A crochet cardigan so cuddly, so cozy, & so fun… it’s the Wildflower Cardigan! Meant to be the perfect “grab it before you run out the door” piece, it’s also a fabulous crochet cardigan for beginners.
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Crochet Cardigan for Beginners
The Wildflower Cardigan is a bottom-up, oversized crochet cardigan. It’s made with bulky yarn, which means it’s super cozy and works up super quickly. The name for this cardigan was actually inspired by its photo shoot! In my favorite photo spot, I found a field of tiny purple wildflowers that had sprouted (check out the photo at the top of the page and you’ll be able to see them in the background!). It was so cute that I HAD to name the cardigan after them!
Cardigan Construction & Fit
If you’ve been around for awhile, you may have figured out that I LOVE bottom-up cardigans! They’re my favorite because I love the instant gratification of just crocheting a large piece to start a project (aka the back + front panels). The other reason is I find they tend to be great for beginners AND there’s minimal seaming. The only seaming required is at the top of each of the shoulders. The sleeves are even worked in the round, so there’s no seaming there either! So basically they’re a win, win, win in my book.
In terms of fit, the Wildflower Cardigan has 5-7 inches of positive ease, so it’s very loose and oversized. However, if you like for your cardigans to have a tighter fit, you can choose one size smaller.
The Wildflower Cardigan is made with the super fabulous Petite Wool from We Are Knitters in the Marshmallow colorway. It’s a 100% wool yarn that is also single ply (I also used this yarn for my Autumn Sunrise Cardigan because I love it so much!). The only downside to this yarn is it can be a bit pricey, which obviously is not surprising because it’s very high-quality yarn. However, any bulky/super bulky yarn can be subbed in if you don’t feel like shelling out a ton of money for the yarn I used (check out YarnSub to find yarn substitution recommendations)!
Crochet Hook & Stitches
If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you can guess what kind of crochet hook I used! It’s none other than the Furls Streamline in Cafè aka my obsession. These hooks changed the game for me, they have a really thick handle, which makes crocheting with them a breeze. I have the entire set the colorway Cafè, which I absolutely love because the hooks like sort of like coffee and cream colored. Check out the post I did comparing different Furls crochet hooks here for more information!
The stitch I used for this is actually one of my personal favorites, the griddle stitch! It basically consists of alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches throughout, which makes for a great cozy, plushy fabric. I actually used this stitch in my Ava Cardigan too, so check that out here if you (like me!) love this stitch! The difference between the two cardigans, is that the Ava Cardigan is made with worsted weight yarn & has less of an oversized fit (only 2-4 inches of positive ease!). Whereas the Wildflower Cardigan uses a bulky/super bulky yarn & is more oversized (with 5-7 inches of positive ease!). Another difference is that the Wildflower Cardigan is meant to be a bit more cropped, falling a bit past hip length.
I hope you love this fabulous crochet cardigan for beginners!
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