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The Habitat Cardigan – Beginner Crochet Sweater Video Tutorial

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.

Beautiful! This casual bat-sleeved crochet sweater is made from a simple rectangle. Free beginner crochet sweater pattern and tutorial from Make and Do Crew.
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!

Beautiful! This casual bat-sleeved crochet sweater is made from a simple rectangle. Free beginner crochet sweater pattern and tutorial from Make and Do Crew.

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.

Learn how to make an easy first garment in this beginner crochet sweater video tutorial. Follow along with the free crochet pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn.

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.)

You can grab a kit from Lion Brand with all the yarn necessary to make your Habitat Cardigan, plus a pattern PDF formatted for printing pattern here.

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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.

Learn how to make an easy cardigan from a simple rectangle in this beginner crochet sweater video tutorial. Follow along with the free crochet pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Heartland yarn.

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.)

More Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

Does this easy Habitat cardigan have you jonesin’ for more free crochet sweater patterns?! If so, here are some of the most loved on M&DC.

Free crochet patterns for sweaters.

1. Brunch Cardigan // 2. Staycation Cardigan // 3. Solstice Cardigan // 4. Campfire Cardigan

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

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF of the complete pattern here on or here on Etsy.

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Pin this easy crochet sweater video tutorial for later here.

Links mentioned in the video:
Habitat Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern – Part 1

Habitat Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern – Part 2

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More Free Crochet Cardigan Patterns With Video Tutorials

Are you ready to crochet another cozy sweater? Here are some more free crochet sweater patterns, all with video tutorials included!

Free crochet cardigan patterns with video tutorials included.

1. Day Date Cardigan – Two simple crochet hexagons transform into a lightweight, on-trend cardigan complete with cozy pockets and roomy bishop sleeves. 

2. Alchemy Cardigan – This lightweight sweater is perfect to toss on for some summer stargazing or layer with a long-sleeve shirt in the colder months.

3. Dwell Sweater – Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering chunky crochet sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing.

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.


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  • Terry
    January 20, 2018 at 5:29 am

    It is beautiful thank you so much for the patter and the
    Tutorials I will definitely make this.

    Thanks again
    Terry xoxo

  • Jeane Parker
    January 20, 2018 at 6:22 am

    The video is great, Jess. I can hardly wait to make this sweater!

    • Danielle
      January 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Where is the video? I can’t find it! Thanks!

      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        January 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

        Hey Danielle,

        Just scroll up above this comment area a bit and you’ll see it. It’s below the pink title in the middle of the page that says “video tutorial.”


  • helena
    January 20, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Β‘me encanta la chaqueta!

    • Brenda Porter
      February 5, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Y yo tambien!!!

  • May Dolan
    January 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for video Jess.

  • Christine
    January 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I know this is unrelated to this pattern but wanted to let you know I made 4 pairs of your Moccasins for Christmas Gifts this year. Now need to make a pair for myself..LOL Love your Patterns, Videos thanks so much

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Yay! I love hearing that, Christine! You def do need a pair for yourself now. πŸ™‚

  • Anna
    January 27, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I would like to download the video for the Habitat Cardigan but I am unable to.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 5, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Hey Anna,

      I’m sorry, my video tutorials are not available to download, but you are able to watch them directly on my site. Are you having trouble watching them here?


  • Jerri
    January 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    omg, what if you ended a row too early on the rectangle? It looks like I goofed and quit one row too soon…urg

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Eh, I think it’ll totally be okay! I’d just add one extra row to the tush extension so that you’re ending with a RS row. Make sense?



  • Victoria
    January 30, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    IS There anyway you could better explain how to get gauge for the body of the sweater?
    It says 10 stitches by 10 rows is 4”. So 10 Suzette stitches equals 4”? Or is the 4” comprised of sc and dc stitches?
    I’m totally confused lol

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Hey Victoria,

      The gauge is 10 total stitches, worked in the Suzette pattern. So it’s a combo of sc and dc as described in the main rectangle section. Essentially, to make a gauge swatch, I’d ch about 13-15 stitches in that main rectangle pattern and work several rows and then measure to make sure you have the same number of stitches and rows per inch.

      Hope that makes sense?


      • Claire M. Duvall
        February 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

        Thank you for this pattern–I love it and hope to make it, but need a bit of help.

