Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

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Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

Welcome to my blog! Today, I’m thrilled to introduce my latest creation, the Cocoon Crochet Sweater. This cozy piece of comfort wear is not just a garment; it’s an embodiment of warmth and relaxation.

Made from a simple rectangle, seamed at the sides, and adorned with convenient thumbholes in the sleeves, this sweater epitomizes ease and style. I used the Hobbii Everyday Acrylic yarn for this project, but fear not, as any worsted acrylic yarn will work beautifully.

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What makes this sweater a must-have? Its versatility and coziness are unparalleled. Whether you’re curling up next to the fire with a captivating book and a steaming cup of tea or heading out for a leisurely stroll on a crisp autumn day, the Cocoon Crochet Sweater is your perfect companion.

Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

In addition to its practicality, this cocoon crochet cardigan can be worn as a modern and stylish accessory. The main body of the sweater is made using the uniform forked cluster stitch, adding just a touch of bulk for those extra cold days

To top it off, the sleeves act as fingerless gloves when worn with the thumbholes. With its combination of functionality and style, this crochet sweater is sure to become a go-to accessory for the colder months ahead.

Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

Crochet Cocoon Cardigan Pattern Details

Pattern is written in US terminology

Materials

  • 1000-1600 yards worsted acrylic yarn. I used 1.5 skeins Hobbii Everyday Acrylic XL in light gray.
  • Crochet hook that best suits your tension. I used a 5.50mm.
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers

Skill level

  • Advanced Beginner. The maker will need to be comfortable seaming the sides of the sweater as well as joining yarn in different places to make the sleeves and border. There are some special stitches, although they are rather easy to master.

Pattern notes

  • This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
  • The sweater is worked in turning rows, the sleeves and border are worked in the round.
  • The chain 1 never counts as a stitch.
  • Pattern is written in the S/M size with L/XL in blue and 2XL/3XL in green
  • The model on the title page is wearing a size L/XL.
  • This sweater is very forgiving, with each size fitting a wide array of body types. However, someone who normally wears a small but is on the taller side, may want to add more rows to accommodate their height. So feel free to add (or take away) rows to accommodate your height. For reference, I’m 5′ 2″ and have no issues wearing the sweater as written. The model in the photo above is also wearing the sweater as it is written.

Stitches used and abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • yo = yarn over
  • sp/sps = space/spaces
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc 3rd loop = half double crochet in the third loop (the loop behind the first two loops)
  • dc = double crochet
  • fpdc = front post double crochet
  • bpdc = back post double crochet
  • dc dec = double crochet decrease

Special stitch:

Forked cluster (video tutorial)

Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

Gauge

(after blocking) 11 forked cluster sts x 8 rows (4 forked cluster rows + 4 sc rows) = 4 square inches

Finished Measurements

Sweater body: (after blocking)

S/M: 37″ L x 25″ H

L/XL: 40″ L x 28″ H

2XL/3XL: 44″ L x 31″ H

Sleeves:

10″ L x 5″ W

*Instructions are given to adjust the sleeve length.

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Easy Cocoon Crochet Cardigan Pattern Free

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Pattern Instructions for the Crochet Cocoon Cardigan

Sweater Body

Foundation: ch 104 (112, 123)

Row 1:

follow these steps to work the first forked cluster stitch

  • Yo and insert your hook into the 3rd ch from the hook and pull up a loop. You will have three loops on your hook.
  • Yo and insert your hook into the next ch and pull up a loop. There are now five loops on your hook.
  • Yo and pull through the first three loops, yo and pull through the last three loops.
  • First forked cluster stitch is made.

Photo Tutorial: forked cluster stitch

To work all other forked clusters across the row:

  • Yo and insert your hook into the same ch you just finished your last stitch in and pull up a loop. There are three loops on the hook.
  • Yo and insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop. There are five loops on your hook.
  • Yo and pull through the first three loops, yo and pull the remaining three loops.
  • Second forked cluster stitch is made.
  • Continue the above steps to worked each forked cluster stitch until the end of the row.
  • Work one dc in the very last stitch (you will share the last stitch with the last forked cluster worked and the dc at the very end)
  • ch 1 and turn. (101, 109, 120 forked clusters, 1 dc)

Row 2: work one sc in the first st and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (102, 110, 121 sc)

Rows 3-51 (57, 63): alternate rows 1 & 2, ending with Row 2 as the last row worked.

Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

Now, lay the body out flat as a rectangle, and fold in the corners as shown in the image below.

Sweater assembly

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Seaming the sides

(repeat for each side)

  • Thread your tapestry needle with a long piece of yarn.
  • Measure about 7″ (8″, 9″) from the edge and secure the edges together using a stitch marker. The open space will be the arm hole.
  • Secure the edges together with stitch markers, as indicated in the above image.
  • Turn your sweater so that the inside is facing you.
  • Working from the inside (or the wrong side) begin to whipstitch the space in between the stitch markers.
  • Tie off and weave in ends.

Sweater assembly

Making the border (collar)

  • Be sure the right side of the sweater is facing you now.
  • Attach your yarn at one of the seams you just finished sewing.
  • Ch 1, and work one half double crochet in the same stitch where you joined.

Round 1: Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker. Working in the round as shown in the image above, make one hdc in each st all the way around. Do not join.

Rounds 2 – 5: Make one hdc 3rd loop in each st all the way around. Do not join. You are working in continuous rounds.

At the end of Round 5, join with a sl st to the first st of that round and fasten off. Weave in any loose ends.

Making the sleeves

With the right side facing you, attach your yarn at the seam in the space you left open for the armholes.

Starting the Crochet sweater sleeves

You will be working in joining rounds for each sleeve.

Round 1: Work one dc in the same sp where you joined your yarn. Continue to work 30 (34, 38) dc all the way around the armhole, placing your sts as evenly as possible all the way around.

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You will be decreasing over the first two sts for the next four rounds.

Round 2: Work a dc dec over the first two sts (yo, insert your hook into the first st and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through two loops. Two loops remain. Leaving the remaining loops on the hook, yo and insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through three remaining loops. Dc dec is made.) Alternate fpdc and bpdc sts all the way around, beginning with a fpdc and ending with a bpdc in the last st. Join with a sl st to the first st, ch 1. (29, 33, 37 dc)

Round 3: Repeat Round 2. (28, 32, 36 dc)

Round 4: Repeat Round 2. (27, 31, 35 dc)

Round 5: Repeat Round 2. (26, 30, 34 dc)

Rounds 6 – ?: (no longer decreasting) Alternate fpdc and bpdc sts all the way around. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (26, 30, 34 dc)

Continue to repeat Round 6 until the sleeve reaches the base of your thumb when put the sweater on.

Thumbhole Round: Alternate fpdc and bpdc sts until you get to the last two sts. Ch 2 and skip the last two sts. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (24, 28, 32 dc, 1 ch-2 sp)

Round 1 after thumbhole: Alternate fpdc and bpdc sts until you get to the ch-2 sp. Work 2 dc in the ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (26, 30, 34 dc)

Round 2 after the thumbhole: Alternate fpdc and bpdc sts including the two dc in the ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to the first st. Ch 1. (26, 30, 34 dc)

Continue to repeat Round 2 until the sleeve is your desired length. I made a total of 6 rounds after the thumbhole on mine.

Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

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