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Part 1: The Habitat Cardigan – Free Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern

Beautiful! This casual bat-sleeved crochet sweater is made from a simple rectangle. Free beginner crochet sweater pattern and tutorial from Make and Do Crew.

No one will guess you created this figure-flattering cardigan from a simple rectangle. Made with extremely soft yarn for a cozy-but-not-too-bulky look, you’ll find yourself reaching for this beginner crochet sweater over and over again. Find Part 1 of the free pattern below, Part 2 here or purchase the complete ad-free, printable PDF with Parts 1 & 2 here.

No one will guess that you created this figure-flattering cardigan from a simple rectangle. Made with extremely soft yarn for a cozy-but-not-too-bulky look, you’ll find yourself reaching for this beginner crochet sweater over and over again. Made with Lion Brand Heartland yarn in the color "Grand Canyon."

This free beginner crochet sweater is part of an ongoing paid collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post may contain affiliate links.

UPDATE: Find the full step-by-step video tutorial for the Habitat Cardigan here!

If you’ve never made a crochet garment before, that’s going to change right now. And if you’re already the Michael Phelps of crochet sweaters, this might just be the sweater that you judge all sweaters against from here on out. It’s just that cozy. easy. comfy. effortless. 

A cozy crochet cardigan sweater with long dolman sleeves. Perfect sweater pattern and tutorial for beginners. Made with Lion Brand Heartland yarn in the color "Grand Canyon."

Despite the sophisticated-looking stitch texture, dolman sleeves and ribbed collar, this beginner crochet sweater is based entirely on a crochet rectangle. Yes, just like that simple scarf you probably made when you learned how to crochet. If you can crochet a scarf, you can make this easy crochet cardigan.

How to make a cardigan shrug from a simple crochet rectangle. This tutorial uses the Suzette crochet stitch (AKA the Grit Stitch) to make a beautiful, draped crochet cardigan. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn in "Grand Canyon."
Beautiful! This bat-sleeved crochet sweater is made from a simple rectangle. Free beginner crochet sweater pattern and tutorial from Make and Do Crew.

Since I’ve seen how many of you have successfully whipped up chunkier crochet cardigans using the free Dwell Sweater pattern and video tutorial, I knew that a lighter weight, flowy and slightly longer cardigan pattern wouldn’t be far behind. (I mean, I obviously had to jump on the opportunity to design a beginner crochet sweater pattern with a section “tush extension.”)

More Free Crochet Patterns for Garments With Easy Construction

If you loved how simply this crochet cardigan came together, don’t miss these other free crochet sweater patterns. They are all made from simple shapes and have very easy construction.

Four free crochet patterns for sweaters made from basic shapes with easy construction.

1. Dwell Sweater // 2. Campfire Cardigan // 3. Day Date Cardigan // 4. Haven Bobble Cardigan

A cozy crochet cardigan sweater with long dolman sleeves. Perfect sweater pattern and tutorial for beginners. Made with Lion Brand Heartland yarn in the color "Grand Canyon."

While the weave of the Dwell Sweater includes some chain spaces, in this Habitat Cardigan, I intentionally used a very simple stitch pattern that won’t let much breeze in while you wear it. In fact, I’ve already got a video tutorial for the Suzette stitch (aka Grit Stitch) used in the main rectangle of this sweater which you can watch right here.

And if you’re a dedicated video-tutorial-crocheter, you can order your Lion Brand Heartland yarn now and then start watching the video tutorial to get acquainted with the pattern. Lion Brand has also put together a handy kit that includes all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern that you can grab right here!

So if there’s still any question that modest little crochet stitches can look stylish, elegant and modern, you answer it with your very own Habitat Crochet Cardigan. When you’re ready, you can find Part 2 of the free Habitat beginner crochet sweater pattern here.

Beautiful! This casual bat-sleeved crochet sweater is made from a simple rectangle. Free beginner crochet sweater pattern and tutorial from Make and Do Crew.

Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, please link back to this pattern. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos. Now go make something awesome!

The Habitat Cardigan 
Free Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern + Tutorial

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF of the complete pattern here on LoveCrafts.com or here on Etsy.

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Explanation:
Welcome to the world of beautiful, drapey fabric and tush-covering cardigans—made by YOU! No one will guess that this figure-flattering cardigan was made from a simple rectangle. The basic stitch pattern and very easy construction of this sweater make it perfect for beginners who want to make their first wearable garment. Made with extremely soft yarn for a cozy-but-not-too-bulky look, you’ll find yourself reaching for the Habitat Cardigan over and over again.

Supplies:
Purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Heartland (Weight: 4/medium –  251 yds, 5 oz)
– Grand Canyon (#136-122) – 6 (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins
• Tapestry needle
• Size K (6.6 mm) crochet hook
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins

Sizes:
The oversized nature of this sweater will accommodate many body types. The sample pictured is a M/L on a 5’9” model with a 36” bust.

Bust Size*:
S/M: 33-36”
M/L: 36-40.5”
L/XL: 40.5”-44.5”
XL/2XL: 44.5”-48.5”
2XL/3XL: 48.5”-51”
* See additional details in Overall Pattern Notes to determine sizing.

