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Painted Canyon Cardigan Video Tutorial and Pattern Variations

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You know what I love about the Painted Canyon Cardigan? The versatility! Use the recommended yarn or switch it up and make it with thinner yarn and change the hook size! There are so many variations to the Painted Canyon Cardigan pattern…

Different Variations of The Painted Canyon Cardigan

I’ve talked about the Painted Canyon Cardigan in our weekly LIVE videos on the Heart Hook Home Facebook page for weeks and I still. can’t. stop. crocheting. new. variations. I’ve done them with the recommended Painted Canyon yarn, with Big Twist, with Red Heart Super Saver and then with my personal favorite: the Mandala yarn cakes.  And I love them all.

Can’t stop, won’t stop! Here are some of the variations I have done of the Painted Canyon Cardigan pattern – including the littlest kids’ sizes and for myself!

Painted Canyon Cardigan Variations

Of course the first rendering of the pattern was using the Painted Canyon colorway along with Graphite and Light Gray in I Love This Yarn!  This first version uses spike stitches; stitches which go down into the row below instead of into the current row.

Painted Canyon Cardigan Adding the sleeves

This pattern variation features an oversized hood (see below!), pockets that fold inside near the hips and that beautiful front post/back post half double crochet edging that pulls it all together.

Painted Canyon Cardigan Pockets

The length of the cardigan should hit right around mid-thigh for the “average” height. I am 5’7″ and it hits just under my bum. Want it longer? Add more rows before starting the armholes! Want it shorter? Crochet fewer rows before starting the armholes!

Oversized hood on the Painted Canyon Cardigan

I like BIG HOODS and I can not lie. 😀 The hood doesn’t always sit like this, of course. It looks normal (and flowy) across the back when you position the hood where it should be.

Painted Canyon Cardigan from Behind

Included in this pattern are two options for crocheting the sleeves: working top down or from cuff up.  Starting from the top and working down is much easier overall, but keep in mind that if using spike stitches you’ll want them to go in the same direction as the body of the cardigan as well. Hence, the pattern for cuff up.  If you’re not using spike stitches – work from the top down, yo!

Painted Canyon Cardigan in Mandala Spirit

Ready for those pattern variations?! In the first variation I used Mandala in Spirit colorway with the recommended pattern hook size.

Painted Canyon Cardigan in Mandala Spirit with Pockets

Choosing your pocket type

This version includes the inside pockets. The inside pockets are a bit bulkier than having a.) no pockets at all (see below) or b.) outside pockets, which I incorporated into the children’s sizes and the other variation below. It really just depends on how attached you are to pockets.

See what I did there?

Painted Canyon Cardigan Mandala

For this particular cardigan I used about 3.5 cakes of the Mandala in Spirit. I used two cakes to crochet the body of the cardigan and kept one entire cake aside to use for the sleeves. I then used the grey from the fourth cake for edging and the lighter grey to use for the pockets inside.

Painted Canyon Cardigan in Warlock

For the third variation of the cardigan I used Mandala in Warlock colorway. On this version I decided to forego the hood; instead crocheting about 15 rows of the “hood” pattern before fastening off and calling it a collar. I did not add pockets to this cardigan.

Painted Canyon with wide collar

To omit the pockets, simply follow the pattern crocheting in solid rows until you reach the beginning of the armholes.  Because Mandala is a thinner yarn I decided to go up a pattern size and down a hook size. This creates a tighter weave and, since the yarn is thinner, a great feel overall. Again, I used two cakes for the body of the cardigan and a third for the sleeves and had just enough for the edging (because I didn’t make the hood).

Warlock Painted Canyon Cardigan laid out

Then I decided to use a regular worsted weight yarn – Big Twist yarn in the Scarlet colorway. Mmmm, comfy.

Painted Canyon Cardigan in Solid Color

In this variation I chose to make outside pockets – my new fave for this pattern!  As noted above, to omit the pockets I simply crocheted until it was time to start the armholes (per pattern size) and then continued on to finish the cardigan.

Solid color Painted Canyon Cardigan using Big Twist

After I was finished with the cardigan I decided where to place the pockets.  I then used surface crochet stitches to attach the pockets to the front. Turned out perfect!

Surface crochet for adding pockets to crochet

Outside pockets are DEFINITELY easier! You can place them where you want after the fact instead of incorporating them into the design. The pattern includes directions for both pocket styles.

