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Oversized Crochet Cardigan With Fur Collar – Free Pattern

Woman standing in a field of natural grasses wearing a drapey, dolman-sleeved crochet cardigan with faux fur trim.

This oversized crochet cardigan pattern begins as a simple rectangle and transforms with the addition of easy sleeves, a faux fur collar and a delicate rope accent. Get Part 1 of the free pattern below or purchase the complete ad-free, printable PDF here.

Woman standing a field of natural grasses wearing a crochet cardigan sweater with a lace rope detail running down the back.
This free oversized crochet cardigan pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

The style of this dolman-sleeved cardigan is flattering on a range of body types and the skills required are clearly explained in included the photo and upcoming video tutorial. Expand your crochet repertoire–and your wardrobe–with this fun, cozy and easy make!

Get the scoop on the yarn, sweater construction and pattern inspiration below, or scroll down a bit further for the free pattern and tutorial.

This Is Not Your Typical Oversized Crochet Cardigan

Looking at these photos, it might be hard to see that this entire sweater construction is based a basic rectangle–but that’s also what I love about it! It’s a mystery cocoon of texture, puff stitches and some incredibly soft fur. What’s not to love about that? (You can find lots more easy crochet garment patterns made from rectangles here.)

Really though, let’s talk through how this thing is constructed because it’s super fun to make. First you’ll crochet a large rectangle with stripes of puff stitches running throughout it. Then you’ll fold your rectangle in half and complete two little seams which will transform your rectangle in to a shrug. Then, no doubt, you’ll try it on and run to a mirror because this is a pretty exciting moment.

Large crochet rectangle and a large crochet rectangle folded into a shrug shape.

Next you’ll add a “tush extension” to lengthen the sweater bottom (hello comfy leggins outfits) and work some collar rows to give the shrug more substance in the front. (If you’ve ever worn a crochet or knit shrug sweater and felt annoyed because it fell off your shoulders, you’ll love this part because it totally solves that problem.)

A crochet batwing sweater laying flat next to a finish baggy crochet cardigan with fur trim.

Some rows with the softest faux fur yarn you’ve ever laid hands on come next. This part is very fast, but you won’t want it to end because the yarn really is that soft. Lastly, you’ll make two ribbed rectangles, which you’ll seam into sleeve tubes and attach them to the sweater.

A few twisted yarn ropes later and you’ll have yourself a cardigan that looks like it cost you a couple hundred bucks in some mountain town boutique.

Woman standing in a field of natural grasses wearing a drapey, dolman-sleeved crochet cardigan with faux fur trim.

Watch a Quick Pattern Overview

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words though, which must make a video worth a million, right? I put together a quick overview of the pattern start to finish so you can see exactly how this sweater is made less than a minute!

The Faux Fur Yarn That’ll Change Your Life

Okay, I was a little indifferent about the faux fur yarn trend. The first time I held a soft little skein in my hands didn’t even change my mind. It took until I actually crocheted with it that I was SOLD. Now I have four patterns in progress that use it. #overboard

Lion Brand Go For Faux yarn in the colors Pomeranian and Blonde Elk.

Specifically, this oversized crochet cardigan uses two colors of Lion Brand’s Go For Faux yarn to achieve the scrumptiously soft collar. And let me clarify, this isn’t soft only in comparison to something way less soft like jute. This is soft like you want to make a Go For Faux sleeping bag and sleep in it naked every night for the rest of your life.

The body of the sweater is made using an old favorite, Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease. I love how this yarn has just enough wool content to really show your stitches off. The puff stitches in particular have such an elegant texture when worked in Wool-Ease.

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Off white crochet sweater made with herringbone double crochet and puff stitches laying in a basket next to balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

What stitches are we using?

Speaking of puff stitches, there are only a couple of stitches you need to learn to make this entire crochet sweater and I’ve got you covered with video tutorials.

The main rectangle that the entire cardigan is born from is worked in herringbone double crochet stitches and puff stitches.

You can learn how to work the herringbone double crochet stitches in this video tutorial. I’ll be sharing a video tutorial for the puff stitches next week, so grab your yarn and check back soon!

The rest of the pattern is simple single crochet and slip stitches.

