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Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern

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You’re going to love this Granny Square Cardigan crochet pattern. 

It’s size inclusive & will fit sizes from XS to 5XL. 

Pick out your 6 favorite colors & make this beautiful granny square project.

To crochet granny squares are quite suitable for beginners, and assembling this cardigan pattern isn’t a lot more difficult than a granny square blanket. 

Granny square cardigan shown from the back on a lady, blue background.

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How To Crochet The Granny Square Cardigan


The Granny Square Cardigan is made up of multiple granny squares. They are then assembled according to the granny square layout shown in the pattern to create a crochet jacket.

Finally edgings are made around the wrists, lower edge and front.

The stitches used are basic and the granny squares are beginner friendly. Choose if you want to assemble by whip stitches or other methods such as the join as you go or flat slip stitch join.

Granny square cardigan shown from the back on a lady, green and sea background.

Yarn For The Crochet Granny Cardigan


To crochet this cardigan I went for the amazing Wool Ease yarn from Lion Brand Yarn

It’s for sure become my favorite over the last couple of years, with this being the 9th pattern from the last 18 months: 

1. Your Weekday Cowl

2. Your Sunday Shawl

3. Your Afternoon Walk Cardigan

4. Your Sunrise Socks

5. Spikes and Stripes Pillow

6. Clover Leaf Granny Square Pillow

7. Cold Day Hat

8. Cold Day Cowl

So if you haven’t tried Wool Ease before, isn’t this great proof that I really LOVE this yarn?

Granny squares on white background.

The Classic Granny Square Turned Jacket


If you like crocheting the traditional granny squares, being able to use them in different projects are so great. 

They’re so traditional that some even call them the vintage granny. The best thing, is that you may even substitute the traditional granny square with a different square motif, as long as you achieve the same gauge per crochet square.

It’s no secret that I love creating garment patterns & I just had to create a granny square jacket pattern. 

It’s also a great addition to your wardrobe. 

With some simple edgings, collar & cuff, making the final round of the granny squares the same color, you’ll achieve an overall calmer look. 

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Collage with text and photo of Granny square cardigan shown from the back on a lady, sea background.

How Long Does It Take To Crochet That?


How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?

Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.

It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.

All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.

Calculate how long it takes to crochet that. 

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The Free Granny Square Jacket Crochet Pattern


The Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern Summary


The Granny Square Cardigan is a size inclusive jacket crochet pattern, with sizes from XS to 5XL. 

You can make this granny square sweater using the traditional granny square. The pattern includes the granny square cardigan layout, in both photos & schematic. 

Pick your favorite colors & start making this beautiful piece! 

Granny square cardigan shown from the back on a lady, grass and sea background.

Skill Level


Materials Needed For The Granny Square Cardigan


Crochet Hook

Note: Use hook size according to the size you make. Necessary to make the best fit & have sizing work for as many sizes as possible. 

XS/S and XL/2xL/3XL: 

Size 5.5 mm / US: I-9 / UK: 5

M/L and 4XL/5xL: 

Size 6.5 mm / US: K-10.5 / UK: 3

Yarn

Yarn used:

Lion Brand YarnWool Ease in color Fisherman (CA), Grey Heather (CB), Denim (CC), Rose Heather (CD), Cranberry (CE), Forest Green Heather (CF). 

Learn How to Substitute Yarn.

How much yarn needed for the Granny Cardigan Pattern: 

Color A (CA): 4 (4) 5 (6) skeins

Color B (CB): 1 skein

Color C (CC): 1 skein

Color D (CD): 1 skein

Color C (CE): 1 skein

Color F (CF): 1 skein

Yarn characteristics:
  • 4 Medium Yarn, worsted weight yarn
  • 80 % Acrylic, 20 % Wool

Other Materials Needed

Gauge


Each square measure:

XS/S and XL/2xL/3XL:

11.5 x 11.5 cm / 4.5 x 4.5 inches

M/L and 4XL/5xL: 

14 x 14 cm / 5.5 x 5.5 inches

Granny square cardigan crochet pattern on a lady, green and blue background.

Crochet Pattern Notes


  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
  • All measurements given are unblocked.
  • Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
  • Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
  • Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
  • This pattern is written for 4 sizes, where the different sizes is given in parenthesis like this: XS/S (M/L) XL/2X/3X (4X/5X) . If just one number is given, it applies to all sizes. I recommend that you highlight or circle the size you’re making before you begin to make the pattern easier to follow. Size adjustments are added under the heading “Size & Measurements”.
  • At the end of each round, the stitch count is given in parenthesis.
  • The cardigan is made up of 38 (38) 70 (70) squares, which is assembled according to schematic. Finally an edge of double crochet stitches are created around wrists & at the bottom of the cardigan. Finally a front edge are created with double crochet stitches. 

Sizes and Measurements


Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern
*Length in table includes body edging (2 inches / 5 cm).
**Chest measurement are equal to waist and hip.

Size Adjustments

  • The best way to adjust bust size are going up/down in crochet hook size to create a different sized granny square. 
  • Alternatively, adjust sleeve and body length by making edging larger at the end. 
  • Or adding one(or more) extra row(s) of granny squares at the bottom of the cardigan to make it longer.

Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern
Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Abbreviations


beg = beginning

Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)

ch-2-sp = refers to chain or space previously made, with 2 ch

dc = double crochet

prev = previous

rep = repeat

Sl st = slip stitch (tutorial)

St = stitch (es)

Granny square cardigan on a lady, green and blue background.

Techniques Used In The Crochet Pattern


Instructions for Granny Square Cardigan


Granny Squares List

Make 38 (38) 70 (70) squares total, in the following color combinations or in combinations you choose. 

Square 1: CA, CD, CE, CA, make 6 (6) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, red and pink.

