Are you looking for a lightweight and elegant jacket
to wear on cool summer evenings? Look no further than a crocheted lace cardigan
! This delicate and feminine piece can be dressed up or down and is a fun and challenging project for any intermediate crocheter
. Here's how to get started:
- 3 skeins of light fingering weight yarn
- Size F/3.75mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Step 1: Gauge Swatch
Before beginning any project, it's important to make a gauge swatch to ensure your finished garment will be the correct size. Crochet
a 4x4 inch square with your chosen yarn and hook, then measure the number of stitches and rows per inch. If your gauge is off, adjust your hook size as needed.
Step 2: Back Panel
Begin with the back panel of the cardigan
. Chain the desired number of stitches for your size, then work double crochet stitches across the row. Repeat this pattern
for the desired length of the back panel, then fasten off.
Step 3: Front Panels
Next, create the two front panels of the cardigan. Chain the desired number of stitches for your size, then work double crochet stitches across the row. Repeat this pattern
for the desired length of the front panel, then fasten off.
Step 4: Sleeves
For the sleeves, chain the desired number of stitches for your size, then work double crochet stitches across the row. Increase the number of stitches every few rows to create a tapered sleeve shape. Continue this pattern until the sleeve reaches your desired length, then fasten off.
Step 5: Assembly
Using your tapestry needle, sew the front panels to the back panel at the shoulders. Then, attach the sleeves to the body of the cardigan. Finally, create a border around the edges of the cardigan with a shell stitch or other decorative border.
Step 6: Finishing
Weave in any loose ends of yarn and trim them off with your scissors. Then, gently block your finished cardigan to give it a professional and polished look.
Crocheting a lace cardigan may be a challenging project, but the end result is a beautiful and unique garment that you can be proud of. So gather your materials and get ready to create a stunning addition to your wardrobe!