Lightweight Lucille Cardigan by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots & Cre8tion Crochet

Lightweight Lucille Cardigan

Crochet
February 2020
both are used in this pattern
DK (11 wpi) ?
With Emma's Yarn: 20 DC = 5.13" Wide by 10 Rows in Cluster Pattern (Beginning with a DC Row) = 5.5" Tall
5.0 mm (H)
430 - 247 yards (393 - 226 m)
Women XS through 5X
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11/21/22 Update: I decided to rework this cardigan, originally named the Cropped Sarasota Cardi, to add more options, and a video tutorial - it does reflect the new version, but the pattern concept is the same.

I reworked it in one of my favorite yarns - Emma’s Comfy Cotton DK. This yarn is soft, springy and lightweight, and overall, the cotton and wool blend is lovely. The stitches are more defined from the cotton, but when working, it favors the wool fiber ending up lightweight with more give and better draping. It’s cooler than you’d expect with wool, and not itchy either.

With all that said, I had to bring changes to the pattern to accommodate this yarn (plus 2 more sizes, finished lengths, and sleeve lengths), but I did not want to remove the original instructions because they’re great for yarns similar to Cascade’s Sarasota Yarn that favor the cotton fiber: are heavy and produce a tighter fabric with less stretch, like Lion Brand’s Comfy Cotton Blend, Bernat’s Softee Baby Cotton and Premier Yarns Cotton Fair. The new instructions are great for yarns that favor the wool fiber: are lighter and produce a fabric with more stretch, like Lion Brand’s Coboo, and Berroco’s Vintage DK.

One big difference to mention is the fit. The original cardigan worked in the Cascade Yarn was designed to have 2” of positive ease. This means the finished garment would measure 2” larger than the given bust measurement for each size, which produces a more oversized cardigan.

I do not like oversized garments, so in remaking this cardigan, I decided to redesign it with 6” of negative ease for a more fitted cardigan. This means the finished garment will measure 6” smaller than the given bust measurement for each size, but the yarn/fabric stretches to fit.

If you want more oversized while following the instructions for the Emma’s Yarn version, you’ll need to go up 2 sizes for the body, but still follow your original size for the sleeves. This works vice versa. If you want more fitted while following the instructions for the Cascade Yarn version, simply go down a size.

So this is a two-in-one pattern. Make sure to find the heading appropriate to your choice of yarn to follow those instructions.

Materials:

  • Lightweight #3 Yarn - the teal is Cascade Sarasota Yarn in Turquoise, and the pinkish purple is Emma’s Yarn Comfy Cotton DK in Very Berry
  • H8/5mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
  • Soft Tape Measure (essential for gauge)

Yardage Depends on Size, Overall Length and Sleeve Length, but here is a range for each size:

  • XS: 430 - 1030
  • S: 560 - 1160
  • M: 635 - 1365
  • L: 715 - 1525
  • XL: 905 - 1790
  • 2X: 920 - 1915
  • 3X: 1030 - 2095
  • 4X: 1120 - 2350
  • 5X: 1200 - 2470

Time Spent:
I worked up the medium size cropped with 3/4 length sleeves in roughly 16 hours.

Sizes Included: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X 3X, 4X, 5X

Gauge:
With Cascade Sarasota Yarn: 17 DC = 4” Wide

With Emma’s Comfy Cotton DK Yarn: 20 DC = 5.13” Wide by 10 Rows in Cluster Pattern (Beginning with a DC Row) = 5.5” Tall

Abbreviations (US Terms):

  • DC - Double Crochet
  • FDC - Foundation Double Crochet (Explained in Pattern)

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