Turquoise Crochet Cardigan
900g of turquoise Clou yarn (75% sheep wool, 25% polyacryl; 85m/50g);
Crochet hook 7;
4 big and 4 small buttons.
Main pattern: 1st row: half crochets, start row with 2 chain sts increase instead of the 1st half-crochets and finish with 1 half crochet in the last chain st increase of the previous row;
2nd row: double crochets, insert crochet hook in front of laying loop of st of the previous row (= 2 upper threads of double crochets of the previous row are on RS);
3rd row: as the 2nd row, insert the crochet hook behind of laying loop of st of the previous row (= 2 upper threads of double crochets of the previous row are on RS).
Repeat 2nd-3rd rows.
Note: make front and back as one-piece cloth across, make sleeves from seam to seam across.
Stitches control: 9,5 sts x 5,5 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Back and Front
For left front, make 61 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase and work with the main pattern. For smooth rounding, increase 1 st in the 2nd row from the left side of set-up row and bind off 2 x 1 st and 1 x 4 sts in every following row = 68 sts. Then, bind off 3 x 1 st in every 2nd row from the left side for shoulder chamfer = 65 sts. In 23,5 cm = 13 rows from the set-up row, bind off 23 sts from the left side = 42 sts. In 32,5 cm = 18 rows from the set-up row, make 23 chain sts from the left side and fasten them with the main pattern = 65 sts. Increase 3 x 1 st in every 2nd row from the left side for back shoulder chamfer = 68 sts. Then, crochets straight. In 56,5 cm = 31 rows from the set-up row, the middle of back is reached. Then, crochet in symmetry, increases will become decreases and vice versa.
Make 10 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase and work with the main pattern. For sleeve chamfers, increase 2 x 15 sts and 1 x 14 sts in every 2nd row from the left side of the set-up row = 54 sts. In 24 cm from the set-up row, the middle of sleeve is reaches. Then, crochet in symmetry.
Make shoulder seams, sew up the sleeves, sew the upper 4,5 cm to the lower edges of arm-holes, make sleeve seams. For placket, fasten neck-hole with 3 rows of single crochets. Fasten edges of front and placket of neck-hole with 1 row of slip sts, fasten the 1st row and central row of placket. Fasten the lower edges of sleeve in the same way. Sew big buttons to the edge of left front.
Make 38 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase and work with the main pattern. Finish in 100 cm from the set-up row. Fasten collar with slip sts. Sew small buttons to 1 short side.