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Curvy Girl Cable Crochet Cardigan

Curvy Girl Cable Crochet Cardigan
Curvy Girl Cable Crochet Cardigan
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Feel comfortable in your own skin even when it's cold outside with the Curvy Girl Cable Crochet Cardigan. We think everyone, no matter your size, is absolutely beautiful, so celebrate that with this lovely crochet sweater. You'll be super cozy in this worsted weight masterpiece of a cardigan. Layer it over a long-sleeved shirt and under a jacket to be extra warm this winter. It would be great for throwing over things in the fall as well, especially if you like to sit outside at night when the breeze is blowing autumn leaves around.

Pattern Notes:
1. Cardigan is made in 5 pieces: Back, 2 Fronts, and 2 Sleeves. Each piece is worked from beg at the lower edge.
2. The Back is worked in Post St Lines pattern. Fronts are worked in Post St Lines pattern, with the front bands worked in Cable pattern.
3. Each Sleeve begins with a band worked in Cable pattern, then sts for the Sleeve are worked along one long edge of the Cable band.
4. This pattern includes some crocheter's lingo. When you see '– 12 sts' at the end of a sentence, this is the number of sts you will have after working that row.
5. When the pattern says to 'work even' this means that you continue in the specified st or pattern and keep the number of sts the same – without increasing or decreasing.
6. When the pattern says to work in Post St Lines pattern "as established," work a double crochet in each dc and a post st around each post st, working front post sts (FPDC) on RS rows and back post sts (BPDC) on WS rows.
7. Our pattern includes diagrams to help you visualize how the Cardigan is made and put together. Take the time to review the diagrams before you start crocheting. The Cardigan is easy to make, but having the big picture will make it even easier

Intermediate

Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

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

Crochet Gauge11 1/2 dc + 7 1/2 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm). 9 sts = about 2 1/4 in. (5.5 cm) in Cable pattern.

Finished SizeCurvy Girl 1 (2, 3, 4) Finished Bust 46 (51, 55, 58) in. (117 (129.5, 139.5, 147.5) cm) Finished Hips 56 (62, 66, 70) in. (142 (157.5, 167.5, 178) cm) Finished Length 32 1/2 (33 1/2, 34 1/2, 34 1/2) in. (82.5 (85, 87.5, 87.5) cm)

Materials List

  • 136-350 Lion Brand® Heartland Yarn: Mount Rainier Tweed - 8 balls
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size J-10 (6 mm)
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

Special Stitches

  1. Post Stitch Lines Pattern
    Row 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, dc in each st to first post st, *FPDC around post, dc in each st to next post st; rep from * to last post st, FPDC around last post st, dc in each st to end of row.
    Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, dc in each st to first post st, *BPDC around post, dc in each st to next post st; rep from * to last post st, BPDC around last post st, dc in each st to end of row.
    Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Post St Lines pattern.

  2. Cable Pattern (worked over 9 sts)
    Row 1 (RS):
     Skip next 3 sts, FPTR around each of next 3 sts; working behind the 3 sts just made, FPTR around each of the 3 skipped sts, FPDC around each of next 3 sts.
    Row 2: BPTR around each of next 9 sts.
    Row 3: FPDC around each of next 3 sts, next 3 sts, FPTR around each of next 3 sts; working in front of the 3 sts just made, FPTR around each of the 3 skipped sts.
    Row 4: Rep Row 2.
    Rep Rows 1-4 for Cable pattern.

Pattern

BACK
Ch 82 (90, 96, 102).
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped ch count as first hdc) and in each ch across – you will have 81 (89, 95, 101) hdc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this row and all following rows), turn, dc in first 9 (8, 11, 9) sts, BPDC around next st, *dc in next 9 sts, BPDC around next st; rep from * to last 10 (9, 12, 10) sts, dc in each st to end of row – 74 (81, 87, 92) dc and 7 (8, 8, 9) post sts.
Rows 3-10: Beg with Row 1 of pattern, work in Post St Lines pattern for 8 rows.
Row 11 (Decrease Row – RS): Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, dc in each st to next post st, *FPDC around post st, dc in each st to next post st; rep from * to last post st, FPDC around last post st, dc in each st to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 72 (79, 85, 90) dc and 7 (8, 8, 9) post sts.
Rows 12-18: Beg with Row 2 of pattern, work in Post St Lines pattern for 7 rows.
Row 19: Rep Row 11 – 70 (77, 83, 88) dc and 7 (8, 8, 9) post sts.
Rows 20-35: Rep Rows 12-19 twice – 66 (73, 79, 84) dc and 7 (8, 8, 9) post sts.
Rows 36-42: Beg with Row 2 of pattern, work in Post St Lines pattern for 7 rows.

