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Toni Cuffed Cardi, cozy crochet cardigan with buttons [FREE PATTERN]

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It’s time to crochet your new favorite sweater – meet the Toni Cuffed Cardi, a free pattern designed for Crochet Academy.

One of my purest joys in fall is cozying up with a good book in my favorite chair with the window cracked just a bit to let in the crisp breeze. The finishing touch is slipping on a comfy cardigan to help balance the temperature. The Toni Cuffed Cardi is that cardigan – a sleek version of the classic grandpa sweater. Savor those fall moments when you make the Toni Cuffed Cardi now, with this free pattern and video tutorial.

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Free beginner crochet button sweater cardigan pattern with tutorial video. Sizes S-4XL. Includes helpful tutorial video + free pattern.

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V-Neck Cardigan with Buttons

Designing the Toni Cuffed Cardi was my chance to make my ideal fall sweater. The first idea that came to mind was the unique cuff design. Instead of traditional ribbed cuffs, I wanted this design element built into the pattern. The cuffs are created by making the sleeves extra long. The extra fabric is rolled to create cozy cuffs that always hit at the perfect length.

But the cuffs are just the start of this thoughtful design. The Toni Cuffed Cardi also features a smooth button band, slightly cropped length, and a gentle lace pattern to make up the body. Combined, these features produce a cardigan in harmony with the season.

Free beginner crochet button sweater cardigan pattern with tutorial video. Sizes S-4XL. Includes helpful tutorial video + free pattern.

The Versatility of Acrylic Yarn

Some may consider acrylic an odd choice for your go-to fall sweater. But, in the case of the Toni Cuffed Cardi, the 100% acrylic fiber of Heartland was the only option for me. Though I rarely use it in my own designs, Heartland is a delightful yarn with a rich, energetic color palette. The acrylic fiber will stand up to constant wear and it’s machine washable.

100% acrylic, category 4 worsted weight yarns are a dime a dozen, so you can easily swap in another yarn for your sweater. I’d stray away from self-striping yarns in a project like this. Instead, look for lightly variegated, tonal, or sold yarns. You could even use a natural fiber blend like wool or cotton to soften your sweater and improve drape. Some suitable substitutions would be Lion Brand’s new Color Theory, WeCrochet’s Brava Tweed, or Hobbii’s Tweed Delight.

Learn how to substitute yarn the easy way in this blog post.

Free beginner crochet button sweater cardigan pattern with tutorial video. Sizes S-4XL. Includes helpful tutorial video + free pattern.

If you want to take the guesswork out of making your Toni Cuffed Cardi, get the all-in-one kit from Lion Brand. With just a few clicks, you can choose the color of your grandpa sweater and add in any hooks and notions you need. Complete your purchase to get the yarn sent to our door and a PDF version of the pattern sent to your inbox.

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Get The Toni Cuffed Cardi

  • FREE PATTERN: Keep scrolling for the FREE version of the Toni Cuffed Cardi + helpful tutorial video.
  • PRINTABLE PDF: Pick up the beautifully formatted, ad-free PDF version of the Toni Cuffed Cardi from Ravelry or TLYarnCrafts.com.
  • CROCHET KIT: Get everything you need to make the Toni Cuffed Cardi in a convenient kit from Lion Brand. Customize your kit now!

Toni Cuffed Cardi Details

MATERIALS

  • Lion Brand Heartland (category 4) worsted weight yarn. S – 5 skeins, M – 5 skeins, L – 6 skeins, XL – 6 skeins, 2XL – 7 skeins, 3XL – 8 skeins, 4XL – 8 skeins.
  • 6.5 mm crochet hook (like this one!)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Five 1″ buttons
  • Steam blocking supplies (what are those?!)
Free beginner crochet button sweater cardigan pattern with tutorial video. Sizes S-4XL. Includes helpful tutorial video + free pattern.

FINISHED SIZES

S (M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL). All sizes are intended to have 4” positive ease. Measurements were taken after light steam blocking.

  • Finished Bust: 38 (42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 62)
  • Finished Length: 23 (24, 24, 25) (26, 26, 27)
  • Sleeve Length (before rolling cuff): 23 (22, 22.5, 22) (22, 22, 22)”

GAUGE

4” = 9 rows x 5 v-stitches. Each (hdc, ch 1, hdc) counts as one v-stitch.  