        I’m new to worrying about gauge because I’ve never made anything that needed to fit better than a scarf. If I understand this correctly, if I crochet the same number of rows as the number of stitches, I should end up with a square. When I measure my 10 stitches by 10 rows, I end up with a piece that is 4″ x 3″. My stitches are taller than my rows are wide. Any idea how I can fix this? I am using a lightweight yarn (#3) and a M hook.

        Thanks so much.

        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          February 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm

          Hey Claire,

          It sounds like your yarn is lighter weight than what I used in the sample, which is a category 4. If you have access to a worsted weight yarn (cat 4), I would go for that as it’ll just be easier to accomplish a successful garment. If you have your heart set on this yarn, you can always work additional rows of the main rectangle in order to make it the final dimensions listed in the pattern. You may also need to work a few extra rows for the sleeve rectangles and collar.

          Good for you for checking your gauge on your first garment! Most people skip this step and it’s so important!


  • Jen
    February 1, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I just LOVE your patterns!!! Thank you!

  • Kat
    February 21, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Can you tell me the size of your model and the size sweater she is wearing? I am making a size small for a client whose elbow to elbow measurement was 29”, and it’s not fitting oversized like your finished pictures.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 22, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Hey Kat,

      The model is wearing a M/L and is about 5’8″. Have you measured the size of your total rectangle and compared it against the rectangle dimensions listed in the pattern? That might help you decode any sizing concerns. πŸ™‚


  • Rene
    March 7, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Help! I’m doing something wrong! I’ve tried many times over the last 5 weeks to make this sweater. I know it’s not rocket science and I know I am capable! Even though I’m a beginner, I’ve successfully made 6 ponchos along with many other crochet projects.
    Tried the gauge three different times, using the same yarn as you and the proper size hook and each time I end up with a 4×3. I then purchased the pattern so I could see all of the measurements and tried adjusting by adding stitches to the foundation chain but it kept working up to be too large.
    On my third attempt, I tried different sized hooks and that didn’t help either. On my last two attempts, I made the foundation row and row one long enough to meet the width needed for a size S/M, measuring carefully after the foundation and after the first row, the measurement was accurate. After adding a few rows on both attempts, it grew by 2 and 1/2 ” each time (I am careful to not stretch the yarn while measuring). Since I am new to crochet, I don’t know if this is normal? Have I handled the yarn so much that it is stretching more?
    I was going to just give up but it’s such a beautiful sweater and your instructions and video make perfect sense; hoping I am just missing something as a novice.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Hey Rene,

      I think you should stick with it! πŸ™‚ The most impt gauge to get right is the width. So before doing the super long chain for the actual sweater, I’d make a gauge swatch like you did (prob like 20 stitches so you can really measure the middle four inches). Change your hook up if you need to to achieve the correct gauge. Then go ahead and start the rectangle. If, once you finish all the rectangle rows in the pattern, your rectangle is too short, simply add more rows until it’s the right height.

      Does that make sense? This pattern is pretty forgiving size-wise, but you want to get in the ballpark so it can fit as pictured in the photos.


  • Ann Williams
    March 23, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Love this sweater and so excited to try it! Question about the yarn – what color did you use in this picture? I love the color and would like get this exact one! Thanks!

  • Heather Allerton
    May 7, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Stupid question when you say elbow to elbow do you mean arms by your side ?

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 7, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Hey! That’s not a stupid Q at all. I mean more like the elbow of the sweater to the elbow of the sweater, so it’s more like if you had your arms spread out like a bird. πŸ™‚

      Happy crocheting!


  • Ana
    May 17, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Hi! I’m from Brazil!
    I’m a begginner and very excited to star!
    Thanks so much for this video, it’s very complet and easy to understand!
    You’re great!
    Thanks a lot!

  • Linda
    October 10, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I’m an experienced crocheted, but I still missed something. I’ve made this, slightly modified, out of Lion Brands β€œJean’…and I love it! But when I went back to the video for the sleeves, I noticed that you were crocheting in (what you called the front loop). I know that as the THIRD loop. The FRONT loop would be on the top stitch closest to you. Front loop, back loop and THIRD loop. So of course my oversized collar will look a little different than my cuffs, which is fine,. Just wish I would have caught that sooner! Love the pattern and all the work that you and the β€˜crew’ have put in! Thanks!


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