Shape Armholes
Row 1 (RS)
: Ch 1, turn, sl st in next 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 8 (9, 10, 11) sts, dc2tog, dc in next st; leave rem 5 (6, 7, 8) sts unworked – 61 (67, 71, 75) total sts.
Decrease Rows 2-5 (7, 9, 9): Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 53 (55, 55, 59) sts at the end of Row 5 (7, 9, 9).
Next Row: Work Row 2 of Post St Lines pattern.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row 2 – 51 (53, 53, 57) sts.
Next 9 Rows: Beg with Row 2 of pattern, work in Post St Lines pattern for 9 rows.

Shape Right Shoulder
Row 1 (RS)
: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established over first 10 (11, 11, 12) sts, dc2tog, dc in next st; leave rem sts unworked – 12 (13, 13, 14) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 11 (12, 12, 13) sts.
Row 3: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 10 (11, 11, 12) sts.
Fasten off.

Shape Left Shoulder
From RS, sk 25 (25, 25, 27) unworked sts following right shoulder, join yarn with a sl st in next st.
Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 12 (13, 13, 14) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 11 (12, 12, 13) sts.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 10 (11, 11, 12) sts.
Fasten off.

LEFT FRONT
Ch 47 (50, 53, 56).
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped ch count as first hdc) and in each ch across – 46 (49, 52, 55) dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this row and all following rows), turn, work Row 2 of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, (dc in next 9 sts, BPDC around next st) 3 times, dc in each st to end of row.
Row 3: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Rows 5-38 (40, 40, 40): Rep last 2 rows 17 (18, 18, 18) times.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS)
: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 45 (48, 51, 54) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 44 (47, 50, 53) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (0, 0, 0) time(s) – 42 (47, 50, 53) sts.
Note: When you see '0' repeats, this means that you should not perform that particular instruction, just skip to the next part of the instruction.

Shape Armhole and Continue Shaping Neck
Row 1 (RS):
 Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 35 (39, 41, 43) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 33 (37, 39, 41) sts.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 31 (35, 37, 39) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 3, 3) time(s) – 27 (27, 25, 27) sts.
Next Row (WS): Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Next Row: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 25 (25, 23, 25) sts.
Next Row: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Note: Armhole shaping is now complete.

Complete Neck Shaping
Row 1 (RS):
 Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 24 (24, 22, 24) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows 3 (2, 0, 1) times(s) – 21 (22, 22, 23) sts.
Next Row (RS): Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st.
Next Row: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern to end of row.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures same as Back, end with a RS row as the last row you work.

Neckband
Row 1 (WS): 
Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in next st; leave rem 10 (11, 11, 12) sts unworked for shoulder.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Rep Row 2 until neckband measures about 5 1/2 (5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 3/4) in. (14 (14, 14, 14.5) cm).
Fasten off.

RIGHT FRONT
Ch 47 (50, 53, 56).
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped ch count as first hdc) and in each ch across – at the end of this row you will have 46 (49, 52, 55) dc.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this row and all following rows), turn, dc in next 5 (8, 11, 14) sts, (BPDC around next st, dc in next 9 sts) 3 times, work Row 2 of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Row 4: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Rows 5-38 (40, 40, 40): Rep last 2 rows 17 (18, 18, 18) times.

Shape Neck
Row 1 (RS):
 Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 45 (48, 51, 54) sts.
Row 2: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 44 (47, 50, 53) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (0, 0, 0) time(s) – 42 (47, 50, 53) sts.

Shape Armhole and Continue Shaping Neck
Row 1 (RS):
 Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 8 (9, 10, 11) sts, dc2tog, dc in next st; leave rem 5 (6, 7, 8) sts unworked – 35 (39, 41, 43) sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 12 sts, dc2tog, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st – 33 (37, 39, 41) sts.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 31 (35, 37, 39) sts.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (2, 3, 3) time(s) – 27 (27, 25, 27) sts.
Next Row (WS): Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st.
Next Row: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 25 (25, 23, 25) sts.
Next Row: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st.
Note: Armhole shaping is now complete.

