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All You Need is Love Cardigan

All You Need is Love Crochet Cardigan by Stitch Fast, Die Warm
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INTRODUCING

The All You Need is Love Crochet Cardigan

A lovely tapestry crochet cardigan adorned with sweet hearts all around. The perfect way to say “I love you” for Valentine’s Day or to show off your sweetness any time of year!

I am so thrilled to bring you this fun and fanciful cardigan by my newest guest designer, Chelsea Obermann of Stitch Fast, Die warm who designed this pattern in hopes of inspiring you to do more tapestry crochet.

Let’s let Chelsea tell you all about it!


About the Pattern

I had no definitive inspiration for this pattern. I just knew I wanted to design a cardigan and that I wanted it to have colorwork!

So I designed a pattern of repeating hearts that’ll make it really easy to learn the basics of colorwork/tapestry crochet.

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The All You Need is Love Cardigan is a great way to throw yourself into crochet tapestry colorwork!

I’ve given sizing guides for reference but this pattern is fully customizable to any measurements you want. As long as you use a multiple of a certain number of stitches, you can make this cardigan to fit literally any body!

I’m still a new designer, and when I designed this cardigan, I kept in mind a simple concept to be repeated over and over until the maker could completely nail down the colorwork technique.

This garment will give you enough practice to branch out into more complicated design that include more shapes and colors!


Yarn Details

I chose to use Provincial Tweed by WeCrochet because I’ve been obsessed with all of their yarns since I seriously got into crochet and designing.

I absolutely adore any tweed yarn, the lovely flecks of color give the finished piece a very unique finish with zero effort!

As I was browsing yarn to use for this, Provincial Tweed from WeCrochet really stuck out for me, from the color palette to the darling neps of fuzzies distributed throughout.

Yarn Alternatives

Pound of Love from Lion Brand is a great substitute if you’re looking for a budget, durable yarn!

You can substitute any weight yarn for this pattern; gauge isn’t super important because you’ll just be going until you hit certain measurements! 

Instructions

**THIS IS AN ORIGINAL PATTERN.  Please see Stitch Fast, Die Warm’s Copyright Statement for details.

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This post only includes written instructions.

If you prefer crocheting from a chart, you can find one in the downloadable PDF pattern.

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All You Need is Love Crochet Cardigan by Stitch Fast, Die Warm

Materials

Yarn

250 yds/100g per hank

NOTE: This yarn is listed as a worsted weight but is on the thin side for a worsted. Make sure you crochet on the loose side and meet your measurements!

XS/S – 6 skeins color A and 1 skein color B

M/L – 8 skeins color A and 2 skeins color B

1X/2X – 10 skeins color A and 2 skeins color B

3X/4X – 12 skeins color A and 3 skeins color B

Other Materials Needed

  • Hook – 5mm 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Yarn Scissors
  • Buttons (optional)

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single crochet

FHdc – Foundation Half double crochet

Hdc – Half double crochet

ss – Slip Stitch

St – Stitch

RS – Right side

WS – Wrong side

Special Stitches

hdc2tog – Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop, pull a loop through all loops on hook.

Sizing Guide

InchesXS/SM/L1X/2X3X/4X
Bust28-3536-4244-5052-58
Width21-2222.5-2424.5-2626.5-28
Length32323333
Arm Length18181919

Gauge

Gauge is not important for this garment as it is fully customizable to measurements you decide on.

Pattern Notes

  • This garment is crocheted from the bottom up, and split for the sleeves midway through. You will then seam the shoulders and crochet the sleeves directly onto the garment in the round.
  • Ch-1 at the beginning of each row before turning; this does NOT count as a stitch.
  • If you have any questions about the pattern feel free to message me on Instagram – my username is stitchfastdiewarm!

Pattern

Main Panel

With color A

Ribbing

Row 1: FHdc 10.

Next Row: Hdcblo until last st, hdc. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat until desired width of sweater is achieved. I would add about 5 inches to this measurement as it will shrink when you do the colorwork.

