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The Campfire Cardigan Part 2 – Free Crochet Sweater Pattern

Believe it or not, two simple granny hexagons are the foundation of this free crochet hexagon sweater pattern. "The Campfire Cardigan" is made with Lion Brand New Basic 175 in Juniper, Cafe Au Lait, Thyme and Camel. Modern crochet sweater sleeve.

In Part 2 of this free crochet sweater pattern, we’ll learn how to lengthen the bottom of your “Campfire Cardigan” and add sleeves. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 3 of the free pattern or purchase the complete ad-free, printable PDF of the pattern here.

Not your granny's granny stitch! In Part 2 of this free crochet sweater pattern, we'll learn how to lengthen the bottom of your "Campfire Cardigan" and add sleeves. Made with Lion Brand New Basic 175 yarn.
Believe it or not, two simple granny hexagons are the foundation of this free crochet hexagon sweater pattern. "The Campfire Cardigan" is made with Lion Brand New Basic 175 in Juniper, Cafe Au Lait, Thyme and Camel. Modern crochet sweater sleeve.
This easy crochet hexagon sweater is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

Are you feeling good about how your hexagons came together in Part 1 of the Campfire Cardigan pattern? Even just as a little shrug, I bet your sweater is already looking pretty cute!

How to make a crochet hexagon sweater (or jacket.) Such an easy first crochet sweater project!

(I was tempted to just stop with my design at this point, but I forged ahead because I was really committed to having a free crochet sweater pattern that would keep your arms warm on summer evenings. I’m thinking a hexagon shrug would be a great future design though. If you think so too, feel free to let me know in the comments!)

Free crochet sweater pattern that uses the granny stitch to make a modern cardigan. This pattern features Lion Brand New Basic 175 yarn in Thyme, Camel, Juniper and Cafe Au Lait.

Okay, so in Part 2 of this free crochet sweater pattern, you’ll really have a chance to start customizing your cardigan to fit your body. I know that could sound scary, but in this case it’s really very doable! First, we’ll add rows of granny stitch to the bottom of the cardigan to make it the length you like.

Not your granny's granny stitch! In Part 2 of this free crochet sweater pattern, we'll learn how to lengthen the bottom of your "Campfire Cardigan" and add sleeves. Made with Lion Brand New Basic 175 yarn.

Next, you’ll have two choices of types of sleeves to create. The sleeve pictured in the sample includes some decreases, which give it a modern taper. With decreasing in granny stitch though, I found that there was a little puckering that made the sleeve just slightly bumpy looking. As you can see in the photo below, it’s really minimal, especially when you’re wearing it. If you’d prefer a super smooth sleeve though, you can work the non-tapered sleeve option which will result in a wider, more 70’s style sleeve.

How to crochet a sleeve for the Campfire Cardigan (free crochet sweater pattern). Great crochet pattern for summer!

Later this week in Part 3 of the Campfire Cardigan, we’ll add the hood and a border to finish things off.

Thanks to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this free crochet hexagon sweater pattern and enabling more free patterns on Make and Do Crew! Purchase a kit that includes all the yarn necessary to make your own Campfire Cardigan, plus a printed copy of the pattern here.

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“The Campfire Cardigan”
Free Crochet Sweater Pattern
Part 2

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View Part 1 of the pattern here.

Sizes: (Measurements when laying flat)
S/M: Length: 28.5”, Chest Width: 17.5”, Arm Length: 21”, but easily customized
M/L: Length: 30”, Chest Width: 20.5”, Arm Length: 22”, but easily customized
L/XL: Length: 30”, Chest Width: 23.5”, Arm Length: 22”, but easily customized
Sample pictured is a size S/M.

Supplies:
Purchase a kit with all the yarn necessary plus a printed copy of the pattern here!
• Lion Brand New Basic 175 (Weight: 4/medium – 175 yds, 3.5 oz)
– Color A: Café Au Lait – 3 (4, 4) balls
– Color B: Juniper – 1 (2, 2) balls
– Color C: Thyme – 2 (3, 3) balls
– Color D: Camel – 2 (3, 3) balls
• Tapestry needle
• Size L (8 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins

Gauge:
• 3 granny clusters + 3 spaces = 4”, slightly less than 6 rows = 4” worked in double crochet granny pattern

Abbreviations and Glossary (US terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
tch – turning chain
yo – yarn over
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
cluster – 3 dc stitches in same sp
rep – repeat
sp – space
ch1sp – the space created by chaining 1 in the previous row/round
ch3sp – the space created by chaining 3 in the previous row/round

View Part 1 of the pattern to make the hexagon base and seam the arm holes.

