This week we crochet our patchwork sleeves and attach them to the main sweater body. Find Part 3 of the free pattern and video tutorial below or purchase the complete, printable PDF here.
This "quilted" crochet sweater 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.
Part 3 is a fun evolution because you'll have a full sweater by the end of it!
Keep reading for a few details on what to expect in Part 3 of the crochet along or jump down for this week's free pattern and video tutorial.
What To Expect in Part 3
Last week we completed the main body of our sweaters (woohoo!) and were able to try on our completed patchwork "vests." This week, we're going to crochet our sleeve strips and join them to our main sweater body.
When you're finished with Part 3, you'll have very close to a complete sweater and a very good idea of what your Patchwork Party Cardi will look like!
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Get an All-In-One Crochet Kit
In case you're just reading ahead and haven't yet purchased your yarn, 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).
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.
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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!)
Patchwork Party Cardi Video Tutorial Part 3
Today's tutorial walks you through the concepts of crocheting your sleeve strips and then shows you how to join them to the armhole opening. These concepts build on the first two portions of the pattern, so check out the Part 1 video tutorial or the Part 2 video tutorial if you need need a refresher on the basic Patchwork Party Cardi skills.
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 Patchwork Party Cardi Crochet Along main page
• The ad-free, printable PDF including the complete pattern + photo tutorials
• The Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINAL all-in-one kit from LionBrand.com
Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINAL
Free Crochet Pattern - Part 3
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Grab your yarn scraps or favorite multicolor fiber 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.
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)].
• 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)
|Size||Fits Actual Bust||Sweater Length||of Skeins of|
|of Skeins of|
Sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 38” bust. For a looser fit, don’t be afraid to size up.
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
Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is written for smallest size, with stitch counts for larger sizes following in parentheses: XS (S/M, L/1X, ⅔X, ⅘X). 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.
• Each sleeve is constructed from two full-length strips as well as one triangular strip for the underside of the sleeve. (See photo of completed sleeve strips at end of pattern.) When crocheting each strip, keep in mind tips from the “Planning Colors” notes above.
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):
SIZES XS AND ⅔X ONLY: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (15 (X, X, 19, X) sts)
ALL OTHER SIZES: Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each st until 4 remain, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last 2 sts; turn. (X (16, 19, X, 19) sts)
Row 3 (RS):
SIZE L/1X ONLY: Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each st until 4 remain, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last 2 sts; turn. (X (X, 17, X, X) sts)
ALL OTHER SIZES: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (15 (16, X, 19, 19) sts)
Row 4 (WS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (15 (16, 17, 19, 19) sts)
Rep Row 4 four (five, seven, seven, seven) more times to create a total of 8 (9, 11, 11, 11) rows.
In last row of colored square, complete final yarn over of last stitch using new color.**
Rep from * to ** three (three, two, two, two) more times to create a total of 4 (4, 3, 3, 3) squares of color.
SIZES XS and S/M ONLY: Fasten off leaving a 40” tail.
SIZE L/1X ONLY: With next color, rep Row 4 five more times. Fasten off leaving a 40” tail.
SIZES ⅔X and ⅘X ONLY: With next color, rep Row 4 three more times. Then, rep the “ALL OTHER SIZES” instruction from Row 2, and rep Row 4 once more. You should finish with a stitch count of 17 in each of the last two rows.
TIP: As written, sleeves are quite long. To shorten them, eliminate 2-3 rows of the last color on each full-length strip.
Make 2 individual strips.
Instructions for Triangular Strip:
This strip begins with a slit in order to accomodate the sweater armholes.
Initial Slit to Accommodate Armhole:
Foundation Row: Ch 9 (9, 8, 13, 14).
Row 1 (RS): Ehdc in fourth ch from hook, ehdc each ch to end; turn. (7 (7, 6, 11, 12) sts)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn.
Rep Row 2 two (three, four, three, four) more times.* Fasten off.
Rep from * to ** once more to create a second mini strip. Do not fasten off.
