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It’s no secret that I adore creating clothes from granny squares and stitches so I’m thrilled to introduce the next part of the Franny Granny Collection – a fabulous modern granny square cardigan pattern for you!

In adult sizes from XS to 5XL (30″-62″ chest sizes) you can make this truly unique granny design that has a yoke made from traditional granny squares that then continues with the granny stitch in an innovative way to create a really figure flattering cardigan.

In this post you’ll find everything you need to know how to make a granny square cardigan including materials, stitches, a detailed video tutorial and free written pattern for blog subscribers.

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As I’m sure you’ve seen, all things granny square are getting a lot of attention at the moment!

I think there’s a few good reasons for this:

  • They look amazing and are bang on trend
  • They are super easy to crochet
  • They lend themselves really well to colourful combinations and are easy to adjust!

I have been on a mission to create some new, innovative and modern crochet patterns using the granny square and I’m excited to share this granny square jacket with you.

So far I’ve created adult patterns of the granny stitch poncho and a granny square sweater. I also created a cute crochet granny hat pattern with sizes for all the family.

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  • Versatile Design: Customize with optional sleeves and choose between cuff styles.
  • Cozy & Lightweight: Perfect for layering in any season, made for warmth without bulk.
  • Adjustable Length: Easily modify the length of the cardigan to suit your preference.
  • Figure Flattering: the unique shaping at the front and back make it look amazing on all body types!

For this design I chose to use a traditional granny square to make sure that the colour changes were the star of the show! The different sizes within the pattern have a slight variation in the amount of rounds but I find it only takes me about 20 minutes to make a granny square.

If you want to change colour in your square then you might find it takes you a little longer.

Once you have made enough squares and triangles for the yoke we then seam them together. I used a flat slip stitch seam for this but you can use whichever method you prefer! Here are some great ideas for joining crochet squares together you could try.

Should I make a crochet vest or long sleeved cardigan?

How you style your cardigan is completely up to you. I love that by crocheting clothes you can make them perfect for you!

In this design you have the option to make the cardigan any length you like by continuing to work body rounds until you are happy with the length.

You can create a long sleeved granny square cardigan with short or long cuffs. You can also leave the sleeves off completely to make a retro granny square vest look!

There is also the option to add buttons to your cardigan or leave them off if you prefer. You’ll see from the images that I have tried both options 🙂

The choice is yours and I can’t wait to see what you do.

Getting Started: Materials Needed for Your Granny Square Jacket

Sizing

Adult Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

To fit chest sizes: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62) inches.

With finished garment chest sizes: 32 (38, 41, 46.5, 52.5) (55.5, 58, 64, 70) inches.

Yarn

To make the granny cardigan I used Color Theory by Lion Brand which is 100% Acrylic, 246yds/225m/100g.

This is a great category 4 weight yarn that lets you mix and match hues with ease. Although it is a worsted weight yarn I find that it matches brilliantly with many double knit (category 3) weight yarns.

How much yarn do I need to crochet the cardigan?

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) will require approximately 1098 (1235, 1325, 1425, 1490) (1555, 1655, 1765, 1860) metres, 1200 (1350, 1450, 1560, 1630) (1700, 1810, 1930, 2030) yards of yarn to crochet the cardigan.

You can use any yarn that you like for your granny cardi bearing in mind that you need to make sure you meet the gauge. Some other great options are:

Please note that the Color Theory is a category 4 weight but I found that it matched gauge (included with the written pattern below) really well and so if you have a lighter worsted weight yarn you’d like to try then go for it!

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Other Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

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Video Tutorial: Follow Along to Create Your Granny Square Cardigan

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Step by Step Video Tutorial

Come along as I crochet the medium size cardigan with long sleeves in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Included in the video tutorial:

We begin by creating a number of granny squares and triangles that we join together to form the yoke of the cardigan.

From there we start to work using the granny stitch in rows along the bottom edge of the yoke until we reach the point of sleeve separation.

