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Crochet Cardigan with Pockets

How to crochet the Hailey Cardigan, a quick crochet sweater with pockets!

POCKETS! I love pockets and I don’t know why I haven’t added them into more of my designs! Being a mom on the go I always need pockets! I have been wanting to design a quick crochet cardigan with pockets for some time now and finally got around to it! Another reason I love this cozy crochet sweater with pockets is because even though it’s a bulky weight yarn this stitch makes it super light! I am sure you will love this fast, free cardigan pattern too!

This crochet sweater with pockets is such a fast make using this amazingly soft bulky yarn! Sometimes you need quick crochet cardigan that you can finish in a snap when the chilly months creep in. That was one of the huge reasons why I picked up this Lion Brand Heartland Thick and Quick to make a fast crochet cardigan!

Something else I love about the pockets on this fast crochet cardigan is the planned look! Have you ever wondered how to crochet a sweater with inset pockets like this? By making the openings in the front panels of the cardigan, the pockets can be sewn to the inside to create a seamless look!

If you don’t want a crochet cardigan with inset pockets you can make my Sophia Cardigan with afterthought pockets using the free pattern!

Another great cardigan design that is a free pattern on the Life and Yarn Blog is the Evergreen Cardigan! This cardigan has no pockets but is made in a beautiful open work stitch!

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Free Crochet Cardigan Pattern

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Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • 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 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 back to front to back around post of indicated st

Pattern Notes

  • S/M (L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X) – Use corresponding number for your size.
  • Stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 2 + 1.
  • * Designates a repeat.

Materials

Size 8.00 mm crochet hook       
Scissors                                            
 #6 Bulky Wt. Yarn – Lion Brand Heartland Thick& Quick                
Color A 500 (625, 750, 875) yds Katmai     
Color B 500 (625, 750, 875) yds Acadia   

Gauge

11 sts x 10 rows in sc, ch 1, is 4” x 4”

Size Chart

 

S/M

L/XL

2X/3X

4X/5X

Cross Back

16.5”

18”

20.5”

23”

Arm Opng.

5.8”

6.5”

7.2”

8”

Back -Waist

26”

26”

27”

27”

Bust

34-38”

40-44”

46”-52”

54- 58”

crochet sweater with pockets
Beginner Crochet Pattern

Back Panel

Row 1 – Color A
Fsc 45 (51, 57, 63) stitches, ch 1, turn.
Row 2
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 3
Sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 4
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 5 – 28 – Color A
Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 29 – 63 (63, 66, 66) Color B
Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 64 (64, 67, 67) Color B
Sc in every st across, finish off.

Front Panel – Make 2

Row 1 – Color A
Fsc 21 (25, 27, 31) stitches, ch 1, turn.
Row 2
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 3
Sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 4
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 5 – 28 – Color A
Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 29 – 46 – Color B
Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 47 – Pocket Opening
Sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from *0 (1, 1, 2) more time(s) sc in next ch-1, ch 11 (11, 11, 13), sk 11 (11, 11, 13), sc in next ch-1, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next ch-1, repeat from * again 0 (1, 2, 2) more time(s) ch 1, sk 1, sc in last st, ch 1, turn. (21 (25, 27, 31) total stitches)
NOTE: For size 2X/3X the pocket is slightly off center of the panel, this is correct.
Row 48
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 49 – 63 (63, 66, 66)
Repeat Rows 3 and 4.
Row 64 (64, 67, 67) Color B
Sc in every st across, finish off.

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Assembly

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

Color A will be at the shoulders and Color B will be at the waist line.

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 48 (46, 47, 45) 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 – Color A
Attach your yarn at the side seam and sc evenly around 33 (37, 41, 45) 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 – 28
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3.
Round 29 – 37 – Color B
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3.
Round 38
Sc around, ch 1, turn. 33 (37, 41, 45)
Round 39
Sc in first st, sc2tog, *sc in next st, sc2tog, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.
NOTE: Sizes S/M ends on a sc2tog, XL/L ends with 1sc, 2X/3x ends with 2sc and 4X/5X ends on a sc2tog.

Round 40
Hdc around (for size L/XL place 2sc in last stitch), ch 1, turn. 22 (26, 28, 30)
NOTE: For the following rounds, you should be placing FPdc’s around BPdc’s and vice versa to create ribbing.
Rounds 41-43
[BPdc in next st, FPdc in next st] around 22 (26, 28, 30) stitches, sl st to first hdc, ch 1, turn.

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Collar

Round 1
Attach your yarn to one of the bottom corners of a front panel. Sc up the side placing 1 sc in the side of each row (64 (64, 67, 67) sts) sc across back panel (3 (1, 3, 1) sts) sc down other side (64 (64, 67, 67) sts) 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 and 5
Repeat Rounds 2 & 3.
Finish off and weave in your end.

Pockets – Make 2

Row 1 – Color B
Fsc 13 (13, 13, 15) stitches, ch 1, turn.
Row 2
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in next, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 3
Sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1, *sc in next ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 4
Sc in 1st and next st, *ch 1, sk 1, sc in ch-1, repeat from * until 1 st remains, sc in last st, ch 1, turn.
Row 5 – 13
Repeat Rows 3 and 4, finish off.

To attach your pockets, put them on the inside of your cardigan with the top row aligned with Row 46 (the row above the opening) and seam around each side.

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Jean

Monday 24th of August 2020

I just finished this sweater and I love the pattern! It’s the first time I’ve done inside pockets and they came out great! I wish I could send you a picture.

briannaiaropoli

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Yay! That makes me so happy! If you are on Facebook or Instagram you can tag me!!!

Stephsyburg

Monday 3rd of August 2020

On the arms, are you supposed to be linking the rounds 2 and after by a slip stitch like in round one? If so, is the first stitch of each round in the chain 1 space or is the chain one counting as a stitch?

briannaiaropoli

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Yes, sl st to the 1st st, ch 1 does not count arms your 1st st... sorry for the delayed response, bus storm knocked out all power here last week!

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cathy carruthers

Monday 9th of March 2020

is there a video for the fsc beginning as i have never done this before would like to learn it, thankyou

briannaiaropoli

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Not yet! I’m planning to start video support soon!

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