Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

It’s that time of year again.  You know the day before Thanksgiving when you can’t even get onto the parking lot of a single grocery store.  The highways are ridiculously crowded, and you’re either traveling to be with family and friends or you’re expecting a houseful of them at any time.  It’s a very stressful holiday for some.  For me this year, Thanksgiving is my wedding anniversary.  My parents don’t live close and next weekend in their 50th anniversary.  Next weekend the whole family will be descending on their small town for a 50th anniversary party that my brother and I have planned for them. It didn’t make sense to try and drive to their house 2 weeks in a row—plus I work full time for a retail company, so getting Black Friday off is not possible. So, this year I’m staying home. My husband actually has to work on Thanksgiving Day, so I will be spending the day putting my tree up, wrapping gifts, getting those crocheted gifts blocked and ready to be wrapped.  All of those things that one doesn’t really have a lot of time to do this time of year.  So, for all of you who are battling the stress of the day, my advice is pick up your crochet hook.  Even if you can only spare a few minutes—it’s amazing how just stitching a few rows will take the edge off!!!! (believe me I know!)  There have been so many times in my life where the stress of whatever is going on at the time could have been debilitating were it not for my crochet! 

This week’s free pattern is a lovely ruffled sweater.  This is a fairly easy pattern and I think would make a great Christmas cardigan—especially if done in a beautiful metallic red or green or even a snowy white color.  Perfect for those holiday gatherings.  Will look equally chic with a pair of skinny jeans or your go to LBD for holiday parties.  Enjoy! And a very happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

Pewter Ruffled Cardigan

Designed byLori Baker

Directions are for size Small.  Changes for sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large are in parentheses.

RED HEART® yarn name: 5(6,6,7) skeins Shimmer yarn in Pewter

Crochet Hook H/5 MM, Yarn needle

GAUGE: 16 sts = 4”; 10 rows = 4”.  CHECK YOUR GAUGE.  Use any size needles/hook to obtain the gauge given

Back

Row 1): Ch 70, (76, 82, 88), sc in second ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across.  Turn   

Row 2): RIGHT SIDE--Ch 3, dc in first ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next ch sp, rep from * across to last sc, dc in last sc.  Turn.

Row 3):  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * across.

Rows 4—40):  Rep row 2 & 3 end by working row 2.  Place marker at each end of row 40/  Turn.

Rows 41—57):  Continue in est pattern. Turn.

Large and X-Large only:

Work 2 more rows of pattern (rows 58 &59)

Shoulders—alll sizes:

Row 1:  Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 9 times more.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sk next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * across.  Fasten off.

Skip next 25,(31,37,43) sts on row 57, (57, 59, 59) rejoin with sl st to next ch 1 sp, Ch 4,  (counts as dc and ch 1 sp), dc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * to last st, dc in last st.  Turn.

Next row:  Ch 1, sc in first dc, *ch1, sk next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, Rep from * across, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch.  Fasten off.

LEFT FRONT:

Ch 36,(42.48,54)

Rows 1—40: Work same as for back, place st markers at end of row 40.

Rows 41—53: Continue in est pattern.

Large & X-Large Only:

Row 54—55: Continue in est pattern

All Sizes:

Row 54(54,56,56): Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sk next sc, dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 12 times more.  Turn.

Row 55(55,57,57): Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next st, rep from * across. Turn.

Row 56(56,58,58): Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *ch1, sknext sc, dc in next st, rep from * 11 times more. Turn.

Row 57(57,59,59): Rep row 55.

Row 58(58,60,60): Ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, rep from * 9 times more.  Turn.

Row 59(59,61,61): Rep row 55. Fasten off.

RIGHT FRONT:

(work same as left front to row 53,(53,55,55) Fasten off at end of 53(55).

Row 54(54,56,56):  Skip first 6 sts on previous row, rejoin with sl st in next st, ch 4, sk next st, dc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st, rep from *across to last st, dc in last st.  Turn.

Rows 55(55,57,57): Rep row 55 of left front.

Row 56(56,58,58)--59(59,61,61): Rep as for left front.  Fasten off.

Joining—Using yarn needle and holding right sides together, sew together at shoulder seams.  Sew together from row 1 up to row 40 at side seams.

SLEEVES: 

You will be working in rounds for sleeves

Join yarn with sl st at bottom of armhole.   

Rnd 1:  Work 59,(65,71,77) sc evenly spaced around armhole.  Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 4, sk next sc, *dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc.  Rep from * around.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. 

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next ch 1 sp, *ch 1, sk next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * around.  Join with sl st to first sc.

Rnds 4—20(22,24,26):  Rep Rnds 2 & 3, ending with rnd 2.  Fasten off.  Rep for other sleeve.

Edging:

Rnd 1:  Join with sl st to bottom right corner of rt front, ch 5, dc in same st, work (dc, ch1, dc) (v-st made), in end of each dc row to neckline.  Work V-st in every 3rd st around neck.  Work v-st in end of each dc row down left front, work v-st in corner and in every 3rd st around bottom.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5.

Rnds 2—5: Sl st to first ch 2 sp, ch 5, dc in same sp, work v-st in each ch 2 sp around.  Join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Rnd 6:  Sl st to first ch 2 sp, ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in first ch 2 sp, work (3dc, ch 2, 3dc)(shell made) in each ch 2 sp around.  Join to beg ch 3.  Fasten off.

Sleeve edging: 

Rnd 1: Join with sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 5, dc in same sp, V-st in each ch sp around.  Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 5.

Rnds 2—6: Rep rnds 2—6 of body edging.  Fasten off.