Rockin’ Raquel Cardigan

Learn to make the Raquel Cardigan, a fun and interesting take on cardigans, from a free crochet pattern on DivineDebris.com

Hey friends! Who’s ready for a pattern to keep you cozy when you might be spending more time (than usual) at home? Because this week I’ve got the Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern for you and it’s both super easy and super cozy to make.

But first, how are you doing? I’m, I’m well. I primarily work from home on my blog and on my designs but I also work retail, part-time. So, being home isn’t hard on me but wow it is a lot, ya know? I know we’re all trying our best to keep people safe and healthy, but it’s also ok to feel bad that our lives are being disrupted. Yesterday I read a thread on Twitter that said just that, it’s ok to be sad and disappointed about everything we can’t do right now, because it is sad and hard, and that doesn’t make us bad people. That’s something that’s been weighing on my mind lately, being sad that I’m missing it out and wondering if I’m terrible because of it. You’re not, I’m not – we’re human. Ok, I’m done. Sending love and positive vibes to you.

Ok, to this design – the Raquel Cardigan is fun and different, right? I wanted to make a cardigan that was a nice cocoon shape but not quite the same as all the others you see out there. I think I accomplished that, right? Honestly, I’m so happy with out this design turned out, it’s really delightfully cozy to curl up in.

And for this design I used Upcycle Reserve 100% Wool Worsted from Knit Picks (affiliate link), which was sent to me by We Crochet (affiliate link) with no expectation of a review positive or negative. I can honestly say that I loved using this yarn, it’s really nice and I’m not even a huge fan of wool in a lot of cases.

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Learn to make the Raquel Cardigan, a fun and interesting take on cardigans, from a free crochet pattern on DivineDebris.com

Materials

  • US I (5.50 mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted/ medium/ size #4 weight yarn 
    • Specs in the Finished Product Dimensions
  • Notions: scissors, measuring tape, needle

Gauge

  • 14 rows x 13 st (dc & sc alternating) = 4” (blocked)
    Ravelry link

Terms/ Stitches used

  • RS: right side
  • St: stitch
  • Ch: chain
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Dc: double crochet

Notes

  • This pattern is worked in one piece and in 5 sections: the Left side, Back piece, Right side, and 2 Lapel edging sections.
  • The Left, Back, and Right side are worked as one continuous piece, then you secure end points to create the arm holes. 
  • The ch-1 at the beginning of the rows does not count as a stitch.
  • The sample in the photos is Sm/Md worked in Knit Picks Upcycle Reserve Wool Worsted.
  • The measurements are from the arm hole to arm hole on the Back, the Lapel edges are counted as a separate section of measurement and are not in the “back height” measurement.

Finished product dimensions (measurements may vary by gauge and yarn used)

SM/MD
Back Width: 18.5”
Back Height: 23”
Arm hole: 9”
Lapel edging: 5.5”
Yarn: 15.5 oz/ 962 yds

LG/1X
Back Width: 20”
Back Height: 24”
Arm hole: 9”
Lapel edging: 5.5”
Yarn: 17 oz/ 1055 yds

2X/3X
Back Width: 22”
Back Height: 25”
Arm hole: 10”
Lapel edging: 5.5”
Yarn: 18.6 oz/ 1154 yds

4X/5X
Back Width: 23”
Back Height: 26”
Arm hole: 10”
Lapel edging: 5.5”
Yarn: 20 oz/ 1241 yds

Learn to make the Raquel Cardigan, a fun and interesting take on cardigans, from a free crochet pattern on DivineDebris.com

Pattern instructions

Raquel Cardigan free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Left side
Sizing as follows: SM/MD (LG/1X, 2X/3X, 4X/5X)

Row 1: Ch 45 (49, 51, 53), sc into the second ch from the hook, dc into the next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 20 (22, 23, 24) more times – 22 (24, 25, 26) sc, 22 (24, 25, 26) dc
Rows 2 – 31 (31, 35, 35): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, dc into the next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 20 (22, 23, 24) more times – 22 (24, 25, 26) sc, 22 (24, 25, 26) dc

Row 32 (32, 36, 36): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, dc into the  next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 20 (22, 23, 24) more times, ch 31 (31, 33, 33) – 22 (24, 25, 26) sc, 22 (24, 25, 26) dc

Raquel Cardigan free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com


Back

Row 33 (33, 37, 37): sc into the second ch from the hook, dc into the next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 35 (37, 39, 40) more times – 37 (39, 41, 42) sc, 37 (39, 41, 42) dc
Rows 34 (34, 38, 38) – 97 (101, 109, 115): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, dc into the next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 35 (37, 39, 40) more times – 37 (39, 41, 42) sc, 37 (39, 41, 42) dc

Right side
Rows 98 (102, 110, 116) – 129 (133, 145, 151): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, dc into the next st, *sc into the next st, dc into the next st,* repeat from * to * 20 (22, 23, 24) more times – 22 (24, 25, 26) sc, 22 (24, 25, 26) dc

Do not fasten off. Move onto the 1st Lapel edging section.

Your cardigan should look like the photo below now.

Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Left, Back, and Right side example before lapels
Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Left, Back, and Right side example before lapels

For the Lapel you will need to work down the Right side row to the pink X, move to the next pink X on the Back piece, crochet into those row ends towards the blue X, move to the next blue X on the Left side piece, and work across the other side of the original chain row.

 Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Left, Back, and Right side showing how work Lapels
Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Left, Back, and Right side showing how work Lapels

1st Lapel edging
Row 1: Ch 1, turn, hdc into the next 44 (48, 50, 52) sts on the Right side, move to the row ends of the the Back, hdc into the next 65 (69, 73, 79) row ends, move to the other side of Row 1 of the Left side, hdc into the next 44 (48, 50, 52) sts of the other side of Row 1 – 153 (165, 173, 183) hdc
Rows 2 – 15: Ch 1, turn, hdc into the next 153 (165, 173, 183) sts – 153 (165, 173, 183) hdc
Do not fasten off, move to the 2nd Lapel edging.
Your piece should look something like the photo below.

  Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Example of completed 1st Lapel
Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Example of completed 1st Lapel


2nd Lapel edging
Row 1:
Ch 1, turn, hdc into the next 15 row ends of the 1st Lapel edging, hdc into the next 129 (133, 145, 151) row ends (of the Right side, Back, and Left side) sections, hdc into the next 15 row ends – 159 (163, 175, 181) hdc
Rows 2 – 15: Ch 1, turn, hdc into the next 159 (163, 175, 181) sts – 159 (163, 175, 181) hdc
Fasten off, weave in your ends.

Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern: Example of completed 2nd Lapel
Raquel Cardigan free crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Tada! There it is, the Raquel Cardigan crochet pattern! I hope you love it and use the hashtag #DivineDebris on Instagram and I’ll share it in my stories!

7 thoughts on “Rockin’ Raquel Cardigan

  1. I think I may be missing something with the change from the left side to the back should there be a chain to stitch into as it says in row 33 sc into the second ch from the hook. Can you help? I really want to make this to wear in the hospital while recovering from surgery.
    Thanks
    Shirley Pack

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