Spiderweb Cardigan

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Marty Miller’s Spiderweb Cardigan

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Me in my lavendar Spiderweb cardigan

I finally got my daughter to take some photos of me (with my NEW! digital camera) in the Spiderweb Cardigan I’ve been talking about for a while.  Oh, did you notice the “dreads” are gone.  Yep, I caved a couple of weeks ago and cut them off.  They were SO hot and the maintenance required didn’t really fit into my desire to be in the water as often as possible.  So, there you have it; I’m back to the short ‘fro I’ve worn for the past 30 years or so.  The photos were taken in my backyard.

The Spiderweb Cardigan Is Crocheted in Rows

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Marty Miller’s Spiderweb cardigan is made in rows, not blocks, as I initially thought.

As for the cardigan, this was pretty easy to make.  It’s designed by Marty Miller, and she wore it at last year’s Chain Link Conference in PA.  I took a couple of classes from her and was fascinated by the spiderweb stitch pattern.  I thought for sure it was made of separate blocks, but the pattern is created in vertical rows.

I found a version of the pattern in the Harmony Stitch Guide, Volume 7 (see the “All-over Pattern I.76 on page 38) so this goes to show you how you can take a stitch pattern from one of those books, adapt it, and create a really cool garment.  I substituted the yarn called for in the pattern with Lily Sugar N Cream cotton which gave me an exact gauge.

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Back view of the Spiderweb cardigan

Spiderweb Cardigan Can Be Adapted to Any Size Figure

Not only was it easy to make, it’s easy to adapt to any size figure by simply adding panels and/or  spiderweb motifs.  I made the sweater a little longer than the pattern called for. I also added a single crochet border around the entire cardigan as well as the  bottom of the sleeves to give it a little more structure.

Where to Find the Spiderweb Cardigan Pattern

This pattern is featured in the Spring 2007 edition of the Interweave Crochet magazine(the pattern is available for purchase at the Interweave store)

The magazine also includes an article by Marty about how to begin crocheting WITHOUT a foundation chain.  If the first row of your piece is straight sc, hdc, dc, etc., then you can use this method to begin.  I believ this method is also featured in Cecily Keim’s Teach Yourself Crocheting Visually.  Marty calls the stitches foundation sc, foundation dc and so on.

Anyway, if you have any questions about the cardigan, let me know.


I've been crocheting for over 40 years and blogging since 2004 - two of my favorite things in the world to do besides walking the beaches of windward Oahu, Hawaii.

17 comments On Spiderweb Cardigan

  • Patrice, your sweater looks fantastic! I love how you realized it was so easy to modify. And how you changed yarns to get the gauge. How many skeins of Sugar ‘n Cream did you use? And I hope you don’t stop at just one sweater. Make yourself a whole wardrobe of them – that’s what I did! And if you see me at this year’s conference, I’ll probably be wearing another version of it!

  • Hey Marty! I’m so glad you like the sweater. Let’s see, I used 9 71 gram (2.5 oz) skeins of Lily Sugar n Cream cotton. My sweater consists of 4 “panels” for the left and right fronts, 6 panels for the back, and 4 panels for each sleeve, where a panel = the 6 rows that make up the spider pattern. I believe I added one extra repeat of the spiderweb block to make it a little longer. I saw a photo of you in another version of the sweater at your blog. Cool! I won’t be making the conference this summer; I live in Hawaii now and NH is a bit far to travel. I am thinking about the Oakland conference this fall. We’ll see. Thanks for stopping by!

  • your cardigan is very pretty – i love the spider pattern….i have that same hibiscus in my backyard!

  • Wow, that is a really pretty sweater, and it looks beautiful with the pink shirt under it! I am now inspired to try my hand at one….:)

  • Hey Debbie and Aim! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you guys try the cardigan. It is REALLY easy to make and works up quickly.

  • Fantastic! I have never seen this pattern in anything but baby blankets. Your jacket looks great (!) and I’m loving the unusual color. Right on!
    I can feel you about your locks. I cut mine, in order to wear a bathing cap. Hair can’t rule your life.

  • Hey Sahara! How’s it going?? Thanks! It’s really cool what you can do with these stitch patterns, and Marty found a way to transform the spiderweb design into a really neat, easty-to-make sweater. I love the lavender!
    And yes, I agree about the hair. While I enjoyed having “long” hair for a while, the cons outweight the pros, so I opted for ease instead.

  • the sweater came out lovely, nice job

  • Beautiful caridgan. I love the color.

  • Thanks Kathy, Drew and Theresa!!

  • Wow, you got a comment from the Crochet Dude! Beautiful sweater! I like that stitch.

  • The Spiderweb Cardigan looks great – the purple is beautiful!!! I have been eyeing this pattern for a while…can’t decide what to use for yarn though…
    – Jenn

  • Hey Patrice, it’s Jen from Aloha Knitters, the one who brought the rabbit this past thursday. Just wanted to say that your spiderweb cardigan is very pretty!

  • How’s it going, Jen! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m glad you like the cardigan!!

  • Really beautiful & love the color. I’m working the Beachcomber Tunic from the same issue. I’ll have to add yours to my “wanna do” list.

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