Tapered Sleeves- Rose Cardigan CAL

The tapered sleeve is a popular option when creating crochet cardigans due it the classic shape that is created. It’s practical for everyday wear and it’s an easier to create shape that you might think.

Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern with tapered sleeve

Rose Crochet Cardigan CAL | Tapered Sleeves

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.

Ready to add on your sleeves?

Once you have seamed your panels and created the armholes, you are ready to add on your sleeves.

There are 3 options to create the sleeves in your own style:

  • Short, round
  • Long, round
  • Tapered

Below you will find the pattern for the tapered sleeve option for the Rose Cardigan. You can find the instructions to create the round, puffed sleeves by clicking here.

The tapered version of the sleeves is slightly more advanced due to the decreasing required to create the shape, but you already know how to make the decrease stitch as it was used when working your side panels to create your neckline.

You can see photos of the different sleeve options below to help you decide which sleeve type you’d like to make. 

All versions of the sleeves can also have a ribbed cuff added to bring in the opening of the sleeve for a comfy fit.

When is the next section released?

The final part of the pattern will be to add the ribbing to the base of our sleeves. Whichever sleeve option you are making, the ribbing adds a finishing touch to the sleeve.

The ribbing pattern and tutorial will be released on 18th April 2023.

Click here to see all the pattern element release dates and the links to the other pattern sections.

Remember – there is no expectation that you have to complete your seaming in line with these release dates – this pattern will remain available on my website for you to view.

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How to create your cardigan sleeves

Pattern Notes

  • Get in touch if you need any help completing the pattern – [email protected]
  • The sleeves are worked in joined, turned rounds.
  • 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.

Round or Tapered?

Firstly, take a look at all the sleeve options to choose which sleeve you would like to add to your cardigan.

Below you can see the short and long version of the round sleeve. I love the long round sleeves as they add extra volume to the cardigan that is so on trend at the moment.

The ribbing brings in the sleeve around the cardigan with options to adjust how much the sleeve hugs the wrist.

The short version can be as long or as short as you’d like. You can follow the pattern to create a sleeve that ends just above the elbow, or continue to add length to create a 3/4 length sleeve.

The tapered sleeve is a much more traditional style for cardigan sleeves so the option had to made available – it’s always good to have options.

Maybe you’ll add the round sleeves on to this cardigan and create a 2nd cardigan with tapered sleeves!

The image below shows the tapered sleeve on top of the round sleeve which clearly shows the different in volume of fabric around the cuff – both options show the added ribbing to bring the sleeve in for a fitted look around the wrist.

tapered sleeve verses puff sleeve

How to add your sleeves to your cardigan | Round 1

Round 1 – All Versions

Round 1 is the same whichever version of the sleeve you are creating – even if you are holding out to make the tapered sleeves, you can create the 1st round ready to stitch up the remainder of the pattern.

Round 1: With RS facing, join yarn in bottom of armhole seam, working in row ends, sc evenly around armhole working 3 sc across 2 rows, join, do not turn. (St counts provided based on arm hole sizing here56 (60, 64, 68, 76, 84, 84, 92, 92)  sc

How to crochet a tapered sleeve

Worked in turn rounds that are joined

Round 2: Ch1, ehdc in each around, join, turn. 56 (60, 62, 68, 76, 84, 84, 92, 92) ehdc

Round 3: Ch 1, ehdc in same, ehdc2tog, ehdc in each around to last 3, ehdc2tog, ehdc in last, join, turn. 54 (58, 62, 66, 74, 82, 82, 90, 90) ehdc

Rounds 4-7: Repeat Rounds 2-3. 50 (54, 58, 62, 70, 78, 78, 84, 84) ehdc

Round 8: Ch 1, hdc in same, *skip next, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next; repeat from * around to last, hdc in last, join, turn.

Round 9: Ch 1, hdc in same, skip next, *(hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next ch-1 sp, skip next 2; repeat from * around to last 2, skip next, hdc in last, join, turn.

Round 10: 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 * around to last 2, ehdc in last 2, turn. 50 (54, 58, 62, 70, 78, 78, 84, 84) hdc, 23 (25, 27, 29, 33, 37, 37, 40, 40) ch-1 sps.

Continue to Tapered XS, S, M, L or Tapered XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Short Sleeve Cardigan

Tapered XS, S, M, L

Rounds 11-26: Repeat Rounds 2-10. 38 (42, 46, 50) ehdc

Round 27: Repeat Round 3. 36 (40, 44, 48) ehdc

Rounds 28-30: Repeat Round 2. 36 (40, 44, 48)

Sleeve length can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of Repeats of Round 2 as required.

Note – suggested ribbing length is 2″ long

Do not fasten off, continue to Ribbing.

Tapered XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

Rounds 11-12: Repeat Round 3. 66 (74, 74, 80, 80) ehdc

Round 13: Repeat Round 2.

Rounds 14-15: Repeat Round 3. 62 (70, 70, 76, 76)

Rounds 16-18: Repeat Rounds 8-10. 62 (70, 70, 76, 76) ehdc

Rounds 17-26: Repeat Rounds 11-18. 54 (60, 60, 68, 68) ehdc

Repeat Rounds 11-18 until desired Sleeve length is achieved, ending on an ehdc row.

Note – suggested ribbing length is 2″ long

Do not fasten off, continue to Ribbing.

Made it?

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

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