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Easy Fringed Crochet Long Cardigan – Free Pattern

This long, lacy boho crochet cardigan comes together easily with simple stitches (and it's almost seamless!) Add the pockets and enjoy it year round! Free pattern that includes plus sizes.

Minimal counting and two short seams come together in an easy, crochet long cardigan that’s perfect for layering. Get the full free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Exaggerated fringe, open stitch work and flatteringly drapey yarn come together to make a very easy cardigan that’s perfect for laying year round. Free pattern!

This free crochet long cardigan pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

By using treble crochet and floppy worsted weight yarn, you’ll work through this cardigan quickly and twirling your fringe in no time! This is one of the comfiest crochet pieces I’ve ever worn and I’m so excited to share all the details with you. Keep reading for more about the yarn and inspiration and a video preview or scroll down for the free pattern.

Very easy free crochet sweater pattern. Stitch detail showing pattern made from simple treble crochet and half double crochet stitches.

A Crochet Long Cardigan That Was Made For the American Southwest

For the last three years, my family has taken a mountain biking trip to Moab, Utah. This year as we were planning the AirBnB rental, who would cook what each night and what rides we’d attempt, my mom and I were also busy scheming a crocheted long cardigan that would be perfect to photograph against the backdrop of the red rocks of Moab.

And holy smokes–isn’t Utah beautiful!? I just adore this landscape. Paired with the exaggerated fringe and fantastic drape of this sweater, everything about the Moab desert complimented the boho crochet cardigan vibe we were going for.

This long boho crochet cardigan comes together easily with simple stitches (and it's almost seamless!) Add the pockets and enjoy it year round! Free pattern including plus sizes.

Wear This Long Crochet Cardigan Year Round

Sometimes you just need a statement piece that makes an otherwise average outfit look really intentional. When designing this pattern, we wanted to create a crochet cardigan that felt summery enough to toss on over a sundress, but also versatile enough to wear with leggings and a long sleeve shirt in the fall.

This long, lacy boho crochet cardigan comes together easily with simple stitches (and it's almost seamless!) Add the pockets and enjoy it year round! Free pattern that includes plus sizes.

How to Customize Your Boho Cardigan

It’s really easy to customize this cardigan because the construction is super simple to begin with. You’ll work the fronts and back in one large seamless piece and then add the sleeves by picking up stitches around the armholes, again eliminating the need for seaming.

To make your long crochet cardigan extra long, similar to a crochet duster, simply work extra rows in the body section. To make it shorter just eliminate some of the rows in the body before you divide for the armholes. And you can leave the fringe off for a less free-spirited look that you can wear to work. (Unless, of course, your office is a field of daisies. Then by all means, fringe away!)

Free long crochet duster pattern featuring Lion Brand ZZ Twist yarn in the color Ecru. Close up of boho fringe.

My Favorite Yarn for Warm Weather Crochet

As my mom and I expected, Lion Brand’s ZZ Twist proved to be the perfect yarn to use to achieve the flowey, slinky and lightweight effect we were going for with this crocheted long cardigan. (We also used it in the Free Range Kimono pattern last summer!)

Have you tried this yarn yet? Apparently, it’s spun the opposite way as most other yarns, which makes it easier to roll off your hook while crocheting. In any case, the drape of the yarn itself is so spot on that I’d use it even if it wasn’t so easy to crochet with. Ha. You can find more of our free crochet patterns using ZZ Twist here and see all the colors it comes in here.

UPDATE: Lion Brand created a kit from this pattern that includes all the yarn you’ll need to make your Solstice Sweater, plus a printed copy of the pattern. You can grab your kit here!

This almost seamless long crochet cardigan pattern is perfect for beginners. Wear this boho sweater with pockets year round! Free pattern.
This almost seamless long crochet cardigan pattern is perfect for beginners. Wear this boho sweater with pockets year round! Free pattern.

Get a Preview of the Solstice Sweater In Action

Sometimes it’s hard to tell in a photo what a crochet pattern really looks like and get a feel for what the fabric will be like when you wear it. So for this long crochet cardigan pattern,  I put together a little preview video of the sweater in action.

