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Lorraine Cardi Crochet Pattern

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The Lorraine Cardi is the perfect warmer weather cardigan – and one with options. Great for throwing on over a tank top in transitional weather… You choose whether to make the shorter version or the longer version, which type of closure to use (or none at all!), and which style of edging to use as well. Ranging in sizes XS – 5XL, grab your hook because this one is a FUN one to crochet!

Lorraine Cardi crochet pattern

Lorraine Cardi

The Lorraine cardi is named after my grandmother. She passed just a couple of months before my elder son was born, and I know she would have loved to have met my boys. ♥ This one is for you, Grandma!

zippered crochet cardigan

This cardigan is vertically worked which creates slimming vertical columns. The body is worked all in one piece, and the ONLY seaming on the entire thing is the width of the shoulder. We then add the sleeves, and form the cuff.

Lorraine Cardigan crochet pattern

I love the two options on this cardi. You can make the shorter, zippered cardigan, and then turn around and make the longer, open style cardigan. There are also two edging styles!

Choose between the front post/back post ribbing as in the purple version pictured, or choose the more delicate single crochet edging as shown in the yellow version here. Both versions will work great with either body style.

Honestly with those differences it almost seems to me to be a completely different design entirely. I absolutely love that!

While the pattern uses a size 2 cotton blend yarn (the purple is Shine Sport in “Crocus”) I do feel like this is more of a DK/3 weight yarn. So I whipped up the longer version using the “Limone” colorway of the Stitch 101 50/50 yarn from Yarn Bee. That is technically a 4 weight yarn blend as well, but a bit on the thin side and I was able to meet gauge just fine.

Moral of the story: just make sure you check your gauge! 😉 Here’s a great video explaining gauge – especially when it comes to wearables.

Find this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home blog shop! Thank you!


Shine Sport in “Crocus” pictured (size 2 yarn – cotton/modal blend)

-approx (965, 1065, 1225, 1325, 1400, 1530, 1580, 1800, 1880) yards

-approx (1075, 1180, 1370, 1475, 1560, 1680, 1745, 1980, 2060) yards

Crochet hook in size I/5.5mm (Body and sleeves)

Crochet hook in size G/4mm (Edging/Cuff only)

12” – 14” Zipper (optional, and for shorter version only)

Sizing: (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) = (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64)” bust

This cardi is designed to be fitted when zipped. If you would like a more roomy cardi, go up one pattern size.

Find this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home blog shop! Thank you!

lorraine cardigan

The zipper option can be intimidating… but it doesn’t have to be! I do have a full tutorial on adding a zipper to crocheted cardigans, but of course I think this design looks great without the zipper too. Make the cardigan first, then decide if it needs the zipper option or if you like it as-is.

Please be sure to share a photo of your finished Lorraine Cardi. I know my mom, aunts, and uncles would love to see them as well! Please share by tagging @HeartHookHome on all social media and in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook. ♥

Lorraine Crochet Cardi

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  1. I have downloaded the Lorainne cardigan patter, but there is 17 pages to print it out. Do you or can you do a printer friendly version? I would raeally like to do this one for my daughter and myself, but I don't have the ink to print off the entire pattern. Thanks for your help.
  2. I am finally giving this a try and am working on my swatch. I am having a hard time telling if my stitches are lining up correctly. I would appreciate a really, clear close-up of a swatch showing how the stitches line up with the row below it for this instruction: * sk next st, dc in next, dc in skipped st. *. Thank you so much.
  3. I love the look of this pattern and would like to try it. I already have yarn that I would like to use, but it is a size 4 yarn instead of the size 2 called for in the pattern. I see in your article that you did use a size 4 yarn for the longer version - what do you recommend I keep an eye on or do to make the size come out correctly?
    1. I just noticed the video on guage you mentioned in the article. I am watching it now. I think you cover everything I need to know to answer my question above. Thank you so much for making the video to help me (and everyone) with this issue!!
    1. Hi Dee! No, there is not a video for this one, but if you email support@hearthookhome.com we can get you going.
  4. Hi Ashley, I also tried to use the 50% off coupon as soon as I received the email that it was the last day. I had an "expired" message too!
  5. What do you think of a 3/4 zipper and what would I need to change? Love this as is but the lady I want to make this would prefer the zipper change. Thank you.
    1. Hi Denise! You can make the zipper longer or shorter simply by using a different length zipper. Does that help?
  6. The whole reason I looked at that pattern was Lorraine (Rainey) was also my grandma's name, and she died a year ago so she has been on my mind. That's crazy
    1. Michelle, This pattern caught my eye too because of the name. I just lost my mother in law last week. Lorraine (Rainey) as well! I was too late for the coupon but will most likely buy it to make in her honor.
  7. I tried to order your beautiful Lorraine Cardi by my credit card on your HeartHook Home blog. Not sure it went through as it had me going all over the place. I entered my information twice and by the third time I said something to myself I shall not repeat. I’m afraid to try to order again because I only want one