Crimson Cardigan – FREE Crochet Sweater Pattern for Fall & Winter – Sizes XS-5X

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This cozy, versatile crochet cardigan is made in one piece!  Crochet your own Crimson Cardigan with this free, size-inclusive crochet cardigan pattern.

The Crimson Cardigan is the perfect everyday sweater for chilly weather.  With its simple styling and comfy, relaxed fit, you can layer your handmade crochet cardigan over any outfit you like.

Featuring a raglan-style construction, the sleeves and body of this cardigan are all made in one piece.  Raglan shaping isn’t super complicated, and is pretty similar to making a granny square.  A single crochet ribbing trims the edges and button bands, adding texture and detail.

 

How to Choose the Best Yarn for a Women’s Crochet Cardigan

This women’s cardigan crochet pattern calls for #4 Medium / Worsted Weight yarn.  I prefer to use a washable yarn for most garments, so I chose to use Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca.  It’s a blend of 90% Acrylic and 10% Alpaca, which gives the soft acrylic yarn a luxury feel.  Touch of Alpaca comes in two different skein sizes, a 7oz / 200g Bonus Bundle skein and a 3.5oz / 100g regular skein.  I used the Bonus Bundle skeins for my cardigan, but the pattern also tells how many skeins you’ll need if you’re using the regular sized skeins.

When selecting the yarn you want to use for this pattern, make sure the yarn label says it is #4 Worsted Weight.  Then, purchase enough skeins of the yarn you want to use so that you have at least the total number of yards required in the pattern for the size you are making.

 

How do I Choose a Size?

The Crimson Cardigan crochet pattern includes instructions for 9 sizes, from a women’s size X-Small to 5X. To decide which size you want to make, you’ll need to measure around the fullest part of the bust.  Then, follow the instructions in the “Sizing” section of the pattern to select the size according to the wearer’s bust measurement.

Please note that the cardigan length will fall differently on individuals of different heights.  To see how long the cardigan will fall, measure the back length measurement against the wearer.

 

Check out more size-inclusive women’s crochet cardigan patterns!

1. Cuddle Cardigan / 2. Diamond Cardigan / 3. Comfy Cozy Cardigan

Can I crochet this if I am a beginner?

This crochet cardigan pattern is labeled “Intermediate” for the skill level, but the stitches and construction are not super complicated.  To make this project, you’ll need to know how to work the basic crochet stitches, increase and decrease, work in the round, and work in a simple stitch pattern.

You will also need to be comfortable reading a written pattern, and understanding how to follow a set of repeating instructions.  (See this article by the Craft Yarn Council to learn more about how to read a crochet pattern.)  If you are familiar with those techniques, you can make this cardigan.

 

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Ready to get started?  Let’s crochet the Crimson Cardigan!

 

Crimson Cardigan

Crochet Pattern by Yay For Yarn

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Skill Level: Intermediate

 

Sizing:

Sizing follows the Craft Yarn Council’s standards for Women’s sizes.

This sweater has a classic fit, with 4-5” (10.2-12.7 cm) of positive ease. If you are between sizes, size up if you want a looser-fit sweater, or size down if you want a more fitted sweater.  Measure the bust of the wearer, and choose the size that is closest to the wearer’s bust measurement, under the title, “To Fit Bust”.

Instructions and yarn requirements for size X-Small are given outside the parentheses, with Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X given inside the parentheses, like this:

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).

When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

When a set of instructions does not apply to all sizes, the numbers that would normally be given for the sizes that the instructions do not apply to will be replaced with dashes, like this:

– (-, -, -, -, 1, 1, 3, 5)

 

To Fit Bust:

30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” / 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5, 157.5) cm

 

Finished Bust:

35 (38, 42, 47, 51, 54, 58, 63, 67)” / 89 (96.5, 106.5, 119.5, 130, 137, 147.5, 160, 170) cm

 

Back Length:

25 (26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33)” / 63.5 (66, 68.5, 71, 73.5, 76, 79, 81, 84) cm

 

Please Note: Cardigan length will fall differently on individuals of different heights.  To see how long the cardigan will fall, measure the back length measurement against the wearer.

 

 

You Will Need:

  • – 1045 (1160, 1303, 1550, 1690, 1830, 1975, 2275, 2465) yards of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle in Crimson, 90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca, 7oz / 200g or 415 yds / 380m per skein, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, if using the 3.5oz / 100g skeins, you’ll need 5 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins)
  • – US Size I / 5.5mm Crochet Hook (or size needed to obtain gauge, shop the hook I used here)
  • – Scissors
  • – Measuring Tape
  • – Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle
  • – 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) Buttons, 1 ⅛” in diameter

 

Gauge:

16 sts = 4” / 13 rows = 6” in half-double crochet waffle stitch (see instructions for gauge swatch)

(Note: Gauge should be measured after blocking your swatch.  Learn more about checking your gauge here.)