ABBREVIATIONS

BLOback loop onlySkskip
ChchainSl Stslip stitch
Hdchalf double crochetSpspace
Incincrease (see Special Stitches)St(s)stitch(es)
ReprepeatTchturning chain
RSright sideV-stv-stitch (see Special Stitches)
Scsingle crochetWSwrong side

SPECIAL STITCHES

  • Increase (inc): (hdc 1, ch 1, hdc 1, ch 1, hdc 1) in same st.
  • V-Stitch (v-st): (hdc 1, ch 1, hdc 1) in same st.

NOTES

  • Starting ch-2 counts as hdc
  • Pattern is written for smallest size with all other sizes in parentheses.

Toni Cuffed Cardi Pattern

Let’s make the Toni Cuffed Cardi together! Follow along with this tutorial video:

BACK

ROW 1: Ch 74 (83, 89, 95) (104, 110, 119), v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. [24, (27, 29, 31) (34, 36, 39) v-sts]

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.   

NEXT ROWS: Rep ROW 2 to 48 (51, 51, 53) (55, 55, 57) total rows. Fasten off.

FRONT – MAKE 2

SIZE SMALL

ROW 1: Ch 35, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (11 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-24: Rep Row 2.

ROW 25: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (10 v-sts)

ROW 26: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 27-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 25-26. (9 v-sts)

ROWS 33-34: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 35-36: Rep Rows 25-26. (8 v-sts)

ROWS 37-46: Rep Rows 33-36 three times. (6 v-sts)

ROWS 47-48: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE MEDIUM

ROW 1: Ch 38, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (12 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-26: Rep Row 2.

ROW 27: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (11 v-sts)

ROW 28: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 29-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 27-28. (10 v-sts)

ROWS 33-36: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 37-38: Rep Rows 27-28. (9 v-sts)

ROWS 39-40: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 41-42: Rep Rows 27-28. (8 v-sts)

ROWS 43-44: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 45-46: Rep Rows 27-28. (7 v-sts)

ROWS 47-51: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE LARGE

ROW 1: Ch 44, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-24: Rep Row 2.

ROW 25: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (13 v-sts)

ROW 26: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 27-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 25-26. (12 v-sts)

ROWS 33-34: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 35-36: Rep Rows 25-26. (11 v-sts)

ROWS 37-40: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 41-42: Rep Rows 25-26. (10 v-sts)

ROWS 43-44: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 45-46: Rep Rows 25-26. (9 v-sts)

ROWS 47-51: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE EXTRA LARGE

ROW 1: Ch 47, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (15 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-26: Rep Row 2.

ROW 27: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROW 28: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 29-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 27-28. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 33-48: Rep Rows 29-32 four times. (9 v-sts)

ROWS 49-53: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE 2XL

ROW 1: Ch 50, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (16 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-26: Rep Row 2.

ROW 27: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (15 v-sts)

ROW 28: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 29-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 27-28. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 33-48: Rep Rows 29-32 four times. (10 v-sts)

ROWS 49-55: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE 3XL

ROW 1: Ch 53, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (17 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-26: Rep Row 2.

ROW 27: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (16 v-sts)

ROW 28: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn.  

ROWS 29-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 27-28. (15 v-sts)

ROWS 33-48: Rep Rows 29-32 four times. (11 v-sts)

ROWS 49-55: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SIZE 4XL

ROW 1: Ch 59, v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. (19 v-sts)

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-26: Rep Row 2.

ROW 27: Do not ch, hdc in ch-1 sp of first v-st (mark st with locking st marker), (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (18 v-sts)

ROW 28: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to marked hdc, hdc in marked hdc, drop marker, turn

ROWS 29-30: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 31-32: Rep Rows 27-28. (17 v-sts)

ROWS 33-34: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 35-38: Rep Rows 27-28. (15 v-sts)

ROWS 39-40: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 41-42: Rep Rows 27-28. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 43-44: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 45-46: Rep Rows 27-28. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 47-48: Rep Row 2.

ROWS 49-50: Rep Rows 27-28. (12 v-sts)

ROWS 51-57: Rep Row 2. Fasten off after last row, leaving a long tail for seaming.

SLEEVES – MAKE 2

NOTE: For long repeats as seen in the sleeves, it helps to mark all increase rows with a locking stitch marker to keep the correct count.

