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Cocoon Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern

You'd never guess by looking at this sweater that it's made from two simple rectangles! The "Cocoon Cardigan" free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe."

You’d never guess by looking at this sweater that it’s made from two simple rectangles! The “Cocoon Cardigan” free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. As always the free pattern is below or you can purchase the printable, ad-free PDF here.


    You'd never guess by looking at this free crochet sweater pattern that it's made from two simple rectangles! The "Cocoon Cardigan" free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe."  This beginner crochet sweater pattern is a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

Is there anything that you think you’re just intellectually incapable of doing? Like, you just couldn’t do enough brain yoga to attain a certain skill or achieve a desired result?

I’ll give you some of mine: designing a decent looking and functional spreadsheet, cleaning up one project before starting another and designing a crochet sweater.

the-cocoon-cardigan-free-crochet-pattern-10Well, I haven’t made a spreadsheet (even an ugly one), I’m still sitting amidst a dozen 97% finished projects, but I HAVE designed a crochet sweater!

I was just always so intimidated by figuring out the mechanics of a sweater. Sleeves? Drape? Sizing? Ugh. Where do you even begin?

With two rectangles that’s where. I’m so excited about this “Cocoon Cardigan” free crochet pattern because it’s literally made from two super basic shapes. If you can crochet a scarf, I think I can teach you how to make this simple sweater pattern.

You'd never guess by looking at this sweater that it's made from two simple rectangles! The "Cocoon Cardigan" free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe." For this “Cocoon Cardigan” free crochet pattern, I used Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn. (Remember this Faux Cabled Bun Beanie or the fingerless mitts project in my Modern Crochet 101 course, both made with Woolspun? Clearly I love this yarn!) The reason I chose Woolspun yarn for this project is because it’s surprisingly light for how nice and chunky it is. The result is a quick cardigan project that has beautiful drape and almost a certain “bounce” from the light, yet substantial, yarn.

UPDATE: Lion Brand has created a kit that includes all the yarn you need to make this cardigan as well as a copy of the printable pattern. You can score the kit for 20% off through March 14, 2017! Check out the Cocoon Cardigan kit here.

You'd never guess by looking at this sweater that it's made from two simple rectangles! The "Cocoon Cardigan" free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe." I love that I can roll this cardigan up and carry it in my purse for if I get cold at a restaurant, movie or let’s be honest, anywhere I ever go because I always seem to be cold. The “Cocoon Cardigan” free crochet pattern is quite like it sounds–a cozy cocoon to wrap up in on a chilly day.

You'd never guess by looking at this sweater that it's made from two simple rectangles! The Cocoon Cardigan free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe." (This is apparently the face I make when trying to teach my husband how to use the “fancy” camera while also looking like a natural “model,” which feels extremely unnatural for me.)

Double crochet through the front loop creates excellent drape for a loose and draped crochet cardiganThis cardigan free crochet pattern and tutorial includes a lot of photos. It’s always my goal to include enough information for a newer crocheter to be able to successfully dive into my projects. To this end, I put together a quick tutorial below on how to work the ribbing on this sweater pattern. I definitely recommend taking a gander at it as it’s so much easier to comprehend some of this fairly straightforward techniques in video than in writing.

And of course, if you’d like this crochet cardigan pattern in one nice, tidy printable package, you can always purchase the downloadable PDF here. (All of the helpful photos are grouped at the back of the pattern so you can choose to print them or conserve ink.)

You'd never guess by looking at this sweater that it's made from two simple rectangles! The Cocoon Cardigan free crochet pattern is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project. Made with Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in "Taupe." Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell or donate with this pattern. In exchange, please link back to this post and credit me as the designer. You can view all my policies hereDo NOT use my photos as your own sales photos. ­­Now go make something awesome!

Thanks to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post and enabling more free patterns on Make & Do Crew. All opinions and ideas are my own.  

The Cocoon Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern

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Sizes + Measurements:
One size fits most adult women. The draped nature of this cardigan accommodates a wide range of body sizes.

Laying flat, the blocked measurements are as follows:
Height – collar to bottom ribbing: Approx. 31″
Width – left armhole to right armhole: Approx. 24″

To adjust the pattern size, reduce or increase the width (the number of rows worked) of the top rectangle by the same number of inches as you increase or decrease the length (the number of stitches in one row) of the bottom rectangle. (See photo E.)

