I was shuffling down the corridor at my all-girls Catholic high school and I spotted her down the corridor. She was a petite woman with bleach blonde hair and smokey eye make-up. She wore a long hippy style skirt, a cropped cardigan and strappy leather sandals. Her wrists jangled with bracelets and bangles and she had a tiny stud earring in the top of her ear. Every one of her fingers had a silver ring on it. I’d soon learn that if she reached up to the top of the artroom bookshelf, you could see she had a butterfly tattoo on the small of her back. ‘She must be the art teacher!’ I thought.
I was dead right but to be fair, it’s not that hard to pick an art teacher out of a crowd. The same way PE teachers all wear tracksuit pants. Not that all art teachers look the same but they tend to look a bit different from other teachers. Like drama teachers tend to wear lots of purple… or was that just my experience with drama teachers?
I’ve had the idea in my head for a waterfall style, easy fit crochet cardigan pattern for a while. I wanted it to be wrap style and warm with a dense stitch pattern so there weren’t too many holes in it. I actually chose this yarn before I decided on the pattern because it was just the most perfect shade of mustard and I’m a total sucker for 100% cotton. When I saw this yarn at Lincraft and I just grabbed a few balls not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. So I went home and did some test swatching and slowing this crochet cardigan pattern came to life.
When I finished writing the pattern and testing it, I put on the cardigan and looked in the mirror. I haven’t been a high school student in quite a long time but I thought I looked exactly like what a modern art teacher would look like. Wearing clogs, earrings she bought on Etsy and a handmade mustard coloured cardigan. She’d probably own a sausage dog and spend her weekends making ceramic bowls. So I decided to call this design The Art Teacher Cardigan.
Whenever I’m naming a pattern, I try to avoid using a colour reference. As much as I think Marigold Cardigan is a gorgeous name, it makes less sense if someone makes this cardigan in blue. You know what I mean? I designed this cardigan to be a casual design with a fancy looking stitch, so you can dress it up or down. It’s the perfect thing to pop on when it’s a bit chilly and you have to go teach your night time adults painting class.
Here’s all the stuff you need to make it and the sizes it comes in. The pattern itself is available to all Crochet Coach members. There are yearly and monthly memberships here.
S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Back Width – 13 (14, 15, 16, 17) Inches
Length – 28.75 (28.75, 28.75, 28.75, 30.25) inches
Easy fit wrap style cardigan. Loose fit when worn open, easy fit when worn wrapped.
Body stitch pattern – 22 sts and 12 rows = 4 inches/10 cm
Sleeve stitch pattern – 21 sts and 10 rows = 4 inches/10 cm
What You Need
Sample made with Lincraft Cotton 4 ply (fingering weight; 1.76 oz/50gm; 180 yds/165m; 100% cotton) in Tangerine
Small – 1976 yds/1906m
Med – 2083 yds/1905m
Large – 2182 yds/1995m
XL – 2298 yds/2101m
2XL – 2483 yds/2270m
US D/3 (3.25mm) hook
12 – 16 removable stitch markers (optional for seaming sleeve into armhole)
2 x 1.5-inch buttons (optional)
There’s an option to add buttons on the sides so you can warp it in a variety of different ways. I also sometimes wear mine with big scarf clips too.
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