In a quick 30 seconds, I think you’ll really get a sense of how comfy, flowy and flattering this cardigan is. (And be sure to watch to the final scene where you can see my sister twirl her little bohemian heart out! I was laughing out loud editing this part of the video.)

More Free Crochet Cardigan Patterns

If crochet cardigans are your jam like me, here are some more free patterns you might enjoy. All of them include video tutorials as well. You can always check out all our free crochet sweater patterns here.

Four easy crochet sweater patterns that include video tutorials.

1.Remix Cardigan + Video / 2. Alchemy Cardigan + Video / 3.Habitat Cardigan + Video / 4.Day Date Cardigan + Video

The Solstice Sweater
Free Long Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

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Explanation:
Exaggerated fringe, open stitch work and flatteringly drapey yarn come together to make a very easy carefree cardigan that’s perfect for laying year round.

With very little increasing or decreasing and only two short seams in the entire sweater, this pattern is approachable for confident beginners. The main sweater fronts and backs are worked in one piece and sleeve stitches are picked up around armhole (no seams!) By using treble crochet and floppy worsted-weight yarn, you’ll work through this cardigan quickly and be twirling your fringe in no time!

Supplies:
Purchase a handy kit with all the yarn + a printed copy of the pattern here.
• Lion Brand ZZ Twist (Weight: 4/medium –  246 yds, 3.5 oz)
Ecru (763-098) – 7 (8, 10, 11, 12) skeins [ (approx. 670 (795, 900, 1030, 1165) g)]
• Tapestry needle
Size J hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• Piece of stiff cardboard approximately 9” tall
• Scissors

Size             Fits Bust    Length (without fringe)
S/M:28-34”32.75”
M/L:34-40”34”
L/1X:40-46”34”
1X/2X:46-52”35.25”
2X/3X:52-58”36.5”

Sample pictured is a M/L on a 5’8” model with a 38” bust.

Gauge:
6.5 rows worked in pattern (3.5 rows of hdc + 3 rows of tr “X”s) = 4”
15 hdc = 4”

Note: When working gauge swatch, keep in mind that gauge listed above includes some natural stretch from the weight of the sweater. If your swatch is slightly shorter than gauge, it will likely stretch to the right size in the completed cardigan.

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
dec – decrease
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet two together (see below)
pm – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
rsc – reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble crochet
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over

Special Stitches:
hdc2tog: Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, draw hook through all 4 loops.

Overall Pattern + Sizing Notes:
• Ch 2 at beginning of row counts as 1 hdc throughout.

• Ch 4 at beginning of row counts as 1 tr throughout.

This long, lacy boho crochet cardigan comes together easily with simple stitches (and it's almost seamless!) Add the pockets and enjoy it year round! Free pattern that includes plus sizes.

MAIN SWEATER BODY

Notes:
• Fronts and back are worked at one time from the bottom up until you divide for armholes.

• To make a longer or shorter sweater, eliminate or work additional rows of main sweater body before dividing for front.

Preferred Foundation Row 1 (RS): Fhdc 112 (134, 158, 180, 202).

Alternative Foundation Row: Ch 113 (135, 159, 181, 203).
Alternative Foundation Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch to end of row; turn. [112 (134, 158, 180, 202) hdc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 4, sk first hdc, *sk next hdc, tr in next hdc, working behind last tr made, tr in skipped hdc (X made), rep from * until turning ch remains, tr in turning ch; turn. [55, (66, 78, 89, 100) Xs; 2 tr]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 2, sk first hdc, hdc in each st to end of row; turn. [112 (134, 158, 180, 202) hdc]

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 23” (approximately 17 times), or to desired length. End with a Row 3. Do not fasten off.

Dividing For Front

Place markers between stitches so that the following sections have the appropriate number of stitches listed:

Left Front: 24 (32, 38, 43, 48) sts, pm
Back: 64 (70, 82, 94, 106) sts, pm
Right Front: 24 (32, 38, 43, 48) sts

Keeping in pattern as established, work each section between markers separately, starting with left front.

Left Front:

Working only between edge and next marker indicating end of Left Front, repeat Rows 2 and 3 from previous section 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) times. Fasten off leaving a 20” tail.

