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Nearly Seamless Crochet Cardigan – Free Pattern by Hooked Hazel

Woman with blonde hair standing in field of grass. She is wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a mustard yellow crochet cardigan.

This nearly seamless crochet cardigan is perfect for sweater-making newbies who want to spend more time crocheting and less time seaming.

Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for supplying the yarn for this nearly seamless crochet cardigan free pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series where talented designers from across the internet share their free patterns with you, right here on Make & Do Crew.

Today Emily from Hooked Hazel is here with her free seamless crochet cardigan pattern! You can see lots of of Emily’s crochet patterns her blog, Hooked Hazel, and on Etsy and Ravelry. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Emily, take it away!

Why I Chose to Design a Cardigan

Hi crochet friends! My name is Emily – I’m the maker and designer behind Hooked Hazel. I’m so excited to share the Maple Woods Cardi with you.

Woman with blonde hair standing in field of grass. She is wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and a mustard yellow crochet cardigan.

Sweater season is my favorite – you can usually find me in my comfiest jeans, a worn in t-shirt, and a sweater or hoodie. My design philosophy is pretty simple – I only want to make things that I’ll actually wear, that are versatile, and will work with the other clothing in my wardrobe.

Woman with blonde hair standing in field with a mustard yellow crochet cardigan on.

The texture in the Maple Woods Cardi reminds me of the layers of maple leaves that cover the ground in my hometown each winter. And of course the golden mustard color I used is 100% on-trend! This is a piece you can pull out of your closet and throw on over leggings when you’re puttering around the house or pair it with denim for casual Friday at the office.

Machine Washable Sweater FTW!

I used Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca for this design. I chose this yarn because it’s cozy and warm without being heavy. Plush – the squish factor is unreal. The natural fibers in this yarn lend a wonderful lightness and drape to your finished garment.

Free crochet cardigan pattern made with Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Alpaca.

Also – it’s machine washable! That’s a BIG plus in my book. It’s available in the prettiest neutrals and jewel tones – I chose Goldenrod for the Maple Woods Cardi. If you’d like to substitute a different yarn, I recommend choosing a worsted weight yarn that is breathable and not too heavy.

Almost Zero Seaming Necessary

This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner. Simple stitches are used throughout, with post stitches used for the ribbing.

Woman standing in front of brick wall with a white shirt and mustard yellow crochet cardigan. Photo is zoomed in on her shoulder/arm area to show a close-up of the cardigan. Free crochet cardigan pattern with almost no seaming.

The entire cardigan is worked in one piece with minimal seaming needed (shoulders only). Sleeves made attached to the body and are worked in the round.

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Maple Woods Crochet Cardigan Free Pattern

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Explanation: Get sweater weather ready in this cozy and textured cardigan! Featuring a relaxed fit and classic design elements, this piece is one you’ll be reaching for again and again.

Skills required include single and double crochet, post stitches, and seaming (minimal).

Supplies:
Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca (or comparable worsted weight yarn) (Weight: 4/medium – 207 yds, 3.5 oz)
Goldenrod (#674-158) – 6 (6, 7, 8) 9 (9, 10, 11, 12) balls
5.5 mm (I), 6.0 mm (J), 6.5 mm (K) hooks (or sizes needed to meet gauge)
• Yarn needle
Stitch markers

Sizes/Measurements:
• Bust: This pattern is written for sizes XS (S, M, L) XL (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). This is equivalent to bust sizes 30 (34, 38, 42) 46 (48, 54, 58, 62). This pattern is meant to be relaxed with +2 – 3 positive ease.

• Length: Length as written for each size is approximately 24 (24, 25, 25) 26 (26, 27, 27, 27) inches from shoulder to hem. For a longer sweater, you may add rows to the bottom section. Gravity will also affect this pattern and the cardigan may stretch some with wear.

Gauge:
• 4” x 4” 7 rows and 14 dc with J hook

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
st – stitch
ch – chain
slst – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
bpdc – back post double crochet
fpdc – front post double crochet
yo – yarn over
sk – skip
rs – right side
ws – wrong side
sm – stitch marker
[ ] – instructions in brackets are all worked into one stitch

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Special Stitches:

– Tulip St [2 dc, ch 2, sc] in same st. These instructions are written out in the pattern, however st counts will be given as tulip sts.

• Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch.

• This cardigan is worked from the bottom up in one piece. The only seams are at the shoulders.

• The ribbing on the front and bottom of this cardigan are made with a larger hook, rather than a smaller. This prevents the ribbing from pulling the piece in or cinching it.

