Pocket Cardigan

 

 

The only thing better than finding the perfect cardigan, is finding one that has pockets! It is a never ending frustration that the amount of women’s clothing available never seems to have pockets. If they do, they usually aren’t deep enough, or lets face it, they usually only exist in hoodies and sweat pants. I wanted to design a cute, fitted cardigan for fall/ winter that actually has decent pockets.

 

This cardigan is the perfect combination of parts, the yarn I used is lightweight but warm, drapes  well, has the most vibrant, well saturated colors, and it fits like a glove. Its form fitting, so if you are planning on making this and prefer a looser fit, or are in between sizes, go up a size.

 

The free pattern is below, but you can also purchase a printable, large font, PDF version of the pattern here. It is a 10 page PDF file, with step by step photos to help you along.

 

Please enjoy, and happy crocheting! Feel free to tag me on instagram with your finished photos!

 

Pattern is available in sizes XS-3X and is written as follows: XS(S,M,L,XL,2X,3X) When only one number or instruction is written, it applies to all sizes.

 

Materials

Lion Brand Yarn- ZZ Twist in Navy 4(4,5,5,6,6,6) skeins (246 yds)

Lion Brand Yarn- ZZ Twist in Mauve- 1 skein (246 yds)

Tape Measure

Scissors

5.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

 

Gauge

14 stitches x 12 rows = 4” in HDC

 

Dimensions

Length- 21.5”(22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24)

 

Sleeve Length- 16.5”( 17, 17, 17.5, 17.5, 18, 18)

 

Width across back- 15”(16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25)

 

Sweater is constructed the same way for all sizes. Work the back panel first, while the first front panel is worked as a continuous piece. Yarn is cut and reattached for the second front panel. Sides are then seamed up, leaving space for the arm holes. Sleeves are worked by attaching the yarn to each arm hole and worked in joined rounds, without turning.  Hemline is worked directly on to the edging around the sides, top and bottom of the cardigan, as well as on the edges of the sleeves. Pockets are worked separately, and sewn on at the end.

 

Stiches and Abbreviations

Ch-chain

Sc-single crochet

Dc-double crochet

Hdc- half double crochet

HDC2TOG- Hdc 2 together

 

Instructions

 

Body (use ZZ Twist- Navy)

1.Ch 54(57, 61, 68, 75, 82, 89). HDC in the second chain from the hook and each chain to the end. Chain 1, turn 53(55, 61, 67, 75, 81, 89) HDC

  1. HDC in each stitch. 53(55, 61, 67, 75, 81, 89) Chain 1, turn

 

Repeat row 2 to desired length.

XS-Row 60

S/M- Row 62

L/XL-Row 64

2X/3X- Row 68

 

Leaving yarn attached, continue on to first front panel.

1.Hdc in 25 (26, 29, 32, 36, 39, 43). Chain 1, turn.

  1. Hdc in each stitch across 25(26, 29, 32, 36, 39, 43).

 

Repeat row 2 to desired length.

XS-Row 60

S/M- Row 62

L/XL- Row 64

2X/3X- Row 68

 

Tie and cut yarn. To begin the second front panel, attach yarn to the top of the back panel, leaving three stitches between your first front panel, and the stitch you are joining to.

1.Chain 1, Hdc in the same stitch and each stitch to the end. Chain 1, turn 25(26, 29, 32, 36, 39, 43).

  1. Hdc in each stitch across 25(26, 29, 32, 36, 39, 43)

 

Repeat row 2 to desired length.

XS-Row 60

S/M-Row 62

L/XL- Row 64

2X/3X- Row 68

 

Tie and cut yarn. Lie piece out flat, back side down, front sides on top. Be sure that the open part is at the bottom, and the place where the front seams fold over is up top.

 

Cut a long spare piece of yarn and seam along the outer edges to attach the sides of the front panels to the back. Leave 6” (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9) from the top open for the arm holes. Seam from the bottom of the arm holes to the bottom corners of the front and back panels. Use a stitch marker to pin the two sides together where the arm hole will end and the seaming will begin to make sure the panels are lined up evenly.

