Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
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Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern

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Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern

Hi everyone, this week I am bringing to you this brand new project on how to crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan. This is a great project for beginners, and looks beautiful in all seasons. I have to admit that this is once again one of my favorite crochet designs to date. Indeed, I think it is both elegant and fun to crochet, and the cat pocket detail is just so perfect. I just love it!

The video tutorial for this project can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wo19P9VUbQ

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern: The Inspiration

The inspiration for this project came to me as I was completing this cardigan over the week-end. Indeed, originally this was going to be a classic, slightly oversized cardigan that I was designing. I was really excited about it as I was really enjoying the process of crocheting a classic cardigan. Featuring the classic V stitch, this crochet garment is elegant and very versatile, which was what I was looking for. If you enjoy crocheting cardigans, you can check out The Sweet Lily Cardigan from last year. This is a lovely and feminine crochet project, perfect for any weather. The Lavender Hexagon Cardigan is also a great project to crochet if you are looking for a fun and very wearable cardigan.

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
This cardigan features cat pockets

So whilst I was finishing off my cardigan this week-end, I was all of a sudden inspired to add these kitty cat pockets. I had been planning to crochet a sweater with cat pockets a while back, but had been so busy with other projects that I got side tracked. Also, I really think sweaters are more of a late Summer/Fall project. So I had popped that work in progress to the side, and had not given it a second thought. Then as I was completing this cardigan, I had the sudden inspiration to add some cat pockets. And I am so pleased I did! I think they look so beautiful and cute, perfect if you are a fan of cats (and who isn’t a fan of cats?).

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
I love this project so much!

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern: The Yarn

Maybe it was the two colors together that triggered the inspiration. Indeed, I find that the two colors I chose for this cardigan are absolutely perfect together. I used Paintbox Simply Aran yarn for this project, in colors Blush Pink and Vanilla Cream. This color combination is so perfect! It was actually not something that I had planned, to match these two colors together. Indeed, I had initially wanted to crochet the whole cardigan (without the cat pockets at the time) in just one shade (Blush Pink).

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
This is a perfect gift for a cat loving person

However, it soon became clear that I would not have enough yarn to finish the project with just one color. I was reluctant to place another yarn order, as I knew it would take days to receive it and I wanted to finish the cardigan that week-end to film it. A lot of organization goes into crochet blogging, and I was on a tight schedule.

So in came the idea of crocheting the rest of the cardigan with two different colors. And I am so pleased and happy with the effect! It looks amazing, and reminds me of The Sweet Dreams Cardigan I crocheted last year. Indeed, that cardigan also features two colors, that are actually very similar to this cardigan.

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
This crochet cardigan is very easy to make

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern: The Cat Pockets

I love the idea of these pockets, and I think they just look amazing! Once again, I had wanted to crochet these cat pockets onto a sweater, but now I think they look even more amazing on this cardigan! I love them so much.

To crochet these pockets, I created a simple oval shape, before adding one extra row at the top of the oval. Once this extra row was added, I simply crocheted little cat ears on either side of the oval. And voila! Our cat ears are ready to be sewed onto the project. It was truly a labor of love to crochet these cat ears, and I do hope that you will love this cardigan as much as I did. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this perfect kitty cat cardigan!

This project is inclusive and comes in sizes S to XXXL. All sizes are available on my free pattern on this page. The video tutorial is also very good to follow along for extra help if you need. This tutorial is linked up above.

Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan Free Pattern
This is such a fun project to crochet!

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Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan: The Free Pattern

You can purchase the ad free, large print, PDF pattern for this project here: Crochet The Kitty Cat Cardigan PDF Pattern

Level: Easy +

Notes

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

Pattern written for size S/M, L/XL written in ( ), XXL/XXXL in [ ]

Gauge

4”x4” (10×10 cm): 6 V stitches & 6 rows

Size of finished cardigan (including border)

S/M: 24” (61 cm) x 22” (56 cm)

Size L/XL: 27” (69,5 cm) x 28” (71 cm)
Size XXL/XXXL: 30” (76 cm) x 34” (86 cm)

