Lacy Cropped Cardigan

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Lacy Cropped Cardigan

designed by Heidi Stepp
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This light, breezy crop-top cardigan is great to wear overtop of your ensemble.

S
38" (96.5 cm)
16.5"
M
42" (106.5 cm)
17"
L
46" (117 cm)
17.5"
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The materials for this project cost $17.57

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Size:

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  • M
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Finished Chest
38" (96.5 cm)
Finished Length
16.5"

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Main Color (MC)

Simply Soft | Victorian Rose, 9721Edit Color
$12.87

Aluminum Crochet Hook 6"

Size I9/5.5mm
$2.20

Bent Tip Steel Yarn Needles

Sizes 13 & 16 2/Pkg
$2.50

Materials not included in this kit:

Split-ring stitch markers

One size US G/7 (4.5 mm) for crochet buttons (optional)

Or Six - 5/8" buttons (optional)

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The materials for this project cost $17.57

Abbreviations

Beg = beginning

Ch(s) = Chain(s)

Dc = double crochet

Dec = decrease(ing)

hdc = half double crochet

Inc(s) = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch.

rnd(s) = round(s)

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

st(s) = stitch(es)

tr = treble crochet

WS = wrong side

Details & Instructions

MEASUREMENTS

Finished Chest
S 38" (96.5 cm)
M 42" (106.5 cm)
L 46" (117 cm)
Finished Length
S 16.5"
M 17"
L 17.5"

MATERIALS

Cardigan
Simply Soft (170 g/6. oz;288 m/315 yds)
SizesSML 
Main Color (MC)
Victorian Rose (9721)
334

GAUGE

In Mesh stitch pattern, 7 spaces and 14 1/2 rows = 4"/10cm using larger hook

INSTRUCTIONS

Mesh Stitch = multiple of 2 sts

Row 1 (RS): Sc in sixth ch from hook (counts as first space); *ch 3, skip 1 ch, sc into next ch; repeat from * to end; turn.
Row 2: Ch 4, sc in first space, *ch 3, sc into next space; repeat from *across; turn.
Repeat Row 2 for Mesh st.
Shell: Work [hdc, dc, hdc] in st indicated.

RIGHT FRONT

Foundation Row: Using larger hook, loosely ch 32 (36, 40).
Begin Mesh st—14 (16, 18) ch-spaces after Row 1.
Work even for 8 more rows; end with a RS row—9 rows total.

Shape Side

Row 10: (WS) At armhole edge, inc 1, work to end—15 (17, 19) spaces.
Rows 11 – 19: Work even.
Row 20: Repeat Row 10—16 (18, 20) spaces.
Rows 21 –32: Work even.
Shape Armhole
Next Row: (RS) Work across until 3 spaces remain, work dec—13 (15, 17) spaces remain.
Continuing in Mesh st, work 2 (4, 6) rows even.
Shape Front Neck
Next Row: (WS) Work across until 3 spaces remain, work dec at neck edge; turn—10 (12, 14) spaces remain.
Next Row: (RS) At armhole edge, dec 1 space—9 (11, 13) spaces remain.
Next Row: At neck edge, dec 2 spaces—7 (9, 11) spaces remain.
Working armhole edge even, dec 1 space at neck edge every other row 3 times—4 (6, 8) spaces remain; 44 (46, 48) rows completed.
Work even until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8)" from beginning of shaping, end with a RS row.
Shape Shoulder
Work 2 (3, 4) spaces, slip st into next space.
Fasten off.

LEFT FRONT

Work as for right Front, reversing shaping.

BACK

Foundation Row: Using larger hook, loosely chain 62 (70, 78).
Begin Mesh st– 29 (33, 37) ch-spaces after Row 1.
Work even for 8 more rows; end with a RS row—9 rows total.

 

Shape Sides

Rows 10 and 11: Inc 1 space at beg of next 2 rows—31 (35, 39) spaces.
Work even for 8 rows.
Rows 20 and 21: Repeat Rows 10 and 11—33 (37, 41) spaces.
Work even until piece measures same as right Front to underarm—32 rows completed.

 

Shape Armholes

Dec 3 spaces at end of next 2 Rows—27 (31, 35) spaces remain.
Work even for 2 rows.
Dec 1 space at end of next 2 rows—25 (29, 33) spaces remain.
Work even until piece measures 4 rows less than right Front to shoulder shaping.

 

Shape Neck and Shoulder

Next Row: (RS) Work 5 (7, 9) spaces, dec at neck edge; leave remaining spaces unworked; turn—5 (7, 9) spaces for shoulder.
Work 1 row even.
Next Row: Work 4 (6, 8) spaces; dec at neck edge, turn—4 (6, 8) spaces remain.
Work 1 row even.
Shape Shoulder
Work 2 (3, 4) spaces, slip stitch into next space.
Fasten off.
Join yarn at opposite armhole edge; work as for first side.

