The Terrazzo cardigan is a new mosaic crochet baby & toddler sweater pattern. This is such an easy and fun piece to make, since the cardigan is composed of 2 hexagons that you work separately and then just join in three places to make up a cardi. The perfect project to try your hand at a wearable for the first time!
There’s a full video tutorial available for this pattern on my YouTube channel:
Terrazzo was my first ever mosaic square design and the inspiration for it were the beautiful mosaic tiles of southern Spain. The original blanket pattern comes in three variations, and now I‘ve added the Terrazzo Cardigan to the family! This is my take on the classic hexagon sweater, which can be made using various types of granny square patterns. It is such a fun little pattern that I ended up making two versions. First I made the original version in an infinity Terrazzo style, it turned out quite heavily textured and with an air of tie dye sort of hippie style. I couldn´t stop there and then made a simple version of it as well, that one is more plain and striped.
19 rounds & 19 ST = 10 cm (4 inches)
Using worsted weight or DK yarn and a 4 mm or a 4.5 mm hook, whichever one gives you approx. the right gauge.
Yarn and hooks
You can use any worsted or DK weight yarn you like, and you will need at least 2 colors.
Use a 4.5 mm hook for the body of the cardigan, or whicever hook size that suits your yarn and tension to get approximately the correct gauge.
Use a 4 mm hook (or a hook half a size down from what you used for your body) for the final rounds.
You can use Stylecraft Special DK, for example, and then you will need:
1 or more buttons
1 skein of each color for size 6-12 months.
2 skeins of each color for the 1-2 year & 2-3 year sizes.
Worsted weight yarn
I used Brusca from Rosa Pomar, 50 g per 125m (100% wool), for my original Terrazzo cardigan and the Llama wool from CaMaRose, 50 g per 100 m (50% llama wool, 50% wool) for the simple version.
Both are worsted weight yarns. Then you will need:
1 or more buttons
2 skeins of each color for the 6-12 month size in Brusca, or 3 skeins of each color for the 6-12 months size in the Llama wool.
2 skeins of color A and 3 skeins of color B for the 1-2 year old size in Brusca, or 3 skeins of each color for the 1-2 years size in the Llama wool.
3 skeins of each color for the 2-3 years size in Brusca, or 4 skeins of each color for the 2-3 years size in the Llama wool.
You can also use up scraps and more colors, even any type and weight of yarn you like, and just keep on going until you get to the designated size recommended. You can also use the designated sizes but go up or down in yarn weight, to get a smaller or larger cardi.
Abbreviations (US terms):
ST = stitch
CH = chain stitch
SS = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
DC = double crochet
FPHDC= front post half double crochet
The pattern comes in 3 pre-determined sizes when using DK or worsted weight yarn: 6-12 months old (1-2 year old) 2-3 year old.
6-12 months ≈ 74
1-2 years ≈ 86
2-3 years ≈ 102
Different sizes – different yarn weight
The easiest way to change the sizes, if you want to make a smaller or bigger size than the three sizes available here, is to just go up or down in yarn weight! That way you don‘t have to change the pattern at all, just the yarn and h!
To get a smaller size cardigan, that would fit a newly born for example, you can make the smallest size given here (6-12 months in DK) but use fingering weight yarn and a 3 mm hook.
The same goes for a bigger toddler size, if you work the largest size here (2-3 years old) with Aran weight yarn and a 5 mm hook you should get a cardigan that would fit for a 4 year old.
Improvising new sizes
This pattern really is very simple, so it‘s easy enough for a seasoned crocheter to make different sizes with this pattern, even adult sizes! You just make larger hexagons and also add more rounds to the sleeve extensions. This will be a bit fiddly in the original version, since there you have to think of the continuance of the mosaic pattern too. But in the simple version this should be fairly easy!
Please do note that if you decide on changing the sizes, then you will have to improvise a bit when working the sleeve extension, so you do this at your own peril! And if you‘re a newbie, I recommend using one of the predetermined sizes, so you can just follow the pattern exactly.
This cardigan design is such an easy and fun format to play with. The cardigan is composed of 2 hexagons that you make separately, the pieces look kind of weird, but don‘t worry, they‘re supposed to look like this!
But when you fold it, it makes an L shape piece that will each make up for one sleeve and half of the body of the sweater.
You then make two of these pieces and when you place them together and join them, they make up a simple cardi!