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Carnation Kisses Crochet Lacy Summer Cardigan Pattern

This elegant and lightweight lacy summer cardigan is an easy project using DK yarn and features an open shell pattern worked in treble crochet.  Neutral and a contrast colour add visual interest (you can make it one colour too!) and the style is perfect for wearing from day-to-night.

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a lacy summer crochet cardigan in dusky pink and cream is styled on a mannequin showing the front, side and back view
© Jera’s Jamboree

Your cardigan will look fab layered over a simple top or dress during the day on outings such as picnics in the park, leisurely strolls along the beach, or alfresco brunches with friends.  The elegant lace pattern is also suitable for more formal events like outdoor weddings or evening gatherings.

The customizable length means you can pair this lacy cardigan with anything from shorts and sandals to jeans and heels, making an effortless transition from day-to-night in style.

The Carnation Kisses cardigan pattern is written in US crochet terms for sizes S through to 5X.

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Why you’ll Love to Crochet this Cardigan

Versatile: a chic cover-up for a casual day out or a statement piece on your evening out, this lacy cardigan is sure to become a wardrobe staple year-round.
Construction: straightforward construction and clear instructions make this a quick and easy project no matter your skill level.
Customize: my cardigan design offers you the opportunity to customize the length and colour scheme making it unique to you.
The front and back view of a lacy cardigan.  Text reads "Lacy Cardigan Sizes S to 5x"

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Supplies and Materials

  • Drops Belle (DK) 53% cotton, 33% viscose, 14% linen (see measurements table for yarn amounts)
  • 4mm / G-6 crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Yarn Choices

I enjoyed working with Drops Belle for my Larissa cardigan.  It has such a lovely drape and shine!  I’ve found it washes well too so I decided to use it again for this lacy cardigan.

Garn Studio’s Drops Belle is a breathable yarn that is made up of cotton (53%), viscose (33%) and linen (14%).  Follow the instructions on how to care for your garment and it will keep its shape.

This yarn comes in balls of 50g / 120m /131 yds.  I have worked out the yardage needed for each size in the separate colours and also total amount making it easy for you to substitute.

I used colour 02 (off white) and 11 (old pink) in my design.  There are 20 colours to choose from but if you can’t find a combination that you like, browse YarnSub to see if you can find a substitute.


16 stitches and 4 rows of treble crochet on a 4mm / G-6 hook = 10cm X 10cm

Finding it difficult to match my gauge? Adjust your stitch count using the stitch gauge converter tool.

The front, side and back view of a summer cardigan styled on a mannequin and a close up of the shell crochet stitches



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

US crochet terms

  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Treble 2 Together (tr2tog)

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)

If you need help on how to work these stitches,  follow the instructions in my crochet stitch library.


The following abbreviations are used in this pattern.

Chain Spacech-sp
Right SideRS
Wrong SideWS

Garment Measurements

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

Sizes are based on guidance from the Craft Yarn Council.

To Fit (inches)Actual Width (inches)Actual Length (inches)Amount of Yarn (yards) Neutral ColourAmount of Yarn (yards) Contrasting ColourAmount of Yarn (yards) TOTAL
S 32 – 343827.5760  285  1045
M   36 – 384228840  336  1176
L 40 – 424628.5920  391  1311
XL 44 – 4650291000  450  1450
2X 48 – 505429.51080  513  1593
3X 52 – 545829.51160  580  1740
4X 56 – 5862301240  651  1891
5X 60 – 626630.751320  726  2046

How the cardigan pattern is worked

Image shows the process of crocheting a lacy cardigan.  1) from hem to underarm 2) dividing for the fronts and back 3) sewing the shoulder seams.  Two photos of the back and side are shown as the finished cardigan
  1. The lower panel of my lacy summer cardigan is worked in a 3-row repeat shell pattern that uses treble crochet and single crochet stitches.  This part of the cardigan is worked in a neutral colour.  Customizing the length of the cardigan is easy.  Work less pattern repeats in the lower panel for a shorter length or more repeats for a longer cardigan.  Repeats end with row 4.  The colour change takes place on the last row.
  2. The pattern then divides for the fronts and back and works from the armhole to the neck in a contrasting colour.  This blends with the lower panel using treble crochets.  If you prefer to work in one block of colour you can!  The pattern will work just the same.  (Note: I’ve given yarn amounts for the separate colours and for the total amount)
  3. After crocheting the lower and upper panels (in one piece) the shoulders are seamed. 

