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The Elizabeth Cardigan – Crochet Along (CAL) – Free Crochet Pattern

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I’ve been holding my breath for a couple of weeks now, trying to decide if and when I should start my very first crochet along (CAL). Truth be told I’ve never actually participated in a CAL myself so I decided to jump in feet first with my NEWEST design which I am calling The Elizabeth Cardigan.

Elizabeth Cardigan

The Elizabeth Cardigan – Crochet Along (CAL)

I decided to name this beauty The Elizabeth Cardigan because that is the stitch we’ll use. This stitch is also called the Mini Bean stitch, but I think the name “Elizabeth” really jazzes things up, don’t you think? I mean really, could you imagine sporting a “Mini Bean” Cardigan?! Ha!

gold cardigan with shoes and necklace, sunglasses and jeans

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The Elizabeth Cardigan CAL

I have designed this cardigan to be customizable for many body types. I’ve done this with some of my others patterns, such as the Cold Shoulder Coverup that was such a hit last summer (let’s bring that back around, mmmkay?) and as in the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy pullover and the Four-Hour Fall Sweater. If you’ve made any of those designs – and even if you haven’t! – you can make this slouchy cardigan! All we need are a few body measurements, worsted weight yarn, and a 6mm hook!

The Elizabeth Crochet Along - free crochet pattern

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Elizabeth Cardigan CAL Yarn Suggestions

Because this is a “slouchy” cardigan and we are not constructing shoulders, the fabric along the shoulder area will naturally pull and stretch. The yarn needed for this cardigan has more to do with the hook size and weave than the yarn itself. You could use anything from Big Twist, Brava, I Love This Yarn, to Mandala, Caron Cakes, a nice cotton yarn, or a DK/baby weight yarn!

I am using about 1500 yards for the “large” size and I believe that most sizes will be similar in yardage. The change in yardage will come into play most if you are taller than 5’9″ or shorter than 5’5″. Of course, as always I am available to answer any questions you may have before we start!

How a Crochet Along Works

The point of a crochet along (CAL) is to release portions of the pattern at a time, so that we are all “crocheting along” with one another as we make our cardigans. You’ll start part 1 when it is released, then part 2, part 3, etc. How fun is that?!

There will be FOUR parts to this CAL:

Part 1: Released on 3/15 – here
Part 2: Released on 3/22 – here
Part 3 & 4: Released on 3/29 here

I thought this CAL would be perfect to get our feet wet (for those of us that have never done a CAL) because of the way I need to explain each portion. There is a reason we are doing the back the way we are, and a reason we are doing different heights for different sizes. Because of this it is imperative that you read the entire text accompanying each of the parts!

Part ONE can be found here, part TWO can be found here, and parts THREE and FOUR can be found here. If you need to learn how to crochet the Mini Bean (Elizabeth) stitch, I have a BRAND NEW tutorial for that here. I’m excited!

VIDEO Tutorial

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  1. I love this pattern, but I am not so sure I am in love with the mini bean stitch. I asked before if I could use another stitch and you told me that I could. But I have been on the hunt for another stitch, and I am wonder if you could suggest one? Looking for a 'lacier' look. I am a 'hot' body, and I wish I was referring to the hot in the way that is good, but I am not. I love waterfall cardigans, but I don't want to be too warm. So I am have been searching your YouTube tutorials and trying to find a stitch that love, but alas... I decided to ask you. Do you have any suggestions?
  2. Hi Ashlea, this Elizabeth cardigan looks amazing, and I want to have a go at making the vest version without the arms. Could you advise how this affects the yardage please? Many thanks! Debs
    1. Hi! The chart can be found in the Part 1 post here: https://hearthookhome.com/the-elizabeth-cardigan-cal-part-1/
  3. Hi Ashley, You stated the pattern is for free. I can't get to a printable version at all. Can you supply the link to the written pattern? I am not looking for all the pictures and such, but just want to try it for my 2 year old granddaughter. Can you help? Did you also say you had a snuggy that you can put a new born in? I am expecting a 2nd grandchild in March 2021. I appreciate your help. Thank you...
    1. I apologize for posting the note to the wrong photo. Although I want the pattern for this one as well. The pattern I am looking for is the painted canyon cardigan in size 2-3T. Thanks, I am sorry for the confusion.
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  5. Does the PDF file that you can purchase have descriptions of the special stitches or tutorial pics for them? I really want to make this and it is easier to work off of a printed pattern so I can make notes for myself.
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  9. Hi Ashlea, I started the Elizabeth cardigan using #3 weight yarn bee yarn. i chose a J hook to start. The stitches are small, but coming along. it seems like the fabric is curling a bit, but when stretched it's fine. My question is when i am measuring the crocheted fabric, I'm assuming I do't stretch it to take measurements?? Please help. I'm getting close to creating the first armhole. I can send pictures if you need me to.
    1. Hi Paula! You can find those on the Part 1 post, which can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/the-elizabeth-cardigan-cal-part-1/
  10. Love this sweater! I can’t wait to make it. I know you said you can use any yarn. I really like the way yours hangs and the color. Can you tell me what brand and color yarn you used?
  11. Hi! I love this pattern. I started and had to frog bc of sizing issues but I am determined to get it! Lol. But I'd love to know what kind of yarn you used to make yours. Thank you!
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