DIY: Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan by Annelies Baes

Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan

The linen and lace cardigan by Annelies Baes is available on Ravelry for just 1€. After testing out Euroflax sport 100% linen yarn by Louet with my Chambray Jacket, I thought I’d make something a little more complex. The pattern is a top-down crochet pattern that is worked in one piece. Starting with the yoke, I crocheted half double crochet stitches to form the fronts, back, and sleeve tops. After several rows, the pattern divides the one-piece yoke to create armholes. After I finished the body, I crocheted the arms to three-quarter length. My folks said that a short-sleeve cardigan looked nice too, but I wanted to follow the pattern more closely this first time.

Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan
After the body and arms are done, the lace part of the Linen and Lace Cardigan comes out. I crocheted four rows of lace along the front and neck edging, and five rows at the sleeves. I’m pretty happy with how this cardigan turned out; however, since I used a 100% linen yarn that doesn’t have much (or any) stretch, the elbows of this cardigan tend to bag out after a whole day of wear.

Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan
Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan
Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan

I made the linen and lace cardigan out of Louet Euroflax Sport yarn, a 100% linen yarn. After washing, the yarn gets nice and soft; unfortunately, though, it gives off a lot of lint! This is the second pattern I’ve made by designer Annelies Baes; I also made the moss stitch cardigan from Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies: 101 Projects for Infants & Toddlers. Annelies Baes says that she likes designing top-down, seamless cardigans with shaping, and I’ve got my eye on some of her other patterns!

I crocheted the linen and lace cardigan in size 16. I stopped crocheting the body after 40 rows. I added two rows of decreases for waist shaping, and then stopped the increases after I reached 40 rows. For the sleeves, I crocheted 36 rounds and ended in 55 stitches, so the sleeves would be slightly tighter.

Overall I’m happy with the cardigan, and I would love to make it again in another fibre and in different colours. The top-down construction allowed me to try on the cardigan as I progressed so I could check the sizing. The fit and lack of seaming allowed me to work this up in just a couple weeks. I’ve even got my eye on a couple other crochet tops from Top-Down Crochet Sweaters: Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit!

Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan

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