Cardigan, Pattern

Celeste Fade Cardigan

Celeste Fade Cardigan modeled

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The celeste cardigan came to life when I opened a package of yarn and saw the beautiful fade potential. I love the look of fades and these colors were just screaming for the treatment. 

This pattern is done almost entirely with crossed half double crochets and back loop only half double crochets, making it carefree to work on, with no complicated pattern to remember. But the end result is a gorgeous off the rack look. Plus the only seaming is for the pocket!

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Materials

Yarn: I used Cosy Posy’s cloud base in the following colors:
Color A: Maple
Color B: Lakehouse
Color C: Wood Burning Outside
Color D: Moonstone

However any fingering weight yarn will work.
Testers used: WoolLike or Cambria by Loops and Threads, Cascade Heritage,  Lion Brand Dotted Line, It’s a Wrap by Red Heart and Lion’s Brand Summer Nights

Yardage is as follows:


xs sm md lg xl 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x
a,b,c 200 275 350 425 500 575 650 725 800 875
d 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 1100 1200 1300
pockets 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
total 1100 1425 1750 2075 2400 2725 3050 3375 3700 4025

a, b, and c refers to the yardage you need of each color

Pockets can be made in any color, they’re on the inside so you can use a mix as well

Hook: 7/4.5mm hook or size needed to achieve gauge, and a size smaller for the ribbing, in my case I used a F/3.75mm 

Notions: 4 stitch markers, Yarn needle for weaving in ends, Scissors 

Gauge: 21st x 15 rows = 4”x4”

chain 23, in 4th ch from hook hdc, hdc backwards in 3rd chain, *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat across until 1 stitch remains, hdc
ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped stitch* repeat across until one stitch remains, hdc
repeat until you have 15 rows – swatch should be 4”x4”

Sizing: This cardigan measures 29” long and has a 4 inch ease and is designed to fit the following bust sizes. 

xs sm md lg xl 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x
30” 34” 38” 42” 46” 50” 54” 58” 62” 66”

Pattern Key (US Terms)

st – Stitch
sl st – slip stitch
yo – yarn over
fo – finish off
ch – chain
fsc – Foundation Single Crochet
hdc- half double crochet
blo – back loop only 

Pattern Notes (read before starting):

  • Purchase an ad-free version of this pattern – which includes extra pictures and a color change chart on etsy or ravelry
  • Chains at beginning of each row do NOT count as a stitch
  • This pattern is written working up the back, then down the front. I’ll be referring to the individual parts as “panels” but back panel and front panel 1 are worked without finishing off, and panel 2 is worked directly from the back panel. As a whole, this cardigan is worked as one piece and requires minimal seaming to add pockets 
  • For color fade see the last page for a chart of color changes
  • For help with the Foundation Single Crochet there’s a great tutorial with pictures and video here: https://persialou.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc-photo/

Pattern Instructions:

Back Panel:

Foundation: 95 (105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 165, 175, 185) fsc 

Row 1: ch 2, *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * across, hdc in last st. [47 (52, 57, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82, 87, 92) crossed hdcs]

Row 2: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * across, hdc in last st. [47 (52, 57, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82, 87, 92) crossed hdcs] 

Row 3 – 105: Repeat row 2. Do not finish off

Front Panel 1:

Row 106:  ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs] – leave the remainder of the stitches unworked

Row 107 – 129 (131, 133, 135, 137, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147): Repeat row 106

*Row 130 (132, 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 144, 146, 148): sl st into the post of last st on row 80 (78, 76, 74, 72, 70, 68, 66, 64, 62) of the back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in last stitch

Row 177: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 0 (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,  9, 10, 12) more times, ch 32, sk 32 sts (16 crossed hdcs), *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to *  0 (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,  9,  10, 11) more times, hdc in last stitch [2 (5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25) crossed hdcs]

Row 178: sl st into the post of last st on the back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to *  0 (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,  9,  10, 11) more times, *sk 1 ch, hdc in next ch, hdc in skipped ch* repeat from * to * 15 more times, *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 0 (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,  9, 10, 12) more times hdc in last stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 179: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 180: sl st into the post of last st on the back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in last stitch

Front Panel 2:

Repeat row 179 and 180 until you have 210 rows in total. Finish off

Return to the top of the back panel. Start at the unworked corner and count 36 (42, 46, 52, 56, 62, 66, 72, 76, 82) sts back. Attach your yarn. 

