By Melissa Mall
Model: Melissa Mall
When it comes to crocheting clothing, I’m always looking for the ‘easy way out.’ The traditional idea of making a front (or two), the sleeves, a back, and piecing them all together – it’s just too finicky for me! So, when I hit upon the idea of making a short-sleeved cardigan out of two long rectangles, I was all over it. It’s worked in a mesh, so it’s fast, too!
Light and breezy for summer, this little cardi is perfect for throwing on over a tee or a sundress for just a little more coverage.
Size: S (M, L, XL, 2X) – Shown in size XL
Chest: 33 (37, 41, 45, 49)”
Length: 20.5 (21, 21.5, 22, 22.5)”
- Peaches & Creme [100% Cotton, 120yds/110m per 70.9g/2.5oz skein]; From 10-14 oz in Ecru
- K 10 1/2 6.50mm hook
- Yarn Needle
Gauge: 11 sts/8 rows = 4″ in patt (dc/sc mesh)
Rectangle (make 2)
To begin, ch 111 (113, 115, 117, 119).
Row 1: Skip 4 ch (counts as dc + ch 1). *Dc, ch 1, sk 1 ch. Repeat from * across until 1 ch remains. Dc in last ch.
Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in each st and ch-sp across, making last sc in ch from beginning. (111, 113, 115, 117, 119 sc) Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc + ch 1), sk 2 sc. *Dc in next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc. Repeat from * across. Dc in last dc. Turn.
Rep Rows 2 and 3 alternately for patt for a total of 13 (15, 17, 19, 21) rows, finish off.
Blocking before assembly is highly recommended.
To assemble, fold rectangles in half lengthwise. Sew edges together almost to fold to form the back. Sew edges together on sides, leaving room for the armhole. Try on frequently as you assemble to achieve a better fit.
Neck Edging: Neck edging is made working from front bottom corner up, around back of neck, and back down to opposite front bottom corner.
Row 1: Join at corner. Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each dc and ch-sp around until 1 ch-sp before back seam. Tr in ch-sp, tr in seam, tr in next ch-sp. Dc in dc and each ch-sp and dc across to end.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each dc and tr across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each dc across. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 2 (counts as dc), dc in each dc across until last dc. Place 4 dc in dc to create corner and continue to Bottom Edging.
Bottom Edging: Evenly space dc across edge of neck edge rows, bottom of cardi, and opposite neck edge rows until one row of opposite neck edge remains. Dc 4 in join between rows to form corner, join to first stitch of neck edge to join round. Finish off.
Arm Hole Edging (repeat for both): Join at underarm seam. Ch 2. Dc in each ch-sp and dc around. Join rnd, finish off.
Weave in all ends.
About the Designer
Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons eight and under. They have just completed yet another transcontinental move – hopefully it will be their last!!! You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.
Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.