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Part 2: Patchwork Party Cardi – ORIGINAL

This week we move onto crocheting our sweater front and underarm strips and joining them to the back. Find part 2 of the free pattern and video tutorial below or purchase the complete, printable PDF here.

Blonde woman wearing faded blue jeans, a colorful patchwork crochet cardigan and a brown rancher hat.
The Patchwork Party Cardi pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

If you’re completely new to the Patchwork Party Cardi pattern set, you can find the main page with all the resources and links for both the ORIGINAL and LITE sweaters here.

Table of Contents:
What to expect in Part 2
How do I print the pattern?
Video Tutorial – Part 2
Free Pattern – Part 2

Part 2 of the pattern is quite similar to the first week, which means you’ve already learned all the skills you need!

Keep reading for a few details on what to expect in Part 2 of the crochet along or jump down for this week’s free pattern and video tutorial.

An overhead view of a colorful in-progress crochet patchwork sweater and a caucasian women's feet.

The LITE Version of This Pattern

Don’t forget we’ve got a sister pattern to go alongside the ORIGINAL Patchwork Party Cardi. The LITE pattern uses all the same skills as this pattern, but is a bit simpler to crochet. Click the photo below to get the free pattern or pin the pattern for later here.

Patchwork Party Cardi LITE

What To Expect in Part 2

Last week we nailed down our gauge, made a color plan using Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and crocheted the strips for the backs of our cardigans. This week, we’ll be using the same stitches and skills to create the front strips as well as the shorter underarm strips.

At the end of this week, you’ll have all your strips joined and be able to try on your patchwork vest! (A very happy moment indeed!)

A blond woman with a large smile wearing a partially finished crochet patchwork sweater.
Lion Brand Scarfie yarn on top of crochet rectangles.

Get an All-In-One Crochet Kit

If you’re new to the crochet along and haven’t gotten your yarn yet, the all-in-one crochet kit is a perfect way to make your Patchwork Party Cardi. This bundle from Lion Brand includes all the Scarfie and Wool-Ease you’ll need, plus a free printable PDF of the complete pattern (delivered digitally).

Deliver it! Click to purchase the all-in-one crochet kit

And if you’re loving your Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINAL so far and think you might like to make the LITE too, you can grab the kit here.

Want to Print the Pattern or Work At Your Own Pace?

As a reminder, you have the option to purchase the ad-free PDF of the complete pattern on Etsy here or LoveCrafts here. Not only does it include parts 1-4 of the pattern in one place, it’s formatted for easy printing and includes all the photo tutorials (with no ads!)

Print it! Purchase the ad-free PDF

Patchwork Party Cardi Video Tutorial Part 2

Last week’s video tutorial covered most of the skills we’ll be using today, so definitely go back and re-watch it if you need a refresher. Today’s tutorial talks you through the basic concepts of crocheting your Front and Underarm strips and then shows you how to join the shoulders. This tutorial is short and sweet because you’re already a patchwork pro!

Directly below the video player, you can find all the links I mention in the video.

NOTE: If you have an ad-blocker running, you’ll need to disable it to view the video tutorial below.

Links Mentioned in the Video:
• The Patchwork Party Cardi Crochet Along main page

• The free pattern, Part 1, Part 2 (directly below – scroll down)

• The ad-free, printable PDF including the complete pattern + photo tutorials

• The Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINAL all-in-one kit from LionBrand.com

• Lion Brand Scarfie yarn / Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn

• Needle Felting Tool

• The Make & Do Crew Facebook group


Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINAL

Free Crochet Pattern – Part 2

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF on Etsy here and on LoveCrafts here.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry here.

Pin this pattern for later here.

Explanation:
Grab your scraps or some multi-color yarn and call on your inner artist, it’s time to throw a patchwork party! You’ll likely find the construction of this sweater different from anything you’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean it’s complicated–quite the opposite, in fact!

This painterly cardigan uses a clever technique of crocheting in strips to minimize seaming and create fewer ends to weave in. With endless ways to customize, this is a cardigan you can truly make you own.

Supplies:
Order an all-in-one kit from Lion Brand here.
 • Lion Brand Scarfie (Weight: 5/bulky – 312 yds, 5.3 oz) – 5 (6, 6, 8, 8) total skeins*
Seafoam/Clay [826-237] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)
Rust/Cameo [826-235] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)
Ice/Gold [826-232] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)
Mushroom/Blush [826-231] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)
Mustard/Ice Pink [826-236] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)
Steel Blue/Slate [826-234] – 1 ball (approx. 150g)

* Yarn amounts listed will result in leftover yarn at the end of the project. This is intentional to allow for flexible color planning. Should you want to purchase only enough yarn to crochet the sweater without manipulating the colors, you’ll need approximately 3 (4, 5, 6, 6) skeins [(approx. 433 (583, 750, 851, 900) g)].

For Ribbing:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Weight: 4/medium – 197 yds, 3 oz) – 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins
Antler [620-021]

Additional Materials:
• Tapestry needle
Size L (8.00 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain main body gauge
Size J (6.00 mm) crochet hook for ribbing
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• Needle felting tool (optional, but very helpful to avoid weaving in ends)
• (4-5) 1” buttons (optional)

Measurements:

SizeFits Actual BustSweater Length# of Skeins of
Scarfie for
Main Body*
# of Skeins of
Wool-Ease for
Ribbing
XS28-30″22″52
S/M34-38″26″62
L/1X42-46″32″62
2/3X50-54″32″83
4/5X58-62″32″83

Sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 38” bust. For a looser fit, don’t be afraid to size up.

