Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardigan, a free pattern

Make this unique Tunisian crochet Patchwork Cardigan using easy Tunisian crochet stitch patterns and tutorials with video links!

In this post, I’m going to be teaching you how to make a patchwork cardigan. And not just any ordinary one either, nope! We’ll be making a Tunisian crochet patchwork cardigan! If you’re not aware of my love for everything motifs, then you’re in for a treat. Before we get to it, a small history lesson…

Inspiration behind the Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardigan.

Back in 2020, Arunima of Knitter Knotter had the Tunisian Sampler CAL. I joined in but debated too much on colours and hook sizes and arrangements and finally gave up the whole thing. This year, I’m going to be a designer and a sponsor in her 3rd Tunisian CAL but that 2020 one still haunts me, LOL.

So I’ve decided to do the 2 CALs this year and I’m hoping you’ll join in. I’ll use some of the tutorials from the 2020 Sampler Blanket CAL to make the Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardi for the first half of the year. After that, the second half will be used catching up to the 2022 Tunisian Blanket CAL. By the end of the year, God willing, we’ll have a cardigan and a blanket to show for it! Exciting right?!

Make this unique Tunisian crochet Patchwork Cardigan using easy Tunisian crochet stitch patterns and tutorials with video links!

About the Tunisian Patchwork Cardigan

There’s going to be just a tiny bit of planning, which is always fun with new projects. First off, you’re going to need info on the patterns. Secondly, you’ll need to figure out the size of your cardigan. You can, however skip this step and really think about it. Lastly, you’ll need to have all your squares ready in 24 weeks so we can finalize everything the week after.

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1. Where to get the patterns

Both the 2020 and the 2022 Tunisian CAL patterns can be found for free in Arunima’s blog. Since we’re going to be using these 2, I would recommend you get the PDF patterns. And the bonus is, If you add both patterns to your checkout, you get the 2020 one (the one we’ll start with) at 50% off!

I’ll write up the final cardigan pattern but it won’t be available for purchase until July.

2. Size

Although some of the squares we’ll be making will be similar to Arunima’s 2020 CAL, the measurements are going to be different. The final size of your cardigan will determine big you make your squares. What I recommend is measuring your favourite cardigan and using those measurements to determine the size you’ll need. You can use the chart below for reference.

Make this unique Tunisian crochet Patchwork Cardigan using easy Tunisian crochet stitch patterns and tutorials with video links!

3. Time range

So, how is this whole fun project going to work? Well, first off, we’ll be making a total of 44 squares. I’m hoping to have my cardigan ready for July aka the Kenyan version of Winter. You’ll need to have all your squares ready by the 2nd week of June 2022. We’ll use the last weeks to join, and add the ribbing for the sleeves, neck and bottom part of the cardi.

We’ll be making 2 squares every week. Each week on Monday, I’ll update this post with the pattern. If you’d like to receive email updates together with your Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardigan Planner, subscribe below. If you’re already subscribed to my email list, no need to do it again.

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Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardigan Pattern

CAL Schedule:

Skill Level:  Beginner/ Advanced Beginner

  • Prep week: Jan 3 – Jan 9
  • Week 1: Jan 10 – Jan 16: Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)
  • Week 2: Jan 17 – Jan 23: Tunisian Full Stitch (tfs)
  • Week 3: Jan 24 – Jan 30: Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)
  • Week 4: Jan 31 – Feb 6
  • Week 5: Feb 7 – Feb 13
  • Week 6: Feb 14 – Feb 20
  • Week 7: Feb 21 – Feb 27
  • Week 8: Feb 28 – Mar 6
  • Week 9: Mar 7 – Mar 13
  • Week 10: Mar 14 – Mar 20
  • Week 11: Mar 21 – Mar 27
  • Week 12: Mar 28 – Apr 3
  • Week 13: Apr 4 – Apr 10
  • Week 14: Apr 11 – Apr 17
  • Week 15: Apr 18 – Apr 24
  • Week 16: Apr 25 – May 1
  • Week 17: May 2 – May 8
  • Week 18: May 9 – May 15
  • Week 19: May 16 – May 22
  • Week 20: May 23 – May 29
  • Week 21: May 30 – Jun 5
  • Week 22: Jun 6 – Jun 12

Materials:

  • 7 mm Tunisian crochet hook (or any size required to meet the gauge)- straight or corded
  • Acrylic light worsted weight yarn in a variety of colours. I’m using 10 colours in total; 9 for the squares and the last one for joining and ribbing.
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle

