In Part 1 (and 2) of The Mezzo Cardigan, we’re going to learn how to crochet the main hexagons that will eventually form the sleeves, back and fronts of our sweaters! Get Parts 1 & 2 of the free pattern + video tutorial below or purchase the complete pattern with tutorials and stitch charts in the printable PDF here.
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Woohoo! It’s time to get started the most critical element of our Mezzo hexagon cardigans–the hexagons!
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The printable PDF includes the complete pattern, all the photo tutorials and bonus stitch charts, diagrams and labels for your hexagon sides.
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The Mezzo Cardigan Video Tutorial Parts 1 + 2
I’m so happy to be able to share this very detailed video tutorial on how to crochet your main hexagons. If you’re still building your pattern-reading skills, this video will be immensely helpful in showing you the main concepts of The Mezzo Cardigan.
Directly below the video player, you can find all the links I mention in the video.
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Links Mentioned In the Video:
• The Mezzo Cardigan Crochet Along main page
• The free pattern, Parts 1 + 2 (scroll down)
The Mezzo Cardigan
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You can’t beat the drape of this comfy, lightweight sweater and you’ll enjoy trying it on as you go. (Because it’s easy to check the fit as you crochet, you’ll be sure to love your finished cardi!)
You’ll begin by crocheting two relaxing hexagons which will magically transform into the sleeves, back and fronts. This technique is so fun and interesting to watch come together.
While making the Mezzo Cardigan, you’ll have a chance to practice working in the round, crocheting puff stitches and learning how to add a knit-esque ribbing to your sweater. Step-by-step video tutorials will guide you each step of the way.
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• Tapestry needle
• Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Approximately 20 stitch markers
• Steamer or iron with steam setting
|Size||Fits up to Actual Bust||Circumference of sweater, including collar||Length (adjustable)*||Yarn Needed (assuming Lion Brand Coboo is used)|
|S||37″||44||25”||8 skeins (730g)|
|M||41”||47.5”||27”||9 skeins (850g)|
|L||45”||50.5”||27”||9 skeins (870g)|
|1X||49”||52.5”||27”||9 skeins (900g)|
|2X||53″||58.5”||33”||12 skeins (1140g)|
|3X||57″||60.5”||33”||12 skeins (1170g)|
|4X||61″||64.5”||35”||14 skeins (1320g)|
*Note that the length will extend 2-3” in addition to what’s listed due to the weight of the garment.
The sweater is designed to have an oversized look with a generous amount of ease. If you’re in doubt selecting a size, size down. (Mauve sample pictured is a size M. Beige sample is a size L. There are lots of opportunities to customize the sweater and sleeve length, so when choosing a size, think more about how loose you want the bust to fit.)
7 rounds of hexagon = 3.5” as measured from center of hexagon to one side, essentially the hexagon radius.
27 dc = 7.5” as measured in Round 7 of hexagon.
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
blo – back loop only
ch – chain
chsp – chain space
dc – double crochet
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet two together (decrease)
sk – skip
slst(s) – slip stitch(es)
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
Yoslst2tog – yarn over slip stitch two together
tch – turning chain
Puff – [yo, insert hook in st and pull up a loop] 4 times in same st. Yo and pull through all nine loops on hook.
Yarn over slip stitch (yoslst): yo, insert hook into stitch, yo, draw hook through all 3 loops on hook. When inserting hook in a yoslst, you’re always working into the loop that’s farthest away from you.
Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ch 3 counts as 1 dc throughout.
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• Hexagon is worked in turned rounds.
• After a few rounds, hexagon will look wavy and should not be able to lay flat. This is intentional to give enough fabric for the body and sleeves.
• Pattern refers to different sides of the hexagon by number, which is illustrated in the chart at end of pattern. Think of these side numbers as fixed to the orientation of looking at the right side of the hexagon.
For example, Side 3 is always Side 3, whether you flip the hexagon over or not. Side 3 does not become Side 5, just because the hexagon is flipped to the wrong side. When you measure gauge after Round 7, please pin name tags to each hexagon side. (Use the printable labels included in the PDF or make your own.) This will ensure you can easily identify hexagon locations as described in the pattern.
• Optional: Reference stitch charts at end of pattern PDF for extra visual clarification.
Foundation Round: Ch 4, slst to first ch to join, creating a ring.
