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FREE Draped Front Crochet Cardigan Sweater Pattern

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It’s time for Spring folks, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and I’ve got a fabulous new Spring crochet pattern for you! The Calla Lily Cardigan is a fabulous FREE crochet pattern that uses light weight yarn and a simple construction, creating an airy draped front crochet cardigan with long sleeves!

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Free Draped Crochet Cardigan Pattern

The Calla Lily Cardigan is your one-stop for cozy and stylish!  It’s perfect for sunny Spring days and crisp nights.  Versatility is key to this crochet cardigan, as you can wear it for almost any occasion.  From casual errands around town, to the office, or to date night, this cardigan is here for you.  Not only is it sure to win you dozens of compliments, but it is a simple and meditative project.  Perfect for any skill level! 

My goal was to create a simple, draped crochet cardigan that has a very classic Spring look with a super simple construction. I find that I gravitate towards designs with simple stitch patterns because I like the meditative, repetitive nature of crocheting the same basic stitches for an entire garment. If I do a complicated stitch pattern, then I can’t watch TV while I crochet and that would take out all the fun for me! LOL. So the Calla Lily Cardigan definitely falls into the category of “simple, meditative project”.

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Yarn

The yarn I used for this draped front crochet cardigan is WeCrochet’s Palette. It’s a stunning fingering weight yarn that comes in SO. MANY. COLORS. I’m not kidding, there are over 150 colors, so you’ll have no problem finding your favorite color. It’s 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and working with it was a dream. I was impressed by the fact that it didn’t split at all, which is super important when working with a light weight yarn like this. The drape from this yarn is also fantastic, which is why I thought it would be perfect for the Calla Lily Cardigan, as extra drape is what that design is all about.

Crochet Hook & Stitches

I used a 3.75 mm Furls Alpha Series in Cocobolo for this design. The hook is so light and really glides through the yarn. Out of all the Furls crochet hooks I’ve used, this one was by far the lightest. For a project like the Calla Lily Cardigan, I think a light hook really helps with the small stitches. If you’ve never used a Furls hook before, check out my blog post here comparing 3 different types of Furls hooks.
The Moss Stitch was on full display in the Calla Lily Cardigan. The Moss Stitch has become a personal favorite of mine because it’s an incredibly simple stitch (it consists solely of single crochet stitches + chain spaces) that creates such a luxurious fabric with extra drape. If you also like the Moss Stitch, check out my Bahama Breeze Cardigan!

Materials

  • 3.75 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers (x4)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Tape Measure

Yarn

5 (6, 7, 8, 9) (10, 11, 13, 13) balls or 1125 (1280, 1480, 1695, 1975) (2230, 2495, 2785, 2975) yards of WeCrochet Palette in Celadon Heather or similar Fingering weight yarn that matches gauge

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Intended Ease: 0-2 in. / 0-5 cm. (Ease is determined by the back panel measurement)
Back Panel: 15 (17, 19, 21, 23) (25, 27, 29, 31) in. [38 (43, 48.5, 53.5, 58.5) (63.5, 68.5, 74, 78.5) cm.]
Full Cardigan Circumference: 39 (45, 51, 57, 63) (69, 75, 81, 87) in. [99 (114.5, 129.5, 145, 160) (175.5, 190.5, 205.5, 221) cm.]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • rep = repeat
  • rnd(s) = round(s)
  • rs = right side
  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sk = skip
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • ws = wrong side

Notes

  • Draped front crochet cardigan is worked from lower edge upwards.
  • Piece is divided at underarms, then front and back panels are worked separately up to shoulders.
  • Sleeves are worked in rnds directly into armholes.
  • The sleeves are meant to be fitted.
  • Due to the sheer number of stitches required for the body of this cardigan, I suggest putting stitch markers in the first and last stitch of the row to ensure accurate counts.
  • Turning chains do not count as a stitch unless otherwise indicated. However, chains within the moss stitch pattern sequence are included in stitch counts.
  • If stitch counts are not mentioned in a particular row/rnd, then you should have the same number of stitches as the previous row/rnd where stitch counts are mentioned for your size.
  • Use a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of each row. Move the stitch marker up as you progress. This will help keep your edges even.
  • Count your stitches approximately every 6th row.
  • As you progress with the sleeves, repeatedly try on the sweater to make sure the sleeves fit your arms. It is okay to skip a decrease if the sleeve is getting too snug or add a decrease row if they are too large. Just remember that if you change the number of decreases that you do the same on both sleeves.

Special Stitches

Moss Stitch:
Ch odd number of sts + 1
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc.
Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach desired length.

Waistcoat Single Crochet:
sc inserting hook between the front posts of each st.

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Gauge

23 sts x 21 rows = 4.5″ [11.5 cm.] in Moss Stitch

Free Pattern

Body

Ch 200 (230, 260, 292, 324) (354, 386, 416, 446)
Row 1 (rs): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across. 199 (229, 259, 291, 323) (353, 385, 415, 445) sts
Row 2 (ws): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc.
Rep rows 2 and 3 until the cardigan measures 15 (15, 15.5, 15.5, 16.5) (16.5, 17, 17.5, 17.5) in. [38 (38, 39.5, 39.5, 42) (42, 43, 44.5, 44.5) cm.] ending on an even row.

First Front Panel

Row 1 (rs): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across for 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts, place marker in next st to denote where to start the Back Panel; leave remaining sts unworked. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Row 2 (ws): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Row 3 (rs): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until First Front Panel measures approximately 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) in. [15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5) (21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm.]
Fasten off.