Purchase an Optional Premium PDF

This comfy crochet cardigan pattern includes 18 tutorial images and a couple of videos to walk you through every single step of making your own sweater. I need to spread out those photos over several blog posts so that your page doesn’t take too much time to load when you’re trying to look at the free version of the pattern. (You can find Part 2 here and Part 3 here.)

I realize though, that lots of us just like to crochet on the couch with some wine or a warm drink and a printout of the complete pattern. (Definitely me!) So I try to always offer a nicely formatted ad-free PDF that you can easily print and take it wherever your crochet adventures take you.

The Backcountry Cardigan premium PDF is a beautiful, 26 page guide to crocheting this sweater. The written pattern and instructions are separate from the in-depth tutorial photos, so you can choose to print the photos or conserve ink. The premium PDF is also perfect for mobile or tablet viewing. You can download the PDF here.

Printable PDF of an oversized crochet cardigan pattern.

More Crochet Cardigans Made From Easy Rectangles

I love constructing crochet cardigans from rectangles like this because they are very beginner-friendly, don’t require a ton of increasing, decreasing or seaming and they have a cozy, batwing sleeve style.

If you’re liking the Backcountry Cardigan, here are four more free patterns you’ll definitely want to check out. All of these sweaters are surprisingly easy to crochet and numbers 1, 2 and 4 include step-by-step video tutorials! (You can always find all our free crochet sweater patterns here.)

1. Habitat Cardigan / 2. Haven Cardigan / 3. Stonewash Shrug / 4. Dwell Sweater


The Backcountry Cardigan
Oversized Crochet Cardigan Free Pattern – Part 1

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with size chart here.

Save this pattern to your Ravelry here.

Pin it for later here.

Find the next stages of the free pattern here: Part 2, Part 3.

Explanation:
Work some crochet magic in this surprisingly straightforward dolman-sleeved cardigan. Beginning as a simple rectangle and transforming with a collar and sleeves, this sweater is as fun to watch come together as it is to crochet. A quick faux fur collar and rope accent complete the hygge-chic look. 

This style is flattering on a range of body types and the skills required are clearly explained in detailed photo and video tutorials. Expand your crochet repertoire–and your wardrobe–with this cozy, entertaining make!

Want some company while you crochet?
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Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, please link back this post. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos.

Supplies:
A: Lion Brand Wool-Ease (Weight: 4/medium –  197 yds, 3.0 oz)
Natural Heather (620-098) – 8 (10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19) skeins [(approx. 620 (780, 950, 1070, 1160, 1320, 1560) g)]

•  B: Lion Brand Go For Faux (Weight: 6/super bulky – 64 yds, 3.5 oz) 
Blonde Elk (322-211) – 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s)
and Pomeranian (322-203) – 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s)

• Tapestry needle
Size J (5.75 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain main rectangle gauge
Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain sleeve gauge
Size N (10 mm) crochet hook for adding fur trim
• Stitch markers or safety pins

Sizes:
The optional printable PDF includes an a chart of additional sweater measurements and stitch and row counts for each size that’s very easy to reference. Grab the PDF here.


Size

Fits Actual Bust*
S/M29
M/L37
L/1L45
1X/2X49
2X/3X53
3X/4X57
4X/5X61

*Note: This is an oversized garment and you may want to size down if you prefer less ease.

Gauge:
Main rectangle: 12.5 hbdc x 8.5 rows = 4”Sleeves: 14 sts x 19.5 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
chsp – chain space
dc – double crochet
hbdc – herringbone double crochet (video here)
hbdc2tog – herringbone double crochet two together
PM – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only 
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch
slstblo – slip stitch through the back loop only
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over

Special Stitches:
Hbdc – herringbone double crochet: yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull through stitch and first loop on hook, yo and pull through next loop on hook, yo and pull through both loops on hook.

Hbdc2tog – herringbone double crochet two together: yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull through stitch and first loop on hook, yo and pull through one loop on hook; yo, insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull through stitch and first loop on hook [3 loops left on hook], yo and pull through one loop on hook [3 loops left on hook], yo and pull through all three loops on hook [1 loop left on hook].

Puff – [yo, insert hook in the designated stitch, yo and pull up a loop] three times in the same stitch, yo and pull through all 7 loops on hook, ch 1 to close puff.

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ch 3 counts as 1 hbdc throughout.

!! GAUGE CHECK !!