CARDIGAN BOTTOM

Notes:
• When working Row 1, back seam where hexagons meet counts as 1 granny cluster. (So work 3 dc into the ch1sp on either side of the seam, chaining 1 in between.)

• To switch colors at the end of a row, use the color of the upcoming row to complete the final yo of the row you’re finishing. Fasten off previous color. Proceed with new color in the next row. See photo below from the Logan House Wrap pattern for a visual explanation.

How to change colors in crochet.

With RS of sweater facing, attach Color A at what will be the bottom, front left corner. Left-handed crocheters: Attach Color at bottom, front right corner. 

The Campfire Cardigan - free crochet sweater patter for the modern babe

All sizes:
Row 1:
Ch 3, 2 dc in first sp, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp until end of row; turn. (28, 32, 36 clusters)

Row 2: Ch 4, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp until no spaces remain, end with 1 dc in tch; turn. (Switch to Color D in final dc as described above.) (27, 31, 35 clusters)

Row 3: Using Color D, rep Row 1. (Switch to Color B in final dc as described above.)

Row 4: Using Color B, rep Row 2.

Row 5: Using Color B, rep Row 1. (Switch to Color D in final dc as described above.)

Row 6: Using Color D, rep Row 2. (Switch to Color A in final dc as described above.)

Row 7: Using Color A, rep Row 1.

Row 8: Using Color A, rep Row 2. (Switch to Color D in final dc as described above.)

Row 9: Using Color D, rep Row 1. (Switch to Color C in final dc as described above.)

Row 10: Using Color C, rep Row 2.

Row 11: Using Color C, rep Row 1.

Row 12: Using Color C, rep Row 2. (Switch to Color D in final dc as described above.)

Row 13: Using Color D, rep Row 1.

Row 14: Using Color D, rep Row 2. (Switch to Color A in final dc as described above.)

Row 15: Using Color A, rep Row 1.

Row 16: Using Color A, rep Row 2. (Switch to Color B in final dc as described above.)

Row 17: Using Color B, rep Row 1. (Size M/L, L/XL: switch to Color A in final dc as described above.)

Size S/M: Try on cardigan to evaluate if you like the length. Fasten off or work Rows 18-19 if desired.

Sizes M/L and L/XL: Continue with next two rows.

Row 18: Using Color A, rep Row 2.

Row 19: Using Color B, rep Row 1. 

All sizes: Fasten off.

SLEEVES

Notes:
• Again, this section is easily customizable to fit your arms. Work fewer rows for shorter sleeves or more rows for longer sleeves.

• When working Round 1, top of sleeve seam where hexagons meet counts as 1 granny cluster. (So work 3 dc into each ch1sp on either side of the seam, chaining 1 in between.)

• Two sleeve options are included:
-The non-tapered sleeve option does not include decreases. Therefore, the wrist opening will be as wide as the current arm opening on your sweater. This creates a more “70’s” style sleeve.

-Alternatively, you can create a more traditional sleeve shape by working the tapered sleeve option (pictured in the sample and in the photo below). Because of the nature of decreasing in granny stitch, this sleeve might have small bunches where the decreases take place, although they are not very visible once the sweater is being worn.

How to crochet a sleeve for the Campfire Cardigan (free crochet sweater pattern). Great crochet pattern for summer!

tapered sleeve option

Notes:
• On decrease rounds, the first 3 ch and dc, plus the last dc of the round equal one total cluster. Because the cluster is a bit spaced out, it can be easily mistaken as ch1sps. Be sure not to accidentally work a 3 dc cluster into these gaps. See photo below for a more detailed explanation of working a granny stitch decrease on the sleeves.

• Decreases are spread evenly between the top, sides and bottom of the sleeve to minimize any bunching.

