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Painted Canyon Cardigan Crochet Pattern (size 4/5T)

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It’s magical! A child size Painted Canyon Cardigan is perfect for the little one in your life. Available in four sizes: 6 month2/3T, 4/5T (this one), 6/8 and 10/12 these are designed as miniature versions of the Painted Canyon Cardigan for adults. The adult pattern is available in sizes ranging from 0/2 to 26/28.

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Painted Canyon Cardigan for kids

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Get the ADULT sizes of this pattern (0 – 28W) here.

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Hooded cardigan for kids free crochet pattern

child size chart of the Painted Canyon Cardigan

Materials:

Worsted weight (size 4) yarn
-approx. 800 yards
Stitch markers
Crochet hook in size J/6mm

Gauge:

Make sure you CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

11 hdc and 10 rows in 4” square

Pattern Notes:

Fhdc = Foundation Half Double Crochet

Buttonholes are unnecessary. Any ⅜” buttons will fit through any opening on the edging should you choose to add them.

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adorable cardigan crochet pattern for kids

There is a VIDEO tutorial and a Crochet Along for this pattern here! If you would like to make yours into a unicorn, head over to find the unicorn horn and ears patterns here.

Size 4/5T

Row 1:  Fhdc-72. Alternately you could… Ch-73, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. (72)

Rows 2 – 36: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (72)

ARMHOLES:

Mark 21 sts in from each side with stitch markers.

LEFT PANEL:

Row 37: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 21 sts only. (21)

Rows 38 through 52: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (21) DO NOT fasten off. Leave attached for starting hood.

CENTER PANEL:

Attach yarn in same st as stitch marker.
Row 37: Ch-1, hdc in same st and next 31 sts. (32)

Rows 38 through 52: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (32) Fasten off leaving ~20” tail for sewing later.

RIGHT PANEL:

Attach yarn in same st as stitch marker.
Row 37: Ch-1, hdc in same st and remaining 20 sts. (21)

Rows 38 through 52: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (21) Fasten off leaving ~20” tail for sewing later.

SEW SHOULDERS:

Fold front sides in and line up top edges to sew shoulders. Starting at the outside, use the long tails from “right panel” and “center panel” to sew using the Mattress Stitch.

Sew shoulders for 9 stitches per side. You should have 12 stitches left on each “front” and 14 stitches along the “neck” for a total of 38 stitches.

HOOD:

Where still attached from “left panel”.
Row 1: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 12 sts. Hdc2tog (using the last two sewn sts from shoulder seam). Hdc in 14 “neck” sts, hdc2tog (using the last two sewn sts from shoulder steam). Hdc in last 12 sts. (40)

Rows 2 – 23: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (40)

Mark two centermost stitches. Move markers up each row or just line up decreases by eye.

Rows 24 through 28: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to marker. Hdc2tog, hdc in each st to end. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold right sides together and sew the top of hood using Mattress Stitch.

EDGING:

Attach yarn in bottom right corner.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in each row end up to hood, hdc in peak of hood and down the other side, making sure to place one hdc per row end. (161)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first st. * bphdc around next st, fphdc around next st * repeat between * * around. Bphdc around second to last st, hdc in last. (161)

Row 3: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first st. * fphdc around next st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * around. Fphdc around second to last st, hdc in last. (161)

Row 4: repeat row 2 (and if desired, add additional edging rows in multiples of two)

Row 5: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end. Do not fasten off. (161)

Bottom edge: Turn work clockwise. 3sc in corner st, sc in each row end/st around entire bottom. 3sc in last /corner st. Fasten off with invisible join.

SLEEVES

Looking at the INSIDE, attach yarn in bottom of armhole.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc 32x evenly around opening. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (32)

Rows 2 – 5: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (32)

Row 6: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (31)

Rows 7 & 8: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (31)

Row 9: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (30)

Rows 10 & 11: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (30)

Row 12: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (29)

Rows 13 & 14: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (29)

Row 15: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (28)

Rows 16 & 17: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (28)

Row 18: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (27)

Rows 19 & 20: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (27)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (26)

Rows 22 & 23: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (26)

Row 24: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (25)

Rows 25 – 31: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (25)

Row 32: Ch-1, turn. * fphdc around first st, bphdc around next * repeat between * * around. Fphdc around last, join to top of first fphdc with sl st. (25)

Row 33: Ch-1, turn. * bphdc around first st, fphdc around next * repeat between * * around. Bphdc around last, join to top of first bphdc with sl st. (25)

Rows 34 & 35: Repeat rows 32 & 33 (25)

Row 36: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. Join with Invisible Join.

OUTSIDE POCKETS:

Make two.
Row 1: Ch-14, hdc in second ch from hook and in each across (13)

Rows 2 – 10: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st across. (13)

Row 11: Ch-1, turn, hdc in first st. * fphdc in next, bphdc in next * repeat between * * 4 more times, fphdc in next, hdc in last. (13)

Row 12: Ch-1, hdc in first st, * bphdc around next, fphdc around next * repeat between * * 4 more times, bphdc in next, hdc in last. (13)

Row 13: Ch-1, sc in each st across. (13)

Rotate and sc in same st as last sc. Sc down row ends to corner. 3sc in corner. Sc across bottom edge. 3sc in corner. Sc up row ends. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew into place. Repeat on other side.