 

Sleeves (use ZZ Twist- Navy)

1.Attach yarn along the bottom seam of either arm hole and chain 1. Evenly space 38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50) hdc around the entire armhole. Join with a slip stitch, and chain 1. Do not turn.

  1. Hdc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch and chain 1. 38(40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50)

 

Repeat row 2 to designated length.

XS-Row 9

S/M-Row 10

L/XL-Row 11

2X/3X- Row 12

 

Chain 1, turn. The remainder of the sleeve is worked the same for all sizes.

 

Work one decrease row- HDC2TOG, hdc in each remaining stitch. 37(39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49) join with slip stitch, chain 1. Do not turn

 

Work 2 Regular Rows- Hdc in each stitch. Join with slip stitch, chain 1. 37(39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49)

 

Repeat (1 decrease row, 2 regular rows) for the remainder of the sleeve.

 

Work until you have the following number of TOTAL rows

XS- 45

S/M-46

L/XL-47

2X/3X-48

 

You should end with the following amount of stitches

XS-26

S-28

M-30

L-32

XL-34

2X-36

3X-38

 

Tie and cut yarn. Attach to opposite arm hole and repeat for the other sleeve.

 

Edging- (Use ZZ Twist-Mauve)

 

Edging will be done by first working the whole edge along the bottom of the cardigan, turning and continuing along the first side, neckline, and opposite side.

  1. Join yarn to the very first stitch along the bottom of the cardigan and chain 2.

 

Dc in each chain until you reach the opposite end of the bottom. You will be working DC stitches in each chain along the bottom of the first front panel, the back panel, and finally the second back panel. Chain 2, turn

 

  1. Dc in each Dc. Chain 2, turn

 

  1. Dc in each Dc, Chain 1, turn

 

  1. Sc in each dc. Chain 1. At this point, we will turn the cardigan sideways and work the edging along the sides of the sweater.

 

1.Dc in the rough edge on the side of the sc you just made, 2dc in each side edge of the 3 rows of dc for the bottom border. Work 1 dc in the side edge of each row of hdc up the first side of the cardigan, dc in each of the 3 unworked stitches along the neckline, 1 dc in the end of each row of hdc down the opposite side of the cardigan, 2 dc in each of the end rows of the bottom border, 1 dc in the edge of the row of sc. Chain 2, turn.

 

  1. Dc in each Dc until you reach the bottom of the opposite side. (You will not work any dc of the side edging over the bottom hemline, only work side to side). Chain 2, turn.

 

  1. Repeat row 2. Chain 1, turn

 

  1. Sc in each dc to opposite end. Tie and cut yarn

 

Sleeve edges (use ZZ Twist-Mauve)

 

1.Attach yarn to any point along the bottom edge of either sleeve and chain 2. Dc in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch, chain 2, turn

 

  1. DC in each dc. Join with slip stitch, chain 2 turn

 

  1. Repeat row 2. Join with slip stitch, chain 1 turn

 

  1. Sc in each Dc. Join with slip stitch. Tie and cut yarn.

 

Repeat for second sleeve.

 

Pockets (start with ZZ Twist-Navy) **Make 2**

 

1.Chain 22. HDC in 2nd chain from hook and each chain to end (21) Chain 1, turn

 

2-12. Hdc in each stitch to end. Chain 1, turn. At the end of row 12, switch to ZZ Twist-Mauve. Chain 2, turn.

 

13.Dc in each stitch across. Chain 1, turn

 

  1. Sc in each stitch across. Tie and cut yarn.

 

After both pockets are completed, sew them onto the front panels using a spare piece of yarn, positioned wherever they feel most comfortable. I positioned mine so they were centered on the front panel, and the bottom of each pocket sat approximately 2 rows up onto the navy part of the sweater, above the border. Use the mattress stitch to seam along the side of the pocket, across the bottom, and back up the other side, leaving the top (mauve stripe side) open. Sew the second pocket to the other side. Cut yarn and weave in all loose ends.

 

**Feel free to make and sell finished projects, but do not sell this pattern, or copy and claim it as your own. Please feel free to post photos of your own finished product and tag me on social media! I’d love to see your version!**

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