V-Neck Crochet Cardigan

Ease into the world of garment making with this simple yet elegant V-Neck crochet cardigan.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Available Size | XS, S, M, LG, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for a simple crochet cardigan to ease into the world of garment making, this is a great place to start! Constructed of 5 basic panels, this cardigan is straightforward to crochet and assemble.

With this project you’ll get to practice the beautiful primrose stitch both in flat rows as well as increasing and decreasing. Each of the five panels are crochet separately, and assembled by seaming them together.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our V-Neck crochet cardigan step-by-step.

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Recommended Supplies


  • Knitpal Cotton To The Core Yarn (Colorways pictured: dolphin grey)
  • 3.5 mm Crochet Hook (head)
  • 5 1/2″ buttons
  • Yarn Needle
  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors

FAQ: Can I use a different yarn?
Sure, as long as it’s in the same weight category. Check your gauge and adjust as needed so the sizing comes out right. The recommended yarn amount will likely be different too.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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Yarn Requirements:

  • XS: 9 skeins
  • S: 10 skeins
  • M: 11 skeins
  • L: 12 skeins
  • XL: 13 skeins
  • 2XL: 14 skeins
  • 3XL: 15 skeins
  • 4XL: 16 skeins
  • 5XL: 17 skeins
pattern details

Abbreviations


This pattern is written using standard US crochet terminology.

  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • Ch Chain
  • Cont Continue
  • Hdc Half Double Crochet
  • Hk Hook
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
pattern notes

Additional Notes


Finished Size

To fit bust measurement:

  • XS: 28-30″
  • S: 32-34″
  • M:36-38″
  • L: 40-42″
  • XL: 44-46″
  • 2XL: 48-50″
  • 3XL: 52-54″
  • 4XL: 56-58″
  • 5XL: 60-62″
Gauge

8 groups of 3 dc = 4 inches worked in stitch pattern

Additional Notes:

This cardigan is made up of a back panel, two front panels, and two sleeves sewn together. “Front left panel” is the left panel as you wear it.

Pattern for sizes are listed as follows:

XS (SM, MD, LG, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

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Written Instructions


Back Panel

Row 1: Ch 98(104, 122, 137, 152, 161, 179, 191, 200). In 3rd ch from hk, (sc, ch 2, sc). *Sk next 2 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch. Rep from to last 2 ch. Sk 1 ch. Hdc last ch. Ch 3 and turn. First row should measure 13.5(14.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5, 29.5).

Row 2 (WS): *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Dc last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to end of row, ending with hdc in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3. until it measures 16(16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21)” from starting edge. Fasten off after finishing a 3rd row.

Left Front Panel

Row 1: Ch 44(47, 56, 65, 71, 77, 86, 95, 101) In 3rd ch fromhkh, (sc, ch 2, sc). *Sk next 2 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch. Rep from to last 2 ch. Sk 1 ch. Hdc last ch. Ch 3 and turn. First row should measure 13.5(14.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5, 29.5).

Row 2 (WS): *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Dc last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to end of row, ending with hdc in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3. until it measures 8.5(8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 13.5)” from starting edge, ending after finishing a 2nd row.

Next Row: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to last 5 sts. Sk 2 sts. hdc in next. Leave last two unworked.

Row 2 (WS): *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Dc last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat: Rep last 2 rows until it measures 16(16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21)” from starting edge.

Fasten on in bottom inner corner. Evenly space 80(80, 86, 92, 92, 98, 106, 114, 114) sc along inner side edge of panel. Fasten off.

Right Front Panel

Row 1: Ch 44(47, 56, 65, 71, 77, 86, 95, 101) In 3rd ch from hk, (sc, ch 2, sc). *Sk next 2 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch. Rep from to last 2 ch. Sk 1 ch. Hdc last ch. Ch 3 and turn. First row should measure 13.5(14.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5, 22.5, 25.5, 27.5, 29.5).

Row 2 (WS): *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Dc last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to end of row, ending with hdc in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3. until it measures 8.5(8.5, 9.5, 10.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 13.5)” from starting edge, ending after finishing a 3rd row. Ch 3 and turn.