Supplies:
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• (5) Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun in “Taupe” – approx. 635 yards/500 g (purchase the kit here!)
• Tapestry needle
• Size N [10.0 mm] crochet hook
Size L [8.0 mm] crochet hook
• Scissors
• Iron for blocking
• T-pins for blocking

Gauge:
• Sweater after blocking: 7 dc = 4”, 4.5 rows = 4”
• Ribbing: 6 hdc = 2”, 4 rows = 2”

Abbreviations (US Terms):
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
dcflo – double crochet through the front loop only
st – stitch
tch – turning chain
sl st – slip stitch
sk – skip
yo – yarn over
tch – turning chain

Notes:
• Cardigan is worked in two large rectangles that are joined and then finished with ribbing.
• When attaching yarn to work a new section of the sweater, my preference is to use a slip knot. To do this, make a slip knot and insert your hook. Then insert your hook in sweater where yarn will be attached. Yo and pull loop through slip knot on hook. Tighten slip knot.

Bottom Sweater Panel

Notes:
• After row 1, the double crochets are all worked into the front loop of the previous row of stitches.
• Beginning in row 2, instead of chaining 3 at the beginning of each row, you’ll be working two single crochet on top of each other. This minimizes the gap usually created by the chains in a row of double crochet. See photo below this section for a tutorial in how to do this technique.

(Make one.)

Using larger hook, Ch 28.

Row 1: Sk first 3 dc (counts as 1 dc), dc in each ch; turn. (25 dc)

Row 2: Sc in front loop of first dc, sc in front post of the previous sc (counts as 1 dc), dcflo in each remaining dc, turn. (25 dc) (See photo A for help.)

Repeat row 2 until piece measures 27.5” (approx. 25 rows). Fasten off.

How to avoid the gap in the turning chain of double crochet stitchesTechnique for avoiding gap in turning chain for double crochet stitches:
1. (Do not chain.) Insert hook in front loop of first double crochet.
2. Complete normal single crochet.
3. Insert hook under front post of single crochet from step 2.
4. Complete normal single crochet.
(The resulting double decker single crochet counts as one dc.)

Top Sweater Panel

(Make one.)

Using larger hook, Ch 103.

Row 1: Sk first 3 dc (counts as 1 dc), dc in each ch; turn. (100 dc)

Row 2: Sc in front loop of first dc, sc in front post of the previous sc (counts as 1 dc), dcflo in each remaining dc, turn. (100)

Rows 3-10: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Blocking Both Panels

Pin and block the sweater panels to the following measurements. (This step is essential to getting the correct sizing and drape for your sweater.)            

Top Panel: 55”x11”
Bottom Panel: 26”x14”

If you’re using Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn for this (or any yarn with an acrylic component), you can block your pieces by spritzing them with the steam of an iron from about 5” away. Be cautious not to get the steam super close to the yarn or touch the iron to the yarn because this will “kill” the acrylic and change the texture of the yarn.

Sewing the Panels Together

On the bottom side of the top panel, mark the 25th stitch from left edge. Mark the 25th stitch from the right edge. (See photo B for placement.)

Using safety pins or stitch markers, pin the bottom panel to the top panel being sure to attach the upper corners of the bottom panel between the stitch markers on the top panel. (See photo below for clarification.)

Sew pieces together along pinned edge using the mattress stitch.

Fold sides of top panel down to meet the bottom edge of bottom panel. Mark 10th stitch from the bottom of the sweater on both the front and back (top and bottom panels). Repeat for second side of sweater. (See second photo below.)

Attach yarn at side seam at the sweater bottom. With RS of sweater facing you, seam upward using the mattress stitch. Stop once marked stitch has been seamed. Fasten off. Repeat for second side. (See mattress stitch video tutorial here. Note that for this instance, instead of sewing only through one loop of each stitch as in the video, you should sew through both loops of each stitch.)

How to crochet a simple cardigan sweater with double crochet. Photo tutorial and step by step instructions.How to crochet a simple cardigan sweater with double crochet. Photo tutorial and step by step instructions.

Ribbing at Bottom of Sweater

Notes:
• See the ribbing tutorial video above for a demonstration of this technique. Note that the video is in reference to adding the collar ribbing, but the technique is the same for this section.
• In addition, 1DogWoof has an excellent video that illustrates this technique of adding ribbing. Note that the stitch counts for her ribbing are different than what is included here, but the basic concept is the same.
• The ribbing is worked in the first (front) of three possible loops in a half double crochet stitch. (See photo below.)
• When you’re slip stitching into the bottom edge of the sweater to attach the ribbing, insert your hook under the nearest two strands of yarn in the sweater bottom panel. One strand will not be strong enough to support the weight of the ribbing and three strands will begin to make a bulky seam where the ribbing meets the sweater. See video tutorial above this pattern for more information.
• The chain 2 at the beginning of row 3 and subsequent odd numbered rows doesn’t count as a stitch.
• Important! For even number rows, be certain to keep working yarn in front of the row you’re working and not behind it as you usually might. (See photo below.)

cocoon-cardigan-sweater-free-crochet-pattern-1Attach yarn with a slip knot at bottom front corner of sweater on what would be the left side when wearing it.

