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Part 3: Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along (FREE!)

Learn how to crochet a simple cardigan with this video tutorial and free pattern featuring Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn in Ecru from LoveCrochet.com.

In the third stage of the Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along, we’ll learn how to crochet both mesh sleeves in this breezy cardigan. Part 3 of the free pattern and video tutorial are below, or you can purchase the ad-free, easily printable PDF with stitch chart and schematic here

Crocheting this modern cardigan is easy with this four part video tutorial and free pattern series from Make and Do Crew. Love the cuffed sleeves!
This free crochet sweater pattern and video tutorial are part of a collaboration with my friends at LoveCrochet.com. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Alchemy Cardigan crochet along! So many of you blew through the first two stages of this lightweight cardigan much faster than I expected, so I’m certain these sleeves will be a piece of cake. Then next week, you’ll finish up your sweater by joining everything together and adding ribbing, sleeve cuff straps and pocket liners. You all have been incredibly fast and creative working this pattern and you’re on the downhill now!

I also want to say thanks to everyone who’s shared their work or helped out a fellow crocheter in the Love Crochet CAL Facebook group. It’s been a joy to see everyone’s hard work and watch how generous this crochet community is with each other. You guys are awesome!

Brunch, anyone? This lightweight crochet cardigan is perfect for spring and summer. Follow the free pattern and video tutorials to learn how to make it with Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn from LoveCrochet.com.

New To the Alchemy Cardigan Crochet Along?

Here’s where you can find everything you need to get started:
• Get your Lion Brand Vanna’s Style yarn from LoveCrochet.com here.

• Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch charts, schematic and other helpful charts here on LoveCrafts.com or here on Etsy.

• Read the Crochet Along Intro with info about how this whole thing works here.

• Start Part 1 of the free pattern and video tutorial here. Find Part 2 here

• Ask questions and share your progress in the helpful Love Crochet CAL Facebook group here.

Learn how to crochet a simple cardigan with this video tutorial and free pattern featuring Lion Brand Vanna's Style yarn in Ecru from LoveCrochet.com.

What To Expect In Part 3

Today’s sleeve stage of the sweater pattern is quite straightforward because it builds on some skills you’ve already practiced quite a bit. The cuff of the sleeve is worked in the main stitch pattern using alternating double crochet rows and “X” rows.

Once that’s complete, you’ll begin to work half double crochet mesh rows into the raw edge of the established cuff. In order to give the sleeve a gentle slope to the shoulder, some simple increases are added along the way. Please note that there’s new gauge information for the sleeve in the pattern below. It’s worth checking your sleeve gauge to make sure it fits perfectly with the other pieces of your sweater. (Check out the beginning of the Part 1 video to learn how to check your gauge.)

Once again, I’ve added a stitch chart to the ad-free, printable PDF for all the visual learners like me. I find stitch charts to be the very quickest and easiest way to understand a pattern, so you’ll find a simple chart that shows how the increase rows differ from the non-increase rows in the PDF.

The PDF also includes a helpful chart that shows which sleeve rows are increase rows for each size, S-4X. If you’re having any trouble with understanding the frequency of increase rows or you’re a less experienced pattern reader, this chart will be your best friend. You can grab the ad-free, printable PDF here.

The Staycation Cardigan crochet pattern PDF includes a griddle crochet stitch chart as well as a sweater schematic.

And if you’ve purchased the PDF and just want to watch all the video tutorials in one place, head over to our Alchemy Cardigan CAL page on LoveCrochet.com.

As usual, you can find the Part 3 video tutorial below and scroll down a bit further for the free version of the pattern.

FREE WRITTEN PATTERN – PART 3

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with schematic and stitch chart here on LoveCrafts.com or here on Etsy.

Pin it for later here.

You can find the other pattern stages here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4

Explanation:
Whether you’re new to garment crocheting or an old pro, the Alchemy Cardigan will transform what you think is possible with a hook, some yarn and your own two hands. This lightweight sweater is perfect to toss on for some summer stargazing or layer with a long-sleeve shirt in the colder months.

Worked sideways to create flattering vertical rows, the entire sweater is made with different applications of a simple double crochet stitch (U.K: treble crochet). A few modern details, like cuffed sleeves and wooden buttons, ensure this cardigan will be a wardrobe staple for years to come. Released in four separate manageable stages, in this crochet along, you’ll learn some new intermediate-level techniques and then have a chance to master them with plenty of step-by-step practice.

