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Kalina Crochet Duster

Kalina Crochet Duster Free Pattern by Itchin' for some Stitchin'
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INTRODUCING

The Kalina Crochet Duster

Luxurious and stunning, the Kalina Duster is a beautiful way to dress up your warm weather wardrobe! The unique subtle lace pattern creates an elegant look that goes perfectly with a flowy spring dress or even jeans and summer blouse.  Make it as long or short as you like and in the colors of your choice for a gorgeous spring or summer accessory piece that’s as unique as you!

About Kalina

Difficulty Level

This is a level 3 – Intermediate Pattern.

Gauge

15 sts x 8 rows = 4″ x 4″ / 10 cm x 10 cm in double crochet measured over double crochet (dc) with a 4.25mm hook.

Finished Dimensions/Sizing

Pattern is made based on the Crafty Yarn Council’s women size standards for each size listed in the chart below:

  • All measurements are approximate, measured flat pre-wear, and are provided in inches and centimeters and designed to fit women’s sizes according to the Average Body Measurements Chart below.
  • Please be sure to take your own body measurements and let those measurements serve as your guide.
Average Body Measurements Chart

Construction (See Schematic Below)

  • This duster is worked flat in 3 pieces – back, and 2 front panels.
  • Front panels are seamed to the Back panel at the shoulders and sides, leaving armholes unseamed.

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terminology.

Recommended Yarn

  • Yarnspirations Caron Simply Soft in Off White, 100% acrylic, medium 4 worsted weight, 6oz / 170g – 315yds / 288m.

Total yardage: 630yds / 584m to 2205 yds / 2016m.

XS – S:  3 to 4 skeins = 945 yds / 864m to 1260 yds / 1152m.

M – L:  4 to 5 skeins = 1260 yds / 1152m to 1575 yds / 1440m.

XL – 3X:  5 to 6 skeins = 1575 yds / 1440m to 1890 yds / 1728m.

4X – 5X:  6 to 7 skeins = 1890 yds / 1728m to 2205 yds / 2016m.

US/UK Conversion

US terminology UK terminology

Single crochet (sc) = Double crochet (dc)

Double crochet (dc) = Treble crochet (tr)

Yarn Alternatives

Medium 4 worsted weight, 100% acrylic

Other Materials

  • Crochet Hook size G/6 4.25mm or whatever hook is necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
  • Measuring tape
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Inspiration

I’ve always thought that Dusters are such an elegant and fun way to dress up one’s wardrobe. So I decided it was time to design one myself! I settled on an “open block” stitch pattern to give my duster pattern a subtle and graceful lacy look.

Kalina Crochet Duster Pattern by Itchin' for some Stitchin'

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This pattern is available as a large print, ad-free, printable PDF pattern, which includes a stitch chart as well as written instructions.

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Studio Crochet_Issue 2_Lace Edition

Studio Crochet

The PDF version of the Kalina Crochet Duster is currently available in the Studio Crochet, Issue 2 – Lace Edition.

Digital Magazine includes:

  • Seven stunning crochet designs
  • Simple Tutorials
  • Informative articles


Yarn Details

The concept behind the Kalina Crochet Duster is subtle lace.

I wanted to design a warm weather accessory piece that would go with nearly any outfit – causal or dressy.

Once I had my pattern in mind, it was a matter of picking out a soft yarn with a silky sheen.

I’ve long been a fan of Yarnspirations Caron Simply Soft for exactly those reasons, so I knew it was the perfect yarn choice!

Caron Simply Soft_Kalina Crochet Duster in progress

And it turned out just as beautiful as I expected. 😃

Not only is Caron Simply Soft nice to work with, but the subtle shine is absolutely fantastic!

Although there is one slight caveat to this yarn, I still love it so much that I actually did a review on it a few years ago – you can check it out HERE.

Oh, and that caveat (you’ll have read about it in the review) – I didn’t have it with any of the skeins used for the Kalina Duster. Yay!

You can purchase it via my affiliate link below.


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Pattern Notes:

Read all pattern notes, instructions, and other provided details carefully before starting the project to make sure you understand everything.  It could save you hours & a lot of headaches!

  • Before you start, go through the pattern and highlight/mark the stitch and row counts that correspond to the size you are making (this will make your life much easier!).
  • Make a swatch that measures at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch provided under the Gauge Section. If your swatch matches the gauge, then you are all set to start the project. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your crochet hook – increase your hook size if your stitches are smaller & decrease your hook size if your stitches are larger.
  • All measurements given are unblocked and measured flat pre-wear and pre-seaming as fabric pieces may stretch during/after blocking, wearing, and seaming.
  • Provided measurements are as exact as possible, but are given as approximates. This is because yarn variances, crochet tension & individual technique might give variations in the result, which changes from person to person.
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each row. If no stitch count is given, then the count is the same as the previous row.
  • The foundation chain can be worked in multiples of 9 + 3.
  • The trim is worked in continuous rounds.  There will be NO joining at the end of each round, or turning and chaining.  
  • All seaming is done using the whip stitch or your preferred seaming method.
  • Care Instructions:  Hand wash & lay flat to dry or follow instructions on the package.