Size of sleeves (once they are sewed to the cardigan, including border)

S/M: 9,5” (24 cm) x 15,5” (40,5 cm)

L/XL: 11” (28 cm) x 17” (43 cm)

XXL/XXXL: 12,5” (32 cm) x 18,5” (47 cm)

Materials

7 skeins of Paintbox Simply Aran in shade Blush Pink (S/M), 9 skeins for size L/XL, 10 skeins for size XXL/XXXL

1 skein of Paintbox Simply Aran in shade Vanilla Cream, 2 skeins for sizes XXL/XXL

4,5 mm crochet hook

5 mm crochet hook

Pair of scissors

Tapestry needle

Sewing pins (optional)

Stitch markers (optional)

pocket

Abbreviations

Ch: Chain

St: stitch

Sl st : slip stitch

Sk: skip

SC: Single Crochet (UK Double Crochet)

DC: Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet)

HDC: Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble Crochet)

EOR: End of row or End of round

Begin pattern here

You will be making the back, the 2 side panels, the 2 identical sleeves, and the two identical kitty cat pockets before sewing your cardigan together. You will then be adding the bottom and front opening edging. You will then crochet your sleeve cuffs onto the project.

After this is completed, you will then sew your two kitty cat pockets onto the front of the cardigan.

Please note you will be using either the 4,5 mm crochet hook, or the 5 mm crochet hook.

Back body

Using 5 mm crochet hook and Blush Pink yarn

Chain 66 (82) [98]

Complete rows as follows:

1: Place 2 DC into 4th ch from hook, [sk 1 ch, place 2 DC in next ch] until last 2 ch; sk 1 ch, 1 DC into last ch.

2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work. Place 2 DC (=V stitch) into next V stitch from previous row until eor, finishing row by placing a DC into the ch 3 from previous row.

3-41 (45) [49]: Repeat row 2

Front panels (make 2)

Using 5 mm crochet hook and Blush Pink yarn

Ch 34 (42) [50]

1: Place 2 DC into 4th ch from hook, [sk 1 ch, place 2 DC in next ch] until last 2 ch; sk 1 ch, 1 DC into last ch.

2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work. Place 2 DC (=V stitch) into next V stitch from previous row until eor, finishing row by placing a DC into the ch 3 from previous row.

3-41 (45) [49]: Repeat row 2

Sleeves (make 2)

Using 5 mm crochet hook and Blush Pink yarn

Ch. 56 (64) [72]

1: Place 2 DC into 4th ch from hook, [sk 1 ch, place 2 DC in next ch] until last 2 ch; sk 1 ch, 1 DC into last ch.

2: Ch 3 (=DC), turn your work. Place 2 DC (=V stitch) into next V stitch from previous row until eor, finishing row by placing a DC into the ch 3 from previous row.

3-24 (26) [28]: Repeat row 2

Crochet the Kitty Cat Pockets (make 2)

pocket
This is a perfect pocket to crochet

Using the 4,5 mm crochet hook and Vanilla Cream yarn

Ch 12

Complete rounds as follows:

1: Place HDC into 3rd ch from hook (first ch 2 counts as a HDC), place HDC into next ch until ch before last. Now place 2 HDC into last chain, and turn your work so as to work on the other side of chain.

Place a HDC into 2nd ch; place HDC into next ch until ch before last. Now place 2 HDC into last ch.

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Round 1

2: Ch 2 (=HDC), turn your work, place HDC into same 1st st (=2 HDC in 1st stitch); HDC into next st until st before last on this side, and place 2 HDC into last st. Turn project vertically so as to work on the β€œside” of project, and place 2 HDC into β€œside”.

Now turn project around again, and place 2 HDC into 1st st on that side. Place HDC into each st across until st before last, place 2 HDC into last st.

Turn project vertically again, place 2 HDC onto the β€œside”, sl st to close off round.

Round 2

Continue here:

3: Ch 2 (=HDC), turn your work, place HDC into same 1st st (=2 HDC in 1st stitch); HDC into next st, 2 HDC into next st, HDC into next st, 2 HDC into next st; HDC into the next 10 st; 2 HDC into next st, HDC into next st, 2 HDC into next st, HDC into next st, 2 HDC into next st; HDC into the next 10 st, sl st to 1st ch 2 to close off round.

