by Bonnie Irene
Model and Photos: Bonnie Irene
This idea for this cardigan started with a shape: an oval, expanding from the center. The result was a cozy, wearable sweater with unconventional construction. Don’t let the construction scare you off, though! When you get down to it, it’s really very simple.
Size: As written, cardigan fits Women’s XL.
- Caron Simply Soft [100% Acrylic; 315yd/288m per 6oz/170g skein]; Approx. 2 and 1/4 skeins
- Red Heart Super Saver [100% Acrylic; 364yd/333m per 7oz/198g skein]; Small amount CC
- I/9 (5.50mm size) hook
Gauge: 4 (dc + ch-3 sp)/9.5 rows = 4″/10cm in patt.
Rnd 1: With Caron Simply Soft, ch 105. Sk 1 st, dc. [Ch 3, sk 2 ch, dc] across to end of the ch. Turn to work in other side of chain. [Ch 3, sk 2 ch, dc] across; join rnd.
Rnds 2-18: [Ch 3, dc around next ch loop] around; join rnd.
Join yarn 14 ch-spaces away from the middle of the end curve. Ch 50. Attach chain 8 ch-spaces away from the base of ch-50 to create armhole. Turn.
Rows 1-28: Dc in first ch. [Ch 3, sk 2 ch, dc] across; turn.
Repeat on opposite side to create second shoulder. Sew each shoulder to back in the front and the back.
sew together 6 stitch units in the front of each armpit.
Sleeves: *Ch 3, sc in next ch-sp. Repeat from * around armhole; join. Repeat for 43 rounds per sleeve (or desired length), finish off.
Belt: With RHSS, ch 200. Turn, ch 1, sc in each ch across. Finish off.
Finishing: Weave in all ends.
Weave the belt through alternate ch loops along the seam under the bust, then wrap around the back of the cardigan (without lacing it through the piece), then as you get back around to the other bust seam, weave it through the ch loops. Be sure the belt is kept from twisting, and that both ends of the belt are level and symmetrical.
About the Designer
Bonnie Irene is a newlywed stretching her finances through crafting. She likes to crochet, bake, draw, sew, sculpt and weave as well as other things: check out her projects at her blog!
Pattern & images © Bonnie Irene. All rights reserved.