Turn ribbing strip lengthwise, chain 1 and place hdc stitches evenly across the top. Make sure your stitch count equals a repeat of 14, plus an additional 8 stitches.

Row 1-2: Chain 1, hdc across. Turn.

Colorwork section 1 (ch 1 and turn after each row):

Row 1 (RS): A: Hdc 9.(B: Hdc 1, A: Hdc 13). Repeat () until 9 stitches remain. A: Hdc 9.

Row 2 (WS): A: Hdc 8. (B:Hdc 3, A: Hdc 11). Repeat () until 8 stitches remain. A: Hdc 8.

Row 3: A: Hdc 7. (B: Hdc 5, A: Hdc 9). Repeat () until 7 stitches remain. A: Hdc 7.

Row 4: A: Hdc 6. (B: Hdc 7, A: Hdc 7). Repeat () Until 6 stitches remain. A: Hdc 6.

Row 5: A: Hdc 5. (B: Hdc 9, A: Hdc 5). Repeat () Until 5 stitches remain. A: Hdc 5.

Row 6: A: Hdc 4. (B: Hdc 11, A: Hdc 3). Repeat () Until 4 stitches remain. A: Hdc 4.

Row 7: Repeat row 6.

Row 8: A: Hdc 5. (B: Hdc 4, A: Hdc 1, B: Hdc 4, A: Hdc 5). Repeat () until 5 stitches remain. A: Hdc  5.

Row 9: A: Hdc 6. (B: Hdc 2, A: Hdc 3, B: Hdc 2, A: Hdc 7). Repeat () until 6 stitches remain. A: Hdc 6.

Next three rows: With color A, hdc across.

Colorwork section B

Row 1 (RS): A: Hdc 16.(B: Hdc 1, A: Hdc 13). Repeat () until 16 stitches remain. A: Hdc 16.

Row 2 (WS): A: Hdc 15. (B:Hdc 3, A: Hdc 11). Repeat () until 15 stitches remain. A: Hdc 15.

Row 3: A: Hdc 14. (B: Hdc 5, A: Hdc 9). Repeat () until 14 stitches remain. A: Hdc 14.

Row 4: A: Hdc 13. (B: Hdc 7, A: Hdc 7). Repeat () Until 13 stitches remain. A: Hdc 13.

Row 5: A: Hdc 12. (B: Hdc 9, A: Hdc 5). Repeat () Until 12 stitches remain. A: Hdc 12.

Row 6: A: Hdc 11. (B: Hdc 11, A: Hdc 3). Repeat () Until 11 stitches remain. A: Hdc 11.

Row 7: Repeat row 6.

Row 8: A: Hdc 12. (B: Hdc 4, A: Hdc 1, B: Hdc 4, A: Hdc 5). Repeat () until 12 stitches remain. A: Hdc 12.

Row 9: A: Hdc 13. (B: Hdc 2, A: Hdc 3, B: Hdc 2, A: Hdc 7). Repeat () until 13 stitches remain. A: Hdc 13.

Next three rows: With color A, hdc across.

Repeat colorwork section 1.

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Switch to color A only.

Complete at least 25 rows of hdc across, until desired length before armholes. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Split for sleeves

Take your total stitch count, divide it by two. Take that number and divide by two, and round DOWN to the nearest whole number. The larger number is your main panel stitch count, and the smaller number is your shoulder panel stitch count. Feel free to adjust the size of your panels as desired.

THIS SECTION BEGINS A NEW ROW COUNT

Shoulder panel 1

Row 1: With RS facing you, complete the indicated number of hdc stitches. Ch 1, turn. 

Repeat row 1 until you complete 30 (or desired number of) total rows. Fasten off.

Main panel

Row 1: With RS facing you, starting in the next stitch after your shoulder panel, complete the indicated number of hdc stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Hdc across. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until you complete 30 (or desired number of) total rows. Fasten off.

