begin your shoulder panels at row 46, or last 6 rows of your length.

To add or subtract width to your panels, it is easiest to go up or down a size in the pattern. If you still need to adjust it, the stitch multiple is 4, plus 5 to start. It’s easiest to start with the size closest to yours and add/subtract in fours. If XS starts with 65, then adding 4 gives us 69, which is between sizes XS and S. To double check our st multiple: 69-5=64, 64/4=16 so we have a st multiple of 4, plus 5.

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Sorella a Free Summer Cardigan Crochet Pattern with Short Sleeves

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

The Sorella is a short sleeve summer cardigan pattern that has a comfortable and flattering fit. This cardigan is easy enough to crochet in those dark colors that seem to be a staple in our wardrobes.

Materials

  • #4 med worsted weight yarn, I used Yarn Bee Secret Soft in Shale (100% acrylic; 5oz/142g; 232yd/212m) 4 (XS), 5 (S/M), 6 (L), 7 (XL), 8 (2/3X), 9 (4/5X) skeins.
  • *Rememeber if you want to lengthen your cardigan, to get an extra ball of yarn.
  • XS (900yd/823m)
  • S (1010yd/924m)
  • M (1160 yd/1061m)
  • L (1380yd/1262m)
  • XL (1500 yd/1372m)
  • 2X (1675yd/1532m)
  • 3X (1850 yd/1692m)
  • 4X (1925yd/1760m)
  • 5X (2025yd/1853m)

Tools

  • 6mm US Size J hook, or hook needed to meet gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • optional Stitch markers

Instructions

  1. Back

    Row 1. Fdc 65 (73, 77, 85, 93, 101, 105, 113, 121) turn.

    OR if you’re unfamiliar with the fdc, Ch 67 (75, 79, 87, 95, 103, 107, 115, 123) dc into the 4th ch and in each ch across, turn.
  2. Row 2. (RS) Ch 3, *{fpdc in next st, dc in next st} rep from *across, turn. (65, 73, 77, 85, 93, 101, 105, 113, 121 sts)
  3. Row 3. (WS) Ch 3, sk next st, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next st, sk next 3 sts} rep from * til last 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, sk next st, dc in last st, turn. (82, 92, 97, 107, 117, 127, 132, 142, 152 sts)= [2 dc + (16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 iris sts)]
  4. For Row 4 and on, you will work iris sts in top of iris sts.

    Row 4. Ch 3, sk next 2 dc, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next ch 1 sp, sk next 4 dc} rep from * til last 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc, dc in last st, turn.
  5. Rows 5-44. Rep Row 4. Cut yarn, leave a long tail for seaming.
    Close up of short sleeve on woman's crochet cardigan,

    First Front Panel {Left front when wearing}
  6. Row 1. Fdc 33 (37, 41, 45, 45, 49, 53, 57, 57) turn.

    OR if you’re unfamiliar with the fdc, Ch 35 (39, 43, 47, 47, 51, 55, 59, 59) dc into the 4th ch and in each ch across, turn.
  7. Row 2. (RS) Ch 3, *{fpdc in next st, dc in next st} rep from *across, turn. (33, 37, 41, 45, 45, 49, 53, 57, 57 sts)
  8. Row 3. (WS) Ch 3, sk next st, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next st, sk next 3 sts} rep from * til last 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, sk next st, dc in last st, turn. (42, 47, 52, 57, 57, 62, 67, 72, 72 sts) = [2 dc + 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14 iris sts]
  9. Row 4. Ch 3, sk next 2 dc, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next ch 1 sp, sk next 4 dc} rep from * til last 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc, dc in last st, turn.
  10. Rows 5-37. Rep Row 4. Tip: On Row 37 place st marker in last dc of 3rd iris st.

    Shoulder {Last 6 rows}
  11. Row 38. (RS) Ch 3, sk next 2 dc, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next ch 1 sp, sk next 4 dc} rep from * til last 18 sts, sk next st, dc in next st, turn. (Leave remaining 16 sts = [3 iris sts + 1 dc] unworked). (27, 32, 37, 42, 42, 47, 52, 57, 57 sts) = [2 dc + 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11 iris sts])
  12. Rows 39-44. Rep Row 4. Continue stacking iris sts in top of iris sts. Cut yarn, leave a long tail for seaming.
    Short sleeve cardigan crochet pattern with seam lines.

  13. Opposite Front Panel {right front when wearing}

    Follow Rows 1-37 from first front panel above. Tip: On Row 37 place st marker in last dc of 3rd iris st.

    Shoulder {Last 6 rows}
  14. Row 38. Sl st over first 16 sts (or cut yarn and join to 17th st) beginning in the 17th st Ch 3, sk next dc, *{(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next ch 1 sp, sk next 4 dc} rep from * til last 4 sts, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, sk next 2 dc, dc in last st, turn. (27, 32, 37, 42, 42, 47, 52, 57, 57 sts) = [2 dc + 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11 iris sts])
  15. Rows 39-44. Rep Row 4.
  16. Cut yarn, leave a long tail for seaming.

    Seaming
  17. Where pattern says to “Sew” place RS together, work on WS use mattress stitch or whip stitch to seam.
    Sew shoulders of front panels to top of back panel.
  18. Sew sides of front panels to sides of back panel from bottom, leaving 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5)” unseamed for armhole.

    Sleeves
  19. If you need more/less sts sleeve requires an even stitch number.
    Worked in the round, do not turn.
    Ch 3 counts as a dc.
    To adjust the length of your sleeves, just add/subtract repeats of Rnd 2 for a longer/shorter length. Or leave them off for sleeveless look.
  20. Rnd 1. On RS, join yarn with sl st to underside of armhole, place 44 (46, 50, 54, 56, 58, 62, 64, 68) dc evenly around, join to first dc with a sl st.
  21. Rnd 2. Ch 3, fpdc, *{dc, fpdc} rep from * around, sl st to join.
  22. Rnd 3. Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to join. Cut yarn.
  23. Rep on other sleeve.
  24. Lapel/Neck

    On RS, join yarn with sl st to inside front panel on bottom right (when wearing) corner (see seaming pic above). Ch 1, sc evenly up inside of front panel, around neck line and back down opposite front panel. Cut yarn. Weave in all ends.

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Sabrina Bogan

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Wow! This cardigan is beautiful AND it has a stitch I don't know yet!!! How exciting! I am working on 2 projects and this one gives me reason to work faster so that I can start this one. Thanks so much for sharing!

Christa18

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Aw, thanks. I hope you get a chance to make one. It's such a fun pattern.

clara usman

Thursday 26th of September 2019

Its beautiful!

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