Pattern of the Week: Crimson Hooded Cardigan

The cornerstone of Interweave Crochet, Winter 2018’s “Riding Hood’s Woods” story is the striking Crimson Hooded Cardigan, designed by the master of stylish, fitted crochet garment design, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. After all, you couldn’t have a collection of designs “to wear over the river and through the woods” without a cheery red hooded cardigan pattern.

Crimson Hooded Cardigan

Riding Hood and the Wolf. (Don’t worry—he’s friendly!)

But the Crimson Hooded Cardigan isn’t just pandering to the theme of the issue; it’s an incredibly strong design in its own right! You could choose any color for this cardigan and be rewarded with a cozy, flattering addition to your wardrobe. Imagine those Celtic knot cables in forest green!

This crochet cardigan pattern is also extremely satisfying to stitch, using a different stitch pattern for every piece of the cardigan. The body is worked in single crochet, the sleeves are worked in linen stitch, and the fronts and hood are latticed with intricate Celtic knot post stitch cables.

Typical of Shannon’s fashion-forward style, the Crimson Hooded Cardigan pattern is full of intriguing design details to savor. You’ll love the cute yet functional thumb holes, the fitted set-in sleeves, and the richly textured pointed hood. In my opinion, however, the real standout design element on this crochet cardigan is the asymmetrical cable medallion on the back. The simple motif stands out beautifully against a background of single crochet, calling to mind argyle, lattice windows, and all things cozy.

Absolutely love this cable motif! Once you’ve knit your cardigan, make yourself some mittens or a bag to match using the same medallion pattern.

Want to take a closer look at the Crimson Hooded Cardigan and the other stunning crochet patterns in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2018? You can browse all 20 designs in our online lookbook!

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Yours in Stitches,

Pattern Details

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 37 (41, 45, 49, 52.75, 57, 60.75, 65)“ bust circumference with fronts overlapping for 4 (4.5, 4.75, 5.5, 5.75, 6.25, 6.75, 7.25)”. Sample shown measures 37”, modeled with 5” ease.

Yarn Valley Yarns Haydenville (distributed by WEBS) (60% superwash merino, 40% acrylic microfiber; 220 yd/3.5 oz): #9 red, 14 (15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24) balls.

Hook Size 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 18 sts and 20 rows = 4” in sc patt; 21 sts and 21 rows = 4” in linen st patt.

Notes Cardigan is worked in pieces then seamed. After shoulder seams are closed, hood is worked around neck edge upward.

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