Check your “Main Rectangle” gauge against what is listed above before beginning and adjust your hook size as necessary. Please don’t skip this step or you will risk your sweater not fitting as expected.

If you’re new to the concept of checking gauge, you can find step-by-step instructions in the printable PDF.

Click here to purchase the PDF of this pattern, which is formatted for easy printing.

MAIN RECTANGLE

Notes:
• “Eyelet” in certain rows is a reminder that two eyelets will be created in the middle of the row. We’ll thread the rope through these eyelets at the end.

• The height of this rectangle, and therefore the length of your sweater, is easy to customize in the Tush Extension section. The width is not able to be adjusted once your rectangle is in progress. Therefore, please work a gauge swatch as described above and measure the width of your piece after the first repeat of Rows 2-5 to make sure it’s in the ballpark of the rectangle measurement listed in the table above. 

• View a video tutorial of the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch here.

• If you’d prefer to have an easy-to-reference table of the stitch and row counts for the main rectangle, download the PDF here.

Baggy crochet sweater tutorial: Main rectangle that will form the crochet cardigan.

With color A and smallest hook:

Foundation Row: Ch 119 (143, 167, 117, 191, 203, 227).

Row 1 (WS): Hbdc in fourth ch from hook, hbdc in next 7 [7, 7, 13, 7, 13, 13] ch, *sk 1 ch, [puff, ch 1, puff] in next ch, sk 1 ch, hbdc in next 9 ch**; rep from * to ** 3 [4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] more times; hbdc in next 12 ch; rep from * to ** 4 [5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] more times; 0 [0, 0, 6, 0, 6, 6] hbdc; turn. (93 [111, 129, 138, 147, 156, 174] sts and 8 [10, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16] sets of puffs)

Row 2 (RS – eyelet): Ch 3, sk first dc, hbdc in next 8 [8, 8, 14, 8, 14, 14] sts, *[puff, ch 1, puff] in chsp, hbdc in next 9 sts**; rep from * to ** 2 [3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6] more times; [puff, ch 1, puff] in next chsp, hbdc in next 7 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, hbdc in next 5 sts, ch 1, sk 1 st, hbdc in next 7 sts; rep from * to ** 4 [5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] more times; 0 [0, 0, 6, 0, 6, 6] hbdc; turn. (2 eyelets created, treat them each as a st on the next row and work one st into them.)

Row 3 (WS): Ch 3, sk first dc, hbdc in next 8 [8, 8, 14, 8, 14, 14] sts, *[puff, ch 1, puff] in chsp, hbdc in next 9 sts**; rep from * to ** 3 [4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] more times; hbdc in next 12 sts; rep from * to ** 4 [5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8] more times; 0 [0, 0, 6, 0, 6, 6] hbdc; turn.

Rows 4-5: Rep Row 3.

Rep Rows 2-5 another 11 [12, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18] times, then rep Rows 2-4 once more, finishing with 52 [56, 56, 64, 68, 72, 80] rows total. Measure rectangle and compare to table of measurements at beginning of pattern. If rectangle is measuring shorter than it should due to gauge issues, you may add more rows here. If you have met the expected measurements though and simply want a longer sweater, it is better to work extra rows in the Tush Extension than to add extra rows at this point. 

SEAMING INTO SHRUG

Notes:
• Fabric is reversible, but for the sake of next rows of crocheting, it’s important to get the RS/WS distinction listed in the Main Rectangle rows correct when seaming. On final sweater, RS will be facing out. Seaming is done with the  RS facing out also.

Crochet sweater tutorial: How to fold a crochet rectangle to make a shrug.

Lay rectangle flat with WS facing up. 

Tip: When WS is facing up, yarn tail from Foundation Row should be on the same side as your dominant hand and on the bottom of the rectangle.

Fold rectangle in half so that foundation row and final row of the rectangle are touching. Stripes of the puff rows should be running vertically as pictured above. Pin in place along side seams using stitch markers or safety pins.

Place a stitch marker 5 [5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7]” from the folded crease on either side of the rectangle to mark armhole. Using a tapestry needle and a single strand of MC yarn, begin zig zag seaming the rectangle, working from the corners to the folded side. Take care to keep rows of crocheting lined up on either side of seam. Stop at the stitch marker. Repeat for second seam. (See photos above and below.)

