Side Panels – Rose Cardigan CAL

The next part of the Rose Cardigan is to stitch up the side panels ready to add the shaped neckline to create your own crochet cardigan.

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Side Panels | 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.

You can find all the links to the other section of the Rose Cardigan CAL by clicking here.

Have you made your back panel?

To ensure you create the right length for your cardigan, it’s best to crochet the back panel first – this will ensure the length you want to create. The side panels are the same length as the back panel, but this part of the pattern will only take you up to where the neck line section starts and it sides are decreased to create the opening. 

When is the next section released?

The next part of the pattern is to decrease the width of the side panels to create the neck line.

Each panel is decreased on a different side to ensure that the right side of the panel will be showing on both panels.

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How to crochet the Side Panels


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

ehdc2tog (ehtr2tog) – extended half double (treble) crochet decrease

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.

Special Stitches

ehdc2tog = Extended half double decrease

  • YO, insert into each, bring up loop
  • YO, pull through 1st loop on hook
  • YO, insert in next st, bring up loop
  • YO, pull though 1st loop on hook
  • YO, pull through remaining 5 loops

How to make the Side Panels

Make 2 panels; 1 with Decrease Left, and 1 with Decrease Right.

Row 1: Ch 25 (27, 31, 35, 37, 41, 43, 47, 49), ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across, turn. 24 (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 48) ehdc

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

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in same, *skip next, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in next; repeat from * to last, hdc in last, turn. 24, (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 48) hdc, 11, (12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23) 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 next ch-1 sp, *skip next, ehdc in next, ehdc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * across to last 2, ehdc in last 2, turn. 24 (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 48) 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.

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

*Note – if any additional rows worked on Back Panel, they should be added before continuing to decrease rows. This section of the pattern only takes the side panels up to where the decrease for the neckline starts, additional length will be added after the decreases are made to match the finished length of the back panel.

Cropped – Continue to Decrease Rows.

HipRows 10-25: Repeat Rows 2-9.

Continue to Decrease Rows.

Mid ThighRows 10-41: Repeat Rows 2-9.

Continue to Decrease Rows.

Knee LengthRows 10-50: Repeat Rows 2-9.

Continue to Decrease Rows.

Decrease Rows

You can find the decrease rows here to create the neckline

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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