Back:

With WS facing, attach yarn in first st of Back section on right side (left-handed crocheters: left side). Working only between markers indicating Back, repeat Rows 2 and 3 from previous section 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) times. Fasten off leaving a 20” tail.

Right Front:

With WS facing, attach yarn in first st of Right Front section on right side (left-handed crocheters: left side). Working only between marker indicating end of Right Front and edge, repeat Rows 2 and 3 from previous section 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) times. Fasten off leaving a 20” tail.

Seaming:

With right sides facing each other, use stitch markers to pin Right Front to Back and Left Front to Back at shoulders. Use tapestry needle and tails left from fastening off to seam shoulders working through the back loop only.

SLEEVES

Notes:
• Sleeves are picked up along armhole opening and worked in the round.

• Sleeves are worked in unturned rounds with the RS always facing.

• Since there is extra length from the Main Body section, sleeves are different  lengths for all sizes. To make sleeves longer once Last Round is complete, work additional rounds in the pattern without decreasing.

With RS facing, attach yarn at underarm of either armhole opening.

Round 1: Ch 2, work 53 (61, 63, 67, 75) hdc evenly around armhole opening, sl st to ch-2 from beginning of round to join. [54 (62, 64, 68, 76) hdc]

Round 2 (RS): Ch 4, sk first hdc, *sk next hdc, tr in next hdc, working behind last tr made, tr in skipped hdc (X made), rep from * until turning ch remains, tr in turning ch, sl st to ch-4 from beginning of round to join. [26 (30, 31, 33, 37) Xs, 2 tr]

Round 3: Ch 2, sk first hdc, hdc in each st to end of round, sl st to ch-2 from beginning of round to join. [54 (62, 64, 68, 76) hdc]

Round 4: Rep Round 2. [26 (30, 31, 33, 37) Xs, 2 tr]

Round 5 (dec): Ch 2, sk first hdc, hdc2tog, hdc in each st until 3 sts remain, hdc2tog, hdc in last st, sl st to ch-2 from beginning of round to join. [52 (60, 62, 66, 74) hdc]

Round 6: Rep Round 2. [25 (29, 30, 32, 36) Xs, 2 tr]

Round 7: Rep Round 3. [52 (60, 62, 66, 74) hdc]

Round 8: Rep Round 2. [25 (29, 30, 32, 36) Xs, 2 tr]

Round 9 (dec): Rep Round 5. [50 (58, 60, 64, 72) hdc]

SIZES  S/M (M/L, L/1X) ONLY:
Rounds 10-25: Rep Rounds 6-9 four (four, three) more times, then Rnds 8-9 zero (zero, two) more times. Sleeve should have 42 (50, 48) hdc at end of Round 25. Move on to Round 26.

SIZES 1X/2X ( 2X/3X) ONLY:
Rounds 10-25: Rep Rounds 8-9 eight times. Sleeve should have 48 (56) hdc at end of Round 25.

Round 26: Rep Round 2. [22 (26) Xs, 2 tr]

Move on to Last Round.

SIZES S/M (M/L) ONLY:
Round 26: Rep Round 2. [20 (24, 23) Xs, 2 tr]

Round 27 (dec): Rep Round 5. [40 (48) hdc]

Rounds 28-29: Rep Rounds 26-27 once more. Sleeve should have 38 (46) hdc at end of Round 29.

Round 30: Rep Round 2. [18 (22) Xs, 2 tr]

ALL SIZES:
Last Round: Ch 2, sk first st [hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 35 (7, 7, 21, 4) sts] 1 (5, 5, 2, 9) time(s), 0 (0, 2, 1, 1) hdc, sl st to ch-2 from beginning of round to join. [37 (41, 43, 46, 47) hdc]

Sleeve Edging (RS): Ch 1, rsc in each hdc to end of round, sl st to ch from beginning of round to join. [37 (41, 43, 46, 47) rsc]

POCKETS

Make 2.

Preferred Foundation Row 1 (RS): Fhdc 30.

Alternative Foundation Row: Ch 31.
Alternative Foundation Row 1 (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch to end of row; turn. (30 hdc)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 4, sk first hdc, *sk next hdc, tr in next hdc, working behind last tr made, tr in skipped hdc (X made), rep from * until turning ch remains, tr in turning ch; turn. (14 Xs, 2 tr)

Row 3 (RS): Ch 2, sk first hdc, hdc in each st to end of row; turn. (30 hdc)

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 seven more times. End with a Row 3.

