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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. ♥