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Painted Canyon Cardigan Crochet Pattern (size 12/18M)

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If you’re looking for the 12/18M size of the Painted Canyon Cardigan, look no further! In this post you’ll find the second smallest size of this adorable hooded cardigan pattern.

Adorable Crochet pattern for infants

12/18M Painted Canyon Cardigan

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Get the infant size 12/18 month here.
Get the child size 2/3T here.
Get the child size 4/5T here.
Get the child size 6/8 here.
Get the child size 10/12 here.
Get the ADULT sizes of this pattern (0 – 28W) here.

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child size chart of the Painted Canyon Cardigan

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If you are brand new to crocheting cardigans, you’ll want to watch this series of videos. If you would like to make yours into a unicorn, head over to find the unicorn horn and ears patterns here.


Worsted weight yarn
-approx. 450 yards for 12/18M
Stitch markers
Crochet hook in size J/6mm

Gauge: 11 hdc and 10 rows in 4” square

Pattern Notes:

Fhdc = Foundation Half Double Crochet

Fphdc/Bphdc = Front Post (or Back Post) 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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12 Month Crochet Hoodie Pattern

SIZE 12/18M:

Row 1: Fhdc-62. Alternately you could… Ch-63, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end. (62)

Rows 2 – 24: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (62)


Mark 18 stitches in from each side with stitch markers.


Row 25: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 18 sts only. (18)

Rows 26 – 38: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (18) DO NOT fasten off. Leave attached for starting hood.


Attach yarn in same st as stitch marker.
Row 25: Ch-1, hdc in same st and next 27 sts. (28)

Rows 26 – 38: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (28) Fasten off leaving ~20” tail for sewing later.


Attach yarn in same st as stitch marker.
Row 25: Ch-1, hdc in same st and remaining 17 sts. (18)

Rows 26 – 38: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (18) Fasten off leaving ~20” tail for sewing later.


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 9 stitches left on each “front” and 10 stitches along the “neck” for a total of 28 stitches.


Where still attached from “left panel”.
Row 1: Ch-1, turn, hdc in 9 sts. Hdc2tog (using the last two sewn sts from shoulder seam). Hdc in 10 “neck” sts, hdc2tog (using the last two sewn sts from shoulder steam). Hdc in last 9 sts. (30)

Rows 2 – 17: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (30)

Mark two centermost stitches. Move markers up each row or just line up decreases by eye.
Rows 18 – 22: 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.


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. (121)

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. (121)

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. (121)

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. (121)

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.


Looking at the outside, attach yarn in bottom of armhole.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc 28x evenly around opening. Join to top of first hdc with sl st. (28)

Rows 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (28)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in all but last 2 sts, hdc2tog. Join to top of first st with sl st. (27)

Row 5: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (27)

Row 6: Ch-1, turn. Hdc2tog, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (26)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn. Hdc in each st around. Join to top of first st with sl st. (26)

Row 8: repeat row 4 (25)

Row 9: repeat row 5 (25)

Row 10: repeat row 6 (24)

Row 11: repeat row 7 (24)

Row 12: repeat row 4 (23)

Rows 13 – 18: repeat row 5 (23)

Row 19: 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. (23)

Row 20: 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. (23)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. Join with Invisible Join. (23)

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And you are finished with your 12/18M Painted Canyon Cardigan! Isn’t that adorable?! ♥

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And the ADULT pattern (sizes up to 28) is available here.