Supplies:
• Lion Brand Vanna’s Style (Weight: 3/light –  254 yds, 3.5 oz)
– Ecru (#867-098) – 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins [(approx. 570 (640, 710, 790, 900, 975, 1060) g)]
• Tapestry needle
• Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• (2) ¾” or 1” buttons
• Sewing needle and thread to match buttons

Sizes:
S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X

Fits Bust:
S: 32-34”
M: 36-38”
L: 40-42”
XL: 44-46”
2X: 48-50”
3X: 52-54”
4X: 56-58″

See schematic in the printable, ad-free PDF for additional measurements.

Gauge:
Main Pattern:
14 sts = 4”
7.5 rows = 4”

Sleeves as worked in hdc mesh:
19 sts = 4”
10 rows = 4”

Please check your gauge and adjust your hook size accordingly! This is critical to making a sweater that meets the sizing listed in the pattern. See first few minutes of the Part 1 video tutorial for explanation of how to do this.

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
bpdc – back post double crochet
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet two together
fpdc – front post double crochet
PM – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sp – space
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain
WS – wrong side

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ch 3 at beginning of a row always counts as a dc.

Finished sleeve from the Alchemy cardigan crochet along, free pattern and video tutorial.

SLEEVES

Notes:
• Cuff is worked first sideways in same stitch pattern as main sweater. Sleeve is then worked into cuff in rows of half double crochet mesh.

• As written, WS of sleeve cuff will appear on outside of finished sweater, similar to any rolled sleeve. This is intentional. This also means that if you choose to eliminate elbow cuff strap, RS of cuff will appear on outside of sleeve. If you’d like the sleeve cuff to have RS showing when rolled up, you may simply sew it to the sweater this way (but work the entire sleeve as written below.)

• See completed sleeve in photo above.

Make 2.

Cuff:

Foundation Row: Ch 36 (all sizes).

Row 1 (RS): Sk 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in each ch to end; turn. (34 dc)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first dc, *sk next dc, dc in next dc, working behind last dc made, dc in last skipped dc (X made); rep from * until tch remains; dc in third ch of tch; turn (16 Xs)

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first dc, dc in each dc to end of row; turn. (34 dc)

Rep Rows 2 and 3 (8 (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10)) more times each.

Work one additional rep of Row 2. Do not fasten off.

TIP: It’s worth making a new gauge swatch using the hdc mesh pattern below and checking it against the sleeve gauge listed at the top of the pattern to ensure your sleeves fit within the other pieces of your sweater. Ch any even number of ch to make a gauge swatch.

Sleeve:

Rotate cuff 90 degrees so that Row 1 below can be worked into raw side edge where yarn is attached. WS of cuff should be facing for Row 1. Row 1 may take some adjusting to get the stitches evenly spaced, but it will be worth it when your sleeve looks awesome! See stitch chart at end of pattern for visual explanation.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), work 48 (52, 52, 52, 56, 56, 56) hdc evenly across; turn. (49 (53, 53, 53, 57, 57, 57) hdc)

Row 2 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), sk 2 hdc, hdc in next hdc, *ch 1, sk 1 hdc, hdc in next hdc; rep from * across, ending with last hdc in tch; turn. (24 (26, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28) ch-1 sps)

Row 3 (WS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch), sk hdc and ch, hdc in next hdc, *ch 1, hdc in next hdc; rep from * across, ending with last hdc in tch; turn. (24 (26, 26, 26, 28, 28, 28) ch-1 sps)

Row 4 (inc): Ch 3, hdc in first ch-1 sp, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, * ch 1, sk next ch, hdc in next hdc; rep from * across until tch sp remains, [ch 1, hdc in last tch sp] twice; turn. (26 (28, 28, 28, 30, 30, 30) ch-1 sps)

Rows 5-19: Rep inc Row 4 every 3 (3, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1) row(s), 1 (5, 3, 1, 1, 3, 7) more time(s), then rep inc Row every 4 (0, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2) rows, 3 (0, 3, 7, 7, 6, 4) times, for a total of 5 (6, 7, 9, 9, 10, 12) inc rows, including Row 4. After the last inc row, there are 34 (38, 40, 44, 46, 48, 52) ch-1 sps.