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I hope you love this pattern as much as I do! Remember that this is the smaller size of the adult pattern, which is available here. Share photos of your unicorn hoodie with me by tagging @HeartHookHome on Instagram and Twitter, and by sharing in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community group on Facebook!

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84 Comments

  1. Hi Ashlea, I love the unicorn hoodie pattern and I can't wait to get started, but I'm having an awful time with the gauge. I watched your video about gauge, and I've tried multiple size hooks and tried changing my tension accordingly. I settled on a K hook, and I'm getting 11 stiches across (for size 4T/5T), but only 9 rows tall in 4 inches. I've tried tightening my tension but then I end up with more (12) stiches across in the 4 inch area, and somehow I never end up with 10 rows in 4 inches. Any suggestions? Any advice you can offer would be very much appreciated :) I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Thanks so much!!!
    1. Hi Diane...if you gauge is good for width and you are getting 9 rows in 4", then I would maybe just omit a few rows from the pattern so it wouldn't be too long. So only go to row 32 before starting the armholes, then omit 2 rows on the left, right, and center panels so they would be rows 33-46.I hope this helps!
  2. Would there be any issue if I chose to just make a basic hdc edging instead of doing the front & back post hdc? The only difference I can imagine would be that the ribbing helps maybe keep the hood stay snug on the head a bit better.. but im okay with a more open look & think my kids may feel more comfortable.. Thoughts ?
    1. By the way.. this is my first actual piece of clothing I've made aside from hats or mittens & I am loving how simple the pattern is & how great its turning out ! Ive made plenty of intricate blankets but have always felt intimidated by clothing .. after this i can't wait to try more of your patterns!! Thank you !
  3. I want to do the trim/edging in a different color, like in the 2T pattern photo. How much will I need for the 4t pattern? Is one ball of 145yards enough?
  4. Hi. I am trying the 2T/3T in DK wool (which I thought was the UK equivalent to worsted) I has come up way to narrow for a 2/3 year old, not the measurements stated. Am i doing something wrong please?
    1. Hi Dawn! Unfortunately DK is thinner than worsted which is why your cardigan has come out small. Worsted would be equivalent to like an aran/#4 or 10-12 ply yarn.
  5. Amazing, simple, quick pattern! Whipped up a 2/3T in two afternoons, and a 4/5T in three! Starting on my second 4/5T and they will all be gifts! I changed up the edging a little to suit my button needs, but they are so cute! Using Caron Big Cakes!
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  7. I have just made these for my two Grandies and they just love them. They are going camping and they cant wait to wear them. Mind you its part of their Christmas present. I doubled the wool and made them 1 with acrylic and one chunky and both are perfect. So Thank you so much.
  8. I'm confused. There are a total of 80 rows, from the bottom of the cardigan to the top of the hood for the 4/5T sweater (52 including the sleeve panels, then 28 for the hood) so shouldn't the edging be 161 hdc (80*2+1).
  9. Am not understanding where to start sewing the shoulders and need help please. Do you by any chance have a picture or a diagram showing where to sew?
    1. Hi Tammy! In the part 2 post for this cardigans crochet-a-long, I have a video that will show the sewing of the shoulders. That post can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/painted-canyon-cardigan-crochet-along-part-two/
  10. Hi! I'm participating in the CAL for this and was excited to see the unicorn option for my three daughers, depicted in the pictures. However, I'm struggling to find the instructions for making ears, horn, mane, etc. Is there a different pattern or an option I am not seeing? Thanks!!
  11. Good evening. I am trying to make a size 10-12 sweater for my greatgranddaughter but cannot find the pattern. I can get up to a 4-5 size but nothing larger. Would you please tell me where I have gone wrong. Thank you so very much.
    1. Hi Pat! The 10/12 can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/child-size-unicorn-hoodie-crochet-pattern-size-1012/
  12. Hi!!! I am in love with this pattern but I am having slight difficulty. Is there a video tutorial? If not, i am slightly lost when it comes time to make the shoulder. I feel as if I am overthinking it, but....what am I sewing together exactly and what is considered the right lapel?
    1. Hi Alexis! I have a companion video on youtube. Sewing the shoulders will be at approximately the 20:45 minute mark. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=061ASkM1GB8
  13. I’m having trouble seeing the pockets on. Do you have a tutorial or any hints on how to successfully attach them?
  14. Hello! I am LOVING these patterns! I made 2x 2/3 toddler hoodies and now working on a 4/5 hoodie. I am stuck on the arm holes for this size though! The side panels and center back panels each have 14 stitches. When you put them together to HDC around to start the sleeves shouldn't you have 28 stiches? Where do you put the extra 4 to make 32?
    1. I read it as the stitches with the stitch markers get two stitches each. Once for the left side. All the way across the back, starting at the right stitch marker and adding one to the left side stitch with marker. And then the right stitch marker gets a second stitch when you do the right side. Hope that this helps. It is a beautiful cardigan my daughter loves the one I just made!
