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Iced Chai Tee Cardi: Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

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One of my crochet bucket list goals has been to make an easy crochet cardigan pattern for beginners. I really think that crochet sweater patterns can be easy and fun.

So, today, I have a very special crochet pattern on the blog for you. What is it?

An Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Beginners!

Woman wearing a sweater made from an easy crochet cardigan pattern for beginners

This beautiful and easy crochet cardigan pattern for beginners makes an excellent introduction to crocheting garments. If you can double crochet, chain, and make a slip stitch seam, you can crochet this sweater!

Even better? Most patterns that claim to be “easy” crochet sweater patterns for beginners have a ton of complicated shaping- lots of counting and increasing and decreasing.

Not this pattern!  There’s no shaping in the entire piece, and minimal seaming. What could be simpler!?

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The Iced Chai Tee, easy crochet sweater pattern for beginners.

Iced Chai Tee- an Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Beginners

This pattern is available for FREE in size Large. Looking for a different size? You can purchase the fully sized (XS-5X) pattern PDF on Ravelry for a nominal fee.


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2 balls Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn, 50% Cotton, 50% Polyester, (3) DK/Light weight yarn

K 6.5mm Crochet Hook – have you tried the Furls Streamline Hooks?


Yarn Needle


Ch- chain, Dc – double crochet, Lp – loop, Sk – skip, Sl- slip stitch

Gauge / Finished Size

5 dc and 3 rows in 2” square

For Size Large: Each finished panel measures 11” tall by 48” wide.

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Each side of the cardigan is worked flat as a rectangle, slip stitched shut to form the sides, then joined in the center with a slip stitch seam.

Turning chain does NOT count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

Side view of this easy crochet cardigan pattern for beginners, showing the short sleeves.

Iced Chai Tee Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Side Panel (Make Two)

Ch 121.

Row 1: Ch 2, turn, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. [121 dc]

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, dc,* repeat * to * across. [61 dc, 60 ch sp]

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in first st and each st across. [121 dc]

Repeat Rows 1-3 {5} more times.

Make Sleeve

Step 1: Ch 1, turn, sl 10.

Step 2: Fold opposite end of panel [in front / behind] your stitches

Step 3: Skip 5 stitches from opposite unworked end, sl st together next st to the 6th st of opposite end, and continue to sl together for 29 more sts.

Step 4: Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Step 5: Flip pieces inside out to hide seams on the inside of the garment.

Crochet Back Seam

Step 1: Arrange longer back edges with right side together, sleeves and center edges touching.

Step 2: Make a slip knot with a new piece of yarn, and slip together the two bottom stitches.

Step 3: Slip together 49 sts. Your seam will measure approximately 16”.

Step 4: Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Block lightly if desired.

Quick Note: keep your slip stitch seam loose to avoid puckering at the seam. You can block it out if it pulls, but  it can look like a little jog in the seam if you’re a tight crocheter like me.

PS- that’s a camera lens cap, not a snuff can, haha!

Thank you so much for supporting Salty Pearl Crochet! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about the pattern. I love seeing your creations on Ravelry or Instagram (#SaltyPearlCrochet), and I am always happy to offer pattern support for all of my crochet patterns as written.

You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Please use your own photos and credit Katie Clary as the designer. Links back to my blog post are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this pattern by directing others to this blog post or the Ravelry listing, NOT by distributing the pattern or photos as your own.

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern! I have been waiting months for it to be released so I could share how AWEsome this pattern is! Katie does some A-MAZ-ING designs! Thank you for sharing your craft with me!

    1. Katie says:

      Thanks Jo!! I really appreciated all your help and feedback testing this. Couldn’t have done it without you! πŸ˜€

  2. I love how stylish this design is, beautiful!

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