This is one of my favorite pieces. It goes with everything and is the perfect weight for those in-between temperatures. You can do it in one color or many, and with any type of yarn you like.

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: 

Caron Simply Soft in Bone – 6 skeins

Hook size H/8 – 5.00 mm

Stitch markers 

Gauge:

5 clusters and 7 rows = 4”

Dimensions:

44” wide by 44” long

Abbreviations:

Ch – chain

Dc – Double crochet

Ss – slip stitch

St, sts – stitch, stitches

Notes:

  1. Beginning chains count as stitches.
  2. This pattern is easy to adjust for size.  Simply make your square as large or as small as you like.

Instructions:

Chain 4

Round 1:  Two dc in 4th chain from hook, *ch 2, 3 dc in same space*, repeat from * to * two more times, ch 2, join at top of first chain in round with slip stitch.  

Round 2:  Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in the corner space, ch 2, 3 dc in the same space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space*, repeat from * to * two more times, ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss.

Round 3:  Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in ch 1 space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space*, repeat from * to * two more times, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in last corner, ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss.

Rounds 4 – 34:  Continue pattern. Bind off, and weave in ends.

Construction:

Lay square out flat, and then fold it in half. On each short end, sew from open ends towards the fold about 14”.  You want to leave about 8” for the armholes.  Pull the center up and you will see the sweater take shape. 

Add a button if desired.  Smaller buttons will fit in the holes in the granny square.  For a large button like mine, you’ll need to make a chain large enough for the button to just fit through and sew it to the cardigan.

Instructions with photos:

Chain 4

Round 1:  Two dc in 4th chain from hook,

      

*Ch 2, 3 dc in same space*

Repeat from * to * two more times.

Ch 2, then join at top of first chain in round with slip stitch.  See photo below.  You should have four clusters.

Make sure to get your hook under the top two loops only as seen in the photo below.

When your slip stitch is done correctly, it will look like the photo below.  You don’t want it in the gap between the double crochet stitches.

First round is complete.

Round 2:  Turn (back of work is now facing you), ch 3, 2 dc in the corner space, ch 2, 3 dc in the same space.

*Ch 1, (3 dc,  ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space*.  Repeat from * to * two more times.  Ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss.  See photo below for slip stitch placement.  You should have 8 clusters.

Round 3:  Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in ch 1 space.

*Ch 1, (3 dc,  ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space*.  Repeat from * to * two more times.  Ch 1, (3 dc,  ch 2, 3 dc) in last corner.  Ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss.

Rounds 4 – 34:
Continue pattern. Bind off.

To make the cardigan:
Fold square in half and sew from open ends towards the fold about 14”.  You want to leave about 8” for the armholes.

Add a button if desired.  Smaller buttons will fit in the holes in the granny square.  For a large button like mine, you’ll need to make a chain large enough for the button to just fit through and sew it to the cardigan.

Another view of where to sew the armhole.

Leave about 8″ for the armhole.

Close-up of button hole.

Close-up of button.

Stitch detail.