Controlling the colors

When crocheting the cardigan using Mandala (or any other color changing yarn cake) you may want to control the colors, especially when you reach the armhole portion of the pattern.

To show how I control these colors, I decided to crochet one of the 2/3t sizes while on camera. This video shows the work from beginning to end including all color changes and how to plan those colors. Sure, you can read the article on how to control the colors but it might be even easier to watch the video on it below. 😉 This is a full tutorial video, to watch a much shorter version of this video (without all of the captions) head over to the Heart Hook Home Facebook page.

Painted Canyon Cardigan in Child Size Controlling Colors

Painted Canyon Cardigan Video Tutorial

Keep in mind that each size of the pattern has different stitch counts. Read the pattern for your size and crochet to that number instead of what I show in this video. Unless, of course, you’re crocheting the 2/3t size! 😉

Child size painted canyon cardigan variations

Painted Canton Variations for Kids

2t3t Painted Canyon Cardigan size

Variations of the Painted Canyon Cardigan

12 month size free crochet pattern

Infant size crochet pattern for hoodie free pattern

Need help reading a crochet pattern? Start here!

Get the preemie and newborn sleep sacks here.
Get the infant size 6 month infant here.
Get the infant size 12 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.

Want all of the child sizes together? Grab all of the child sizes in one printable file here!

child size chart of the Painted Canyon Cardigan

This is a lengthy video and I do apologize for that. Fitting 6 hours of video time into half an hour was the best I could do! *note that there is no sound on the video. And of course, should you have any questions be sure to shoot me an email or a message on Facebook!

YouTube video
Have you made a variation of the Painted Canyon Cardigan? If so, I wanna see! Share photos of your cardigan(s) by tagging @HeartHookHome on Instagram and Twitter, and by sharing in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community group on Facebook!

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  1. I noticed in the kids patterns that as you get into the bigger sizes, the position of the armholes changes so that there is more material in the front (as opposed to across the back). The ratio steps down sequentially, so it’s obviously done on purpose. Is this done to get more overlap of the cardigan in the front? Or is there another reason? I love your patterns, just want to make sure that I understand the difference between sizes since I’m making a “sized up” version for a kid who outgrew his last one.
  2. Hi! I am a true beginner to crocheting and I am following you video tutorial for the painted canyon cardigan in size 4/5T. My granddaughter wants the unicorn hoodie so I also made the horns and ears. Do you have a tutorial that shows how to attach the horn, ears and hair? Thank you!
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      1. Ok when im done doing the chain how many chains from hook do i go before i put in my first half double crochet
    1. Hi Karen! The adult sizes are a paid pattern which can be purchased here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/painted-canyon-hooded-cardigan
  4. About how much less yardage will I need if I'm not using the spike stitch on the size 10/12? Any guess? Thank you!!
  5. Please can I have a free pattern for the biggest size of this cardigan I am disabled and on a low income so can't afford to buy patterns thank you my email is j. Price_121@hotmail.com
    1. OMG please don't beg!! she works very hard to make these patterns for us and cant just give em away for free. She gives u the pattern then has to give eberybody one and xmas is coming up everyone needs their money around this time
  6. I just received the pinterest article about the Sleep Sack for Newborns, but when I click on the link it goes right to the Painted Cardigan patterns. Where is the Sleep Sack pattern?
    1. Hi Susan! The sleep sack pattern can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/newborn-sleep-sack-free-crochet-pattern/
      1. I was interested in purchasing the six month size sleep sack. I'm not sure where to find the link. I'm currently making the infant size sleep sack and falling in love with it already. Thanks... Barb
        1. Hi Barb! The sleep sack is only in sizes preemie and newborn. The 6 month version is a hooded cardigan which is available free on my blog here: https://hearthookhome.com/infant-hoodie-crochet-pattern-size-6-months/ Or an ad-free printable version can be purchased here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/child-size-hooded-cardigan
  7. Thanks for the free pattern. I made the sweater for my granddaughter and now my daughter wants one. It works up so fast using color waves yarn. I made the sleeves and hood in solid color. I'm sure once I finish the one for my daughter her sisters and nieces are going to want one as well. When I purchase the adult pattern do I get all the sizes?
    1. Hi Mary! Yes, you can get the printed version of the adults here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/painted-canyon-hooded-cardigan
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  9. Have you done an instructional video on just the crocheting steps in making the sweater? I am not interested in controlling the colors.... I just want a video tutorial with step by step instructions on actually making the sweater itself. Please? Roz Garland