Round 1 (RS): Ch 3 , 2 dc in ring, ch 1, [3 dc in ring, ch 1] 5 times, slst to 3rd ch from beginning of round to join; turn. (3 dc per side)
Round 2 (WS): Ch 3, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch1sp corner, dc in next 3 dc] 5 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch1sp corner, dc in next 2 dc, slst to 3rd ch from beginning of round to join; turn. (7 dc per side)
Round 3 (RS): Ch 3, dc in next and each rem dc to ch2sp, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch2sp corner, dc in each dc to next ch2sp corner] 5 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in last ch2sp corner, dc in rem dc, slst to 3rd ch from beginning of round to join; turn. (11 dc per side)
TIP: Count your hexagon sides now to double check you indeed have six.
Rep Round 3 four more times, turning work at the end of each round. Hexagon should now contain 7 rounds. Each hexagon side should contain 27 double crochet.
!! GAUGE CHECK !!
Please stop and take a minute to measure your hexagon. This will ensure your sweater is the size you expect it to be. Measure from the center of the hexagon to the edge of one side (radius). This should measure 3.5”. Measure several sides of the hexagon. Each side should measure 7.5-7.75”. If your hexagon radius or each side length is too large, decrease your hook size and rework hexagon. If your hexagon radius is too small or each side length is too small, increase your hook size and rework hexagon.
Once correct gauge is established, lay hexagon flat with RS facing up. (Last round worked was a RS round.) Use stitch markers to pin side-number name tags to each side according to the chart below. Both hexagons should be labeled identically.
Extra Rounds for Sizes 2X, 3X and 4X Only:
Rep Round 3 two more times. Hexagon should now contain 9 rounds. Each hexagon side should contain 35 double crochet.
Introducing Puff Stitch Rounds – All Sizes
- Reference Side # diagram and stitch chart at end of pattern for extra visual clarification.
Round 1 (WS – puff):
First half of Side #1: Ch 3, dc in next and each rem dc to end of side…
Corner #1: (2 dc, ch 2, puff, ch 1) in ch2sp corner…
Side #6: Puff in first dc of hex side, *ch 1, sk 1 dc, puff in next dc; rep from * to end of side…
Corner #6: (Ch 1, puff, ch 2, puff, ch 1) in ch2sp corner…
Side 5: Puff in first dc of hex side, *ch 1, sk 1 dc, puff in next dc; rep from * to end of side…
Corner #5: (Ch 1, puff, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch2sp corner…
Side #4: Dc in each dc to end of side…
Corner #4: (2 dc, ch 2, puff, ch 1) in ch2sp corner…
Side #3: Puff in first dc of hex side, *ch 1, sk 1 dc, puff in next dc; rep from * to end of side…
Corner #3: (Ch 1, puff, ch 2, puff, ch 1) in ch2sp corner…
Side #2: Puff in first dc of hex side, *ch 1, sk 1 dc, puff in next dc; rep from * to end of side…
Corner #2 : (Ch 1, puff, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch2sp corner…
Last Half of Side #1: Dc in each dc to beginning of round, slst to 3rd ch from beginning of round to join; turn. [16 (16, 16, 16, 20, 20, 20) puff sts or 31 (31, 31, 31, 39, 39, 39) dc per side]
Round 2 (RS – double crochet): Ch 3, *dc in next and each rem dc to ch2sp, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch2sp corner, dc in each puff and ch1sp to next ch2sp corner] twice, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch2sp corner; rep from * once more, dc in rem dc, slst to 3rd ch from beginning of round to join; turn. [35 (35, 35, 35, 43, 43, 43) dc per side]
[Rep Rounds 1 and 2] 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) more times.
Rep Round 1 once more. Hexagon should now contain 16 (18, 18, 18, 22, 22, 24) total rounds. The last round should contain 63 (71, 71, 71, 87, 87, 95) dc on each double crochet side and 32 (36, 36, 36, 44, 44, 48) puff stitches on each puff stitch side. Fasten off.
Can’t Wait To Keep Going?
Head to Part 3 of the free Mezzo Cardigan pattern here. In this section, we’ll extend the sides of our hexagons a bit, finish up the sleeves and join the hexagons into an actual garment. At that point, you’ll have a real cardigan to begin trying on!
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