If you have already finished with 2 sweet strawberries for Rainbow cardigan, you can start crocheting cardigan’s yoke and sleeves. For cardigan itself I have used YarnArt Jeans (55% cotton, 45% acrylic) and my favorite hook 2.5 mm.
Finished measurements: Length 30 cm (12″) from underarms, chest 62 cm (24.5″).
Chain 91 (ch), 23 – for the back part, 23 – for the right side of yoke, 23 - for the left part of yoke, 11 for the left front yoke and 11 for the right front yoke.
Row 1: Ch 3 (count it as 1 double crochet - dc), 9 dc, 2dc in the next stitch, ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch (here we form the first angle as yoke will have square shape), * 21 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, ch 2, 2 dc in the next stitch (the second angle is formed), repeat from * 2 more time, 10 dc, ch 3, turn.
Row 2: 11 dc, 2 dc in the chain 2 space, ch2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, *25 dc, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, ch2, 2 dc in ch-2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, 12 dc, ch 3, turn.
After the second row I have changed thread from white to green.
The main idea of yoke pattern is to keep repeating second row (repeat crocheting for the 3rd and 4th Rows). The number of stiches will gradually increase incrementally into each angle.
Rows 5 and 6: change a thread color and keep crocheting.
Rows 7 and 8: change a thread color and repeat crocheting.
Row 9: the 8th Row had to be finished with ch 3 and turn. 34 dc, 1 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 8, 1 dc in ch-2 sp of the second angle, 66 dc, 1 dc in ch-2 sp (3-d angle), ch 8, 1 dc in ch-2 sp of the 4th angle, 34 dc, ch 3, turn.
Round 1: join the new thread, ch 1, single crochet (sc) in the same st and in each st around, slip stitch (sl st).
Round 2: sl st in the next sc, ch 3, work in the same st – (dc, ch 2, 2 dc), * skip next 2 sc, in the next sc work – (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) – now it has a form of “shell”, repeat from * till the end of the round, join in the 3rd ch.
Round 3: sl st in the next dc and in the next ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, keep crocheting shells in each ch-2 sp across, join in the 3rd ch.
Rounds 4-8: repeat round 3.
Round 9: sl st in the next dc and in the next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-2 sp, * 2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in the next ch-2 sp; repeat from * till the end, join in the 1st sc.
Round 10: ch 1, sc around, join in 1st sc.
Round 11: ch 3, dc around, join in 3rd ch.
Round 12: ch 3, * skip next dc, sc in the next dc, ch 3, repeat from * around, sl st.
Repeat Rounds 1 – 12 for the left sleeve.
In the next post I will continue explanation of main part of cardigan and its decoration. I will be happy to share with you the second part of this tutorial. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. It is YOU, who always inspire me.