ALL SIZES

ROW 1: Ch 35 (35, 38, 38) (41, 41, 44), v-st in 3rd ch from hook, (sk 2, v-st in next ch) to last 2 chs, sk 1, hdc in last ch, turn. [11 (11, 12, 12) (13, 13, 14) v-sts]

ROW 2: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROWS 3-9: Ch 2, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.

Proceed to Sleeve instructions in the size you are making.

SIZE SMALL

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (12 v-sts)

ROWS 11-15: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 16: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 17-46: Rep Rows 11-16 five times. (18 v-sts).    

ROWS 47-52: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE MEDIUM

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (12 v-sts)

ROWS 11-14: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 15: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 16-45: Rep Rows 11-15 six times. (19 v-sts).    

ROWS 46-50: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE LARGE

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 11-14: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 15: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 16-45: Rep Rows 11-15 six times. (20 v-sts).    

ROWS 46-51: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE EXTRA LARGE

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (13 v-sts)

ROWS 11-13: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 14: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 15-46: Rep Rows 11-14 eight times. (22 v-sts).    

ROWS 47-50: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE 2XL

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 11-12: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 13: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (15 v-sts)

ROWS 14-43: Rep Rows 11-13 ten times. (25 v-sts)

ROWS 44-50: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE 3XL

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14 v-sts)

ROWS 11-12: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 13: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (15 v-sts)

ROWS 14-49: Rep Rows 11-13 twelve times. (27 v-sts)

ROW 50: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

SIZE 4XL

ROW 10: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (15 v-sts)

ROWS 11-12: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.  

ROW 13: Ch 2, inc in ch-1 sp of next v-st, (v-st in each ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (116 v-sts)

ROWS 14-46: Rep Rows 11-13 eleven times. (27 v-sts)

ROWS 47-50: Ch 2, (v-st in next ch-1 sp) to tch, hdc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. Fasten off after last row.

ASSEMBLY

STEP 1: Steam block all panels. This step is optional but goes a long way in ensuring proper fit and drape.

STEP 2: Choose the RS and WS of all panels.

STEP 3: Lay Back panel flat and line up Front panels at shoulders. Whip stitch seam each shoulder using leftover tails from Front panels.

STEP 4: Open Body and Front panels – lay flat. Using the shoulder seam as a midpoint, whip stitch seam the sleeve to the shoulder over 14 (15, 16, 17.75) (20, 21.5, 21.5)”.

STEP 5: Fold garment at shoulders with WS facing out. Whip stitch seam from wrist to under arm and down side of garment. Repeat for the other side.

COLLAR

ROUND 1: With RS facing out, join with a sl st at the center back neck, ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st to Front panel, sc evenly along front panel in the following pattern – 1 sc in end of next row, 2 sc in end of next row – to bottom of panel. Ch 2 and rotate to work along bottom, sc in each ch across the bottom edge to next corner. Ch 2 and rotate to work along Front opening, rep sc pattern from other panel to back neck, sc in each st to starting sc, sl st in starting sc to join. DO NOT TURN.

ROUND 2: Ch 1, *sc BLO to next ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * around, sc BLO to starting sc, sl st in starting sc to join.

PLACE BUTTONS: Choose if your buttons will sit on the right or left side of the cardigan. Place 5 markers evenly along the straight edge of the opposite panel. Markers should not be placed on the slanted section of Front panel.

ROUND 3: Rep Round 2 until you reach the first marker, (ch 2, sk marked st, sc BLO to next marker) until all markers are skipped, continue with Round 2 rep around, join with sl st in starting sc to join. Drop all markers.

ROUND 4: Rep Round 2 until you reach the first button hole, (sc in button hole, sc BLO to next button hole) until all button holes are worked, continue with Round 2 rep around, join with sl st in starting sc to join. 

ROUND 5: Rep Round 2. Fasten off.  

FINISHING

  1. Affix buttons to the button band.
  2. Weave in all ends.
  3. Fold sleeves at cuff to comfortable length.
  4. Steam block as needed, paying close attention to all seams and the collar.
Free beginner crochet button sweater cardigan pattern with tutorial video. Sizes S-4XL. Includes helpful tutorial video + free pattern.

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Enjoy a cozy day inside while sporting the Toni Cuffed Cardigan. I can’t wait to wear mine as I breeze through some of my favorite fiction series’ while sipping hot cocoa.

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    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Absolutely – crochet the back to your preferred length. Then you can make the fronts longer by making the first section of even rows longer.

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