And that’s it! Your cardigan is ready to be blocked and worn.

close up of the lacy shell crochet stitch worked in treble crochet
Shell treble crochet stitches

Lacy Cardigan Pattern Notes

  • Pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • Size instructions are written thus S, (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).
  • Repeated instructions are denoted with * for example, * sc in top of 3rd (middle) tr of shell, ch3, tr in sc, ch3 * rep to last shell.
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Chain 4 counts as a treble.
  • Cardigan is worked in rows and turned.
  • Weave in ends as you go.

Skill Level


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Included in the lacy crochet cardigan pattern is:

  • how the pattern is worked
  • pattern notes
  • clear written instructions
Montage of 6 photos showing different aspects of a crochet cardigan styled on a mannequin, process photos for crocheting the hem to the underarm and then dividing for fronts and backs and a close up of the lacy crochet stitches

Crochet Lacy Summer Cardigan Instructions US Terms

Lower Panel

With a 4mm / G-6 hook and neutral colour

Ch 172, (188, 204, 220, 236, 252, 268, 284)

Row 1 (RS): tr in 5th ch from hook, tr in ea ch to end, ch1, turn (168, 184, 200, 216, 232, 248, 264, 280 tr)

Row 2: sc in base of ch1, * sk 3 sts, [tr, ch1 4 times, tr] in next st, sk 3 sts, sc in next st, * rep to end, ch7, turn.

Row 3: * sc in top of 3rd (middle) tr of shell, ch3, tr in sc, ch3 * rep to last shell, sc in top of 3rd tr of shell, ch3, tr in last st, ch4, turn.

Row 4: * 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in sc, 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in next st; * rep to last ch-sp, 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in sc, 3tr in 3ch of ch7 lp, tr in 4th ch of ch7, ch1, turn

Rows 2 to 4 form pattern

Row 5 – 28: rep rows 2, 3, 4 ending with row 4

Join contrasting colour at last pull through of tr in row 28

Fasten off neutral colour.

*if you are working in one colour, do not fasten off*

Dividing for fronts and back

Now working in contrasting colour

Right Front

Row 29: tr2tog, tr in next 39, (43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67) sts, place a st marker in next st, ch4, turn (leave rem sts unworked).

Row 30: tr in next st, tr across to last 2 sts, tr2tog, ch4, turn

Row 31: tr2tog, tr in ea st to end, ch4, turn

Row 32 – 37, (38, 38, 39, 40, 41, 41, 42) rep rows 30 and 31

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew shoulder seam


Join contrasting colour in lp of st marker, ch4

Row 29: tr in next 84, (92, 100, 108, 116, 124, 132, 140) sts, place a st marker in the next st, ch4, turn (leave rem sts unworked)

Row 30 – 37, (38, 38, 39, 40, 41, 41, 42) tr in ea st across, ch4, turn

Fasten off

Left Front

Rejoin contrasting colour in lp of st marker, ch4

Row 29: tr in ea st to last 2 sts, tr2tog, ch4, turn

Row 30: tr2tog, tr in ea st across, ch4, turn

Row 31 – 37, (38, 38, 39, 40, 41, 41, 42) rep rows 39 and 30

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew shoulder seam

Shoulder Seam

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

Congratulations!  Your lacy cardigan is ready to be blocked and worn.

Happy crocheting!

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