Crochet Modern Cardigan by Donna Bondy

Crochet Modern Granny Cardigan by Donna Bondy
Crochet Modern Granny Cardigan by Donna Bondy
Crochet Modern Granny Cardigan by Donna Bondy

Crochet Modern Cardigan


Inspired by the Modern Granny designs by Jeanne Steinhilber, I have designed this amazingly warm and cozy Modern Granny Cardigan.  I used Caron Sprinkle Cakes as my yarn of choice, but you could also use Caron Tea Cakes. With the self striping yarn, it came out so beautifully, and with the super bulky weight, it is super cozy.  To also keep my hands warm, I have designed this cardigan with pockets.

The super bulky weight of this yarn allows quick results.  I made this cardigan in 4 days — and I was writing the pattern down as I went!  Granted, I am a quick crocheter, but I think you will find that it will work up quickly for you too.  It may seem complicated, but there are a lot of repeats, so you may find it easier to do than you think!  The hardest parts are the pockets, and the decreases in the left/right front and the sleeves, but trust me, you can do it!

I can’t wait to see your photos of your completed Modern Granny Cardigan.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Until you see me next time here on the Crochet Crowd, you can find me on Ravelry as The Crochet Ninja. 

Inspirational Gallery

Here is the Cardigan from different angles.

Guest Designer

Donna Bondy designs clothing just for fun and can be found under the Ravelry name of The Crochet Ninja. Donna is wearing her cardigan in the picture above.


  1. Denise Vallejo

    I got the pattern off of Ravelry. There are parentheses on the pattern but there are no numbers listed in them. I am using a lighter yarn and making the biggest size. I’ve come to #14 and don’t want to go any further until I know for sure if I am doing it right. I need the numbers that go in the parentheses to go one with the rest of the pattern. Please help.

    • Denise Vallejo

      I need to rephrase my question, How many sc do you need to make for the pockets for the different sizes? On #14, if you only ch 11, the pocket opening is to small on the 3X/4X size, and would be big on the small size. I am trying to figure out how to adapt the pattern for the pocket on the other sizes.

      • Hi Denise, because it is bulky yarn, the chain 11 for the pocket opening works for all sizes. When you are actually doing the pockets, you will be single crocheting in the base of the pocket (11), in the bases of the double crochets around the ch 11 plus one sc before and after the dc’s around the ch 11 (11) plus 1 sc in each of the 2 corners (2). So, while the pocket opening is only a ch 11, the actual pocket is a total of 24 stitches. Hope that helps!

      • Denise Vallejo

        Could you please let me know, how many dc clusters of three are there on the starting row. I am at the part where I did the bottom, one side, the back, and now I am starting the other side and have too many dc clusters.

      • I’m also currently working on the pattern using a lighter weight yarn…The pocket chain for that is 13 ch, so the actual pocket will be 28 single crochets.

    • I’m unsure. It’s classified as Super Bulky 6 Weight. I’m unsure how thick the yarn gets in the UK. I don’t really know.

  2. April McArthur

    Most beautiful cardigan I have ever seen!

  3. Carol Root

    Looks super cosy and comfy. Very nicely done. I find myself reassigning the big Caron Sprinkle Cakes towards a beautiful sweater/cardigan for myself in the very near future! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Brenda

    Looks great! I would Love to try it ! Also thinking would you be able to use to same stich as border around c2c blanket ?

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