Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Ruby

Can I be honest? I was *this* close to giving up and never publishing this design… This yarn was two different designs before it became this Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern that I decided to name Ruby. I don’t know what it was, the stitch, the shape I was trying to achieve, my hook size, no idea, but nothing I was imagining would work. It was extremely frustrating. Then, once it was done I still wasn’t sure if I was happy with the result. I washed and dried the garment and something magical happened…I loved it! So now I wonder, if I had stuck with my original idea, maybe all it needed was a wash and dry to relax the material…but we will never know, I am not going to remake the original, haha!

Now, I am more than pleased to be putting Ruby, a Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern up on the Life and Yarn Blog for you! Since I had so many issues that I think were me just being picky, I have tried to add some notes in the pattern for areas that you may adjust if you need to customize a bit!

So let us get making, Ruby, a classic and stylish slightly cropped cardigan to keep you cozy! With nice chunky cuffs and a delicate collar, this cardigan is sure to become a staple of your wardrobe!

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Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern - Ruby
Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Ruby

Materials

Size 5.00 mm crochet hook
(Clover and Furls are my favorites!)
Scissors
#4 Worsted Wt. Yarn –  Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling (Pomegranate)
750 (750, 750, 1250, 1250, 1500, 1500) yds

Gauge

14 sts x 16 rows in sc is 4” x 4”

Size Chart

  XS S M L XL 2X 3X
Cross Back 18” 19.5” 21” 22.5” 24” 25.5” 27”
Arm Opng. 6.5” 6.5” 7.5” 7.5” 8.5” 8.5” 9.5”
Back -Waist 18” 18” 19” 19” 20” 20” 21”
Neck 6.5” 6.5” 6.5” 6.5” 6.5” 6.5” 6.5”
Bust 28”-30” 32”-34” 36”-38” 40”-42” 44”-46” 48”-50” 52”-54”
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch / Slip Stitch – Sl St / Single Crochet – sc / Double Crochet – dc
  • Foundation Single Crochet – Fsc – Chain 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook) yarn over, pull up a loop, (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, pull through all loops (1 loop on hook,1 foundation single crochet with chain at the bottom) *Insert hook to the bottom of the stitch you just made, it will look like the top or “V” of a stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, pull through all loops* repeat for desired amount of stitches.
  • Front Post dc – FPdc – work a dc as you normally would but insert your hook from insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated st.
  • Back Post dc – BPdc – work a dc as you normally would but insert your hook from insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st

Pattern Notes

  • XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) – Use corresponding number for your size.
  • Stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 3 +2 and turning chains are only counted when noted.
  • * Designates a repeat.
Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern - Ruby
Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Ruby
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.

Back Panel

Row 1
Fsc 56 (62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92) stitches, ch 1, turn.

Row 2
Sc in first Fsc, sk 1 Fsc, sc in next Fsc, ch 2, sc in same Fsc, sk 2 Fsc, *sc in next Fsc, ch 2, sc in same Fsc, skip 2 Fsc, repeat from * to end until 2 Fsc remain, skip one Fsc, sc in last Fsc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3
Sc in first sc, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * to end and sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4 – 61 (61, 63, 63, 65, 65, 67)
Repeat Row 3, finish off.

Front Panel – Make 2

Row 1
Fsc 17 (20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35) stitches, ch 1, turn,

Row 2
Sc in first Fsc, sk 1 Fsc, sc in next Fsc, ch 2, sc in same Fsc, sk 2 Fsc, *sc in next Fsc, ch 2, sc in same Fsc, skip 2 Fsc, repeat from * to end until 2 Fsc remain, skip one Fsc, sc in last Fsc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3
Sc in first sc, *(sc, ch 2, sc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * to end and sc in last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4 – 61 (61, 63, 63, 65, 65, 67)
Repeat Row 3, finish off.

Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern - Ruby
Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Ruby
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.

Assembly

 Lay your front panels on your back panels making sure the rows are going in the same direction with rows running horizontally.

NOTE: You will be seaming along the Fsc stitches, not the last row you completed. This will put the decorative edge at the bottom of your garment at the waistline.

Starting from the farthest corners on each side (to create the shoulder seams), seam in using a mattress stitch. Make sure to align your stitches, finish off and weave in your ends.

Seam up the sides from the bottom 44 rows towards the arm pit to create the arm opening.

 *If you feel that you would like a larger or smaller arm opening you can add or subtract how many rows you seam up. However, you will need to adjust the amount of sleeve stitches. Keep in mind that must be an odd number for the pattern to work.

Arms – Make 2

Round 1
Attach your yarn at the side seam and sc evenly around 47 (47, 51, 51, 55, 55, 57) stitches, sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Round 2
Sc in first and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next sc, repeat from * until one st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Round 3
Sc in first and next st, *sc in ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * until one st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.

Rounds 4 – 45
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3.

Round 46
Sc around 47 (47, 51, 51, 55, 55, 57) stitches, sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Round 47
Dc around 47 (47, 51, 51, 55, 55, 57) stitches, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

*Note for following rounds, you should be placing FPdc’s around BPdc’s and vice versa to create ribbing.

Round 48
[BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st] around 47 (47, 51, 51, 55, 55, 57) stitches, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 49
[FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st] around 47 (47, 51, 51, 55, 55, 57) stitches, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 50
*[BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st] around next 7 stitches, FPdc2tog, repeat from * to end, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 51
[FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st] around each stitch, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 52
[BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st] around each stitch, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 53
*[FPdc in next st, BPdc in next st] around next 7 stitches, BPdc2tog, repeat from * to end, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Round 54
[BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st] around each stitch, sl st to first dc, ch 1, turn.

Collar

Round 1
Attach your yarn to one of the bottom corners of a front panel. Sc even up the side using an even number of stitches.
Place 3 sc in the shoulder seam, sc evenly across in 22 sts on back panel, place one extra sc in last sc st for a total of 23 sc sts on the back panel.
Place 3 sc sts in the next shoulder seam.
Sc evenly down the next side with an even number of stitches matching the other side, ch 1, turn.

Round 2
Sc in first 3 sts, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to 3-sc cluster (sc in first sc, ch 1, 3sc in next st, ch 1, sc in last sc) in 3-sc cluster, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * working next 3-sc cluster the same as first, repeat from * until 3 sts remain, sc in each remaining stitch.

Round 3
Sc in first 4 sts, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, repeat to [*sc in next st, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * to 3-sc cluster, work 3 sc in second sc of cluster, ch 1, sk 1] twice, repeat from * until 4 sts remain, sc in each st.

Rounds 4-11
Repeat Rounds 2 & 3.
Finish off and weave in your end.

Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern - Ruby
Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Ruby
This pattern and its photographs are property of Life and Yarn. This pattern and the design are subject to copyright and are for personal use only with the exception of items made from it. You may sell your finished items, but please give credit to the designer and creator, Brianna Iaropoli of Life and Yarn.
Pattern contents are NOT to be re-shared, DIRECT LINKS ONLY to this post for the pattern.
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