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Crochet Summer Cardigan Pattern | Elba Cardigan

The Elba is a lacy crochet summer cardigan pattern that’s perfect for draping over your tank top to give you a stylish and finished look.

Crochet lace is made easy in a simple two row repeat of double crochets and chains. This summer layering piece features short sleeves and a delicate picot stitch hem.

This crochet pattern is made simply with many photos to support new crocheters. The pattern includes women’s sizes S (34″)-5X (62″) and is easy to customize.

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All about the yarn

The yarn for this crochet summer cardigan pattern was generously supplied by WeCrochet.* I was looking for a cotton yarn that was soft, supple and smooth. I’m happy to say their Comfy Worsted yarn is all of those things and more!

The color selection is wonderful. My little lady loves a magenta, so I chose this bright pink-Zinnia with her in mind.

I have to be careful crocheting with cotton, so I definitely want to use yarns that glide easily and don’t add extra tension to my hands.

The Comfy Worsted was really easy to crochet with. I love the saturated color and sheen too!

This is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. It’s also a blend of pima cotton and acrylic. I really like cotton blends, as they tend to be stronger.

Back view of crochet cardigan lacy pattern for summer.

Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn, pictured in Comfy Worsted Yarn* (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic, 1.76 oz/50g, 109 yd/100m) color: zinnia; (S) 7, (M) 8, (L) 9, (XL) 10, (2X) 11, (3X) 12, (4X) 13, (5X) 14 balls.
  • (S) 34″/86.4cm approximately 763yds/698m
  • (M) 37″/94cm approximately 872yds/797m
  • (L) 41″/104.1cm approximately 981yds/897m
  • (XL) 46″/116.8cm approximately 1090yds/997m
  • (2X) 50″/127cm approximately 1199yds/1096m
  • (3X) 54″/137.2cm approximately 1308yds/1196m
  • (4X) 58″/147.3cm approximately 1417yds/1296m
  • (5X) 62″/157.5cm approximately 1526yds/1395m
  • 4 mm/US size G-6 hook, or hook needed to meet gauge. I love this Clover Set.*
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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My favorite Hooks are Furls* and Clover*!

Notes

  1. Please read through entire pattern and create a gauge swatch before beginning
  2. Pattern is written for multiple sizes, where the first number given is the smallest size and the larger sizes follow in parenthesis. For example, “Ch 83 (89, 99, 105, 117, 129, 135, 144 sts)” means size small would chain 83 and size 4X chain 135. Where no size is indicated instruction apply to all.
  3. Stitch counts are given at the end of the instructions with all sizes within the parenthesis (82, 88, 98, 104, 116, 128, 134, 143 sts).
  4. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my tutorial on standing stitches.

Construction

This pattern is worked in three pieces: 2 front + 1 back panel. The panels are seamed at the sides and shoulders. The sleeves, hem + neckline are added afterward.

Level 

Easy

Gauge

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 17 sts x 9 rows in pattern, after blocking, laid flat, unstretched.

To check gauge ch 20 and follow pattern from Back Panel Row 1.

Fit/Adjustments

This cardigan is designed to be worn open in the front. It has a positive ease of 2”/5cm-3”/7.6cm larger than actual bust size.

For a looser fit, go up a size in the pattern or down a size for a snugger fit. Or for a more custom fit add to my starting chain in 3s.

You can easily adjust the length of this pattern by making more or less rows. If you change the number of rows be sure to make both the back and front panels the same length.

Remember any changes will affect the amount of yarn needed, so plan accordingly.

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To Fit Actual Bust Size

(S) 34″/86.4cm

(M) 37″/94cm

(L) 41″/104.1cm

(XL) 46″/116.8cm

(2X) 50″/127cm

(3X) 54″/137.2cm

(4X) 58″/147.3cm

(5X) 62″/157.5cm

Finished Bust Size

(S) 36″/91.4cm

(M) 39″/98.7cm

(L) 43.2″/109.7cm

(XL) 48.2″/122.5cm

(2X) 52.6″/133.5cm

(3X) 57″/144.5cm

(4X) 61.2″/155.5cm

(5X) 64.8″/164.6cm

Stitches/Abbreviations-US Terms

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

picot: chain 3, slip stitch back to 1st chain

rep-repeat  

rnd(s)-round(s)

RS-right side 

sc-single crochet  

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

WS-wrong side

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Crochet Summer Cardigan Pattern | Elba Cardigan

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25-$50

The Elba is a lacy crochet summer cardigan that's perfect for draping over your tank top to give you a stylish and finished look.

Materials

  • #4 medium worsted weight yarn, pictured in Comfy Worsted in Zinnia;
  • (S) 34″/86.4cm approximately 763yds/698m
  • (M) 37″/94cm approximately 872yds/797m
  • (L) 41″/104.1cm approximately 981yds/897m
  • (XL) 46″/116.8cm approximately 1090yds/997m
  • (2X) 50″/127cm approximately 1199yds/1096m
  • (3X) 54″/137.2cm approximately 1308yds/1196m
  • (4X) 58″/147.3cm approximately 1417yds/1296m
  • (5X) 62″/157.5cm approximately 1526yds/1395m

Tools

  • 4 mm/US size G-6 hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • Yarn needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

Back Panel


Make 1
Ch 83 (89, 101, 110, 122, 128, 140, 149)

  1. Row 1. Place 2 dc in 4th ch (sk chs count as first dc), *{ch 1, sk 2 chs, 2 dc in next ch} rep from * across until 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (82, 88, 100, 109, 121, 127, 139, 148 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 3, *{ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next ch sp} rep from * across, turn. (82, 88, 100, 109, 121, 127, 139, 148 sts)
  3. Row 3. Ch 3 (counts), *{2 dc in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1 st} rep from * until last 3 sts, 2 dc in ch sp, dc in last st, turn. (82, 88, 100, 109, 121, 127, 139, 148 sts)
  4. Continue repeating Rows 2-3 until your panel is to 55 (55, 57, 57, 59, 59, 61, 61) rows long or 24”/61.5cm (24”/61.5cm, 25”/63.7cm, 25”/63.7cm, 26”/66cm, 526”/66cm, 26.8”/68cm, 26.8”/68cm) in length.
  5. Cut yarn, leave long tail for seaming.
    *If you change the number of rows, I recommend stopping after a Row 3 repeat.

