Is been a while since I wanted to make 1 big square cardigan and here is the Sunny Cardi.
It will be the perfect garment for the late summer and the early autumn.
About the design
This Sunny Cardi is worked like a big square with arm holes left and with the front panels made wider.
The sleeves are worked joining the yarn at the bottom of the arm hole and then working them in rounds.
This Sunny Cardi is a single piece so no assembling necessary.
It’s designed for a closer cross back fit.
Bellow you will find the Sunny Cardi diagram with the final measurements and an overview over the shape.
The pattern is available for sizes from S to XXXL
For this cardigan you will approximate need:
- S – 1120 m / 1225 yds
- S – 1120 m / 1225 yds
- M – 1200 m / 1320 yds
- L – 1280 m / 1400 yds
- XL – 1360 m / 1500 yds
- XXL – 1420 m / 1550 yds
- XXXL – 1510 m / 1650 yds
The recommended yarn weight is 12 ply, Sport Yarn or 14 ply fingering.
Hook size : 4mm ( G )
16 dc = 10 cm (4″)
9 rows = 10 cm (4″)
Let’s talk about the yarn a little bit more. I used Cotton Kings Twirl and for the purple and black stripes, fingering cotton.
At first I thought that one Twirl will be enough for my size, but I realize that it won’t, so I came up with the purple and black stripes which I love.
The Twirl that I used is with no colors change, only one color with gradient shades. I choose to use only one twirl and other colors.
Above you have the total amount of yarn that you will need for this cardigan.
One Twirl has approximate 800 m / 875 yds. Is up to you if you choose to work with 2 twirls or with a single one and choose another yarn for the rest.
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Now let’s go back to the pattern.
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.
One more thing:
If you are choosing another yarn weight or you can not get to the gauge, make your own gauge and according with the measurement in the diagram you can adjust this pattern to your gauge.
See here how.
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.
At this round, and starting from now, on each rounds in filet, you just have to make 1 dc in each dc of the previous round with ch 1 between. In the corners always we will do on filet round, ch 1 before, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in the ch 3 space, ch 1 after.
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.
On the next round we will make the arm holes.
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.
- S – 32 sts
- M – 34
- L – 36
- XL – 38
- XXL – 40
- XXXL – 40
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 round with 2 solid rounds, until we get to the length of our Sunny Cardi.
- S – 16 rounds
- M – 19 rounds
- L – 20 rounds
- XL – 20 rounds
- XXL – 21 rounds
- XXXL – 22 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 until you have 16 in total, working only on the side of the front panel of the Sunny Cardi.
On my Sunny Cardi, I made these rows 8 with purple, and 8 with black.
Proceed the same on the other side.
The sleeves are worked in rounds starting from the armpit.
They have the same length for all sizes but you can add more rounds if you want longer sleeves.
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 25 rounds in total.
Continue with 8 more rounds, without decreasing. If you consider that the sleeve is too large after 25 rounds you can continue decreasing on the solid rounds.
Proceed the same with the other sleeve.
After finishing the sleeves, the Sunny Cardi is done. You can add o border if you want on the top and on the bottom.
What do you think? Hope you liked this pattern and you will give it a try.
Bellow you will find the video tutorial.
PS I am working now on the children version of this Sunny Cardi, so keep an eye on my blog.