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Go Anywhere Short Sleeve Cardigan

Go Anywhere Short Sleeve Cardigan

Let this Go Anywhere Short Sleeve Cardigan take you to places you've never been! You can enjoy the ride or walk pretty much anywhere with an easy breezy crochet cardigan pattern like this one. Sometimes it's difficult to know what the weather will be like while traveling, but you'll be prepared for anything with this crochet pattern. It's not difficult to work up and it's an incredibly soft yet lightweight sweater for the spring or summer. Get your hooks ready for this free crochet pattern.


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge9 clusters and 8 rows = 4/10 cm

Finished SizeSIZES: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X) FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Bust 36 (40, 44, 50, 56, 64)” / 91.5 (101.5, 112, 127, 142, 162.5) cm Length 20 (20.5, 22, 22.5, 24,25.5)” / 51 (52, 56, 57, 61, 65) cm

Materials List

  • Caron® Simply Soft Paints® 100% acrylic, 4oz/114g, 208yd/190m): #0008 Sunset, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins
  • Size US H-8 (5 mm) crochet hook, or size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle



  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • Cl (cluster): Work dc until 2 loops remain, work 2nd dc in same st until 3 loops remain, yo, pull thru all loops
  • Double Crochet Cluster (any number of sts, plus 2 for turning ch):
    • Set up row: Cl in 4th ch from hook, cl in each ch across to last ch, dc in last ch, turn.
    • Row 1: Ch 3, cl in space before first cl, *cl between cl in previous row; repeat from * across, dc in turning ch, turn.
    • Rep Row 1 for Double Crochet Cluster.


Vest is worked in one piece from lower edge of front, up and over shoulder to back lower edge.


Ch 22 (24, 26, 30, 34, 38). Work in Double Crochet Cluster until left front measures 12 (12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5)”/30.5 (32, 33, 34.5, 35.5, 37)cm.

  1. Shape neck & sleeve
    Next row (RS): Ch 11 at beg of next row for left sleeve, work across front in pattern, working 1 less cl at end of row, turn.

  2. Work 1 row even in pattern.

  3. Repeat these 2 rows once more—36 (38, 40, 44, 48, 52) sts.

  4. Continue to dec at neck edge every other row 3 (3, 4, 4, 7, 9) more times, then every row 6 (6, 5, 5, 2, 0) times—27 (29, 31, 35, 39, 43) sts. Work even until neck measures 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11)”/20.5 (20.5, 23, 23, 25.5, 28)cm. Cut yarn and set aside.


Ch 22 (24, 26, 30, 34, 38). Work in Double Crochet Cluster until right front measures 12 (12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5)”/30.5 (32, 33, 34.5, 35.5, 37)cm.

  1. Shape neck & sleeve
    Next row (WS): Ch 11 at beg of next row for right sleeve, work across front in pattern, working 1 less cl at end of row, turn.

  2. Work 1 row even in pattern.

  3. Repeat these 2 rows once more—36 (38, 40, 44, 48, 52) sts.

  4. Continue to dec at neck edge every other row 3 (3, 4, 4, 7, 9) more times, then every row 6 (6, 5, 5, 2, 0) times—27 (29, 31, 35, 39, 43) sts. Work even until neck measures 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11)”/20 (20, 23, 23, 25.5, 28)cm, end after a WS row with yarn at sleeve edge. Note: Make note of number of rows worked for sleeve after shaping.


Work across right front, ch 18 for back neck, continue across left front—72 (76, 80, 86, 96, 104) sts. Work even until back sleeves match front sleeves.

  1. Shape sleeves
    Next 4 rows:
     Work to last 7 sts, turn.

  2. Work even on 40 (44, 48, 56, 64, 72) sts until back measures same as front to foundation row. Fasten off.


Sew side and underarm seams. Weave in ends.
Fold up sleeve cuff.

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I work in an office and sometimes I need a little something to keep the chill at bay. This cardigan can easily do just that. I walk between buildings and with the short sleeves, I do not have to worry about removing the cardigan.

I like the design of this cardigan. With the short sleeves it will be a perfect addition to my wardrobe. The color of this particular sweater is not as appealing for a spring/summer cardigan. I would have went with something a little more cheerful like yellow or orange. I love the v-shape to the front.

