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Are you looking for a unique eye catching crochet cardigan pattern to make and wear? Then let me introduce you to the Stripe Blocked Cardigan.
I love unique clothing. But it can be hard to find… thus making it unique I guess. Ha-ha.
That is why I have dedicated my crochet design career to creating unique and inspiring clothing. I want you to be able to count on me to find the fresh new patterns you are looking for.
Before I learned how to crochet my own clothing I was always on the hunt for fun things to wear. I think the best place to buy crazy clothes is vintage shops, second only to thrift stores.
Prior to having my son, I used to travel to New York City 2 or 3 times a year for my illustration job. That city is second hand store heaven!
At one point I bought a map of all the thrift stores in the city. I made the rounds every time I visited. And I have a lot of cool weird clothes to show for it.
My best find ever is a Viktor and Rolf jacket with holographic silver trim!! They are two of my favorite designers and they don’t make ready to wear anymore! The second hand boutique owner and I both screamed when I put it on and it fit. Score!!
And I think it was like $35 if you can believe that!
Although, the best stuff can always be found at those sketchy, pop-up, second hand shops in parking garages, the ones where you have to wear a tank top so you can try on clothes without a dressing room. I’m telling you. I am all in when it comes to a unique wardrobe. Ha-ha.
Due to the difficulty of building a unique wardrobe, I stripe to design crochet clothing and accessory patterns you’ve never seen before that will inspire you and get you compliments from strangers.
You know you have something good going on when complete strangers stop you to compliment your outfit. I have a purple coat with a bubble skirt bottom that gets so many compliments it’s comical.
But I will only buy something quirky if it’s wearable. That is the tricky part of shopping for and designing unusual garments.
The Stripe Blocked Cardigan is different and totally wearable. Throw it on over any dull, neutral colored outfit. It will instantly add some excitement to your persona!
Or make it in a neutral color and you can wear it with anything in your wardrobe. Check out the tester photos at the end of this post for color inspiration.
I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your patterns before passing them along and want you to know that your effort doesn’t go unnoticed and it is greatly appreciated.Adena T. -tester
If you need to kick back, relax, and meditate on an easy crochet stitch this project is for you.
The rows melt off your hook.
I was sad when I finished. That’s how I knew it was a good crochet project. But I can solve that by making another!!
As always this garment incorporates all the current lengths, sleeve shapes, and ribbing happening in fashion right now. It’s modern and will make you look the same.
In fact, this whole mismatched, cut apart, put back together sweater look was all over the runway at Fashion Week. It’s totally fashion forward.
I loved the cardigan from first glance, love how many options there are with this pattern. I already want to make another and see how funky I can make it😊Amanda P. -tester
This pattern is “Intermediate”. You can make it! The back and front panels are rectangles. The only stitches you need to know are single crochet (in the back and front loop), slip stitch, decreasing and chain.
I do not recommend this pattern for complete beginners only because the sleeves involve color changing and decreasing at the same time.
This would make a good second sweater project.
Please have a blast picking out the colors! I recommend using a fun neutral for the back and left side, off white for the wide stripes, and a pop of your favorite bright color for the thin stripes. Or you can make it in just two colors. Read to the end to see a plethora of tester versions that vary from funky, to cool, to casual, to glamorous, to pretty, to conservative.
And if you have another vision totally go for it! And then please send me a picture. I want to see!!
Have fun making and wearing the Stripe Block Cardigan!
I love the unique and playful look of the panels, as well as flexibility with color options.Sara D.W. -Tester
Crochet Cardigan PDF Details
With your pattern purchase you will receive an ad free, easy to read, 15 page pdf.
The pattern includes stitch charts and instructional photos. You do not need to know how to read a stitch chart to make this cardigan. Every stitch is also written out in the instructions.
You will also find a detailed schematic included to help you make the perfect size.
The pattern is clear and easy to follow because, like all of my patterns, it has been tested and professionally tech edited.
The cardigan is worked up in 3 panels and 2 sleeves all bottom up. The front ribbing is stitched on last.
You’re going to have a fun time stitching up this crochet cardigan and a great time wearing it too!
Pattern and pictures were great, loved that I didn’t have to guess at how to attach the pieces or wonder if it was started from the top up or top down. I think it really sets your pattern apart, taking out the guesswork.Amanda P. -tester
Purchase the Crochet Cardigan Pattern
Crochet Cardigan Pattern Details
The cardigan includes instructions for Women’s sizes XS – 5X.
