“Caia” Beginner Tunisian Cardigan

The Caia Tunisian Cardigan was created as a beginner garment so that even if you’ve never made a garment and are new to Tunisian, you will be able to make this.

Caia means rejoice and that’s exactly what I felt like doing when I was asked to create this…..so the name fit. It was my first design idea of the new year and it was an amazing way to kick the year off.

It’s worked from the bottom up then split for the armholes and worked in panels. Once panels are made you will seam the shoulders and add the border to the collar and front panels, as well as the sleeves.


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Finished Sizes: Fits XS (S, M, L, XL) {2X, 3X, 4X, 5X}

Finished Measurements:

  • XS – 30” 
  • Sm – 34”
  • Med – 38”
  • Lg – 42” 
  • XL – 46”
  • 2X – 50”
  • 3X – 54”
  • 4X – 58”
  • 5X – 62”

Yarn:  #2 Fine (sport/baby weight)
Sample used: Premier Cotton Fair in Succulent

  • XS, Sm – 1000 – 1150 yds
  • Med, Large – 1200 – 1350 yds 
  • Lg, XL – 1400 – 1600 yds
  • 2X, 3X – 1650 – 1900 yds
  • 4X, 5X- 2000 – 2200 yds

Crochet Hook: Tunisian cable hook I/9 (5.5 mm) and standard G/6 (4 mm) – Please Note: If you use a straight Tunisian hook, you will need to make the sleeves flat and sew them on.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 18 sts x 22 rows = 4 inches

Difficulty: Beginner/Advanced Beginner: Uses beginner Tunisian stitches with no shaping.

Stitches Used:

bo – bind off
tks – tunisian knit stitch
tps – tunisian purl stitch
tss – tunisian simple stitch
yo – yarn over


  • Pattern uses standard US terms
  • Sweater is worked from bottom up, split for armholes, and seamed at shoulders. Border is added after the body is complete.
  • There is no turning during this project. All rows are with RS facing.

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1 thought on ““Caia” Beginner Tunisian Cardigan”

  • Très joli. Je débute au crochet tunisien mais je ne peux pas acheter votre pdf il n’est qu’en anglais

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