4: Now ch 2 (=HDC), do not turn your work, HDC into same 1st st (=2 HDC in 1st st), place 2 HDC into next 5 st; HDC into next 12 st, 2 HDC into next 6 st, sl st to close off round.

5: Ch 2 (=HDC), do not turn your work, HDC inside the same 1st st, place 2 HDC into next 9 st; HDC into next 14 st, 2 HDC into next 10 st, HDC into next 14 st.

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Round 5

Round 6: Count 20 stitches across the top of your oval, making sure these are the center 20 stitches. Place a stitch marker on each end of the 20 stitches.

Attach yarn to either of the marked stitch.

Ch 2 (=HDC), place a HDC into next stitch until you reach the other stitch marker, place your last HDC in the stitch marked (=20 HDC total). Remove stitch markers.

Do not fasten off.

pocket
Round 6

Create ears:

Ch 2 (=HDC), place a HDC into next 5 st; ch 1 (=TC), turn your work, place a HDC into next 4 st; ch 1 (=TC), turn your work, place a HDC into next 2 st; fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

Create second ear: Attach yarn to the other side of the row; ch 2 (=HDC), place a HDC into next 5 st; ch 1 (=TC), turn your work, place a HDC into next 4 st; ch 1 (=TC), turn your work, place a HDC into next 2 st; fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

To sew your cardigan together

With wrong side facing, place your sleeves flat and fold in half widthwise. With tapestry needle and yarn, start sewing in the seam of your sleeve with the mattress stitch.

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.

Do not turn inside out yet.

Now:

Place your back panel onto a flat surface.Now place your 2 front panels symmetrically on top of the back panel, start sewing the top of the project straight across at the very top of project. 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 to the back panel.

Once this is done, you will be sewing each side of the cardigan, with the sleeves sewn into each side as we do this. 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.

sewing

Now:

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 the front part of the sleeve to the 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 its 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.

Create front and bottom edging

This edging goes all the way around both the front opening and bottom of cardigan.

Using 5 mm crochet hook and Vanilla Cream yarn

Attach yarn to either bottom edge of the front opening, on either side of the cardigan.

Row 1:

Ch 1 (=turning chain), place SC evenly all the way across the front opening. This will be the β€œwrong” side of the stitches, so you will need to place the SC evenly and symmetrically all the way to the top of the front opening.

Once you reach the top of the front opening, place a SC at the very top center, before going all the way down the front opening on the other side.

Now, once you have reached the bottom, do not fasten off, but carry on placing SC all the way across the bottom edge. Once you have finished, you will have reached the first ch 1 we started with. Sl st to this ch 1 to close off round.

Fasten off and tidy up all loose ends.

Add cuff edging (repeat process on both sleeve cuffs)

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Crochet this sleeve cuff

Using 4,5 mm crochet hook and Vanilla Cream yarn

Attach yarn to one sleeve end.

Complete rounds as follows:

1: Ch 1 (counts as a SC); SC into next stitch, sk one stitch. [Place a SC into next 2 stitches, sk a stitch] until eor. Sl stitch to first ch 1 to close round.

2: repeat row 1.

3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC into next st until eor. Sl st to first ch 3 to close off round.

4-5: repeat row 3.

Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

Turn your project so that the right side is facing.

Sew your kitty cat pockets into project

Lay project onto a flat surface, front panels facing.

Place your first kitty cat pocket onto either side of the project. Count 3 rows from the bottom, and 3 V stitches from the front opening, and place your pocket there, making sure it is well centered and symmetrically placed.

You can use pins to hold the pocket in place (optional).

Attach your yarn to the outside of one ear of the cat, at the top of the pocket, and start sewing your pocket into the front of the cardigan, going all the way around. Once you reach the other ear of the cat pocket, fasten off, leaving the top of the pocket free of sewing to create pocket opening.

Repeat process on the other panel.

Fasten off, tidy up all loose ends.

pocket
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