Cold Snap Cardigan
Every single year I have the same problem: the weather turns really cold and I want a new handmade jumper RIGHT AWAY! I never seem to be able to think ahead to start making it in while the sun is still shining in summer. Even as the leaves start to turn and fall, but the days are still warm, I’m still in denial. The cold snap cardigan solves the problem, it’s a super chunky, super snuggly and most importantly super quick to make.
And yes, it has pockets! And they are cleverly integrated into the hem. Because you’d rightly expect nothing less from a cosy cardigan from The Crochet Project.
We’ve used a DK (light worsted) weight yarn held double as this means you get a better drape than you would with a chunky yarn, but different options for yarn combinations are listed.Sizes
S(M, L, XL)
To fit chest up to: 85(105, 125, 150)cm/34(42, 50, 60)in
Finished Chest: 105(121, 136, 161)cm/41.5(47.5, 53.5, 63.5)in
Finished length: 74(76, 79, 85)cm/29(30, 31, 33.5)in
Finished cross back measurement: 48(58, 69, 84)cm/19(23, 27, 33)in
Finished circumference at upper arm: 36(41, 46, 56)cm/14(16, 18, 22)in
Joanne is 160cm/5ft3 tall, 100cm/40in chest and wears size M.
The cold snap cardigan has a relaxed fit. Choose a size with at least 10cm/4inlarger than your chest measurement to go over lighter tops or with a minimum 15cm/6in larger than your chest measurement to wear as a coat alternative over jumpers. The cardigan has no fastening and can be worn open, so you may find it better to choose based on cross back measurement (from armpit to armpit and on the upper arm measurement – remembering to add ease into these for a comfortable fit over clothing.
15x (18, 21, 26) 50g balls Rico Design Essentials merino plus tweed DK (DK weight, 45% acrylic, 45% wool, 10% viscose, 50g/125m) in Anthracite (005)
9mm (US M/N) hook
6mm (US J) hook
7 removable stitch markers
Possible alternative yarn weights are a chunky yarn (not doubled), a worsted/aran and a 4ply/fingering held together, or four strands of 4ply/fingering weight held together. Always test fabric (washed) to match tension and to check the fabric is pleasing.
12 sts and 8 rows in htr in BLO with yarn held double to 10 cm/4 in using 6mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Row tension is more important than stitch tension for rib.
8 sts and 7 rows in paired htr with yarn held double to 10 cm/4 in using 9mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)
Important: Tension changed dramatically after washing. Always check tension after washing and drying the swatch. We suggest starting the sleeve as a good way of swatching.
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, working into row ends, missing stitches, raised (post) stitches
From the bottom up. Body stitches are picked up from hem which has been folded to create pockets. Sleeves are worked flat from ribbed cuff. Sleeves are seamed and yoke is worked in one piece with raglan shaping. Wide ribbed collar is worked and slip
stitched to body and neckline as you go to finish.
This pattern is charted and written using standard UK crochet terminology (with US conversions given in the abbreviations)
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