POW: The Library Cardigan

Is there anything better than a big, cozy cardigan for fall? When the temperatures go down and the leaves begin to change, I excitedly reach for the ubiquitous crochet cardigan.

I have many of them, and I’ve missed them all summer long, and I just can’t wait to cuddle up in them again. This fall, I’m excited to get my hook into the Library Cardigan from Love of Crochet Fall 2017 —I think it’s going to be my favorite crochet cardigan of the season.

Last year, I bought a big, neutral-colored cardigan that was long enough to wear with leggings and loose enough to fit over every top I own. I lived in that sweater all fall and winter; I had to fight the urge to wear it every day. I wore it cuddled up on the couch while crocheting, to the Interweave offices, on trips—I even wore it to bed! I wore that sweater out last year, and the Library Cardigan is just what I need to replace it.

Not only will I wear this cardigan constantly, but it’s also going to be so much fun to make. It works up quickly and takes less yarn than other cardigans because of its open net pattern. Work the body in one piece and then crochet the sleeves and front band onto the body. You don’t have to do much seaming, and there aren’t many ends to weave in. The basic construction means this cardigan is painless to make—perfect for a first-time garment maker.
Check out the pattern details below and buy your yarn soon! You will want this crochet cardigan on hand as soon as the weather gets chilly!

-Sara Dudek
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet


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Pattern Details

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 44.5 (50, 50, 55.5, 55.5)” bust circumference, excluding front band. Sample measures 44.5”, modeled with 10.5” ease.

Yarn Universal Yarn Adore (55% merino, 45% acrylic): #106 stormy gray, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.

Hook Size L/11 (8 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 17 sts and 8 rows = 4” in net patt.

Notes Cardigan is worked in one piece, beginning at the bottom of the back up to the shoulders, then piece is split into 2 fronts and worked down to the front bottom. Sleeves and borders are worked into edges of piece.


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