Using smaller (L) hook, ch 11.

Row 1: Hdc in second chain from hook, hdc in each ch, sl st onto bottom edge of sweater, 2 sl sl along sweater edge; turn. (10 hdc) (See photo below or video tutorial above.)

Row 2: (Keep yarn in front of hook.) Hdc in fourth st from hook working only through the first loop, hdc in first loop of each hdc; turn. (10 hdc)

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in first loop of each hdc, sl st onto bottom edge of sweater, 2 sl sl along sweater edge; turn. (10 hdc)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 around entire sweater bottom. If ending with a row 2, do not fasten off yarn. If ending with a row 3, fasten yarn off.

How to add half double crochet crochet ribbing to a sweater or cardigan. Photo and video tutorial.

Collar Ribbing

Notes:
• For the first and last approx. 4” of collar ribbing (while working along bottom ribbing section), the slip stitches to join the ribbing to the sweater edge are worked at a slightly different interval than for the rest of the collar ribbing. In row 3, for example, work first sl st into the stitch directly above stitch row 1 was attached in. (Therefore, each stitch along sweater edge should be slip stitched into once.) See the ribbing tutorial video above for a demonstration of this technique.

For the remainder of the collar ribbing that isn’t worked into the bottom ribbing, work the first sl st of a row 3 into the same st the previous row 3 was attached in. (Therefore, every third stitch along the sweater edge should be slipped into twice.) See video for far clearer instructions!
• The chain 2 at the beginning of row 3 and subsequent odd numbered rows doesn’t count as a stitch.
• Important! For even number rows, be certain to keep working yarn in front of the row you’re working and not behind it as you usually might. (See photo E.)

With RS of sweater facing out, use a slip knot to attach yarn at bottom corner of ribbing at what is the right side of the sweater when wearing it.

Using smaller (L) hook, ch 6.

Row 1: Hdc in second chain from hook, hdc in each ch, sl st onto edge of sweater, 2 sl sl along sweater edge; turn. (5 hdc)

Row 2: (Keep yarn in front of hook.) Hdc in fourth st from hook working only through the first loop, hdc in first loop of each hdc; turn. (5 hdc)

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc in first loop of each hdc, sl st onto edge of sweater, 2 sl sl along sweater edge; turn. (5 hdc)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 around entire collar. Fasten off. 

Sleeves

Notes:
• If you’re right-handed, work the sleeve clockwise. If you’re left-handed, work it counter clockwise.
• For rounds 2 and 3, work first sc in the same sc you sl st into at the end of the previous round. When ending a round, do not work a sc in the sl st from the previous round.

With RS facing, attach yarn at bottom of sleeve.

Round 1: Using smaller (L) hook, ch 1, sc in same st yarn attached in, sc around sleeve working 1 sc in each st, sl st to first sc of round to join. Do not turn.

Round 2: Ch 1, scblo in each sc, sl st to first sc of round to join. Do not turn.

Round 3: Repeat round 2.

Fasten off. Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and Final Blocking

Weave in ends. Lightly block cardigan ribbing using the same steam technique used previously. There is no need to pin the finished sweater to block it this time unless there is an area you want to stretch or smooth out.

Curl up in your new cocoon cardigan like a cozy little caterpillar!

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30 Comments

  • Pat Heath
    February 4, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I already have PDF , can’t ever download your patterns ?????

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      I’m sorry, Pat. I’m not sure I understand your question. Did you purchase the printable PDF?

      Reply
    • Robbie
      February 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Pat you need to hi-light the pattern then clink on print to get the pattern,

      Reply
  • Sierra
    February 4, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    This is a great pattern! Crocheting a garment is one of my goals for 2017. This cardigan looks like an easy starting place. Thanks for sharing your talent & patterns.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Sierra! You will seriously feel like a DIY superhero when you make that first garment. It’s such an empowering feeling! I’d love to see what you make! (Even if it’s not one of my patterns.) 🙂

      Reply
  • Charmaine
    February 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Gorgeous cardigan! Putting this on my “to hook” liar! Thanks for the pattern!

    Reply
    • Charmaine
      February 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      *list not liar! Stupid autocorrect! ?