TIP: In layman’s terms, this means you will work Rows 5-19 as follows. (This is not in addition to what’s written above, but rather an alternative explanation that isn’t in pattern-speak.) See chart I for the same line-by-line information in chart form.

Small:
Rows 5-6: NON inc row
Row 7: inc row
Rows 8-10: NON inc row
Row 11: inc row
Rows 12-14: NON inc row
Row 15: inc row
Rows 16-18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

Medium:
Rows 5-6: NON inc row
Row 7: inc row
Rows 8-9: NON inc row
Row 10: inc row
Rows 11-12: NON inc row
Row 13: inc row
Rows 14-15: NON inc row
Row 16: inc row
Rows 17-18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

Large:
Rows 5: NON inc row
Row 6: inc row
Row 7: NON inc row
Rows 8: inc row
Row 9: NON inc row
Row 10: inc row
Rows 11-12: NON inc row
Row 13: inc row
Rows 14-15: NON inc row
Row 16: inc row
Rows 17-18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

XL:
Row 5: inc row
Row 6: NON inc row
Row 7: inc row
Rows 8: NON inc row
Row 9: inc row
Row 10: NON inc row
Rows 11: inc row
Row 12: NON inc row
Row 13: inc row
Row 14: NON inc row
Row 15: inc row
Row 16: NON inc row
Row 17: inc row
Row 18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

2XL:
Row 5: inc row
Row 6: NON inc row
Row 7: inc row
Rows 8: NON inc row
Row 9: inc row
Row 10: NON inc row
Rows 11: inc row
Row 12: NON inc row
Row 13: inc row
Row 14: NON inc row
Row 15: inc row
Row 16: NON inc row
Row 17: inc row
Row 18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

3XL:
Rows 5 – 7: inc row
Rows 8: NON inc row
Row 9: inc row
Row 10: NON inc row
Rows 11: inc row
Row 12: NON inc row
Row 13: inc row
Row 14: NON inc row
Row 15: inc row
Row 16: NON inc row
Row 17: inc row
Row 18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

4XL:
Rows 5 – 11: inc row
Row 12: NON inc row
Rows 13: inc row
Row 14: NON inc row
Row 15: inc row
Row 16: NON inc row
Row 17: inc row
Row 18: NON inc row
Row 19: inc row

All sizes:
Work the following rows:
Rows 20-30: Rep Row 3.

Fasten off.

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8 Comments

  • Dawn
    May 21, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Jess , what size buttons do you suggest using for this cardigan ? Thanks again for this pattern and tutorial. Getting ready to start second sleeve . Can’t wait to put it all together !

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 27, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      You’re welcome, Dawn! I suggest .75-1″ buttons. The ones on the sample are .75″

      Happy sleeve making!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Phyllis
    May 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Hey Jess, So far I have not seen where you are making the pocket insides or elbow straps, I am hoping they are included in the assembly part next time. Sorry to get ahead of you but I did not see them so I was wondering about it. I can’t wait to do this but so far I have not found the yarn. I have both Meijer and Walmart nearby, but their yarns don’t seem comparable.. I may have to order them online. Do you have any other suggestions or substitution yarns? Thank you so much for all the free patterns. So far I have made a few of the patterns and they have turned out real nice. Thanks again
    Phyllis

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 27, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Hey Phyllis,

      So glad you hear you’ve enjoyed some of my patterns! I know some people are using Lion Brand Mandala yarn for this pattern and having pretty good luck with the gauge. It’s only $3.99 at Walmart now, so that’s pretty awesome!

      The elbow straps and all the other finishing touches (like pockets) will be included in Part 4 tomorrow. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Phyllis Reyna
    May 30, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Hi Jess, this is Phyllis again. This is Wednesday and I didn’t get a part 4 yet. You said to substitute the Mandala but I want a one color sweater. I already have a mixed color one. But thank you for your info. I love your patterns and am so trying to get them for future use for gifts. Thank you for everything. Have a wonderful day and keep up the good work.

    Reply
  • Phyllis Reyna
    May 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I was checking back and I located part 4 of the Alchemy Cardigan. Thank you again. I so want to do this. 🙂

    Reply
  • پرداخت قبض
    June 13, 2018 at 4:22 am

    tanks. i will enjoy from you post and want read every day your websites.

    Reply
  • Youy
    August 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    In the sleeve, it increase only until row19, then straight for the next 10 rows?

    Reply

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