With K hook, foundation dc 106 (122, 138, 154) 170 (186, 202, 218, 234)

Bottom Ribbing

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, fpdc in next, *bpdc 2, fpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, bpdc 2, fpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 106 (122, 138, 154) 170 (186, 202, 218, 234) dc

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, bpdc in next, *fpdc 2, bpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, fpdc 2, bpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 106 (122, 138, 154) 170 (186, 202, 218, 234) dc

Row​ ​3 – 4: Repeat rows 1 – 2. 106 (122, 138, 154) 170 (186, 202, 218, 234) dc

Bottom Section (worked in one piece)

Switch to J hook

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, sc in next st, sk 2, * 2dc in next st, ch 2, sc in next st, sk 2*, repeat from * to * across, until 2 sts remain, 2dc in next st, ch 2, sc in next st. Turn. 27 (31, 35, 39) 43 (47, 51, 55, 59) tulip st

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, placing final sc in the top of the ch 3 from previous row. Turn. 27 (31, 35, 39) 43 (47, 51, 55, 59) tulip st

Row​ ​3 – 34: Repeat row 2. 27 (31, 35, 39) 43 (47, 51, 55, 59) tulip st

Do not fasten off. Lay your piece down flat, with your live yarn on your right side. Place a sm in the 7 (8, 9, 10) 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) ch 2 loop. Place another sm in the 7 (8, 9, 10) 11 (12, 13, 14, 15) ch 2 loop when counting from the left side.

Right Front Panel

Continuing from previous section.

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, stopping in the last ch sp before your sm. Turn. 6 (7, 8, 9) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) tulip st

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, placing final sc in the top of the ch 3 from previous row. Turn. 6 (7, 8, 9) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) tulip st

Row​ ​3 – 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22): Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Back Panel

Attach yarn in first marked st to the left of the right front panel.

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, stopping in the next ch sp with a sm. Turn. 15 (17, 19, 21) 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) tulip st

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, placing final sc in the top of the ch 3 from previous row. Turn. 15 (17, 19, 21) 23 (25, 27, 29, 31) tulip st

Row​ ​3 – 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22): Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Left Front Panel

Attach yarn in first ch sp to the left of the back panel.

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across. Turn. 6 (7, 8, 9) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) tulip st

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * across, placing final sc in the top of the ch 3 from previous row. Turn. 6 (7, 8, 9) 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) tulip st

Row​ ​3 – 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22): Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Right Front Ribbing

You will now make ribbing along both outside edges, working into the ends of the previous rows.

With your K hook, connect yarn at the bottom of the right panel.

With your K hook, connect yarn at the bottom of the right panel.

Note that you will be working 2 dc into the end of each row that ended with a dc, 1 dc into the rows that ended with a sc.

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each of the next 3 row edges, *2dc in next row edge, dc in next*, repeat from * to * across. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, bpdc in next, *fpdc 2, bpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, fpdc 2, bpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ ​3: Ch 3, fpdc in next, *bpdc 2, fpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, bpdc 2, fpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ ​4 – 5: Repeat rows 1 – 2. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Fasten off.

Left Front Ribbing

With your K hook, connect yarn at the bottom of the left panel.

Row​ ​1: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2dc in each of the next 3 row edges, *2dc in next row edge, dc in next*, repeat from * to * across. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ ​2: Ch 3, fpdc in next, *bpdc 2, fpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, bpdc 2, fpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ ​3: Ch 3, bpdc in next, *fpdc 2, bpdc 2*, repeat from * to * across until 4 sts remain, fpdc 2, bpdc 1, dc in last st. Turn. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Row​ 4 – 5: Repeat rows 1 – 2. 84 (84, 86, 86) 90 (90, 92, 92, 92) dc

Fasten off.

Seam Shoulders

Fold the front panels over the back panel, so that the ribbing lines up in the middle of the piece. Seam along each shoulder, matching up your tulip sts as you go.

Sleeves

With J hook, attach yarn in underarm in one of the dc edges. You will now work in the round.

Round​ ​1: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in dc edge, *[2dc, ch 2, sc] in next dc edge* repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. Turn. 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22) tulip st

Round​ ​2: Slst in first st, slst in ch sp, ch 3, [dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp, *sk 3, [2dc, ch 2, sc] in ch sp* repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. Turn. 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22) tulip st

Round​ 3 – 6: Repeat round 2. 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22) tulip st

Switch to I hook.

Round​ ​7 – 33: Repeat round 2 16 (16, 18, 18) 20 (20, 22, 22, 22) tulip st

Sleeve Decrease and Ribbing

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), slst in first st, slst in ch sp, [2dc, sc] in each ch sp around, join with slst to first st. Turn. 48 (48, 54, 54) 60 (60, 66, 66, 66) sts

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), *dc 1, dc2tog*, repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. Turn. 32 (32, 36, 36) 40 (40, 44, 44, 44) dc

Round​ ​3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), *fpdc 2, bpdc 2*, repeat from * to * around, join with slst to first st. Turn. 32 (32, 36, 36) 40 (40, 44, 44, 44) dc

Round​ ​4 – 6: Repeat row 3. 32 (32, 36, 36) 40 (40, 44, 44, 44) dc

Break yarn and fasten off. Repeat on other side.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. I highly recommend lightly steam blocking your piece to relax your stitches.

Thanks again to Emily of Hooked Hazel for sharing this free seamless crochet cardigan pattern! Be sure to check out Emily’s blog for lots more free modern crochet patterns!

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