Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Art Class Cardi, Free Crochet Pattern + Video Tutorial


The Art Class Cardi is a gorgeous and super easy sweater to stitch up for the cooler months ahead!  This cardigan can be dressed up or dressed down and stitched up in fun variegated yarn like the one shown here, or in a more neutral palette too!  2 granny hexagons are cleverly seamed together to make a satisfying and easy as pie project!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below!

Art Class Cardi
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make this project:




Materials:

Sizing:
  • 21 inches tall from top (neck) to bottom
  • 20 inches from underarm to underarm
  • Sleeve opening is 10 inches 
  • Edge of sleeve to edge of sleeve (wingspan) is 45 inches


Instructions for granny hexagon (make 2):

I did a total of 22 rounds for each hexagon, but you can make them any size you like.

Chain 4 and join into a ring with a slip stitch in the chin furthest from the hook.

Round 1: Chain 4 (counts as a dc), then work (a dc into center of ring, chain 1) 11 times.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Note: If you want to make round 2 in the same color, simply slip stitch until you reach a ch 1 space and keep going.  If you want to switch colors...cut yarn and join the new yarn at one of the ch 1 spaces and tie securely.

Round 2: Chain 3 and work a dc in the same space.  Chain 1, then work two double crochet in the next (chain 1) space.  Keep doing this all the way around, working 2 dc in each space, then a chain 1.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 3: Chain 3, then work 2 dc in the same space, then chain 1.  In the next space, work three dc, then chain 1.  Keep doing this all the way around the circle...3 dc, then a chain 1 in each space.  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Round 4 (circle becomes hexagon in this round): Chain 3, and in the first space work 2 dc, chain 1, then 3 dc all in the same space.  This creates the first hexagon corner.  In the next space, to work the hexagon side, chain 1, then work 3 dc in next space. Keep going in this manner, working a corner of two "clusters" and a side of 1 cluster (each cluster being separated by a chain 1).  Join with a slip stitch to close.

Note: just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc clusters as you work each round. That is what gives it the pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat once folded and seamed later.


Assembly & Seaming:

Begin by folding each hexagon in half so that they make an "L" shape.  After you get your hexagons just right, we'll be putting both folded hexagons together and seaming.  Lay each folded hexagon side by side so that they look like this:




Now open up the front and seam down the inside center with a whip stitch.

Next, turn the sweater sleeves inside out and seam where indicated in the photo.  I find that removable stitch markers work well to hold everything in place as you seam.  Sew the tops of the shoulders from neck to wrist all along the top on each side.  Be sure to leave the front open for the cardigan, otherwise you'll have a pullover!  I used the whip stitch and then wove in the ends when I was finished.  You can see all of the seaming in action in the video too!

When you are finished seaming, you'll have the basic cardigan shape...it really comes together like magic!!  


© Jennifer Dickerson 2021

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