Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan
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Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan

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Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan

Hello everyone, I am really excited to bring to you a new tutorial on how to crochet the Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan. I hope you are all doing well on this Christmas week. This project truly is a labour of love, and I loved crocheting every minute of it!

You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern from my Etsy shop here: Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan

You can find the video tutorial for this project here:

I absolutely adore this version inspired by the original work of JW Anderson. As you may recall, I recreated a crochet version for the iconic cardigan worn by famous singer Harry Style. You can find this version here: Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Cardigan.

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan: a feminine and cute take on this iconic design

I decided to create a more feminine and cute version of this iconic cardigan. I had been wanting to crochet this piece for a long time, I just needed the time. These crochet projects are quite consuming, as they require a lot of sewing and stitching. However, I loved every part of the process.

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan
These squares look so pretty together

The pastel colors look so lovely together! I loved crocheting the different shades of this iconic cardigan. Also, I made this crochet piece a little more fitted and cropped than the original version. However, it is a very versatile and easy to wear crochet piece. It is just less large than the original version worn.

I love pink as you know, and pastel colors. It was therefore a joy to create this piece of crochet clothing with these various shades of pastel.

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan
This is such a cute project!

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan: the yarn

For this crochet design, I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn. I have listed all the colours and shades used down below, in the pattern section of this blog post. This project is crocheted in various shades of pink, lilac, and blues. I adore how feminine and sweet it looks, and it has inspired me to crochet more items of clothing in pastel colors. I just love how these colors look together!

You can substitute this yarn with any DK/Light 3 yarn of your preference if Stylecraft Special DK is not available in your country. Paintbox DK yarn is a very good match, and has a similar color scheme you can use.

However, you can certainly use any yarn of your preference. This could make a great “scrap yarn project”. Let me know which colors or yarn you use, I love to know.

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan: the inspiration

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan
I love this pastel version of this iconic cardigan so much!

Of course, the inspiration behind this cardigan is JW Anderson’s original patchwork cardigan worn by famous singer Harry Styles. You can find the original knit pattern of this cardigan here: JW Anderson Knit Cardigan Pattern

I love how inspired I am by this beautiful project. This pattern went viral on Tik Tok over the Summer, after Harry Styles wore the famous patchwork cardigan to sing his new song Watermelon Sugar. It then became a challenge to recreate it. However, this is a knit pattern, and I decided to create a crochet version of it. The original version I crocheted (the free pattern and video tutorial) is linked in the previous paragraph.

I hope you enjoy this new version of this iconic design. Please do let me know if you decide to recreate it!

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Xoxo Selina.

Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan: the pattern

You can purchase the ad free, PDF pattern from my Etsy store here: Crochet The Iconic Patchwork Pastel Cardigan

The Pattern begins here:

Level: Easy +

Gauge (= size of a square):

Please note these sizes are approximate, so don’t worry if your square varies in size slightly

S: 5,5”x5,5” (14 cm x14 cm)

M: 6”x6” (15×15 cm)

L: 6,2”x6,2” (16×16 cm)

XL: 6,6”x6,6” (17×17 cm)

XXL:7”x7” (18×18 cm)

XXXL:7,5”x7,5” (19×19 cm)

Size of finished cardigan:

S:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 23”x22” (58 x 56 cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 7,5”x17” (19×44 cm)

M:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 24,5”x23,5” (62×60 cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 8,2”x18” (21×46 cm)

L:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 26”x25” (66×64 cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 9”x19” (23×48 cm)

XL:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 27,5”x26,7” (70×68 cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 9,8”x19,5” (25×50 cm)

XXL:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 29”x28” (74×72 cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 10”x20,5” (27×52 cm)

XXXL:

Body of cardigan (including edging): 30,7”x30” (78x76cm)

Sleeves (once folded, seamed and sewed to cardigan): 11,5”x21” (29×54 cm)

Notes

I will be using US terms (British terms in brackets)

You can substitute the yarn by simply replacing it with any DK/Light 3 yarn of your preference (I would suggest Paintbox DK yarn)

Materials

2 (sizes S, M) 3 (sizes L, XL, XXL), 4 (size XXXL) skeins of Stylecraft Special DK in shade Candy Floss

1 (sizes S), 2 (sizes M to XL), 3 (sizes XXL to XXXL) skeins of Stylecraft Special DK in each of the following shades: Soft Peach, Sherbet, Clematis, Cloud Blue

1 skein of Stylecraft Special DK in shade Blush

A 4 mm crochet hook

Pair of scissors

Tapestry needle

Darning needle and thread

6 buttons (15/18 mm) of your choice

Safety pin (optional)

Abbreviations

Ch : chain

Sl st : slip stitch

St: Stitch

SC: Single crochet (UK Double Crochet)

HDC: Half Double crochet (UK Half Treble Crochet)

DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)

Begin pattern here
Squares 1
Crochet all your squares before assembling them together

You will start this pattern by making each square individually (this is all explained in detail of course).

Once you have finished all your squares, these will be stitched together to create the back of cardigan, the 2 front panels, and 2 sleeves.

