If you've never crocheted a "hexagon cardigan" before, you are in for a treat. This might just be my new favorite way to crochet cardigans! Two hexagons, crocheted just like a 6 sided granny square form both the body and sleeves of this cardigan at the same time. I wanted to give it a try in this super bulky yarn for a quick project with instant gratification.
You can really use any weight yarn for this pattern because it's so adjustable! For mine in the picture, I used about 440 yards (400 m) of a super bulky, weight category 6 yarn like Red Heart Grande or Ice Yarns Alpine XL.
This cardigan is sized to fit up to a women's extra large. You may modify this pattern by adding a strip of double crochet at the back during the seaming process. Add 1 more double crochet row along the back seam for each chest measurement inch over 46in (120cm).
Here's a quick overview of the abbreviations and stitches you'll find in the pattern:
dc(s)=double crochet(s) ch=chain sl st=slip stitch st(s)=stitch(es)
dc3tog= double crochet 3 together- begin making 1dc into a stitch but only pull through the first two loops on your hook, not completing the dc. Do that two more times into each of the next 3 stitches. With 4 loops on your hook, pull through all 4 loops to complete 1dc across 3 stitches, decreasing the count by 2 stitches.
Hexagon Motif ***Make Two***
To begin, ch4 and sl st to join in the round forming a ch4 ring.
Round 1: Ch3 and make 2 more dcs into the ring. *Ch2 and make 3dcs into the ring* repeat between ** 4 more times, then ch2 and sl st to the top of your beginning ch3 to complete the round. You should have six 3dc clusters and ch2 spaces.
Round 2: Ch3 and turn your work. *2dcs into the first chain space. Ch2, then make 2 more dcs into the same chain space. Make 1dc in each of the next 3 sts.* repeat between ** one more time. Into the next chain space, make 2dc, ch2, 2dc like before, but across the next 3 stitches, dc3tog (see explanation above). Place your stitch marker into the new decrease stitch you just made. Then, continue in pattern, making 2dc, ch2, 2dc in each chain space corner and 1dc in each stitch. You'll sl st to the top of your begining ch3 (beginign ch3 counts as one dc of the last 3dc cluster).
Your hexagon is supposed to ripple and not lay flat so don't worry when the motif has a ruffle effect to it.
Rounds 3-8: Ch3 and turn your work, make 1dc in each stitch and 2dc, ch2, 2dc in each chain space corner. When you work up to the stitch before your marker, dc3tog across the next 3 stitches (your marked stitch will be in the center of the 3dcs) then move your marker up to the new decrease stitch you just made.
fasten off and weave in the ends of your two hexagons. You may want to thread a yarn tail under the dcs from round 1 so you can draw your initial ring closed more tightly.
Fold your hexagons in half so that your marker is centered at the bottom of the sleeve.
Using a whipstitch (or any method you choose) seam the cardigan along the shoulder, then seam your two hexagons together down the back of the cardigan, leaving the front edge open.