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Worsted Weight Shell Stitch Cardigan pattern with inset sleeves

A crochet cardigan pattern so we can step into Spring in style, whatever the weather has to throw at us! This worsted weight crochet cardigan creates a cosy, shell stitch cardigan with a slightly open fabric so whether it’s warm or cold, you can be comfortable. The stylish 3/4 length sleeves and the wide neck line mean you can style this cardigan with any top.

worsted weight shell stitch cardigan

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Worsted Weight Shell Stitch Cardigan | Premium Crochet Patterns

The Wheelwright cardigan pattern creates a lightweight spring cardigan with an open crochet fabric, perfect whatever the spring weather might throw at us.

Whether it’s bright and sunny or there’s still a chill in the damp air, you can pop this cardigan over your outfit and you’ll be as snug as a very stylish bug! 

This spring style crochet cardigan features one of my favourite stitches; the open scallop stitch to creates a lightweight fabric but when worked up with worsted or Aran weight yarn, it is still cosy enough to keep you toasty on those cooler spring days. 

I chose to work up my cardigan in my favourite Aran weight yarn, Paintbox Simply Aran in my favourite shades; Pistachio and Champagne White.

The colours are striped to break up the colour but you can opt to make a plain cardigan in one colour – I just love the placement of the stripes.

Striped Crochet Cardigan Pattern

I have featured the open scallop, shell stitch pattern, and the yarn in a number of corresponding crochet patterns including a cosy infinity scarf, fingerless gloves and a slouchy beanie pattern too.

You can find out more about the corresponding crochet patterns by clicking here.

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You can download your printable PDF copy of the Wheelwright shell stitch Cardigan Pattern from either my Etsy Shop or Ravelry Shop for just £5.00.

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The design is kept up to date with a wide neckline which allows you to style this cardigan without the need to stick to a v-neck tee shirt or blouse.

The pattern uses an inset sleeve to prevent any excess material under the arms, keeping the relax fit, super comfy along with a stylish 3/4 length sleeve for a lighter weight finish to the project. 

The pattern is suitable for intermediate crocheters and those beginners who are looking for a challenge as it is simply worked in 3 panels with the sleeves worked directly onto the seamed panels. This allows you to adjust the sleeve length as you wish while making. 

There is a relaxed fit to the cardigan with a positive ease of 4 inches written into the patterns, making you able to layer this crochet cardigan with tee-shirts and thinner sweaters for extra warmth in the colder weather.

Fully Size Inclusive Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Like all my crochet garment patterns, this cardigan pattern is sized from XS-5XL with a detailed schematic included within the pattern so you can select the best possible size for your body.

The pattern also includes instruction for 3 different 3 different lengths:

  • Hip length – 23″
  • Tunic Length – 30″
  • Thigh length – 36″

Worsted Weight Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner (due to joining and sewing)


  • Aran/Worsted weight yarn
  • I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran ( 100g, 184m, 100% acrylic) in the following 2 shades:
  • Main colour (MC)- 340m Pistachio (224)
  • Contrast Colour (CC) 150m – Champagne White (202)
  • 5mm Crochet Hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Optional – hook and eye fastener


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Finished Size:

Written in 9 Sizes to fit Bust:

  • XS – 28-30 inches
  • S – 32-34 inches
  • M – 36-38 inches
  • L – 40-42 inches
  • XL – 44-46 inches
  • 2XL- 48-50 inches
  • 3XL – 52-54 inches
  • 4XL – 56-58 inches
  • 5XL – 60-52 inches

The pattern is written with 4-6 inches positive ease for a comfortable and flattering fit.


  • 2.5 shells and 6 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in shell pattern using a 5mm hook. Use a larger or smaller crochet hook to obtain the correct tension.
Worsted Weight shell stitch cardigan pattern

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