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Granny Stitch Hooded Cardigan Pattern

With its delicate pattern and airy design, my granny stitch cardigan is the perfect garment to wear during spring and summer, providing just the right amount of coverage without sacrificing breathability.

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Why you’ll Love Crocheting this Granny Stitch Cardigan

Comfort and Versatility: I’ve used a seamless construction to give a more comfortable wear.  There’s much less sewing (only shoulder seams) and it’s kinder to sensitive skin. The addition of a hood adds versatility, providing extra warmth when needed and adding a cozy touch to my overall design.
Customizable Sizing: Instructions are written for sizes S to 5X.  You can customize the length of your cardigan, the length of the sleeves and the size of the hood.  This a project to suit all body types ensuring that everyone can enjoy the comfort and style of the finished cardigan.
Perfect for Warmer Months: The granny stitch’s holes create a breathable fabric, making my cardigan design ideal for wearing during the warmer months. The cardigan provides just the right amount of coverage without causing overheating, making it a practical and stylish choice for spring and summer wear.
Montage of 7 images showing a granny stitch cardigan worn by a women and the same aspects styled on a mannequin
Sample size is medium and modelled on 5’ tall size medium with the same size styled on a small size mannequin

How the granny stitch cardigan pattern is worked

My seamless cardigan uses the granny stitch throughout the pattern. 

The cuffs, hem and edging are crocheted in single/double crochet back loop only. 

Button holes are made on the edging by chaining and skipping stitches. 

Numbered images of a granny stitch cardigan showing the process of 1) length to underarm 2) dividing for fronts a back 3) shoulder seams 4) sleeves and cuffs 5) hood 6) hem and edging
The construction process of the cardigan

The numbers below correspond to the numbered images above.

  1. From the bottom to underarm, the cardi is crocheted in one piece, worked flat and turned to work in rows. To alter the length of your cardigan to suit your preference you can work less rows (cropped) or more (longer length)
  2. The piece is then divided from the armholes to work the right front, back and left front of the cardigan separately.  The pattern continues to work flat and is turned to work in rows.
  3. Next, the shoulders are seamed.  The left front and right front are sewn to the back piece to create the shoulder seams.
  4. The sleeves are worked directly into the armhole, worked in rounds and joined with a slip stitch.  Once the sleeve is crocheted, the cuff is worked.
  5. The hood is worked directly on the garment and is turned in rows. 
  6. Finally, the hem and edging of the cardigan are worked.  The hem is worked first.  The edging is worked from the hem on the right side, up around the hood and back down to the left side hem.  The buttonholes are worked on the right-hand side with button placements on the left.

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A woman is turned away showing the back of a cardigan and the same cardigan is styled on a mannequin

Yarn Choices

When I saw the Cicibebe Sweetie Colours Collection at an introductory price I couldn’t resist!  I knew it would be perfect for this granny stitch cardigan – I didn’t want precision of stripes but did want graduation of shades.  Colour 108 was perfect (although I do love the other colours in this collection too and my finger is poised ready to add a different colourway to my stash)!

I’ve enjoyed working with this yarn and the finished cardigan has a lovely drape.  It feels really lightweight and soft making it great to layer up with short-sleeved t-shirts over the warmer months.

Cicibebe Sweetie is a 100% anti-pilling acrylic making this finished garment machine washable and a bonus, the garment will keep its shape.

Yarn WeightDK
Length (m)265
Length (y)289
Ball Weight100g
Care InstructionsDo Not Bleach, Do Not Iron, Do Not Tumble Dry, Machine Wash – Wool Wash – 30°C

Alternative DK Yarns

The following yarns are excellent substitution matches:

A woman is wearing a cardigan and jeans facing sideways and the same cardigan is styled on a mannequin

Cardigan Pattern Notes

  • Instructions are written for sizes S to 5X in UK and US Crochet Terms.
  • Sizes are written thus: S, (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
  • My cardigan is a close fit.  If you prefer your cardigan to be oversized, go up a size.
  • Granny stitch is worked in multiples of 4 (add 6 to foundation chain)
  • Chain 3 counts as a stitch
  • Chain 4 counts as a UK treble, chain one  /  US double, chain one
  • For this pattern, UK treble cluster (tr cl) / US double cluster (dc cl) is the same as 3 UK trebles / US 3 doubles.

Sleeves

  • When rejoining yarn to work the sleeves, join underarm.  Make sure you work the same number of stitches for both sleeves.
  • Decrease round for the sleeves – work between the 2 UK trebles / US doubles NOT in the loops but between the posts of the stitches.
  • Before working the sleeve cuff, try on your cardigan.  To customize to fit your arm length, work more or less rounds.  Sleeve cuff adds 2.5” to the length of the sleeve.

