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Crochet Long Cardigan Pattern, Chelsea Cardigan

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Long Crochet Cardigan Pattern-includes a regular length version too. 

 

Crochet Long Cardigan in Rose Color

 

 

This crochet long cardigan pattern has a simple construction that is easy enough for beginners. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves, ribbing, and pockets are attached later.

 

 

Long Crochet Cardigan Side View

 

I designed this to be a regular length but the stitch pattern stretched to give it a long coat length. So, I decided to write the pattern for two different lengths, a regular length that hits the upper thigh and a long version that hits above the knees.

 

Closeup of pockets of long crochet cardigan

 

This cardigan is comfortable for regular wear and the pockets make it even more functional. The pattern has just the right amount of ease for a classic fit. 

 

Closeup of upper half of the long cardigan

 

If you have never tried making a cardigan before, this will be a great first pattern to try. The pattern includes plus size too, so women of all sizes can enjoy it. Gather your supplies and let’s get making!

 

Front view of the long crochet cardigan with pockets

 

 

Crochet Long Cardigan Pattern

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Materials

1. Big Twist Soft yarn in color Rose. It is a worsted weight size 4 Medium weight yarn.

2. K (6.5mm) hook for the main body and H (5)mm hook for the ribbing. Use any size hook to attain gauge. 

3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends

4. Stitch markers

 

Finished Sizes For Long Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Notes

1. The sizing guide is given in the order  S (ML) (XL, 2XL3XL)

2. The cardigan stretches by 4-6 inches in length when worn, The finished length when worn is given below.

 

To fit bust: 34 (38, 42) (46, 50, 54)”

Back Width: 19 (21.5, 23) (25.5, 27.5, 29.5)”

Armhole: 7 (7, 8) (8, 9, 9)”

Sleeve Length: 17″ for all the sizes. 

Length(Regular Version): 29.5 (29.5, 30.5) (31.5, 31.5, 31.5)” when worn

Length(Long Version): 36 (36, 36) (37, 37, 37)” when worn

 

 

Yardage

Each skein of Big Twist Soft yarn is 320 yards long. The yardage given is for the longer version. The regular length version will take 1/2 skein less than the longer version. 

S: 5 skeins

M: 5.5 skeins

L: 6 skeins

XL: 7 skeins

2XL: 7 skeins

3XL: 7.5 skeins

 

 

Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US crochet terms.

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sk: skip

YO: yarn over

RS: Right side of crochet fabric

WS: wrong side of crochet fabric

 

 

Stitch Explanations

SHD(single half double decrease): Insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop, YO, and pull up a loop in the next st, YO, and pull through all the 4 loops on your hook to complete your SHD. It is like a single crochet and a half double crochet stitch joined together. 

 

BLO(back loop only): You will insert your hook only under the back loop when working a st and not under both the loops as shown in the picture below. 

 

Shows how to work in back loops only

 

 

Gauge

Pattern for Gauge Swatch

With K (6.5mm)hook, ch 23 and follow Rows 1-3 of the back panel. Keep repeating Row 3 until your piece measures 6-1/2 inches and then measure for gauge.

 

6 Repeats and 11 Rows= 4-1/4 inches

 

Each repeat is made up of one SHD and ch 1.

 

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Long Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Pattern Overview

1. First, the back panel is worked bottom-up and the front panels are worked as a continuation of the back panel. We will then seam the sides leaving a gap for the armhole.

 

2. The sleeves are worked separately and stitched into a tube before attaching it to the body.

 

3. The bottom ribbing, collar, and pockets are all made separately and attached to the cardigan. 

 

4. The smaller hook is only used for the ribbing and for working a sc row along the hemline and front opening before attaching the ribbing. 

 

How to join a new skein of yarn

Note: You will have to join a new skein in the middle of your work. You can either choose to join a new skein at the end of a row or in the middle of a row. 

 

 

Joining a new skein while working your last sc: Start working the sc as usual and when you have 2 loops left on your hook, YO and pull through the new skein of yarn. 

 

 

Joining a new skein while working an SHD: Start the SHD as usual and once you have 4 loops on your hook, YO and pull through the new skein of yarn.

 

 

Back Panel

The back panel is worked bottom-up and is a simple rectangle. The length of your foundation chain will determine the width of the back panel. 

