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Fishnet crochet stitch cardigan pattern
A crochet mesh cardigan is a summer staple to top your tanks, swimwear and all summer wardrobe essentials.
Crochet mesh cardigans are a popular choice for both creators and wearers every spring and summer:
- Breathability: The open and airy mesh design allows for excellent airflow, making it a perfect choice for warmer weather or layering without feeling too heavy.
- Versatility: Mesh cardigans can be dressed up or down. They pair well with casual outfits for a relaxed look or can be styled over dresses or more formal attire for a chic ensemble. They work great at the beach for swimwear coverups too.
- Comfortable Wear: The lightweight nature of the mesh crochet stitch makes this type of crochet cardigan comfortable to wear for extended periods.
This crochet mesh stitch version uses an elegant yarn, truboo. Great drape and sheen that stays cool even in full summer sun.
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Picking a crochet mesh stitch
For me the first step is figuring out which mesh I like for my cardigan. I played around with stitches to get one that worked with the drape of truboo yarn. It is deal for warm weather with an elegant feel and look.
A crochet mesh cardigan is a must have for every crocheter.
Mesh can be very simple looking and others are more intricate. This sweet citrus summer cotton cardigan pattern design is a popular meshy short sleeve option that uses durable soft cotton yarn.
So many natural fiber yarns are available now beyond cotton. You can learn here about the variety of warm weather friendly yarns commercially available.
Materials needed to make the crochet cardigan pattern
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This pattern originally was made with nuboo which is no longer available but I have updated with truboo yarn in the 2023 version of the pattern. Coboo yarn would work nicely as well. Hobby Lobby line, Yarn Bee has a lovely bamboo called Bamboo-tiful.
You will also need:
- Truboo yarn
- 6 mm crochet hook
- Measuring tape
- Stitch marker
- Blocking materials
- Tapestry needle
You may also like this truboo poncho pattern that has a wonderful luxe drape and you can live in it all summer.
Back to the cardigan!
Summer weight crochet cardigan
This full length meshy cardigan pattern has long elegant straight sleeves. After wearing it out in warm spring sun and it is just as cool and comfortable as cotton (except it looks pretty when the sun hits it). You can totally customize the sleeve length, width and the length of the cardigan itself.
Garment is meant to drape and be open rather than for full coverage (I think of it as an accessory to summer basics)- if using as a swim cover you may attach a non corrosive clasp such as lucite, plastic or wood.
Mesh crochet cardigan size options
As with all my garment patterns it is important to me that I give you control over the fit, not just the size and stitch count of an item. Being hard to fit I get how frustrating it is to make something and have it not fit well in challenging areas or be too tight or too loose overall. This pattern has lots of tweaks to get the fit just right the way a professional tailor would do for you.
Adjust the length, sleeve width and length, neckline and shoulder with simple tweaks and I show you exactly how.
Pattern has inclusive sizing as follows:
To go to a bit more roomy than size 6, instructions are included so you have a comfortable fit that skims curves.
Using a simple stitch sequence you will work up a back panel, two front panels then seam them together like a real cardigan then add the sleeves directly into the main body piece. Make a cap sleeve, mid length or full straight sleeve as shown on model image.
Blocking your summer mesh crochet cardigan
You will need blocking materials (mats or a yoga mat you don’t mind getting pin prick marks in, blocking combs or pins) for the natural yarns to reach the measurement you need AND to open up the mesh to get that distinctive stitch to show up to its best advantage.
Get your PDF pattern for the Nantucket crochet mesh cardigan here.