Gauge:
10 sts x 10 rows = 4” as worked in main rectangle stitch pattern using larger hook

13 sts x 9 rows = 4” as worked in sleeve pattern using smaller hook

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
tch – turning chain
st – stitch
sp – space
sk – skip
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
rep – repeat

Overall Pattern + Sizing Notes:
• Get Part 2 of the free Habitat Crochet Cardigan pattern here.

• A complete video tutorial for this pattern is available here.

• Pattern is written in size S/M with M/L, L/XL, XL/2XL and 2XL/3XL following in parenthesis. S/M (M/L, L/XL, XL/2XL, 2XL/3XL)

Because of the oversized style of the sweater, choosing a size is less about exact chest size and more about how loose you want your sweater to fit.

Sweater can be easily modified to accommodate body type by adjusting measurements of the main rectangle. For example, if you’re tall and narrow, you may choose to follow the S/M rectangle width instructions and the M/L rectangle height instructions. If you’re shorter and curvier, you may choose to follow the L/XL rectangle width instructions and the S/M rectangle height instructions.

In order to make pattern modification straightforward, in the ad-free, printable PDF I’ve created a chart with pattern sizing details clearly laid out in a handy little chart. (This is the same info included in this free written pattern, just visualized in a simple chart format.) You can purchase that PDF for $2.75 here.

How to crochet the Habitat Cardigan Sweater pattern from Make and Do Crew.

RECTANGLE BODY OF SWEATER

Notes:
• To adjust the width of the sweater, chain a multiple of 2 + 1, plus 2 for the foundation chain (i.e. any odd number)

• A video tutorial for the Suzette Stitch (aka the Grit Stitch) used in this rectangle can be found here.

Use larger hook.

Foundation Row: Ch 99 (105,109, 113, 117).

Row 1: Sk first 2 ch (counts as 1 sc), dc in next ch, *sk next ch, sc and dc in next ch; rep from * until 2 ch remain, sk next ch, sc in last ch; turn. (97, 103, 107, 111, 115)

Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), dc in first st, *sk next dc, sc and dc in next sc; rep from * until 2 sts remain, sk next dc, sc in tch; turn.

Repeat Row 2  56 (62, 64, 64, 64) times. This should end with a WS row.

Rectangle should measure approximately:
S/M: 38.5 x 22”
M/L: 41 x 25”
L/XL: 43 x 26”
XL/2XL: 44.5 x 26”
2XL/3XL: 46 x 26”
*Note that these measurements will vary a bit because the stitch is quite stretchy and it’s hard to lay the rectangle out to measure without stretching it a bit in one direction or the other. A small variation in measurement (1-2”) shouldn’t compromise the fit of your sweater.

How to make a cardigan sweater from a simple crochet rectangle. This tutorial uses the Suzette crochet stitch (AKA the Grit Stitch) to make a beautiful, draped crochet cardigan. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn in "Grand Canyon."

SEAMING RECTANGLE

Notes:
Lay rectangle flat so that WS is facing up. (Tail from foundation chain should be in bottom corner on same side as your dominant hand.) Fold rectangle in half so that foundation row and final row of the rectangle are touching. RS should now be facing out and the stripes of the rows of crocheting should be running horizontally as in the photo below. Pin in place along side seams using stitch markers or safety pins.

Place a stitch marker 4.75 (5.5, 5.5, 6.25, 6.25)” in from the folded crease on each side. This distance will remain unsewn and form the armhole opening.

Using a tapestry needle and a single strand of MC yarn, begin seaming the rectangle, working from the corners to the folded crease. Take care to keep rows of crocheting lined up on either side of seam. Stop at the stitch marker. Repeat for second seam. See photos below.

How to make a cardigan sweater from a simple crochet rectangle. This tutorial uses the Suzette crochet stitch (AKA the Grit Stitch) to make a beautiful, draped crochet cardigan. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn in "Grand Canyon."
Beginner crochet sweater tutorial and free pattern. How to seam the armhole of this crochet sweater.

Lay your new shrug-lette flat as pictured in blog post above. The last row of the rectangle should be at the bottom and the foundation chain at the top.

Place a stitch marker in the single crochet stitch that falls at the intersection of the bottom of the shrug and the perpendicular collar edge. Repeat on second side.

TUSH EXTENSION

Notes:
• This section begins by working into the bottom of the sweater between the stitch markers, which is the last row of the rectangle you worked before seaming. See photo below.

• The tush extension is worked the same for all sizes, but if you’d prefer an extra long cardigan, you may work additional rows. End with a RS row.

Use larger hook. With RS of fabric facing you, attach yarn into the sc marked stitch on same side of the rectangle as your dominant hand (right maker for right-handed crocheters, left marker for left-handed crocheters).

Row 1: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), dc in same sc yarn attached in, *sk next dc, sc and dc in next sc; rep from * until 2 sts remain until marker, sk next dc, sc in marked sc; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), dc in first st, *sk next dc, sc and dc in next sc; rep from * until 2 sts remain, sk next dc, sc in tch; turn.