 

Pattern Notes

 The numbers given at the end of the rows in blue color are the end of the row stitch counts. The stitch counts are given in the order S (M, L) (XL, 2XL, 3XL)

 

 

With the K (6.5mm)hook, ch 55 (61, 65) (71, 77, 83). The initial chain is a multiple of 2+1.

 

Row 1: SHD across 3rd and 4th ch from hook, *(ch 1, SHD over next 2 ch), repeat from * across to last ch, ch 1, 1 sc in last ch, turn. See Stitch Explanation above to learn how to work an SHD. 26 (29, 31) (34, 37, 40)repeats

 

 

Note: See the pic 1 below to learn where to insert your hook to work SHD in the following rounds.

 

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1. Work SHD into adjacent st and ch-1 space

 

 

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of skipped ch 2, turn. 26 (29, 31) (34, 37, 40)SHD

 

 

Row 3: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn. 26 (29, 31) (34, 37, 40)SHD

 

 

Keep repeating row 3 until you have 57 (57, 59), (61, 61, 61)Rows for the regular length version and 70 (70, 70), (72, 72, 72)Rows for the long version. The cardigan will stretch by 4-6 inches when worn, so your work might look short now. Do not fasten off. See how to count rows in pic 2 given below. 

 

 

 

Stitches of rows slant to teh left and right alternatingly

2. Shows how to count the rows in this stitch pattern

 

 

 

First Front Panel

Note: The front panel is worked as a continuation of the back panel as shown in pic 3 below.

 

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3. First front panel completed

 

 

Row 1: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * until you have completed 11 (12, 13) (15, 16, 18)SHD, ch 1, sc into the space right after the next SHD, turn. 11 (12, 13) (15, 16, 18)SHD

 

 

Note: Place a marker anywhere on the first row you just completed. It will help you to count the rows of the front panel. 

 

 

Row 2: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn. 11 (12, 13) (15, 16, 18)SHD

 

 

Repeat Row 2 above until your front panel measures the same length as the back panel. When you fold it over the back panel, the hemlines should match in length.

 

 

The front panel may have fewer rows compared to the back panel as it will stretch more than the back panel. Once you have made sure the front and back panels are the same length, you can fasten off. 

 

 

Second Front Panel

Both front panels worked onto the back panel

4. The second front panel is worked after leaving a small gap from the first front panel

 

 

Row 1: Look at the top of the Row and skip a total of 7(9, 9) (7, 9, 7) sts and chs  from the first front panel, sl st into the next st, ch 1, SHD across the first st and the next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn. 11 (12, 13) (15, 16, 18)SHD

 

 

Row 2: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 1, turn. 11 (12, 13) (15, 16, 18)SHD

 

 

Repeat Row 2 above until your second front panel has the same number of rows as your first front panel.  Fasten off. 

 

 

Seaming Sides of the Long Crochet Cardigan

Fold the front panels over the back panel with the RS inside. You can choose the side you find more appealing as your Right side(RS). 

 

 

Leave a 7 (7, 8) (8, 9, 9)” gap for the armhole and seam the sides shut using the bigger 6.5mm hook and a slip stitch seam. 

 

 

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5. Seam the sides leaving a gap for the armhole

 

 

Sleeves (Make 2)

Sleeve completed with ribbing

6. Sleeve completed with ribbing 

 

 

Note:  The sleeves are worked flat. You start working from the top of the sleeve to the wrist part and then work the ribbing as a continuation of the sleeves. 

 

 

Ch 41 (41, 45) (45, 51, 51)

Row 1: SHD across 3rd and 4th ch from hook, *(ch 1, SHD over next 2 ch), repeat from * across to last ch, ch 1, 1 sc in last ch, turn. 19 (19, 21) (21, 24, 24)SHD

 

 

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, DO NOT ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space, DO NOT ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * until you have completed 17 (17, 19) (19, 22, 22)SHD in total, DO NOT ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space, DO NOT ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space, ch 1, sk last SHD, 1 sc on top of skipped ch 2, turn. 19 (19, 21) (21, 24, 24)SHD

 

 

Row 3: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, ch 1, SHD across next 2 sts, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * until you have completed 16 (16, 18) (18, 21, 21)SHD, ch 1, SHD in next 2 sts, ch 1, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn.  17 (17, 19) (19, 22, 22)SHD

 

 

Row 4: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn. 17 (17, 19) (19, 22, 22)SHD

 

 

Repeat Row 4 until your sleeve measures 5.5 (5.5, 6.5) (6.5, 7, 7)” long. Then repeat Rows 2 and 3 once to end in  15 (15, 17) (17, 20, 20)SHD

 

 

 Now keep repeating Row 4 until your sleeve measures approximately 13-1/2 inches. 