Front Panels


Make 2
Ch 35 (38, 41, 47, 50, 56, 59, 62 sts)

  1. Row 1. Place 2 dc in 4th ch (sk chs count as first dc), *{ch 1, sk 2 chs, 2 dc in next ch} rep from * across until 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (34, 37, 40, 46, 49, 55, 58, 61 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 3, *{ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next ch sp} rep from * across, turn. (34, 37, 40, 46, 49, 55, 58, 61 sts)
  3. Row 3. Ch 3 (counts), *{2 dc in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1 st} rep from * until last 3 sts, 2 dc in ch sp, dc in last st, turn. (34, 37, 40, 46, 49, 55, 58, 61 sts)
  4. Continue repeating Rows 2-3 until your panel is equal to your back panel in length. Cut yarn, love long tail for seaming.

Block

  1. Block panels separately before seaming together.

Sewing your pieces together:

  1. Sew where indicated using a yarn needle and length of yarn. You may use either the whip stitch or mattress stitch.
  2. Lay panels on top of one another inside out, so front panels are on top of the back panel, and RS are touching. Line up outside edges, leaving center open for neck. Neck opening measures 3.4”/8.5cm (3.4”/8.5cm, 4.8”/12cm, 4”/10.4cm, 5.5”/14cm, 4”/10.4cm, 5.5”/14cm, 6.2”/15.8cm) wide.
  3. Sew shoulders together.
  4. Sew sides together. Start at the bottom and sew up, leave unseamed the last 18 (18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 26, 26) rows = 7.9”/20cm (7.9”/20cm, 8.8”/ 22.4cm, 9.7”/24.6cm, 9.7”/24.6cm, 10.6”/26.8cm, 11.4”/29cm, 11.4”/29cm) at the top of the panels for the armholes.

Sleeves Notes


Sleeves are worked in the round, but turned after each round so you’ll work on both sides of the fabric.
For the first round work into the sides of the panel, skipping the dc blocks and working into the spaces.

Sleeves

  1. On RS, join yarn with a sl st under arm.
    Rnd 1. In first ch sp Ch 3, dc in same, ch 2, *{sk the dc sts, place 2 dc in the next ch sp, ch 2} rep from * around, when you get to the shoulder seam add a (2 dc + ch 2) in the center and continue with the repeat, ch 2 join to first st, turn. (76, 76, 84, 92, 92, 100, 108, 108) stsLeft to right image shows: Join underarm and first few stitches of round 1. Shoulder seam with 2 dc for seeve. End round 1 ready to join. Beginning of round 2.
  2. Rep Rnd 1 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) more times, or to desired sleeve length. sleeve measures = 3.5”/9cm (4/10cm, 4/10cm, 4.5”/11.4cm, 4.5”/11.4cm, 5”/12.7cm, 5/12.7cm, 5.5”/14cm)
  3. Last Rnd. Ch 3, picot, dc in same st, *{sk dcs, (dc, picot, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * around, sl st to 3rd ch of first ch 3 to join.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Rep on other sleeve.

Hem

  1. Picot hem steps.Join on RS of bottom edge with sl st.
  2. Ch 3, picot, dc in same st, *{sk 2 chs, (dc, picot, dc) all in bottom of 2 dcs} rep from * across, when you come to the side seams add a (dc, picot, dc) to the center also. Do not cut yarn, continue from here.

Front edge/collar:

  1. Continuing from bottom hem,Continue from hem around lapel.
    Row 1. Ch 1, sc evenly (place 2 sc in side of each row to keep edges straight) up the front panel, around the neck and back down the opposite front panel, sl st to first hem st.
  2. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead

Sunday 13th of June 2021

This is a lovely pattern! Looks great but the pattern isn't complicated, and you explain things very well. I am looking forward to making this one soon!

Christa

Monday 14th of June 2021

Thank you Beth! I hope you enjoy it!

Jo Baird

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Beautiful design as always! I got one for me! Thank you

Christa

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Than you for your support Jo! I hope you enjoy it!

Debbie

Saturday 12th of June 2021

Thank you very much for this pattern. It looks light and comphy. Can't wait to make it. Waited for this on the blog hop. Glad I didn't miss it.

Debbie

Christa

Sunday 13th of June 2021

Thank you! I hope you enjoy making it!

jackie

Thursday 20th of May 2021

i love the look of the elba cardi my only comment is i would make front side panels a bit wider but that is my preference

Christa

Thursday 20th of May 2021

Thank you Jackie! Yeah, I designed them to be open, but you could make the front panels in the next size up to easily make them wider.

Joan Brinson

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Thanks so much for this pattern. You have explained so well the entire details. I think that this will be my favorite go to for gifts and myself.

Christa

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Thank you! I hope you enjoy and get to make one soon!

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