Row 18 (WS): Ch 1, sc in each hdc; turn. (30 sc)

Pocket Edging (RS): Ch 1, rsc in each sc. Fasten off leaving a 30” tail.

FINISHING

Edging on Main Sweater Body:
With WS facing, attach yarn at bottom of right front (this is the left side when wearing sweater). Left-handed crocheters, attach yarn at bottom of left front.

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc evenly along edge of first front, along back of neck and down edge of second front; turn.

Row 2: (RS): Ch 1, rsc in each sc along edges of fronts and neck. Fasten off.

Attaching Pockets:
Using stitch markers, pin WS of pocket to RS of sweater as pictured. Thread leftover yarn tail on tapestry needle and whip stitch pocket in place. Repeat for second pocket.

Adding Fringe:
Fringe pieces need to measure approx. 18” long before adding them to cardigan. To quickly cut fringe pieces of all the same length, wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard or a thin book that is approximately 9” tall. Cut at one end.

With RS facing, begin at one corner of cardigan bottom. Insert hook from the front of cardigan toward back and grab three strands of fringe. Pull fringe partially up to front of cardigan. Insert fingers through resulting loop of fringe and pull fringe tails through loop.

Repeat along cardigan bottom so fringe sections are quite close together. Trim as desired. (Fringe pictured in sample is approx. 8.5” long.)

Toss on your newly finished sweater, pop a flower behind your ear and head out to frolic in your fringe!

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More Free Crochet Boho Patterns

Nurture your inner free spirit with these additional bohemian free crochet patterns from Make & Do Crew! You can always find all our free crochet patterns here.

Four free bohemian crochet patterns including a bag, a fringed purse, a poncho and crochet boots with flip flop soles.

1. Saratoga Poncho Top – This easy crochet top is made from two simple rectangles.

2. Moonrise Boho Purse – A richly textured bag with instructions for an optional leather strap.

3. Urban Nomad Boho Bag – The creative construction of this fringed bag will keep you interested until the last stitch.

4. Taos Slipper Boots – Crocheted on top of a pair of flip flops, these cozy mukluk style boots are as cozy as they look.

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14 Comments

  • Dina
    June 1, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I love love love this cardi! Where can I find the tutorial?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 13, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Hey Dina,

      Unfortunately, this pattern doesn’t have a tutorial per-say besides the detailed pattern instructions. If there’s enough interest though, I’ll consider creating a video.

      Thanks,

      Jess

      Reply
      • Joanne Walker
        August 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

        Please could you do a tutorial. I find it helps

        Reply
  • Eileen
    June 1, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Where is the tutorial?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 13, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      Hey Eileen,

      I’m sorry, this pattern doesn’t have a tutorial per-say besides the detailed pattern instructions. If there’s enough interest in one, I’ll consider creating a video.

      Thanks,

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sally
    June 1, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Love the open work and fringe! Do you have a similar pattern with a high low hem? I think it would really be cool with the fringed bottom!

    Reply
  • Diana D Marion
    June 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I love your webpage so very much, I can dream while perusing and this time I got the pattern and ordered the zz lion brand yarn so when I go to our Sierra Mountain cabin this month I’ll have the most fun project to create.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 13, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      That sounds like a wonderful way to spend your mountain vacation! Happy crocheting, Diana. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sybille Piorr Beland
    June 2, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Hi is it possible tu use any weight 4 yarn?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      I think so. 🙂 I’d make a gauge swatch and compare it to the gauge listed in the pattern. That’ll give you an idea of if you need to change your hook size to end up with a sweater that fits you. Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Joanne Walker
    June 3, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Good morning

    I cant seem to find the link for the video for the Boho cardigan

    Reply
  • Joanne Walker
    June 3, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Hi apologies not Boho but Solstice Cardigan video

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Hey Joanne,
      Do you use an ad-blocker? If so, you’ll have to turn it off to view the video. 🙂

      Then you can find it right above the pattern. Happy crocheting!
      Jess

      Reply

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