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Mandy Cardi – Free Crochet Pattern

How’s everyone doing? Wow, it has really been a difficult couple of weeks, hasn’t it? Crochet has always been an outlet/escape for me, and right now I am so happy to have this hobby. It keeps my hands and mind occupied at a time when we are spending all of our days homebound.


When I was designing the Mandy Cardi, I wanted to be sure to use a yarn that would hold up for a long time. Machine washable was a must, as was durability and budget friendliness. You may remember that last winter I made a pair of mittens with Premier Yarn Anti Pilling. Luckily, Premiere also makes a DK version of that same yarn – which is what I chose for the Mandy Cardi. Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday DK yarn comes in over 70 colorways! I settled on Rose for this cardigan.

The Mandy Cardi is an easy cardigan pattern. It involves simple stitches, minimal shaping, and only a small amount of seaming.

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Method Crochet

Size XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) for bust sizes 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62) with 2” – 4” positive ease for each size.

Skill Level Beginner

Hooks 4.5 mm (G+) or size needed to meet gauge

Other Yarn Needle

Yarn Premier Anti Pilling DK or comparable yarn 950 (1200, 1450, 1800) 2000 (2400, 2800, 3400, 3800)

Gauge 4” x 4” 16 sts and 8 rows in pattern

Note: Ch 2/ ch 3 does not count as a stitch.
Ch 4 counts as dc + 1 ch for next row

st   stitch

ch   chain

slst   slip stitch

sc   single crochet

hdc  half double crochet

dc  double crochet

dc2tog  double crochet 2 together

blo  back loop only

sk  skip

rs  right side

ws  wrong side

Back Panel

Chain 73 (73, 81, 81, 89, 89, 97, 97, 105)

Row 1 (ws): Dc in the 5th st from hook (counts as a dc plus ch 1), *ch 1, sk 1, dc 1*, repeat from * to * across, ch 3, turn. 36 (36, 40, 40, 44, 44, 48, 48, 52) dc

Row​ ​2 (rs):  Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, ch 4, turn. 35 (35, 39, 39, 43, 43, 47, 47, 51) dc2tog clusters

Row​ 3: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 36 (36, 40, 40, 44, 44, 48, 48, 52) dc

Row 4:  Repeat row 2. 35 (35, 39, 39, 43, 43, 47, 47, 51) dc2tog clusters

Row 5:  Repeat row 3. 36 (36, 40, 40, 44, 44, 48, 48, 52) dc

Row 6:  Repeat row 2. 35 (35, 39, 39, 43, 43, 47, 47, 51) dc2tog clusters

Row 7:  Dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in next ch sp, *ch 1, sk 1, dc 1 in ch sp* repeat from * to * until 3 ch sp remain, (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in next ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, dc in next ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 38 (38, 42, 42, 46, 46, 50, 50, 54) dc

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 6 – 7. 40 (40, 44, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52, 56) dc

Size XS proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Rows 10 – 11: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (42, 46, 46, 50, 50, 54, 54, 58) dc

Size S proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Rows 12 – 13: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (48, 48, 52, 52, 56, 56, 60) dc

Size M proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Rows 14 – 15: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (50, 54, 54, 58, 58, 62) dc

Rows 16 – 17: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (52, 56, 56, 60, 60, 64 dc

Size L proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Back Panel

Rows 18 – 19: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (58, 58, 62, 62, 66) dc

Size XL proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Rows 20 – 21: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (60, 64, 64, 68) dc

Sizes 2X/3X proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Rows 22 – 23: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (66, 70) dc

Sizes 4X/5X proceed to “Finishing Back Panel”

Finishing Back Panel:

Row​ ​1: Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, ch 4, turn. 39 (41, 47, 51, 57, 59, 63, 65, 69) dc2tog clusters

Row​ 2: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 40 (42, 48, 52, 58, 60, 64, 66, 70) dc

Size XS repeat rows 1 – 2 3 more times, then proceed to row 3.

Size S/M repeat rows 1 – 2 2 more times, then proceed to row 3.

Size L repeat rows 1 – 2 1 more time, then proceed to row 3.

Row 3: Repeat row 1. 39 (41, 47, 51, 57, 59, 63, 65, 69) dc2tog clusters

Fasten off.

