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Simple Crochet Jacket – Free Pattern

Blonde woman wearing a casual crochet jacket made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.

Cotton blend yarn lends a natural texture and organic drape to this simple crochet jacket pattern. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch charts here.

Blonde woman wearing a casual crochet cardigan made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.
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This is a cardigan that’s as effortless to make as it is to wear. While the yarn is on the heavier side, the open stitches combine for a comfortable, flattering fabric. Two short shoulder joins are the only seaming you’ll do while whipping up this speedy and simple crochet jacket project.

Keep reading all the yarn and inspiration details or scroll down for the complete free pattern.

The back of a blonde woman wearing a casual crochet cardigan made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.

Please Welcome My Mom

I’m so happy to be sharing this casual crochet jacket pattern with you today because it was entirely dreamed up and designed by my mom, Jacque! She has worked behind the scenes for a few years crocheting some of the most beautiful samples you see here on M&DC. Thanks to the pandemic though, she’s been able to join us in a more consistent capacity designing and writing patterns.

I’m really excited to publish more of my mom’s designs in the coming months. I’ve grown up watching her create the most incredible things and now I get to share them with you! My mom is a large part of how I learned to connect with my own creativity and it feels really fun for us to work together like this. Thank YOU, as always, for supporting, sharing and crocheting our patterns!

Related: Our 25 most popular free crochet sweater patterns

Blonde woman wearing a casual crochet jacket made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.

A Jacket or a Cardigan?

To be honest, I asked myself this question a few times while preparing this pattern. What’s really the difference between a jacket or light coat and a cardigan when it comes to crochet garments? I’m not sure we’re going to get to the bottom of that today, but this pattern is really a beautiful blend of all the things you want in a lightweight layer.

The gravity of the Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn creates such a comforting feeling on your body (very similar to the delicious feeling of the Up North Cardigan). Of course, if the stitch pattern was denser, the effect could be a little too bulky and heavy. That’s where these easy lace iris stitches come in. They’re airy enough to keep the fabric quite drapy and very simple to crochet. I think you’re going to LOVE wearing this simple crochet jacket.

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A grid of photos of a woman wearing a simple crochet jacket made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.

See It In Video Form

Wanna see how magically this sweater jacket drapes despite being made with a thicker (quicker!) yarn? I’ve got a quick video to show how the finished sweater looks in action.

Yarn Details + Substitutions

Okay, let’s talk texture! I adore this Twisted Cotton Blend from Lion Brand. It’s a newer yarn and it’s such a good demonstration of how well an acrylic and natural fiber can play together. At 69% cotton, the natural, slightly nubby texture of cotton really shows beautifully. And the 31% acrylic will keep your crochet jacket looking great for longer.

Twisted Cotton Blend is a category 5 weight yarn, so if you’d like to substitute, you’ll want something that’s also a category 5. You could try Lion Brand Hue + Me (stunning colors!) or Color Made Easy to create a totally different look than this casual, cotton sample. As always with a garment, you’ll want to swatch any yarn you use to see if you need to adjust your hook size before diving into the full pattern. (Instructions for a gauge swatch included in the pattern below.)

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A work in progress crochet sweater pattern made with Lion Brand Twisted Cotton yarn in the color Tan/Ecru. Also pictured: a hand carved wooden crochet hook.

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The full written pattern is included in large type, plus any tutorial photos that are relevant. In the Sojourn Sweater, we’ve also added a very helpful stitch chart that clearly lays out the simple stitch repeat for the sweater body and sleeves.

If you’re a visual learner or new to pattern reading, I think you’ll find these charts a very simple way to digest this crochet jacket pattern.