Then we focus on the body section, allowing you to customise the length while shaping the body with strategic decreases under the arms. To achieve a smooth finish at the bottom, we’ll share a simple trick that you might not expect!

Next up, we explore options for sleeve length, making it a breeze to adjust. Finally, we’ll wrap it all up by adding the neck and bottom band.

Crochet Terms You’ll Need to Know (including the Granny Stitch)

Glossary and Abbreviations

beg – beginning

blo – back loop only

ch(s) – chain(s)

ch-sp(s) – chain space(s)

GC – Granny Cluster (3dc)

rep – repeat

RS – right side

sp – space

ss/sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

WS – wrong side

Yoh – yarn over hook

Stitches

The pattern is written in standard US terms and uses the following crochet stitches:

sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)

yo slst – yarn over slip stitch

dc – double crochet (UK tr – treble crochet)

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Special Stitches

Granny Cluster

The term Granny Cluster (GC) is used throughout the pattern in the stitch counts and instructions refer to sets of 3dc throughout. This is where we will see the look of the traditional granny stitch.

Yo slst – Yarn over slip stitch

Yoh, insert your hook, yoh and pull through stitch and all loops on the hook.

Decrease Granny Cluster Stitch Over 2 Spaces (Cluster dec)

Dc in first ch1-sp, yoh, insert hook in the same ch1-sp and pull up a loop, yoh and pull through 2 loops, yoh and insert hook through next ch1-sp, pull up a loop, yoh, pull through 2 loops, yoh, pull through all 3 loops on the hook, dc in same ch1-sp. This will create 1 group of stitches over 2 spaces from the previous round.

Double Crochet Two Together (dc2tog)

This is only worked over chain spaces in this pattern: *Yoh, insert hook into next ch1-sp and pull up a loop. Yoh and pull through 2 loops. Repeat from *, yoh and pull through all 3 remaining loops on hook.

Stacked Double Crochet

stacked double crochet is a great alternative to a turning chain that stacks 2 single crochet stitches on top of each other to reach the height of a double crochet.

Variations and Ideas: Making Your Granny Cardigan Unique

Once you have chosen the correct chest size you’d like to make, the rest of the design is easy to adjust to fit as you would like it to.

The cardigan is worked from the top down so it is simple to change the length of both the Body and the Sleeves as you’d like.

Length: To adjust the length, you can work more or less rows of the Body after you split for the Sleeves. Continue working increases (at the Front and Back) for as long as you would like your Cardigan to be before continuing to work the ‘Straight Section’ of the Body. Keep in mind that you will be adding a Bottom Band that will also add length afterwards.

Bands and Cuffs: You can add or subtract a small amount from each size by working more or less stitches for your Bands and Cuffs.

Sleeve Length: You can adjust the Sleeves by working as many or as few rounds of the sleeves as you like before adding the Cuffs.

Sleeve Shape and Length: You can create a fuller Sleeve by continuing without decreasing if you would like to. You may then find that you need to slip stitch into more stitches when working the Cuff or drop down a hook size or two to make it fit well.

There are options for a full granny stitch Sleeve with a short cuff or a part granny stitch Sleeve with a long cuff included within the pattern.

There are lots of options discussed in the video tutorial so make sure to give it a watch before beginning your project.

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Before you dive into crocheting your cardigan, take a moment to read through the pattern notes—it’s a game-changer!

These handy insights will not only simplify your pattern-reading journey but also ensure a smoother crochet experience. You’ll find helpful tips on deciphering the sizing, transitioning yarn colours, and tips on turning your work.

Trust me, a quick peek at these notes will set you up for crochet success!