  15. The circumference for 4/5 is 26" but how long should the torso and arms be? I'm using Bernat blanket yarn and it's thicker than worsted; if I'm not careful it will almost double!
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  17. Hello I love this sweater. I have been pondering the mane. Not sure how or where to add the mane could you please clarify. Thank you so much!
  18. Hi! I love this pattern so much! However, I'm having a little trouble with the hood rows 22-26, are you supposed to be losing only one stitch each time? If so, how do you mark the next center stitch with there being an odd number? I have started with 42 and hdc2tog the marker stitches but then it leaves me 41 stitches..
    1. I am in the process of making 2 of these for my twin nieces. On the hood, when you’re descreasing on the odd numbered rows, I just hdctog the very center stitch and one next to it (either side). Also, start decreasing on row 21 instead of 22, so you’ll end up with 36 stitches. Hope this helps!
  19. Love this pattern very easy to follow and well written. I am almost finished with it now. My question is, is there a way to add another row to the ribbing so I can add buttons? Thanks so much for the pattern!
    1. Hi Trista! You can actually just add the buttons to any part of the ribbing if you use 3/8" buttons. They'll slip through the other side but are big enough not to slip back through.
  20. Hello from Germany! What a great pattern! I‘m at the point where I would start the hood and am wondering how I could leave the hood out. My daughter won’t wear hoods and it just adds extra bulk when she‘s sitting in her stroller and carseat. Would you recommend doing a few normal rows like the start of the hood and then just stop? If so, how many? Also, would you do the edging the same around the collar?
  21. I'm curious and need instruction on how to make the mane on this sweater. Is there a tutorial for that? Thanks!
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  23. I’m having a hard time understanding the “sewing shoulders” part... I’m confused on where I’m connecting the two pieces..
        1. I do have a companion video for this pattern...at the 20:45 minute mark is sewing shoulders. Video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=061ASkM1GB8 Hope this helps!
  24. Does anyone else have an issue with the center back piece being too narrow? I'm ready to put the sleeves on but it seems too short across the shoulders. I'm working 4t/5t with a almost sport weight and all my measurements were correct when I started.
      1. If back piece is 32 stitches and each side piece is 20, means front is 8 stitches wider? I am confused with this. What am i doing wrong?
  25. Loved this pattern! Thank you. I made the 4t/5t but used a bulky yarn. I turned out great. Makes a nice sweater coat for my granddaughter.
  26. Love the pattern, I have 3 grandaughters each one is getting one will post pic once I'm done. Thank you for sharing your pattern.
  27. I have the unicorn hoodie and I am enjoying crocheting it.i just need to find out what did you use to keep the hoodie closed? Thank you
  28. I'm confused about the hood. I'm on the 4t/5t pattern. I'm at row 22 where you add the stitch markers to the two center stitches. By the time I get to row 26 I have 37 stitches. The pattern says I should have 36. What am I doing wrong?
  29. Love this ♥ Question Please: If I make the size 4-5T without the unicorn, but want it to contrast like in the photo that is Gray and edged in Charcoal. How much yardage would I need for both the main and the edging? I looked at all and couldn't seem to find any yardage for making it using 2 colors only (being the main color and the edging around the hood, front and sleeves. I appreciate any help you could give me with this, Thank You, Sandie
  30. I have trouble getting 10 rows hdc in 4 inches. I’ve gone down to a 4.5 mm hook and still get too many rows. Using Bernat Pop! 4 medium. I can get the number of stitches per 4”. Any suggestions?
  31. I'm confused. On the sleeves you have 32 as the stitch count but I only have 14 row on each side- so 28 stitches around for the sleeves. I'm working on the size 4/5.
    1. You can have 28 also, but I went into each top and bottom to get to the 32. If you have 28 or 30 that will be okay, just follow the rest of the decreases per the pattern. Hope that helps!
  32. When you begin the center back section, do you start in the stitch that you put the marker in #20 from each end. If you do that is 30 left for the center So do the two "marked stitches" each have 2 hdc in them ( one for the side piece and one for the center piece). If this is true then the center section will have 32 stitches. And once you increase in row 38 it will then be 34. Is this correct? I am loving this pattern and the recommended yarn. Thank you so much.
    1. No, you are right! Thank you for catching it! You just won't do those increases in row 38. I will update that. Thank you!
  33. The yarn weight listed is wrong. You used Mandala and that is sport/baby weight (3). You have worst weight (4) listed with a J hook. Not sure what hook you used making the "painted crayon".
    1. Hi Katie, I used the Mandala for the cardigan in some of the photos, for creating the pattern I used a worsted weight (the same as the blue in the 2/3t pattern). Hope that helps
  34. The unicorn hoodie came up on my Facebook page a few weeks ago so I saved it as thought maybe one day I'd make it. Well I started it a week and half ago and nearly finished. Just got to sew bits on finish the edging and do the sleeves. Thank you so very much for sharing the pattern. It's the first clothing I've crochet and thought it would take me forever. Thank you once again.