Repeat 11 more times to create a total of 13 rows of the extension. This should end with a RS row. Do not fasten off.

How to make a cardigan sweater from a simple crochet rectangle. This tutorial uses the Suzette crochet stitch (AKA the Grit Stitch) to make a beautiful, draped crochet cardigan. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn in "Grand Canyon."

Woohoo! You’re well on your way to your own Habitat Cardigan. Head over to Part 2 of the free Habitat Cardigan pattern to learn how to finish up your sweater–or if you’re more of an on-the-go crocheter, purchase the entire pattern in the printable, ad-free PDF for $2.75 here.

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125 Comments

  • Trish
    January 1, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Love, love, love the sweater; especially the tush extension. I’ve been making for others and now it’s my turn. Thank you. Happy New Year.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Yay, Trish! That was my hope! It’s time for some selfish crocheting. 🙂

      Happy tush-covering!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Rose
    January 1, 2018 at 8:41 am

    WOW! I really love how this sweater looks.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Hey Rose!

      Thank you so much! I’ve been holding off wearing it until I took the pics, but now I’m so excited that I can finally put it on (every single day, lol.)

      Jess

      Reply
  • Patti T.
    January 1, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Love the look of this sweater. Soft and warm. Thank you for sharing your wonderful sweater pattern. I love this site.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Patti. I love how it turned out too. I think it might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made to wear. I hope you enjoy yours if you make it too. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Leah
    January 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I’m inspired. I think I’ll buy pdf!

    Reply
  • Miki
    January 1, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you so very much for sharing this. It’s been a long time since I crocheted something for me. This sweater is telling me it’s time! I’m excited to get started. ;0)

    Reply
  • Sheryl
    January 1, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Very nice! I’ve always liked how this style of cardigan looks on others, just not sure if I’d like it on myself or not because of the extra fabric under the arms and across the back. Is there anyway to adjust for this?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Hey Sheryl,
      The pattern will always have a bit of that “dolman” style sleeve, but to minimize the fabric under your arm, you could work a shorter rectangle (fewer rows tall) and then work a much longer section of the “tush extension.” There will still be a slight bat wing effect, but that would minimize it. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kelly
    January 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I have been waiting for a pattern like this. I have been wanting to make myself a sweater for a long time. I can’t wait to get this awesome project started. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Yay! This can be your sweater! It’s really pretty easy–it’ll feel more like making a small afghan that you can wear. 😉

      Jess

      Reply
  • DaVerne
    January 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Oh this looks so snuggly! Great time of year to introduce a sweater like this. You are so creative and I appreciate that you share your patterns for free! For this one, though, I am purchasing the ad-free pdf b/c I want to get going on it and don’t want to wait for Part 2!

    Have a fabulous 2018. Looking forward to seeing more great Make & Do Crew creations!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you so much, DaVerne. Both for your purchase and your kind words. I really hope you enjoy your sweater! I am loving mine!

      Happy New Year!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jeane M Parker
    January 2, 2018 at 6:02 am

    You are so amazing! I love, love this pattern and am looking forward to creating it. I appreciate your generosity in sharing your patterns with us. Your creativity is inspiring.

    Thank you,
    jeane

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much, Jeane! I hope you love your sweater as much as I’m loving mine. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Rebecca W.
    January 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I can not wait to finish my sweater to test out the pattern and then make one for my mother-in-Love. 😍😊❤

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Yay! I love hearing that, Rebecca. How generous of you to make one for your mother-in-law too. 🙂

      Reply
  • Cindy
    January 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Hi;
    Love your patterns. I want to try to make this cardigan. If I don’t use the same yarn how do I know how much to buy? is it by the ounces or the yardage. I saw you used Aran weight. is this different from worsted? they both have the same number on the yarn websites. Thanks for the help.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      The aran and worsted weights should be about the same. You need the approx yardage listed in the pattern (so 6,7 or 8 balls multiplied by the 251 yards). That should get you close to the correct amount of yarn for whatever size you make. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
      • Vanessa
        January 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        So we need 6 skeins that she 251 yards each? Or approx 1506 yards total? Thanks! Can’t wait to get started.

        Reply
        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          January 14, 2018 at 3:41 pm

          Hey Vanessa,

          Yup, for the two smallest sizes, you need six skeins of Heartland (approx 251 yards per skein).

          Happy crocheting!

          Jess

          Reply
  • Kaelie Theile
    January 3, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Is the gauge done with the small or large hook? I can’t wait to get started. Also, on the second 1/2 of the patter in the collar section there is a typo that says, “To to this,” but I think it should be, “To do this.” Thanks for the pattern ☺️

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Oooh, thanks for the catch on the typo. And also, the gauge is using the larger hook. I’ll add that note to the pattern. Thanks for your eagle eyes!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Karen Blair
    January 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for showing me how to fix the two I made “wrong”.several years ago. Hurrah!