Lay sweater flat so seam is at top of sleeve. Attach Color A in the middle dc of a cluster that’s at the bottom side of the sleeve, directly opposite the sleeve seam.

Campfire Cardigan crochet crochet hexagon sweater pattern from Make and Do Crew. This is how to work a granny crochet decrease stitch for the sleeves.

All sizes:
Round 1 (decrease): Using Color A, ch 3, 1 dc in next sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp until 1 sp remains in round, 1 dc in last sp, sl st to third ch from beginning of round to join, 2 sl st to end of cluster. (1 sp decreased)

Round 2: Using Color A, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp until end of round, sl st to join, 1 sl st into next dc.

Fasten off.

Attach Color D in any sp along underside of sleeve.

Round 3: Using Color D, rep Round 2.

Fasten off.

Attach Color C in the middle dc of a cluster at the top of the sleeve.

Round 4: Using Color C, rep Round 1. (1 sp decreased)

Round 5: Using Color C, rep Round 2.

Round 6: Using Color C, rep Round 2.

Fasten off.

Attach Color D in the middle dc of a cluster at the back side of sleeve.

Round 7: Using Color D, rep Round 1. (1 sp decreased)

Fasten off.

Attach Color B in any sp along underside of sleeve.

Round 8: Using Color B, rep Round 2.

Round 9: Using Color B, rep Round 2.

Fasten off.

Attach Color D in the middle dc of a cluster at the front side of sleeve.

Round 10: Using Color D, rep Round 1. (1 sp decreased)

Fasten off.

Attach Color A in any sp along underside of sleeve.

Rounds 11-12: Using Color A, rep Round 2.

Work Round 13 according to the size you’re making.

(S/M) Round 13: Using Color A, rep Round 2.

(M/L and L/XL) Round 13: Using Color A, rep Round 1. (1 sp decreased)

All sizes continue with sleeve as follows:

Fasten off Color A.

Attach Color D in any sp along underside of sleeve.

Round 14: Using Color D, rep Round 2.

Fasten off.

Attach Color C in any sp along underside of sleeve.

Rounds 15-17: Using Color C, rep Round 2.

Sizes M/L and L/XL: Work additional repeats of Round 2 to lengthen sleeves if desired.

Fasten off.

All sizes: Attach Color D in any dc along underside of sleeve.

Round 18: Ch 1, sc in each dc, sl st to first sc to join. (Do not work ch1sps.)

Round 19: Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl st to first sc to join.

Fasten off.

non-tapered sleeve option

Lay sweater flat so seam is at top of sleeve. Attach Color A in any space that’s at the bottom side of the sleeve, directly opposite the sleeve seam.

Work Rounds 1-19 using the colors specified for each round in the “tapered sleeve” section.

All sizes:

Rounds 1-17: Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) in each sp until end of round, sl st to join, 1 sl st into next sp.

Sizes M/L and L/XL: Work additional repeats of Round 2 to lengthen sleeves if desired.

Round 18: Ch 1, sc in each dc, sl st to first sc to join. (Do not work ch1sps.)

Round 19: Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl st to first sc to join.

Congrats! You’re ready to move onto Part 3 of “The Campfire Cardigan!” 

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31 Comments

  • Carol Kundo
    May 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    To make this a plus size , IF I use a larger crochet hook it should work right??

    Reply
  • Susan Moore
    May 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Hi. I have finished this up through the hood part 3. Can you please email me with those directions. Thank you so much.
    Susan Moore

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Wow, Susan, I’m SO impressed! You really cranked that out quickly! You can find Part 3 here if you haven’t already.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Mary Longie
    May 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Thank u for your patterns, I am making the camfire cardigan, in colors I like, what I have at home (yarn). I am enjoying it, and am going to try some of your others. Thank u again.?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Wonderful! Isn’t it nice to be able to use your stash yarn for something you’re excited about?

      Happy crocheting, Mary!

      Jess

      Reply
  • hoangdat
    June 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing 😀 I love that

    Reply
  • Rebecca
    July 10, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The extra rows added to the hexagons for larger sizes make the armholes impossibly large 🙁
    Going to have to rip out my sleeves and my seams and the extra hexagon rows if I want something remotely wearable

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for that feedback, Rebecca. The construction of this type of sweater does create wider sleeves the larger the hexagon gets. When I get time, I think I’m going to experiment with a set of hexagons with one shorter side (to fold into the sleeve and see if something like that might work to make a thin sleeve on a larger size.