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  1. I’m struggling on sewing the shoulders. I am not understanding how to fold it to sew. Could someone send me pictures or help explain it a bit better to me?
    1. Hi Alex! There is a series of videos that go along with this pattern. The should seaming can be in this video at about the 8:20 minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcl8qyxFSeM
  2. Thank you for this pattern this is my second time making a baby cardi and really loved how easy it was to read and to make will deffo be making more when my sister ask for another one haha very much appreciated ❤️
      1. Do you have a YouTube channel or insta/ Facebook would love to see more of you're work love making stuff for my sisters babys as they not going to be small for long lol x
  3. Hi, quick question. Making this for a gift and have come to the trim. Last section says to trim along the bottom but none of the photo's have a bottom trim in an alternate color. Is this options or needed to make the appropriate length? I'm doing the 12-18 mo size.
    1. Hi Jaquie! This pattern was updated a couple of years ago in which that bottom edging row was added, however, not all of the child sized photos were updated. (I just didn't have it in me to make allll of those cardigans...lol). It is not crucial to the pattern as it is just one row along that bottom edge, so you can omit it if you so desire.
  4. Have you, or do you know anyone who has, ever made this for a boy? Even in gray, it's so cute on your little pouty baby girl, and I love the design, but I want to make it for a surprise-gender baby. I'm thinking either the gray or else maybe camo, but do you think the cardigan style itself could work for a boy, too?
  5. Hi. I'd like to try this pattern, but as a basic crocheter, I find it easier to have a pattern in paper form. Is there a downloadable link please? I've clicked here there and everywhere and can't find one. x
    1. Hi Janice! All youth sizes are available in one ad free pdf file for a small fee here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/child-size-hooded-cardigan
      1. Just finished making my baby girl the 12-18 months one for winter absolutely love how it’s turned out ! Going to purchase the adult pdf because I need one too lol
  6. Thanks for this pattern, I've made up a few now in different sizes and have been stoked with the end product, have just purchased thru ravelry as it's such a good pattern.
  7. I’m an old crochet lady from way back 60 years. I have never come across this before. I’m an Australian so maybe that is why I have not come across the terminology before. Crochet hook in size J/6mm the J/6mm. 6 mm means really small to me. I don’t know what thickness the wool is as I am not familiar with Grey Marled wool either. Is it 4 ply? I’m doing it for a 6 month girl and want to do it in two types of pink. I love your patterns. I usually fiddle until I get the right tension. However this is a gift. Its our winter down under and want to get it done ASAP before she grows too big to wear it in Spring/Summer.
  8. Hi! I'm making the 12/18 T painted canyon Cardigan but the number of sts at the center panel don't fit my numbers... In the pattern it says "Row 25: Ch-1, hdc in same st and next 27 sts. (28)" ,but I only have 62 sts. minus 18 for each side I have 26 sts left... Could anybody please help me? >.< Thanks!!
    1. My guess would be that the 1st and last stitch of the middle section would be in the same stitch as the 18th stitch for each side.
    1. Hi Cathy! I have a video that shows the sewing of the shoulders. It can be found in this post and is at about the 10 minute mark: https://hearthookhome.com/painted-canyon-cardigan-crochet-along-part-two/
      1. Hi I absolutely love this pattern of yours for the hooded cardigan for 6-8 but no matter what I do it keeps coming up with the pattern for the 12-18 months. Please can you help me. Regards Sharron
        1. Hi Sharon! The 6/8 can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/child-size-unicorn-hoodie-crochet-pattern/
          1. Hi Margaret! The child size 6/8 pattern can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/child-size-unicorn-hoodie-crochet-pattern/
  9. Hey, just wanted to firstly say that this pattern is absolutely gorgeous! Been wanting to try it for a while now The yarn that I have selected to make it though is a little thinner than the yarn you use... I was just wondering if I could get some advice on stitch count if possible please? I am using a 5mm hook and would like to make it for my little man whose just gone up to 12-18 month. I'm not the best with gauge and setting up my self. I have given it a go but had to frog a couple times now many thanks Kirstie xx
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  13. Size 12 mos (shoulders) end ct. 28 (hood) row 1 has 2 hdc2tog which are decreases and should bring the count down to 26 but you have 30. What am I missing? Thank you so much, Diana
    1. Hi Diana! The 2 hdc2tog are actually worked into the last 2 sewn stitches of the shoulder seams, not into any of the 28 unsewn stitches. Hope this helps!
  14. U say u use a 4 weight yarn and a j hook ,I’am do the same bust my gage is 3/12 by 3. I haven’t had 3 others try and get the same size what r we doing wrong I would need to follow the 5t to make it fit a 12month baby. Help
    1. Hi Brigette! I am sorry you are struggling with your gauge! If your swatch is coming out small, then you probably crochet with a tighter tension than I do, so you would need to try going up a hook size. I have a post about gauge and how to adjust which may help and can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/how-to-crochet-understanding-gauge-and-how-to-measure-gauge/
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    1. Hi Cheryl! The Unicorn Hoodie pattern is the same, you would just omit doing the horn and mane. Hope this helps!
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  17. I finally got around to making your pattern and I like it very much. I have a question. When doing the sleeves should you do the decreases the same on each sleeve or should one sleeve have the decreases at the beginning of the row and the other sleeve have them at the end of the row. Thank you.
  18. I’m having trouble with the beginning of the adult cardigan. The first few row are confusing. There are numbers in ( ) and then when I just to the armhole the numbers are different. Also what is the sequence of construction? Thanks
    1. Hi Judy! I have a companion video for this pattern which should help. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=061ASkM1GB8&t=312s
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        1. Hi Shiela! The 2/3T can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/toddler-hoodie-free-crochet-pattern-size-23t/
  20. Hi Ashlea, what wonderful baby pictures. She is so precious and has really mastered the sad face. But the sun shines when she smiles I'm going to make this for my newest baby granddaughter. Your personal story is truly amazing. Many blessings to you and your family. Also, thank you for sharing your patterns with all of us. You have some amazing designs and I look forward to doing many of them. Have an incredibly beautiful week filled with joy and happiness.
  21. Hello, am I the only one having a problem trying to print this pattern. I was wondering if you have a pdf version of it I can download in the 12 month size.
    1. Hi Lisa! I have an ad-free printable version available for purchase on ravelry here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/child-size-hooded-cardigan
  22. I’m wondering why in this pattern, the front panels are wider (15+15) than the back (28) and in the 6 month pattern, they’re shorter? (11+11) and 26?
    1. Hi Ashley! It all has to do with the hood...since there's not much of a difference in back width between the 2 sizes, we need to make the front panels a little wider on the 12 month size to give enough stitches for an adequate sized hood.
  23. Hi I made the unicorn hoodie for my daughter and loved it. I'd like to make one for my younger daughter who is 7 months. A friend bought me the bernat pop yarn and am hoping to use that with a size 8 hook as it requests. Should I do the size 12 pattern knowing it will be bigger or use a smaller hook size with the bernat yarn and do the size 2 pattern? Please help.
    1. Hi Mandi! The Bernat Pop recommends an H/5 mm hook, while the pattern calls for a J/6 mm hook...I would probably go in the middle and use an I hook with the 12 month pattern. Hope this helps!
      1. Hi! Just a question about the hood...am I supposed to hdc2tog in each row from rows 21 thru 24? And end with 32 stitches for row 24?
    1. Hi Shelby! I do have a companion video for this...it can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=061ASkM1GB8&t=312s
  24. I am new to crochet and this is the first garment I have ever made ... and I have screwed up. I picked a size that is slightly too small. Is there a way to add a little width without starting all over again?
      1. Thankyou so much for this pattern. I am new to crocheting and this is only the second garment I have made. I was recommended it and it didn't disappoint. I found it easy to follow for the 12 month size and the tutorials were really helpful.