Summer Daze Cardigan Crochet Pattern

The Summer Daze Cardigan is a light weight, sleeveless cardigan that’s perfect for the warmer months! Wear it at the beach over a swim suit, or on a night out over some jeans, the style options are endless!

Note: This pattern was updated 06/23/2021 to include a video tutorial and extended sizes! Other small changes have been adjusted in this pattern as well.

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This beginner friendly pattern has recently been updated to now include instructions for 12 sizes ranging from toddler to adult 5X! It is made up of 3 panels that are sewn together at the end. Light weight yarn is used to create a light and airy drape. I have made myself 2 cardigans with 2 different yarns. For my thigh length cardigan I used Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn and for my calf length cardigan I used Lion Brand Yarn Comfy Cotton Blend. They both worked really well but you can substitute with any light (3) weight yarn!

I love the simplicity and the practicality of this cardigan. It’s something that can be worn any time of year and with any outfit! I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!

So let’s grab our supplies & let’s get making!

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Difficulty: Easy

Supplies

● Light (3) Weight Yarn (Lion Brand Yarn Comfy Cotton Blend)
Hook: 6.50mm (K)
Yarn Needle
Scissors

Abbreviations (US TERMS)

ST – Stitch
SL ST – Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
SK – Skip ST
DC – Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet – Yarn over and insert your hook behind and back around the post of the next ST, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet – Yarn over and insert hook around the front of the post of the next ST, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Gauge Pattern

CH 14

Follow rows 1-7 of the pattern then repeat row 2, for a total of 8 rows.

12 stitches by 8 rows = 4”by 4” square.
Adjust hook size up or down to meet gauge.

Notes

● Cardigan is meant to have about 1-2” positive ease. Fit can be adjusted by adding or subtracting the number of rows that are worked. Always finish each panel on a Row 2. Length can be adjusted by making your starting chain longer or shorter.
Starting Chain must be worked in a multiple of 6 + 2. Example: Chain 90 + 2 = 92. The instructions below create a length that approximately hits the mid-thigh. (note: 3 STs = approx. 1”)
● The numbers in parenthesis represent the row number (at the beginning of the row) and total stitch count (at the end of the row) for each size. Numbers are in order by size starting with the smallest size. When numbers are not in parentheses, they are the same for all sizes.
● Panels are worked in rows, the starting CH 2 never counts as a stitch.

Sizes (Bust)Cardigan Width (circumference)Cardigan LengthYardage (approx.)
Kids Small (2-4 yrs)
(21-23”)
11.5” (23”)20”400
Kids Medium (5-6 yrs)
(25-26”)
13” (26”)22”450
Kids Large (7-10 yrs)
(27-28”)
14.5” (29”)24”600
XS (28”-30”)16” (32”)28” 650
S (32”-34”)17.5” (35”)30”750
M (36”-38”)19” (38”)30”800
L (40”-42”)22” (44”)32”950
XL (44”-46”)23.5” (47”)32”1,100
2X (48”-50”)25” (50”)34”1,350
3X (52”-54”)26.5” (53”)34”1,600
4X (56”-58”)28” (56”)36”1,850
5X (60”-62”)31” (62”)36”2,100

Pattern

Kid Sizes:

Back Panel (Make 1)

CH (62, 68, 74)

Row 1 : DC in 3rd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (60, 66, 72)

Row 2 : CH 2 & turn. FPDC in 1st ST *BPDC in next ST, FPDC in next ST* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Row 3 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, CH 1, SK 1, *DC in next 2 STs, CH 1, SK 1* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Row 4 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, *DC in CH space, DC in next 2 STs* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Rows 5-(22, 25, 28) : Repeat rows 2-4

Row (23, 26, 29) : Repeat Row 2.

Tie off. Set aside and move onto the front panels.

Note: rows 2-4 can be repeated as many times as you’d like to reach your desired width, just be sure the very last row is a Row 2.

Front Panels (Make 2)

CH (62, 68, 74)

Row 1 : DC in 3rd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (60, 66, 72)

Row 2 : CH 2 & turn. FPDC in 1st ST, *BPDC in next ST, FPDC in next ST* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Row 3 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, CH 1, SK 1, *DC in next 2 STs, CH 1, SK 1* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Row 4 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, *DC in CH space, DC in next 2 STs* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (60, 66, 72)

Rows 5-(7, 7, 10) : Repeat Rows 2-4

Row (8, 8, 11) : Repeat Row 2

Tie off. Move onto assembly.

Note: rows 2-4 can be repeated as many times as you’d like to reach your desired width, just be sure the very last row is a Row 2 and both side panels have the same number of rows.

Adult Sizes:

Back Panel (Make 1)

CH (86, 92, 92, 98, 98, 104, 104, 110, 110)

Row 1: DC in 3rd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 2 : CH 2 & turn. FPDC in 1st ST, *BPDC in next ST, FPDC in next ST* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 3 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, CH 1, SK 1, *DC in next 2 STs, CH 1, SK 1* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 4 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, *DC in CH space, DC in next 2 STs* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Rows 5-(31, 34, 37, 43, 46, 49) : Repeat rows 2-4

Row (32, 35, 38, 44, 47, 50) : Repeat Row 2.

Tie off. Set aside and move onto the front panels.

Note: rows 2-4 can be repeated as many times as you’d like to reach your desired width, just be sure the very last row is a Row 2.


Front Panels (Make 2)

CH (86, 92, 92, 98, 98, 104, 104, 110, 110)

Row 1 : DC in 3rd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 2 : CH 2 & turn. FPDC in 1st ST, *BPDC in next ST, FPDC in next ST* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 3 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, CH 1, SK 1, *DC in next 2 STs, CH 1, SK 1* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Row 4 : CH 2 & turn. DC in 1 ST, *DC in CH space, DC in next 2 STs* (repeat ** until 1 ST remains). DC in last ST. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102, 102, 108, 108)

Rows 5-(10, 13, 13, 16, 16, 19) : Repeat Rows 2-4

Row (11, 14, 14, 17, 17, 20) : Repeat Row 2

Tie off. Move onto assembly.

Note: rows 2-4 can be repeated as many times as you’d like to reach your desired width, just be sure the very last row is a Row 2 and both side panels have the same number of rows.

Assembly

(note: there is no wrong or right side of your work. When you are done, your piece will be reversible)

Shoulder Seam:
Lay the back panel down and the front panels on top and aligned with the outside (there will be a gap in the middle). The starting Chains on the front panels will be the sides you seam to the back panel. The back panel and front panels should line up so that the same rows on either side are in line. With a long strand of yarn and your yarn needle, Whip Stitch across the first front panel, from the outside in (using stitch markers can help hold the pieces together). Tie off and repeat on the other panel.

Side Seams:
With the front panels on top of the back panel, take a long strand of yarn and your yarn needle, Whip Stitch the first front panel to the back panel, starting at the bottom and working up. Work up as high you’d like keeping a minimum of 6” (kids) and 8” (adult) open for the arm hole. For reference I left an opening of 15” for the cardigan pictured, this made a very open and loose arm hole. Repeat on other side, making sure to work up the exact same length as the first panel.
Optional: Add extra flare and leave the bottom few inches open to make side slits!  

Finishing:
Leave as is OR single crochet along the bottom to clean up the edge (work 2 single crochets in each double crochet/CH 2). You can also add fringe to the bottom to add some extra flare!

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