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Back Panel

Join with sl st to stitch marked with stitch marker in the First Front Panel section.
Row 1 (rs): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, for 76 (86, 96, 108, 116) (126, 138, 148, 158) sts, sc in next sc, place marker in next st to denote where to start the Second Front Panel; leave remaining sts unworked. 77 (87, 97, 109, 117) (127, 139, 149, 159) sts
Row 2 (ws): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. 77 (87, 97, 109, 117) (127, 139, 149, 159) sts
Row 3 (rs): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc. 77 (87, 97, 109, 117) (127, 139, 149, 159) sts
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until Back Panel measures approximately 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) in. [15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5) (21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm.]
Note – you will complete the same number of rows that you did in the First Front Panel section.
Fasten off.

Second Front Panel

Join with sl st to stitch marked with stitch marker in the Back Panel section.
Row 1 (rs): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Row 2 (ws): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, sc in last sc. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Row 3 (rs): Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. 61 (71, 81, 91, 103) (113, 123, 133, 143) sts
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until Second Front Panel measures approximately 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) in. [15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5) (21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm.]
Note – you will complete the same number of rows that you did in the First Front Panel section.
Fasten off.

Shoulder Seams

Lay cardigan down with right side facing up, fold front panels over the back panels (RS on inside). Join with sl st at outside edge of one of the shoulders, working through both thicknesses, sl st evenly spaced along the edge of each shoulder, leaving 5 in / 12.5 cm unworked in the center for neckline. There will be unworked sections on each of the front panels, as well. These unworked sections will create the drapey look characteristic of this cardigan. Note – If desired, shoulder seams can be sewn together instead of crocheted together.
Turn Body right side out, so that sl st seams are on the inside of the cardigan.

Sleeves

Join with sl st at underarm of one armhole.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 61 (67, 71, 77, 81) (87, 93, 97, 103) sc evenly spaced all the way around armhole edge; join with sl st in first st. 61 (67, 71, 77, 81) (87, 93, 97, 103) sts

Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (5XL)

Rnd 2 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 (2, 2, 2, 1) (1) times, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 2 (4, 4, 4, 2) (2) sts, sc2tog 1 (2, 2, 2, 1) (1) times; join with sl st in first st. 59 (63, 67, 73, 79) (101) sts
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 4 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 (2, 2, 2, 1) (1) times, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 2 (4, 4, 4, 2) (2) sts, sc2tog 1 (2, 2, 2, 1) (1) times; join with sl st in first st. 57 (59, 63, 69, 77) (99) sts
Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 6 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1) times, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (2) sts, sc2tog 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1) times; join with sl st in first st. 55 (57, 61, 67, 75) (97) sts
Proceed to Sleeves – All Sizes

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Size 2XL

Rnd 2 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 time, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next st, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog 1 time; join with sl st in first st. 85 sts
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Proceed to Sleeves – All Sizes

Sizes (3XL, 4XL)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next st, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st. (93, 97) sts
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Proceed to Sleeves – All Sizes

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Sleeves – All Sizes

Rnd 7: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last st, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rep Rnds 7 and 8 until sleeve measures approximately 6 (6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5) (7, 7, 7, 7) in. [15 (16.5, 16.5, 16.5, 16.5) (18, 18, 18, 18) cm.] ending on an even rnd.
Rnd 9 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 4 sts, sc2tog 2 times; join with sl st in first st. 51 (53, 57, 63, 71) (81, 89, 93, 93) sts
Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 11 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 time, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog 1 time; join with sl st in first st. 49 (51, 55, 61, 69) (79, 87, 91, 91) sts
Rnd 12: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next st, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 13 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 2 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 4 sts, sc2tog 2 times; join with sl st in first st. 45 (47, 51, 57, 65) (75, 83, 87, 87) sts
Rnd 14: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next st, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, sc in last st; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 16: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * across, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rep Rnds 15 and 16 until sleeve measures approximately 10 (10, 10, 10.5, 10.5) (11, 11, 11, 11) in. [25.5 (25.5, 25.5, 26.5, 26.5) (28, 28, 28, 28) cm.] ending on an even rnd.
Rnd 17 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 2 times, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 4 sts, sc2tog 2 times; join with sl st in first st. 41 (43, 47, 53, 61) (71, 79, 83, 83) sts
Rnd 18: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next st, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 3 sts, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, sc in last st; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 19 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 1 time, sc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around to last 2 sts, sc2tog 1 time; join with sl st in first st. 39 (41, 45, 51, 59) (69, 77, 81, 81) sts
Rnd 20: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 21 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, sk next sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * around to last 4 sts, sc2tog 2 times; join with sl st in first st. 35 (37, 41, 47, 55) (65, 73, 77, 77) sts
Rnd 22: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rnd 23: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, *sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * across, sc in last sc; join with sl st in first st.
Rep Rnds 22 and 23 until sleeve measures approximately 15.5 (16, 16, 16.5, 16.5) (17, 17, 17.5, 17.5) in. [39.5 (40.5, 40.5, 42, 42) (43, 43, 44.5, 44.5) cm.]
Rnd 24 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, *sc 6 (4, 3, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) times, sc2tog 1 time, rep from * around 3 (5, 7, 13, 17) (20, 23, 24, 24) more times, sc in each of any remaining sts to end of rnd. 31 (31, 33, 33, 37) (44, 49, 52, 52) sts
Do not fasten off. Proceed to Cuff section.

Cuff

Rnd 1: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.
Rnds 2-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, waistcoat sc in each st around to last st, sc; join with sl st in first st.
Fasten off.

Finishing

Block (the sample was wet blocked), weave in ends.

I hope you love all this free pattern and I can’t wait to share another fun project soon!

xo,
Jessica

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