    Reply
  • A. Capaldo
    January 3, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Well, I wanted to make the Dwell Cardigan but then you sent the Habitat Cardigan, so I may make that first instead. However, I also then saw the Desert Winds Scarf, and since I haven’t ordered the yarn for either of the other 2 yet, I guess I’ll start with that. Thank you so much for posting these patterns. You’ve got me really motivated to crochet more.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! Sometimes it just takes the right pattern to get your crojo (crochet mojo 😉 ) flowing. I hope you enjoy your new projects!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Heather Covert
    January 3, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Jess,
    I purchased the PDF of this pattern and couldn’t wait to get started. I’ve been crocheting for years, but am struggling with the gauge. Are the 10st x 10rows in SC or in the grit stitch pattern? I’ve gone all the way up to a 9mm hook (N) and just can’t seem to get it right. I’m using the Heartland yarn, so that’s not an issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Hey Heather,

      Thanks for your purchase!

      The gauge is the grit stitch. So it’s essentially just working a small swatch of the main rectangle pattern. Let me know if that’s not working out for you. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Roxanne
    January 4, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Im trying to buy your sweater pattern to make for my daughter. But every time I click on the link to order it does nothing. I dont get taken to an order page. Wondering if you could help me order it. Thanks

    Reply
  • Chrisandra
    January 4, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Ahhh! I love this! I have been watching all these amazing cardigan crochet patterns being posted over the last couple months but I’ve been up to my ears in Christmas orders. Now I have some time to make something for me and I LOVE THIS PATTERN! Can’t wait to get started! I need to get yarn tonight!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Yay! I love yarn shopping AND starting new projects! I hope you enjoy this one. Congrats on surviving the Christmas season too. Man, it can really be a doozy, can’t it?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Leona
    January 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    How many balls of wool required to make sweater?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Hey Leona,

      I list the it in the supplies section above–it’s somewhere between 6-8 balls of Heartland yarn depending on the size you make. 🙂
      Jess

      Reply
  • Tracy McPherson
    January 4, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Hello, this is an awesome pattern but I have one question. I am working on the L.xl and my gauge is correct but my stitch count is off and it doesn’t measure to the 46.5″ wide. Will it still work up the same or should I go to the next largest hook size if my gauge is correct.? Thanks and I can’t wait for part 2! I am almost done with Part 1.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Tracy,

      The most important thing, in my opinion, is that you get the measurement correct. So whatever you have to do to make a rectangle that’s about 46.5″ wide, do that. 🙂 That is what will give the sweater the same fit as the sample. If you need to increase or decrease the total stitches you chain, that is okay, so long as you do it according to the stitch multiple listed in the pattern.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
      • Tracy McPherson
        January 8, 2018 at 3:03 pm

        Thanks for that tip. I am going to leave it for now as I am done with the first part and gift it to my daughter. The next one I will incorporate your suggestions. It’s an awesome pattern. I can’t wait to make one for myself. 🙂

        Reply
    • Lynnette
      January 6, 2018 at 9:42 am

      I am having the same problem! My gauge was pretty awesome, but my rectangle was nearly 10 inches shorter than it should’ve been. 😕 But I’m on to try again with a bigger hook to see what happens!

      Reply
      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        January 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm

        Hey Lynette,

        That is so strange! You mean that it was the correct width, but the height was 10″ too short? If that is the case, you can def just work an extra 10″ of rows to make an adequate rectangle.

        Let me know if that helps or not. I hate to hear that you have to rip anything out.

        Jess

        Reply
        • Lisa
          January 14, 2018 at 2:16 pm

          Hi Jess. I have the same issue. The width is 8″ too short. I am working the L/XL pattern. Chained 109, using heartland yarn and K/6.5 hook. Can you offer any guidance?

          Reply
          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            January 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm

            Hey Lisa,

            I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble! Did you measure your gauge at the beginning? It might be that you crochet a bit on the tight side and need a slightly bigger hook/more chains. I’d pin the shrug as instructed and try it on. You may find that you don’t miss the extra width. You can also add a few inches to each sleeve to accommodate for the lost width. Does that make sense?

            Jess

  • Bree P.
    January 5, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Hi!
    I found this pattern on Pinterest and I would love to make it, but I am having a problem with the gauge. I can’t seem to get it right. I’ve made two swatches already using two different yarns and two different hooks.

    My first one, I used the 6.5mm hook, but I got 12 stitches in 4 inches. For my second swatch, I used a 7mm hook and got 8 stitches in 4 inches. So, now I have no idea what to do. Can you help me?

    Btw, I love all of your patterns! I have at least 8 of them on my list!

    Thanks,

    -Bree

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 6, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Hey Bree,

      I’d choose whichever option looks nicer to you and then just make the slightly larger or smaller sweater size depending on which gauge you go with. Also, if you wind up with a rectangle that’s a bit short, you can always just add additional rows to make it taller. (It’s harder to adapt the width though, but you could just add longer sleeves if you feel like they’re necessary.)

      Jess

      Reply
      • Bree P.
        January 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm

        Thanks for your reply Jess!

