Crochet Sunflower Cardigan

This crochet sunflower cardigan coat pattern is free & it’s great for all the flower granny square lovers and for all those who love sunflowers and long hooded cardigans with side slits!

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

This crochet sunflower coat pattern includes a YouTube video as well!

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

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This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

It All Begins with Yarn…

For this crochet sunflower cardigan I’m using Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rust, Mustard, Burgundy & Olive. I like to use a 9 mm hook with this medium weight yarn.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

… And Inspiration…

I love these colors for a fall themed cardigan! After staring for a while at some beautiful sunflower dresses and sunflower fabric patterns online which got me feeling all nostalgic and wanting to buy them all I noticed how playful the sunflowers look when placed in a different color background and I loved that idea.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

So after looking at my yarn stash I remembered that I’ve wanted to use Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rust with granny squares in a cardigan before but never did. Looking at my color selection for the crochet sunflowers I thought why not, now is the time!

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Let’s Talk Stiches!..

The classic granny stitch makes the crocheting of this crochet cardigan go faster, lightens the fabric & gives your garment that nostalgic vintage look. And the flower granny squares are easy and fun to make! These sunflower granny squares combine the granny stitch with the bobble stitch to make the petals pop, and for the centre I used treble clusters to make the sunflower heads larger.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Crochet Sunflower Cardigan – Free Pattern

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This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Description

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it’s only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial & a layout diagram as well.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Sizes

This cardigan is available in 9 sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

The cardigan is approx 35 (35, 35, 35, 35, 42, 42, 42, 42) inches long not including the hood (but in reality crochet garments can stretch by an additional 1 – 2″ when worn). Model is 5’7″, wears and is a size M.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

These sizes are based on the Craft Yarn Council standard body measurements and sizing. But if you would like to double check your size, search for “Craft Yarn Council woman size charts”.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Care Instructions

The Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn is a 100% acrylic. It’s machine washable at 30 C / 86 F.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Pattern Notes

  • Project Level: Beginner friendly / Easy
  • Read this if you want to learn how I change color without tails! To minimise weaving in the ends and because I love working with color so much I developed a method of how to change color in crochet without tails.
  • TIP 1: I think that your side slits will look best when they sit at the widest part of your hips or just below it! So in step 4) d check that you’re happy where your side slit is sitting.
  • TIP 2: As you make steps 4) d & e, mark the top of your cardigan with say a safety pin so you know which side is where the armholes are and which side is where the side slits are. So that you seam the shoulders on the correct side later!
  • In the video I show you how to “seam” the sides with your hook (join as you go) for a seamless look. Alternatively, you can seam the traditional way with a needle!
  • If you have any questions & for more details check the video tutorial (link below).
  • The long sequence of numbers in the pattern corresponds to the 9 sizes starting from XS and ending with 5X, with XS being placed first and then others arranged in ascending order in brackets and separated by commas.
This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Crochet Sunflower Cardigan Free Pattern – Video Tutorial

Here’s the link to the Crochet Sunflower Cardigan Video Tutorial on YouTube!

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (4 / Medium / Aran weight, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 156 m / 170 yd, 100% acrylic) 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 12, 13) skeins in Rust, 3 skeins in Mustard, 2 skeins in Burgundy & 2 skeins in Olive
  • 9 mm crochet hook
  • Some stitch markers
This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Gauge

Following the pattern below, one granny square (4 rounds) measures about 6.1 – 6.5″.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch: chain
  • dc: double crochet
  • dc4tog: double crochet four together, or the bobble stitch. Work 4 partial double crochet stitches into the same stitch leaving the last loop of each on the hook. So yarn over, insert hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops and stop there. Repeat 3 more times. Then yarn over and draw through all loops on hook
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • rep: repeat
  • sc: single crochet
  • sl: slip
  • st: stitch
  • t: turn
  • tr2tog: treble two together cluster. Work 2 partial trebles into the indicated stitch(es) e.g. the same stitch leaving the last loop of each on the hook. So yarn over twice, insert hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice and stop there. Repeat once again. Then yarn over and draw through all loops on hook
  • tr3tog: treble three together cluster. Work 3 partial trebles into the indicated stitch(es) e.g. the same stitch leaving the last loop of each on the hook. So yarn over twice, insert hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice and stop there. Repeat two more times. Then yarn over and draw through all loops on hook
This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

Pattern Overview – 8 Easy Steps

  1. Make your first granny.
  2. Join granny squares into columns (see diagram & instructions below).
  3. Make two front pieces.
  4. Begin the back piece and join with the front pieces.
  5. Make the sleeves.
  6. Make the hood.
  7. Seam.
  8. Add a border.

