I wanted to make another granny square cardigan using chunky yarn. But as I got into this, I decided to change it up a little and make it more like a tunic. I love how it turned out!!
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Lion Brand Heartland Thick & Quick Yarn in Black Canyon – 7 skeins
Hook size N – 10mm
Yarn needle for sewing the arm seams
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Ss – slip stitch
Sp – space
St, sts – stitch, stitches
- Do build-up chains loosely. This yarn does not have a lot of give, and if your chain is too tight, it will be difficult to get your hook in it to do the slip stitch when you join.
- Just a tip – place a stitch marker in the third chain of the “chain 3” build-up and it will be much easier to know where to join with the slip stitch. The black yarn can make it a little difficult to see the individual stitches.
- You are making a giant square. You will fold and sew it in a way that will make it into a sweater. When laid flat, the square is approximately 40” from end to end.
- The button is optional. It looks nice buttoned, but it will restrict your movement a little. I added it because I think it adds a stylish touch to the sweater. If you choose to sew on a button, it will need to be very large or it will slip out of the hole on the other side of the sweater. My button has a diameter of 1 7/8”.
(For extra detail photos of making a granny square cardigan, see my other pattern on this page.)
Round 1: Ch 4, 2 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.
You should have four clusters.
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 (see photo below),
*ch 1, (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) in next corner space*. Repeat from * to * two more times. Ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss. You should have eight clusters at the end of this round.
Round 3: Turn, ch 3, 2 dc in ch 1 space (see photo below), *ch 1, (3 dc, 2 ch, 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, 2 ch, 3 dc) in last corner. Ch 1, join at top of first chain in round with ss.
Rounds 4 – 22: Continue pattern, doing 3 dc in each ch 1 sp, and ch 1 between clusters along the rows. Do (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc) in every corner. Bind off and weave in ends.
- Lay the square out flat. Place 3 stitch markers in the upper right and upper left corners – one in each hole between the clusters.
- Place a stitch marker about 14” to 15” inches up from the bottom on each side. I counted my granny clusters to make sure the markers were in the same place on each side. For me, I placed the stitch marker in the hole just past the eighth granny cluster from the bottom. Place a stitch marker in each of the two holes above the lowest one.
- Fold the top down so that the stitch markers line up. Connect the sides with the stitch markers so they don’t come apart, and then sew along the seam where they meet. You will only be sewing one seam on each side and the seam should be between 3” – 4”. You are making the arm holes with these seams.This is a close-up of the photo above showing where you sew the seam for your sleeves.
- If you’d like to add a button, you can sew one on at the front edge of the seam you just sewed for the sleeve. No need to make a button hole – you can button through the holes of the granny stitch on the other side.