Crochet, Personal Projects

Easy Crochet Rectangle Cardigan

Hey peeps! I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought I would share a personal project I completed within the last few months.

Technically, it’s not my project; it was my sister’s project. But, she got stuck because she ran out of yarn. So, she asked me for some help, and we were able to work out a fun crochet cardigan!

Here is what she had crocheted so far:

I don’t actually know what she was originally planning to make. The yarn was second-hand, so she had a limited amount. As you may also note, it wasn’t entirely even.* 😄 Can you tell which one of us is the math major and which one of us isn’t? Yeah, geometry and counting may have helped with the shape here. 😉

*Full disclosure: my sister recognizes she isn’t the best at crocheting evenly, and she pokes fun at herself about it too.

But, the yarn is really soft and pretty!

She started with a long chain and went back and forth with double crochet. Along the way, she lost some stitches. I think this is a combination of not wanting to count and struggling to count because the yarn is fluffy. Here is what she had when she ran out of yarn: a nice trapezoid that didn’t look like much.

But, my crafty little heart just knew we could make something cool out of this random piece of crocheted fabric. Besides, it was too pretty and too much work to frog! After talking through the options, she decided to turn her project in to an easy cardigan. I’d seen the idea to sew a rectangle together and had always wanted to try it. Now I had my chance, but this wasn’t exactly a… rectangle. So the question became: could we make this idea work?

We folded the cloth in half hot-dog style (You know, like a hot dog bun is folded in half, long and narrow? Hamburger fold is the other direction, short and wide.) and talked about ways to make it more square. We even considered taking a tuck somewhere in the fabric.

But after looking at it, we decided to sew it together as it was. Our hope was the extra material would just add extra “flow” to the cardigan. And if we didn’t like the result, we could always undo and try something else.

The above picture gives you an idea of how lop-sided it was, so we still had some reservations. But hey, the worst that could happen is this idea wouldn’t work, and we would have to try something else!

As you can see from above, the narrow side was about 11″ long. The 1″ end is the open end, and the other end has the fold.

We wanted a 10″ circumference for the armholes, so we measured 5″ from the folded end. This brought us 6″ from the left edge, and we marked it with a stitch counter.

We repeated this process on the other end to make sure our armholes would be roughly even. Even though the cloth was lopsided, the edges still measured about the same!

Using the long tail of the yarn, we whip-stitched along the folded fabric. We started at the left/open edge, whip-stitched through both layers of fabric, and fastened off once we reached the stitch counter.

Although the yarn has a bumpy texture, it actually worked just fine to sew the project together! Which was nice, because the seam blended in well.

We repeated the process on the other side, and our project was complete! Now, to test if we liked the results…

Hey, it turned out super cute!

If the material had been wider, the sleeves would have also been longer. But, this length looks really cute and is still plenty warm!

As far as the extra material, we didn’t have any real issues with it. We did discover that the side with the extra length worked better as the bottom of the sweater. When we flipped it over, the cardigan was more likely to slip off the shoulders.

In the end, the project was a success! I was really excited we found a use for her crocheted fabric, and it was super easy to whip up. If I were to make a cardigan like this in the future, I would probably play around with dimensions of the rectangle (and make sure it’s really a rectangle!) to get the sleeve length and fit I wanted. But I love how simple and versatile this project turned out to be!

Have you experienced a rocky start to a project that turned out amazing? I’d love to hear your stories below!

Happy Crafting!

-Amanda

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