Cap Sleeve Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Last week I got my hands on some of the most gorgeous yarn (you might have seen me already share it on Instagram and Facebook)! Lion Brand has come out with a new line called Modern Baby Yarn and it is absolutely stunning. If you are a yarn addict like me you NEED this in your life! Here is some info about the yarn: It is a weight category 3 – DK weight: light worsted yarn and it’s made up of 50% acrylic and 50% nylon fibers. It’s incredibly soft to the touch, much like a jersey t-shirt. The strands are thinner and don’t fray because of their chainette construction. The best way I can describe it is if you look closely, it almost looks like the yarn is woven like a shoe lace string. The yarn is washable and stretches but will usually recover to its original shape. Because of this I knew I wanted to create something wearable. And those bright, modern colors were the perfect palette for a little striped sweater. This Cap Sleeve Cardigan is so incredibly simple to make. Don’t be intimidated. This is a beginner crochet project. With only 26 rows to crochet you can finish this during nap time! To my surprise, it worked up so quickly, I didn’t even get the chance to take my usual step-by-step photos…but I am confident that you don’t need them! This is the perfect piece for cool summer nights and breezy fall days. And it could easily be layered over a long sleeve shirt.

Currently you can purchase Modern Baby yarn in 12 colors. The colors you see in the photo above are: Grey, Purple, Turquoise, Chartreuse, and Yellow. You can purchase it directly from or it’s also available on Amazon. I believe it is also available in stores but I have not personally seen it at my local craft stores (yet).

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Sizing: My 11 month old daughter (18.5lbs) is modeling the cardigan. It’s a little small for her so I would say this a good piece for 6-9 month olds. I wasn’t sure how the sizing would turn out while I was crocheting it, so when I make another I will make it a little bigger. You can increase (or decrease) in multiples of 10 (+1 for your starting chain) for larger or smaller sizes.

Now let me explain more (but keep in mind I haven’t tested larger sizes)…
If you look at rows 2-5 you will start to see a repeating pattern of increases. So let’s say instead of starting with a row of 50 SC, you start with 80 SC. Then you will want to begin your increasing with what you see in Row 5 (2 DC in first, DC in next 7, repeat across for a total of 90 DC). Your next row would look like this: 2 DC in first, DC in next 8, repeat across for a total of 100 DC. See how that works?

To make larger arm holes you will need to skip more stitches and add more chains. So instead of chaining 10 and skipping 15 stitches, you could chain 15 and skip 20 stitches, or chain 20 and skip 25 stitches, etc.

Another way to make a larger cardigan is to use a larger hook and worsted weight yarn. Try using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice paired with an H hook.

Lion Brand Modern Baby Yarn in Grey, Purple, Turquoise, Chartreuse, and Yellow  (you only need about a half a skein of each color).
– Size G (4.00mm) crochet hook 
– Tapestry needle
– 3/4″ button
Confused on how to skip stitches in Row 8? See THIS tutorial by Moogly
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Note: feel free to disregard the the color changes if you want to crochet in a solid color. You can also make it as long as you wish by continuing rows of double crochets.
Cap Sleeve Cardigan Pattern:

Starting with gray yarn…
Chain 51, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain (50 SC)
change to yellow, chain 2, turn
Row 2: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4, repeat across, chain 2, turn (60 DC)
Row 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5, repeat across, chain 2, turn (70 DC)
Row 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6, repeat across, chain 2, turn (80 DC)
Row 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 7, repeat across, chain 2, turn (90 DC)
Row 6-7: DC in each stitch across, chain 2, turn (90 DC)
change to gray yarn, chain 1, turn
Row 8: SC in the first 15 stitches, chain 10, skip 15 stitches, SC in the next 30 stitches, chain 10, skip 15 stitches, SC in the last 15 stitches
change to green yarn and chain 2, turn
Row 9-13: DC in each stitch around, chain 2, turn (DC in each chain stitch from row 8 as well) (80 DC)
change to gray yarn, chain 1, turn
Row 14: SC in each stitch around (80 SC)
change to turquoise yarn, chain 2, turn
Row 15-19: DC in each stitch around, chain 2, turn (80 DC)
change to gray yarn, chain 1, turn
Row 20: SC in each stitch around (80 SC)
change to purple yarn, chain 2, turn
Row 21-25: DC in each stitch around, chain 2 turn (80 DC)
change to gray yarn, chain 1, turn
Row 26: SC in each stitch around, continue to SC up the edge of the sweater. When you get close to the top (about 4 SC from top collar) chain 10 (this is will make the loop that will go over the button) continue to SC along the rest of the edge and join to gray in top collar, fasten off, weave in ends.
Join yarn on the opposite side of the collar and SC down edge, join to gray in bottom edge of sweater.

Sew on button on across from chain loop.
Lastly, SC with gray around the opening of each armhole.
Weave in all ends.

My little fashionista :)

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  1. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I have started making it, but since I don't have the yarn you used, I substituted Bernat Baby sport yarn instead. I am up to Row 13, but it is starting to look way too big to me. Can you tell me the measurements of your finished piece so I can know if I am okay or not? Thanks very much :)

  2. says

    This was probably the easiest professional project that I have ever made in not time flat. I used a yarn that is supposed to knit up with rows of flowers but with crocheted it worked up as a lovely variagated piece. I was wondering if you picked up stitches around the sleeve if you could make sleeves? Probably your best pattern yet! I only wished that I knitted/crocheted when my children were young so enjoy crocheting for your darling daughter.

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