New Design: Cape Sleeved Cardi
ETA: This design has been selected for a crochet-along beginning September 15. See here for more information.
ETA2: Please see the end of this post for a small amount of errata.
WARNING: There are 3 videos on YouTube demo-ing this design. While I appreciate the enormous commitment the person has placed in my design, incorrect instructions are given in the videos. While you can certainly review the videos and I’m sure you’ll gain some answers to your questions, you should understand that they are incorrect. In addition to other mistakes, the demo of the linked stitch is incorrect. And, this wouldn’t be a huge issue. But, the person demo-ing is using Super Saver, at least a 2 size difference from the yarn used in the pattern. The videos would take me about 1-1/2 hours to review in depth. So, I gave up watching them in their entirety. I am not trying to “call out” someone for doing something incorrectly. We all make mistakes. I am solely trying to reduce the numbers of emails I am receiving because people are confused by the contradictory video instructions.
Welcome to my new free pattern from Caron International Yarns. Cape Sleeved Cardi in Caron Simply Soft Light. Same Caron Simply Soft, in a lighter weight version. (That link right there in this paragraph is the link to the free pattern. Just click on the words “Cape Sleeved Cardi.”)
If you subscribe to Caron Connections, you would have received this introduction of my design by email.
Delicate lace and broomstick stitch details come together with a flattering cape sleeve silhouette in designer Kim Guzman’s Cape Sleeved Cardi. Crocheted in Caron Simply Soft Light, this charming cardigan is a lightweight layering piece that you’ll want to wear all year.
I don’t want there to be any confusion. This design isn’t made in broomstick lace. I think that it may have reminded someone at Caron of something looking like a broomstick element. But, the design is actually made in linked stitches, not broomstick.
You may not have heard of linked stitches. But, they are certainly worth knowing. I like them because they produce a thinner fabric. And, since the stitches are linked, there aren’t big holes in between the stitches, even when working with the tall ones. Because the fabric is thinner, you use less yarn. Linked stitches don’t use yarn overs in the traditional fashion. You pick up loops on the side of the previous stitch and these serve as your yarn overs.
When working with linked stitches, you’ll just want to remember that you are working with the same number of loops as a traditional crochet stitch. A linked half double will involve three loops and you pull through all three loops at once to close. A linked double will involve the same three loops, but you’ll [pull through two loops] twice. A linked treble will involve four loops and you’ll [pull through two loops] three times. Here is a video I’ve done for a linked half double.
You see how you aren’t actually yarning over to make the stitch. You are using loops already available. The stitch is the same, though. You’re just joining them together so there isn’t a lot of bulk.
For this new design, Cape Sleeved Cardi, I’ve used linked double trebles. Usually a stitch this tall will have wide open spaces between the stitches. But, through the beauty of joining them, the stitch is more evenly distributed. And, really, I kid you not. When you don’t have yarn overs throughout, you literally use less yarn.
One other thing you may discover, especially when working with the taller linked stitches, is that they are hugely similar in mechanics to Tunisian crochet. However, please be aware that my linked stitches, that I use in all my projects with linked stitches, use the vertical bars on the side of the previous stitch, not the horizontal bars (making it exactly like Tunisian Simple Stitch).
For clarification, if you know Tunisian crochet already, I am not using the standard simple stitch bar. I am using the bar that is for the closing chain that runs up the middle. Neither method is incorrect. You can literally use any Tunisian crochet stitch to link the stitches. Linked stitches are nothing more than join-as-you-go Tunisian crochet. For me, I prefer the look of using the bar out on the side. All the current YouTube videos show the more typical Simple Stitch method. I’m not fond of the look of Simple Stitch, so I use a different spot for placement. Please review my linked half double crochet video to see which bar I mean.
And, for anyone who has not yet tried Tunisian crochet, don’t be scared! You will pick this up in no time! It’s just a linked stitch. A stitch made by picking up loops in the side of the previous stitch. Easy peasy!
In my next video shoot, I’ll try to get the other linked stitches so that you’ll have them for reference. But, in the meantime, I really think you’ll understand the concept through your knowledge of traditional crochet once you see the video for the linked half double.
Just a note: This design also includes a reverse single crochet. Stop being scared of it! See my video (and all my other videos) here. I used it only for embellishment, so it can be easily omitted. But, you should get over that fear. It’s only crochet. Nothing at all to be scared about!
This design is worked in one piece, starting at the neck, splitting at the armholes, working from the armholes down, then joining to complete the sleeves. I’ve not worked in the round with the sleeves due to it changing the stitch pattern, so there is a very slight amount of seaming at the sleeves only.
For those of you craving that top-down construction, this design answers your call! But, if you’re looking for a fitted sleeve design, this isn’t it. I was requested to make a cape-sleeved design, which is basically a kimono style sleeve. It isn’t fitted.
This garment is one of those things that you’ll want to throw on for a chilly evening. Or, have available at the office when the air conditioner puts too much chill in the air. Nice, comfortable fit. Sleeves at 3/4 length so they don’t get in the way. Light-weight fabric, without a lot of bulk. Really tall stitches so that it works up quickly. Worked from top-down so that length is easy to adjust. What more could you want in a cardigan??!! 🙂
And, remember that my natural tension is a little on the loose side. If you tend to crochet tightly, you’re going to automatically want to go up in hook size in order to meet my gauge.
Even if you’ve never made a crocheted garment before, this one is a truly enjoyable starter project. Even if you don’t want to swatch, you can use your garment as your swatch. See this search on gauge for more information. You can start it and get through the yoke. Measure it against the schematic or on your body to see how it fits. If you have to take it out, the garment is so quick-to-stitch that it’s not going to be a life or death situation if you have to take it out and start again with a different size hook. And, besides, why not? You’ll be practicing and perfecting your tension on a new stitch and stitch pattern. It doesn’t hurt a thing to take it out and start again. The benefit of working in acrylic is that washing isn’t going to produce a lot of significant change in gauge. The fabric is light. It’s not going to be too weighted down. Lastly, it’s an easy fit cardigan. This is the perfect choice for a first garment! Don’t be scared! Jump in with both feet (and both hands).
Errata: There appears to be a one-stitch difference in stitch count for the beginning of this project. Please use the following in order to maintain the stitch count:
Row 1 (RS): Sk first ch, *sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in next ch; repeat from * to last 4 ch, sc in each of 3 ch, 2 sc in last ch, turn-83 (89, 95, 101, 107) sc.
Round 2 of the trim (the reverse single crochet round) is worked into the front loop only. Then, when you get to round 3, it is worked in the unused back loop of round 1.