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Instructions

Back Panel 

Ch 66 (75), (84), (93), (102), (111), (120), (129), (138)

Row 1:  Dc in the 4th ch from hook (first 3chs counts as dc), dc in the next ch, *ch2, skip the next 2 ch, dc in each of the next 7 chs*  Repeat from * to * across, ending with a dc in each of the last 5 ch., turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 6 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 3 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 7 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 2 sts, ch 1, skip the next dc, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Top Tips

  • Make this pattern to any width you choose by chaining multiples of 9 + 3.
  • Make this pattern to shorter lengths to create a mid-length sleeveless cardi or a vest.

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in the next st, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 8 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 5:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 3 dc, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 6 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 6:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 4 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 dc, dc in the next st, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 7:  Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), skip the first 2 dc, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 8 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 8:  Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), skip the first 3 dc, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 7 sts, dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 9:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 4 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 5 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 dc, dc in each of the next 2 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 10:  Repeat row 9.

Row 11:  Repeat row 8.

Row 12:  Repeat row 7.

Row 13:  Repeat row 6.

Row 14:  Repeat row 5.

Row 15:  Repeat row 4.

Row 16:  Repeat row 3.

Row 17:  Repeat row 2.

Row 18:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 2 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work. [63 (72), (81), (90), (99), (108), (117), (126), (135)]

Row 19:  Repeat row 18.

Repeat rows 2 -19 to length for your size in the Garment Measurement Chart above or to your desired length.

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

Front  Panels (make 2)

Ch 21 (30), (30), (39), (39), (48), (48), (57), (57)

Row 1:  Dc in the 4th ch from hook (first 3chs count as dc), dc in the next ch, *ch2, skip the next 2 ch, dc in each of the next 7 chs*  Repeat from * to * across, ending with a dc in each of the last 5 ch., turn work. [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 6 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 3 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 3:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 7 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 2 sts, ch 1, skip the next dc, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 4:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in the next st, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 8 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 5:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 3 dc, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 6 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.   [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 6:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 4 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 dc, dc in the next st, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 7:  Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), skip the first 2 dc, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 8 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 8:  Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), skip the first 3 dc, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 7 sts, dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 9:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 4 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 5 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 dc, dc in each of the next 2 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 10:  Repeat row 9.

Row 11:  Repeat row 8.

Row 12:  Repeat row 7.

Row 13:  Repeat row 6.

Row 14:  Repeat row 5.

Row 15:  Repeat row 4.

Row 16:  Repeat row 3.

Row 17:  Repeat row 2.

Row 18:  Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip the first dc, dc in each of the next 2 sts, *ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 7 sts*.  Repeat from * to * across up to the last 7 sts, ch 2, skip the next 2 sts, dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc in the 3rd ch of the turning chain, turn work.  [18 (27), (27), (36), (36), (45), (45), (54), (54)]

Row 19:  Repeat row 18.

Repeat rows 2 -19 to length for your size in the Garment Measurement Chart above or to your desired length.

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

Assembly:

Lay the two side panels on top of the back panel as indicated in the schematic below.  Be sure to align the open squares pattern.  Seam as indicated in the schematic.

A. Seam; shoulder width

5″, 7″, 7″, 10″, 10″, 12″, 12″, 14.5″, 14.5′ / 12.75cm, 17.75cm, 17.75cm, 25.5cm, 25.5cm, 30.5cm, 30.5cm, 36.75cm, 36.76cm

B. Do not seam; armhole depth

10″, 10.75″, 11″, 11.5″, 12″, 12.5″, 13″, 13.5″, 13.5′ / 25.5cm, 26.75cm, 28cm, 29.5cm, 30.5cm, 31.75cm, 33cm, 34.25cm, 34.25cm

C. Seam; Total length – armhole depth

30″, 29.25″, 31″, 30.5″, 32″, 31.5″, 33″, 32.5″, 32.5′ / 76cm, 74.75cm, 78.75cm, 77.45cm, 81.22cm, 80cm, 83..75cm, 82.5cm, 82.5cm

Pro Tip:  Use stitch markers to mark the bottom of the armpit before seaming.

The duster should have a Chevron pattern as in the images below.

  • When you get back to the stitch marker, you will crochet continuously  – sc in the blo only around the duster/sleeves for two more rounds.

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

  • Once sewn together, the seam will be on the outside.  Turn right side out.  Continue to the Trim section.

Trim 

  • Attach yarn with a slp-st at any seam, sc in the same st (mark it with a st marker) and all the way around the duster/sleeves.  

Yarn Note

Caron Simply Soft is a thinner medium 4 worsted weight yarn so it works beautifully for this summer/spring project.

Most lightweight 3 yarns (especially those on a little thicker side) will work just as well.

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Tamara

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hello! Will you please confirm the gauge for this project? I used a 4mm hook and my tension runs tight. I reached 4 inches at the 9th row but your gauge asks for 18 rows. Did I misunderstand that the gauge is done in rows of double crochet?

Itchin4Stitchin

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

Hi Tamara,

Oh good gravy - thank you so much! That's actually a typo. It should be 8 rows - so for you, you might want to go down a hook size. I'll fix it now. Great catch!

Sincerely,

RaeLynn

Clare

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

probably a silly question but isn't worsted weight yarn thick? The closest we have in the UK is aran which is 10 ply and def not designed for lacy summer/spring cardies. Would it work in something thinner?

Itchin4Stitchin

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Hi Clare,

So, Caron Simply Soft is worsted 4 (UK araon - 10ply), but it actually on the thinner side, which is why it works well for this pattern summer/spring and is actually quite lightweight. And yes, it has been tested with lightweight 3 yarn and worked out beautifully. I will add that to the post.

Best wishes,

RaeLynn