Cropped granny square cardigan in ten steps


How I made a cropped granny square cardigan in 10 steps


There are granny square cardigans all over Pinterest if you look and there are also many diagrams for how to arrange the granny squares, usually for longer cardigans.

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I happened to have some squares I have made for something else and as I had been meaning to make a granny square cardigan for a long time I decided to give it a go for Granny Square Day 2020. I don’t feel I should sell a pattern for this as these types of cardigans are all over the place and it is not an original idea, so I decided to just write down the steps I took to make it as a guide. Be creative and make it your own!

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Lately I have seen a lot of cropped cardigans and they often have quite full gathered sleeves and long cuffs, so I wanted to try and make it in this style. If you didn’t want the sleeves to be so full you would gradually decrease stitches at each end as you work the sleeve DC rows so you end up with the required number of stitches for the cuff. I chose to do a sudden decrease of half the stitches in the final row of the sleeve to get that gathered effect.

I made it my size by trying on as I went which is what I always recommend if you are making the item for yourself to ensure a perfect fit. This is the beauty of being able to make your own garments to fit you! Obviously if you’re making it for someone else, try it on them! This cardigan is meant to be quite fitted to be worn probably over a camisole or singlet top, you could of course make it bigger, longer with more squares and in any way you like, this is merely a guide. Have fun!


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Upper beginner/Intermediate

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st  stitch

ch chain

sc  single crochet

hdc half double crochet

dc double crochet 

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8 ply/DK. Paintbox DK cotton approximately 6 x 50g balls of main colour and 2 x 50 g balls of contrast colours used for granny squares ( depending on whether you use the same or different colours, you can just use scraps if different colours

Crochet hook 3:00 mm


Tapestry needle


DC (sleeve) 4 inches (10.5cm)  x 4 inches (10.5cm) = 21 stitches x 11 rows Granny squares 4 inches (10.5cm) x 4 inches (10.5cm) = 6 rounds Finished size of my granny squares ( 7 rounds) = 4 3/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches


This cardigan is about a size 10-12 Australian ( ) so the measurements below are for this size. To make for your own size, basically measure the cardigan on yourself as you go!

Back top to bottom: without cuff: 17 inches / 43.5 cm   with cuff: 17. 75 inches/ 45.5 cm

Back shoulder to shoulder: 17 inches/ 43.5 cm

Sleeve length (shoulder to cuff): 12 .5 inches / 32 cm

Cuff length: 5 inches/13.5 cm

Front top to bottom: 17 inches/ 43.5 cm

Front width without band : 5.5 inches/

Front band width: (shawl collar) 3.25 inches/ 8.25 cm   IMG_9352




The steps below assume you have a knowledge of how to make granny squares, how to work DC , how to join as you go squares and an ability to sew the pieces together. I have added some video links for people who don’t know these things and would like to teach themselves.

STEP 1: Make 15 x 7 rounds granny squares. I did four rounds of colours, then 3 rounds of black.


STEP 2: Make one panel of 3 x 3  squares for back using the join as you go method


STEP 3:Join two strips of 3 squares to the sides of the panel ( see rough diagram below)

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STEP 4: To make the sleeves, work a standing DC in the main colour approximately 9 inches/23 cm up from the bottom edge of the  front ( about 1 and 3/4 granny squares up), work 75 Dc, turn, ch 2, work 33 rows DC ( or desired length of sleeve without the cuff). In the final row, sc decreasing in every second stitch so approximately 33-  35 sts left. Repeat on other side.

STEP 5: Sew side and sleeve seams


STEP 6: Work a rib band of approximately six rows ( or however long you would like it, mine is very short, you could make it longer to match the cuffs) across the bottom of the cardigan by picking up stitches along the bottom and using the crochet rib post stitch technique. Here’s a helpful video

STEP 7: Sc around the whole front and neck area, mine was approximately 180 sts. Work 8 rows of hdc into the back loop to form the shawl type band for the front and neck area.

STEP 8: Work two rib cuffs for sleeves, ch 32, 24 rows of dc into the back loop ( or as long as you want it to be, measure on yourself) Fold the sleeve cuff in half and sew the inside seam of each cuff before you attach it to the sleeve. Alternatively work the cuffs using the same technique used to crochet the bottom rib section crocheting the cuff directly onto the bottom of the sleeve.


STEP 9: Sew rib cuffs to sleeves by turning cuffs inside out and sewing to sleeve. I have it turned inside out and slide it onto the sleeve then as I sew I adjust the sleeve width to the cuff width to make sure it matches.


STEP 10: Weave in any ends and attach buttons or a fastening to front centre if required, I have left mine without a fastening as it is kind of like a shrug/bolero style. I didn’t block this garment but certainly block it if you feel it is necessary as that usually does make things drape better!

9B6A83C5-AC99-4392-A1EC-8D25E74CCB71-BD6C7994-88B6-4CBE-B0D2-15D0D42C13B9 Any suggestions or feedback are most welcome through either my Instagram account or via This blog post is copyrighted to @crochetlovemelbourne and must not be reproduced in any form without my permission. You may sell items made from this cardigan idea, but please give me idea credit, thank you.

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