This cute Blue Sky Cardi is actual the mini version of Sunny Cardi that I posted last week, but as everything mini, is so cute and can’t wait to see more pictures of it from you.
About the design
The Blue Sky Cardi is worked starting with a square, letting spaces for the sleeves, then continue working the square to get to the length.
After that, work to make the front panels wider to have almost the same width as the back.
The sleeves are worked in rounds starting from the armpit, the bottom of the arm holes.
About materials you will need
The yarn I used is not a well known brand of yarn. I just order this yarn long time ago on e-bay. Only used it to try different stitches and never got a project for it.
Actually at first didn’t know what kind of yarn it is because I didn’t had a skein with label. But when I was almost finishing the Blue Sky Cardi, I found one last skein with label, so at least to be able to tell you about yarn composition and weight.
So, is a bamboo and cotton mix yarn and is very soft. I also have a similar yarn that I bought from hobbii.com and if you want to see more about it check here.(not an affiliate link. just want to give you an idea about the yarn)
The fact is that you can use any fingering 14 ply or sport 12 ply yarn. Even another weight of yarn if you want and just follow the measurements in the diagram bellow.
On the first row are the measurement in cm and on the second in inch. The first size is 2 years and the ones between ( ) are for 4, 6, 8 and 10 years old.
The hook size is 3.5 mm (E US Size).
You will also need stitch markers if you need to mark the corners and for marking the sleeves, scissors and a tapestry needle to wave in the ends.
This pattern is for sizes from 2 to 10 years.
Because the measurement are pretty closer at these ages I just made the pattern from 2 to 2 years. If you want to make the Blue Sky Cardi for an age that is between, make the smaller size. (For example my daughter has 2 years and 5 months and I made the 2 size.
Let’s see how much yarn we will need:
- 2 years – 140 gr / 500 m / 545 yds
- 4 years – 160 gr /590 m/640 yds
- 6 years – 190 gr / 700m/760 yds
- 8 years – 220 gr / 820 m/890 yds
- 10 years – 270 gr /980m/1060 yds
22 dc = 10 cm (4″)
10 rows = 10 cm (4″)
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
St (s) – Stitch (es)
dc2tog – 2 double crochet worked together
sl st – slip stitch
The stitch pattern is easy to follow. 2 solid rounds worked in double crochet and 2 rounds worked in filet stitch.
1dc, ch 1, skip 1, 1dc
Here is the chart with the stitch pattern and how it’s worked in a square.
Ok, with those things I said above, we are ready to start the Blue Sky Cardi.
Make a magic circle, ch 3 and 11 dc inside the circle. Join with sl st with the 3rd stitch of the starting chain. This is counting as a first solid round.
The ch2 at the beginning of each solid round doesn’t count as a first stitch.
Ch 2, 1 dc in the same st, 1 dc in the next st, [(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the next, 1 dc in the next 2 sts].
Repeat the section in [ ] to the end of the round. Sl st with the 1st dc.
Ch 4, skip 1, 1 dc in the next, ch 1, skip the next, (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc ) in the ch 3 space, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in the next] – 3 times, ch 1, (1dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the next ch 3 space, ch 1, 1 dc in the next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in the next] – 2 times, ch 1, skip 1, (1 dc, ch 3, 1dc) in the next ch 3 space, ch 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip 1, 1 dc in next] – 2 times, ch 1, skip 1, (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the next 3 ch space, ch 1, 1 dc in next, ch 1 and join with a sl st with the 3rd stitch of the starting ch.
At the end of this round make sure that you have the same number of little opened squares on each side. You should have 4.
Ch 4, skip the ch 1 space, 1 dc in the next, [ch 1, skip the next ch 1 space, 1 dc in the next].
Repeat the section in the [ ] until you get to the corner, the first ch 3 space.
Before and after the corner, always ch 1 when you work on filet round.[( 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in the ch 3 space, ch 1, 1 dc in next, [ch 1, skip the next ch 1 space, 1 dc in the next] – repeat this section to the next ch 3 space.]
Repeat the section between [ ] until you get to the end of the round. Sl st with the 3rd st of the starting ch.
ch 2, 1 dc in the same st, [1 dc in each st to the corner, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the ch 3 space].
Repeat the section between [ ] to the end of the round.
Repeat round 5.
From now on we will alternate 2 filet rounds and 2 solid rounds until we get to the width of the cross back.
- 2 years – 12 rounds
- 4 years – 13
- 6 years – 14
- 8 years – 15
- 10 years – 16
On the next round we will let the spaces for the arm hole.
Lay your square flat. Count from the up corner (not counting the stitches in the corner) the number of sts that you need for the arm hole depth and put a stitch marker. Proceed the same on the other side.
- 2 years – 22 sts
- 4 years – 26
- 6 years – 28
- 8 years – 30
- 10 years – 32
Start the round as usual, and work the round to the first corner. Make the stitches in the ch 3 space on the corner and then chain the same number of sts that you left for the arm hole depth.
Skip the sts for the arm hole and make 1 dc in the marked st. Continue the round as usual until you get to the next stitch marker.
Make a dc here, then ch the number of sts for the arm hole depth. Skip the stitches and move to the corner. Make the sts in the corner and continue your round to the end.
Starting with the next round we will continue to alternate 2 filet rounds with 2 solid rounds, until we get to the length of our Blue Sky Cardi.
- 2 years – 13 rounds
- 4 years – 14 rounds
- 6 years – 15 rounds
- 8 years – 14 rounds
- 10 years – 17 rounds
At the end of these rounds the main square is done and we have only to work the sleeves and to make the front panels wider.
Extending the front panels
Working on the wrong side, insert the hook in the corner.
This extension I calculated to start with a filet round, but if not just start with the row that you have and continue to alternate 2 rounds in filet and 2 solid rounds:
- 2 years – 12 rows
- 4 years – 12 rows
- 6 years – 16 rows
- 8 years – 16 rows
- 10 years – 16 rows
The sleeves are worked in rounds starting from the armpit.
Insert the hook and yarn to the armpit, at the bottom of arm hole.
Ch 2, 1 dc in the same st and continue with 1 dc in each st to the end of the round. Sl st with the 1st dc.
Round 2 and 3
These 2 rounds are made in filet.
Round 4 and 5
Ch 2, dc2tog, continue with 1 dc in each st until you have 2 sts left. In these 2 sts make dc2 tog and join.
Continue alternating 2 rounds in filet and 2 solid rounds with a decrease at the beginning and at the end of the round until you have 17 rounds in total.
After 17 rounds you will stop decreasing on the solid row and continue working on the sleeve length until you have in total:
- 2 years – 21 rounds
- 4 years – 25 rounds
- 6 years – 29 rounds
- 8 years – 31 rounds
- 10 years – 31 rounds
If you want shorter or longer sleeve make more or less rounds.
Repeat the same with the other sleeve.
And this was it. I really love this Blue Sky Cardi and every child will look so cute in it. You must try this. Can’t wait to see your pictures.
And because is the same shape as Sunny Cardi only counting less rounds, if you need to watch a video tutorial to make this Bkue Sky Cardi the Sunny Cardi video tutorial might be helpful.
Hope you will like this pattern and give it a try.