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Amelia Short Sleeve Crochet Cardigan Pattern

This pattern is for a lightweight short sleeve crochet cardigan that uses a patchwork design featuring filet crochet hearts.  I’ve seamlessly integrated the patchwork design without the need for stitching strips together.

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Divided into manageable sections, my short sleeve crochet cardigan pattern guides you through each step, from creating the lower panel with filet hearts to seamlessly transitioning into the upper mesh panels for the front and back. Simple shoulder seams bring the garment together.  Finally, the sleeves are worked directly onto the garment.

Haven’t worked filet crochet before?  Don’t worry, it’s easy.  Filet stitch patterns are made up of open meshes and solid meshes using single crochet, double crochet and chains to form shapes.  I used an easy filet pattern in my summer top and a more intricate pattern in my Galana blanket pattern to make a Greek key.

Why you’ll Love Crocheting this Short Sleeve Cardigan

Innovative Design: This short sleeve cardigan uses a creative approach to using a band of filet crochet hearts in a patchwork style, eliminating the hassle of working in strips and sewing them together. You’ll enjoy how easy it is to build the ‘faux’ squares to achieve the desired effect.  Your cardigan will be a one-of-a-kind design that stands out from mass-produced clothing!
Skill Building: my pattern introduces various crochet techniques, including filet crochet and mesh stitch, which will appeal to you if you’re looking to expand your skill set. By tackling new stitches and construction methods, you’ll be building your confidence alongside your abilities.
Easy Seamless Construction: Seamless cardigans have a smoother and more comfortable fit compared to garments with seams. Without seams interrupting the fabric, your cardigan will drape more naturally over your body, offering greater comfort and ease of movement. Seamless cardigans are particularly well-suited for everyday wear.
2 images show a short sleeve cardigan crocheted in filet and mesh styled on a mannequin and a woman (back view)

Supplies and Materials

  • Yarnsmiths Pebble Haze DK (Shade 2C170 Fluorite) see amounts in Measurements section
  • 5mm /  H-8 crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Yarn Choices

I already had Yarnsmiths Pebble Haze DK in my stash (it was a really good deal when it was on sale!).  I knew how it worked up for my lacy summer cardigan so when I had the idea for this short sleeve cardigan, I knew the drape would be fab.

Pebble Haze is a blend of 67% cotton and 33% acrylic making it easy to care for.  This DK weight yarn comes in balls of 50g / 145m /159 yds. 

I had a look on YarnSub – there are some substitutions but the closest match is 90%, I think due to this being a blown yarn rather than spun.  If you can’t get hold of this yarn you can still adjust the gauge for fit but the drape might be different.

Gauge

15 stitches and 12 rows on a 5mm hook = 10cm X 10cm.

A lilac cardigan is styled on a mannequin and with a woman wearing the same cardigan showing the side view

Glossary

Stitches

You will need to be familiar with these stitches for the pattern:

US crochet terms

  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)

For my UK crocheters, the table below is a conversion of basic crochet stitches from US to UK.

US Crochet TermsUK Crochet Terms
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble crochet (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble crochet (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)

Need help on how to work these stitches?  Follow the instructions in my crochet stitch library.

Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used in this pattern.

 Abbreviation
ChainCh
EachEa
RemainingRem
RepeatRep
SkipSk
Stitch/esSt/s
Wrong SideWS
A woman is wearing a lilac cardigan with a petrol blue tshirt and denim jeans

Garment Measurements

These are the final measurements and yarn amounts for your cardigan.

Sizes are based on guidance from the Craft Yarn Council.

SizeActual Width (inches)Actual Length (inches)Amount of Yarn (yards) TOTAL
S3826.5  998
M  /  L4427  1149
XL /  2X5228  1372
3X / 4X6028.5  1584
5X6429.75  1746

How the cardigan pattern is worked

I wanted to include filet crochet hearts in a patchwork style as part of the cardigan design but without having to work in strips and sew them together!  Working in rows and building ‘faux’ squares worked really well.  The maths was a bit of a nightmare but I love how it looks in the finished garment.  

To give the garment stability I’ve alternated a row of double crochet, skip a stitch with a row of single crochets for the mesh.

Process photos for crocheting and assembling a short sleeve cardigan.  1) from hem to underarm 2) dividing for fronts and backs 3) sewing shoulder seams 4) sleeves and a final image of a woman wearing the cardigan
  1. The lower panel is the length from the hem to the underarm and is worked in two blocks of ‘squares’. The panel begins with working the filet technique to create the heart squares.  This is followed by working squares in a row of [double crochet, skip a stitch] and a row of single crochet.  These two rows alternate to form a mesh.  This part of the pattern is worked in rows.
  2. The pattern then divides for the fronts and back which is worked from the armhole to the neck.  The pattern continues to work in rows in the mesh stitch.
  3. After crocheting the lower and upper panels (in one piece) the shoulders are seamed.
  4. The short sleeves are worked directly into the armholes of the garment in the same mesh stitch.  Rounds are joined with a slip stitch and turned. 