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Yay! My “to hook” list could last a lifetime. 🙂

      PS. My mother-in-law’s name is Charmaine. It’s a beautiful and unique name that I don’t hear that often!

      Reply
  • Robbie
    February 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Oh my gosh how cute is this, Thank you

    Reply
  • Jo
    February 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    How awesome! I love this pattern of yours, Jess, thank you!) I’ll be having a go at making it this weekend. ? And to think I accidentally stumbled across this site. Definitely subscribed.❤

    Reply
  • Janis Rubie
    March 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Your pattern is a sensation!! ‘I’d like to make 2 of each panel and stitch both ‘T’ shapes together leaving a sizable opening on top in the middle for the head. Embellish or leave plain @ the neck and shoulders. If I’ve explained myself correctly you could have a comfy, slouchy, and warm pullover sweater.

    Reply
  • Janis Rubie
    March 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Your pattern is a sensation!! ‘I’d like to make 2 of each panel and stitch both ‘T’ shapes together leaving a sizable opening on top in the middle for the head. Embellish or leave plain @ the neck and shoulders. If I’ve explained myself correctly you could have a comfy, slouchy, and warm pullover sweater. (I’m new to things of the computer world. So please forgive if I do everything wrong. No one to help guide me.) Thank you.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Oh yes! I think I understand! Sort of like a big oversized “T” shaped pullover? That sounds awesome! I would love to see a photo if you try it. I might have to also! 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Chris
    March 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Are the bottom and top panels made with the N or L hook? This is so cute! Can’t wait to get started.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Great question. I’ll clarify that in the pattern. Both rectangles are made with the N hook. The L is just for the ribbing. Thanks for asking because I bet other people are wondering too!

      Reply
  • Bethany Greenwood
    March 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I really liked this pattern, but after blocking in the way you suggested it’s still quite short, if made another but added extra rows would that work too?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Hey Bethany,

      If you add extra rows to the back “bottom rectangle piece, I’d also add some length to the top rectangle so that they can meet at the right point at the bottom. (So I’d work the bottom rectangle first, then see how many inches you added and add the same number of inches in chains on either side of the top rectangle.)

      Does that make any sense at all? 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Janet Smith
    May 5, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Do you think this will be ok made in cotton yarn? And would u have to add anywhere?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hey Janet,
      I think you could indeed use cotton yarn. It would make the sweater a little heavier most likely, since this Woolspun yarn is pretty light and bouncy. Also, you’d want a cotton yarn with the same weight as this yarn. (If it’s thinner, like worsted weight, you’ll just probably want to add a bit of length to the back rectangle piece and therefore, a bit of length to the horizontal rectangle piece.)

      Hope that makes sense.:)

      Jess

      Reply
  • Klara
    June 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Craziest most confusing shrug pattern I’ve ever seen😱 I love it unfortunately

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 18, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Haha, well, I’m happy to help you if you have any trouble as you work. The foundation of it is two simple rectangles, so I hope that part comes together fairly easily. Then the video on the ribbing should offer some guidance as well. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sarah Sanches
    June 29, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    I love your designs! I also love that you’re from Colorado too. One question, will you be making patterns for plus size people too? I think I’m the only chunky monkey in the metro area lol but just adding inches to a pattern does not always work. Keep up the fabulous work!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Sarah! So fun to hear from a fellow Coloradan! Haha, Denver can really make anyone feel like they should be out running a triathlon or something, can’t it? I always try to add as many details as possible on how to customize a pattern, but I also try to avoid speculating about making a version I’m unsure about. I’ll def keep your feedback in mind as I want crocheting clothing you feel good in to be accessible to everyone.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Madonna
    June 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I can’t understand what you mean in this “Sleeves

    Notes:
    • If you’re right-handed, work the sleeve clockwise. If you’re left-handed, work it counter clockwise.
    • For rounds 2 and 3, work first sc in the same sc you sl st into at the end of the previous round. When ending a round, do not work a sc in the sl st from the previous round.”
    Can you explain it to me?

    With RS facing, attach yarn at bottom of sleeve”

    Reply
  • Emilce
    August 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! Today I finished this cardigan! You did a great job with the pattern! Very easy to make and to understand. I´m so proud I made the whole of it all by myself!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Cheers from Argentina

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Emilce! I am so proud of you too! That’s fantastic! I really hope you enjoy wearing it. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Angela
    August 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    would love to know where this free pattern is located. The heading says free pattern!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Hey Angela,

      The free pattern is right above this comment area, right below the pink heading that says “Cocoon Cardigan”.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply

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