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Bernadette Boucle Cardi Crochet Pattern

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The Bernadette Boucle cardi crochet pattern is lightweight, has great texture, and ranges a whopping 9 sizes from XS – 5XL. Grab your Tunisian crochet hooks and work up this gorgeous crochet cardigan using Bubbly Boucle yarn from WeCrochet.

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Bernadette Boucle Cardi Crochet Pattern

This is a free Tunisian crochet pattern that is remarkably simple. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how easy and quickly this pattern works up. When dreaming up this cardigan I envisioned a streamlined cardi that hits mid-thigh and has simple lines with useful pockets. This cardigan crossed off all those requirements. And so chic, too!

The Bubbly Boucle yarn is absolutely gorgeous. At first I wanted to design a traditional crochet version using single crochet or half double crochet. What I noticed, though, is that the stitches created with traditional crochet using this yarn were very dense. This meant that not only did I have to crochet a LOT of rows to get a substantial piece of fabric, but that I was using a TON of yarn and the stitches felt just… off.

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Since I’ve been on a bit of a Tunisian crochet kick the past year or so between the Tunisian Basics Crochet Along, the 6 weeks of Advanced Tunisian techniques and tips, and the Harvest Moon Tunisian Collection pattern book… I decided to give the Tunisian Simple Stitch a try.

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I also played around with different lights, white backgrounds, and other ideas for making working with the Boucle yarn easier to do. Make sure you check out this list of 8 tips for working with boucle yarn before you get started.

The colors of this boucle yarn are amazing and I couldn’t help myself when I saw the “Popping Candy” and the “Lime Fizz”. OMG! 🤤😍

boucle yarn crochet pattern

Grab the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home Blog Shop… OR build a kit on WeCrochet that includes the pattern and the yarn. How cool is that?!

Materials:

Bubbly Boucle Yarn (“Spritzer” pictured)
-approx. (870, 945, 1030, 1150, 1225, 1330, 1400, 1470, 1540) yards

Tunisian Crochet hook in size 5mm with cable (see a full review of my favorite Tunisian hooks here and more on all types of Tunisian crochet hooks here)

Double ended Tunisian crochet hook in size 5mm (with this set you’ll have everything you need)

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.

Gauge: 12.5 sts x 9.5 rows in 4” of Tunisian Simple Stitch

Sizing: (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Finished Garment Bust Measurement: (30”, 34”, 38”, 43”, 47”, 51”, 54”, 58”, 62”)

Finished Garment Length: 31” neck to hem. To make your cardigan longer or shorter, add or remove rows from the “body” before moving on to the “right”, “center”, and “left” panels. Every ~10 rows added or removed equals roughly 4” in length.

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

ES = Edge Stitch (aka Outside Stitch)

TSS = Tunisian Simple Stitch

TPS = Tunisian Purl Stitch

TKS = Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tslst = Tunisian Slip Stitch (for fastening off) = insert hook into front vertical bar, sl st.

Tunisian in the round is used for sleeves. See more on Tunisian in the round here.

Backward Pass as normal. Ch-1, * YO pull through two loops * to end.

Gauge Swatch/Pockets:

Make two…

Foundation Row: Ch-(20), pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. Backward Pass.

Rows 1 through (14): TSS in each st across, ES. Backward Pass. (20)

Rows (15) through (18): TKS in 2 sts, * TPS in 2 sts, TKS in 2 sts * repeat between * * to end, ES. Backward Pass. (20)

Tslst across. Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew to cardigan front. Should measure approx. 6.5” (16.5 cm) wide. Set aside for assembly later.

Body:

Using the cabled 5mm hook…

Row 1: Ch-(94, 106, 120, 136, 148, 160, 170, 182, 194), pull up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each to end. Backward Pass. (94, 106, 120, 136, 148, 160, 170, 182, 194)

Rows 2 through (60, 60, 60, 60, 60, 57, 56, 55, 55): TSS in each st across, ES. Backward Pass. (94, 106, 120, 136, 148, 160, 170, 182, 194)

Do not fasten off.

Right:

Row (61, 61, 61, 61, 61, 58, 57, 56, 56): TSS in next (19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 34) sts only. Backward Pass. (20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 35)

Rows (62, 62, 62, 62, 62, 59, 58, 57, 57) through (74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74): repeat row 2 (20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 30, 31, 33, 35)

Tslst across. Fasten off leaving a long enough tail for sewing shoulders.

Center/Back:

Leaving (3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22) sts open/unworked from where “right” ended… attach in the next open stitch on “body” (that loop counts as stitch #1)…

Row (61, 61, 61, 61, 61, 58, 57, 56, 56): TSS in next (47, 49, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71, 75, 79) sts only. Backward Pass. (48, 50, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80)

Rows (62, 62, 62, 62, 62, 59, 58, 57, 57) through (74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74): repeat row 2 (48, 50, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80)

Tslst across. Fasten off leaving a long enough tail for sewing shoulders.

Left:

Leaving (3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22) sts open/unworked from where “center/back” ended… attach in the next open stitch on “body” (that loop counts as stitch #1)…

Row (61, 61, 61, 61, 61, 58, 57, 56, 56): TSS in remaining (18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 33) sts, ES. Backward Pass. (20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 35)

Rows (62, 62, 62, 62, 62, 59, 58, 57, 57) through (74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74, 74): repeat row 2 (20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 35)

Tslst across. Fasten off.

Construction:

Fold “right” and “left” in and seam shoulders stitch for stitch using the Mattress Stitch. You should have (8, 8, 10, 8, 10, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts for the neck opening.

