Learn how to make the Habitat Cardigan step-by-step in this beginner crochet sweater video tutorial! Reference Part 1 and Part 2 of the free pattern while you work along with the free video lesson. Alternatively, you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF of the complete pattern here.
This beginner crochet sweater video tutorial is part of an ongoing collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post may contain affiliate links.
I've loved seeing so many of you get started on your Habitat Cardigans since I shared the free pattern. (If you'd like to show off your stitches too, tag me on Instagram (@makeanddocrew) and use #habitatcardigan.)
As I was editing the video tutorial this weekend, I was reminded of how legitimately simple this crochet cardigan is. A series of basic rectangles come together to form a super comfy, drapey, effortlessly cool sweater--and it's no harder than crocheting a scarf!
Based on a few questions I've received about the Habitat Cardigan, I thought I'd run through a couple of FAQs before we get started with this beginner crochet sweater video tutorial. (And if you like to learn by watching video tutorials, you can find all my crochet video tutorials here!)
What if my gauge isn't the same as what's listed in the pattern?
Getting the right gauge is what will ensure your cardigan is the same size as the measurements listed in the pattern. This sweater has a significant amount of positive ease, so if you're off by a smidge, it'll likely still work out. If you're off by more than a stitch or so though, I recommend changing your hook size to adjust the tightness or looseness of your stitches.
Keep in mind that the sweater will stretch a bit once worn, so if necessary, I recommend erring on the side of a slightly smaller rather than larger gauge.
Can I substitute a lighter/heavier yarn?
I chose Lion Brand Heartland yarn for this pattern because it's washable, has beautiful drape and is quite affordable for a larger project like this. If you'd like to use a yarn that's a different weight, I suggest doing a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches you need in your initial rectangle chain in order to achieve the rectangle dimensions listed in the pattern. (Then be sure to chain an odd number of stitches to begin.)
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Can I work extra rows to make it longer?
Sure! If you finish your rectangle rows and see that your rectangle is a bit shorter than the dimmensions listed in the pattern, feel free to work some extra rows until it's the correct size. Or if you just want a longer overall sweater, work extra rows of the "tush extension," just make sure to crochet an odd number of rows so that you end with a RS row.
Will this crochet sweater fall off my shoulders?
Some shrug-type sweaters tend to be a bit back heavy and therefore fall off your shoulders easily. The Habitat Cardigan has a pretty substantial collar in the front though that helps serve as a effective counterweight to keep the sweater comfortably in place. (Unless of course, it's 90 degrees like it was when I took the photo at the top of this post. Then it can easily drape off your shoulders intentionally in a casual, sexy way. Ha.)
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Alright, I really hope you make something you're proud of with this beginner crochet sweater video tutorial! I wore my sweater around NYC recently for my visit to Lion Brand and it felt like a great big hug--a hug that I MADE MYSELF! Woohoo!
The Habitat Cardigan
Beginner Crochet Sweater Video Tutorial
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Habitat Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern - Part 1
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4. Up North Cardigan - This easy, cotton crochet cardigan pattern for beginners uses a very simple construction to create a show-stopping look with entry level skills.