Hood

  • I joined my hood 9 rows down from the neck for a deeper hood.  You can work less rows but I would recommend more than 3 rows down.  When I trialled what would work, 3 rows were too small for the hood.
  • After decreases for the hood shaping, try on your cardigan.  Make sure the hood wraps round the back of your head and is comfortable before seaming together.
  • If you choose not to add a hood, skip the hood instructions and go straight to hem instructions.

Buttons

  • The button size I used is 20mm.  Instructions are written for this size button.  I used 7 buttons.
  • The button holes are made by chaining 2 and skipping 2 stitches.  This might change, depending on the button size you choose (you might need to chain 3 skip 3 stitches for a larger button). 
  • Buttons are spaced 6cm apart. 
  • Buttonholes are worked on the right-hand side of the edging.  Use stitch markers or scrap yarn to mark where your buttonholes will be.  You can change the placement and try different layouts to find your preference.  If you choose different placements, you may need more or less buttons.
A close up showing scrap yarn to mark where the buttonholes on a cardigan are placed with the buttons on the other side

Don’t skip this step of marking out your buttonholes and button placements.  The first time I placed my buttons and used scrap yarn, the visual helped me realise I wanted the buttons further apart. This is an important part of the construction.

  • Buttons are sewn onto the left-hand side of the edging.  Make sure you align the buttons with the buttonholes. I counted rows between the buttons and matched with scrap yarn marking the placement before sewing them on.
  • If you work more or less rows before the cardigan divides for front and back you will need less or more buttons
  • If you choose not to add buttons, follow the pattern for the edging but leave out the buttonhole instructions.
A woman is wearing a granny stitch cardigan and is facing the front.  The same cardigan is styled on a mannequin showing the same aspect

Level

Intermediate

Supplies and Materials

  • 5mm / H-8 Crochet Hook (body); 4mm / G-6 (hem and edging)
  • Cicibebe Sweetie Colours (colour 8):  1505, (1619, 1735, 1830, 1985, 2075, 2203, 2297) yds
  • 7 X 20mm buttons (I used these Round Faux Horn Sew On Buttons)
  • Tape Measure
  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
A cardigan is styled on a mannequin showing the front with hood up and another with hood down and the back view

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Crochet TermsUS Crochet Terms
Double Crochet (dc)Single Crochet (sc)
Treble Crochet (tr)Double Crochet (dc)
  • Back Loop Only (blo)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Chain (ch)
  • Skip (sk)
  • Repeat (rep)
  • Space/s (sps)
  • Chain Space/s (ch-sp/s)
  • Stitch/es (st/s)
  • Continue (cont)
  • Beginning (beg)
  • Wrong Side (WS)
  • Right Side (RS)
  • Right-Hand Side (rhs)
  • Left-Hand Side (lhs)
  • Previous (prev)

Gauge

16 stitches and 8 rows = 10cm X 10cm

A woman is wearing jeans and a cardigan showing the front, back and sides of the cardigan

Measurements

SizeTo fit (inches)Finished Size (inches)Length (inches)Sleeve Length (inches)Total Amount of DK Yarn (yards)
S32 – 343624171505
M36 – 384025171619
L40 – 424425.517.51735
XL44 – 4647.52617.51830
2X48 – 505226.5181985
3X52 – 545627182075
4X56 – 586027.518.52203
5X60 – 626427.518.52297
Sizing follows the Craft Yarn Council standard body measurements

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Granny Stitch Cardigan Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Lower Piece (worked in one piece back and fronts)

With 5mm / H-8 hook

Ch 134, (150, 166, 178, 198, 210, 226, 242)

Row 1: 3tr in 7th ch from hook, *ch1, sk 3 chs, 3tr in next ch, *rep to last 3 chs, ch1, sk 2 chs, tr in last ch, ch3, turn

Row 2: 2tr in first ch-sp, *ch1, sk 3 sts, 3tr in next ch-sp, * rep to last ch-sp, 2tr in last ch-sp, tr in last st, ch4, turn

Row 3: *sk 3 sts, 3tr in next ch-sp, ch1, *rep to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, tr in last st, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 form granny stitch pattern

Rep rows 2 and 3 for a total of 27 rows

Do not fasten off.

Adjusting Length: If you prefer a shorter/cropped or longer cardigan, the amount of row 2 and 3 repeats is where you’ll need to adjust. The number of rows in the instructions above is the cardigan’s length from the armhole to the bottom before adding the ribbed hem.  Measure underarm and work rows 2 and 3 to the length you want. This will not affect the front of the cardigan.

Cardigan is now divided to work the right front, back and left front.

