A light and airy summer crochet cardigan featured on Make and Do Crew!
I’ve been holding onto this secret for months (since August!) and I’m so happy that I can finally share the Willow Cardigan with you!
Made with Mako Cotton yarn, the Willow Cardigan is soft, light and airy – the ultimate summer project! Simple crochet stitches and chains combine to create a drapey lace cardigan, that’s a lot easier to crochet than it seems!
The cardigan follows a simple construction – a back panel and 2 front panels, that are sewn together and edged in single crochet.
With a relaxed, comfy fit, the Willow Cardigan pairs well over jeans, dresses or use it as a cover up at the beach!
In the middle of last year (which feels like a lifetime ago!) Make and Do Crew was looking for guest crochet designers/bloggers and For The Frills was offered a guest post feature!
If you’ve never heard of Make and Do Crew.com, it’s an incredible crochet blog full of modern and free crochet patterns. It’s run by one the original crochet bloggers, Jess Coppom and she has created such a wonderful resource for modern makers.
Working with Jess and her sister Jamie was so easy and I was pretty much given free rein to design whatever took my fancy! As I was looking through Lion Brand Yarn’s website one of their LB collection yarns stood out – Mako Cotton.
It looked so incredibly soft, light and squishy I knew I had to crochet with it! After, swatching a few different stitches I decided to make a lacy, summer cardigan and thus the Willow Cardigan was born 🙂
Lion Brand’s Mako Cotton crochets like a dream! Unlike traditional 100% cotton yarns, Mako Cotton is pillowy soft which produces garments with incredible drape. You get such great yardage per 50g, you almost feel like you’re not wearing anything!
There are 9 shades with a mix of pastels and brights (The cardigan is in the shade ‘light grey’) and the yarn is classified as an aran/worsted weight. However, I think Mako Cotton is a bit on the thicker side of a medium(4) yarn so make sure your yarn is suitable for at least a 5.5mm (US I) hook.
Looking for free summer crochet patterns?
Lion Brand LB Collection Mako Cotton – 10plyAran/Worsted/Medium(4), 115m/50g,
94% Mako Cotton + 6% Nylon, Light Grey
7(9, 11) skeins
Add to your Ravelry queue here!
You can find the ad-free, printable version here!
Or the free crochet pattern on Make and Do Crew!
Happy crocheting, Grace 🙂