Juniper Cardigan – Lace Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Summer

Want to crochet a stylish lace cardigan? The Juniper Cardigan is a crochet summer cardigan for women, with adjustable sizing so you can get a great fit.

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This crochet cardigan was one of those designs that came about very suddenly.

It wasn’t a planned design.

I had tried multiple times to design a summer top, but it never seemed quite right. As a result, I had the yarn for it for quite awhile without successfully using it.

Sometimes, all we need is a change of perspective…

See, I had been trying to design a sweater. It wasn’t until the idea for a lacy summer cardigan came to mind that this design was FINALLY born!

Juniper Cardigan - Lace Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Summer

Just the Lace Cardigan Your Summer Wardrobe Needs…

As soon as I decided the yarn would be a cardigan, I quickly set off trying to find the perfect stitch pattern. The one I finally settled on is simple but beautiful!

We will use some large shell stitches, in contrast to some smaller chain loops, to create the beautiful lacy cardigan you see in the picture.

With the lacy stitch + the light yarn, this crochet cardigan pattern becomes a great choice for summer!

Speaking of yarn, I used Lion Brand Beautiful You. If you haven’t tried this yarn yet, it is an absolute must! Don’t be scared off by the light weight (#2 sport).

It really is a beautiful yarn and it makes an even more beautiful summer cardigan. 😉 Grab some here if you’re going to make this cardigan!

Anxious to get straight to the pattern? Buy it now HERE!

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Juniper Cardigan - Lace Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Summer

Designed with Adjustable Sizing So you can get the perfect fit

Let’s be honest, sometimes it is HARD to make crocheted cardigans and sweaters that actually fit well.

As designers, we do our best to accommodate as many sizes as possible…but it’s not easy, because we still all come in different shapes in sizes!

That is why I have designed this cardigan in a way that it can be adjusted to fit ANYONE.

That’s right – from kids all the way up to plus sizes – you can make it all!

Now, you might be thinking, “Rachel, how is this even possible?!”

I know it sounds a little strange. A little different than your typical cardigan pattern.

But I have to say – it works.

Juniper Cardigan - Lace Crochet Cardigan Pattern for Summer

Tell me more about adjustable sizing

Ok, let’s dig into this a little deeper! I want you to know exactly how this pattern will work before you buy it.

First of all, the pattern is written in a step-by-step type of format. I walk you through the ENTIRE process of getting the perfect fit – from measuring your chest, to figuring out how big to make your panels!

The very first thing we do is what’s called a “Sizing Prep” Worksheet. This is where I help you figure out your own measurements, as well as the measurements of your cardigan.

Here’s a little sneak peak of the worksheet…

This step-by-step process continues throughout the cardigan pattern. You will make a swatch, block it, and then start the actual cardigan.

To figure out sizing, there are little math equations along the way to get it just the right size.

NOW DON’T WORRY – if math scares you, please do not worry. I hate math myself, and these are just simple little equations.

In fact, I’ve done all the hard work for you by getting the equations ready. All you have to do is plug in your details. You can even use a calculator if desired!

These equations basically help you figure out your starting chain number, your stitch counts, and things like that.

Other Summer Garment Patterns

1/ Summer Breeze Vest 2/ Lunar Lace Tunic 3/ Shelby Top

Juniper Cardigan Notes & Materials

Here’s a few more details you’ll probably want to know about the cardigan before you purchase the pattern!

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  • To buy the yarn for this cardigan, click HERE


  • Lion Brand Beautiful You Yarn
  • Or 900-2,000 yards of sport weight yarn (depending on size)
  • G (4.25mm) hook (or size to obtain gauge)
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Double crochet – dc

Triple crochet – tr

Repeat – rep

Skip – sk

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Space – sp

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

YO – yarn over


This pattern is fully adjustable, meaning it is designed in such a way to allow you to make it to fit your body perfectly! 

The fit: This sweater is designed to have positive ease. The instructions will include steps for adding ease into your sweater. I recommend adding anywhere from 7-10” of positive ease. The more ease you add, the more oversized your cardigan will be.   

For reference, model is 5’ 4″ with a bust of 30.”


  1. Ch 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as a sc. 
  2. Ch 4 at beginning of rows counts as tr
  3. Cardigan is made from 1 large panel: the back is worked first in a rectangle, and then the front is split and made into 2 separate panels (but still attached to the back). The only sewing that needs to be done is up the sides.
  4. All pieces of the cardigan start with a foundation single crochet row (fsc). If you are unfamiliar with this technique, check out this blog post. Starting with a regular chain stitch is not recommended because it won’t be as stretchy. But if you need to start with a chain, just be sure to add one more chain to your starting row number. Then, skip the first chain and work one row of sc across (this will give the same result of fsc, just less stretchy).

Special Stitch:

Shell (sh): (tr, 2 dc, tr) in indicated stitch or space

To get access to the FULL PDF pattern, complete with adjustable sizing, written instructions, photo tutorials, and more, just click below!

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I hope you enjoy the Juniper Cardigan ❤ It was such a joy to create!

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If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me: rachel@desertblossomcrafts.com

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