 

 

Last Row: Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, 1 sc in each st, and ch-1 space across to last SHD, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch-2. Do not fasten off.  31 (31, 35) (35, 41, 41)sc

 

 

Sleeve Ribbing

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7. Work the sleeve ribbing as a continuation of the sleeves

 

 

Switch to the smaller H (5 mm) hook and continue with the working yarn.

 

Row 1 (see pic 7 above): Ch 11, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 9 chs, sl st into the same st where you started the long chain, sl st to the next free st on the sleeve edge, ch 1 and turn. (10 sc)

 

 

Row 2: Sk the first 2 sl sts, 1 sc in BLO of next 9 sts across to last st, 1 sc in both loops of last st, ch 1 and turn. (10 sc)

 

 

Row 3: 1 sc in BLO of first st, 1 sc in BLO of next 9 sts, sl st into the next 2 sts on the sleeve edge, ch 1 and turn. (10 sc)

 

 

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until you end with a sl st in the very last st on the sleeve. Fasten off. 

 

 

Seaming the Sleeves

Fold the sleeve in half lengthways, and use the bigger hook to sl stitch the edges of the sleeve together to form a tube. Make sure that you make the seam on the WS of the sleeve. You can look at the body of your cardigan to figure out which side you should be choosing as the WS of your sleeve.

 

Make one more sleeve following the same pattern.

 

 

Attaching the Sleeve to the Body

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8. Insert sleeve into the armhole

 

 

Place the cardigan with the wrong side out and the sleeve with the right side out as shown in pic 8 above. Insert sleeve through the armhole, align the edges and join them together with a whip stitch seam.

 

Make sure you grab about 1/4 inch of fabric when you whip stitch and do not go through the very edge. This will make sure our heavy sleeve holds well onto the body of the cardigan.

 

 

 

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9. Make sure you grab about 1/4 inch of fabric when you whip stitch

 

 

Bottom Ribbing

Prepping for the Ribbing

1. Before adding the bottom ribbing, we will use the smaller hook H(5mm) to work a Row of sc along the base of the cardigan.

2. This sc row should be worked on the RS of the cardigan where the seam is not visible.

3. You will work over any yarn tails left here to weave them in as you go. 

 

 

Sc Row: The front panel edges will have actual sts and chs to work into. Start at the corner of the front panel and work 1 sc into each st or ch across until you hit the side seam, 1 sc in the seam. On the back panel, work 2 sc under each SHD across, 1 sc in the side seam, 1 sc in each st and ch of the front panel.  Fasten off.

 

 

Bottom Ribbing Pattern 

With H(5mm) hook, ch 9.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to end, turn.—-8 sc

 

 

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in BLO of first st and next 6 sts, 1 sc in both loops of last st, turn. —–8 sc

 

 

Keep repeating Row 2 until your ribbing is almost as long as the hem of your cardigan, but keep the yarn attached. 

 

 

Attaching the Ribbing to the Hem

A whip stitch is preferred for attaching the ribbing. Slightly stretch the ribbing and start attaching the ribbing from the first row of the ribbing and not the end where you have the yarn attached. That way you will be able to add or unravel rows at the end to make the ribbing fit. If you don’t stretch the ribbing, your hemline will look wider than the body of your cardigan. When you whip stitch, make sure your seam will be inside the cardigan. 

 

 

Insert the needle 1/4 inch below the edge of the ribbing and into the sts on the hemline to whip stitch them together. Remember to slightly stretch the ribbing when you work each section. Add or unravel rows at the end as needed to make the ribbing fit. Fasten off. 

 

 

Collar Ribbing

Prepping for Collar Ribbing

Note: We will work a sc row around the front opening using the smaller H(5mm) hook before attaching the ribbing. 

 

 

Sc Row: On the RS of the cardigan, sl st to the bottom left of the front opening, 1 sc into each st of the bottom ribbing, 1 sc evenly distributed across the left side until you reach the back of the neck, work sc sts inserting your hook a 1/4 inch below the edge on the back of the neck to avoid leaving holes, 1 sc across the right edge until you reach the hem, fasten off. 