 

Abbreviations:

st(s): stitch(es)

sk: skip

nxt: next

ea: each

sp: space

beg: beginning

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

hdc: half-double crochet

sl st: slip stitch

BLO: back loop only

FLO: front loop only

*Fsc: foundation single crochet

*invslst: invisible slip stitch

*hdc2tog: half-double crochet 2 stitches together

*This is a special stitch.  See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.

 

closeup of woman kneeling on ground wearing crimson crochet cardigan

Special Stitches

Foundation Single Crochet: (video tutorial here)

To begin, chain 2. Insert hook into the 2nd chain from the hook. Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook (one chain made). Yarn over, pull through both remaining loops on hook.

For all following stitches: Turn work upside-down so the bottom (foundation) edge is facing you. On the bottom of the previous stitch, there is what looks like the top of a normal crochet stitch (the chain from the previous stitch). Insert hook into both strands of that “stitch”. Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook (chain made). Yarn over, pull through both remaining loops on hook.

 

Invisible Slip Stitch:  (video tutorial here)

Remove hook from current loop. Insert hook from back to front through the top of the first stitch from beg of round. Place original loop back on hook. Pull loop through the st from front to back.

 

Hdc2tog:

*Yarn over, insert hook into nxt st, yarn over, pull up a loop.*  Repeat from * to * a second time.  Yarn over, pull through all 5 loops on hook.

 

Pattern for Gauge Swatch

Row 1:  Ch 26.  Sk 2 chs, hdc in 3rd ch from hook.  Hdc in ea ch st across.  <You should have 24 sts, not including skipped chs.>

Rows 2-16:  Ch 2, turn.  (Ch 2 does not count as a stitch here and throughout.)  Hdc in same st, *hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from * to * across to last st, hdc in last st.  <You should have 24 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

After blocking, swatch should measure 6” (15.2 cm) wide by 7.4” (18.8 cm) long.  If your swatch does not match these finished measurements or the pattern gauge measured in the center of the swatch, please adjust your hook size to get the correct gauge.

 

woman wearing crimson red crochet cardigan with white shirt and jeans

Crimson Cardigan

Notes:  Cardigan is worked from the top down, with raglan shaping.  We will begin at the neck edge, adding stitches for the back, sleeves, and fronts of the cardigan as we go to create the yoke of our sweater.  The shaping for the v-neck is also included in this section.  Once we have finished the yoke, we will separate the sleeve stitches from the stitches of the fronts and back, and continue working across those sections to add length to the cardigan body.  A band of ribbing is then added to the cardigan hem.  Then, we will crochet around the sleeve openings to add our sleeves.  We will finish the cardigan by working a band of ribbing along the fronts and neck edge of the cardigan.  This ribbing will also include the buttonholes.

This pattern begins with a row of foundation single crochet instead of a foundation chain. The foundation single crochet is simple to work, and makes the foundation chain and the first row of single crochet at the same time. The foundation edge, when worked in this way, has much more stretch and flexibility than a regular foundation chain.  This will make the neck edge more flexible, and will be much easier to work into when we add our neck ribbing.

Ch 2.  Fsc in 2nd ch from hook, work 49 (49, 53, 53, 57, 57, 61, 61, 65) more Fsc.  <You should have 50 (50, 54, 54, 58, 58, 62, 62, 66) sts, not including beg ch sp.>

Row 1:  Ch 2, turn.  (Ch 2 does not count as a stitch here and throughout.)  (Hdc, ch 1, hdc) in same st, *hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from * to * 3 more times, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in nxt st.  Repeat from *to* until 10 sts remain, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in nxt st, repeat from *to* to last st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in last st.  <You should have 58 (58, 62, 62, 66, 66, 70, 70, 74) sts.>

Row 2:  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in same st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in nxt ch-1 sp, [*hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* to nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 3 times, 2 hdc in last st.  <You should have 68 (68, 72, 72, 76, 76, 80, 80, 84) sts.>

Row 3:  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in nxt ch-1 sp.  [*Hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st; repeat from *to* to nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 3 times.  Hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st, 2 hdc in last st.  <You should have 78 (78, 82, 82, 86, 86, 90, 90, 94) sts.>

Row 4:  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in same st, [*hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* till you reach nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 4 times. Repeat from *to* to last stitch, 2 hdc in last st.  <10 sts increased.>

Row 5:  Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in same st, [*hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* till you reach nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 4 times. Repeat from *to* to last stitch, 2 hdc in last st.  <10 sts increased.>

Repeat Rows 4-5; 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) more times.  Repeat Row 4 once more.  <You should now have 188 (208, 232, 252, 276, 296, 320, 340, 364) sts.>

We will now stop adding stitches for the v-neck and only continue adding stitches at the raglan lines.

