Back Panel – Rose Cardigan CAL

Ready to make your Rose Cardigan? Read on to find the written pattern and video tutorial to crochet the back panel of this pattern as part of the Rose Cardigan CAL and make your own cardigan.

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Back Panel | Rose Crochet Cardigan CAL

This free cardigan pattern is being released as a Free Crochet Along (CAL) and below you will find the written pattern and video tutorial to make the back panel of this pattern. 

How does this crochet along work?

Each the section of the pattern will be forever-free to view on this website, as will the video tutorials be available to view on my YouTube Channel.

Each section will be released over the course of a few weeks – depending on which length option you choose to make, it will be possible to complete your cardigan during the event.

Before you start your back panel, it is highly recommended that you create your gauge swatch to ensure that you achieve the right number of stitches to make the size you want.

Click the link below to find the instructions to make your gauge swatch and check your stitch size

Have you chosen which size you’re making?

Take a few moments to check the size you want to make. This cardigan has a positive ease of 2 inches, which means it is a close fitting cardigan. If you prefer to make a looser fit or an oversized cardigan, you can select to make an different size.

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Purchase the Printable PDF Pattern

If you’d like to increase your pattern reading skills, make notes as you work, or simply prefer to work from a printed pattern, you can get an AD-FREE, printable PDF version from Ravelry by clicking the button below

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How to crochet the back panel


US terms (UK in brackets)

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Ch – chain

Ch Sp – chain space

Hdc (htr) – Half Double (treble) crochet)

ehdc (ehtr) – extended half double (treble) crochet

RS – Right side

WS – Wrong side

Pattern Notes

  • Get in touch if you need any help completing the pattern – [email protected]
  • The pattern is worked with 1 back panel, 1 left panel and 1 right panel which is seamed before working the sleeves onto the cardigan.
  • Beginning ch-1 does NOT count as a stitch.
  • Please read through entire pattern before beginning; if preferred, highlight appropriate stitch counts for your size which will be written in size order. XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)


12 sts and 8 rows in ehdc = 4”/10 cm with 5mm hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.

How to make the Back Panel

Row 1: Ch 49 (55, 61, 67, 73, , 85, 91, 97), ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn. 48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) ehdc

Rows 2-6: Ch 1, ehdc in same and in each across, turn.

*take a moment to measure the width of your crochet panel at the end of Row 6 – it should now be the width as shown on the schematic

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in same, *skip next, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in next; repeat from * to last, hdc in last, turn. 48, (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) hdc, 23, (26, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47) ch-1 sp)

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc in same, skip next, *[hdc, ch 1, hdc] in ch-1 sp, skip next 2 sts; repeat from * to last 2 sts, skip next, hdc in last, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, ehdc in same, *skip next, ehdc in ch-1 sp, ehdc in next; repeat from * to last ch-1 sp, ehdc in next and last, turn. 48 (54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96) ehdc

Make it Your Way

Check the number of repeats you need to make for the length of your cardigan you’ve selected to make. The repeats are shown in the same method of the sizes, in length order:

  • Cropped (14”)
  • Hip (22”)
  • Mid Thigh (30”)
  • Knee Length (33”)

Rows 10-25 (41, 57, 65): Repeat Rows 2-9. *the stitch counts will remain the same for the repeated rows

Rows 26-30 (42-46, 58-62, 66-70): Repeat Rows 2-6.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Made it?

Come and share a photo of your finished back panel in the community group so we can all celebrate your success!

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