Beautiful Free Lacy Crochet Cardigan Pattern – Selene Cardigan

Free Lacy Crochet Cardigan Pattern for warmer summer months. Women’s Crochet Cardigan designed in sizes XS-5XL will be perfect crochet summer wardrobe staple.


The sun is shinning and it is nice and warm. The warm sun rays are kissing your skin gently while you are sipping on a nice ice cold drink.

However, sunny days can turn a little chilly pretty quickly here in UK. Secondly, warm countries do sometimes get chillier evenings.

This is when you need a nice light lacy crochet cardigan! It is light and airy not to make you too hot.

On the other hand it will keep your shoulders nice and cozy when the weather cools down.

The beautiful crochet lace makes this cardigan pretty enough to wear out for dinner or drinks. However, the design is simple enough to wear during the day for a much date with friends.

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Selene Cardigan – Lacy Crochet Cardigan Perfect For Summer

The relaxed fit of this lacy crochet cardigan is perfect for the sunny weather. It has an open front with 3 small buttons holding it together at the top.

However, you can leave them undone and have the cardigan completely open.

Secondly, the sleeves have relaxed fit too. They are not tapered, I have made them in a balloon style so they are not too tight and close to skin making you too hot.

The bottom os the sleeve is brought in with a simple cuff using single crochet stitches.

We know the best fibres to use for summer makes are cotton, linen or bamboo yarn. In this case, I have used Lindy Chain yarn from WeCrochet Official.

It is a lovely linen yarn to work with. It is not plied or twisted, it is chainette yarn. This quality makes it superbly lightweight and very versatile for summer makes.

You might also like The Best Yarn For Summer Clothes – 9 Things To Consider When Choosing.

The linen adds a great stitch definition that shows off textures. It also adds a lovely drape and sheen that just gets softer with every wash. 

This lacy crochet cardigan has been designed for a special event – The Designer’s Pick Summer Blog Hop.

The yarn for this project has been kindly gifted by WeCrochet Official who is the yarn sponsor for the Designer’s Pick Summer Blog Hop.

Take a look at the wide range of beautiful yarn they offer HERE.

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This is in case you do not have time to follow the blog hop and don’t want to miss a pattern.

It contains all 32 crochet patterns + 2 bonus patterns if you purchase the bundle.

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SELENE LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN FINISHED SIZE


Chest circumferenceTotal length from shoulderSleeve length
XS80 cm66 cm45 cm
S90 cm68 cm46.5 cm
M100 cm 70 cm46.5 cm
L110 cm71.5 cm48 cm
XL120 cm73 cm48 cm
2XL130 cm75 cm50 cm
3XL140 cm76.5 cm50 cm
4XL150 cm78 cm51.5 cm
5XL160 cm78 cm51.5 cm

The cardigan has been designed with 4 cm positive ease. It has an open front with 3 buttons at the top of the boat style neckline. The sleeves are not tapered just pulled tighter with a cuff.

TENSION 

3 shell groups x 6 rows measures 10 x 10 cm

shell group = (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) in same space + 1 dc in next

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

fsc– foundation single crochet

shell- (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) worked in same st/space

sc– single crochet

dc– double crochet 

ch-sp – chain space

For abbreviations master list as set out by Craft Yarn Council, please CLICK HERE.

LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN PATTERN NOTES

  • The cardigan is worked from bottom up, working the front and back panels in one piece, later divided for armholes. 
  • Sleeves are worked straight onto the main body and finished off with a cuff
  • The pattern starts with the first row that consists of foundation single crochet which goes all the way around the chest circumference
  • This large piece is later split into 2 front panels and back panel creating armholes in the process
  • The front opening is finished off with 4 rows of single crochet stitch creating loops for buttons on the last row
  • The sleeves are worked straight onto the main armhole opening
  • Sleeves are worked around the post of end double crochet stitches of the armhole opening
  • They are not tapered, they are worked straight down in rounds
  • The sleeves have slight balloon look as they are finished off with a cuff to pull them closed a little
  • The front panels are referred to as left and right throughout the pattern as if the cardigan was worn

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS FOR YOUR LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN

  • The foundation row determines the finished chest circumference (width) of the cardigan
  • To adjust the circumference add or take away 6 sts (or multiple of) from the number of fsc sts
  • To adjust the length, add or take away number of rows before splitting the piece to front and back panels
  • The sleeves are not tapered therefore the length is easily adjustable and you can try it on as you go
  • To create a buttoned cardigan, you can create button loops all the way down the right side

SELENE LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN MAIN PATTERN

Row 1: Work 145 (163, 181, 199, 217, 235, 253, 271, 289) fsc, turn.