 

SLEEVE – 2 lengths given (Longer length shown).

Longer <shorter>sleeve, including 4" ruffle, measures 25<23>" long, including cap. Instructions for shorter length are shown in < >.

Foundation Row: Using larger hook, loosely chain 34.
Begin Mesh st—15 ch-spaces after Row 1.
Work even for 4 (4, 2) rows.

Shape Sleeve

Inc 1 space at beginning of this row, then every 9 (7, 7) <7 (5, 5)> rows 6 (8, 8) times—21 (23, 25) spaces.
Work even until piece measures 16 1/2 <14 1/2)" from Foundation row.

 

Shape Cap

Dec 2 spaces at end of next 2 rows—17 (19, 21) spaces remain.
Dec 1 space at end of next 4 rows—13 (15, 17) spaces remain.
Work even for 2 rows.
Dec 1 space at end of next 8 rows—5 (7, 9) spaces remain
Fasten off.

 

SLEEVE RUFFLE

Note: Ruffle is worked in-the-round; place a marker (pm) in the dc or tr that ends each rnd.
With RS held together, partially seam lower edge of sleeves.
Rnd 1: With right side facing, join yarn in firstspace on lower edge next to seam; * ch 4, sc in next space; repeat from * to last space, ch 2, dc into same space as beg ch 4 (counts as last ch-4 space); pm in top of dc—15 spaces.
Rnd 2: * Ch 4, sc in next space; ch 5, sc in same space; repeat from * to last space (formed by ch-2 and dc), end ch 4, sc in last space, ch 2, tr in marked st of previous row (counts as last ch-5 space); pm.
Rnds 3 and 6: Ch 4, sc in each ch-4 and ch-5 space around to last space, end ch 2, dc in top of marked st; pm—30 ch-4 spaces after Rnd 3; 45 ch-4 spaces after Rnd 6.
Rnd 4: Work shell in marked dc of Rnd 2, sc in next space; * ch 4, sc into next space, shell in sc between spaces, sc into next space; repeat from * around, end ch 2, dc in marked st; pm—15 ch-4 spaces, 15 shells.
Rnd 5: *Ch 4, sc in dc of shell, ch 4, sc into next space, ch 5, sc in same space; repeat from * around, end ch 4, sc in top of dc of last shell, ch 4, sc in last space (ch-2 and dc of previous row), ch 2, tr in top of marked st; pm—30 ch-4 spaces, 15 ch-5 spaces.
Rnd 7: Work shell in dc of Rnd 5, sc in next space; * ch 4, sc into next space, ch 5, sc into same space, ch 4, sc into next space; work shell in sc between spaces, sc into next space; repeat from * around, end ch 2, dc in top of marked dc; pm—30 ch-4 spaces, 15 ch-5 spaces, 15-shells.
Rnd 8: [Ch 4, sc] in dc of each shell and in each ch-4 and ch-5 space around; end ch 2, dc in top of marked stitch; pm—60 ch-4 spaces.
Rnd 9: * [Ch 4, sc] in next 3 spaces, work shell in next sc, sc in next space; repeat from * around, end work shell in sc between last two spaces, slip st in top of marked dc and in next two ch of ch-4 space of previous row—45 ch-4 spaces, 15 shells.
Rnd 10: [Ch 5, sc] in each space and in dc of each shell around, end ch 2, tr in slip st at beg of rnd—60 ch-5 spaces.
Fasten off.
Repeat for second sleeve.

 

FINISHING

Seam shoulders seams. Set in sleeves; sew side and sleeve seams.
Note: You may find it helpful to place markers at center Back, and center Back neck to help in working the same number of sts in each section of Edging.
Edging
With right side facing, join yarn at right side seam.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, * sc evenly around lower edge, along center fronts and neck shaping, working 3 sc in each corner at lower edge and Front neck edge, join with a slip stitch to beg sc; pm.
Rnd 2: Slip st in next sc, work shell in next sc, * slip st in each of next 2 sc, shell in next sc; repeat from * around, working ch-5 button loops evenly spaced on center right Front edge between 2 slip sts in pattern, end with a slip st in last sc at side seam.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Sew crocheted or purchased buttons opposite button loops.

 

Crochet Buttons (optional – make 6 if desired)
Place working yarn across 8" of yarn tail, making a loop. Insert smaller hook through crossing and pull up a loop. Ch 2, work 10 hdc into loop. Cut yarn, leaving an 8" tail.
Pull yarn out of last hdc; with tail threaded on yarn needle, pass tail through top of first hdc and back through top 'v' of last hdc; weave yarn through outer edge of all 10 sts.
Turn button over to WS; thread up beginning yarn tail and weave through all hdc around; pull up tightly to close center opening.
Pull up and tighten yarn woven through outer stitch edges and tie in knot with yarn tail at center.