Right Front

Row 28: work pattern for a total of 8, (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) tr cl/ch1, sk 4, (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in next st to mark where to rejoin yarn for back piece, turn leaving rem sts unworked

Row 29 – 43, (45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53) cont rep granny stitch pattern

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the shoulder seam

Back

Rejoin yarn at st marker

Work pattern for a total of 16, (18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 25, 27) tr cl/ch1, sk 4, (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in the next st to mark where to rejoin yarn for left front, turn leaving rem sts unworked

Cont with pattern to match right front.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Left Front

Rejoin yarn at st marker and rep instructions for right panel omitting the sk sts.

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the shoulder seam

Assembly

With RS facing inwards, sew shoulder seams

Sleeves

Working on the RS, rejoin yarn underarm

Round 1: ch3, *2tr in same sp, ch1, * rep to end, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 2: 2 tr in same sp, *[3tr, ch1], *rep around to last ch-sp, 2tr in last ch-sp, ch1, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 3 (decrease): 2 tr in same sp, ch1, *[3tr, ch1], *rep to 2tr group in prev round, miss the sp before, work 3tr between the posts of the 2tr group, miss the sp after 2 tr group, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 4: 2 tr in same sp, ch1, [3tr, ch1] around, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Rep rounds 2, 3 and 4 three times (total 9 rounds)

Rep round 4 seven times (7 rounds)

Rep rounds 2, 3 and 4 once (total 3 rounds)

Rep round 4 a total of 1, (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) times

Try on the cardigan to make sure you’re happy with the length and fit of the sleeve.

Do not fasten off. Continue to work the sleeve cuff.

Ribbed Sleeve Cuff

Ch11

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc to sleeve edge, sl st in next 2 sts on sleeve edge, ch1, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to sleeve edge, sl st in next 2 sts on sleeve edge, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 around sleeve edge, sl st to seam cuff closed

Rep instructions for the second sleeve

Optional no hood – continue to hem instructions

Hood

Count 9 rows down from neck edge on right and left fronts and place a st marker in the next row down

Working on RS, rejoin yarn at st marker on right-hand side, ch3

Row 1: 2 tr in same sp, [3tr, ch1] in ch-sps to shoulder seam, [3tr, ch1] between seam, [3tr, ch1] in ch-sps across back of neck, [3tr, ch1] between shoulder seam, [3tr, ch1] in ch-sps to st marker, 3tr in st marker sp, ch4, turn

Row 2: rep row 3 of pattern

Row 3: rep row 2 of pattern

Rep rows 3 and 2 for a total of 22 rows

Find the centre sp and place a st marker

Row 23 (shaping hood): cont with pattern to centre sp, ch1 before centre sp, 1tr in centre sp, ch1, cont pattern to end of row, turn

Row 24: cont with pattern to sp before centre tr, sk ch-sp, tr in centre st, sk ch-sp, cont with pattern to end of row, turn

Rep last row 2 more times

Try on your cardigan to make sure you are happy with the size and fit of hood before seaming.

With RS facing inwards, fold hood in half and seam the two ends of the hood together

Fasten off and weave in ends

Ribbed Hem

Change to 4mm / G-6 hook

Working on RS, rejoin yarn at bottom edge of the rhs

Ch11

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc to hem edge, sl st in next 2 sts on hem edge, ch1, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to hem edge, sl st in next 2 sts on hem edge, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 around the bottom of the cardigan

Fasten off and weave in ends

Edging

Button placement – set out buttons with the first button 3cm from hem and following buttons 6 cm apart (OR try different placements of button until you’re happy with the layout)

Use st markers or scrap yarn to mark the placements

With a 4mm / G-6 hook and working on the RS, rejoin yarn at hem on the rhs

Rep instructions for ribbed hem but when you reach buttonhole row, work 4 sts, ch2, sk 2 sts, work to end.  Next row you will work into the chs from prev row

Cont working ribbing up rhs, along edge of hood and back down lhs

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To finish, sew buttons to match buttonholes on lhs side of edging

After blocking, you’re ready to wear your new granny stitch cardigan

6 images show different views of a woman wearing a cardi and 3 images show the process of adding sleeves/cuff, adding a hood and adding the hem and edging of a cardigan

Granny Stitch Cardigan Instructions US Crochet Terms

Lower Piece (worked in one piece back and fronts)

With 5mm / H-8 hook

Ch 134, (150, 166, 178, 198, 210, 226, 242)

Row 1: 3dc in 7th ch from hook, *ch1, sk 3 chs, 3dc in next ch, *rep to last 3 chs, ch1, sk 2 chs, dc in last ch, ch3, turn

Row 2: 2dc in first ch-sp, *ch1, sk 3 sts, 3dc in next ch-sp, * rep to last ch-sp, 2dc in last ch-sp, dc in last st, ch4, turn

Row 3: *sk 3 sts, 3dc in next ch-sp, ch1, *rep to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in last st, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 form granny stitch pattern

Rep rows 2 and 3 for a total of 27 rows

Do not fasten off.