  • A ch1 at the beg does not count as a st.
  • Work a stacked dc or ch3 at the beg of each Row as you prefer.
  • The pattern is worked in turned Rounds and Rows.
  • The pattern assumes that you are using the same colour throughout so will instruct you to slip stitch into the first st at the end of each Row or Round, then ss into the appropriate ch-sp before turning to continue the next Row or Round.
  • If you are changing colour at any point you need to break your yarn at the end of the Row or Round and then turn before re-joining your next colour into the appropriate ch-sp between the Cluster Groups to begin the next Row or Round.
  • Read through the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Before you start, go through the pattern and highlight/mark the stitch and row counts that correspond to the size you are making (this will make your life much easier!).
  • Make sure that you are familiar with all of the stitches in the abbreviations list before you begin.
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in brackets ( ). E.g. XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL).
  • If an instruction does not apply to a particular size then a – is used instead of a number. E.g. – (-, 4, 4, 5) (5, 5, 6, 6) means that the XS and S sizes do not apply to this instruction.
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each Row. If no stitch count is given, then the count is the same as the previous Row.
  • ‘Granny Cluster(s)’ in the stitch counts and instructions refer to sets of 3dc throughout.
  • The pattern uses standard US crochet terms.
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Colourful Choices: Granny Square Colour Ideas

The colour placement for my designs were such fun to decide on! I decided to go for single colour granny squares and triangles so that the granny stripe stitch on the body was the star of the show. You could do the opposite and have really colourful granny squares if you like!

Here are the colours that I used for each of my versions:

  • Short sleeved cardigan using Color Theory yarn:

This fun vest version uses: Bone, Moonbeam, Nutmeg, Raisin, Thunder

  • Long sleeved cardigan using Paintbox Yarns Simply DK:

This simple but really effective version uses: Vanilla Cream, Slate Green, Navy Night

If choosing and planning colours is something you’d like to know more about then I’d love for you to join my Using Colour In Crochet Course – it’s designed to give you all the tools you need to choose and combine the perfect colours for every project you make!

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Pattern Gauge

16 sts and 8 rows = 4″ by 4″ over dc granny stitch.

Full written swatch instructions are available in the premium PDF.

YOKE

Full Granny Square:

Make 9 for each size of Cardigan.

All sizes: work Rounds 1-3.

Make a magic ring.

Round 1: ch1, (3dc into ring, ch2) 4 times, ss in 1st dc to join [12dc, 4 x ch2-sp].

If changing colour break yarn and join new colour to any ch2-sp, if continuing in same colour ss to 1st ch2-sp.

Round 2: ch1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch2-sp, ch1; rep from * 2 more times, ss in 1st dc to join. [24dc, 4 x ch2-sp, 4 x ch1-sp]

Round 3: ch1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, 3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch2-sp, ch1, 3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1; rep from * 2 more times, ss in 1st dc to join. [36dc, 4 x ch2-sp, 8 x ch1-sp]

Finish here for Sizes XS, S and M.

Sizes L, XL and 2XL only:

Round 4: continue in same yarn colour, ch1, sc in each dc and ch1-sp, 3sc in each ch2-sp around. [56sc]

Sizes 3XL, 4XL and 5XL only:

Round 4: ch1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1) twice, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch2-sp, ch1, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1) twice; rep from * 2 more times, ss in 1st dc to join. [48dc, 4 x ch2-sp, 12 x ch1-sp]

Half Granny Square:

Make 5 for each size of Cardigan.

Remember to turn after each Row.

All sizes: work Rows 1-3.

Change colours to match your Full Granny Squares at the end of each Row.

Make a magic ring.

Row 1: ch1, 3dc, ch2, 3dc into magic ring [6dc, 1 x ch2-sp].

Row 2: ch1, 3dc in 1st st, ch1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, 3dc in last st. [12dc, 1 x ch2-sp, 2 x ch1-sp]

Row 3: ch1, 3dc in 1st st, ch1, 3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, 3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, 3dc in last st. [18dc, 1 x ch2-sp, 4 x ch1-sp]

Finish here for Sizes XS, S, M.

Sizes L, XL, 2XL only:

Row 4: ch1, sc in each dc and ch1-sp, 3sc in ch2-sp. [25sc]

Sizes 3XL, 4XL, 5XL only:

Row 4: ch1, 3dc in 1st st, ch1, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1) twice, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1) twice, 3dc in last st. [24dc, 1 x ch2-sp, 6 x ch1-sp]

Weave in ends and block all Full Granny Squares and Half Granny Squares to measurements before joining.

