Nina Cardigan - Free Crochet Pattern

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Today I have a squishy, super cozy, extra-AMAZING pattern for you all; The Nina Cardigan. I designed this sweater to be the perfect homebody sweater. I love cuddling up in something cozy when I’m spending the day lounging at home. This sweater is just that! Worked from the top down, this raglan styled cardigan is just what you need in your wardrobe. There are also POCKETS, need I say more?

This design is worked from the top down which means you are easily able to adjust the length of your sweater by adding or taking away rows.

I was strolling through Michaels a few weeks ago when I noticed their yarn brand, Loops & Threads Impeccable was on sale for only $1.99, this meant I just HAD to try it out and make a sweater. It’s not too often that you can find enough yarn on sale to make your own cardigan for under $10. I chose to the color Dark Charcoal for my Nina Cardigan.

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Materials:

- 5.50mm Crochet Hook

- Approx. 1,000-2,000 yards Medium (4) Weight Yarn (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in Dark Charcoal)

- Scissors

- Yarn Needle


Notes:

Cardigan body and pockets are worked in rows, sleeves are worked in the round.

Chain two does not count as a stitch.

Size adjustments are listed as such (XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL)

Front & Back Post Double Crochet tutorials - https://youtu.be/JxBcG0V12G8

Wet blocking once finished is strongly recommended. This will help to loosen the stitches and drape.


Gauge:

Using a 5.50mm Crochet Hook

14 Double Crochet Stitches = 4”

7 Double Crochet Rows = 4”

Stitches

Ch - Chain

DC - Double Crochet

FPDC - Front Post Double Crochet

BPDC - Back Post Double Crochet

Sl St - Slip Stitch

DC2Tog - Double Crochet Two Stitches Together (Decrease)

RMPM - Remove Marker, Place Marker


Pattern:

Yoke:

R1 - Ch 70, Turn, DC into the 3rd Ch from the hook and across the row (68)

R2 - Stitch Marker Set Up -

Ch2, Turn, Work 10 DC, PM

Work 14 DC, PM

Work 20 DC, PM

Work 14 DC, PM

DC into remaining 10 sts (68)

R3 - Increasing for the yoke -

Ch2, Turn, Work 9 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 11 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 17 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 11 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

DC into last 8 Stitches (76)

R4 -

Ch2, Turn, Work 9 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 13 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 19 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 13 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

DC into last 10 Stitches (84)

R5 -

Ch2, Turn, Work 11 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 15 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 21 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 15 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

DC into the last 10 Stitches (92)

R6 -

Ch2, Turn, Work 11 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 17 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 23 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

Work 17 DC, 2 DC into next stitch, RMPM DC, 2 DC into next stitch

DC into the last 12 Stitches (100)

R7 - Note - For the next row I will not be giving a stitch count, this way you are able to repeat for the remaining pattern.

Ch2, Turn, *Work up to 1 Stitch before marker, 2DC, RMPM DC, 2DC into next stitch

Repeat from * 3 more times, DC into remaining stitches. (Stitch count should increase by 8 stitches)

Repeat row 7 for a total of (17, 20, 22) rows.

Stitch Count -

XS/S - 188 Stitches

M/L - 212 Stitches

XL/2XL - 228 Stitches


Separating the Body from the Sleeves:

R(18, 21, 23) - Ch2, Turn * work a DC into each
 stitch to marker, remove marker DC, Ch (12) skip all the stitches up to the next marker, remove marker DC,
 DC into each stitch up to next marker, remove marker DC, Ch (12) skip all the stitches up to the next marker, remove marker DC, work a DC into each stitch to end.


Body:

Note - Continue row count from the yoke.

R(19, 22, 24) - Ch2, Turn, DC across (120, 128, 140)

Repeat row (19, 22, 24) for a total of (42, 50, 58) Rows. (Or until you have reached your desired length)

R(43, 51, 59) - Ch2, Turn, *FPDC, BPDC, Repeat from * across (120, 128, 140)

Repeat row (43, 51, 59) 3 More Times.

Fasten off.

Sleeves:
Attach yarn to the center of the underarm section of the sweater (between the chain 12 section)

Note - You will now be working continually in the round.

R1 - Ch2, PM, DC into each stitch around (58, 64, 68)

R2 - RMPM DC, DC2Tog, DC into each stitch until 2 Sts remain, DC2Tog (56, 62, 66)

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 for (11, 13, 17) more rounds, Repeat round 2 for (9, 11, 11) more rounds. (28)

R(23, 27, 31) - *FPDC, BPDC, Repeat from * around (28)

Repeat round (23, 27, 32) for 9 more rounds.


Inner Ribbing:

Attach yarn to the bottom right hand corner.

R1 - Ch2, DC into each row around the inner portion (right front, neckline, left front)  (Stitch count may vary, keep your stitches even and taut. End with an even number)

R2 - *FPDC, BPDC, Repeat from * across

Repeat row 2 One more time.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.



Pockets (Make Two):

Ch22

R1-R8- Ch2, Turn, DC across (20)

R9-R10 - Ch2, Turn, *FPDC, BPDC, Repeat from * across (20)

Fasten off.


Seaming:

The pockets are attached on the front panel sections. Place one pocket approximately 1-2” up from the ribbing section, making sure it is also centered in the front. Seam each side and bottom (leaving the top ribbing section untouched)  using the whip stitch to the cardigan.

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