Row 1 is worked across top of both mini strips to join them together, beginning with the strip yarn is already attached to. Ensure RS (WS, RS, WS, RS) is facing up on both mini strips.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st of mini strip #2, continue along to mini strip #1, ehdc in each st of mini strip #1; turn. (13 (13, 11, 21, 23) sts) (Note: Stitch count decreased by 1 because there is no ch 3 on mini strip #1.)
Continuing With Triangular Strip:
Row 2 (RS): Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (13 (13, 11, 21, 23) sts)
Rep Row 2 two (two, three, four, three) more to create a total of 8 (9, 11, 11, 11) rows. In last row of colored square, complete final yarn over of last stitch using new color just as in Back/Front strips.
Decreasing Within Triangular Strip:
Work in the following pattern of regular and decrease rows, changing to a new color after 8 (9, 11, 11, 11) rows.
Row 1 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each st until 4 remain, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last 2 sts; turn. (11 (11, 9, 19, 21) sts)
Rows 2-4: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (11 (11, 9, 19, 21) sts)
Rep Rows 1-4 two (two, three, three, three) more times. The triangular strip should now have 20 (21, 27, 27, 27) rows total and last row should contain 7 (7, 3, 13, 15) sts. (Remember to switch colors every 8th (9th, 11th, 11th, 11th) row.)
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SIZES XS AND S/M ONLY:
Row 1 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog twice, ehdc in last st; turn. (5 sts)
Rows 2-4: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (5 sts)
Row 5 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc2tog twice; turn. (3 sts)
Rows 6-8: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (3 sts)
Row 7 (dec): Ch 3, sk first ehdc, ehdc in last st. (2 sts) Fasten off leaving a 30” tail.
SIZE L/1X ONLY:
Rows 1-3: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (3 sts)
Row 4 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc2tog; turn. (2 sts) Fasten off leaving a 30” tail.
SIZE ⅔X ONLY:
Rows 1-2 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each st until 3 sts remain, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last st; turn. (9 sts)
Row 3: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (9 sts)
Rows 4-6: Rep Rows 1-3. (5 sts)
Row 7 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc2tog twice; turn. (3 sts)
Row 8 (dec): Ch 3, sk first ehdc, ehdc in last st. (2 sts) Fasten off leaving a 30” tail.
SIZE ⅘X ONLY:
Rows 1-2 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each st until 3 sts rem, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last st; turn. (11 sts)
Row 3: Ch 3, ehdc in each st to end; turn. (11 sts)
Rows 4-6: Rep Rows 1-3. (7 sts)
Row 7 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc in next st, ehdc2tog twice, ehdc in last st; turn. (5 sts)
Row 8 (dec): Ch 3, ehdc2tog twice; turn. (3 sts)
Row 9 (dec): Ch 3, sk first ehdc, ehdc in last st. (2 sts) Fasten off leaving a 30” tail.
- All joining can be done with a tapestry needle and leftover yarn tails where possible. Only add a new strand of seaming yarn if no tails are available.
- All sleeve seaming uses the same running stitch joining technique as the Main Sweater Body. (See Part 1 video tutorial for a refresher.)
Joining Sleeve Strips:
Lay strips out with WS facing up. Triangular strip should be in the center, with full length strips on either side. (See photo.) Pin 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, join strips using a running stitch.
Attaching Sleeves to Sweater:
Turn sweater WS out. With WS of sleeve facing out, pin sleeve in place. Take care to line up all color intersections around armhole as pictured at end of pattern.
First join all main armhole edges to sleeve using a running stitch. Next, join sleeve indent to shorter underarm strip.
Seaming Sleeves Closed:
With WS still facing out, use a running stitch to join entire length of sleeve.
Stay Tuned for Part 4 of the Free Pattern
In our final week of the Patchwork Party Cardi pattern, we'll finish off our cardigans with a nice knit-like ribbing and add customizations like buttons and pockets!
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