Summer Crochet Cardigan – Sarasota Cardi

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The Sarasota Cardi, a beautiful summer crochet cardigan, is a perfect accessory for any outfit! Wear it over a tank top, swimsuit, or even a long sleeve shirt! Add fringe for some flair if you desire!

Woman wearing a summer crochet cardigan called the Sarasota Cardi.

Pattern Inspiration

I had first designed the Sarasota Tank and the Sarasota Swimsuit Cover, and I decided I wanted to create a ruana style cardigan with the same beautiful stitch combo!

I decided to go with the side by side workup to make it a beautiful, over sized cardigan that was flowy and cool!

The fringe was added just for fun! I love how it turned out!

I like to wear mine when I just needed a little bit of warmth in the summer. Usually when I’m going to be somewhere inside in the cold air conditioning.

I think it looks super cute over jeans and a tank, as well as layered over a fun sundress.

Pattern Details

This summer crochet cardigan pattern calls for Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn. This yarn is a DK (#3) weight yarn that is made of 60% acrylic and 40% polyamide. It is very soft!

I have used it for a number of designs, including the Derby Duster Vest and Springtime Sweater.

This yarn has a lovely drape and stitch definition and is a favorite DK weight yarn of mine!

However, you can use any DK (#3) weight yarn you prefer. Some other options might include Lion Brand Ice Cream Yarn or WeCrochet Swish DK.

Close up of the summer crochet cardigan called the Sarasota Cardi.

This crochet pattern comes with instructions for women’s sizes XS to 4X.

It is a side by side workup with the back sewn together to create the ruana look.

The pattern is rated intermediate in difficulty. You will need to know the basic stitches plus the dc3tog stitch for this project.

Fringe is optional but definitely adds some flare to the garment! Check out this quick video on How to Add Fringe to your crochet project!

More Summer Crochet Cardigan Patterns

Katie Cardi– this lightweight, short sleeved pattern also uses dk (#3) weight yarn! It’s perfect for spring and summer!

Beach Day Ruana – another side by side project with a gorgeous lacy stitch combo! Wear this one as a swimsuit cover at the beach or with a cute dress! So many options!

Magnolia Cardigan – a gorgeous cardigan with open stitch work throughout! 

Grace Cardi – a short sleeved cardigan that can be made any length and has a cute stitch combo at the bottom.

Magnolia Shardi– a shawl and a cardigan combined! This shardi has open stitch work and a ribbed trim at the sleeves, making it great for summer layering!

Woman wearing the Sarasota Cardi, facing forward so you can see the back side of the garment.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase the Sarasota Cardi crochet pattern on Ravelry and Etsy and LoveCrafts!

Want to try before you buy? Check out my ever growing list of Free Crochet Patterns

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