        Reply
  • Claudia
    January 6, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Goodmorning, Jess, I love the look of the sweater. And hope to completel it successfully. I have a question for you . I have used one skein of the required yarn and my rectangle is only 7.5 “x 25 “. I am making the ML and so I bought 6 skeins. Does that soumd about right to,you ? I am concernd that I will not have enough to complete the project.

    Reply
  • Deanna Furrey
    January 6, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Thanks so much for this pattern! I really like the look of the sweater and I love how it seems possible to make even though the thought of garment making is scary to me! 🙂 I decided to make it in a coffee brown and am almost half way through the rectangle! I like the way this stitch looks, can’t wait to wear it! Thanks again!
    Deanna

    Reply
  • Sharon Spears
    January 6, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I love this sweater pattern soooo much, and I have found a beautiful yarn to make it up with! I would like to onow, however, if this pattern needs to be blocked at any point??

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Hey Sharon,

      I didn’t find that I needed to block mine at all, but the yarn I used was 100% acrylic. If you use something with natural fiber, you may decide to block it. I’d just judge how each section is looking and then block if you feel like it needs some “chilling out.” 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lauren W
    January 6, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I love this pattern! Do you think I’d be able to make it but with 100% cotton yarn? I’m allergic to wool and wouldn’t be able to wear it if I made it with wool yarn. I typically use I Love This Yarn when I get cotton (it’s whats available near me). Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Hey Lauren,

      Yes, I think that would be really nice. Just check your gauge to see if you need to adjust your hook size. Also, the cotton might stretch a little more because it’s heavier, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing how long to make your tush extension. 🙂

      PS. The Heartland yarn I used is 100% acrylic, so that could be an option too.

      Jess

      Reply
      • Lauren W
        January 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm

        Thank you Jess! I’m going to try to make it soon and I’ll let you know how it turns out!

        Reply
  • Tammie Zemler
    January 7, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Am a bit frustrated. Want to print the pattern to use while traveling but am not able to get a print view that does not have the red boxes about ll the facebook shares etc. On several of the pages it blocks the instructions. Is there a pdf version or other without these boxes. HELP

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 8, 2018 at 12:25 am

      Hey Tammie,

      Yup! You can purchase an ad-free PDF that’s formatted for printing for $2.75 here.

      Have a great trip!

      Jess

      Reply
      • Sunshine
        January 11, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        Hi
        Help please.
        I have clicked the “red” here to buy the pattern but nothing happens.
        thanks

        Reply
  • Marissa
    January 7, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I’m an visual learner so I’m patiently waiting for the video on the 19th. Ha! In the meantime, what is the exact color of the Heartland yarn you used? Sorry if I’ve missed it!

    Thank you!

    Reply
  • Lisa W
    January 7, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Hi jezz

    I am making a xs/sm. And touj of añpaca lion brnd weight 4/. I have a 32×24 rwctsngle. Shod i decrease the armhole to 4
    Lisa

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 8, 2018 at 12:17 am

      I’d suggest measuring around your elbow/upper forearm to see if it’s about an 8″ circumference. If so, a 4″ armhole would be good. If you think that’ll be too tight though, I’d increase it to 4.5 or 5. 🙂

      Will yo give me some details on how your sizing works out for you? I’m sure other petite crocheters would love to know. Thank you!

      Jess

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  • Janet
    January 8, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Jess
    My daughter likes sweaters like this but likes pockets! Is there a way of adding pockets or do you have another easy crochet sweater pattern that has a simple pocket either on the outside or inside?
    Janet

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 28, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Hey Janet,

      Yes! You know, I actually tried pockets on this sweater and once I sewed them on, felt like they kind of messed up the nice drapy-ness of the collar. So my suggestion would be to make the Dwell Sweater which has some great pockets or add pockets to the Campfire Cardigan. Happy crocheting!

      Jess

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  • Eve
    January 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I just started making this and I am confused on gauge too. Having made the other cardigan using a thicker yarn and a “N” hook how is it that the same amount of chains on this sweater that use a thinner yarn and smaller needle give you a 41 inch width? By the way everyone loved, loved, loved their gifts this year thanks to you!

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    • Eve
      January 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      I figured it out. I guess I just crochet my stitches tight. I cast on 109 and it got me to 41 inches. I must say I love this stitch. I’m making this in off white and the stitch gives it a lacy Victorian vintage look.

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  • Rhonda
    January 14, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Hi Jess, I love thus pattern!! I have seen so many that I like, but wasn’t sure about the length. Thus one is perfect!! Cant wait to start. Thank you❤

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! I’ll have a video tutorial for you later this week. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Elaine
    January 14, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Is this sweater heavy? I made a cardigan using 4 weight yarn and it’s a bit heavy. Could you use a 3 weight ?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Hey Elaine,

      I wouldn’t say it’s heavy. I def think you could make it lighter though by using a category 3 yarn and just working a larger size (or just making sure to make a rectangle in the dimensions listed, regardless of how many chains or rows it takes with your thinner yarn.)

      Sounds really pretty! I bet the drape will be beautiful!