Square 2: CD, CA, CC, CA, make 5 (5) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, blue and pink.

Square 3: CE, CC, CB, CA, make 5 (5) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, grey, blue and red.

Square 4: CC, CF, CB, CA, make 5 (5) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, grey, green and blue.

Square 5: CF, CB, CD, CA, make 5 (5) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, pink, grey and green.

Square 6: CF, CD, CC, CA, make 5 (5) 9 (9)

A crocheted granny square in white, blue, pink and green.

Square 7: CB, CE, CF, CA, make 4 (4) 8 (8)

A crocheted granny square in white, red, green and grey.

Square 8: CA, CB, CE, CA, make 3 (3) 8 (8)

A crocheted granny square in white, red and grey.

Granny Square Instructions 

Click to find a  detailed tutorial on how to crochet a Granny Square.

All rounds are made with right side facing. 

Round 1: Ch 3, dc 2 in 3rd ch (base ch) from hook, *ch 2, dc 3 in base ch*, rep from *to* 2 times, ch 2, sl st in top of ch from beginning of round (=20 st). Fasten off & cut yarn.  

Round 2: Make slipknot, dc 3 in any corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, *dc 3 in next corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner ch-2-sp, ch 2*, rep from *to* 2 times, dc 3 in first corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st in top of 1st dc from beg of round (=40 st). Fasten off & cut yarn.

Round 3: Make slipknot, dc 3 in any corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, *dc 3 in next ch-2-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in next corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner ch-2-sp, ch 2*, rep from *to* 2 times, dc 3 in next ch-2-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in first corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st in top of 1st dc from beg of round (=60 st). Fasten off & cut yarn.

Round 4: Make slipknot, dc 3 in any corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, *[dc 3 in next ch-2-sp, ch 2] twice, dc 3 in next corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, dc 3 in same corner ch-2-sp, ch 2*, rep from *to* 2 times, [dc 3 in next ch-2-sp, ch 2] twice, dc 3 in first corner ch-2-sp, ch 2, sl st in top of 1st dc from beg of round (=80 st). Fasten off & cut yarn.

Assembly

1. Fasten threads & weave in ends on all granny squares. 

2. Place the granny squares according to schematic above or photo below. 

Granny Square Cardigan Layout for sizes SX to L shown by granny squares placed on the floor.
Suggested placement of squares for XS/S & M/L.
Granny Square Cardigan Layout for sizes XL to 5XL shown by granny squares placed on the floor.
Suggested placement of squares for XL/2XL/3XL & 4XL/5XL.

3. Seam the granny squares together using the whip stitch (or other preferred method, such as flat slip stitch join). 

4. Seam at sleeves & along sides.

Step by step details of the sleeve on a granny square sweater.
How the sleeve looks seamed. The example is shown in XL/2XL/3XL.

Edging Wrists

Repeat on both sides.

Work first stitch at back of wrist with right side facing.

Round 1*: Make slipknot, *dc 1 in corner ch-2-sp, dc 1 in the next 3 dc, [dc 1 in next ch-2-sp, dc 1 next 3 dc] three times, dc 1 in next corner ch-2-sp*, repeat from *to* until end of round, sl st in top of ch-2 from beg of round, (=34 (34) 51 (51) st).

*If you find the round 1 instructions difficult to follow, you can make  34 (34) 51 (51) st evenly around the wrist.

Round 2-4: Ch 2 (counts as 1st st), dc 1 in each st from prev round, sl st in top of ch-2 from beg of round (=34 (34) 51 (51) st).

Round 5*: Sl st 1 st in each st from prev round tightly, (=34 (34) 51 (51) st).

*Made tightly/or with smaller hook to shape sleeve around wrist.

Fasten off & cut yarn. 

Edging Bottom Of Granny Square Cardigan

With right side facing, work first stitch in lower left corner. 

Row 1*: Make slipknot, *dc 1 in corner ch-2-sp, dc 1 in the next 3 dc, [dc 1 in next ch-2-sp, dc 1 next 3 dc] three times, dc 1 in next corner ch-2-sp*, repeat from *to* until end of row,  turn (= 102 (102) 170 (170) st). 

*If you find the row 1 instructions difficult to follow, you can make 102 (102) 170 (170) st evenly along the lower edge of the cardigan.

Row 2-4: Ch 2 (counts as 1st st), dc 1 in each st from prev row, turn (= 102 (102) 170 (170) st). 

Fasten off & cut yarn.

Edging Front

Attach yarn in lower right corner with right side facing. Work along the right front, neck & left front.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1st st), dc 2 around each dc from edging (8 st total incl. ch 2), *dc 1 in corner ch-2-sp, dc 1 in the next 3 dc, [dc 1 in next ch-2-sp, dc 1 next 3 dc] three times, dc 1 in next corner ch-2-sp*, repeat from *to* along granny squares on right front, neck and left front, dc 2 around each dc from edging (8 st total), turn (=186 (186) 220 (220) st). 

*If you find the row 1 instructions difficult to follow, you can make 186 (186) 220 (220) st evenly along the fronts & neck.

Row 2 – row 12: Ch 2 (counts as 1st st), dc 1 in each st from prev row, turn (=186 (186) 220 (220) st). 

Fasten off & cut yarn. 

Finishing


Fasten threads & weave in ends.

Closeup of a crochet granny square cardigan on a model.

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4 thoughts on “Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern”

  1. Do you think a “join as you go” would work for the granny squares? It’s a skill I recently learned and really liked the way it worked up for the blanket I made.

    Reply
    • Hi,

      I personally haven’t been able to use any “join as you go” techniques for granny squares.
      It’s such a neat technique, and I think it may work for this as well.

      Janne

      Reply

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