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The Underdog Cardigan

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Everyone loves an underdog right?

This cardigan uses a simple timeless stitch pattern then throws in some extra personality with it’s bulb sleeves and phone-sized pockets – yes – it has pockets! 

This is one of those cardis which, just like the underdog, might be easy to overlook because of its simplicity, but in reality it will adapt go with anything and will quickly become a wardrobe favourite.

This pattern can be dowloaded from Ravelry, Love Crafts Crochet or Etsy.

Dora seen from the side wearing a blue moss stitch long crochet cardigan with long balloon sleeves and a pocket. A text overlay reads ‘crochet cardigan pattern.’

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Skill Level

This cardigan is great for beginners with some experience. It uses a simple stitch pattern with simple decreases.

The body is made in a single piece and the sleeves constructed separately and sewn on.

You can learn more about cardigan construction in this article.

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Crochet Cardigan Pattern


You will need a 5mm crochet hook and 1350-1960 aran weight yarn depending on the size chosen. The pattern breaks down the meterage by size.

For the item pictured, I used Knitcraft Aran Yarn in light blue from Hobbycraft, but a similar wool and acrylic blend would work.

Different fibres and yarns will produce a different finished result.

You may find this post useful when choosing yarn.

How to purchase a Dora Does crochet pattern:

I sell my PDF crochet patterns in my Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crafts stores. You can purchase this pattern on any of these platforms, depending on your preference. Simply click the relevant links throughout this pattern page to be taken to the listing, or visit the store homepages in the links at the start of this paragraph.

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The pattern is a relaxed fit and is written in 4 women’s sizes S, M, L, 1/2X.

Approximate measurements for each size are listed in the pattern to help you choose which size to make.

The pattern is written using US Crochet terms and is delivered via a PDF Download

The pattern can be purchased in PDF format from Love CrochetEtsy or Ravelry.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern and, as always don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @doraexplored, or use #doradoes. I’d love to see and share your efforts!

Happy Hooking


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