And that’s it!

The same cardi is styled on a mannequin and on a woman showing the front view

Related Crochet Cardigan Patterns

Short Sleeve Summer Cardigan Pattern Notes

  • Pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • Size instructions are written thus S, (M/L, XL/2X, 3X/4X, 5X).
  • Repetitions are denoted with * for example, *ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, * rep to last 2 sts
  • A combination of stitches and how many times worked is shown thus [  ] for example [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next 14 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 2 times, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 3 sts
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Turning chain 2 counts as a double crochet.
  • Chain 2 for the sleeves counts as single crochet, chain 1
  • Single crochet rows are worked on the wrong side of the garment
  • The body of the cardigan is worked in rows and turned.  The sleeves are worked directly into the armhole in rounds, joined with a slip stitch and turned.
  • Stitch markers are used for dividing the fronts and back.  The yarn is rejoined in the loop being held on the stitch marker.
  • Weave in ends as you go.

Skill Level

Easy

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Included in the crochet cardigan pattern is:

  • how the pattern is worked
  • pattern notes
  • clear written instructions
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Front, side and back view of a crochet cardigan

Short Sleeve Crochet Cardigan Instructions

With a 5mm / H-8 crochet hook

Ch 127, (158, 189, 222, 253)

Lower Panel

Foundation row: sc in 4th ch from hook, sc across, ch1, turn (124, 155, 186, 219, 250 sc)

Row 1: sc in base of ch1, sc across, ch2, turn

Row 2: dc in next 2 sts, *ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, * rep to last 2 sts, dc in ea of last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in ea st and ch1-sp across, ch2, turn

Row 4: dc in ea st across, ch1, turn

Row 5: rep row 3

Row 6: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 12 times, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, *rep to last 4 sts, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in last 3 sts, ch1, turn

Row 7: rep row 3

Row 8: rep row 6

Row 9: rep row 3

Row 10: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 6 times, dc in next 2 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc] 6 times, dc in next 5 sts, *rep across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 11: rep row 3

Row 12: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 5 times, dc in next 6 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, * rep across, ch1, turn

Row 13: rep row 3

Row 14: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 4 times, dc in next 10 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 3 times, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, *rep across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 15: rep row 3

Row 16: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next 14 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 2 times, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 3 sts, * rep across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 17: rep row 3

Row 18: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] twice, dc in next 18 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] once, dc in next 6 sts, *rep across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 19: rep row 3

Row 20: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] twice, dc in next 8 sts, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 9 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] once, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, *rep across to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 21: rep row 3

Row 22: dc in next 2 sts, *[ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next 4 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] 3 times, dc in next 4 sts, [ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st] twice, ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next 6 sts, * rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

Row 23: rep row 3

Row 24: rep row 6

Row 25: rep row 3

Row 26: rep row 6

Row 27: rep row 3

Row 28: rep row 4

Row 29: rep row 3

Row 30: rep row 2

Row 31: rep row 3

Row 32 – 48: rep row 6 and 3 ending with row 6

Dividing for fronts and back

First Front

Row 49: sc in 27, (35, 42, 47, 55) sts, sk 4, (4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in the next st, turn leaving rem sts unworked, ch2, turn

Row 50: rep row 6

Row 51: rep row 3

Row 52: rep row 4

Row 53: rep row 3

Row 54 – 65, (68, 71, 75, 78): rep rows 6 and 3

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the shoulder seam

Back

Rejoin yarn in loop at st marker

Row 49: sc in 62, (77, 94, 109, 124) sts, sk 4, (4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in the next st, turn leaving rem sts unworked, ch2, turn

Row 50 – 65, (68, 71, 75, 78) rep instructions for first front

Fasten off.

Second Front

Row 49: sc in ea st to end (27, 35, 42, 47, 55 sc) sts, ch2, turn

Row 50 – 65, (68, 71, 75, 78) rep instructions for first front

Shoulder Seams

Working on the WS, lay cardigan out flat and fold over the right and left front.  Sew both shoulder seams.

Sleeves

Working on WS, rejoin yarn underam with a sl st, ch 2 (counts as sc, ch1)

Round 1: sk 1 st, dc in next st, *ch1, sk 1 st, dc in next st, *rep around, rejoin with a sl st to 1st ch, ch1, turn

Round 2: sc in ea st around, join with a sl st, ch2, turn

Rep round 1 and 2 for a total of 16, (16, 18, 20, 20) times

If you prefer a longer sleeve, work more rounds

If you prefer a shorter sleeve, work less rounds

Fasten off

Congratulations, your cardigan is ready to be blocked and worn!

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Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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