Then you will be making the ribbed edgings for the bottom of cardigan, and 2 sleeve cuffs. These will be sewed onto the project at the very end, once the squares and cardigan have been assembled.

This is explained step by step in this pattern.

After all these elements are assembled, you will be creating the front edging with buttons at the opening of the cardigan.

You will be making two different square patterns as follows:

NΒ°1 for 14 in shade Candy Floss, 12 in Soft Peach, 10 in Clematis

NΒ°2 for 8 in shade Cloud Blue, 6 in shade Sherbet

Square nΒ°1:
Square nΒ°1
Square nΒ°1

Ch 22 (S), ch 24 (M), ch 26 (L), ch 28 (XL), ch 30 (XXL), ch 32 (XXXL)

Complete rows as follows:

1: HDC in 3rd ch from hook, and HDC into next ch, and all chains across

2: ch 2 (=HDC), turn your work, HDC in 2nd ch and all HDC from previous row until eor.

3-14 (M=15; L=16; XL=17; XXL=18; XXXL=19): Repeat row 2 (until you have a square)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing squares together later

Square nΒ°2:
Square nΒ°2
Square nΒ°2

Ch 21 (S), ch 23 (M), ch 25 (L), ch 27 (XL), ch 29 (XXL), ch 31 (XXXL)

Complete rows as follows:

1: DC in 2nd ch from hook, [SC in next ch, DC in next ch] until eor (1st ch counts as a SC)

2: Ch 3 (=DC), [SC into next st, DC into next st] until eor, placing last DC into ch 1 from previous row.

3: Ch1 (=SC), [DC in next st, SC into next st] until eor, finishing on a SC

4-18 (M=19; L=20; XL=21; XXL=22; XXXL=23): Alternate rows 2 and 3 (until you have a square)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing squares together.

Knit like crochet edging (for the bottom of the cardigan):
Knit like edging
This knit like edging will be placed on each sleeve and the bottom of the cardigan

With Stylecraft Special DK in shade Blush

Ch 15

Row 1: HDC in 3rd chain from the hook, HDC into each ch until end of row (first ch 2 counts as a HDC)

Row 2: Ch 1 (=turning chain throughout), turn your work, HDC into front facing loop of the bottom of each HDC from previous row (see photo below for more details) until eor

Front loop
Pop your hook through this loop

Rows 3: Ch 1, turn your work, HDC into the back loop only of each HDC until eor (see photo).

Place your hook
Place your hook through the back loop only

Rows 4-83 for size S, or (M=92), L=101, (XL=110), XXL=119, (XXXL=128): Alternate rows 2 and 3.

Place your squares to the side while we crochet all of the edgings for the bottom of the cardigan and both sleeves (these will later be added once the squares are stitched together, and cardigan is assembled).

Knit Like Crochet Edging (make 2 for each sleeve):

With Stylecraft Special DK in shade Blush

Ch 12

Row 1: HDC in 3rd chain from the hook, HDC into each ch until end of row (first ch 2 counts as a HDC)

Row 2: Ch 1 (=turning chain throughout), turn your work, HDC into front facing loop of the bottom of each HDC from previous row until eor

Rows 3: Ch 1, turn your work, HDC into the back loop only of each HDC until eor.

Rows 4-25 for size S, or (M=29), L=33, (XL=37), XXL=41, (XXXL=45): Alternate rows 2 and 3.

Sewing your cardigan together

Back panel:

Place squares for back panel consulting the photograph:

Place squares onto back panel
Place squares onto back panel following this chart

Once squares are placed, start sewing them together using a mattress stitch. Use any colour yarn you prefer to sew in your squares.

Front panels:

Place squares for both front panels consulting my photograph:

Place squares like so
Place your squares onto your front panels following this chart

Once squares are placed, start sewing them together using a mattress stitch. Use any colour yarn you prefer to sew in your squares.

Sleeves (make two identical):

Place squares for both front panels consulting my photograph

Squares
Place your squares like so for each sleeve

Once squares are places, start sewing them together using a mattress stitch. Use any colour yarn you prefer to sew in your squares.

Start sewing your cardigan together

Start by sewing seams of sleeves.

To sew your sleeves together, take the first sleeve and place it on a flat surface. Fold in half (you can fold lengthwise or widthwise as sleeves are squares, and this won’t make a difference).

Once the sleeve is folded in half, sew the seam of the sleeve from top to bottom, leaving a long tail for sewing into project later.

Repeat process on the other sleeve.

Now:

Place your back panel onto a flat surface. Place your 2 front panels symmetrically on top of the back panel, start sewing the top of the project straight across (as seen in photograph). This means you will attach yarn onto a side, then just sew the front panels to the back panels using the mattress stitch (or whichever stitch you prefer).

The front opening of the cardigan will therefore be created by the opening of the front panels which have just been stitched at the top.

Sewing
Place 2 front panels on top of the back panel, and sew these across the top

Once this is done, you will be sewing your sleeves into each side of the cardigan. Place sleeve (with seam facing down) onto the side of the cardigan, so that the top part of the sleeve forms a straight line symmetrical to the top of the cardigan which you have just sewed. Remember your sleeve seam should be facing down.