Shoulder panel 2

Row 1: With RS facing you, starting in the next stitch after your main panel, complete the indicated number of hdc stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Hdc across. Ch 1, turn. Fasten off.

Repeat row 2 until you complete 30 (or desired number of) total rows. Fasten off.

Your main body panel should now look like this:

All You need is Love Cardigan by Stitch Fast, Die Warm

Shoulder Seaming

With the wrong side of your work facing you, fold in the shoulder panels so they meet in the middle.

It should look like this:

Using your preferred seaming method, (mattress stitch, slip stitch, single crochet) seam the shoulders together. Turn your work inside out so the right side is facing outwards.

Sleeve

  • For the sleeve, I’m giving two stitch counts – one for smaller sizes, with one for larger sizes in (). Feel free to adjust the sleeve circumference as you wish, as long as you place the 11-stitch colorwork design perfectly in the center.

Row 1: Attach yarn at the bottom of the armhole. Hdc around, ensuring you have 69 (or 75) st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: *Hdc 3, hdc2 tog. Repeat from * around. Ch 1, turn. (53, 75)

Row 3-23: Hdc around. Ch 1, turn.

Colorwork section

Row 24: A: Hdc 23 (25). (B: Hdc 2. A: Hdc 3. B: Hdc 2.) Hdc 23 (25).

Row 25: A: Hdc 22 (24). (B: Hdc 4. A: Hdc 1. B: Hdc 4.) Hdc 22 (26).

Row 26: A: Hdc 21 (23). (B: Hdc 11.) Hdc 21 (23).

Row 27: Repeat row 26.

Row 28: A: Hdc 22 (24). (B: Hdc 9.) A: Hdc 22 (24).

Row 29: A: Hdc 23 (25). (B: Hdc 7.) A: Hdc 23(25).

Row 30: A: Hdc 24(26). (B: Hdc 5). A: Hdc 24(25).

Row 31: A: Hdc 25(27). (B: Hdc 3). A: Hdc 25(27).

Row 32: A: Hdc 26(28). (B: Hdc 1.) A: Hdc 26(28).

Switch to A only.

Row 33-53: Hdc around.

Row 54: *Hdc 2, Hdc2tog. Repeat from * around. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.

Cuff

Ch 9. Hdc 8, ss next 3 st along sleeve opening.

*Hdcblo 7, hdc last st. Ch 1, turn. Hdcblo across, ss next 3 along sleeve opening.

Repeat from * around entire sleeve opening until no sleeve opening sts remain; ss the cuff together.

See photo tutorial below:

All You Need is Love Cardigan Sleeves
All You Need is Love Cardigan Sleeves

Edging

Edging for Buttons

With RS facing you, attach yarn with a single crochet into the bottom left corner of the front of the cardigan. 

*Single crochet 20, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc 11. Repeat from * 6 more times, then sc until you reach the opposite corner of the cardigan. Ch 1, turn.

Next row: Sc around, placing 2 sc in each of the ch-2 spaces.

To attach buttons: lay panel with buttonholes over opposite side of cardigan. Place stitch markers inside the button holes on the button-side of the cardigan. Sew buttons on indicated spaces.

Edging Without Buttons

With RS facing you, attach yarn with a single crochet into the bottom left corner of the front of the cardigan. 

Single crochet around the entire front edge until you reach the opposite corner of the cardigan.

Weave in ends and you’re finished! 


About the Designer:

Chlesea Oberman of Stitch Fast, Die Warm

My name is Chelsea and my lil blog, Stitch Fast Die Warm, turns a year old in February!My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was young but I picked it up regularly four years ago. Last year I started my blog so I could start publishing my own designs! My favorite things to make and design are sweaters, blankets and shawls. When I’m not stitching you can find me curled up on the couch with a book or a video game.


What an absolutely sweet sweet cardigan!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day too! Wouldn’t one of these in red with white hearts just be fabulous?!

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