Row 2 (RS): 3 ch (counts as first dc here and throughout the pattern), *miss 2 sts, 1 shell in next, miss 2 sts, 1 dc in next; repeat pattern from * to end, turn. 24 (27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48) shells & 25 (28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 49) dc

Row 3: 3 ch, * miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc; repeat pattern from * across working last dc into top of beginning 3 ch, turn. 

Repeat Row 3 until you have 30 rows in total for all sizes.

FIRST FRONT PANEL FOR S, M, 2XL, 3XL SIZES ONLY

Row 31: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat 6 (7, 9, 10) times; miss 3 dc, 3 dc into next 2 ch-sp, turn leaving remaining sts unworked.

Row 32: 3 ch, 2 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, miss 2 dc, *1 dc in next dc, miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc; repeat from * to end, 1 dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 33: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat across until last 3 sts, miss 2 dc, 3 dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Repeat Row 32 & 33 another 2 (3, 4, 5) times.

Repeat Row 32 another 1 (0, 1, 0) times.

SIZES S & 2 XL ONLY NECKLINE

Fasten off. Miss first dc and next 2 (3) shell groups, join yarn in last dc of last shell group.

Row 1: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat across until last 3 sts, miss 2 dc, 3 dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 2: 3 ch, 2 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, miss 2 dc, *1 dc in next dc, miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc; repeat from * to end, 1 dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 3: as Row 1. Fasten off. 

SIZES M & 3XL ONLY NECKLINE

Row 1: 3 ch, 2 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, miss 2 dc, (1 dc in next dc, miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc) repeat 4 (7) times, 1 dc into next dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked.

Rw 2: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat across until last 3 sts, miss 2 dc, 3 dc into top of beginning 3 ch.

Row 3: 3 ch, 2 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, miss 2 dc, *1 dc in next dc, miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc; repeat from * to end, 1 dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Fasten off. 

LEFT FRONT PANEL FOR XS, L, XL, 4XL, 5XL SIZES ONLY

Row 31: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat 6 (8, 9, 11, 12) times, turn leaving remaining sts unworked.

Row 32: 3 ch, *miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * to end working last dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Repeat Row 32 another 5 (8, 9, 12, 12) times.

SIZES XS & XL ONLY NECKLINE

Row 1: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc, 1 dc in next dc) repeat 4 (6) times, 1 dc into next dc, turn leaving remaining stitches unworked.

Row 2: 3 ch, *miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * to end working last dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 3: as Row 2. Fasten off.

SIZES L, 4XL, 5XL ONLY NECKLINE

Fasten off. Miss first dc and next 3 (4, 4) shell groups, join yarn in last dc of last shell group.

Row 1: 3 ch, (miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss next 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc) repeat across working last dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 2: 3 ch, *miss 3 dc, 1 shell into next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc; repeat from * to end working last dc into top of beginning 3 ch. 

Row 3: as Row 1. Fasten off. 

CARDIGAN RIGHT FRONT PANEL

Join yarn in top of beg 3 ch stitch from Row 30 on the opposite side of the panel to start the right front panel. 

Repeat pattern as for Left Front Panel above. Fasten off.

BACK PANEL SIZES S, M, 2XL, 3XL ONLY

Back panel is worked in between the two front panels already created.

Join yarn in last 2 ch-sp used for the left front panel end 3 dc cluster on Row 31.

Row 31: 3 ch (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same 2 ch-sp, *miss 3 dc, 1 dc in next, miss 3 dc**, 1 shell in next 2 ch-sp; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **; 3 dc in last 2 ch-sp used for the right front panel end 3 dc cluster on Row 31, turn. 

Row 32: 3 ch (counts as first dc), 2 dc in same st at the bottom of 3 ch, miss 2 dc, *1 dc in next**, miss 3 dc, 1 shell in next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **; miss 2 dc, 3 dc into top of beg 3 ch from previous row, turn.

Repeat Row 32 another 9 (10, 13, 14) times. Fasten off.

BACK PANEL SIZES XS, L, XL, 4XL, 5XL ONLY

Back panel is worked in between the two front panels already created.