Please help with this pattern. I am making the XL It says to ch 30. If you follow the set up row and row 1 instructions, you only have 26 stitches. Then, when you add your 11 stitches at sleeve and then decrease, you are supposed to have 44 stitches. How can you increase stitches when decreasing? with the 26 stitches plus the 11 stitches at sleeve, that is only 37 stitches. I'm confused. I really want to make this pattern. Someone please help. Thanks!

Hi! We recommend posing your question in our AllFreeCrochet Community group where your fellow crocheters may be able to answer your questions on this pattern: Thanks for your comment!

With all the people having problems with thus pattern, me included, I am really surprised that you don't reach out to Lorna for some much needed help. I like the pattern but it just isn't is not easy to follow.

Hi scardinali1 939365 7, I'm sorry you're having trouble with this pattern. Unfortunately we are not able to get clarification on the instructions. However, you could try contacting Caron (the designers of this pattern) on the pattern page on the Yarnspirations website here: Again, I am sorry you're having trouble with this pattern and that we are not able to be of more help. - Laura, editor of AllFreeCrochet

I have not made this yet but I read through the instructions and I don't think I will have a problem. I was a little confused about doing the back but it wraps it up all in one sentence. I like patterns like this because of the different pattern and it has some texture. I always need an extra layer since I am so thin blooded and this will be perfect. Thank you.

Texture! Texture! Texture! I love it! This is drop dead gorgeous cardigan! I'm so thankful that they remembered us larger women on this pattern. I like that it's short sleeve too. You can always add more clothes, but can't take always take them off. I think I'll make mine up in the "funny boy" color yarn.Thanks for this terrific pattern!

I posted a comment that must not have gone thru and posted a photo of my WIP it's the blue cardigan left side with a bit of sleeve My problem is that according to the directions I should have 44 stitches (I'm making a size large) but I only have 34 stitches! I've ripped it out once but would like suggestions on what I may be doing wrong before ripping it out again!! Help please

I have not seen this pattern here before. It is simplistic in its design. It is timeless in its design. It really will never go out of style! So, go ahead and wear this now or wear it years later. You probably could make a few in different colors. The Caron Simply Soft paints yarn is superb- I love it!

Intermediate patterns scare meLOL. I am not sure that I am that skilled yet. I do like this short sleeve cardigan because finding one with short sleeves is a rarity. I like having buttons or some sort of closure on my cardigans though so is there some way to incorporate that into this pattern that wouldnt take a lot of thinking or calculating. Again, I am more of a beginner.

Hi Hippie Chick! The beauty of working with yarn is that you can always unravel and start over if you get stuck. :) Good luck! Megan, AFC Editor

Help! I'm already up to a size J hook, and I still can't match the required gauge of 9 clusters=4" with the Caron yarn suggested. What size hook should I be using?

Awesome! I love coming upon patterns that I have never seen before, like this casual designe short sleeve cardigan.

I like the looks of this cardigan, but the directions are pure gobbledygook my third graders could do better! ie "(shape neck and sleeve) ch 11 at beg of next row for left sleeve,work across front in pattern, working 1 less cl at end of row, turn." What?! Next, "work 1 row even in pattern." Help, Please!!!

IT JUST HIT ME I THINK I GET IT Okay so After ur come to that part make sure ur stopping point it on the LEFT side then ch11 turn and cl into the first ch from your hook then cl in every strich all the way across (it should look like one long line of clusters then decrease by 1 on the RIGHT side. repeat the double crochet cluster all the way across until your reach about 20in total(22,24,25)in total It should look like the left side of only the front. The same applies to the right but switch the right and when that "command" shows up again. at the end when all the peices are made you sew them together and get the picture.

the measurements dont have to be exact as long as it works

I would love to make this sweater but the instructions leave a lot to the imagination. Wish they were more detailed.

The math isnt working for me. Starting off with 26 stitches, first Cl starts in 4th stitch. Each cluster counts as one stitch. Add 11 stitches for arm...making it now 35 stiches. How, after skipping last cl every other row for three rows am I supposed to end up with more rows than I even started with without any increases but the arm?


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