Row 106:  ch 2; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 107: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 107 – 129 (131, 133, 135, 137, 139, 141, 143, 145, 147): Repeat row 107

*Row 130 (132, 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 144, 146, 148): ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch, sl st into the post of last st on row 80 (78, 76, 74, 72, 70, 68, 66, 64, 62) of the back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row, turn

Row 177: *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 0 (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,  9,  10, 11) more times, ch 32, sk 32 sts (16 crossed hdcs), *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 0 (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,  9, 10, 12) more times, hdc in last stitch [2 (5, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25) crossed hdcs]

Row 178:  sl st into the post of last st on the back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to *  0 (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,  9, 10, 12) more times, *sk 1 ch, hdc in next ch, hdc in skipped ch* repeat from * to * 15 more times, *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to *  0 (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,  9,  10, 11) more times hdc in last stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 179: *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch [18 (21, 23, 26, 28, 31, 33, 36, 38, 41)  crossed hdcs]

Row 180: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * 17 (20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40) more times, hdc in next stitch, sl st into the post of last st on back panel, ch 1, sl st into next row, turn

Repeat row 179 and 180 until you have 210 rows in total do not finish off

Ribbing – bottom of cardigan 

Using your smaller hook

Row 1: ch 10, turn; hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across [8 hdc],  sl st in 2nd st of your front panel, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn.

Row 2: hdc blo across [8 hdc blo]

Row 3: ch 1, turn; hdc blo in each st across,  sl st in next st of your front panel, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 across the bottom of your cardigan, finishing on row 2. Do not finish off

Ribbing – body of cardigan:

Using your smaller hook

Row 1: ch 14, turn; hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across [12 hdc], sl st in 2nd st of your bottom ribbing, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn.

Row 2: hdc blo across [12 hdc blo]

Row 3: ch 1, turn; hdc blo in each st across,  sl st in next st of your front panel, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 up your front panel, around the top of the back panel, and down the second front panel until you reach the last row of your bottom ribbing. FO

Ribbing – Arms (do for both arm holes):

Using your smaller hook

attach yarn to the base of the arm hole. 

Row 1: ch 10, turn; hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across [8 hdc], sl st in 2nd st of your front panel, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn.

Row 2: hdc blo across [8 hdc blo]

Row 3: ch 1, turn; hdc blo in each st across,  sl st in next st of your front panel, ch 1, sl st in next st, turn

Repeat rows 2 and 3 across the arm hole, finishing on row 2, FO leaving a long tail. Seam together the two ends of the arm ribbing. FO

Pockets (do 2):

Switch back to standard hook

With wrong side facing, attach your yarn to the post of the hdc before the 32 ch space, leaving a long tale

Work along the skipped crossed half double crochets: 

Row 1: ch 2, working in top loop only, *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * across [16 crossed hdcs], hdc in post of the hdc after the ch 32 gap. 

Row 2: ch 2, turn; *sk 1, hdc, hdc in skipped st* repeat from * to * across until one st remains, hdc in last st

Row 3 – 30: repeat row 2

Finish off. Using the starting tail and a yarn needle, sew the pocket to the back of the sweater, sewing the bottom 29 rows below the ch 32 pocket hole and up along both sides. 

Finish up your cardigan by weaving in ends – blocking if necessary. 

Big thank you to my testers:

Caryn @crochetingwithcaryn
Erin @anxiouslycrafted
Gracita @gracitablom
Jenn @muster.pattern
Kelly james
Kristen @themindieraes
Lindsay @thaddythechi_andlinny
@michellej4001
@Nicolemwardin
Nikki at smileNstitches
Robyn @read.crochet.repeat
Shannon

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