Front Panel (Make 2)

Chain 33 (33, 37, 37, 41, 41, 45, 45, 49)

Row 1 (ws): Dc in the 5th st from hook (counts as a dc plus ch 1), *ch 1, sk 1, dc 1*, repeat from * to * across, ch 3, turn. 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24) dc

Row​ ​2 (rs):  Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, ch 4, turn. 15 (15, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23) dc2tog clusters

Row​ 3: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24) dc

Row 4:  Repeat row 2. 15 (15, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23) dc2tog clusters

Row 5:  Repeat row 3. 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24) dc

Row 6:  Repeat row 2. 15 (15, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21, 23) dc2tog clusters

Row 7:  Dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in next ch sp, *ch 1, sk 1, dc 1 in ch sp* repeat from * to * until 3 ch sp remain, (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in next ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, dc in next ch sp, ch 1, sk 1, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 18 (18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26) dc

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 6 – 7. 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28) dc

Size XS proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 10 – 11: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30) dc

Size S proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 12 – 13: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32) dc

Size M proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 14 – 15: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34) dc

Rows 16 – 17: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36) dc

Size L proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 18 – 19: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (34, 34, 36, 36, 38) dc

Size XL proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 20 – 21: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (36, 38, 38, 40) dc

Sizes 2X/3X proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Rows 22 – 23: Repeat rows 6 – 7. (40, 42) dc

Sizes 4X/5X proceed to “Finishing Front Panel”

Finishing Front Panel:

Row​ ​1: Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, ch 4, turn. 39 19 (21, 25, 29, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41) dc2tog clusters

Row​ 2: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 20 (22, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42) dc

Size XS repeat rows 1 – 2 3 more times, then proceed to row 3.

Size S/M repeat rows 1 – 2 2 more times, then proceed to row 3.

Size L repeat rows 1 – 2 1 more time, then proceed to row 3.

Row 3: Repeat row 1. 19 (21, 25, 29, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41) dc2tog clusters

Fasten off.

Joining panels:

Align both front panels with the back panel as shown in the photo below. Use your preferred invisible seaming method to sew the front panels to the back panels.

Body:

Join yarn on the inside right front panel, with ws facing. Ch 4.

Row​ 1: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, working across the front panel, continuing across the back panel, and across the left front panel, dc in final st, ch 3, turn. 80 (86, 100, 112, 126, 132, 140, 146, 154) dc

Row​ ​2: Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, ch 4, turn. 79  (85, 99, 111, 125, 131, 139, 145, 153) dc2tog clusters

Row 3 – 28 (30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36): Repeat rows 1 – 2. 80 (86, 100, 112, 126, 132, 140, 146, 154) dc

Fasten off

Sleeves (x2):

With ws facing you, join yarn in underarm, and ch 4.

Round​ ​1: In the end of each row perpendicular to the armhole, (dc, ch 1), join with slst to first st. Ch 3, turn. 36 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52) dc

Round 2: Dc2tog over next 2 dc, *ch 1, dc2tog over last dc and next dc*, repeat from * to * across, dc once more in final st, join with slst to first st, ch 4, turn. 36 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52) dc2tog clusters

Round​ 3: Sk 1, *dc 1 in ch sp, ch 1, sk 1*, repeat from * to * across, dc in final st, join with slst to first st, ch 3, turn. 36 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52) dc

Rounds 4 – 11: Repeat rounds 2 – 3. 36 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52) dc

Round 12: Repeat round 2. 36 (36, 40, 42, 44, 48, 48, 52, 52) dc

Fasten off

Inner ribbing:

Join yarn on the inside right front panel, with rs facing. Ch 2.

Row​ 1: Working up the inside edge of the right front panel, 2hdc in the end of each row until you reach the back, hdc in each st across the back, then continue 2hdc in each row down the edge of the left front panel, ch 2, turn.

Row​ ​2: Hdc in the third loop in each st, ch 2, turn.

Row​ ​3: Hdc blo, ch 2, turn.

Row​ 4: Hdc in the third loop, ch 2, turn.

Row​ ​5: Hdc blo, ch 2, turn.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Before you go…

You are welcome to sell finished items created with this pattern.  I only ask that you credit Hooked Hazel with the original design.  Do not use my photos to sell finished products.  Do not copy, alter, or distribute this pattern.

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2 Comments

  • Susan
    May 12, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Hi there! I ordered my Anti Pilling yarn from Premier and have started making this. Very excited! I am at row 9 and am confused by the proceed to “finishing back panel” verbiage. I’m making the size large. How many rows do I do before I proceed to finishing back panel? Does my question make sense? Appreciate it, and thanks for providing this pattern. So far, I’m enjoying it.

    Reply
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