1. Make Your First Granny

Make the first granny square as follows. This sunflower granny square is only 4 rounds!

Crochet Sunflower Granny Square

With Burgundy, ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Rnd1 (Burgundy) Ch 3 (counts as partial treble), tr2tog in ring (ch 3 + tr2tog counts as tr3tog / first cluster), 11 tr3tog in ring, join with sl st to top of tr2tog, t. (12 clusters)

Rnd2 (Mustard) (Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc4tog, dc) in same space (first petal made), (dc, dc4tog, dc) in next space and in each space around, join with sl st to top of ch-3, t. (36 sts / 12 petals)

Rnd3 (Olive) (Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in same space (corner made), *3 dc in next space twice**, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space***; rep from * to *** twice and from * to ** once, join with sl st to top of ch-3. (52 sts)

Rnd4 (Rust) Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same space, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space (corner made)**, 3 dc in next space 3 times***; rep from * to *** twice and from * to ** once, 3 dc in next space twice, join with sl st to top of ch-3, fasten off. (64 sts)

2. Join Granny Squares into Columns

Join the second and subsequent granny squares together on one side into “lines” or “columns” as follows. Make 4 columns of 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) granny squares joined together for the front & back pieces, 2 columns of 3 granny squares joined together for the sleeves & 1 column of 4 granny squares joined together for the hood.

This vintage look crochet sunflower cardigan coat is long, comes with a fairytale style hood & fun side slits. The sunflower granny square is easy to make as it's only 4 rounds. This free pattern comes in 9 sizes & includes a YouTube video tutorial.

How to Join Granny Squares into Columns

To join granny squares: as you’re making the last round of your granny, leave one full side undone to be joined with the other square. We’ll start joining in the corner. Start making the corner but stop after the first 3 dc. Remove your hook from the loop, insert the hook front to back through the corner space of the other square you’re joining with, pick up the loose loop, pull it up and ch 1, 3 dc in the same corner space. *Remove the hook from the loop, insert the hook front to back through the next corresponding space of the other granny, pick up the loose loop, pull it up and ch 1, 3 dc in the next space. Rep from * until you joined the second corner with a ch 1.

For more details, see the how to join granny squares easy photo tutorial with 26 large picture step-by-step. And also the video!

3. Make 2 Front Cardigan Pieces

Take your column of 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) granny squares joined together. Face the front and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you.

Join Rust (I used the slip stitch method: make a slip knot on your hook, insert hook in the space indicated, yarn over and pull through the fabric & the slip knot) in the top right corner of a granny square.

Row#1 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same space, 3 dc in next space and every space, placing 2 dc in last space, t.

Row#2 Ch 3 (counts as dc), 3 dc in next space and every space, placing dc to top of ch-3, t.

Rep rows 1 & 2 until you have 3 (3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 11, 13) rows & fasten off. Turn your piece around / upside down. Facing the front, join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square and rep row#1. Fasten off. The first front piece is complete. Repeat to make the second piece.

4. Begin Back Piece & Join With Front Pieces

To better understand the following steps, refer to the diagram above and the video tutorial as well.

a. Take your column of 5 (5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6) granny squares joined together. Face the front and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you.

b. Join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square. Rep rows 1 & 2 so you have two rows done. Fasten off.

c. Rep a & b but as you make your second row, join with the other second row from the first piece. Now you have two granny square columns joined together with 4 rows in between.

d. Face the front and turn your piece so the granny squares and your rows are aligned horizontally in front of you. Join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square. Rep rows 1 & 2 until you have 3 (3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 11, 13) rows. As you make the last row, join with the other last row from the front piece (as shown in the diagram above), leaving 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) granny clusters unjoined on one side for the armhole and 8 (8, 8, 8, 9, 12, 11, 11, 11) granny clusters unjoined on the other side for the side slit (ch 3 / dc and 2 dc / ch 3 + dc all count as your first cluster).

e. Turn your piece around / upside down and rep d, making sure the unjoined granny clusters for the armhole are all on the same side and the side slits are on the other.

5. Make The Sleeves

a. Take your column of 3 granny squares joined together. Face the front and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you.

b. Join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square. Rep rows 1 & 2 until you have 3 (3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) rows.