JOINING THE SQUARES TO CREATE THE YOKE

Position the Full and Half Granny Squares as shown in the diagram below. Join using a flat slip stitch seam in your desired colour to the right side.

Technical drawing of Modern Granny Square Cardigan yoke.

All sizes use the same number of full and half granny squares as shown in the diagram but they will differ in size making the yoke the right size.

Once your squares and half squares are joined we need to work a round of granny stitch clusters around the edge to set up for the Main Body of the Cardigan.

From now on we will be working in turned Rows that add a granny cluster (GC) at the front left and right and 2 GC at the back point of the Yoke.

This is what will increase the length of the Yoke before we flatten the bottom and close the sides.

MAIN BODY SET UP INSTRUCTIONS

With RS facing join yarn to first st at point of Yoke (this will on one of the half granny squares at the front).

In the following example n = the number of GC along each side between the front and back points.

The number of GC is carefully set to work for the armhole and yoke depth calculations for each size. I do not suggest making any changes at this point.

If you would like to adjust the fit of the yoke, you can do so further along in the pattern when you split for the sleeves.

Row 1: ch1, (stacked dc, 2dc) in 1st st, ch1, work (n groups of 3dc, ch1), evenly along side of yoke until you reach the next ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) into next ch2-sp or sc, ch1, work (n groups of 3dc, ch1), evenly along side of yoke until you reach the last st of the Yoke, 3dc in last st, turn.

The following instructions include group numbers and placement for each size. The PDF version of the pattern includes extra placement diagrams – purchase PDF pattern.

GRANNY CLUSTER PLACEMENT SIZES XS, S, M

Total GC = 44

Front: 2 GC

Back: 2 GC

Side 1: 20 GC

Side 2: 20 GC

GRANNY CLUSTER PLACEMENT SIZE L

Total GC = 56

Front: 2 GC

Back: 2 GC

Side 1: 26 GC

Side 2: 26 GC

GRANNY CLUSTER PLACEMENT SIZES XL, 2XL

Total GC = 60

Front: 2 GC

Back: 2 GC

Side 1: 28 GC

Side 2: 28 GC

GRANNY CLUSTER PLACEMENT SIZES 3XL, 4XL

Total GC = 76

Front: 2 GC

Back: 2 GC

Side 1: 36 GC

Side 2: 36 GC

GRANNY CLUSTER PLACEMENT SIZE 5XL

Total GC = 78

Front: 2 GC

Back: 2 GC

Side 1: 37 GC

Side 2: 37 GC

YOKE CONTINUED

With the amount of GC set around the yoke we can now continue to increase in a simple granny stitch pattern to get the Yoke the correct size before splitting for Sleeves.

If you are changing colour at the end of a Row, make sure to do it on the last yarn over and pull through of the Row.

If you are continuing with the same colour then simply turn at the end of the Row and carry on.

Row 1: as per set up Row above, turn.

Row 2: (note – work first dc of every Row as a stacked dc throughout pattern) 3dc in 1st st, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [46 (46, 46, 58, 62) (62, 78, 78, 80) GC]

Rows 3-10 (11, 12, 12, 13) (14, 14, 15, 16): Repeat Row 2 increasing by two GC each round. [62 (64, 66, 78, 84) (86, 102, 104, 108)]

SPLITTING FOR SLEEVES

All Sizes

Before beginning to split for Sleeves, you need to mark the ch1-sps with stitch markers to make creating the armholes easier on the first Row of this section.

Counting from the first stitch of the Yoke, skip 9 (10, 11, 13, 14) (15, 17, 17, 18) ch1-sps. Place a stitch marker in the next ch1-sp.