Gauge:
12 ehdc x 6.5 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch
slstblo – slip stitch through the back loop only
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over
tch – turning chain
ehdc – extended half double crochet: yo, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through one loop on hook, yo, draw through all three loops on hook
ehdc2tog – extended half double crochet two together: yo, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through one loop on hook, yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through one loop on hook, yo, draw through all five loops on hook

More Free Make & Do Crew Crochet Patterns to Try:

The Dwell Sweater
The Habitat Cardigan
The Brunch Cardigan

Want some company while you crochet?
Get support (and camaraderie!) in the Make & Do Crochet Crew Facebook Group here.

Permissions + Copyright:
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 this post. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos.

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is written for smallest size, with stitch counts for larger sizes following in parentheses: XS (S/M, L/1X, 2/3X, 4/5X). It can be helpful to highlight all numbers related to your size before beginning. When only one number is given, it pertains to all sizes.

• Ch 3 counts as 1 ehdc throughout.

• In last row of each colored square, complete final yarn over of last stitch using new color. View a brief tutorial here.

• Continue to create a “checkerboard” of light/dark colors as you choose shades for the Front and Underarm strips. For more tips on choosing colors, reference Part 1 of the free pattern.

How to Minimize Ends to Weave In:
• Reference Part 1 of the video tutorial or free pattern for a recap on how to avoid weaving in ends.

MAIN SWEATER BODY AT A GLANCE – a recap

  • Note that chart below does not include the sleeves.
SizeStrip Width (#
of chain sts)
Square Height
(# of rows)
# of Full
Length Strips
To Make
# of Underarm
Strips To Make
XS17852
S/M201052
L/1X231252
2/3X211262
4/5X231262

Pin it! Click to pin this pattern for later

SWEATER UNDERARMS

Notes:
• A shorter strip is used on either side of the sweater to accommodate room for the sleeves. When crocheting each strip, reference existing strips in Back section to choose coordinating colors.

• If you need a review on any of the skills necessary to crochet a strip, re-watch the Part 1 video tutorial.

Instructions for One Partial-Length Strip:

With any color and larger hook:

Foundation Row: Ch 17 (20, 23, 21, 23).

*Row 1 (RS): Ehdc in fourth ch from hook, ehdc each ch to end; turn. (15 (18, 21, 19, 21) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (15 (18, 21, 19, 21) sts)

Rep Row 2 six (eight, ten, ten ten) more times to create a total of 8 (10, 12, 12, 12) rows.

In last row of colored square, complete final yarn over of last stitch using new color.**

Rep from * to ** one more time to create a total of 2 squares of color.

With next color, rep Row 2 four (six, ten, eight, six) more times. Fasten off leaving a 40” tail.

Make 2 individual strips.

SWEATER FRONTS

Notes:
• Each sweater front is constructed from 1 full-length strip. When crocheting each strip, keep in mind tips from the “Planning Colors” notes in Part 1.

Instructions for One Full-Length Strip:

With any color and larger hook:

Foundation Row: Ch 17 (20, 23, 21, 23).

*Row 1 (RS): Ehdc in fourth ch from hook, ehdc each ch to end; turn. (15 (18, 21, 19, 21)
sts)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (15 (18, 21, 19, 21) sts)

Rep Row 2 six (eight, ten, ten ten) more times to create a total of 8 (10, 12, 12, 12) rows.

In last row of colored square, complete final yarn over of last stitch using new color.**

Rep from * to ** three more times to create a total of 4 squares of color. Fasten off leaving a 40” tail.

Make 2 individual strips.

This image shows a crochet tutorial about how to make a patchwork crochet cardigan from rectangles.

Joining Front + Underarm Strips:

• If you need a review on any of the skills necessary to join your strips, re-watch the Part 1 video tutorial.

Lay strips out with WS facing up. Back section should be in the center, with underarm strips on either side. Finally, front strips should be on the far right and left. (See photo above.) Pin two strips together with stitch markers, taking care to line up color transitions for a tidy patchwork effect.

Use a tapestry needle and leftover yarn tails where possible and work from final row at top of strip to foundation row at bottom. Use a running stitch to join strips just as in Back section. At bottom of strips, weave in end and fasten off. Repeat joining process with remaining strips including set of Back strips. When finished, you should have 7 (7, 7, 8, 8) full/partial strips joined together.

Joining Shoulders:

Jump to video tutorial above this free pattern for a visual walkthrough of shoulder seaming.

Fold Front strips to overlap Back strips so underarm strip is folded in half and WS of sweater is facing out. Use a tapestry needle and leftover yarn tails where possible to work a running stitch under “V” at top of all stitches. Take care to line up Front/Back strip stitches with each other, seaming one for one.

Share your work! Mention @MakeAndDoCrew and tag #PatchworkPartyCardi and #MakeAndDoCrew to show off your stitches

Ready for Part 3 of the Free Pattern?

Next week, we’ll crochet and join the sleeves of our patchwork cardigans. I think you’ll love seeing your sweater come together for real!

Go to Part 3.

Remember if you’d like to have the complete pattern in one easily printable place, you can purchase the printable PDF and have full access to the full pattern. Get the ad-free PDF on Etsy here and LoveCrafts here.

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