I am so pleased with how this crochet Bellevue Cardigan turned out! Sometimes you have a vision in your head of what you want to create, and it’s always exciting when it actually comes to life.
Inspiration & Design
My vision was to make an over sized and roomy cardigan that will keep you warm and toasty through the winter months. I also wanted to add a little detail so I decided to switch up the stitch combinations on various parts of the cardigan. I’m so glad I did because I think it breaks up the overall look.
I would consider the skill level of the Bellevue Cardigan pattern to be advanced beginner. I say this only because of the assembly of the pieces, not because of the crocheting. Believe it or not, this whole cardigan is crocheted using only two basic stitches….the half double crochet and slip stitch. If you know those stitches then you will have no problem creating this cardigan.
This is actually the first cardigan I have added pockets to. My husband didn’t like the pockets, but I LOVE them. I think they add to the overall coziness of the design. The pockets are completely optional though!
I also chose to add a generous collar around the neckline of the cardigan. If this is not your preference, you can always crochet less rows 🙂
The yarn I used for this pattern is from Hobby Lobby. It is part of their Yarn Bee collection and is called Soft & Sleek. I am really impressed with this yarn. It is a low-pill yarn that is a soft acrylic. There are numerous colors to choose from. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby nearby, no worries. A good substitute yarn would be Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or WeCrochet Brava Worsted.
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The Bellevue Cardigan Pattern
- This cardigan is worked in three pieces from the top-down: the back panel, two front panels.
- Pockets are optional. They are crocheted separately and then sewn onto the front panels.
- If you would like to make the cardigan longer, simply crochet more hdc rows for the back and front panels.
- If you would like to shorten the length of the cardigan, crochet fewer hdc rows for the back and front panels.
- Whenever it says to sew/seam two pieces together, always flip them inside out and whip/mattress stitch them together to get a cleaner look.
- The sleeves are crocheted by attaching yarn underneath armhole and then working in joined rounds. You will TURN after every round.
- The collar is created by attaching yarn at bottom corner of the front of the cardigan and crocheting rows that go up and around the neckline and down the other side.
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn. Small – 6 skeins, Medium – 7 skeins, Large – 7 skeins, XL – 8 skeins
Fabric Measuring Tape
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Slip Stitch (ss)
Model is 5’5″ and is wearing a size Medium.
Gauge is approx. 12 hdc x 10 rows = 4″
Sizing listed in the pattern will be in a size Medium with S, M, L, XL in parenthesis such as (S,M,L,XL)
This cardigan is very roomy. If you are worried about it being too big then size down.
BELLEVUE CARDIGAN PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS
Row 1 – hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each additional ch across. (56,62,68,76)
Row 2 – Ch.2 turn, hdc in every st across. (56,62,68,76)
Rows 3 thru 56 – Repeat Row 2
Row 57 – Ch.1 turn, ss in the first st, hdc in the next. *ss in the next st, hdc in the next.* Repeat *til the end of the row. (56,62,68,76)
Rows 58 thru 72 – Repeat Row 57
NOTE: You will have a hdc in every ss, and a ss in every hdc.
The length of the Back Panel should be approx. 28″ long.
Width of the Back Panel should be approx. 20″ – S, 22″ – M, 24″ – L, 26″ – XL.
SIDE PANEL (make 2)
Ch. 22 (18,22,28,32)
Row 1 – hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each additional ch across. (16,20,26,30)
Row 2 – Ch.2 turn, hdc in every st across. (16,20,26,30)
Rows 3 thru 56 – Repeat Row 2
Rows 57 thru 72 – Ch.1 turn, ss in the first st, hdc in the next. *ss in the next st, hdc in the next.* Repeat *til the end of the row. (16,20,26,30)
POCKETS (make 2)
Row 1 – hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook and each additional ch across. (14)
Row 2 – Ch.2 turn, hdc in every st across. (14)
Rows 3 thru 12 – Repeat Row 2
Row 13 – Ch.1 turn, ss in the first st, hdc in the next. *ss in the next st, hdc in the next.* Repeat *til the end of the row. (14)
Rows 14 thru 16 – Repeat Row 13
Next, lay the Back Panel flat and lie the Side Panels on top of the Back Panel on each side. Then, sew the top of each Side Panel to the top of the Back Panel. See Picture Below
Then, sew each Side Panel to the Back Panel lengthwise leaving 8in for the armhole opening and 5in on the bottom. If you would like to leave more room for the armhole opening, you can do that. Your stitch count will not be the same but it will not affect the outcome of the pattern. An explanation is given below in the pattern for the sleeve.
Next, sew each pocket onto the front panels of the cardigan. Placement of the pockets is optional.
~As stated earlier, if you left more room for the armhole, that is fine. It will not affect the outcome of the sleeve. The sleeve is worked in joined rounds. To start, complete six rounds of hdc, then you will begin to complete 2 decreases in every other round for the next twelve rounds. For example, I completed 46 hdc around for the first six rounds. Then, I completed a total of twelve decreases over the next 12 rounds. After 12 rounds I had 34 hdc around.
~How many stitches you choose to start with around the edge of the armhole is up to you. Just know that after the first 17 rounds you will have 12 less stitches (decreases) than what you started with.
~ TURN your work after every round! This includes all 48 rounds. Always join with a ss to close round.
Round 1 – Attach yarn to edge of armhole. Ch.1 and make 46 hdc around the edge of the armhole. Join to first hdc with a ss. (46)
Round 2 – Ch.1, hdc in every st around. (46)
Rounds 3 thru 6 – Repeat Round 2
Round 7 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 40 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (44)
Round 8 – Ch.1, hdc in every st around. (44)
Round 9 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 38 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (42)
Round 10 – Repeat Round 8 (42)
Round 11 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 36 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (40)
Round 12 – Repeat Round 8 (40)
Round 13 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 34 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (38)
Round 14 – Repeat Round 8 (38)
Round 15 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 32 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (36)
Round 16 – Repeat Round 8 (36)
Round 17 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the next 30 stitches, hdc dec in the next. Hdc in the last st. (34)
Rounds 18 thru 39 – Repeat Round 8 (34)
Round 40 – Ch.1 hdc in the first st and the next, hdc dec in the next. *hdc in the next five stitches, hdc in the next* Repeat *until there are two stitches left. 1 hdc in the last two stitches. (29)
Switch to 5mm hook
Round 41 – Ch.1 ss in first st, hdc in the next. *ss in the next st, hdc in the next* Repeat *until there is one st left. Ss in the last st. (29)
Rounds 42 thru 48 – Repeat Round 41
Row 1 – Join yarn to front panel (left panel if right handed, right panel if left handed) where hdc row ends and detail begins (see pic below) and work hdc’s evenly around the entire opening of the cardigan. How many hdc you make is up to you, just make sure they are even so the collar is smooth. For reference I made 142 hdc.
Rows 2 thru 16 – Ch. 2 turn, hdc in every st around.
Thank you all so much for following along with this Bellevue Cardigan pattern. It really is a cozy and warm cardigan that you can wear through those cold and frigid months!
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