Skip the next 10 (9, 8, 10, 11) (10, 14, 15, 15) ch1-sps, place another stitch marker into the next ch1-sp. This will create a space for the armhole. Repeat this on the other side of the cardigan working from the ch2-sp at the Back.

Row 1: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last ch1-sp before the stitch marker, 3dc in next ch1-sp (where the st marker is), ch 2 (8, 8, 8, 8) (14, 8, 14, 20) – for underarm extension, skip to ch1-sp with next stitch marker in, 3dc in ch1-sp with st marker in, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) from next stitch marker** to the ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [44 (48, 52, 60, 64) (68, 76, 76, 80) 3dc GC, 2 x underarm chains of 2 (8, 8, 8, 8) (14, 8, 14, 20)]

Size XS Only –

Round 2: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last but one ch1-sp before the underarm ch2, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc2tog over ch2, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC)** to the ch2-sp,(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [44 3dc GC, 2 dc2tog]

Sizes: – (S, M, L, XL) (-, 3XL, -, -)

Round 2: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the underarm chain of 8, 3dc in 1st ch, skip 2ch, dc2tog over next 2chs, skip 2ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC)** to the ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [- (52, 56, 64, 68)(-, 80, -, -) 3dc GC, 2 dc2tog]

Sizes: – (-, -, -, -)(2XL, -, 4XL, -)

Round 2: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the underarm chain of 14, 3dc in 1st ch, ch1, skip 2ch, 3dc in next ch, skip 2ch, dc2tog over next 2chs, skip 2ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip 2ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC)** to the ch2-sp,(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [ – (-, -, -, -)(76, -, 84, -) 3dc GC, 2 dc2tog]

Size 5XL only:

Round 2: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the underarm chain of 20, 3dc in 1st ch, (ch1, skip 2ch, 3dc in next ch) twice, skip 2ch, dc2tog over next 2chs, skip 2ch, (3dc in next ch, ch1, skip 2ch) twice, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC)** to the ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [ – (-, -, -, -)(-, -, -, 92) 3dc GC, 2 dc2tog]

All Sizes:

Round 3: 3dc in 1st st, *ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last but one ch1-sp before the dc2tog, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in dc2tog of previous round, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next 3 GC)** to the ch2-sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in ch2-sp; rep from * once more, ending at **, to last GC, 3dc in last st of final GC, turn. [44 (52, 56, 64, 68)(76, 80, 84, 92) 3dc GC, 2dc]

Rounds 4-5: Repeat Round 3 to increase the length of the Cardigan.

If you would like your Cardigan longer then you can continue to add Rows here before flattening the bottom and closing the sides.

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FLATTEN BOTTOM AND CLOSE SIDES

All sizes

We are now ready to flatten the bottom and close the sides of the Cardigan. This is done one side at a time working in turned Rows between the first stitch at the Front and the ch2-sp at the Back of the Cardigan.

Continue with the yarn after turning at the end of the last Row.

Row 1: stacked dc in 1st dc, skip next 2 sts, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last but one ch1-sp before the dc, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in dc of previous round, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to last but one ch1-sp, 3dc in last ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in ch2-sp, turn. [20 (24, 26, 30, 32) (36, 38, 40, 44) 3dc GC, 3dc]

Row 2: stacked dc in 1st dc, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last but one ch1-sp before the dc, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in dc of previous round, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last but one ch1-sp, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in last dc, turn. [18 (22, 24, 28, 30) (34, 36, 38, 42) 3dc GC, 3dc]

Row 2 sets the decrease pattern for the Cardigan side.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 4 3dc GC and 3dc.

Next Row: stacked dc in 1st dc, skip next GC, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in dc of previous round, skip next GC, 3dc in next ch1-sp, skip next GC, dc in last dc, turn. [2 3dc GC, 3dc]

Last Row: stacked dc in 1st dc, skip next GC, dc in dc of previous round, skip next GC, dc in last dc. [3dc]

Break yarn. Join yarn to ch2-sp that has WS of previous row facing from where you split for sleeves.

Repeat the Flatten Bottom and Close Sides Section. Break yarn.

