Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Katherine

The idea for this crochet cardigan pattern came when I got frustrated with a cardigan I had. The neckline was too small so it never lay right. This cardigan has been a joy, with a neckline that is wide enough to wrap around my shoulders if needed.

Hope you enjoy meeting, creating and wearing Katherine.

The Story

Katherine didn’t like being stood up.

Sure, he always had good excuses. Sure, he was busy. But there was a protocol for occurrences like this. A brief text, or a call, if he was able.

She looked around the lobby of the chain hotel they had managed to locate at the last minute. There was a steady trickle of bodies coming and going. The nighttime clerk peered at her suspiciously through horn-rimmed glasses. Another five minutes and she would probably say something.

Katherine crossed and uncrossed her legs awkwardly. She hated being her by herself, and she debated going back out in the cold to wait. It wasn’t a welcoming thought, but she couldn’t keep sitting in this lobby like a 21st Century Mrs. Robinson.

Her mind started going over how she and Fred had met – Fred with his black, curly hair, his scruffy face, his brown, welcoming eyes. He was probably the most masculine fellow she’d ever been with after her ex. There had been a birthday party that carried over from the bar to someone’s apartment, and she and Fred flirted along the way, a stomach full of Cosmos to keep her mouth moving. She liked his curly hair, his knowledge of grunge music, his jokes about Mayor De Blasio. The apartment was dark and scattered, and soon their mouths were doing more than talking. This started a bizarre pattern of hook-ups, usually around midtown, usually on a random weeknight. Fred said he liked the mysteriousness of it – he didn’t want to know too much about her, and she shouldn’t know too much about him.

After their third time, she had asked him point blank if he was married, to which he evaded. He knew she didn’t really want to know, and she knew he knew, so what had been the point of asking?

She pulled her cardigan up over her shoulders to cut the chill that drifted in through the revolving door. The clerk gave her another insinuating glance. And why shouldn’t she? Katherine thought. What am I doing here, really?

Fred’s other relationships had all fizzled out too quickly, he claimed. The intrigue evaporated over too much intimacy, too many invading questions. This was his last chance, he had told her, to find something exciting and ride the wave as long as it might go. The longer they could keep things in the dark, the better chance they had. He was doing it for them, he said, trying to capture lightning and keep it indefinitely.

But he knew she was getting frustrated. He knew she wouldn’t play this game for too long. She was almost forty, already divorced. She liked intrigue, but after a while she also liked holding someone and knowing he would be who he was in the morning. Fred wasn’t allowing for that.

The idea to get out of there and stop returning his calls swam in and out of her mind. He didn’t know where she lived. It would be so easy to step out of this childish game, to get on with her life while she still had the time.
And then she was on her feet and heading out the door, walking between two businessmen in mid-conversation and forcing a twenty-something girl to stand aside like a bullfighter avoiding a charge. It was over. She couldn’t believe she’d let it go so long.
She was back out on the street, her breath forming clouds around her. She didn’t know where she would go now, but it didn’t matter. It was time to move on.

Her phone buzzed in her pocket, and she fished it out clumsily with her gloved hands. When she read it, she felt herself stop breathing for a moment, and the world around her disappeared, leaving her alone on a sidewalk looking at words.

Let’s meet at my place instead.


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Materials

  • 6mm crochet hook (J)
  • *5 Balls Lion Brand Heartland Yarn (1,255 yds)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


Abbreviation Key

  • exsc = extended single crochet
  • hk = hook
  • st(s) = stitch / stitches
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • rep = repeat
  • w/ = with
  • beg = beginning

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Pattern Level

Intermediate

Pattern Stitches

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Notes:

Stone Trellis -1 pattern repeat =2 inch wide square gauge (blocked); Target size = 60 inches wide/40 inches tall; Armholes @ 22 inches / 17 inches (12 inches bet 12) between armhole base 10 inches armhole opening

Pattern is written for small/medium sizes. Future sizes will be available soon.

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Ch 183

Row 1: exdc in 3rd ch from hook, exdc in each ch across (180), ch 1, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, *ch 3, sk 2 sts, 4 hdc-cl in next st, ch 4, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, rep from * across, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, *ch 3, sc in top of 4 hdc-cl, ch 3, sc in next sc, rep from * across, ch 5, turn

Row 4: sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, *ch 3, 4 hdc-cl in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, rep from * across to last sc, ch 3, dc in last sc, ch 1, turn

Row 5: sc in 1st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next 4 hdc-cl, rep from * across to last sc, ch 3, sc in last sc, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of t-ch, ch 1, turn

Row 6: sc in 1st sc, *ch 3, 4 hdc-cl in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, rep from * across, ch 2, turn

Row 7: exdc in 1st sc, *2 exdc in ch-3 sp, exdc in next sc rep from *across, ch 2, turn (183)

Row 8: exdc in each st across, ch 2, turn

Repeat row 8 – 3 more times, ending final row w/ ch 1, turn

Rep Rows 2 – 8 for pattern until piece measures 22 inches ending with Row 7

Next Row – Rep Row 8 – 1 time

Next Row – exdc in the next 66 sts, ch 2, turn

First Side Panel

Next Row (1st side panel) – exdc in each st across, ch 1, turn

Next Row – sc in 1st st, ch 3 sc in 1st st, *ch 3, sk 2 sts, 4 hdc-cl in next st, ch 4, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, rep from * across; ending sc in last st, ch 1, turn

Next Row – sc in 1st st, *ch 3, sc in top of 4 hdc-cl, ch 3, sc in next sc, rep from * across, ch 5, turn

Count sts across and place markers at st 65, 71, 110, 114

Next Row – sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, *ch 3, 4 hdc-cl in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, rep from * across to last sc, ch 3, dc in last sc, ch 1, turn

Next Row – sc in 1st, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, sc in next 4 hdc-cl, rep from * across to last sc, ch 3, sc in last sc, ch 3, sc in 3rd ch of t-ch, ch 1, turn

Next Row – sc in 1st sc, *ch 3, 4 hdc-cl in next sc, ch 4, sc in next sc, rep from * across, ch 2, turn

Next Row – exdc in 1st sc, *2 exdc in ch-3 sp, exdc in next sc rep from *across, ch 2, turn

Next Row – exdc in each st across, ch 2, turn

Rep Rows 2-8 for pattern ending exdc.  Bind off.

Second side Panel

Attach yarn with exdc to other end of piece exdc across to stitch marker.

Repeat First Section Side Panel Instructions.

Bind off.

Center Back Panel

Attach yarn to center section in first marked st. repeat section 1 instructions.  Bind off.

Connecting Panels

Attach yarn to one outer end with a sc, sc in ea st across to opening, ch 5, sc across center panel, ch 5, sc across to end, (180) ch 1, turn

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Upper Panel

Repeat Rows 2-8 until full piece measures 40 inches ending w/ Row 7 DO NOT BIND OFF

Edging

At the end of last row change to H Hook, ch 1, turn, sc in 1st st, sc across, 3 sc in corner, sc evenly alongside, 3 sc in corner, Bind off.

Sleeve Edging

With J Hook and yarn attach to the bottom of the 1st sleeve hole with sl st then sc 42 sts evenly around armhole, sl st, in top of 1st sc, ch 1 DO NOT TURN, rsc in each of the 42 sts back around, ending with sl st in 1st ch 1.  Bind off.  Weave in ends.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Bind off. Block. Enjoy!