Ariel Boho Crochet Summer Cardigan Pattern

boho crochet summer cardigan pattern ARIEL CARDIGAN FREE PATTERN

An easy boho crochet summer cardigan pattern – the Ariel Cardigan – is now a free crochet pattern on the blog. Read about my inspiration, the yarn and the easy lace construction or scroll down for the free version. 

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Free crochet cardigan pattern for summer - The Ariel Cardigan

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Back of the Ariel boho crochet summer cardigan pattern

The Ariel boho crochet summer cardigan is an easy light and airy summer cardigan. Wear it over a tank top with simple jeans, it instantly uplifts your outfit. Long with lots of drape, it’s perfect for a summer stroll on the beach.

The Yarn

For this boho summer crochet cardigan, I choose to work with Katia Summer Comfort. It’s a sport weight yarn with a chain construction which gives it this great airy stitch definition. I used a bigger than recommended hook to give the cardigan extra drape.

It’s available in 16 gorgeous trendy colors. For this sample, I used their coral (68) colorway but I can easily imagine the cardigan in any of the other colors.

This yarn also has a special antibacterial treatment that avoids mold or bad smells when the item is wet. This treatment makes it great for beachwear. The cardigan easily doubles as a beach cover-up thanks to this special property.

shoulder details of the boho crochet summer cardigan pattern

The Crochet Cardigan Construction

The boho crochet summer cardigan is worked in 2 long panels sewed together. Each panel is worked lengthwise in rows back and forth. The panels are then folded in half and sewed together along the back and on the side (leaving a wide opening for the armholes).

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Before you Start your Boho Crochet Summer Cardigan

Materials

  • 5 mm / US H – 8 hook.
  • Katia Summer Comfort (50 g / 1.75 oz, 78% Viscose, 22% Polyamide, 105m / 115 yd) in Koraal. You will need 10 (12, 15, 17, 19) skeins
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.

Size

The crochet cardigan pattern is available in following sizes: XS / S, M / L, XL / 2XL, 3XL / 4XL, 5XL / 6XL. Sizes are written as XS / S (M / L, XL / 2XL, 3XL / 4XL, 5XL / 6XL) throughout the pattern. Pictures illustrate the M / L size.

The cardigan is designed with a loose fit, 15 – 25 cm / 6” to 10” ease at the bust.

Below are the final cardigan dimensions for the different sizes.

  • XS / S: bust 96 cm / 38”
  • M / L: bust 116 cm / 45.5”
  • XL / 2XL: bust 136 cm / 53.5”
  • 3XL / 4XL: bust 156 cm / 61.5”
  • 5XL / 6XL: bust 176 cm / 68”

The length for all sizes is 83 cm / 32.5”. To adjust the length, add/remove a multiple of 6 to the starting chain (don’t forget to adjust your yarn quantity accordingly).

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern, in alternating rows of dc / tr, is 14.5 st by 8 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm / 4” by 4” square.

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet

Notes

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 2, ch 3 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.

Special Stitches and Repeated Patterns

  • The Ariel Summer Crochet Cardigan pattern uses the floating bobbles stitch. You can find a detailed step by step stitch tutorial here.
  • Bobble stitch (7 dc cluster) = [yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a loop. Yo, pull through two loops] 7 times in the same space, yo and pull through all 8 loops.

The Actual Boho Crochet Summer Cardigan Pattern

Make 2 identical panels.

With your 5 mm / US H – 8 hook, chain 240 + 3 st.

Bobble Edge (common to all sizes)

Row 1: Tr in 4th ch from hook, tr across, turn. <240 st>

Row 2: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, [ch 2, skip 2, tr] across.

Crochet lace cardigan first 3 rows

Row 4: Ch 2, [ch 3, bobble in third ch from hook, skip 2, dc in tr below] until last 2 st, ch 3, bobble in 3rd ch from hook, skip 2, dc in 3rd ch below, turn.

Lace cardigan crochet pattern up to row 4

Row 5: Ch 2, [ch 2, skip bobble dc in dc below] across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3, [ch 2, skip 2, tr in dc below] across, ch 2, skip 2, dc in 2nd ch below.

Size-dependent section 1

Row 1: Ch 2, [dc 2 in ch-2 space below, dc in tr below] across.

Row 2: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 of this section another 0 (1, 2, 3, 4) times.

Middle Section (common to all sizes)

Row 1: Ch 2, [ch 1, skip 1, dc] across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, [dc in ch-1 space below, dc in dc below] across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Detailed view of the boho crochet summer cardigan pattern

Row 5: Ch 3, [ch 2, skip 2, tr] across.

Row 6: Ch 2, [dc 2 in ch-2 space below, dc in tr below] across.

Row 7 – 8: Repeat Row 3 and 4 of this section.

Row 9 – 10: Repeat Row 5 and 6 of this section.

Size-dependent section 2

Row 1: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 1 and 2 of this section another 0 (1, 2, 3, 4) times.

Bind off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Completed width of one panel of the cardigan crochet pattern

Blocking

You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends (except for sewing).

To make your cardigan even prettier, help even your stitches and open up the lace sections, wet block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

Assembly

Place both panels next to each other with the right side up (bobbles coming out). The bobbles should be on the outside for both panels.

How to assemble the Ariel beach coverup crochet pattern

Sew both panels together lengthwise up to 80 cm / 31.5”.

Sew up the sides up to 50 cm / 20”.

Weave in the ends.

Finished Ariel crochet beach coverup pattern

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