Say hello to my latest crochet design in collaboration with Hobium Yarns! It is a lightweight cardigan made with their recycled wool La Mia Just Wool. This is actually my very first cardigan design and I am in love!
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I always try to design things that are casual and cozy, easy and fun to wear and make. I have a thing for garments that are more in the athleisure category. Meaning they look athletic and casual but they are not something you would wear going to the gym. More like something you would wear when you pick your children from school or on a morning walk to the park.
The pockets and hood really add up to the category above! I used a different stitch for them to create texture, which I love, and let the eye wander. The ribbing also adds up, I think, to the level of coziness I wanted to bring with this design.
Slightly oversized, this cardigan can fit two sizes, small and medium. It actually fits bust from 34-40 inches easily. If you noticed in the photos, it actually can fit around my almost 9-month pregnant belly and I am a size medium with 38 ½ inch bust. Not bad for a fit, what do you think? Depending on how you like to wear your clothes, this will be a good fit for most of you.
You could adjust the height by adding or subtracting rows on all panels and the sleeves. The final measurements for this crochet cardigan are: 82 cm (32 inches) long, 55 cm (21.5 inches) wide, 109 cm (43 inches) total bust circumference.
Let’s talk a bit about the yarn I used. As I mention is their recycled wool which is what I loved from the start. Recycled wool is made out of recycled sweaters, wool garments, and other wool yarns. They are then turned into fiber again and then colored. That means less waste and less impact on the environment.
It was really a pleasure to work with this yarn. Despite that it is 100% wool, it was quite soft and not at all harsh on the hands. The other thing that really surprised me in a very pleasant way is that it doesn’t get tangled easily. I had to do a lot of frogging for this crochet cardigan and I usually just rip out big amounts of the project and leave the yarn on the couch beside me until I am ready to wind it into a ball.
Not a great practice! Don’t try this at home, guys! But the amazing thing was that it didn’t get tangled or knotted together in any way. I wish I would have snapped a pic for you to see the mess I make with my frogged yarn. Definitely another plus for this yarn!
The materials you are going to need are:
Yarn: La Mia Just Wool
Crochet hook: US I/5.5 mm
Stitch markers (2)
Yardage: 17 skeins of La Mia Just Wool or about 1860-1970 m (2034-2154 yds)
Don’t be intimidated by the 17 skeins you are going to need. They come in 50 gr balls and the price is amazing!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Hobium Yarns blog and grab your free pattern. It is available as a free pdf download over there.
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Monday 5th of December 2022
I would love this sweater as a unisex pattern, and to fit a man size 5x (chest 60") I don't know how to make patterns bigger, but this is the exact style I need. Have you considered writing it for larger sizes and listing it as unisex?
Wednesday 7th of December 2022
Hi there Shelia! I haven't thought that it could be a unisex cardigan. No one else has suggested that but I believe it could be. As for the sizes, I really want to offer all the sizes but unfortunately, I have no idea when will this be. This was one of my first garment designs and I regret I haven't done it size inclusive in the first place. I am sorry I can't give you a timeframe of when this is going to happen.
Wednesday 3rd of February 2021
Hi there- love this! Any yarn substitution suggestions?
Wednesday 16th of October 2019
I'm having a hard time downloading this a pdf. Is there any place else I can get the pattern for this. I really love this. I've been looking forever for a pattern that I really liked. This is so pretty. I need this in my life.
Saturday 2nd of November 2019
Hi Denise! You can download it from the Hobium yarns blog.
Wednesday 2nd of January 2019
How do I care for this wool/laundering? I live in the deep south, so our winters are rather mild. Could you suggest another type of Hobium yarn for this project?
Friday 4th of January 2019
This yarn doesn't really give you the feel of wool. It reminds me more of a cotton. Although you have to care for it as you would for a wool. Hand wash and lay flat to dry. I am not sure if you would like a suggestion for a cotton or an acrylic yarn from Hobium, so I am giving you the link of the yarn weight category to browse. I am pretty confident that most of them would be a great fit, but you could talk again if you are unsure about anything. https://www.hobiumyarns.com/yarn/yarn-weight/3-light-dk
Monday 24th of December 2018
How can i make it into a larger size
Wednesday 26th of December 2018
Hi Barbara! I am sorry, this pattern is one size only at the moment...