Join yarn in last dc stitch used for the left front panel end dc on Row 31 (so there are 2 dc worked in same st).

Row 31: 3 ch (counts as first dc), *miss 3 dc, 1 shell in next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc**, 1 dc in next; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **; 1 dc in last dc used for the right front panel end dc stitch on Row 31, turn. 

Row 32: 3 ch (counts as first dc), *miss 3 dc, 1 shell in next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc**, 1 dc in next; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **; 1 dc into top of beg 3 ch from prev rnd, turn.

Repeat Row 32 another 8 (11, 12, 15, 15) times. Fasten off.

Line up the left front panel with the back and sew or crochet together at the shoulder seam starting from the armhole towards the neck.

Repeat for right front half. Turn the right side out.

CROCHET CARDIGAN SLEEVES (repeat on both sides)

Sleeves are worked around the post of end dc sts working 3 sc per each dc of the armhole opening. Join yarn around first dc at the bottom of the armhole opening.

Rnd 1: 1 ch (doesn’t count as first st), 3 sc around first st, 3 sc around next st and each one all around the armhole opening, sl st to first sc to join. 60 (66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 102) sc

Rnd 2: 3 ch (counts as first dc), *miss 2 sts, 1 shell in next, miss 2 sts**, 1 dc in next; repeat pattern from * around ending last repeat at **, sl st to top of beg 3 ch. 

Repeat Rnd 2 another 26 (27, 27, 28, 28, 29, 29, 30, 30) times.

Next rnd: 1 ch, 1 sc in same st, *miss 3 dc, 2 sc in next 2 ch-sp, miss 3 dc**, 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, sl st to first sc. 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 51) sc

Next rnd: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to first sc. 

Repeat last rnd another two times. Fasten off.

LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN NECKLINE

Join yarn around the post of dc st at the bottom of the right front half. You will work around the front halves and around the neckline opening.

Work 3 sc around the post of each dc stitch at the end of each row of front halves including the last 3 rows of the neckline shaping.

Work 1 sc in each dc st and 2 sc in each 2 ch-sp across the neckline opening rows.

Row 1: 1 ch, 3 sc around the post of end dc of each row across right front half, 2 ch to turn corner, 1 sc in each dc st and 2 sc in each 2 ch-sp across the short neckline row, 3 sc around the post of dc st at the end of each of the next 3 rows of neckline, 1 sc in each dc st and 2 sc in each 2 ch-sp across the back, 3 sc around the post of dc st at the end of each of the next 3 rows of neckline on the opposite side, 1 sc in each dc st and 2 sc in each 2 ch-sp across the short neckline row on the other front half, 2 ch to turn corner, 3 sc around the post of end dc of each row across left front half, turn.

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Neckline continues

Row 2: 1 ch, *1 sc in each st across to next 2 ch-sp, (1 sc, 2 ch, 1 sc) in next 2 ch-sp; repeat pattern from * around, 1 sc in each st to end, turn.

Row 3: as Row 2.

Row 4 (creating button loops): 1 ch, *1 sc in each st across to next 2 ch-sp, 3 sc in next 2 ch-sp, 1 sc in each st across to next 2 ch-sp, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in next 2 ch-sp (first button loop created), (10 sc, 3 ch) twice, 1 sc in each st to end.

LACY CROCHET CARDIGAN FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

Fasten off. Sew in all ends. Lightly block the cardigan to open up the lace pattern. 

Line up the front button band with the other side and mark out the 3 button holes. Sew the buttons on the opposite side. 


I hope you will enjoy The Selene lacy crochet cardigan pattern! However, if you are on the lookout for some more crochet cardigans check out my very popular Simple and Beautiful Working Girl Cardigan- free crochet pattern which is super simple beginner pattern.

Secondly, my Flattering Open Front Crochet Cardigan- free pattern is perfect for summer season too with 3/4 length sleeve and open front.

Undoubtedly, my Crochet Bomber Jacket – Beautiful Free Cardigan Pattern was inspired by bomber jackets and with its cropped length and balloon sleeves it is a wardrobe staple.

And if you are in between seasons right now, check out Stunning Crochet Coatigan – free crochet pattern which is a cardigan and coat hybrid!

For a super hot climates, check out this Beautiful Crochet Summer Top – Free Pattern For All Sizes that will be perfect!

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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