      Jess

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  • Tara
    January 16, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Help – I’m halfway through the rectangle and realized it is a few inches shorter than recommended. I really don’t want to frog it – what do you recommend? Will it be that big of a deal? Should I block it and try to stretch it a bit? Or maybe just make longer sleeves?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Hey Tara,

      I think I responded to your comment on FB, but in case I didn’t. I think you’ll be okay! I actually just added a few notes below the “gauge” section of the pattern to answer some questions like this. Blocking or making the sleeves a hair longer are both good options. Plus, the sweater will stretch slightly with wear. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Edith Bell
    January 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    This is a funny way of giving a FREE pattern.
    Short of printing out 50 odd pages to get the pattern, its NOT FREE
    When you right click to print just the pattern, half of it does not show because the adds cover it.
    Sure, you can have an add free copy you purchase,
    BUT THE PATTERN THEN IS NOT FREE.
    Most patterns that are FREE, one can use the “print friendly” button and enjoy it.
    If that pattern is to ones liking, one will not mind the purchase of another pattern from that designer,
    knowing how it works.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Hey Edith,

      The entire patterns are available entirely free on the blog. They always have been and always will be. You can make any of my patterns without paying me a penny.

      I started offering the $2.75 PDFs by reader request because some people like to print their patterns. If you print the pattern and never visit the blog again, I don’t earn any income through ads and would be unable to create any more free patterns because I would need to get a different job that supported my family. (It’s a similar structure to how tv commercials allow your tv shows to be free.) 

      Thanks for understanding. I do know there are some designers who offer a “print friendly” option, so I totally understand if those are the designers you’d like to support.

      Jess

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    • Jennifer
      January 18, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      It’s less than $3 I spend more on coffee.

      Reply
  • Jennifer
    January 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I love this pattern!! I’ve never made anything other than baby blankets but this was so easy to follow and I’m so proud of my end result. I made a few mistakes and my gauge wasn’t perfect but I’m in love with my sweater! 🙂

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that, Jennifer! I live for comments like these. It is the best feeling to be proud to wear something you made. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your success with us!

      Jess

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  • Emily
    January 19, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Hi Jess!
    I absolutely love your patterns and have made several of them. I am so excited to make this cardigan and got started a couple days ago. Using a 6.5mm hook and the heartland yarn I used the pattern to crochet the S/M size. But, one big problem… my rectangle ended up only being 32.5in X 18in. My gauge swatch is correct so no idea how my rectangle ended up so small! I am an experienced crocheter so not quite sure where to go from here or how to fix it. Can you offer any advice or help? Thanks so much!

    PS I also sent an email if that’s easier to respond to 🙂

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Hey Emily,

      I actually just responded to your email, but I’m going to paste it here too in case it helps others. 🙂

      Man, that is so weird! I hate to hear that because I know how hard you worked on it. So your gauge swatch measures the same as the pattern, but your rectangle is a good 10-ish” too small? I’m trying to figure out what might have gone wrong. I’ve even remeasured the gauge in the sample and it does seem correct.

      My thought is that your best bet to avoid frogging would be to do one of two things:
      1. Add more rows until you have the correct height. This will result in a similar bat-sleeve look. Then make your arm rectangles longer to create slightly longer sleeves and make up for the width lost in the rectangle.
      2. For a less bat-sleeve look, you could just work more rows of the tush extension. Your sweater can then become long enough, but the overall cocoon-ness of it will be less. Then I’d do the same thing with the sleeves as I described above.

      I hope that makes sense and helps. If there’s any other details you want to provide about what you think didn’t work, I’m totally open to your feedback!

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      • Niki
        January 31, 2018 at 7:41 am

        I’m only three rows in so far, but my width is about the same as Emily’s. I’m crocheting as loose as I possibly can, but I’m still about 12 inches short on the width for the L/XL. I’m not too far along to frog, but I don’t know how it can be so different from your measurements. I’m using the same Heartland yarn and the same size hook. Going up to an L hook I don’t think will add on a foot of width and that hook just seems way too large for this weight yarn. What do you suggest? Should I start with an extra foot of chain added to get the right width? If so, will the pattern still work the same? Help!

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          February 5, 2018 at 10:02 pm

          Hey Niki,

          I recently adjusted the measurements of the total rectangle to better reflect what you should get with the stitch count for each size. I’m not sure if you left this comment before or after that, so you might want to check them again now. If you are off by an inch or two, the fit of the sweater should still work pretty well.

          If you’re achieving the gauge, your width should be pretty similar to that listed. If not, you can always add chains (any odd number of chains in total) to make it wider.

          Hope that makes sense!

          Jess

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  • Ragnhild Uebler
    January 20, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Love the look and the drape! Thanks for this beautiful pattern!