Row#3 Ch 1, sc in same st. For the next 9 (9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10) granny clusters including 2 dc below, sc in every st. Then make 3 hdc in space below and next space, 3 dc in next space and every space, ending with dc to top of ch-3. Size XS: fasten off. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X: t.

Row#4 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same space, 3 dc in next space and every space until you have 6 (6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) granny clusters including 2 dc at the beginning, 3 hdc in next space twice, sc in next space. Sizes S, M, L, XL: fasten off. Sizes 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X: t.

Row#5 Ch 1, skip same st and next st, sc in next st, 3 hdc in same space below and next space, 3 dc in next space and every space, dc to top of ch-3. Size 2X: fasten off. Sizes 3X, 4X, 5X: t.

Row#6 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same space, 3 dc in next space twice, 3 hdc in next space twice, sc in next space. Size 3X: fasten off. Sizes 4X, 5X: t.

Row#7 Ch 1, skip same st and next st, sc in next st, 3 hdc in same space below and next space, 3 dc in next space twice, dc to top of ch-3, fasten off.

c. Turn your piece around / upside down. Face the wrong side and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you. Rep b. One sleeve complete.

d. Rep a, b & c for the second sleeve.

6. Make the Hood

Take your column of 4 granny squares joined together. Face the front and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you. Join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square. Rep row#1 & fasten off.

Turn your piece around / upside down. Once again, face the front and turn the granny squares so they’re aligned horizontally in front of you. Join Rust in the top right corner of a granny square. Rep rows 1 & 2 until you have 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9) rows but make the last row only half way. As you make the second half, fold the hood in half and begin to join with the first half. Then fasten off.

7. Seam

First we need to establish where the hood gets attached. For that, let’s fold the front pieces over the back piece facing the right side of your cardigan to prepare for shoulder seaming and mark the mid neck / centre point on your cardigan & the hood with some stitch markers. Now align the mid neck points and fold the outer edges of the hood inwards so that they align with the edges of the front pieces. This is where your hood will sit, so mark where the hood ends and shoulder seam begins so you know where to stop when you seam the shoulders.

Then seam the shoulders, attach the hood, seam the sleeves and the sleeves into body. I used the mattress stitch.

8. Add a Border

I added a simple scallop / shell border (see the video).

Join new yarn at the bottom of the cardigan (facing the front) between any two granny clusters (because I think it’s easier to start here). Make a dc in every granny cluster dc stitch & a slip st in between granny clusters. So you end up making 3 dc, sl st, 3 dc, sl st etc. When you run out of the granny squares and granny clusters and run into the granny rows, you’re dealing with the spaces behind first / last posts of each row. So in these spaces make 3 dc in the space behind post of one row and a sl st behind another, alternating between the two. When it comes to corners, make 3 dc behind a post.

Weave in the ends.

More Ideas

This Sunburst Granny Square by Crochet 365 Knit Too is made in sunflower colors! This Sunflower Square Blanket Crochet Pattern by Crafty Kitty Crochet is a great statement afghan for your home! The Revival Granny Square Cardigan by Make and Do Crew is made with crochet flower granny squares and has a hood. This Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern by Originally Lovely is a cropped size and is very sweet.

And of course my Crochet Daisy Granny Square Cardigan.

Well Done!

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern for my crochet sunflower cardigan. What should I crochet next? See you in my next pattern!

Happy crocheting!

Justina

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About Justina

Hi I'm a home-educator-crocheter and I love designing colourful crochet patterns around my kiddos when we're not out & about discovering the world!

6 thoughts on “Crochet Sunflower Cardigan”

  1. I love this project and how generous of you to make it free. I have a question – I am a size 3x and 5’3” so the length of the coat would be unflattering. I think I would want to reduce the length by two panels. They way I understand it, part of the upsizing is by adding additional panels so now I don’t know how to figure it out. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hi Sarah, thank you for your question! Well I think that’s easy, if you want it shorter by two squares, that’s a great idea to try and experiment with. Instead of 6 squares length you’d be making 4 squares length, and all the same instructions otherwise, because upsizing is actually in the amount of granny rows and the length is just to keep it long, which you can change by adding or removing the squares in the columns. So for example to see if you like the length, when you make a column of 4 squares, hold it on your body starting at the shoulder to see if you’re happy witht the length. Later on check that you’re happy with the side slit, and adjust how deep it is if neccessary, because like I mentioned in the pattern notes, I think it looks best if it sits at the widest part of your hips or just below it.

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