Next Row: 3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to last ch-2 sp. Hdc last ch-2 sp. Leave last two sts unworked. Ch 1 and turn.

Next Row: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to last 5 sts. Sk 2 sts. hdc in next. Leave last two unworked.

Repeat: Rep last 2 rows until it measures 16(16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21)” from starting edge. Fasten off.

Fasten on in bottom inner corner. Evenly space 80(80, 86, 92, 92, 98, 106, 114, 114) sc along inner side edge of panel. Fasten off.

Bands (Bottom of All Panels)

Row 1: With right side facing, fasten on in the first chain on bottom edge. Ch 7(7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9). Slst in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Row 2: Slst in BLO each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Slst in BLO each st. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Repeat: Rep last two rows to opposite corner of panel. Fasten off.

Neckline Front Left Panel

Row 1: With right side facing, fasten on in the first neckline sc. Ch 5(5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7). Slst in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Slst to next sc. Turn.

Row 2: Slst in BLO each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Slst in BLO each st. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Repeat: Rep last two rows to bottom corner of panel, including band sts. Fasten off.

Marking For Buttons and Button Holes

Lay front left panel facing up. Place a marker at bottom corner, and base of neckline. Measure distance between the two, and place a marker halfway between them. Place a marker in middle of first and middle marker. Place a marker in middle of middle and last marker (5 markers total).

Lay front right panel facing up, next to front left panel as it will be sewn together. Using the first five stitch markers as a guide, place a marker in the neckline single crochet adjacent to each marker.

Neckline Front Right Panel

Row 1: With right side facing, fasten on in the first neckline sc. Ch 5(5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 7). Slst in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Slst to next sc. Turn.Row 2: Slst in BLO each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Slst in BLO each st. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Repeat: Rep last two rows to marked stitch.

On row with marked stitch, slst in BLO first st. Ch 2, sk 2 sts. Slst BLO last st.

Depending on which row the marker falls on, either join with a slst to marked stitch, and cont with repeat, or ch 1 and turn.

On the next row, make a slst in the BLO of each ch.

Cont with repeat adding button holes at each marked stitch.

Sleeves (Make Two)

Row 1: Ch 38(41, 41, 44, 50, 50, 53, 53, 56) In 3rd ch from hk, (sc, ch 2, sc). *Sk next 2 ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch. Rep from to last 2 ch. Sk 1 ch. Hdc last ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 2 (WS): *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Dc last st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Hdc first st. Sk next st *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to end of row, ending with hdc in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 4: As 2nd row.

Row 5: (Sc, ch 2, sc) first st. Sk next st. *(sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc of next shell. Sk next 2 sts. Rep from to last st. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 6: *3 dc in next ch-2 sp (shell made). Rep from to end of row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 7: Hdc first st. (sc, ch 2, sc) in next st. *Sk next 2 sts. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in next st. Rep from * to end of row, ending with hdc in turning ch. Ch 2 and turn.

Row 8: As 2nd row.

Row 9: As 3rd row.

Row 10: As 2nd row.

Repeat: Rep rows 5-11 4(5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) more times.

Wrap the widest part of the sleeve around the upper part of your arm (below your armpit). If it wraps around with about an inch to spare, cont to the next step. If not, repeat the increasing steps once more and test the fit again. Do this as many times as you need for a comfortable fitting sleeve.

Cont by repeating 3rd and 2nd row until sleeve measures approx 15.5(16, 16, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17, 17.5, 17.5). Fasten off, ending after a 2nd row.

Wrist Bands

Row 1: With right side facing, fasten on in the first chain on bottom edge. Ch 7(7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 9, 9). Slst in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Row 2: Slst in BLO each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3: Slst in BLO each st. Slst to next foundation ch over. Turn.

Repeat: Rep last two rows to opposite corner of panel. Fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing

Step 1: Start with the front and back panel with right side facing in, and seam the shoulders.

Step 2: Open shoulder seams of cardigan so the entire thing is lying flat, with wrong side facing up. Mark the middle of the sleeves by folding in half. Align marker with shoulder seam, also with wrong side facing up. Seam arm to front and back panel.

Step 3: Fold cardigan at shoulder seam with right side facing in. Seam sides and sleeves on both sides.

Step 4: Weave in ends.


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