When I first started crocheting, most of my projects were for my daughter. I made her everything from blankets, to toys, to the standard hats and scarves. One thing I never made for her was a sweater, although it was always on my to do list. When Mary Maxim sent me this beautiful Natural Alpaca Tweed, I knew right away that I wanted to make her a simple cardigan that would transition nicely from fall to winter.
The Natural Alpaca Tweed from Mary Maxim comes in a range of colors. For this cardigan, I used Thistle and Blue Stone. I love how they look together, and how cheerful they are. Perfect for a child's cardigan! As you can see below, the Natural Alpaca Tweed has complimentary flecks of color throughout the yarn. It's a worsted weight yarn, with a fibre content of 77% acrylic, 20% alpaca, and 3% viscose. The alpaca makes this yarn so soft and warm without being too heavy. Each ball is 262 yards - and I used three to make a girls size 12 sweater. This yarn is available on the Mary Maxim website, JoAnn's, and even Amazon.
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This cardigan is worked from the bottom up in one piece. This allows for minimal seaming and simple construction.
The pattern is written according to the following sizes.
2 (3/4, 5/6, 8, 10, 12, 14)
Sizes are based on Craft Yarn Council standards.
Please take the time to check your gauge prior to starting the pattern.
Ch 3 counts as a dc unless stated otherwise. Dc, ch1, dc in same is referred to as a v st.
Color A is the color you start with at the bottom of the sweater. The top and sleeves are worked in color B.
For a longer cardigan, work more rows on the bottom of the sweater before switching colors.
Supplies Needed :
Hook: US J
Note: I used a Boye J, which is is 5.75 mm. Use the size needed to meet gauge.
Other: Stitch markers (2)
Yarn: Mary Maxim Natural Alpaca Tweed
Two Colors (or comparable worsted weight yarn)
Color A: 200 – 300 yards
Color B: 400 – 625 yards
Gauge: 4” x 4” = 7 row by 12 st of dc
With color A:
Ch: 76 (82, 88, 100, 106, 112, 118)
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Ch 1, sk next ch, *dc, ch 1, dc in same ch. Sk 2 ch*. Repeat from * to * across row until 4 st remain. Ch 1, sk 2, dc in each of last 2 ch. Ch 3, turn. 23 (25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37) v st
Row 2: Dc. Ch 1, *dc, ch 1, dc* in each ch 1 sp of previous row. Repeat from * to * across row. Ch 1, sk ch, dc 2. Ch 3, turn. 23 (25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37) v st
Repeat row 2 9 (11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 18) more times.
Bind off color A, attach color B, and proceed to next section.
With color B:
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc across, working one dc into each dc and ch sp across the row. Ch 3, turn. 75 (81, 87, 99, 105, 111, 117) dc
Row 2: Dc across. Ch 3, turn. 75 (81, 87, 99, 105, 111, 117) dc
Repeat row 2 3 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) times.
We will now work in three sections.
Starting at the furthermost right edge, count 18 (20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 29) and mark this st with your sm.
Join color B at the furthermost right edge.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc across, placing your last st in the marked st. Ch 3, turn.
18 (20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 29) dc
Row 2: Dc across. Ch 3, turn. 18 (20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 29) dc
Repeat row 2 7 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10) more times.
Repeat this process on the left side.
For the center back section:
With your piece laid flat, count 2 st over from the left of the right panel. Join yarn here (this should leave one st unworked between sections.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc across, being sure to stop with one st remaining unworked. Ch 3, turn. 37 (39, 43, 49, 51, 53, 57) dc
Row 2: Dc across. Ch 3, turn. 37 (39, 43, 49, 51, 53, 57) dc
Repeat row 2 7 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10) more times. Bind off.
You should now have a piece that looks like the second photo. We will fold over the side panels and seam the tops to the back panel.
Finishing: To create a nice, clean edge, complete a sc border across all edges. To do so, join color A (with right side facing you) at the upper right most point of your color A section. Sc along the color A edge until you reach the color B edge. At this point, join color B and sc along the color b edges until you reach back to your starting point. Bind off and weave in all ends.
Your piece may benefit from blocking depending on the fibres used.
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