Hi everyone! The Desert Sunset Cardigan is finally ready! This cardigan uses traditional Crochet Granny Squares. I searched for color combos that had a retro vibe and used Lion Brand's Pound of Love (with so many colors and so much yardage).
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I have a video for the traditional granny square using just one ball of yarn. You can watch it below or on youtube, here.
I have a couple of "granny" related garment patterns including the Granny Cabin Cardigan and Granni Pocket Cardi, but I really wanted a cardigan using squares stitched together.
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Desert Sunset Cardigan A crochet pattern by Phanessa Fong The Desert Sunset (Granny Square) Cardigan #DesertSunsetCardigan is crocheted with traditional Granny Squares stitched together. The full Video is available here (youtube.com/designsbyphanessa).
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Tapestry Needle SKILL LEVEL – Beginner
ABBREVIATIONS ch – Chain st(s) – Stitch(es) sl st – Slip Stitch ea – Each sc – Single Crochet dc – Double Crochet sp – Space sk – Skip rep – Repeat rem – Remaining rs/ws – Right/Wrong Side Special Stitches Granny Stitch – Work 3 double crochet stitches in the indicated space (usually between 2 granny stitches).
NOTES – Pattern is written in US terms. Read through the pattern, study the charts, and circle the size you’re making prior to starting. I turned every round for a reversible square. Each color is fastened on using the standing double crochet stitch. There are 5 colors used in the square. The color chart is in the same order the colors are used in the granny square. Pumpkin Spice (A) shows up twice because it is repeated in the square with 6 rounds. Refer to Craft Yarn Council’s standard sizing chart for actual body measurements. Please note that the final cardigan includes positive ease. Standard Body Measurements/Sizing info Woman Size Charts
SCHEMATICS (with positive ease) XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
XS-L = 3 Squares on Back
XL-5X = 5 Squares on Back
Instructions (Full Video Tutorial) Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) See the chart for the number of rounds you need for each square and the number of squares needed for the whole project. Make 55 (50, 45, 45, 89, 89, 80, 80, 65) squares, with 3 (4, 5, 5, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) rounds This does not include the last round. The last round will be crocheted when joining the squares using the “join it as you go” method (method used in this pattern). Note: If you choose to use other methods, follow the chart for the number of rounds needed for each size.
Round 1 (Color A): Start with the magic ring. ch3 (counts as a dc or use the chainless dc st), 2dc into ring, ch2, [3dc, ch2] 3 times. join to top of 1st dc st. Fasten off Color A.
Round 2 (Color B): Fasten on in any ch2 sp with Color B using a standing dc st. [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in the same ch2 sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in each of the next 3 ch 2 sp. Join with a sl st to the 1st dc st. Fasten off Color B.
Round 3 (Color C): Fasten on in any ch2 sp with Color C using a standing dc st. [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in the same ch2 sp, *granny st in sp between granny sts, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in the next ch2 sp. Rep from * 3 times. Granny st between next 2 granny sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st dc st. Fasten off Color C.
Round 4 (Color D): Fasten on in any ch2 sp with Color D using a standing dc st. [2dc, ch2, 3dc] in the same ch2 sp, *granny st in each sp between granny sts until ch2 sp, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in ch2 sp. Rep from * 3 times. Granny st in each sp between granny sts. Join with a sl st to the 1st dc st. Fasten off Color D.
Rounds 5 – 6: Repeat round 4 changing colors every round.
Block your squares before stitching them together. (How to block your squares video)
ASSEMBLING THE CARDIGAN (Instructions uses the join as you go method) You will assemble your cardigan shown below. You should have 3 (3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) squares across the back. 2 squares are reserved for the pockets. Start on the back corner. This is just a guide. You may attach the squares using any of your favorite method. Note: The 3rd (bottom) row of the sleeves is attached to half of the squares near the armhole (red star). The colors of the seam match the sides you need to attach the squares to. XS-L = 3 Squares on Back XL-5X = 5 Squares on Back
Square #1 – On the right side of your square, crochet the last round of your square (see round 4). Fasten off. Place a marker on the right side. Square #2 – Crochet only 3 sides (each new square will be referred to as #2). Attach square #2 to #1 when crocheting the 4th side. Start square #2 in the ch2 sp with 3dc sts (do not work the full corner st), crochet your square as normal. When you’re ready to attach the squares, complete half of the sts in the corner ch2 sp, [3dc, ch1].
To Join Squares: sl st in the ch2 sp of the square #1 (left square) (if joining to more than 1 square, always go diagonally through both ch2 sp), ch1, 3dc back into the same ch2 sp of square #2 (right square), *sl st into the next sp between granny squares on square #1, granny st back in the sp between granny sts on square #2. Rep from * across until the ch2 sp. 3dc, ch1, sl st in ch2 sp of square #1, ch1, sl st to the first dc st.
Continue attaching a new square following the size chart and diagram for the size you are making. Things to remember: 1. Look at how many sides you need to attach your new square: · If you are attaching a square by 1 side, crochet only 3 sides before attaching. · If you are attaching a square by 2 sides, crochet only 2 sides before attaching. · If you are attaching a square by 3 sides, crochet only 1 side before attaching. 2. Start in the ch2 sp with 3 dc sts making sure you use the standing dc st. 3. Corners are joined as follows [3dc, ch1] in ch2 sp of square #2, sl st into the ch2 sp of square #1, [ch1, 3dc] back in the ch2 sp of square #2] 4. The front and back square closest to the sleeves are only attached halfway.
Attaching the underarm section ALL SIZES (See video) The first square on the bottom of the sleeves attaches to the top 2 squares and the adjoining front/back squares.
Front Band (Pick up the next color in the same order)
This is how you work the dc2tog sts.
This demonstrates the corners of the neck.
Row 1: Fasten on with a standing dc st in the right bottom ch2 sp, 2dc in the same ch2 sp, *work granny sts in each space between granny sts until the next ch2 sp. Dc2tog in the next ch2 sp, dc2tog in the same ch2 sp and the next ch2 sp, dc2tog in the 2nd ch2 sp*.
Rep between * * until the next ch2 sp at the neck. [3dc in the first ch2 sp, sk the 2nd ch2 sp, 3dc in the next ch2 sp]. Work granny sts in each space between granny sts until the next corner. Rep between [ ] once. Rep between * * down the edge of the front left. Fasten off & turn your work.
Row 2: Fasten on a new color with a standing dc st in the last dc st from row 1, *work granny sts in each space between granny sts until the end working 1dc in the last st. Fasten off & turn your work.
Rep row 2 changing colors every row until you have 4 (5, 6, 6, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) rows or until the desired size.
Pockets (2 Squares)
This will be similar to joining any square except you’re placing it on top of another square (the garment).
· Fasten on with a foundation dc in the ch2 sp with 3dc sts (do not work the full corner st)
· Work granny sts in each sp between granny sts across the top of the square until the next ch2 sp,
· Place square on top of the desired location with your first side UP.
· [3dc, ch1] in the ch2 sp, sl st to the corner diagonal squares on the front panel.
· Continue to work the granny sts joining with a sl st to each sp between granny sts on the garment and the corner increase sts.
· In the last ch2 sp: [3dc, ch1] in the ch2 sp, sl st to the corners of garment, ch1, sl st to the first dc.
· Fasten off & weave in ends.
· Repeat for the other pocket.
Weave in all ends.
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