 

 

Collar Ribbing Pattern

With H(5mm) hook, ch 8.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to end, turn.—-7 sc

 

 

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in BLO of first st and next 5 sts, 1 sc in both loops of last st, turn. —–7 sc

 

Keep repeating Row 2 until your ribbing is almost as long as the front opening of your cardigan, but keep the yarn attached. 

 

 

Attaching the Collar to the Front Opening

Again, a whip stitch is preferred for attaching the collar ribbing to the front opening. This time, do not stretch the ribbing. Like before, remember to start attaching the ribbing from the first row of the ribbing and not the end where you have the yarn attached.

 

 

Insert the needle 1/4 inch below the edge of the ribbing and into the sts on the front opening to whip stitch them together.  Add or unravel rows at the end as needed to make the ribbing fit. Fasten off. 

 

 

Pockets (Make 2)

With K(6.5mm) hook, Ch 19 (19, 19) (21, 21, 21).

Row 1: SHD across 3rd and 4th ch from hook, *(ch 1, SHD over next 2 ch), repeat from * across to last ch, ch 1, 1 sc in last ch, turn. See Stitch Explanation above to learn how to work an SHD. 8 (8, 8) (9, 9, 9) SHD

 

 

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of skipped ch 2, turn. 8 (8, 8) (9, 9, 9) SHD

 

 

Row 3: Ch 2, SHD over first sc and next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, SHD over next SHD and next ch-1 space), repeat from * across to last SHD, ch 1, sk last SHD, sc on top of beginning ch 2, turn. 8 (8, 8) (9, 9, 9) SHD

 

 

 

Add a sc round

10. Add a sc round around the pocket

 

 

Keep repeating row 3 until you have completed 13 (13, 13) (15, 15, 15) Rows, ch 1 in the corner, distribute sc sts along the left edge of the pocket (see pic 10 above), ch 1 in the corner, distribute sc sts along the bottom of the pocket, ch 1 at the next corner, distribute sc sts along the right edge of the pocket, ch 1 at the corner, 1 sc in each st and ch across the top. Do not fasten off.

 

Now we will work back and forth just on the top of the pocket to add more sc rows as follows. 

 

 

Row 1: Ch 1 at the corner and turn, 1 sc in next st and each st across the top to end, turn.

 

Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as a st), 1 sc in next st and each st across to end. Your last st will be on op of the beginning ch-1, turn.

 

Repeat Row 2 three more times and fasten off with a 2 yard tail for sewing.

 

 

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11. Shows completed pocket for size S to L

 

 

Attaching the Pockets

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12. Pockets placed in the middle of the front panel and held with pins

 

 

For the regular-length version of the cardigan, attach the pockets right above the ribbing and the middle of the front panel.

 

For the longer version of the cardigan, attach the pockets aligning the bottom 25 to 26 inches away from the shoulder of the cardigan and the middle of the front panel.

 

 

Use the yarn tail left to sew the pocket onto the cardigan. I used a back stitch right inside the ‘V’ of the sts to leave the ‘V’ free and give the pockets a cleaner edge. You can look up YouTube videos if you have never done a backstitch or use your own preferred seaming method. 

 

 

Finishing the long Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Weave in any tails left. Enjoy wearing your finished long crochet cardigan with jeans or a dress. 

 

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Kathleen

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Loved the pattern, works up quickly and the photos are great. I personally hate seaming, so if I can find a way around it I take it - thus I changed it up some. Since a row of SC were added where the ribbing would go, I did the SC then started the ribbing immediately without having to break the yarn, or whipstitch it to the hem/neckline. Likewise I measured from shoulder down for opening for the sleeve, marked it on front & back panels. Then did a row of SC between the markers to equal the starting ch minus 2 sts, for the sleeve. When sleeves were finished I made a single seam on each side from wrist to helpline.

The sleeve width on the large size was too small, so I went up 2 sizes. However, it should be noted that I used Big Twist yarn, not Big Twist Soft, this may have made a difference. Bought the number of skeins listed for the size, despite the regular having 60 yards more/skein. Ended up with 2.5 skeins left over. Recipient was delighted with the long cardigan.

Efrosina

Friday 21st of January 2022

Absolutely wonderful! Love everything about this pattern!