Adjusting Length: If you prefer a shorter/cropped or longer cardigan, the amount of row 2 and 3 repeats is where you’ll need to adjust. The number of rows in the instructions above is the cardigan’s length from the armhole to the bottom before adding the ribbed hem.  The ribbed hem is 6cm in length. Measure underarm and work rows 2 and 3 to the length you want. This will not affect the front of the cardigan.

Cardigan is now divided to work the right front, back and left front.

Right Front

Row 28: work pattern for a total of 8, (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) dc cl/ch1, sk 4, (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in next st to mark where to rejoin yarn for back piece, turn leaving rem sts unworked

Row 29 – 43, (45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53) cont rep granny stitch pattern

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the shoulder seam

Back

Rejoin yarn at st marker

Work pattern for a total of 16, (18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 25, 27) dc cl/ch1, sk 4, (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 8, 8) sts and place a st marker in the next st to mark where to rejoin yarn for left front, turn leaving rem sts unworked

Cont with pattern to match right front.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Left Front

Rejoin yarn at st marker and rep instructions for right panel omitting the sk sts.

Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the shoulder seam

Assembly

With RS facing inwards, sew shoulder seams

Sleeves

Working on the RS, rejoin yarn underarm

Round 1: ch3, *2 dc in same sp, ch1, * rep to end, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 2: 2 dc in same sp, *[3tr, ch1], *rep around to last ch-sp, 2dc in last ch-sp, ch1, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 3 (decrease): 2dc in same sp, ch1, *[3dc, ch1], *rep to 2dc group in prev round, miss the sp before, work 3dc between the posts of the 2dc group, miss the sp after 2 dc group, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Round 4: 2 dc in same sp, ch1, [3dc, ch1] around, join with sl st to top of ch3, sl st to next ch-sp, ch3

Rep rounds 2, 3 and 4 three times (total 9 rounds)

Rep round 4 seven times (7 rounds)

Rep rounds 2, 3 and 4 once (total 3 rounds)

Rep round 4 a total of 1, (1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) times

Try on the cardigan to make sure you’re happy with the length and fit of the sleeve

Do not fasten off. Continue to work the sleeve cuff.

Ribbed Sleeve Cuff

Ch11

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to sleeve edge, sl st in next 2 sts on sleeve edge, ch1, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to sleeve edge, sl st in next 2 sts on sleeve edge, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 around sleeve edge, sl st to seam cuff closed

Rep instructions for the second sleeve

Optional no hood – continue to hem instructions

Hood

Count 9 rows down from neck edge on right and left fronts and place a st marker in the next row down

Working on RS, rejoin yarn at st marker on right-hand side, ch3

Row 1: 2 dc in same sp, [3dc, ch1] in ch-sps to shoulder seam, [3dc, ch1] between seam, [3dc, ch1] in ch-sps across back of neck, [3dc, ch1] between shoulder seam, [3dc, ch1] in ch-sps to st marker, 3dc in st marker sp, ch4, turn

Row 2: rep row 3 of pattern

Row 3: rep row 2 of pattern

Rep rows 3 and 2 for a total of 22 rows

Find the center sp and place a st marker

Row 23 (shaping hood): cont with pattern to center sp, ch1 before center sp, 1dc in center sp, ch1, cont pattern to end of row, turn

Row 24: cont with pattern to sp before center dc, sk ch-sp, dc in center st, sk ch-sp, cont with pattern to end of row, turn

Rep last row 2 more times

Try on your cardigan to make sure you are happy with the size and fit of hood before seaming.

With RS facing inwards, fold hood in half and seam the two ends of the hood together

Fasten off and weave in ends

Ribbed Hem

Change to 4mm / G-6 hook

Working on RS, rejoin yarn at bottom edge of the rhs

Ch11

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc to hem edge, sl st in next 2 sts on hem edge, ch1, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to hem edge, sl st in next 2 sts on hem edge, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 around the bottom of the cardigan

Fasten off and weave in ends

Edging

Button placement – set out buttons with the first button 3cm from hem and following buttons 6 cm apart (OR try different placements of button until you’re happy with the layout)

Use st markers or scrap yarn to mark the placements

With a 4mm / G-6 hook and working on the RS, rejoin yarn at hem on the rhs

Rep instructions for ribbed hem but when you reach buttonhole row, work 4 sts, ch2, sk 2 sts, work to end.  Next row you will work into the chs from prev row

Cont working ribbing up rhs, along edge of hood and back down lhs

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To finish, sew buttons to match buttonholes on lhs side of edging

After blocking, you’re ready to wear your new granny stitch cardigan

Happy Crocheting!

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