♡. Thank you! ROW 1: SC into 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC; rep from * until end, turn. I used 2 chains and that seemed fine. This free crochet cardigan pattern is accompanied by a video tutorial. Tip 1: For a Neater Back (WS) “Front loops are sacrosanct!” POCKETS. “V”: This is used to indicate ddc (dropped dc). You would make a great pattern tester!!! But there’s good reason for all the written instructions, so we can refer back to when learning, due to the nature of how certain things can get easily confused. 1) MM cast on – it is ok to use the same hook size as for body of work. In The Clouds Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern. *If you have a gap underneath the armhole, whip stitch the gap together. Ok, I am going along fine until the end of row 3 at the Right Edge – But as I began, I had a few problems, one was that I forgot to make my MM Cast On for row 0 with larger hook size or two, so that caused a couple problems, and the main problem I had is that I had forgotten how to read the chart from the other posts, specifically the ‘rules’ about what the squares mean as far as how to determine whether to do a sc or dc, (I would’ve been lost without the v’s added to the chart, as did the fact that you wrote out the sts to make for each row in the directions) so I had to go back to the other blog post to refresh my memory – Which brings me to where I’m stuck: Is this a mistake, or is it me not remembering how to read the chart? 4cm / 1.5” shorter if you don’t want to roll up the cuffs. Now let’s jump into our CMC tutorial so I can show you how you can just achieve the benefits of CMC. Work left to right, according to chart. Updated: 21 Sept, 2020. To bring this up to same level, always start B with 2 chains.). I looked at the photos of your crochet work, and you did, in fact, make a sc rather than a ddc, but I cannot figure out how to determine WHY that is a sc vs a ddc from the chart. Hi Jennifer, Since Lionbrand Heartland yarn is quite thick for an aran/medium (4) yarn I think you’ll be able to use it for the In The Clouds Cardigan. ROW 1: SC into 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC; rep from * until end, turn.<77(79, 79, 81, 81, 83, 83)>, ROW 2: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC; rep from * until end, turn.<77(79, 79, 81, 81, 83, 83)>, Repeat ROW 2 until ROW 20(20, 24, 26, 30, 32, 34). The sleeves, pockets, hemline and neckline ribbing are crocheted separately and sewn onto the body. Do you ever do that? ROW 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC; rep from * until end, turn. Repeat ROW 2 until you reach desired length. If you make one, tag me @highlandhickorydesigns on your social media so I can enjoy your work too. In this method, each charted sq-row usually requires you to crochet each yarn colour for 2 rows (to and fro). Insert a marker into the last loop to prevent it from unravelling. In that case, you might not see a black box in my patterns.). I share my love for creating and designing here on this blog and on YouTube. (Or Linked dc for a firmer border.). Mine is a lot shorter than I thought it would be. *The sleeves are worked from the cuff up. Have you ever tried those incredibly thick 4 ply tissues infused with aloe vera and eucalyptus? Before crocheting a project I recommend crocheting a swatch to make sure you meet the gauge of the pattern so it fits correctly! I am not going into huge details here but will just lay out the core logic so you can adapt it to any situation. After you’ve pressed the sides and hemmed the top, fold a small pleat in each side edge of the pocket. Thanks for your eagle eyes! Now I get it, it’s just like you said somewhere in this post, it just takes a bit of practice and getting used to, so for everyone who feels discouraged at first, it’s just like anything else, it takes some practice, but not much at all. Maybe you can try that? Ok Ok! FOUNDATION CHAIN: With the 7mm hook, ch 14(14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 16). Lay your front panels on your back panels making sure the rows are going in the same direction with rows running horizontally. Hi! How do I make it increase on both side of the sleeve? Today I'm showing you how to crochet for absolute beginners. Thank you Anna! Make sure that the pocket is facing right side up, and the shawl is facing wrong side up! See, that wasn’t too hard, was it? This may seem fiddly, but I can attest that it is actually easier to do! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. (Borders can be any width. Here are the photos showing parts of R3. Hi Jamie, the size guide notes are just a generalised example to understand how to read the pattern. (photo 9), Repeat ROW 2 until ROW (18, 18, 20, 20). They had a soft, pillowy feel and that’s what this pima cotton yarn reminds me of hahaha. Growing up we could only use them when we were sick because they were quite pricey but they were worth EVERY PENNY. They normally look like this and the pattern is charted in square-rows. I call this the Clean Mosaic Crochet method because it is truly clean in a number of important ways. She has copyrighted the technique, and the technique has it own (long) name. There are a two rows of bobbles thrown in there to help add some texture. Try to line up the bobbles of the pocket with the bobbles of the scarf so that the pocket blends in well. I was thinking that I’ll probably use it for all my projects, not just mosaic! ROW 109(114, 113, 116, 115, 119, 120). I cannot take credit for it. What am I missing? Combined with a pima cotton yarn, this means the In The Clouds Cardigan is great in warmer weather! Hi again Ari, thank you for pointing out the missing “v”s. Do you have my email from my replies? ROW 38(42, 42).