 

Row 6:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, [*hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* till you reach nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 4 times. Repeat from *to* to last st, hdc in last st.  <8 sts increased.>

Row 7:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, hdc in BLO of nxt st, [*hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* till you reach nxt ch-1 sp, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-1 sp] 4 times. Repeat from *to* to last 2 sts, hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in last st.  <8 sts increased.>

Repeat Rows 6-7; 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2) more times.  <You should now have 204 (224, 248, 284, 308, 328, 352, 388, 412) sts.>

 

Row 8:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, [*hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* till you reach nxt ch-sp, hdc in ch-sp, ch 4, sk all sts along nxt side of piece, hdc in nxt corner ch-sp] 2 times. Repeat from *to* to last st, hdc in last st.  <You should have 132 (144, 160, 180, 196, 208, 224, 244, 260) sts.>

Row 9:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, hdc in BLO of nxt st, [*hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* to ch-4 sp, hdc in ea of nxt 4 chs] 2 times.  Repeat from *to* to last 2 sts, hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in last st.  <You should have 132 (144, 160, 180, 196, 208, 224, 244, 260) sts.>

Row 10:  Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, *hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st;* repeat from *to* to last st, hdc in last st.  <You should have 132 (144, 160, 180, 196, 208, 224, 244, 260) sts.>

Repeat Row 10; 24 more times.  Do not tie off.  Continue to Ribbing instructions.

 

Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 11.  Sk 1st ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt 9 chs.  <You should have 10 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Row 2:  Sl st in nxt 2 sts of cardigan hem, turn.  Sk 2 sl sts just made, sc in BLO of nxt 10 sts.  <You should have 10 sts, not including sl sts.>

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in BLO of same st and in BLO of nxt 9 sts.  <You should have 10 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Repeat Rows 2-3 until you have worked your way around the cardigan hem and have reached the other end of the last row of the cardigan body, ending with Row 2.  Tie off.

 

back of should on crimson cardigan - free plus size inclusive crochet pattern

Sleeves

With back of last row around sleeve opening facing you, join yarn in 3rd ch of ch-4 sp at underarm.

Round 1:  Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in nxt ch st, hdc in nxt ch-1 sp from last row around sleeve opening.  Working around sleeve opening, *hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st* around to nxt ch-1 sp from last round of sleeve opening, hdc in ch-1 sp.  Hdc in nxt 2 chs of ch-4 sp at underarm.  Join with invslst in top of first hdc of round.  <You should have 46 (50, 54, 62, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86) sts, not including beg ch-sp or invslst.>

For sizes 4X and 5X, skip Round 2 and continue to Round 3.

Round 2:  Ch 2, turn, *hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st* around.  Join with invslst in top of first hdc.  <You should have 46 (50, 54, 62, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86) sts, not including beg ch-sp or invslst.>

Repeat Round 2; 15 (15, 13, 7, 5, 5, 1, -, -) more time(s).

 

Round 3:  Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, *hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st* around to last 2 sts, hdc2tog.  Join with invslst in top of first hdc2tog.  <2 sts decreased.>

Round 4:  Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog, *hdc in BLO of nxt st, hdc in FLO of nxt st* around to last 2 sts, hdc2tog.  Join with invslst in top of first hdc2tog.  <2 sts decreased.>

Repeat Rounds 3-4; 3 (3, 4, 6, 6, 5, 6, 5, 4) more times.

 

For sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large, skip Round 5 and continue to cuff ribbing.

For sizes 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X:

Round 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc2tog twice, *hdc in FLO of nxt st, hdc in BLO of nxt st* around to last 4 sts, hdc2tog twice.  Join with invslst in top of first hdc2tog.  <4 sts decreased.>

Repeat Round 5; – (-, -, -, -, 1, 1, 3, 5) more times.

