Hello and welcome to the Librarian Cardigan a crochet pattern! You can find the kit available at Lion Brand Yarn. This is a free pattern and a low-cost PDF with charts is available in my Shop and Ravelry.
The Librarian Cardigan is a crochet pattern inspired by my local librarians. My boys and I love going into the super cold, air-conditioned libraries and I love seeing the librarians wearing super cozy cardigans. I wanted to create a super cozy cardigan that would be easy to make as well as beautiful texture. I’m really happy with how this design turned out and I hope you enjoy making it.
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- H-8 (5 mm) Hook, I love my Clover Amour
- Worsted Weight, #4 yarn. I used Jeans Yarn by Lion Brand 100% acrylic, 3.5oz/100g, 246y/225m
- 6 (7, 8, 9, 9) (10, 11, 11, 12) balls
- Scissors, I love my Clover Patchwork
- Tapestry Needle, I love my Clover set
- Tape Measure
XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Finished Bust About 31.5 (36, 40, 44, 48) (52.5, 57, 61, 65) in. (80 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122) (133, 145, 155, 165) cm)
Finished Length About 28 (28, 29, 29, 30) (30.5, 30.5, 31, 31) in. (71 (71, 74, 74, 76) (77.5, 77.5, 79, 79) 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.
16 squares x 6 squares = about 4 in. (10 cm) with I-9 (5.5 mm) hook for panels
16 dc + 9 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm). with H-8 (5 mm) hook for sleeves
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
- beg = begin(ning)
- BPdc = back post double crochet
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together
- FP = front post double crochet
- rep = repeat
- rnd(s) = round(s)
- RS = right side
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- Each square in the graph = ch 3 + 3 dc
- Starting Square: Start by ch 6, making a dc in the 4th chain from hook and then 1 dc in each of the remaining 2 chains (counts as ch-3, dc 3).
- Increase Square: Turn, rep all steps for Starting Square.
- Continuing Square: Sl st into ch-3 sp on previous square, ch 3, work 3 dc into same ch-3 of previous square.
- Decrease Square: Instead of chaining 6 like you would when increasing, you will turn your work and sl st across the 3 dc’s in the last square made. Join with sl st into the ch-3 of same square. To start next row, ch 3, work 3 dc in same ch-3 sp of last square.
- Increase Rows are the first part of the graph, at the beginning of each row, repeat one Increase Square then work Continuing Squares to the end of the row. Follow this method until a decrease row is needed.
- Decrease Rows are the second half of the graph. Work a Decrease Square at the beginning of rows where you no longer wish to increase. Work Continuing Square across the rest of the row.
Once panel width is reached, you will alternate Decrease rows and Increase rows until the panel height is reached. Then you will work only Decrease rows until ending with 1 square.
BPdc (Back Post double crochet) Yarn over, insert hook from back to front then to back, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Skip top of st in front of the BPdc.
FPdc (Front Post double crochet) Yarn over, insert hook from front to back then to front, going around post of indicated st, draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Skip top of st behind the FPdc.
dc2tog (dc 2 sts together) (Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 st decreased.
- Body of pattern is made in 3 panels (one back and two front). Each panel is a corner-to-corner pattern that starts in the lower right-hand corner. The first square in the corner is row 1. Rows are worked back and forth (down one row and back up the next) and read diagonally.
- Chart is provided with the number of squares for each size. (Chart is included in paid PDF pattern)
- Odd-numbered rows are worked up and even-numbered rows are worked down.
- Even-numbered rows are on the Right Side.
- Shoulders are seamed then sleeves are worked directly into armholes.
- Arm length can be lengthened or shortened, I recommend trying on before adding Ribbing to make sure desired arm length is met.
- Ribbing is added in post stitch at edges.
With I-9 (5.5 mm) hook make panel with 24×39 (27×39, 30×41, 33×41, 36×42) (40×43, 43×43, 46×44, 49×44) squares.
Work from Starting Square and Increase Rows until you can count across the bottom the same number of squares as the first number for your size. At this point, work a Decrease Row for each row from the bottom up, so that the width does not increase. Work an Increase Row for each row starting from the top. Repeat alternating Decrease and Increase Rows until your panel height reaches the second number for your size (counting up the side). Then, work all remaining rows as Decrease Rows until you end with 1 square.
For example: Size XS will work Increase rows, increasing on both ends until there are 24 squares across the bottom. Then work a Decrease Square at the bottom end of the panel, but add an Increase Square at the top of the panel until the panel reaches 39 squares tall. Then work Decrease rows (a decrease square at both top and bottom) until ending with 1 square.
With I-9 (5.5 mm) hook make panel with 10×39 (11×39, 12×41, 13×41, 14×42) (15×43, 17×43, 17×44, 18×44) squares.
Follow same method as for Back Panel. Starting Square, Increase Rows both up and down until width is reached.Decrease Rows from bottom up and Increase Rows from top down until height is reached. Work Decrease Rows in both directions until ending with 1 square.
With RS together, line up panels, and sew shoulders. Sew sides from bottom up, leaving 7 (7.5, 7.5, 8.5, 8.5) (9.5, 9.5, 10.5, 10.5) in. (18 (19, 19, 21.5, 21.5) (24, 24, 27, 27) cm) open for armhole.
Note: Sleeves are worked in rnds without turning at the beg of rnds.
From RS, with H-8 (5 mm) hook with a sl st in underarm of either armhole.
Rnd 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), evenly sc in the end of each row around armhole opening; join with sl st in first sc – 62 (66, 66, 74, 74) (84, 84, 92, 92) sc.
Rnd 2 (Decrease Rnd): Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in first st, dc2tog, dc in each st to last 2 sts, dc2tog; join with sl st in first dc – 60 (64, 64, 72, 72) (82, 82, 90, 90) dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around; join with sl st in first dc.
Rep Rnds 2 & 3 until you have 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) (52, 52, 58, 58) dc.
Next Rnd: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in first st, dc2tog, dc in each st around; join with sl st in first dc – 35 (37, 39, 41, 43) (51, 51, 57, 57) dc.
Next 5 (4, 6, 1, 3) (2, 3, 1, 1) Rnd(s): Ch 2 (does not count as a st), dc in each st around; join with sl st in first dc. You will have a total rnds of 33 (34, 34, 35, 35) (36, 37, 37, 37).
Rnds 1-4: Ch 2 (does count as a st), FPdc around next st, * BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc.
Rep to make second sleeve.
From RS, with H-8 (5 mm) hook sl st in one lower front corner so that you are ready to work across bottom edge.
Row 1: Ch 2, dc 5 evenly spaced over every 2 squares across bottom edge.
Rows 2-5: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn, FPdc around next st, * BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st.
From RS, with H-8 (5 mm) hook sl st in one lower front corner so that you are ready to work up a front edge.
Row 1: Ch 2, dc at the end of each row of bottom band, dc 5 evenly spaced over every 2 squares up one side, across neck area, and down other side.
Rows 2-4: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), turn, FPdc around next st, * BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st; rep from * to last st, dc in last st.
Next Rnd: Ch 1, turn; work sc up and down neck cuff, across back edge; join with sl st in beg ch-1.
Weave in ends.
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