<43(47, 47)>(photo 8), Fold sleeve in half length ways and whip stitch up the side of the sleeve. With RS facing you:crochet one row of Col A from RE to left. Make sleeves approx. The arrows are not an essential part of a Mosaic Crochet chart but are very helpful. Yes, it does get better and quicker, pretty quickly. We do away with the boring second row in the 2-row Chain-Space MC method (also known in places as the Inset method). After I wrote that comment, I just continued on, I made that stitch a sc, and continued practicing reading the chart (I had started this swatch yesterday, put it down, and continued with fresh eyes today) and I got a huge surprise! Your sample, when done, should look like this below. Even though I have not tidied up the final ending yarns (and the starting tail), from this small sample, you can already experience for yourself that: If you found working this method a bit tedious, then I have to agree. I started with that as well but soon found that the “x” can get confusing over time as “x” is often used as a universal crochet symbol for “single crochet”. Hi Sabrina, If you followed gauge then your cardigan should match the finished measurements. )… Do you have videos showing these techniques? I at least hoped it would reach my thigh but it didn’t :(. Stormborn Wrap / 3. and the single crochet column stitch (also used in the Weekend Snuggle Sweater) has the most incredible drape so I thought it would be great to create a slouchy, oversized cardigan with it! One of our technical editors, Karen Frisa, wrote a really nice article about different ways to insert pockets into knitwear, which appeared in Knitscene Spring, 2015. • Classy • Crafty • Quirky • (Classy Jewelry, Quirky Crafts), September 16, 2020 by Helena Asmus Lim Filed Under: Crochet - How To, HOW TO 16 Comments. I’m a bit shorter than you (I’m 160cm/5’3″) and the yarn I used made the cardigan stretched out a lot after I wore it a few times. I have re-read the other mosaic blog posts where you explained the charting, but I’m still stuck and confused. The basic rule is that if you are working in Black and White, for every White row, wherever  you encounter a W / W (white over white) square, that is where you need a “v” (a ddc stitch). The RS corresponds to what you see on the chart; the WS normally looks like stripes of alternating colour. Hi Ari, thank you for pointing that out. BTW .. approx. Thank you kindly for your reply..I love the cardigan! I just figured this out and the work I used above has  already been completed (yes, that had some floppy stripes on the WS ). *I suggest trying on the cardigan to double check the pocket placement. I still haven’t gotten a handle on how to do a close up, clear, and focussed video tutorial. It uses this CMC crochet technique. Start & end with 2dc for borders. Hi Veronica, Hello, I’m currently working on this cardigan pattern. But I will make some further clarifying notations for our CMC method. I love hoods on my sweaters too! Proceed directly to ‘BACK PANEL’ instructions. Could you have a think about designing for all we ladies with big bums, please, Grace ?? You may recognise it as this is from the famous (free) Nya Mosaic Blanket, designed by the talented Tatsiana of LillaBjorn’s Crochet World site. These are easy crochet pockets that are crocheted separately and then sewn onto the cardigan. When looking for a substitute for Billow (and if you can’t find a bulky weight pima or mako cotton) I’d recommend a lighter bulky weight acrylic or merino. This technique works beautifully! I work a dc if the diagonal line is over 3 rows (as per graph), a treble of more if it is more than 3 rows. Use a simple square or rectangle, and experiment with unusual shapes or motifs, or try a 3-D piece. That can get very confusing. Similarly, LE (Left Edge) will always refer to the edge of the work that is to the left when the work RS was facing you. 2ch up: for every row that starts with an “inner” yarn, remember to make 2ch to bring it up to level with previous row, Black Box: the repeating mosaic pattern is encapsulated within the black box. It comes in 24 shades ranging with neutrals, pastels and a few brights! Important Trick #1! Your email address will not be published. It’s the ultimate throw on and go sweater – perfect for windy summer nights or beach days, it would just be the cosiest thing to cuddle up in by a beach bonfire! Hi Cindy, I am so sorry that the written CMC tutorial was confusing to you. You can see the extended range of ddcs on the RS which gives it the solid background. The astute amongst you will already have noted that I have 2 directional arrows per edge. Do you have a pattern to add a large floppy hood to this cardigan? So, you might be thinking, a bulky weight cardigan for summer? Do not fasten off! You will need to do a little sewing when you add the pockets, but there are very detailed instructions and pictures for you as you will see in the pattern below. *The 6mm hook is used for the BLO HDC ribbing. This is another aid to help make reading the MC charts easier. The difference between the two will form your automatic border. The construction of this cardigan is a bit different to the average flat crochet sweater. In other words, if I had not seen your photis or the written instructions of “(1sc, 1ddc) x3, 4sc”, I would’ve made that last stitch a ddc. ROW 42<(55, 55, 59, 59)>(photo 8), ROWS 10 – 16: As Rows 2 – 8<(39, 39, 43, 43)>, ROWS 18 – 24: As Rows 2 – 8<(43, 43, 47, 47)>, ROWS 26 – 32: As Rows 2 – 8<(47, 47, 51, 51)>, ROWS 34 – 40: As Rows 2 – 8<(51, 51, 55, 55)>, ROWS 42 – 48: As Rows 2 – 8<(55, 55, 59, 59)>. I’m looking forward to making something larger with CMC. Just a quick question…… when you turn the foundation row to start first sc row, you go into 2nd stitch. But only in the beginning. Thank u. There are times when these stripes can look a little floppy. Only if the pattern interests you of course. You will only work col.B within the Black Box (or repeating pattern) of the chart; it will not be part of the “borders”. We do away with the pesky cut yarns at the end of every row that is typical in the overlay mosaic crochet method. If I was doing a wider sample, for example, a total width of 34 stitches {i.e. After Row 5, reading the chart and doing your new method just clicked, and I was done with Row 10 very, very quickly! FOUNDATION CHAIN: With the 6mm (US J) hook, ch 7. So I am sorry I don’t have one. Kinda wished it was stated to make it longer/do looser stitches bc I didnt realize until i already started. The distinction between front loop and back loop will become particularly important here so I will define what I mean very clearly. You don’t have to but I work all my border in LDC (Linked DC). Till then, thank you for the feedback and big congrats for such a determined, successful effort. This is where I get crafty and share my craftiness. Once you have mastered the basics of CMC, you might want to consider these tips below. Colour white number of chains. ). ). ). ). ) ). Single crochet Column stitch these stripes can look a little floppy reading?... 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