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Welcome back to Part 3 of the Clear Skies Cardigan CAL! If you’re looking for past parts or more information, you can find the full schedule and Materials list at the Main CAL Page HERE.
This week, we are tackling the back panel of the cardigan. Once again, it’s fairly simple crocheting! The main difference between this week and last is that you’ll crochet one wide rectangle that spans a little wider than your shoulders, instead of two thinner pieces.
Your stitch counts will remain the same throughout for your size, so this is a great week for catching up on your favorite TV show or audiobook while you work!
Here’s what you’ll have when you’re done: A completed large back panel, and the two front panels stacked with it- plus the two pockets from part 1. Notice that they’ll match in height, but there’s still a bit of width left in between. We’ll address that next week!
J 6mm crochet hook – I used my Furls Streamline Swirl
Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle, Worsted  weight, 90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca yarn, 7oz/200g; 415yds/380m, shown in Navy
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Ch- chain; Cl- cluster; Dc – double crochet; Sc- single crochet; Sk- skip; St- stitch;
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.
Back panel is worked from the top of the piece down, then a ribbed hem is added across the final row.
Catching Up? Here are all the Clear Skies CAL Links
Clear Skies CAL Materials List, Sizing Guide, and Index
Part One: Gauge swatches and Pocket Squares
Part Five: Assembly and Collar Ribbing
Clear Skies Cardigan Back Panel Pattern (Make One)
Row 1: Ch 2, fsc 55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89). [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) sc]
Alternately, Ch 56(62,66, 72, 78, 84, 90), sc in 2nd ch and across.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) dc]
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) sc]
Row 4: Ch 2, turn, cl in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, cl,* repeat * to * across. [28(31, 33, 36, 39, 52, 45) cl]
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) sc]
Rows 6-7: Repeat Row 2-3.
Row 8: Ch 2, turn, cl in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, cl,* repeat * to * across. [28(31, 33, 36, 39, 52, 45) cl]
Row 9: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and ch across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) sc]
Rows 10-13: Repeat Rows 8-9 TWICE.
Repeat Rows 2-13 until your piece measures 23(23, 24, 24, 24.5, 24.5, 25.5) inches long, ending after an odd numbered row. (Count matches front panels.)
For simplicity, the final rows will continue with number 14 even though you’ll have rows between. This allows you to work to your size’s measurements.
Row 14: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) dc]
Row 15: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. [55(61, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89) sc]
Continue to the ribbing section without breaking your yarn.
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. 
Row 4: Sl next 2 body sts, turn, working through blo, sc across. 
Repeat rows 3 and 4 across the edge of the piece.
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block lightly.
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