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  • Betty Crist
    January 20, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Jess, I have to tell you I am obsessed with this sweater ! This is the first article of clothing I have ever crocheted . I am on number 3 and this one is for me. I made one of them with a blanket weight yarn It worked up very quickly and it is more like a coat. My daughter begged me for it and the girls in her office are all begging for one ! I love that it is all simple stitches and an easy to follow pattern and assembly. The sweater is cozy and cute. Thank you !!
    Betty Crist

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Betty! You’re AMAZING! Three of them!? Holy moly. This pattern has only been out for three weeks! I’m seriously impressed. So happy to hear you’re enjoying it (and that you finally get a sweater of your own!)

      Jess

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  • A. Satterwhite
    January 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Love, love, love your patterns!! Bought this one and was very excited to start. I have run into a problem. With the particular size I am making I see the finished rectangle should be 47×26. Even using the larger hook, I do not come up with 47 as the width. I do not understand why this is. Am I reading the chart within the pattern incorrectly?

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    • A. Satterwhite
      January 22, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      It seems like I have to increase my foundation chain over 10 additional stitches to reach that 47″ mark.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Hey there,

      If you’d like to extend your chain by 10 chains, that will work just fine. You’ll just want to make sure you start with an odd number of stitches and everything else will work just as stated in the stitch pattern. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Sarah carver
    January 24, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Hi there!
    First off I LOVE your patterns they are absolutely awesome!
    I have a question: I am making the M/L size cardigan and am coming up with a different number on the measurements.
    I used the 6.5 hook and crocheted the 105 chains to begin. So far I have completed 50 rows of the garter stitch and these are the measurements I have….29.5 length which is the calculation of the 105 stitches I began with, which is not what the measurement was that I’m suppose to have?? HELP!! Thank you!!!!
    Sarah

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  • Amanda Thompson
    January 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Just finished my sweater over snow days. It turned out great! No one could believe I made it. 😂 Then my 17 year old daughter asked to borrow it….I knew it was a winner. Thanks for the great project.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Haha, teenage approval for the win! 😉

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re happy! Now you better ask for it back!

      Jess

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  • Nancy
    January 27, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Hi I just wanted to know if you made the full video on this sweater. You said January 19 you would have one out but I haven’t seen it.

    Thanks,

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  • Celina
    January 28, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I’m 5’2″ with a 38″ bust, is there anyway to shorten it? If I made it as long as you did it would be to the floor on me I feel.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 28, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Yes! Just work fewer rows overall of the rectangle. This will shorten the sweater. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Sarah
    January 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Hi there!
    First off I LOVE your patterns they are absolutely awesome!
    I have a question: I am making the M/L size cardigan and am coming up with a different number on the measurements.
    I used the 6.5 hook and crocheted the 105 chains to begin. So far I have completed 50 rows of the garter stitch and these are the measurements I have….29.5 length which is the calculation of the 105 stitches I began with, which is not what the measurement was that I’m suppose to have?? HELP!! Thank you!!!!
    Sarah

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  • Kim
    February 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I have a bunch of chunky 5 yarn. Would you think that if using your pattern using the worsted 4 yarn I would be the M/L. If I use the chunky yarn, do you think if I made the small it would be wearable as the M/L. Somewhat new to crochet, and would love to do this pattern with what I have if possible. Thanks!

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    • Kim
      February 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Just realized my question is worded so poorly. Just wondering if using the Chunky 5 yarn would make this sweater ginormous or work if I went down a size. Thanks

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      Hey Kim,

      My best suggestion would be to try a little gauge swatch and see how much bigger your gauge is with the thicker yarn than the gauge listed in the pattern. That’ll give you an idea of if the smaller size will result in measurements you’re happy with.

      The other option might be to do a pattern like my free Dwell Sweater. It’s similar in construction and uses cat 5 yarn. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Julia
    February 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Can anyone clarify for me how much yarn you need for this project? It says 250 of lion brand and then Grand Canyon 6 skeins??? Thanks ♥️

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 11, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Hey Julia,

      It’s six skeins (for the smaller sizes) of Lion Brand Heartland yarn in the color called “grand canyon.” 🙂

      Jess

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  • Lil’ Owl Designs
    February 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I adore this sweater! Made one for myself, huge hit! As we head towards spring, I was wondering if you could try a sun hat pattern? I don’t trust myself to design one that belongs in the 60’s XD

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  • Lily
    February 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I love this sweater! I made one of my own, and adore it! But as the warmer weather comes I was wondering if you could try designing a modern sun hat? This would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 11, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Oooh, fun idea! Are you thinking a women’s sun hat or children’s?

      Thanks Lily!

      Reply
  • Tara
    February 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve never had to make a guage before. Do I chain 10 sts and do the first row and follow the pattern for 10 rows to make a 4″ square? Or do I chain until my chain is 4″ and see if I get to the end of the chain with only 10 grit sts (sc, dc, skip,)

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Hey Tara,

      Great question! I find that you generally want to work a gauge swatch a little bigger than 4″ square so that you can really get a good measure of how many sts and rows are in 4″. So yeah, you make a chain that’s about 5-6″ long and work in the rectangle pattern until the swatch is about 5-6″. Then with a ruler or stiff tape measure, measure to see how many stitches and rows are in 4″. If you find that you have fewer or more rows, adjust your hook size to be bigger or smaller and try again until you get very close to the gauge in the pattern. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Lisa
    February 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I’m using Heartland’s Great Smoky Mountains for my cardigan and I noticed this particular color doesn’t seem to have the nice smooth sheen or drape that the other Heartland colors have. I’m wondering if perhaps I should try a different yarn because it is a little stiff. Did you notice the differences in the colorways?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 24, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Oooh, hmm. That’s really interesting. I actually haven’t tried that color, but all the shades I’ve tried have been quite soft and drapey. That said, I have def noticed what you’re talking about with different lines of yarn, so I think it’s entirely possible. Have you made it really far into the pattern already?