BOTTOM BAND

All sizes

The Bottom Band is worked using a Join As You Go Method.

With RS facing, join to 1st st of the bottom edge to begin and ch13.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 11chs, ss in side of next st of final Body round, turn. [12]

Row 2: yo slst in blo of each st, turn.

Row 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st, ss in side of next 2 sts of final Body round, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rows 3 and 4 create the pattern for the Bottom Band Cuff.

Repeat the pattern around until you have worked into the sides of all stitches of the Body.

Continue with Neckband.

NECKBAND

All Sizes

The Neck Band continues with the same pattern repeat at the Bottom Band, using a Join As You Go Method around the whole of the neckline.

Continue with yarn, ch13.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 11chs, ss in side of next st of Front Opening, turn. [12]

Row 2: yo slst in blo of each st, turn.

Row 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st, ss in side of next 2 sts of Front Opening, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rows 3 and 4 create the pattern for the Neck Band Cuff.

BUTTON HOLES AND NECK BAND

All Sizes

Make buttonholes:

You can add buttonholes at any point around the neckline, on either side by using the following Buttonhole Row on any even row:

Buttonhole Row (even row): yo slst in blo of next 5sts, ch2, skip 2, yo slst in blo of next 5sts, turn.

When planning out your buttonholes it’s a good idea to add stitch markers at the point you would like them before you start your Neck Band.

Once your Neck Band is complete, break your yarn.

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SLEEVES

All sizes

With WS facing, join yarn to ch1-sp nearest the armhole (this is a ch1-sp that doesn’t have any stitches in yet and isn’t joined for the armhole).

Make two matching Sleeves.

Round 1 of the Sleeve differs for each size to ensure the correct number of GC are added to the armhole.

They will be written individually then from Round 2 onwards will be grouped again in the pattern.

Size XS:

Armhole ch1-sps = 10

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 11

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc2tog over ch2 of underarm extension, dc in next ch1-sp joined for armhole (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster), ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [11 GC and ch-sps]

Size S:

Armhole ch1-sps = 9

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 12

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc2tog over same ch1-sp and 1st ch of underarm extension, dc in same 1st ch of underarm extension (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster), ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next 3ch, dc in last ch of underarm extension, dc2tog over same ch1 of underarm extension and ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster) ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [12 GC and ch-sps]

Size M:

Armhole ch1-sps = 8

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 13

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, 3dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, ch1, 3dc in 1st ch of underarm extension, ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next 3ch, 3dc in last ch of underarm extension, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [13 GC and ch-sps]

Size L:

Armhole ch1-sps = 10

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 15

Round 1: As per Medium. [15 GC and ch-sps]

Size XL:

Armhole ch1-sps = 11

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 16

Round 1: As per Medium. [16 GC and ch-sps]

Size 2XL:

Armhole ch1-sps = 10

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 17

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, 3dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, ch1, 3dc in 1st ch of underarm extension, (ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch) twice, ch1, skip 3ch, 3dc in next ch, skip next 2ch, 3dc in last ch of underarm extension, ch1, 3dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [17 GC and ch-sps]

Size 3XL:

Armhole ch1-sps = 14

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 19

Round 1: As per Medium instructions. [19 GC and ch-sps]

Size 4XL:

Armhole ch1-sps = 15

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 20

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc2tog over same ch1-sp and 1st ch of underarm extension, dc in same 1st ch of underarm extension (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster), (ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch) twice, ch1, skip 3ch, 3dc in next ch, ch1, skip next 2ch, dc in last ch of underarm extension, dc2tog over same ch1 of underarm extension and ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster) ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [20 GC and ch-sps]

Size 5XL:

Armhole ch1-sps = 15

Desired GC on Round 1 of Sleeve = 22

Round 1: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, (3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) to the last empty ch1-sp of armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc2tog over same ch1-sp and 1st ch of underarm extension, dc in same 1st ch of underarm extension (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster), (ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch) three times, ch1, skip 3ch, 3dc in next ch, (ch1, skip next 2ch, 3dc in next ch), ch1, skip next 2ch, dc in last ch of underarm extension, dc2tog over same ch1 of underarm extension and ch1-sp joined for armhole, dc in ch1-sp joined for armhole (these 3dc now count as a Granny Cluster) ch1, skip next GC, ss in 1st st to join, turn. [22 GC and ch-sps]

SLEEVE BODY

All Sizes

The Sleeves can now be worked in any way that you would like. As pictured there are options for full granny stitch Sleeves with a short cuff, or half granny stitch Sleeves with a long cuff.

You need to be able to work a ‘straight’ round for the Sleeves (that keeps the stitch count the same) and a ‘decrease’ round that decreases your amount of Granny Clusters by 1 per round.

You can decrease your Sleeves at any point that you like using the decrease rounds.

The following uses standard measurements for a gently shaped and fitted full Sleeve with a short cuff but remember that you can try on your garment as you go to make sure that you decrease at the right pace for the perfect fit for you.

After completing Round 1 of the Sleeve for your size, we can now work the remaining rounds as follows:

Straight Round: (stacked dc, 2dc) in ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC, *(3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join, turn.

Decrease Round: Cluster dec over next 2 ch1-sps, ch1, skip next GC, *(3dc in next ch1-sp, ch1, skip next GC) rep from * around, ss in 1st st to join, turn.

FULL GRANNY STITCH SLEEVE – DECREASE GUIDE

Work a total of 32 rounds for the sleeve before adding the Cuff.

Work a decrease on the following rounds:

XS Decrease Rounds: 7, 15, 23, 30

S Decrease Rounds: 7, 13, 21, 26, 30

M Decrease Rounds: 7, 13, 19, 24, 30

L Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 11, 16, 21, 26, 30

XL Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 11, 16, 21, 26, 30

2XL Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 10, 14, 19, 23, 27, 30

3XL Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 24, 27, 30

4XL Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 10, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30

5XL Decrease Rounds: 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31

FULL GRANNY STITCH SLEEVE CUFFS

Continuing with yarn from Sleeve, work the Cuff using a Join As You Go Method.

Turn to RS facing to begin and ch 7.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in next 5chs, ss in next st of final Sleeve round, turn. [6]

Row 2: yo slst in blo of each st, turn.

Row 3: ch1, sc in blo of each st, ss in next 2sts of final Sleeve round, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rows 3 and 4 create the pattern for the Sleeve Cuff.

Repeat the pattern around until you have worked into all stitches of the final Sleeve round.

Join the last row to the first row with a ss seam to join.

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PART GRANNY STITCH SLEEVE WITH LONG CUFFS

If you would like to add long cuffs to your sleeves then work as for Sleeve Body until you reach just past your elbow. This should be around 15 rounds but you can adjust to suit you.

Adding a long sleeve cuff is very adaptable as you can join to as many or as few stitches around the sleeve opening to change the fit.

I have made suggestions for both a slim fitting and loose fitting cuff but the best idea is to try and see how you like it.

LONG SLEEVE CUFFS

ontinuing with yarn from Sleeve work the Cuff using a Join As You Go Method.

Turn to RS facing to begin and ch46 (or the number of chains you would like your Cuff to be to reach your wrist).

SLIM FITTING CUFF:

Row 1: yo slst in 2nd ch from the hook, yo slst in remaining chs, ss in next 3sts of final Sleeve round, turn. [45]

Row 2: yo slst in blo of each st, turn.

Row 3: ch1, yo slst in blo of each st, ss in next 4sts of final Sleeve round, turn.

Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rows 3 and 4 create the pattern for the Sleeve Cuff.

Repeat the pattern around until you have worked into all stitches of the final Sleeve round.

Join the last Row to the first Row with a ss seam to join.

LOOSE FITTING CUFF:

Work as for Slim Fitting Cuff but only ss into 3sts of final Sleeve round.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends and block to measurements.

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