In The Garden Cardigan- Free Pattern

About The Pattern

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About The Design

I am almost always wearing a cardigan sweater, or as my husband affectionately calls them, a “granny sweater”. Unless I am outside in the middle of the day in summer, I’m usually pretty cold. Or even if I’m not cold, I’m not a huge fan of a slight breeze on my arms… I guess I’ve had one too many run-ins with bugs crawling on me that the slightest thing tingling my arm puts me in a total tizzy. lol!

The problem with most of my cardigans though, is that most of them are blue. It may seem like a silly reason to set out to make a cardigan, but I also really love designing garments, and couldn’t get the idea of a breezy, white cardigan out of my head.

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model is 5’7 with a 37″ bust and wearing a medium size

After designing my Cobblestone Cardigan (coming this fall), I knew I wanted this cardigan to be a bit more flowy. The Cobblestone is fantastic for winter months, but a bit much for my summer nights wearing of cardis. I really love my Mary’s Cardigan, so I knew I wanted something with similar fit, but with more details.

So I set out to find the perfect stitch, and I did in my Big Book of Stitches. It’s called the “flower garden” stitch (hence the name of this cardigan), and I just love the beauty obtained from repeating shell and V stitches!

I also wanted this pattern to be on the easier side of things (rather than more advanced like some of the raglans I’ve been designing as of late), so I went with a panel style design.

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The final thing to mention is the pocket. Have you seen the pocket?!? After the immense popularity of the cabled pocket pattern of the Cobblestone Cardigan, I knew I wanted to make another detailed pocket for this cardigan. I settled on using our Petal Perfect Granny Square (perfect for this granny sweater, haha!) as the base, with some ribbing details at the top. While the granny square will not be the best for holding small item (lots of little holes), it works perfect for phones, which is what I use my pockets for anyways. But if you’re concerned, and would rather have a more functional pocket, I have also included a pocket out of the Flower Garden stitch pattern as well.

 
What You Need 
  • 5.0 mm (US H-8) crochet hook (or hook to meet gauge)
  • 6 (7,7,7,8,9,10,11,11) skeins of Lion Brand’s ZZ Twist or alternate aran weight (4) acrylic or cotton based yarn (approximately 1260, 1450, 1550, 1710, 1930, 2300, 2550, 2500, 2675 yards)
  • Embroidery or darning needle
  • Scissors 
Approximate Completed Measurements 
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Gauge Used
18 sts= 4”
8 rows= 4”
Gauge Pattern
Foundation: Ch a multiple of 8 plus 5, dc in 5th ch from hook; *sk 3 chs, Shell st in next, sk 3, V st in next, repeat from * across, turn. 
Row 1: Ch 3, dc 2 in ch-1 sp, *sk 3 dc, V st in next dc, Shell st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * to last st, dc 3 in last, turn
Row 2: Ch 4, dc in first st, *Shell st in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 dc, V st in next dc, repeat from * across, turn 
Repeat rows 1&2 for swatch
Ribbing Gauge Used
10 sts= 2” 
7 rows= 2”
Abbreviations Used 

ch= chain 

hdc= half double crochet

blo= back loop only 

pu= pick up [stitch]

sc= single crochet 

sk= skip [stitch]

ss= slip stitch

dc= double crochet 

Ch-1 sp= chain 1 space 

fo= fasten off 

Special Stitches
Shell Stitch= dc 5 into designated stitch

V Stitch= dc, ch 1, dc 

Pattern Notes
  • This pattern is written in US standard sizes and abbreviations
  • This top is written to be slightly oversized, with a 3”positive ease on the bust
  • The pattern is written in x-small size with (small, medium, large, x-large, 2x-large, 3x-large, 4x-large and 5x-large) sizes to follow in parentheses.  
  • The final stitch count for each row/round is listed in parentheses following the instructions. 
  • The front and back panel patterns are worked back and forth in rows with turning chs at the beginning of each row.  These ch sts DO count as a stitch. 
  • The sleeves are worked in joined rounds, vs continuous rounds. 
  • When picking up the stitches for the sleeves, there will be more than 2 stitches per row of the foundation, so you will need to pick up 3 sc in some of the rows, spacing out the extra stitches as evenly as possible around. 
  • There are two pocket patterns written. 
    • The Floral Pocket (as shown) is based on our Perfect Petal Granny Square pattern and I encourage you to visit our website for a step-by-step and video tutorial on how to make it. This pocket will measure approximately 3.5” wide by 4.5” deep.  Feel free to add single crochet stitches around the perimeter to make it larger if you prefer. The ribbing on this pocket will  be added as you go. To work this technique, I recommend this tutorial by TL Yarn Crafts found here.
    • The Standard Pocket repeats the stitch pattern of the rest of the cardigan and will measure approximately 4.5” wide by 5” deep
    • You will only need 2 pockets total for your pattern, the pocket style you choose to make is up to you.

