It’s December already and Holidays are near. For me this is a time of the year when crocheting needs to be more of a therapy than usual. I tend to get sad since this is the time of the year when nasty things happened all through my life so…yes crocheting helps with keeping depression under control.
Feelings aside, for those in love with winter projects here is a hip winter jacket or cardigan to keep you work , trendy and stylish looking these Holidays.
The versatility of the design makes it ideal for any age( YES any age). Also since I am a fan of Faux fur collars – very trendy this season – I have to say that this one is a keeper. The design is 100% Asian so very hipster chic.
The truth is that those of you living in temperate areas would say that this is more suited for spring and fall. I am stepping forward with an idea: add a quilted lining, or a faux fur lining to the sweater and you have a thick winter jacket to keep you warm. Remove the lining and you have a fall-spring coat.
Here comes the pattern:
Stitches involved: ch1,dc, trc popcorn stitch, 1sc, FPtrc
Yarn: Anything thick to bulky ( wool, merino, wool mix, acrylic wool mix), 5 – 6 mm hook.
The cardigan is crocheted in one piece – left panel, back, right panel - with straight arm opening and a slight inclining line for front opening ( you can do it straight).
- Chain the length of your hip circumference –multiples of 5+1
- Ch4, 1trc in each ch.
- Ch4, *2trc,2 Fptrc*, repeat** till the end of the row.
- Repeat “3” x 5 times ( if you want a thicker band work 2 more)
- Ch5,sk2,1trc popcorn stitch,ch2,sk2,*1dc,sk2,1trc popcorn stitch,ch2,sk2*,repeat ** till the end of the row.
- Ch3,sk1, *1sc ,ch 2, 1sc, ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
- Ch5, 1sc in the 2ch space,ch2,*1dc,ch2,1sc,ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
- Ch1,1sc,ch2, *3sc, ch2*, repeat ** till the end of the row.
- Repeat 5 to 8 until reaching the arm opening.
Shape the arm opening skipping 5 stitches for each arm. Since the shape of the cardigan is a bit boxy consider a larger than normal arm opening.
Work the rest of the back and front panels. Join at the top.
Work the sleeves using the same pattern – consider the base of the arm opening the base chain. Work in round.
Work the cuffs using the pattern from 2 to 3.
The original jacket has ¾ sleeves. I would make long sleeves for mine but the choice is up to you.
Work 2 rows of hdc all around the front opening. Add the faux fur collar.
You can use a furry yarn for the same purpose and crochet or knit the collar.
The original jacket is closed with a shawl pin but you can choose to make it with buttons. In this case make sure you choose 3 button closing and use chunky , spectacular buttons.
That’s about it.
I hope you like this post and you will dare to have fun and crochet this trendy , fashion forward cardigan for yourself. Please share it further so as many crochet passionate as possible would benefit from the free pattern.
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