Ridge Trail Cardigan

Posted: February 3, 2022 by Tonja Pe Benito

One of my happiest and favorite places to be is hiking in the mountains of Maui. The ridge trails are vast, green, and dreamy. I was inspired to name my next pattern the Ridge Trail Cardigan and I’m also honored you can find the kit available at Lion Brand Yarn. Also, this is a free pattern and a low-cost PDF with written instructions is available in my Shop and Ravelry.  
This is a pattern with repeating rows so it works up quickly and it’s made in sections with the arms added on. The trick to the natural ridges is the repetitive rows of the stitch. It’s a warm and comfortable garment that looks cute with a pair of jeans or can be worn to work for a professional look.
 I love Heartland Yarn, it’s always been one of my favorite yarns and the colors are just fabulous. The color options for a kit are available at Lion Brand Yarn!
Our West Maui Mountains are extremely green this year with all the rain we received. I was so excited to take these photos with the Ridge Trail Cardigan and the ridges that inspired it.

I hope you love this fun pattern! Please share with me on social media. You can follow me on Instagram HERE and on Facebook HERE! Tag me @pinkplumeriamaui and use #pinkplumeriamaui. If you like this project, you can check these other free patterns: Pothos ToteIsland Summer Wrap & Ulana Bag. The Pothos Tote & Island Summer Wrap are also available as Lion Bran Yarn Kits!


The Ridge Trail Cardigan was inspired by hiking the beautiful mountains of Maui. It’s designed to be comfortable, stylish, and has beautifully textured ridges.



XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Finished Chest About 36 (38, 39, 43, 43) (45, 45, 46, 46) in. [91.5 (96.5, 99, 109, 109) (114, 114, 117, 117) cm]
Finished Length About 25 (25.5, 26, 26.5, 27) (27.5, 27.5, 28.5, 29) in. [63.5 (65, 66, 67, 68.5) (70, 70, 72.5, 74) 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.



14 ehdc + 10 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm)


  • ch(s) = chain(s)
  • ehdc = extended half double crochet
  • rep = repeat
  • RS = right side
  • sc = single crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • WS = wrong side
ehdc (extended half double crochet) Yarn over, insert hook in next st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.


  1. Panels are made in working side to side in flat rows, back and forth.
  2. Shoulders and sides are seamed. Sleeves are made onto the cardigan worked in flat rows, back and forth, and then seamed under the arm. The collar is worked onto the cardigan last.
  3. All pieces are worked in ehdc.
  4. You can make sleeves as long or as short as you desire by reducing or increasing rows. Same goes for collar, you can add more rows as desired just end with an odd number of rows.
  5. Cardigan is designed to have 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) positive ease in body.


Back Panel
Ch 88 (89, 91, 93, 95) (96, 96, 100, 102).
Row 1 (RS): – Ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – you will have 87 (88, 91, 92, 94) (95, 95, 99, 101) ehdc in this row.
Rows 2 (WS): Ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, ehdc across.
Rep Row 2 until you have 40 (42, 44, 48, 48) (50, 50, 52, 52) rows.
Fasten off.
Front Panels (make 2)
Rep Rows 1-2 from Back Panel until you have 18 (18, 20, 22, 22) (24, 24, 24, 24) rows.
Fasten Off.
With RS together, line up panels (make sure Row 1 of each side panel is facing sides), and sew shoulders. Sew sides from bottom up, leaving 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8) (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10) in. (15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20) (21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm) open for armhole or approximately 21 (23, 25, 26, 28) (30, 32, 33, 35) sts long on 1 side and 4 in (10 cm) open at lower edges for side slits.
With WS facing out, attach yarn in the bottom of armhole. You will be working in rows.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), ehdc in each st around sleeve opening – you will have 42 (46, 50, 54, 56) (60, 64, 66, 70) ehdc in this row.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, ehdc across.
Rep Row 2 until you have 34 (36, 36, 38, 38) (40, 40, 40, 40) rows.
Next Row: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, sc across.
Pull a tail 3 times the length of the sleeve and fasten off.
Seam under sleeve with your long tail.
Repeat on other side.


With RS of Cardigan facing out, attach yarn to bottom left front corner so that you are ready to work up a front edge.
Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), ehdc up to neck, across neck area, and down other side.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), ehdc in each st up, across and back down.
Rep Row 2 three more times until you have five rows.
Fasten off.
Weave ends in.

I hope you’re keeping your mind calm and getting plenty of rest as the holidays are around the corner. Don’t forget that crocheting is a great way to unwind and decompress. I hope you love this pattern!
You can find a Low -cost PDF version HERE or on Ravelry & as well as find the kit available at Lion Brand Yarn.

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