      Reply
  • Jessica
    February 24, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Has anyone tried this with Mandala yarn? I have 3 of them in warlock and am trying to find a sweater pattern for mothers day and can’t decide on one

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 24, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Yes! Actually, someone just shared one on Instagram that’s in Mandala. Check out @umcreations feed here. It turned out beautifully!

      Reply
  • Annette Specht
    February 28, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Hi Jess!,,, I am loving this pattern!, Its going really fast,,, super fast, ,, i made a boo boo, and didnt read the pattern about repeating it 64 times,,, How do you know when you have 64 rows?,,, should i do this by measurements instead? I cannot tell where my rows are lol. might need some help on that one lol if possible. Thanks for the pattern!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Hey!

      It can be tricky to count the rows on some projects, can’t it? For this one, each sort of thicker visual row you see is actually two rows of crocheting. So when you stand back a bit from the project, you should be able to see those slight rows form and you can count each of them as two rows in the pattern. You’ll want 64 total rows of crocheting (so 32 visual rows), but more importantly, you want your rectangle to be about 25.5″ tall. If it’s a little short, just add more rows until it’s 25.5″, making sure to work an even number of total rows. Hope that makes sense! :)

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  • Shelli Miller
    March 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Just finished one using Lion Brand, Homespun. It is so soft and snuggly, it’s like wearing a blanket. I am giving it to my eldest daughter who works in an old elementary school with very inconsistent heating so her office is always freezing. I’ll be making this one again. Sooooo much fun!

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  • Zoe
    March 7, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Jess! I’m excited to work on this cardigan, but I keep running into what seems to be a popular issue… first off: 9! The gauge swatch, when you say 10stsx10rpws, do you mean to start the “pattern” with 10 chains to start, and progress with the Suzette stitch for 10 rows? That is what I did, and I came out with a swatch that was 2.5 inches in width, and 3.5 inches in height.. this after I crocheted 28 rows of the pattern to realize that my width was only 27 inches, rather that the 38.5 indicates for the S/M.. I’m crocheting with a medium weight (4) yarn from lion brand, and the 6.5mm hook, and Very loosely to boot! Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? Why would my chain/width be so much shorter than it should be??

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Hey Zoe,

      Gauge can be pretty personal, so you def are smart to check it. Don’t be afraid to change your hook size if you need to. The most impt gauge to get right is the width. So before doing the super long chain for the actual sweater, I’d make a gauge swatch bigger than the listed gauge, so you can really measure the middle four inches. Like maybe make it 20-ish stitches wide. Then work it in the suzette stitch. Change your hook up if you need to to achieve the correct gauge. Then go ahead and start the rectangle. If, once you finish all the rectangle rows in the pattern, your rectangle is too short, simply add more rows until it’s the right height.

      Does that make sense? This pattern is pretty forgiving size-wise, but you want to get in the ballpark so it can fit as pictured in the photos.

      Jess

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  • Chloe
    March 15, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Reading through the comments I still have a question I am having trouble with my gauge swatch. I went to size hook 4mm still cannot meet 10 sts in a grit stitch; width I go over the 10 row for 4′. I am afraid to go smaller and my cardigan to be too small. When I did a gauge swatch with hook size 6.5mm I meet the width to 4′ with 10 rows but not the length reach 8 sts at 4′. Any suggestions?

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    • Chloe
      March 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Wrong size hook I use a 5mm gauge swatch was 8 sts x8 rows = 4′ x 4′

      Reply
  • Suni
    May 4, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Wondering why the tush part looks to narrow. Should I just make it wider?

    Reply
  • Stephanie
    July 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    i have gotten so many compliments on this sweater, it’s so easy and fun to make!

    Reply
    • Jess
      July 26, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed making it. 🙂

      Reply
  • Julie swift
    November 30, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Hi love love love this cardigan! What colour did you use please? 😍😍

    Reply
  • Laura
    October 23, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Hi Jess,

    Love is not a strong enough word for how I feel about this pattern. It’s incredible! Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve made two – one for me and one for my daughter. It’s the first thing I wrap myself up in when I first wake up. I used Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca. Mine is the charcoal grey and my daughter’s is olive (dark) green. This yarn is awesome. I throw it in the washer and dryer (gasp) and it comes out beautifully. Does not pill. Thanks Jess, for your easy-to-follow and beautiful patterns. I’m making your brunch hexagon sweater next (Touch of Alpaca, Teal) and can hardly WAIT to get started.

    Reply

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