      Reply
    • Leanne
      December 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Iv just made this and decreased by changing hook size with each 2 rows then not chained 1 for last rows. Makes a nice tapered sleeve

      Reply
  • Gina Dickinson
    July 15, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Is there a video of the entire sweater in slow motion for bengners thank you

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Hey Gina,

      I’m sorry, at this point there’s not a full video tutorial for the pattern. There are a lot of photos included in the written pattern though that might be helpful to you. You can start with Part 1 here.

      🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Gina Dickinson
    July 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Is there a slower video of this the whole sweater for beginners thank you

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hey Gina,

      I’m sorry, right now I don’t have a slower video tutorial. Each section contains some tutorial photos though that I hope will be helpful until I get a video tutorial created.

      🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Mary Ducker
    July 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I actually did this using a closed granny hexagon and it came out beautifully! For the hood, I followed the instrustions for the kitty scoody found on mooglyblog.com

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      That’s great to hear, Mary! I’d really like to try a closed hexagon as well. I’m so happy it worked for you. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lynne
    July 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Hi, I’ve just finished both hexagons. Does the hood attach to the fronts as I’m unclear from the instructions and the tutorial. Many thanks.

    Lynne

    PS I’ve shown my colleague at work how to crochet and she is also making the cardigan as her very first project. It’s a fantastic pattern, I’m already planning the colours of my next one! x

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      I’m so happy to hear your spreading your love of crochet! The hood does indeed attach to the fronts. You can sort of see in some of the photos that it’s worked a bit on the front of each side and along the back of the sweater.

      Happy crocheting, Lynne!

      Jess

      Reply
  • pat
    July 25, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I’m probably not as experienced as most of your subscribers, but I think this pattern is genius. So easy even I can make it. I have to say you have a new fan. If I had any crochet friends I would so recommend you. Thanks a bunch for sharing. and……I can hardly wait to try your newest slippers.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Aw, Pat, I’m SO HAPPY to hear that! I love helping newer crocheters make something they’re really proud of. I will be your crochet friend! 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lou
    August 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I have a question on the tapered sleeve part of the pattern. When it says to repeat the decrease row, then the notes say to connect the next yarn directly opposite the seam, how does that work. The image is different than the row one decrease. I hope that makes sense.

    Reply
    • Lou
      August 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      I feel like a doofus. I think I figured it out. 🙂

      Reply
  • Susan
    August 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Jess.

    I’m making this cardigan in one color. My question is when doing the extra rows to make the sweater longer, should I fasten off each row? I’m assuming I do. Love it so far!

    Reply
    • Susan
      August 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Never mind my question. Read the directions agai and saw mention of turning chain. LOL!

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Hey Susan,

      No need to fasten off each row! Save yourself the weaving in and just cruise along in your single color. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Elizabeth
    September 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I am working on the cardigan bottom and I am confused about row 2. Where is the turning chain supposed to be? I tried to go on with the next row but it doesn’t look right to me.

    Reply
  • Kala
    October 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for the great pattern! I’m currently working on the length of my first one! I’m thinking once I’m completely finished about sewing up the front to make it into a pull over!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      I love that idea! I’ve been pondering something similar actually. Will you please send me a pic if you decide to do it that way? I’d love to see!

      Reply
  • Traci Anderson
    January 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I made 2 of these and I recommend lion brand mandala because there is no need to change color. I also recommend after having 11 clusters per side (I am a large) to continue around 3 sides to get width and length without making arms so big you give up! I stopped width at 10 and just did the length to finish off a cake. Each side takes 1 cake except for sleeves. You will need an extra cake for sleeves and for sewing. Happy hooking!

    Reply
  • Lindsay
    March 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Hi making this for my mom and she has longer arms. So I want to increase the length of the sleeves. I’m wondering where u measured the sleeves from to get 22″? As if I measure the whole sleeve I’ve made with just the hexagons from the neck to the end it’s 24″ already. I haven’t started the sleeve yet! Thanks.

    Reply

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