Back Panel Ribbing Pattern

Foundation: ch 12 

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in blo across, turn (10) 

Row 2-41 (45,49, 53, 57, 65, 67, 71, 75): ch 2, hdc in 1st, hdc in blo 8, hdc in last, turn (10)

Do NOT fasten off

Back Panel Pattern 

(continuing from “Back Panel Ribbing Pattern”)

Foundation: turn ribbing lengthwise, ch 1, and pick up 1 sc in the first row and 2 sc in each remaining row across, turn (81, 89,  97, 105, 113, 129, 133, 141, 149)

For sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Row 1: ch 4, dc, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * across, turn (83, 91,  99, 107, 115, 131)

Row 2: ch 3, dc 2, *sk 3 dc, V st, shell st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * across, dc 3 in last ch-1 sp, turn (81, 89,  97, 105, 113, 129)

For sizes 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Row 1: ch 4, dc, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, sk 3, dc 3 in last, turn (134, 142, 150)

Row 2- 52 (52, 53): ch 4, dc, *shell st in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 dc, V st, repeat from * across, to lsat V st, dc 3, turn (134, 142, 150) fo leaving long tail 

For sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Row 3: ch 4, dc, *shell st in next ch-1 sp, sk 3 dc, V st, repeat from * across, turn 83, 91,  99, 107, 115, 131)

Row 4- 48 (49, 50, 50, 51, 51): repeat rows 2& 3, fo leaving long tail 

Front Panel Ribbing Pattern (make 2)

Foundation: ch 12 

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in blo across, turn (10) 

Row 2-19 (21,23, 25, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37): ch 2, hdc in 1st, hdc in blo 8, hdc in last, turn (10)

Do NOT fasten off

Front Panel Pattern (Make 2)

(continuing from “Front Panel Ribbing Pattern”)

Foundation: turn ribbing lengthwise, ch 1, and pick up 1 sc in the first row and 2 sc in each remaining row across, turn(37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 61, 65, 69, 73)

For sizes XS, M, XL, 2XL, 4XL

Row 1: ch 4, dc, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * to last 4 sts, sk 3, dc 3 in last, turn (38, 46, 54, 62, 70)

Row 2- 48 ( 50, 51, 51, 52): ch 4, dc, *shell st in next ch-1sp, sk 3 dc, V st, repeat from * across, to last V st, dc 3, turn (38, 46, 54, 62, 70) fo, leaving long tail

For sizes S, L, 3XL, 5XL

Row 1: ch 4, dc, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * across, turn (43,51, 67, 75)

Row 2: ch 3, dc 2, *sk 3 dc, V st, shell st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * across, dc 3 in last ch-1 sp, turn(41, 49, 65, 73)

Row 3: ch 4, dc, *shell st in next ch-1sp, sk 3 dc, V st, repeat from * across, turn (43,51, 67, 75)

Row 4- 49( 50,52, 53): repeat rows 2& 3, fo leaving long tail 

Sleeve Ribbing Pattern (Make 2) 

Foundation: ch 12 

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in blo across, turn (10) 

Row 2-18 (18,19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22): ch 2, hdc in 1st, hdc in blo 8, hdc in last, turn (10)

Row 19 (19,20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23): join foundation to last row, and work a ss into each st and foundation ch across. (10)

Do NOT fasten off

Sleeve Pattern (Make 2)

(continuing from “Front Panel Ribbing Pattern”)

Foundation: turn ribbing lengthwise, ch 1, and pick up 48 ( 53, 56, 61, 69, 77, 85, 88, 93) sc into the ribbing around, ss to first( 48, 53, 56, 61, 69, 77, 85, 88, 93)

