Mini Me Cardigan

This cardigan has been in my mind for over a year now, but the intimidation level for creating a cardigan always held me back. I promised myself that 2017 would be the year I finally took the plunge. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started and ripped this poor cardigan apart. I started it in fine weight yarn and I just wasn’t feeling it. Then, I tried with a heavier worsted weight…I wasn’t feeling that either, I thought it was too bulky. Anyway, I won’t bore you too much with the details, but after over 2 months of math and work up and measuring and re-work up, I have finally finished it! My middle daughter loves it and I love it, so now I can share it! 

Mini Me Cardigan 
Materials:

  • Worsted (4) Weight Yarn (Yarn Bee Soft Secret was used)
  • G Hook (Mine was a 4.50mm G hook)
  • Scissors
  • Needle

Gauge: 14 stitches x 8.5 rows = 4 inches in DC

Directions:

Size 4 (6, 8)

Ch 50 (54-60)

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Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 dc). 1 dc in each of next 5 (6-7) ch. V-st in next ch. 1 dc in each of next 8 (8-9) ch. V-st in next ch. 1 dc in each of next 14 (16-18) ch. V-st in next ch. 1 dc in each of next 8 (8-9-9) ch. V-st in next ch. 1 dc in each of last 7 (8-9) ch. Turn. 52 (56-62) dc and 4 ch-1 spaces 
  • Row 2: Ch 3. 1 dc in each of next 7 (8-9) dc. V-st in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of next 10 (10-11) dc. V-st in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of next 16 (18-20) dc. V-st in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of next 10 (10- 11) dc. V-st in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of last 8 (9-10) dc. Turn. 60 (64-70) dc and 4 ch-1 sps.
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Row 3: Ch 3. (1 dc in each dc to next ch-1 sp. V-st in next ch-1 sp) 4 times. 1 dc in each dc to end of row. Turn.

Rep last row 7 (7-9) times more.
124 (128-150) dc and 4 ch-1 sps. 

  • Row 11 (11, 13): Ch 3. 1 dc in each of next 16 (17-20) dc. 1 dc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 4. Skip next 28 (28-33) dc. 1 dc in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of next 34 (36-42) dc. 1 dc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 4. Skip next 28 (28-33) dc. 1 dc in next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in each of last 17 (18-21) dc. Turn. 
  • Row 12 (12,14): Ch 3, DC in each stitch and chain across. 
  • Row 13-24 (13-29, 15-34): Ch 3, DC in each stitch across. Do NOT Fasten off.

Bottom Band/Shawl Collar:

  • Setup Round: Ch 1, 2Sc in the side of each DC along side, Sc in each stitch along neck line, 2sc in the side of each DC along side, Sc in each stitch along bottom, join. 

Bottom Band: 

  • Row 1: Ch 12, hdc in 3rd Ch from hook and each ch across, sl st in first sc. (10 hdc)
  • Row 2: Sl st into next sc, turn, working in third loop on the front of the previous hdc row, hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (10 hdc)
  • Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as stitch), working in third loop on the front of the previous hdc row, hdc in each stitch across, Sl st in next unworked Sc. (10 hdc)

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 across entire bottom, ending with a Row 2 (you should be at the very bottom of your sweater, including ribbing)
Shawl Collar:

  • Row 1: Ch 16 (20, 20), HDC in 3rd Ch from hook and each ch across, sl st in first HDC of bottom band. (14, 18, 18 HDC)
  • Row 2: Sl st in next st up side, turn, working in third loop on the front of previous row, HDC in each stitch across. Turn. (14, 18, 18 HDC)
  • Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), working in third loop on the front of previous row, HDC in each stitch across, Sl st in next unworked side stitch. (14, 18, 18 HDC)

Repeat Row 2 & 3 up first side, across Collar area, and down second side. Fasten off.
Sleeves:

  • Round 1: With a slip stitch, join to middle underarm stitch, Ch 3 (counts as a stitch here and throughout), DC in each stitch around, Join. (36, 36, 42dc)
  • Round 2-14(2-17, 2-20): Ch 3, DC in each stitch around, join. (36, 36, 42dc)

Size 4 & 6 Only:

  • Round 15(18): Ch 3, DC in next 3 stitches, dc2tog, *dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join. (30 DC)
  • Round 16(19): Ch 3, DC in next 2 stitches, dc2tog, *dc in next 3 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join. (24 DC)
  • Round 17(20): Ch 3, DC in next stitch, dc2tog, *dc in next 2 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join (18 DC)

Size 8 Only:

  • Round 21: Ch 3, DC in next 4 stitches, dc2tog, *dc in next 5 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join. (36dc)
  • Round 22: Ch 3, DC in next 3 stitches, dc2tog, *dc in next 4 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join. (30dc)
  • Round 23: Ch 3, DC in next 2 stitches, dc2tog, *dc in next 3 stitches, dc2tog,** Repeat from *to** around, join. (24dc)
  • Round 24: Ch 1, Sc in first and each stitch around, join. DO NOT FASTEN OFF. (24dc)

All sizes: 

Sleeve Band:

  • Row 1: Ch (20, 22), HDC in 3rd Ch from hook and each chain across, sl st in first Sc. (18, 20hdc)
  • Row 2: Sl st in next st up side, turn, working in third loop on the front of previous row, HDC in each stitch across. Turn. (18, 20hdc)
  • Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as stitch), working in third loop on the front of the previous hdc row, hdc in each stitch across, Sl st in next unworked Sc. (18, 20hdc)

Repeat Row 2 & 3 around entire sleeve bottom. Join sleeve band together by slip stitching through the HDC of the first row and the 3rd loop of your last row, up the entire band.

Fasten off. Repeat sleeve directions for second sleeve. Fasten off. Weave in ends. Fold sleeve bands in half. Enjoy!

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Stay Crafty!
*Courtney*

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17 thoughts on “Mini Me Cardigan

  1. Hello, having trouble understanding hdc in 3rd loop on front of previous row. I have been inserting hook in loop directly under regular v stitch in front side of work. It looks like ribbing but it flares out at bottom of sweater, making ribbing wider than sweater body, which I do not like. Any suggestions?
    Thx, Sue

    • If you look at the stitch you’re getting ready to work into, instead of working directly into or in between the stitch, you’ll notice that there is a loop directly under where you’d normally work, that’s the loop you’ll do your stitch in.

      If you still need help figuring it out, here is a great tutorial: http://www.mooglyblog.com/third-loop-half-double-crochet/

  2. I’m busy making this now, and would love a teenage/adult version.
    Any future plans for a larger pattern please?

  3. i need help with the bottom band. I can’t seem to figure out how it goes on the body of the sweater. row 1 says ch. 12 and ends sl. st. in 1st. sc. . is this the 1st. sc of row 12 . please I need more precise instructions.
    thank you,
    sandra

  4. How much yarn did you use for the different sizes? My granddaughter is also 6 1/2 so I would make a size 8, but I want to be sure to get enough yarn.

  5. Thank you for the beautiful pattern! I would like to make this for my granddaughter. I’m a little confused about how it goes together. I’ve reread it many times thinking I am missing something. It’s the arm holes for the sleeves that are throwing me off. How do you do that may I ask? Thank you so much!

    • Thank you! The armholes are made on Row 11 by chaining 4 and skipping the 2nd and 4th group of stitches (your 1st and 5th group is the front panels and the 3rd group is the back). I hope that makes sense and I didn’t end up confusing you more!

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