Come Crochet The Sylvia Cardigan With Me!

Nov 7, 2012

When our call for submissions for the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet went out, we included a story for "the essential cardigan". Well, without question, cardigans are my absolute favorite of garments. Here in Colorado, we are now amidst the part of Fall where a shirt is not enough and a coat is too much. I can throw a cardigan over a top and it's the perfect instant outfit. When Winter approaches (and it usually approaches rapidly and without much warning), a cardigan is the best way to layer for extra warmth. So I knew this had to be my queue to design MY essential crocheted cardigan. The result is the Sylvia Sweater:

Crochet Cardigan

Since I like feminine cuts with a little bit of special detail, I made a fitted, scoop-neck cardigan with set-in sleeves and crocheted chain stitch embroidery. The Sylvia Sweater is a great beginner crochet garment, as it features an easily memorable stitch pattern and just a bit of waist shaping. It is meant to be worn with little to no ease, but if you want something a little less fitted, you could either eliminate the waist shaping (you'll be able to crochet it in the blink of an eye!), or just go up one size. It's crocheted with The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted, a luscious, smoosh-able blend of alpaca, merino, and bamboo that is available in quite a lovely palette of colors.

The picture above shows it with a great every day sort of outfit, but I think the trim also makes it a perfect pairing for holiday party dresses. You could even add some beads for extra sass! So, pick up your hook and yarn, the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, and come crochet-along with me! I'll be here in the Forum to answer questions, give advice, ogle yarn...whatever.

Happy Stitching,


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JulieB1222 wrote
on Nov 25, 2012 7:01 AM

I love this sweater and immediately went out to purchase yarn to get started. I am now working on the sleeves and seem to be having a problem with the stitch count on the sleeve caps.  I'm doing the size 36.

Ending the bottom sleeve with 63 stitches, then starting the sleeve cap by decreasing 3 on each side, should give you 57 stitches after Row 1.  After Row 3, I should have 55, but the pattern reads 57.  Then decreasing 1 stitch on each end of every other row, for the next 32 rows, should leave me with 23, but the pattern says 41 at the end of row 35.

Could you let me know if there is a pattern correction due to be posted, or am I just reading something wrong?  I've ripped it out twice now, and read it a dozen times.

TNSarah wrote
on Dec 7, 2012 7:40 PM

My Winter 2013 issue of Crochet Me has an interesting article on buttons, p. 13. On the left side near the bottom of the page is the statement, "Visit Crochet Me to learn how to make your own button." However, I can't find any reference to crocheted button making anywhere on the website. Help, please! This is in reference to making any crochet sweater, as stated in the article on page 11.