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!

I designed the Summer Daze Cardigan in 2019 and it has since been a paid only pattern available in my Etsy Shop and on Ravelry. Since reaching 10,000 followers on Instagram, I have decided to make ALL my paid only patterns FREE on my blog! Yay! I won’t be adding all the patterns at once, but releasing them throughout the next year when the time and season is right. Since we’re right in the middle of summer, I think the Summer Daze Cardigan is the perfect pattern to release first!

This beginner friendly pattern includes instructions for 9 sizes ranging from toddler to adult 2XL! 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 used Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn 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 (I used Baby Bee Sweet Delight)
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

12 stitches by 8 rows repeating Rows 2-4 = 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 + 1. Example: Chain 90 + 1 = 91. The instructions below create a length that approximately hits the mid-thigh. (note: 3 STs = approx. 1”)
● Instructions are for size x-small/small first, then medium, large, x-large, then 2 XL in parenthesis. When there are no parenthesis, the pattern is the same for all sizes. Example: Row 1: (X)Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2 XL)
● The number in parenthesis at the end of each row represents the total number of stitches to be worked in that round. The Small size will be first, then Medium, Large, X-Large, 2 XL. Example: (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2 XL)
● Panels are worked in rows, the starting CH 2 never counts as a stitch.

SizeChest CircumferenceCardigan WidthCardigan HeightYardage (approx)
Kids Small (2-4 years)21-23”11.5”20”400
Kids Medium (5-6 years)25-26”13”22”450
Kids Large (7-10 years)27-28”14.5”24”600
X-Small28-30”16”28”650
Small32-34”17.5”30”750
Medium36-38”19”30”800
Large40-42”22”32”950
X-Large44-46”23.5”32”1,100
2 XL48-50”25”34”1,350

Pattern

Kid Sizes:

Back Panel

CH 61 (67, 73)

Row 1 : DC in 2nd 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 side 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.

Side Panels (Make 2)

CH 61 (67, 73)

Row 1 : DC in 2nd 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

CH 85 (91, 91, 97, 97, 103)

Row 1 : DC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102)

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)

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)

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)

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 side 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.


Side Panels (Make 2)

CH 85 (91, 91, 97, 97, 103)

Row 1 : DC in 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across. (84, 90, 90, 96, 96, 102)

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)

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)

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)

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 side panels on top and aligned with the outside (there will be a gap in the middle). The starting Chains on the side panels will be the sides you seam to the back panel. The back panel and side 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 side 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 side panels on top of back panel, take a long strand of yarn and your yarn needle, Whip Stitch the first side 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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