Stitches and terms used:

  • Ch= chain
  • St(s)= stitch(es)
  • Sl st(s)= slip stich(es)
  • Rpt= repeat
  • Lts= last Tunisian stitch: Insert your hook under both loops of the last st on the forward pass and complete as for Tss
  • RetP= return pass: Ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) repeat across
  • Bind off= Make a sl st every time you pick up a loop on your hook

Gauge: 14 sts & 14 rows in tss = 4”

Yarn alternatives: Any DK, Size #3, 8 ply or light worsted weight yarn

Notes:

  • The squares are written in 4 sizes; XS/S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL, 4XL/5XL)
  • Written instructions for the squares are below with links to video tutorials for the specific stitch
  • The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row.

Instructions:

Week 3: Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)

I will not lie, this is one of my least favourite Tunisian crochet stitches. The Tunisian Purl Stitch is similar to the tss in that it is has a one-row repeat and can be worked over any number of stitches. The difference is by the placement of your yarn. With tps, you’ll bring your yarn to the front of your piece, then insert the hook into the vertical bar of said stitch for the forward pass. Visit this blog post for more details and tutorials on the same. I used mustard and hot pink yarn for my squares.

Grab your hook and join us for week three of the Tunisian Crochet Patchwork Cardigan CAL where we'll be working on 2 squares using the Tunisian Purl Stitch.

Pattern:

Ch 19 (22, 24, 27)

Row 1 (Foundation Row): Insert your hook in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook. Yo, pull up a loop. (Insert your hook in the back bump of the next ch, yo, pull up a loop) across. The number of loops on your hook should be the same as the number of chs. RetP.

Row 2- 18 (21, 23, 26): (Bring your yarn to the front of your piece, then insert the hook into the vertical bar of the st. Yo and pull that working yarn) across. You’ll now have a bar running horizontally for that stitch Lts. RetP

Row 19 (22, 24, 27): Bind off using sl sts

Week 2: Tunisian Full Stitch (tfs)

The Tunisian full stitch is a two-row repeat stitch. This means there are two different forward passes which alternate each row. Tfs is worked by pulling up loops between stitches instead of working into the stitches. Because of this, the Tunisian Full Stitch reminds me of the Moss Stitch in regular crochet.  For a beginner, the stitch is best understood with a video tutorial. Visit this blog post for more details and tutorials on the same. I used light blue and orange for my squares.

Tunisian Full Stitch

Pattern:

Ch 19 (22, 24, 27)

Row 1 (Foundation Row): Insert your hook in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook. Yo, pull up a loop. (Insert your hook in the back bump of the next ch, yo, pull up a loop) across. The number of loops on your hook should be the same as the number of chs. RetP.

Row 2: Insert hook through very first space in between the vertical bars and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in each space (in between the vertical bars) to the end. Do NOT pull up a loop in the last space. Lts. RetP

Row 3: Skip very first space. Insert hook into the second space and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in each space (between the vertical bars) to the end, this time including last space. Lts. RetP

Row 4- 18 (22, 24, 27): Rpt Row 2-3

Row 19 (22, 24, 27): Bind off using sl sts

Week 1: Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)

Tunisian simple stitch is the first stitch many people learn when picking up Tunisian crochet. As the name suggests, it is one of the easiest stitches to master, so it figures it should be the first square we try out. It has a one-row repeat and can be worked over any number of stitches. For the forward pass, you work into the vertical bars which are easily visible in the picture above. Click here for a video tutorial on the stitch. I used teal and dark grey for my squares.

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Pattern:

Ch 19 (22, 24, 27)

Row 1 (Foundation Row): Insert your hook in the back bump of the 2nd ch from the hook. Yo, pull up a loop. (Insert your hook in the back bump of the next ch, yo, pull up a loop) across. The number of loops on your hook should be the same as the number of chs. RetP.

Row 2- 18 (21, 23, 26): (Insert hook in the vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop) across. Lts. RetP

Row 19 (22, 24, 27): Bind off using sl sts

Prep week: Jan 3- Jan 9

Take this week (or rather what’s left of it) to gather your supplies. It’s also a great time to pick up yarn and choose a colour palette if you like. I have great Pinterest Boards for colour inspiration and patchwork cardi inspos as well, so you can check them out. I’m using light worsted weight yarn from my stash with a 7 mm crochet hook from Knitpro.

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