Crochet cardigan tutorial: how to seam the edge of a rectangle to form a crochet shrug.

The Backcountry Cardigan Part 2 + 3

I really hope you’re enjoying this pattern so far. You can find Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

If you’d like the entire pattern and all the tutorial support in one place, you can grab the handy printable PDF.

More Easy Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

We’ve got no shortage of modern free crochet sweater patterns that are both easy and wearable. Here are a few I think you might really enjoy. You can always find all our free crochet sweater patterns here.

1. Day Date Cardigan + Video Tutorial – A lightweight, bishop-sleeved cardigan made from two simple rectangles.

2. Solstice Sweater – With no increasing, decreasing or seaming, this easy boho crochet cardigan is perfectly Nexflix-able.

3. Strata Sweater – Cake yarn makes this very beginner-friendly pattern easier than it looks.

4. Staycation Cardigan – This intermediate-level oversized cardigan pattern richly textured and hangs beautifully on the body.


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21 Comments

  • Em
    January 12, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    I love this!! Yarn is already on order…cant wait to start 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  • Cat
    January 13, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I love this! I can’t seem to find it on Ravelry though. The link here is not working.

    Reply
  • velma
    January 14, 2020 at 7:33 am

    where can I get the supplies? hintz

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 15, 2020 at 10:19 pm

      You can order all the yarn from LionBrand.com by following the links above in the “Supplies” section of the pattern. The Wool-Ease can also often be found at Joann’s or Michaels. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Miss Daisy
    January 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

    STUNNING !

    Reply
  • Carol Brown
    January 14, 2020 at 9:11 am

    WOW – Work of Wonder! It’s like this cardigan was specifically made for me. Stylishly modern, interesting stitching, and the design edges of the back’s crossover, snug warm sleeves. You may have won me over to faux fur yarn; I’ll determine that one in my own head 😀

    Thank you for your very creative, communicative and very special self.

    With gratitude,

    Carol

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 15, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      Carol,

      What a kind comment. Thank you!!

      I was really hesitant to try faux fur yarn, but I LOVE IT! It’s so soft to work with and even just that little bit around the neck is so snuggly. I hope you enjoy it too!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Marguerite C Warner
    January 14, 2020 at 9:41 am

    This is just so beautiful!

    Reply
  • NanSea
    January 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

    What an absolutely gorgeous sweater! The design and yarn are perfect. Really looking forward to making this. Thank you so much for creating and sharing this beautiful cardigan.

    Reply
  • Lyne
    January 14, 2020 at 10:31 am

    It looks amazing! Love the faux fur it adds a beautiful accent.

    Quick question, there’s a black & gold crochet hook in one of the photos. It looks like my Karbonz knitting needles which I really like. Would you mind sharing what brand it is?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful patterns with us and I wish you all the best and continued success in 2020!

    Lyne 🙂

    Reply
  • Kathleen Hitchen
    January 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, I am lucky to have stumbled on your beautiful work. I am able to follow instructions but confused with the numbers between parentheses and the puff sc puff in parentheses in the beginning part of crotchet sweater with faux fur

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 15, 2020 at 10:15 pm

      I’m so happy you’re here! The numbers related to each individual size. So the it works like S/M (M/L, L/1X, 1X/2X…) You only follow the number that pertains to your size.

      There’s a description for exactly how to work a puff stitch in the “abbreviations” section above. Does that help? I’ll also have a video tutorial for this stitch next week. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Debra Moorefield
    January 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    I think the count for the foundation chain for the 1x/2x is incorrect. Please check this. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      I’m so sorry about that. Thank you for catching that and taking the time to alert me. I’m going to look into it and I’ll correct in the blog post and in the PDF asap!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Rachel
    January 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hi!!
    Absolutely STUNNING pattern and I’m so excited to make it! I have a quick question for Row 1: Hbdc in fourth ch from hook, hbdc in next 7 [7, 7, 13, 7, 13, 13] ch, *sk 1 ch, [puff, ch 1, puff] in next ch, sk 1 ch, hbdc in next 9 ch**; rep from * to ** 3 [4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] more times; hbdc in next 12 ch;) – does this mean a total of 21 hbdc? Meaning, after the final repeat including the 9 hbdc, we’re doing an additional 12? Thanks SO much!

    Reply

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