Clear Skies Cardigan Part 1: Gauge Swatch and Pockets

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If you’re gearing up to make this cardigan, you probably already know that gauge is crucial to getting the right fit. And if you’re going to put the hours into making a sweater, it’s really important that it fits!

Still, sitting down to make a gauge swatch to throw away is NO fun. Who wants to waste all that time and yarn?

That’s why I’m so excited that the gauge swatches we’ll be making today will actually end up being USED in the pattern: as pockets! So grab your hook, grab your yarn, and let’s get down to business!



J 6mm crochet hook – I used my Furls Streamline Swirl

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle, Worsted [4] weight, 90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca yarn, 7oz/200g; 415yds/380m, shown in Navy

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Yarn Needle



Ch- chain; Cl- cluster; Dc – double crochet; Sc- single crochet; Sk- skip; St- stitch;

Special Stitches

Cluster: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch indicated, yarn over and draw loop through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and draw loop through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through three loops to complete stitch.


This gauge swatch/pocket square combo is worked from the bottom of the piece upwards, then a ribbed edge is added, working across the top row.

Clear Skies Cardigan Pocket Pattern

Ch 21.

Row 1: Ch 2, cl in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1, cl,* repeat * to * across. [11 cl] 

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. [21 sc]

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, cl in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, cl,* repeat * to * across. [11 cl]

Row 4: Repeat row 2.

Row 5: Repeat row 3.

Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, dc in first st and across row. [21 dc]

Row 8: Repeat row 2.

Row 9: Repeat row 3.

Row 10: Repeat row 2.

Row 11: Repeat row 7.

Row 12: Repeat row 2.


At this point your pocket square will measure approx. 7” wide x 5.5” tall.


For ease of counting, we’ll start over at row 1 for the ribbing.

Row 1: Ch 9, working through back bumps, sc in 2nd ch and across. [8 sc]

Row 2: Sk first st from top row of pocket, and sl in next 2 sts, turn; working in blo, sc across. [8 sc]

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, working through blo, sc across. [8]

Row 4: Sl next 2 body sts, turn, working through blo, sc across. [8]

Repeat rows 3 and 4 across the edge of the piece- 20 rows total.


Your ribbing should measure 2.5” from the edge of the piece, and may be 6.5” wide near the edge.


Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block lightly.

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