For sizes XS, M, 4XL

Round 1: ch 3, dc 2, *sk 3, V, sk 3, shell, repeat from * around, dc 2 into base of ch 3, ss to top of starting ch (48,56,88)

Round 2: ch 4, dc in 1st st, * shell st in next ch-1 sp, sk 2 dc, V st, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch 4 (48,56,88)

Round 3: ch 3, dc 2 into ch-1 sp, *sk 2 dc, V st, shell into next ch-1 sp, repeat from *around, dc 2 into base of starting ch 3, ss into top of ch 3 (48,56,88)

Round 4- 26 (27, 30): repeat rounds 2&3, fo leaving long tail

For sizes S, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL,5XL

Round 1: ch 4, dc in 1st st, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * around to last 4, sk 4, dc 3 in last, ss to top of ch 4 (54,62,70, 78, 86,94)

Round 2: ch 3, dc 2 into ch-1 sp, *sk 2 dc, V st, shell into next ch-1 sp, repeat from *around, V st into last dc, ss into top of ch 3 (54,62,70, 78, 86,94)

Round 3: ch 4, dc into same st, *shell st in next ch-1 sp, sk 2 dc, V st, repeat from * around, ss to top of ch 4 (54,62,70, 78, 86,94)

Row 4-27 (28, 28, 29, 29,30): repeat rounds 2&3 fo, leaving long tail

Floral Pocket Pattern (Make 2)

Pocket Pattern

Foundation: Ch 6, sl st into your 1st ch (farthest from your hook)

Round 1: ch 1, sc 12 into the loop created (rather than into stitches), sl st into 1st sc

Round 2: ch 2, dc into 1st sc, *ch 1, sk 1, V st into next, repeat from * around, ch 1, sl st into top of ch 2

Round 3: ch 2, *shell st into ch-1 sp of V st, sc into the next ch-1 space (located right after your “v”),  repeat from * around, sl st into 1st dc

Round 4: sl st 2 (to get to the top of your “petal”), *ch 7, sk 5, sc, repeat from * around, sc into 2nd sl st of this round (at the top of your 1st “petal”)

Round 5: *ch 3, sk 3, sc (into 4th st of ch 7 from previous round), ch 3, sk 3, sc, repeat from * around, sc into 1st st

Round 6: ch 2,* dc 5 into ch 3 sp from previous round, ch 4, dc 5 into same ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk 3, sc, ch 2, sk 3, sc, repeat from * around right before corner, then ss into top of ch 2 and each remaining st to get to the next corner. 

Do NOT fasten off

Ribbing Pattern

Foundation: Ch 6

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, ss into first 2 sts at top of pocket, turn (5) 

Row 2: ch 1, sc in blo across, turn (5) 

Row 3: ch 1, sc in first, sc in blo 4, ss into next 2 sts from top of pocket, turn (5) 

Row 4-20: repeat rows 2&3, fo leaving long tail. 

Standard Pocket (Make 2)

Ribbing Pattern

Foundation: ch 6

Row 1: starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across, turn 

Row 2-10: ch 2, hdc, hdc blo 3, hdc, turn (5)

Do NOT fasten off

Pocket Pattern 

Foundation: pu 1 sc in first, and 2 sc in each remaining row across (21)

Row 1: ch 4, dc, *sk 3, shell st, sk 3, V st, repeat from * across to last 4, sk 3, dc 3 in last, turn (22)

Row 2-8: ch 4, dc, *shell st in next ch-1sp, sk 3 dc, V st, repeat from * across to last V st, dc 3, turn (22)

Assembly 

Lay the tops of the front panels on top of either end of the back panel and join together using the mattress stitch (or method of choice). 

Using the mattress stitch (or method of choice), join the sides of the front and back panels on either side starting at the bottom and working up to leave a 5.25” (5.75”, 6”, 6.5”, 7.25”, 8.25”, 9”, 9.5”, 10”) opening for the sleeves. 

Lay the sleeves flat so that the join is located towards the bottom.  Use the mattress stitch (or seaming method of choice) to join one sleeve to the armhole opening on the right side, repeat on the left side. 

Lay pockets on top of each front panel approximately 2 rows above ribbing, and 2 shell stitches in from the opening of the cardigan.  Mattress stitch (or use seaming method of choice) the pockets in place. Fasten off  

Weave in all ends.

Last thing to do, is enjoy your bad self with this new beautiful cardigan! 🎉

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