Women’s size Boucle Cardigan

Introduction

After years of looking for a cardigan/jacket pattern that I really liked, I gave up.  I had recently made a pullover and some mittens with the Bernat Baby Boucle.  It’s not fun to work with.  It’s a bear to pull out if you make a mistake, and it can try your patience, but otherwise it does work up nicely.

Anyway, I grabbed up a hook, and a skein of yarn, and got to it.  It was trial and error, but this it the final product.  Sorry it looks sort of sloppy on the dress form.  It hangs better on a body.

If you want a wider collar, just add more rows of double crochet at the last step.

Materials List

3 large balls Bernat Baby Boucle  I used White for this one, because that was the only solid color at the store. 

K metal hook

I metal hook

safety pins or other stitch markers

Finished Size

This makes a Woman’s large/XL, size 16-18, iwth sufficient room to wear something substantial underneath.

Gauge

8 double crochets = 3″ with size K hook.

Notes

Ch: chain stitch

Slp: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

HDC:  half double crochet

DC: double crochet

Sorry for any confusion about the rows in the pattern. When I wrote it out, I did it in a numbered list.  Guess this format doesn’t copy the numbered lists from WordPerfect.  I fixed it though.  Sorry, ya’ll.

The Pattern

 

1. With larger hook, foundation chain 150

2.Chain 3. Skip the first stitch, and dc in each stitch

3. Turn. Chain 2. Hdc

4 Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 20″

5. Turn. Hdc in the next 30 stitches.

6.0Turn. Hdc in the next 27 stitches. Hdc 2 together. Finish the row

7 Turn. Hdc in the first stitch. Hdc 2 together. Finish the row.

8Continue row 6 & 7, decreasing one stitch on each row, until five decreases have been made for the next 3 rows.

9Turn. Hdc in each stitch across.

10Repeat #8 for the next 5 rows

11 Repeat #9

12 Repeat #7&8 until only ten stitches remain

13 Repeat #9. Finish off.[total of 21 rows]

 14 Join thread to other side. Repeat #5-13.

15 Count in 20 stitches from the inside edge of one side. Put a marker. Count 20 stitches from the inside edge of the opposite side. These are the armholes.

16 Join the thread at the 21st stitch, and hdc across in each stitch.

17 Turn. Hdc in each stitch

18 Repeat #17 until there is a total of 21 rows

19 Catch up the outer edge and join one shoulder. Finish off.

20 Join the thread at the other end of the back. Catch up the outer edge and join the other shoulder. Finish off.

SLEEVES

21 With size I hook, join thread to corner of armhole.

22 Chain 2. Hdc around one row.

23 Chain 3. Double crochet in each stitch. Join with Slp.

24 Repeat #23 four times

25 Chain 3. Dc in the next 7 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next 8 stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

26 Repeat #23 for next 5 rows.

27 Repeat #25

28 Repeat #23 for next 5 rows

29 Repeat #25

30 Repeat #23 for the next 5 rows

31Repeat #25

32 Repeat #23 one row

33 Chain 3. Dc in the next 3 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

34 Repeat #23 one row

35 Chain 3. Dc in the next 7 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next 8 stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

36 Repeat #23

37 Chain 3. Dc in the next 3 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

38 Repeat #23

39 Chain 3. Dc in the next 7 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next 8 stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

40 Repeat #23

41 Chain 3. Dc in the next 7 stitches. DC 2 tog. Dc in the next 8 stitches, DC 2 tog, repeat until chain 3. Join with slp

42 Repeat #23

43 Do not chain on. Sc in each stitch. Do not join. Make 10 rounds of Sc.

44 Slip stitch in previous row. Weave in loose ends

REPEAT #21 TO 44 FOR OTHER SLEEVE

 

COLLAR AND FACING

Switch to size K hook

Mark off yoke for begin and end points, where rows become all hdc. From end point, count back 12 stitches and mark off

Join thread with slip stitch at bottom of yoke, one slp, four Sc, 8 hdc, DC to first mark. 8 Hdc, 4 Sc, 2 slp

Turn. 4 slp, 6 Sc, 6 Hdc. Mark. Mark equal place on opposite side. Dc to mark. 6 Hdc, 6 Sc, 4 slp.

Turn 6 slp, 6 Sc, 6 Hdc. Mark. Mark equal place on opposite side. Dc to mark. 6 Hdc, 6 Sc, 6 slp

Chain 3. DC in each stitch. At the corner, chain 3. DC in each stitch along the bottom. At corner, chain 3. DC in each stitch up the facing and around the collar. Join with slp.

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