Inner Edging:

Looking at RS with the top to the left, attach at bottom corner using the cabled 5mm hook…

Row 1: Pull up a loop in each row end (and neck sts) around the entire front opening, ES. Backward Pass. (156, 156, 158, 156, 158, 156, 158, 158, 158)

Rows 2 through 5: TSS in each st across, ES. Backward Pass. (156, 156, 158, 156, 158, 156, 158, 158, 158)

Tslst across. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sleeves:

Using the double ended hook, work in a spiral. Always leave a minimum of 2 loops on your hook, one from the forward pass and one from the backward pass. For help with working Tunisian Crochet in the round, you’ll want to head over and check out this post.

Round 1: Attach at the bottom center of armhole, pull up a total of (19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29, 32, 34, 35) loops evenly up to shoulder seam. Knock those loops off in the Backward Pass. Pull up (20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32, 35, 36) more loops evenly back down to bottom of armhole opening. Knock those loops off in the Backward Pass. (39, 42, 44, 47, 52, 59, 64, 69, 71)

*make sure you don’t get too tight on the Backward Pass!

Size XS ONLY:

Rounds 2 through 6: TSS in each st around. Backward Pass. (39)

Round 7: TSS in all but last 2 sts, TSS2tog. Backward Pass. (38)

Rounds 8 through 12: repeat round 2 (38)

Round 13: repeat round 7 (37)

Rounds 14 through 25: repeat rounds 8 – 13 (ending with 35 sts)

Rounds 26 through 28: repeat round 2 (35)

Rounds 29 through 36: repeat rounds 7, 2, 2, 2 in order (ending with 33 sts)

Round 37: repeat round 7 (32)

Round 38: repeat round 2 (32)

Jump to “CUFF” below.

Sizes S, M, L ONLY:

Rounds 2 through 4: TSS in each st around. Backward Pass. (42, 44, 47)

Round 5: TSS in all but last 2 sts, TSS2tog. Backward Pass. (41, 43, 46)

Rounds 6 through 8: repeat round 2 (41, 43, 46)

Rounds 9 through (32, 24, 20) repeat rounds 5 – 8 (ending with 35, 39, 43 sts)

Round (33, 25, 21): repeat round 5 (34, 38, 42)

Round (34, 26, 22): repeat round 2 (34, 38, 42)

Rounds (35, 27, 23) through (38, 38, 40): repeat rounds previous two rounds (ending with 32, 32, 32 sts)

Jump to “CUFFS” below.

Sizes XL ONLY:

Round 2: TSS in each st around. Backward Pass. (52)

Round 3: TSS in all but last 2 sts, TSS2tog. Backward Pass. (51)

Rounds 4 through 41: repeat rounds 2 & 3 (ending with 32 sts)

Round 42: repeat round 2 (32)

Jump to “CUFFS” below.

Sizes 2XL, 3XL, 4XL ONLY:

Round 2: TSS in each st around. Backward Pass. (59, 64, 69)

Round 3: TSS in all but last 2 sts, TSS2tog. Backward Pass. (58, 63, 68)

Round 4: repeat round 2 (58, 63, 68)

Rounds 5 through (28, 18, 8): repeat rounds 3 & 4 (ending with 46, 56, 66 sts)

Rounds (29, 19, 9) through (42, 42, 42): repeat round 3 (ending with 32, 32, 32 sts)

Jump to “CUFFS” below.

Size 5XL ONLY:

Round 2: TSS in each st around. Backward Pass. (71)

Round 3: TSS in all but last 2 sts, TSS2tog. Backward Pass. (70)

Round 4: repeat round 2 (70)

Rounds 5 through 42: repeat round 3 (ending with 32 sts)

Jump to “CUFFS” below.

CUFFS:

Rounds (39, 39, 39, 41, 43, 43, 43, 43, 43) through (42, 42, 42, 44, 46, 46, 46, 46, 46): * TKS in 2 sts, TPS in 2 sts * repeat between * * around (32)

Tslst around. Fasten off and weave in all ends. Repeat on the other arm.

Sew pockets to cardigan front, approx 3.5“ (9cm) in from the inner edging.

I can’t wait to see yours! Be sure to tag @HeartHookHome across all social media, or share in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook.

Bernadette Boucle Cardi crochet pattern

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  1. Hi Ashley! This is TUNISIAN! Oh my goodness! Just how brilliant are you! Just purchased PDF, thank you for the discount! Then, I realized, I just had to have the Bubbly Boucle yarn! I ordered the Cola shade and bought a couple of extra skeins for added length. Thank you for discount code! Ashley, you’re a remarkable designer and remarkable woman! I have purchased and made many of your designs in the past…..you were in the top 3 of my best and most favourite designers, but I must now honour you with the Number One spot! Tunisian is my best way of making anything and you are so spot on with your designs! Just incredible - I have already printed your pattern, now just have to wait “patiently” for the beautiful yarn to arrive! Alpaca! What an absolute treat and luxury to be working with it and wearing it after! I will post finished pics, for sure! God bless you and your family!
    1. Awww...thank you so much for you kind words and support! I hope you love this pattern...and the yarn!
  2. I’m just wondering if I will need a yarn swift with this Bouclé yarn? I ordered the yarn in preparation for your new pattern coming out tomorrow.
    1. Yes, the would will need to be wound and a swift would be helpful...but, I have used a couple of chair backs from my dining tables to hand wind before. Just loop the yarn hank around the backs of 2 chairs (make sure the chairs are far enough apart that the yarn is kind of taut) then just hand-wind the yarn into a ball...sometimes it helps to walk around the chairs as you go so you can get some extra steps in while you're at it!
  3. That is a very nice sweater. I love it. You are amazing the patterns you create and sweetheart, sharing other things too. Thank you