The Clare Cardigan

Clare Cardigan

A step-by-step guide to crocheting the cutie-patootie Clare Cardigan

Ever gotten halfway through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?” We have 🙋‍♀️


That’s why we’ve created these step-by-step guides to walk you through the process. 


Even if you've never crocheted before, we'll take you from zero to hero in no time 🦸‍♀️

When it comes to crochet, practice makes perfect

Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic techniques you’ll need to complete your masterpiece 🤓


The Clare Cardigan is a dream to whip up and a great challenge for beginner crocheters! She's made using a combination of single crochet and half double crochet stitches. You'll want to be confident with these stitches before we start. You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project. 


You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll fly through your project.

Total beginner? 👩‍🏫 


For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn to Crochet page. 


🥣 Test your tension

While we're practising and before you start your project, you'll want to make sure your tension (how tightly or loosely your crocheting is) is juuuust right 🥣 We do this by making a “tension swatch”. It's a bit like Goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your piece will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold its shape and might be too big. 


Gauge: If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 6.5 stitches wide and 5.5 rows high when made in half double crochet on your 10mm hook.


To test this, grab your hook and chain on 10 + 2 stitches (the +2 makes your turning chain), then work in half double crochet for 7 rows. Then measure a 10x10cm square and count your stitches and rows within that space to make sure you're crocheting at the correct tension. 


If you've got more stitches or rows than the instructions say you should have, your work is a little too tight, and if you've got less your work is too loose. Adjust your tension by holding the yarn a little more tightly/loosely as you crochet.


Half double crochet gauge

Onto the cardigan, babe!

Mia Bomber

⚡️What you'll need

Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;

  • 9mm hook 
  • 10mm hook
  • 7-10 balls of Cardigang Chunky Wool
  • A darning needle
  • Made by me tag

You also want to have a pair of scissors handy. 

📏 Sizing and measurements

You can make your Clare cardigan in 5 sizes. 


SIZE MEASUREMENTS
(laying flat)
6-8

59cm wide x 50cm high

10-12

65cm wide x 55cm high

14-16 71cm wide x 60cm high
18-20 77cm wide x 63.5cm high
22-24 83cm wide x 63.5cm high

Your pattern is read like this; 6-8 (10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24). Make sure you're following the correct instructions for your size. 

🧶 Let's do this, happy hooker!

Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 💪

Mia Bomber

BACK PIECE

We crochet our cardigan in pieces, starting with the back, then the front pieces, then lastly, the sleeves.

RIBBING

To start, chain on your foundation chain using your 9mm hook.


We make our rib vertically so you'll be making one long skinny strip.


💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy. 


Row 1

Once you've chained, you'll move on to the first row of single crochet.


Row 2 onwards

Continue doing single crochets. We're working just into the back loop. By doing this we create the 'rib' effect in our work. You'll need to make sure that you're putting your hook into the back loop of your stitches and not under both loops (bars) of the stitch.

BODY

Let's move on to our rows of half double crochet now. We'll complete this section with our 10mm hook. 


Row 1

We're going to work into the long edge of the rib now, so make sure the rib is sitting longways and you're working into the top of the rib piece. 


Using your 10mm hook, do a half-double crochet into the corner edge of your strip of ribbing. Then complete a half double crochet stitch into each single crochet stitch working along the long side. 


Row 2 onwards

Continue following the pattern. Remember to mark the circles off as you go to keep track! 

FRONT

No surprises here! The front pieces are made up in the same way as the back. Just. Keep. Stitching. 🔥🚀🕺

SLEEVES

You're flying through this! We make the sleeves from the bottom up - just the same as we've been doing for the other pieces. We don't have a rib on our sleeve so we go straight into our foundation chain with half double crochet. 


Row 2- INCREASE 

At the second row, we're going to increase the number of stitches by completing 2 half-double crochets into each stitch from the first row. This gives our sleeve a nice taper at the cuff.


To complete the increase, simply insert your hook into the first stitch and complete one half double crochet. Then insert your hook back into the same space and do another half double crochet. Then move onto the next stitch and repeat. 


SEWING TOGETHER

Yes legend, you've (almost) made your cardi! 🕺


At this point, you'll have 5 lovely pieces of crochet handiwork. Time to seam them together. 


There are two choices for joining your pieces. You can use your crochet hook and slip stitch the pieces together, or pick up your darning needle and sew the pieces together - this is the method we've used in the pictures. 

OPTION 1: Slip stitch (crochet hook)


To slip stitch your pieces together you'll start with the horizontal seams. 


🎬 Watch How to horizontal seam


Then join the sleeves and seam the sides using the vertical seams method. 


🎬 Watch How to vertical seam


💡Make sure to work the slip stitches loosely so that the piece remains stretchy.

OPTION 2: Sewing together (darning needle) 


🎬 Watch How To Sew Your Knit Together


D.O.N.E! You've finished your cardigan, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast making your masterpiece 💥❤️

In a bind and need a little more help?

Email us at stitchup@cardigang.com.au and we'll be able to help! Whether you're just starting out, or you've got a specific question or problem (dropped a stitch, no stress!), we're here to get you out of a bind.