Once you have placed your sleeve, start sewing your sleeve in at the top of the cardigan, starting with the front part of the cardigan. So you will be attaching a piece of yarn at the top of the sleeve (where the sleeve and the front panel touch), and start sewing sleeve to front part of cardigan with the mattress stitch. Now go down the whole of the sleeve, sewing it to the front of the cardigan. Once you reach the end of the sleeve, just carry on sewing until you reach bottom of seam (ie bottom of cardigan). At this point (from the end of the front side of the sleeve), you will have sewed part of the front and back panels together.

Once this is done, flip your cardigan onto it’s front, and sew in the back of the sleeve to the back of the cardigan.

Repeat this process on both sides so that you have sewed both sleeves and front and back panels together.

Fasten off and tidy up all loose ends.

Add bottom ribbed edging and sleeves cuffs

Place your ribbed bottom edging underneath the bottom edge of your cardigan. The bottom ribbed edging will be slightly smaller in width than the actual cardigan as it is meant to tighten the bottom part of the cardigan.

Using pins to secure this ribbing underneath the bottom edge of cardigan (to place it symmetrically all around the bottom edge), sew the ribbing in using a visible seam on the top edge. Once you have sewed all of the ribbing around the bottom edge of cardigan, fasten off and tidy up all loose ends.

Sewing
Sew your bottom edging to bottom of cardigan, using a visible seam

Place your sleeve cuffs underneath the bottom of the sleeves. Sew these in using a visible seam on the top of edge in a similar fashion that we used for bottom ribbing of cardigan. This will also tighten the bottom of each sleeve.

Crochet JW Anderson Inspired Pastel Patchwork Cardigan
Sew your knit like edging to the cuff of each sleeve
Crochet the front button edge onto cardigan (using shade Candy Floss)

To begin: using Stylecraft Special DK in shade Candy Floss, attach your yarn onto the very bottom edge of your cardigan, at the front (you can choose any side that you prefer). Please note that you will be attaching your yarn onto the ribbed edging that you have just sewed onto cardigan.

Row 1: Ch 1, and proceed on placing SCs equally all along the front edging, including the bottom knit like edging. Once you reach the top center of the cardigan, continue placing SC all the way along onto the other side. Again, include the bottom knit like edging.

Row 2: Ch 2 (=DC), and place a DC into 2nd SC from previous row, and into each SC until eor.

Row 3: Repeat row 2

Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

Crochet JW Anderson Inspired Pastel Patchwork Cardigan
Crochet the front edge of the cardigan using shade Candy Floss
Sewing on your buttons to the front edging of the cardigan:

Sew on 6 buttons to the front opening of cardigan, on the left side.

Place 1st button on the bottom side, and then place each of the remaining buttons at an equal distance from each other all along the edging. Sew buttons onto cardigan with darning needle and thread.

 

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15 Comments

  • Catherine N

    Love the pattern!
    I have a question though, if that’s okay? When crocheting the largest size, do you need to increase the number of rows in the squares? So far I have rectangles lol

  • Heather

    Hi! Love this pattern and already made a start! Are there buttonholes for the front of the cardigan? I cant work it out from the pattern
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Selina Veronique

      Hello and thank you for your comment. So yes, the buttonholes form automatically on this pattern as the DCs are spaced out enough to be perfect for the buttons. I hope this makes sense, but it means you do not need to create any buttonholes, they simply are there because of the spaces between each DC. Hope this helps!

  • Hadley Schoenborn

    Hello, I just finished mine. But the armpit part of the sleeves are a bit tight. I am super worried because I worked 4 months on this project. Is there anyway to fix that I used e size small pattern. Thank you

    • Selina Veronique

      Hello and thank you for your comment. Don’t worry you can fix this. I would unsew the arms from the project, and what you could do is add a row of squares along each sleeve. It will then create a larger sleeve for you. Then just sew the extra squares onto each sleeve, and just sew the sleeves onto project. I hope this helps! I think it will definitely help with this project.

  • SJ

    Hi
    How do I add a collar, instead of having it without?
    Love the pattern and the colours, I’m making it for my granddaughter but she’s asked for a collar

  • Mackenzie

    Hi, I followed your pattern for square 1 (I’m making a large cardigan) so I’ve done 26 chains and then 16 rows and it’s just a big rectangle? The sides also slant outwards and get wider as the number of rows increases, and I think this is because you said to crochet into the second chain when it should be the first hdc?

    • Selina Veronique

      Hello, thank you for your comment. So I checked the pattern and yes those are the instructions for size L. However everyone’s gauge is different, so I recommend you make one square that will measure about 6,2”x6,2” (16×16 cm) for one square. Then you can adapt the number of stitches you will need for your square. My pattern is usually pretty accurate so hopefully if you make a square on which to base the rest of the squares you should be fine. Also, the reason your sides slant sideways is because you are not counting your first ch 2 at the beginning of each row as a HDC. This is your first stitch, which is why your next HDC goes into the 2nd stitch. Once you finish your row, don’t forget to place a HDC into your ch 2 from the previous row. I hope this helps!

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