To Fit Bust:
28–30 (32–34, 36–38, 40–42, 44–46, 48–50, 52–54, 56–58, 60–62)” / 71–76 (81–86, 91.5–96.5, 101.5–106.5, 111.5–117, 122–127, 132–137, 142-147, 152–158) cm
Bust: 34 (39, 42, 47, 50, 55, 58, 63, 66)” / 86 (99, 106, 119, 127, 140, 147, 160, 167) cm
Length: 28.5” / 72 cm
- Lion Brand Yarns Basic Stitch Anti Pilling Yarn, worsted 4-Medium (100% acrylic, 185 yds/170 m, 3.5 oz/100 g), color A-Heathered Cider Brown 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins, color B-Ecru 2 skeins for all sizes, color C-Heathered Apple Red 2 skeins for all sizes https://shrsl.com/2sgtf
- Crochet hook size US I/9 (5.5 mm)
- Tapestry needle
- Pins, Long Marking Pins and T-Pins for Blocking
Color A: 790 (880, 945, 1035, 1082, 1170, 1230, 1310, 1365) yards
Color B: 205 (225, 245, 265, 270, 290, 305, 325, 335) yards
Color C: 215 (230, 240, 255, 260, 275, 285, 300, 310) yards
- Caron Simply Soft Yarn
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
- Red Heart Bunches of Hugs Yarn
Speaking of testers, here are some fresh color variations of the Stripe Blocked Cardigan. There’s a huge range of color combos and personalities. Prepare yourself for some major creative juice flowing action.
I love what tester Joanna did with the cardigan colors. She kept the red where I have it, switched out the off white for a dark red, and then went ahead and added more red where I have the gold.
Notice how amazing her outfit is YET all she did was put on this cardi over a gray crew neck! That’s one of my favorite things about a statement cardi. Looking great and stylish is quick and easy.
And Joanna is looking great for sure! I suspect all the cardinals in these woods were jealous of her cardigan!
Overall, I think the cardigan is fantastic.-Joanna -tester
Cynthia went glamorous with her crochet cardigan! I’ve never been able to master glamorous but clearly Cynthia has.
Here’s a great example of a bold two color option. Hint: these two colors are opposites on the color wheel.
And she matched her make up to the cardigan! Now that’s glamorous!
How pretty is Sara in her cardi?
I love her laid back styling. She’s ready for a casual Valentine’s day.
Sara swiped out my gold for gray and the result is super modern and chic. I call this stealth cool. That’s when you notice someone looks great but can’t pin point why. Then, on second look, you notice they are wearing a killer piece of clothing.
Speaking of killer, Mrunal’s model is killing it in this oversized version of the cardi. I’m seriously dead.
Love the shoes, love the pants, love the top, love the hair, love the attitude, love the cardi!
And pssst, here’s another example of two colors opposite each other on the color wheel.
She too was inspired to match her makeup to the cardigan. AMAZING!!
Looking to make a cardigan that’s unique but a bit conservative? Wendy’s turquoise and ecru combo might be a good option for you.
Keep the ecru and swap out the turquoise for your favorite neutral. Voila, you now have a wardrobe staple with pizzazz.
I love the direction Wendy took this cardi!
How about a straight up, pink, girly version?! Adena made this pretty number for her daughter.
This is a very clever color combo. See what she did here? She took one color, pink, and found yarn in dark, medium, and light.
This would work with any of your favorite colors!
it’s lovely by the way and my daughter LOVES it. Fit is great too.Adena T. -tester
When this whole pandemic fiasco is over I’m inviting a whole bunch of people over including Christine and her cardigan. Because this piece says, “I’m fun!” I’ll make the dip, you bring the chips Christine.
She combined 3 bright colors for her version. This is a tricky feat. If you take a look at my version you might think it’s bright at first but it’s actually one bright and two neutrals.
Hmmm, I think her success in combining these colors lies in the fact that if you mixed that pink with that blue you’d get the purple. Or it could be because all three of those colors are on the same side of the color wheel. I’m not sure. Christine, I beg you, tell us your color mastery secrets!! Ha-ha.
However you slice it, I think we can all agree she is looking fun and fabulous.
Oh, there’s one more thing we can learn from Christine. How does one style such a bright cardigan? Notice she is dressed underneath from head to toe in black. She’s letting the sweater sing and isn’t wearing anything that would compete or clash with it. Very clever styling!
I love cardigans. The blocked colours (are) funky and a new idea.Christine B. -tester
Now it’s your turn. I can’t wait to see what colors you chose for your Stripe Blocked Cardigan.
It ( is a) very well written pattern.Mrunal -Tester
Mary Beth Cryan has been designing crochet patterns for over 4 years. Prior, Mary Beth worked as a professional illustrator and product designer with a specialty in paper crafts for 18 years. She has authored and illustrated 17 paper craft books, countless pop-up greeting cards, and many paper craft kits. She received 3 LOUIE Awards from the National Greeting Card Association. Some of her clients included MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NYC), American Girl, Dover Publications, Peter Pauper Press, Ranger Rick Magazine, Highlights magazine and many others. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 2000.