Here is the promised tutorial to make this cardigan in your size, with your yarn choice using knitware software to generate the pattern. A free demo is available to download here. The demo is fully functioning and will allow you to make the cardigan with any yarn, in any size but will not allow the pattern to be saved. The best way to save the pattern is to select all, copy and then paste into Word. I really like this program (no affiliation!) and I have purchased the full version (there are a few extra functions not available on the demo version) – I think it is worth every penny!
I will be using UK terminology in this pattern. If you are used to US terminology you will need to make the following substitutions
Double Crochet (UK) = Single Crochet (US)
Treble Crochet (UK) = Double Crochet (US)
I used approximately 300g of a DK weight Teo Handspun 100% alpaca yarn for a woman’s size 36″ garment.
When you have chosen your yarn, experiment with different hook sizes until you get a fabric with a nice drape – you will probably need a hook about 2mm larger than the recommended size for your yarn weight. I used a 6mm hook with DK weight yarn for my cardigan
Stitch Patterns (Important! – see notes above about terminology)
Main Stitch Pattern Row 1 : Double Crochet, Row 2: Treble Crochet
Eyelet Stitch Pattern: Two Treble Crochet in same stitch, Skip next stitch. Repeat to end of row
Crochet a Tension (Gauge) square about 6 x 6 inches in main stitch pattern using hook size to give desired drape. Measure number of stitches and rows over 4 inches. My gauge was 12 stitches x 10 rows.
Creating your pattern using Knitware
Open the program and select Pattern Design. You will need to use the following options
Choose desired size. I used Sex: Female, Name: Standard Women’s 36
Select crochet for Working Method
Input your gauge in the Test Swatch Gauge
For style options select:
- Ease: Moderate
- Construction: Circular Top Down
- Body Style: Cardigan
- Body Shape: Straight
- Body Length: Waist
- Body Hem: No Hem
- Shouder Style: Round Yoke
- Sleeve Style: Modified Lantern
- Sleeve Length: Half
- Sleeve Hem: No Hem
- Collar Style: No Collar
You can also fill in information about your yarn type, and start and finish dates, but these are all optional.
Check the Finished Dimensions data and adjust if necessary. I wanted a slightly wider neckline so I increased the neckline slightly from 7.8 iches to 9 inches.
Click the pattern tab and your pattern will be generated. There is an option to estimate the yarn required, but I have found that this usually overestimates.
Once your pattern is generated you will need to make a few changes.
- The number in the starting chain doesn’t include the skipped chains at the start of the row, so as I was using Double crochet, I added one extra chain to get the correct number of stitches
- For the yoke increases the pattern terminology is M1 – this means two stitches in the same stitch
- Add the Eyelet yoke stitch pattern about half way down the yoke instead of Row 2 of the main stitch pattern. My yoke had 22 rows and I added the Eyelet Yoke stitch pattern on row 14.
- When working the sleeves, instead of Chaining for the underarms, you can just work into the Chain stithes you made when separating the yoke.
- Ignore the finishing instructions! For my cardigan instead of fastening off when I finished the body, I worked double crochet in the round along front bands, neckline and hem for 3 rows. I made a button hole about half way down the yoke adjacent to the eyelet yoke stitch pattern row, by chaining 2 on the second row and then crocheting into the chain on the third row.
- If using full version you can save and print your pattern. The demo doesn’t allow you to save the pattern, but you can copy and paste into Word if you want to save the pattern after printing
This pattern can be easily modified by using different stitch patterns, sleeve and body lengths etc.. A nice variation would be to put a few more openwork rows into the yoke – there are endless possibilities. Once you have divided the yoke, you can (and should) try the cardigan on to make sure you are happy with the fit.
Please let me know if there are any problems with this tutorial by leaving a comment, I will try to answer any questions as soon as possible.