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Market Day Cardigan Part 1


Market Day Cardigan Part 1 - free crochet along on Moogly

The Market Day Cardigan is a sleeveless cardigan or oversized open-front vest – and a quick month-long crochet along! This crochet cardi features Red Heart All In One Granny Square Yarn and an oversized fit in sizes XS to 5X. In this post, get Part 1 of this free crochet pattern!

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Yarnspirations.

ALL ABOUT THE MARKET DAY CARDIGAN

There are so many amazing projects you can make with granny squares! I’m excited to share yet another unique way to make a granny square sweater! In a way, this one is like a stay-put wrap or shawl – so cozy and wearable!

Market Day Cardigan Part 1 - free crochet along on Moogly

The Market Day Cardigan is made to be big and cozy – a final layer to throw on when cuddling up in a cozy chair, heading to work in a chilly office, or wandering through the local shops! (Of course, freezing temps might require a coat…) So with that in mind, there are 3 sizes to fit most – and you can customize your fit a bit when you choose your size. There is also an opportunity to try it on as you go!

Market Day Cardigan Part 1 - free crochet along on Moogly

One of the super fun things about this pattern is the way it transforms from “squares” to a wearable piece – all in just one final section! This means that the Market Day Cardigan is wonderful for every skill level. If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn how to crochet a granny square, how to crochet in the front and back loop only, and how to sew the mattress stitch. If you’ve done all that before, then you’ll have a wonderfully relaxing crochet project with a fun finish to tickle your brain a little!

Moogly January 2024 Crochet Along: Market Day Cardigan

HOW THE MARKET DAY CARDIGAN CROCHET ALONG WORKS

Starting today and going for the next 2 weeks of January 2024, I will post a section of the Market Day Cardigan crochet pattern. Each post will go live at 10 am Central US time, barring technical difficulties. There will also be a video tutorial for each section, shared in both right and left-handed versions – these will debut later that same week. These posts will be right here on mooglyblog.com, and free for all! On your end, all you need to do is make the pattern – no need to sweat the deadline, take your time!

Here is the Schedule:

1st Part: Project Reveal and Make the Squares РJanuary 17 (this post)
Video Tutorial for 1st Part – January 18
2nd Part:
¬†Assemble and Edge the Squares –¬†January 24
Video Tutorial for 2nd Part – January 26

3rd Part:¬†Add the Collar and Hem –¬†January 31
Video Tutorial for 3rd Part – February 1

Moogly January 2024 Crochet Along: Market Day Cardigan

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THE YARN FOR THE MARKET DAY CARDIGAN

To make this crochet vest I used new¬†Red Heart All In One Granny Square¬†yarn! I was just as skeptical as you at first – could it really work? And there was definitely a learning curve. However, I’m so glad I kept at it! I do think it’s important to be patient, be willing to “frog it and fix it” here and there, and let go of perfectionism. After all, crochet can only be made by hand, it’s an art!

Moogly January 2024 Crochet Along: Market Day Cardigan

I went with the Aran-Cream colorway for a neutral look, but this yarn has so many great color options each sweater can be unique! Mix and match them for a custom look, or use another 4-worsted/medium-weight yarn to make your own 6″ granny squares.

Market Day Cardigan Part 1 - free crochet along on Moogly


Market Day Cardigan: Part 1

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US-H, 5.0 mm crochet hook, Susan Bates or whatever size gets you to gauge

4(5, 6) skeins Red Heart All In One Granny Square Yarn (#4 Medium; 100% acrylic; 250g / 8.8 oz, 381 m/417 yds)
Colorway shown: Aran-Cream

Stitch Markers

Gauge:¬†One granny square measures 6″ x 6″

Sizes: 

XS/S/M: 28 – 39″ bust

L/XL/2XL: 40 – 51″ bust (shown)

3XL/4XL/5XL: 52 – 62″ bust

HELPFUL LINKS AND TUTORIALS

Market Day Cardigan Part 1 Granny Square Tutorial – COMING 1/18/24

Crochet Abbreviations

NOTES:

This pattern is being presented as a crochet along. Below you will find Part 1 of the pattern. Parts 2 and 3 will be in later blog posts.

The pattern and chart for the granny squares are provided inside the label of Red Heart All In One Granny Square Yarn and reproduced below for your convenience, courtesy of Yarnspirations, with their permission. There are many ways to make a granny square, so feel free to adjust the pattern as needed to get a 6″ square that you like.

Ch 3 at the beg of row/rnd counts as a double crochet (dc).

Ch 6 at beg of rnds counts as dc and ch-3 sp.

Join all rnds with slip stitch (sl st) to 3rd ch of ch-6 unless otherwise indicated

Market Day Cardigan Part One Instructions

Make the number of Granny Squares required for your size:

XS/S/M: 28 squares

L/XL/2XL: 32 squares

3XL/4XL/5XL: 36 squares

Granny Square Instructions

With Color 1, ch 4. Join with sl st to first ch to form ring.

1st rnd: (RS). Ch 6. (3 dc. Ch 3) 3 times in ring. 2 dc in ring. Join.

2nd rnd: Sl st in ch-3 sp. Ch 6. 3 dc in same ch-3 sp. *Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * twice more. Ch 1. 2 dc in first ch-3 sp. Join.

3rd rnd: Sl st in ch-3 sp. Ch 6. 3 dc in same ch-3 sp. *Ch 1. 3 dc in next ch-1 sp. Ch 1. (3 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * twice more. Ch 1. 3 dc in last ch-1 sp. Ch 1. 2 dc in first ch-3 sp. Join.

4th and 5th rnds: Sl st in ch-3 sp. Ch 6. 3 dc in same ch-3 sp. *(Ch 1. 3 dc) in each ch-1 sp to next ch-3 sp. Ch 1.** (3 dc. Ch 3. 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * twice more, then from * to ** once. 2 dc in first ch-3 sp. Join. Break yarn at next color change.

After all the squares are made, weave in all the ends. Block the squares if desired. Next… Part 2!

Granny Square Chart

Red Heart Granny Square Charted Instructions


Stay Tuned for Part 2!

Okay, so it’s a pretty predictable start for a crocheted granny square sweater – but we have to start at the beginning, right? Next week it starts taking shape, but this week is all about getting used to the yarn and stacking up those squares. If you make this pattern and post a photo on social media, be sure to tag @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog and #yarnspo so I can check it out too!

Market Day Cardigan Part 1 - free crochet along on Moogly

The Fine Print

Follow Moogly on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, and Instagram! Thank you to Yarnspirations for providing the materials shown in this post. Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2024, all rights reserved. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others.

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