Crochet Marine Cardigan with Collar
900g of blue-green 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 every row with 2 chain sts increase instead of the 1st half crochet and finish with 1 half crochet in the last chain st increase of the previous row;
2nd row: half-crochets, insert crochet hook in front of upper part of previous row st (= 2 upper threads of double crochets lay on RS side of work; cross stripe is on RS);
3rd row: as the 2nd row, insert crochet hook back under upper part of cross st of the previous row (= 2 upper threads of double crochets lay on RS side of work; cross stripe is on RS).
Repeat 2nd-3rd rows.
Stitches control: 9,5 sts x 5,5 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Back and Front
Make 61 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase for left half of front and work with the main pattern. For smooth rounding, increase 1 st in the 2nd row from the left side and 2 x 1 st and 1 x 4 sts in every following = 68 sts. Then, leave 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, leave 23 sts from left side for arm-hole = 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 main pattern = 65 sts. Increase 3 x 1 st in every 2nd row from the left side for back shoulder chamfer = 68 sts. Then, crochet straight. In 56,5 cm = 31 rows from the set-up row, the middle of back is reached. Them, crochet in symmetry.
Make 10 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase and work with the main pattern. For sleeve chamfer, make 2 x 15 sts and 1 x 14 sts in every 2nd row from the left side = 54 sts. In 24 cm from the set-up row, the middle of sleeve is reached. Then, work 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 plackets, fasten neck-hole with 3 rows of single crochets. Fasten the edges of front and plackets with 1 row of slip sts, fasten the edges with the 1st row. Fasten the lower edges of sleeves in the same way. Sew big button on the left front.
Make 38 chain sts + 2 chain sts increase and work with the main pattern. In 100 cm from the set-up row, finish your work. Fasten collar with slip st. Sew small buttons to 1 short side.