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Simple Crochet Jacket – Free Pattern

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Explanation:
This is a cardigan that’s as effortless to make as it is to wear. The natural texture and weight of cotton blend yarn lends a beautifully organic drape and look to this casual sweater. While the yarn is on the heavier side, the open stitches combine for a comfortable, flattering fabric. Two short shoulder joins are the only seaming you’ll do while whipping up this speedy and simple cardigan project.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend: (Weight: 5/Bulky yarn weight –  98 yds, 3.5 oz)
Tan/Ecru (#765-209) – 10 (11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18) skeins [(approx. 910 (1090, 1270, 1400, 1510, 1680, 1750) g)]

• Tapestry needle

Size L (8.0 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch markers or safety pins

Sizes:

Fits Actual Bust*SweaterLength**(top of collar to bottom)Circumference at bustCircumference of sleeve
XS/S29”27”33.5”13.5”
M37”28”40”14.5”
L/1X45”29”48”16”
1X/2X49”29.5”51”18.5”
3X53”29.5”56”20”
4X57”30.5”61”21.5”
5X61”30.5”65.5”21.5”

*To be worn with 2-4 inches of ease
**Length from armhole to hem is the same for all sizes

Gauge:
2.5 iris clusters x 5 rows = 4” as worked in main body stitch pattern

3 iris clusters x 7 rows = 4” as worked in sleeve pattern

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
ch1sp – space created by 1 chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
PM – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain
WS – wrong side

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

Blonde woman wearing a casual crochet cardigan made with the iris stitch and Lion Brand Twisted Cotton Blend yarn.

!! GAUGE CHECK !!

Please don’t skip this step or you will risk your sweater not fitting as expected.

To check gauge:

Foundation Row: Ch 18.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; turn. [17 sc]

Row 2: Ch 3, *sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the next sc; rep from * until 2 sc remain, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in last sc; turn. [5 Iris clusters, 2 dc]

Row 3: Ch 3, sk first 3 dc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch1sp, sk next 4 dc, rep from * until last ch1sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch1sp, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in tch, turn.

Rep Row 3 five more times for 8 rows in total. Measure in center 4” square of swatch and compare to gauge listed above. If square includes more stitches than the listed gauge, increase hook size and try again. If square includes fewer stitches than the listed gauge, decrease hook size and try again.

BODY OF SWEATER

Notes:
• Fronts and Back are worked in one piece until dividing for the armholes.

Foundation Row: Ch 66 (78, 93, 99, 108, 117, 126).

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end of row; turn. [65 (77, 92, 98, 107, 116, 125) sc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, *sk 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the next sc; rep from * until 2 sc remain, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in last sc; turn. [21 (25, 30, 32, 35, 38, 41) Iris clusters, 2 dc]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk first 3 dc, *(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch1sp, sk next 4 dc, rep from * until last ch1sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch1sp, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in tch; turn.

Repeat Row 3 nineteen more times. Piece should now contain a total of 21 cluster rows for all sizes (which does not include Row 1.) Do not fasten off. If you would like a longer sweater, simply add more rows in multiples of 2 to end with a WS row.

TUTORIAL: The back and front sections of the Sojourn Sweater Jacket crochet pattern.

DIVIDING FOR ARMHOLES

Notes:
  • Sweater is now worked in three separate columns: Left Front, Right Front and Back. Main Body stitch pattern continues.
  • Count 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10) clusters in from both Right and Left sides, PM in ch1sp of 5th (6th, 7th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th) clusters. Markers indicate edge of armhole. 

First Front:

With working yarn still attached:

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, sk first 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8) more times, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in last dc of marked cluster; turn. [5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10) Iris clusters, 2 dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in top of tch; turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13) more times for a total of 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15) rows. Fasten off. 

Second Front: 

With RS facing, attach yarn in last dc of marked cluster to the right of marker on opposite (unworked) side of piece. (Left handed: left side of marker.)

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, sk first 2 dc of marked cluster, (2 dc, ch 1 , 2 dc) in marked ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 3 sts , sk 2 dc, 1 dc in top of tch; turn. [5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10) Iris clusters, 2 dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * to end, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in top of tch; turn.

[Repeat Row 2] 9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13) more times for a total of 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15) rows. Fasten off.

Back: 

Notes:
• Back is worked over remaining 11 (13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21) unworked clusters in between fronts.

With RS facing, attach yarn in the first dc of next unworked cluster between fronts.