 

Cuff Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 9.  Sk 1st ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt 7 chs.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch sp.>

Row 2:  Sl st in nxt 2 sts of last round of sleeve, turn.  Sk 2 sl sts just made, sc in BLO of nxt 8 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including sl sts.>

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in BLO of same st and in BLO of nxt 7 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Repeat Rows 2-3 until you have worked your way around the sleeve cuff and have reached the last stitch of the last round of the sleeve, ending with Row 2.  Tie off, leaving a tail, and whip stitch the foundation edge of Row 1 of the cuff ribbing to the top of the last row of cuff ribbing.  Weave in ends.

Repeat instructions for sleeve at other armhole to create the second sleeve.

 

closeup of button band - woman wearing crimson red crochet cardigan with buttons

 

Button Band

Join yarn at bottom corner of right front (right front of cardigan when worn).

We will be working a band of ribbing along the right front edge, around the back neck edge, and down the left front edge.  Buttonholes will also be created in this band of ribbing.  We want to create a ribbing that lays flat, and does not flare out or shrink the edge.  If you join the rows to the cardigan edge too closely together, the band will flare out.  If you join the rows to the cardigan edge too far apart, the band will pull on the cardigan edge and cause it to shrink.

I recommend joining 2 sc rows per row of hdc from the cardigan body.  If your button band seems to be flaring or shrinking the edge, feel free to unravel and try again, joining the sc rows to the ends of the hdc rows at a different spacing.  The goal is to make the button band lay flat, and to make the top buttonhole approximately line up with the base of the v-neck on the cardigan front.

Row 1:  Ch 9.  Sk 1st ch, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in nxt 7 chs.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Row 2:  2 sl sts in cardigan front edge, turn.  Sk 2 sl sts just made, sc in BLO of nxt 8 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including sl sts.>

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in BLO of same st and in BLO of nxt 7 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Row 4:  2 sl sts in cardigan front edge, turn.  Sk 2 sl sts just made, sc in BLO of nxt 2 sts.  Ch 3, sk 3, sc in BLO of nxt 3 sts.  <You should have 8 sts,including the 3 chs in the middle of the row, but not including sl sts.>

Row 5:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in BLO of same st and in BLO of nxt 2 sts.  Sc in ea of nxt 3 ch sts, sc in BLO of nxt 2 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

 

*Repeat Rows 2-3; 7 (7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) times, repeat Rows 4-5 once.*  Repeat from *to* 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) more times.  The last buttonhole (rows 4-5) should end up approximately at the base of the v-neck of the cardigan front.

Continue repeating rows 2-3 until your current row is about 1.5” from the corner of the back neck, where the right side of the back (when worn) meets the sleeve sts, ending with Row 3.

 

Row 6:  3 sl sts in cardigan neck edge, turn.  Sc in BLO of nxt 8 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including sl sts.>

Row 7:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in BLO of same st and in BLO of nxt 7 sts.  <You should have 8 sts, not including beg ch-sp.>

Repeat Rows 6-7 until your current row is about 1.5” past this corner of the back neck.

 

Continue repeating Rows 2-3 until your current row is about 1.5” from the corner of the back neck, where the left side of the back (when worn) meets the sleeve sts, ending with Row 3.

Repeat Rows 6-7 until your current row is about 1.5” past this corner of the back neck.

Continue repeating Rows 2-3 along the left front edge (left front when worn) until you reach the bottom corner of the left front.  Tie off, weave in ends.

 

To Block: (video tutorial here)

For natural fibers, pin project out on foam blocking mats. Spray with water until fully saturated, allow to dry.

OR

For acrylic fibers, pin project out on an ironing board or several layers of towels. Hold a steaming iron 2-3” over the surface of the fabric, making sure all of the fabric is penetrated by the steam. Allow to cool / dry.

 

closeup of shoulder - crimson red / burgundy crochet cardigan

Adding Buttons

Lay cardigan out on a flat surface, overlapping and aligning the front button bands. The button band on the side with the buttonholes should be on top.

With a separate length of yarn for each button, use your yarn needle to sew the buttons onto the button band on the side without buttonholes. The buttons should be aligned with the buttonholes on the other side.

To determine the button placement, I prefer to overlap the button bands and insert my fingertip through one of the buttonholes, temporarily marking the placement of the button on the button band underneath without the buttonholes.  Then, when the button band with buttonholes is lifted a little, you can see the spot on the other button band where the button should be.

I recommend sewing on the top and bottom buttons first, and then spacing the remaining buttons in between according to the positions of the buttonholes in the other button band.

After sewing on each button, secure with a knot and weave in ends.

 

Enjoy your finished Crimson Cardigan!

woman wearing crimson crochet cardigan outdoors, with white top and jeans

 

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