Complete Neck Shaping
Row 1 (RS):
 Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row – 24 (24, 22, 24) sts.
Row 2: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st.
Rep last 2 rows 3 (2, 0, 1) time(s) – 21 (22, 22, 23) sts.
Next Row (RS): Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to end of row.
Next Row: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 10 sts, work next row of Cable pattern to last st, dc in last st.
Rep last 2 rows until piece measures same as Back, end with a RS row as the last row you work.
Fasten off.

Neckband
From WS, sk first 10 (11, 11, 12) sts for shoulder, join yarn with a sl st in next st.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 3, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st – 11 sts.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Rep Row 2 until neckband measures about 5 1/2 (5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 3/4) in. (14 (14, 14, 14.5) cm).
Fasten off.

SLEEVES (make 2)
Cable Band

Ch 12.
Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across – you will have 11 hdc in this row.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this row and all following rows), turn, work Row 2 of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn, work next row of Cable pattern over next 9 sts, dc in last st.
Rep Row 3 until piece measures about 12 (12 1/2, 13, 13 1/2) in. (30.5 (32, 33, 34.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row as the last row you work.
Last Row (WS): Ch 1, do not turn, work 35 (37, 39, 41) sc evenly spaced across long side of Cable Band.

Body of Sleeve
Row 1 (RS)
: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, hdc in each st across.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 1 (2, 3, 4) st(s), (BPDC around next st, dc in next 9 sts) 3 times, BPDC around next st, dc in last 2 (3, 4, 5) sts.
Row 3 (Increase Row): Ch 3, turn, dc in first st (increase made), work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st – 37 (39, 41, 43) sts.
Rows 4-6: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established for 3 rows.
Rep last 4 rows 3 times – 43 (45, 47, 49) sts.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 twice – 47 (49, 51, 53) sts.

Shape Cap (top of Sleeve)
Row 1 (RS)
: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 5 (6, 7, 8) sts, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern as established to last 8 (9, 10, 11) sts, dc2tog, dc in next st; leave rem 5 (6, 7, 8) sts unworked – 35 sts.
Rows 2-5: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 27 sts.
Row 6: Work in Post St Lines pattern as established.
Rows 7-9: Ch 3, turn, dc2tog, work in Post St Lines pattern to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 21 sts.
Work even in Post St Lines pattern as established for 1 (2, 4, 4) row(s).
Next 3 Rows: Rep Rows 7-9 – 15 sts.
Fasten off.

  1. Diagrams - Click Each Image to enlarge

  2. FINISHING
    Step 1:
     Sew Fronts to Back at shoulders.
    Step 2: Matching the center of the Sleeve cap to the shoulder seam of the Cardigan, sew in Sleeves.
    Step 3: Matching the underarm seams, sew side and Sleeve seams.
    Step 4: Sew ends of neckbands together.
    Step 5: Sew edge of neckbands to back neck edge of Cardigan.
    Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

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 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 st behind the FPDC.
BPTR (back post treble crochet)
Yarn over twice, 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) 3 times. Skip st in front of the BPTR.
FPTR (front post treble crochet)
Yarn over twice, 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) 3 times. Skip st behind the FPTR.
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.
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I really like this pattern but I'm just having trouble figuring out where cable pattern row 1 is worked. I'm only seeing instructions for row 2,34

I think what you are seeing is that the instructions say it starts at row 2 of cable, then they keep saying next row after that. So it goes row 2, row 3, row 4 and then row 1. I had a hard time at first, but once I got the cable stitch down pat, the pattern was a breeze.

Love this pattern! I'm not curvy either but going to make it with an H hook.

I really like this pattern but am not curvy enough. Is there any chance of downsizing it a bit (to a 38 inch bust)? My crocheting skills aren't good enough for me to do this myself and I'd love to have a go at this pattern

Use a smaller hook and a lighter weight yarn. For a medium I would go down to a size I and for a small an H. Use a more sport weight rather than worsted weight.

I've now made this cardi several times and every time I make it I love it all the more. The pattern is VERY easy to follow and the resulting garment is cosy, warm and makes me feel gorgeous. It is quite flattering (I'm a 2XL lady), and with the addition of pockets (I simply created two pockets following the same pattern only with a shorter chain and far fewer rows, placing the pockets so the post stitching on garment and pockets lined up), it's my go-to 'car coat', my running-errands cardi, and what I throw on to putter around the house. Love-love-love it!

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