Row 1 (RS): Ch 3, sk first 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in last dc of cluster; turn. [11 (13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21) Iris clusters, 2 dc]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp, *sk next 4 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch1sp; rep from * to end, 1 dc in turning ch. [11 (13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21) Iris clusters, 2 dc]

[Repeat Row 2] 9 (10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13) more times for a total of 11 (12, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15)  rows. Fasten off.

SEAMING SHOULDERS

Fold RS of sweater Fronts to sweater Back. Pin in place taking care to line up stitches of Front and Back pieces. Use tapestry needle and mattress stitch to join Right Front to Back and Left Front to Back at shoulders.

BORDER

With larger hook and RS facing, attach yarn anywhere along bottom of sweater edge. Complete border with RS facing.

Finishing Border (RS): Ch 1, sc in each st along bottom edge, sc evenly up first front, around neck, down second front and in remainder of bottom-edge stitches, slst to first sc of round to join. Fasten off.

SLEEVES

Notes:
• Sleeves are worked in the same Iris cluster stitch as main body using hdc instead of dc. 

• Sleeves are worked in turned rounds. This means each round is joined with a slip stitch and then turned in order to work back in the opposite direction.

• Ch-2 at the beginning of each round counts as 1 hdc throughout.

Make 2.

With RS facing, attach yarn at bottom of armhole.  

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, place 43 (47, 51, 59, 63, 67, 67) sc evenly around armhole; sl st to first sc of round to join; turn. [43 (47, 51, 59, 63, 67, 67) sc]

Round 2 (WS): Ch 2, sk first 3 sc, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in next sc, *sk 3 sc, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in next sc; rep from * until 3 sts remain, sk 2 sc, 1 hdc in last sc, slst to top of tch to join; turn. [10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 16) hdc Iris clusters, 2 hdc]

Note: To make sure the sleeve is centered properly: for sizes M and 3X, ensure the 6th (M) and 8th (3X) cluster is at the shoulder seam; for sizes XS/S, L/1X, 1X/2X, 4X, and 5X ensure the shoulder seam is between the 5th & 6th, 6th & 7th, 7th & 8th, 8th & 9th, and 8th & 9th clusters for each size, respectively.

Round 3 (RS): Ch 2, sk tch, 1 hdc in next st, *sk 2 hdc, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in next ch1sp, sk 2 hdc; rep from * to end of round; sl st to top of tch to join; turn. [10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 16) hdc Iris clusters, 2 hdc] 

Round 4 (WS): Ch 2, sk tch, *sk 2 hdc, (2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc) in next ch1sp, sk 2 hdc; rep from * to last st, 1 hdc in last hdc, slst to top of tch to join; turn. [10 (11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 16) hdc Iris clusters, 2 hdc]

[Rep Rounds 3 & 4]  9 (10, 9, 8, 8, 8, 7) more times then [rep Round 3] 1 (0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0) more time(s). Sleeve should now contain a total of 23 (24, 22, 21, 20, 21, 18) rounds and measure 14 (14.5, 13.25, 12.75, 12, 12.75, 11.5)”. After last round, do not turn (turn, turn, do not turn, turn, do not turn, turn) to have RS facing.

If a longer sleeve length is desired, work additional repeats of Rounds 3 & 4 as desired, if ending on Round 3, do not turn to keep RS facing. 

Finishing Border (RS): Ch 1, sc in top of tch, sc in next hdc, *sc in first hdc of next cluster, sc in next ch1sp, sc in last hdc of same cluster; rep from * to end of round; sl st to first sc of round to join. (32 [35, 38, 44, 47, 50, 50] sc) 

Fasten off.

Weave in remaining ends.

Wrap up in your new Sojourn sweater, brew some tea and congratulate yourself for adding a new piece to your handmade wardrobe. 

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1 Comment

  • Tracy McDonald
    October 17, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Well… Nice in it’s own way, but too many items are made with this very basic beginners Stitch Pattern. The next basic stitch is the same shell but alternate placement, so one shell sits between the shells of the previous row. Don’t you get bored with this?

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