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Crochet this easy, free Rainbow Cardigan

Lee’s Rainbow Cardigan is a beginner friendly crochet pattern worked in pieces, and then seamed together. A comfy fit, and easy half double crochet stitches bring this sweater to life! I crocheted this cheerful cardigan using the new yarn from Furls Crochet called Wander. The colours are gorgeous!

Lee's Rainbow Cardigan - free crochet pattern
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Lee's Rainbow Cardigan - free crochet pattern

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Lee's Rainbow Cardigan - free crochet pattern
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Now that you’re all set, here’s the pattern for the Lee’s Rainbow Cardigan!

Lee's Rainbow Cardigan - free crochet pattern
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Yarn

Furls Crochet Wander Worsted (120yds/100g) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) balls each Sunrise (A), Amethyst (B), Midnight (C), Surf (D), Meadow (E), Canary (F), Ambrosia (G), Pomegranate (H). 

Materials

US Size I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors. 

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Size/Measurements

XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x. 

Measurements 

Bust: 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 50-54, 56-58, 60-62)”

Gauge

14 hdc x 12 rows = 4”

Special Stitches

Fhdc (foundationless half double crochet) = ch 2, yo and insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 1 loop on hook (1st ch made), yo and pull through 3 loops (hdc made), *yo and insert hook into ch of previous foundation stitch, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 1 loop on hook (ch made), yo and pull through 3 loops (hdc made); repeat from * until desired number of fhdc have been made. 

Notes

Ch 1 at start of round does not count as a stitch.

Instructions for the Lee’s Rainbow Cardigan:

Instructions

Yarn

Furls Crochet Wander Worsted (120yds/100g) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) balls each Sunrise (A), Amethyst (B), Midnight (C), Surf (D), Meadow (E), Canary (F), Ambrosia (G), Pomegranate (H).  

Materials

US Size I/9 (5.5)mm crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers. 

Sizes/Measurements

Extra small, small, medium/large, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x/5x

30 (34, 38/42, 46, 50, 54, 58/62)” Bust. 

Gauge
14 hdc x 12 rows = 4”

Notes

  1. Ch 1 does not count as a st. 

Abbreviations

Fphdc (front post half double crochet) = Yo, insert hook around post of indicated stitch from front to back, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 3 loops. 

Bphdc (back post half double crochet) = Yo, insert hook around post of indicated stitch from back to front, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 3 loops. 

Fhdc (foundationless half double crochet) = ch 2, yo and insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 1 loop on hook (1st ch made), yo and pull through 3 loops (hdc made), *yo and insert hook into ch of previous foundation stitch, yo and pull up loop, yo and pull through 1 loop on hook (ch made), yo and pull through 3 loops (hdc made); repeat from * until desired number of fhdc have been made. 

Instructions:

Plan your stripes

The way I planned the stripes of colours for my cardigan is to take the total number of rows for the back panel so 58 (58, 60, 60, 60, 60, 60) and divide it by 8 colours. It worked out to be approximately 7 rows for each colour (7×8=56). If you are using more or less colours, simply divide the row total above by the number of colours you plan to use, and find the closest number to assign your row colours. 

Back

Follow colour sequence A through H, changing colours every 7 rows. You will have a few extra rows of H at the top. 

Row 1:  Fhdc 81 (91, 101, 111, 121, 131, 141).

Row 2:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [bphdc, fphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn.

Row 3:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [fphdc, bphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Row 4:  Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn. 

Row 5:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st, hdc2tog, hdc across, turn–80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140)sts. 

Rows 6-12:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Row 13:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc across to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last, turn–78 (88, 98, 108, 118, 128, 138)sts. 

Rows 14-20:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 21-26:  Repeat Rows 13-14 three times–72 (82, 92, 102, 112, 122, 132) sts. 

Rows 27-28:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 29-34:  Repeat Rows 13-14 three times–66 (76, 86, 96, 106, 116, 126) sts. 

Rows 35-36:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Row 37:  Repeat Row 13–64 (74, 84, 94, 104, 114, 124) sts. Place a st marker in 1st and last st of this row for sleeve placement.

Rows 38-58 (58, 60, 60, 58, 58, 58, 58):  Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn. 

Sizes 2x, 3x, 4x/5x only:

Row 59:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Repeat Row 59 another 2 (3, 4) times. 

All Sizes

Fasten off, weave in ends. 

Front

Make 2. 

Follow the same colour sequence as Back. 

Row 1:  Fhdc 31 (37, 41, 47, 51, 57, 61). 

Row 2:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [bphdc, fphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Row 3:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [fphdc, bphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Row 4:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Sizes XS, Med/Lg, 2x, 4x/5x only:

Row 5:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc in each st across, turn–30 (40, 50, 60) sts. 

Sizes Small, 1x, 3x only:

Row 5:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc across to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last, turn–35 (45, 55) sts. 

All Sizes:

Rows 6-12:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Row 13:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc in last, turn–29 (34, 39, 44, 49, 54, 59) sts. 

Row 14:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 15-18:  Repeat Rows 13-14 twice–27 (32, 37, 42, 47, 52, 57) sts. 

Rows 19-20:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 21-26:  Repeat Rows 13-14 three times–24 (29, 34, 39, 44, 49, 54) sts. 

Rows 27-28:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 29-34:  Repeat Rows 13-14 three times–21 (26, 31, 36, 41, 46, 51) sts. 

Rows 35-36:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Row 37:  Repeat Row 13–20 (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50) sts. Place a marker in last st of Row 37 for sleeve placement. 

Rows 38-42:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Shape Neck

Rows 1-2:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Row 3:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, hdc2tog, hdc across, turn–19 (24, 29, 34, 39, 44, 49) sts. 

Row 4:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 5-8:  Repeat Rows 3-4 twice–17 (22, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47) sts. 

Rows 9-10:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 11-14:  Repeat Rows 3-4 twice–15 (20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45) sts. 

Rows 15-16 (16, 18, 18, 16, 16, 16):  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Sizes 2x (3x, 4x/5x) only:

Row 17:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Repeat Row 17 2 (3, 4) times. 

All Sizes:  

Fasten off, weave in ends. 

Sleeves

Make 2. 

For the sleeves, you will be doing 4 rows of A, 7 rows each of colours B-G, and 4 rows of H. 

Row 1:  Fhdc 55 (55, 63, 63, 67, 69, 73), turn. 

Row 2:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st [bphdc, fphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Row 3:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [fphdc, bphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Row 4:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 5-8:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, 2 hdc in next, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 9-11:  Ch 1, hdc across, turn. 

Rows 12-46:  Repeat Rows 5-11 6 times. 

Rows 47-50:  Repeat Rows 5-8. 

Fasten off, weave in ends. 

Assembly

Sew shoulder seams. Insert Sleeves between stitch markers and sew sleeve seams. Sew side seams. Sew Sleeve seams. 

Collar 

Matching the colour sequence and starting at bottom of front.

Row 1:  Ch 1, hdc in each row end of front panel, across neckline, and across opposite front panel, turn. 

Rows 2-3:  Ch 1, hdc in 1st st, [bphdc, fphdc] across to last, hdc in last, turn. 

Fasten off, weave in ends. 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, let me know if you make one of your own! I would love to see it over on instagram when you use the hashtag #cococrochetlee.

Happy Crocheting!!

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