We all need more hugs right?
That’s what I had in mind when I designed this long crochet cardigan. I wanted something cosy and practical that you could wear everyday and feel like you were getting a hug.
Plus it has pockets. Everyone definitely needs more pockets.
This cardi is the one you wear so often it never quite makes back from the laundry to the wardrobe before you put it back on.
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This cardigan is suitable for advanced beginners / intermediate crocheters.
Worked top down the Everyday Hugs Cardi is deceptively simple to make. It uses simple stitches and has minimal joining, with the only sewn seam being in the shoulders.
You can also find a written and video tutorial for the Spider Stitch pattern it uses here.
You’ll need to know how to work in rows and rounds using single crochet, chains and half double crochet, make increases and decreases, work in the back loop only and work into row ends.
I also use chainless foundation rows, though a modification is given!
The pattern includes a picture guide for the construction and a schematic.
The design includes optional hip shaping to minimise that awkward ‘cardigan stuck on the butt’ situation that happens with a lot of longer cardigans!
Like all Dora does patterns, it’s written in English using US standard crochet terms.
If you prefer you can work a cropped version like the one below. I made this version when updating this pattern to include 7 sizes and I’m a bit in love with it! Just work the body rows until you reach your desired length then stop.
It’s that simple!
You’ll need 6mm crochet hook (or size needed to meet gauge and a smaller hook (5.5mm) for the ribbed cuffs, button band and hem.
The pattern uses around 1170 – 1920m of worsted weight / Aran Yarn depending on what size you choose. The meterage for each size is outlined in the pattern.
The item pictured is M and used 1400yds, 600g of Hayfield Bonus Tweed
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The pattern comes in 7 sizes from XS – 3XL with additional guidance for altering the body and sleeve length so you can easily adjust to get the exact fit for you.
The cardigan is designed to be snug around the back so it doesn’t slip off, with loose arms with room to keep your body cosy.
If you like the oversized look you might want to go up a size. I’m a UK 8-10 (US 4-6) the pink one I’m wearing is a size medium whereas the blue cropped version is a small.
The schematic and measurements table within the pattern give you more information so you can choose a size which best fits you.
Getting the size right is dependent on meeting the gauge, so make sure you make and measure your gauge swatch!
One last thing to mention… If i haven’t mentioned it already, I don’t know how that happened… it has pockets!!!
Pockets are the best!
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