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Comfy Cozy Cardigan – Beginner Friendly Crochet Sweater – FREE Pattern

This soft, slouchy cardigan is a fall wardrobe essential!  It’s so cozy, you’ll want to make one in every color!

This sweater is my new favorite piece for fall.  With its over-sized fit, drop shoulder style, and hip length hem, this cardi makes me feel like I’m wrapped up in a snuggly blanket.  The Lion Brand Heartland yarn I used is just perfect for garments like this – soft and drapey, but machine washable.  I love how the “Great Sand Dunes” colorway has a touch of heathered ivory in it, which adds a bit of extra depth and texture to the fabric.

 

Comfy Cozy Cardigan

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Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Sizing:

– Sizing follows the Craft Yarn Council’s standards for Women’s sizes.

– This sweater fits oversized, with 4” of positive ease. If you are between sizes, size up if you want a slouchy-fit sweater as pictured, or size down if you want a more fitted sweater.

– Instructions and yarn requirements for size X-Small are given outside the parentheses, with Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X given inside the parentheses, like this:

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X).

When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

To Fit Bust:

X-Small: 30” (76 cm)

Small: 34” (86 cm)

Medium: 38” (96.5 cm)

Large: 42” (106.7 cm)

X-Large: 46” (116.8 cm)

2X: 50” (127 cm)

3X: 54” (137 cm)

4X: 58” (147 cm)

5X: 62” (157.5 cm)

Finished Bust / Back Length:

X-Small: 34” (86 cm) / 24” (61 cm)

Small: 38” (96.5 cm) / 24” (61 cm)

Medium: 42” (106.7 cm) / 24 ½” (62.2 cm)

Large: 46” (116.8 cm) / 24 ½” (62.2 cm)

X-Large: 50” (127 cm) / 25” (63.5 cm)

2X: 54” (137 cm) / 25” (63.5 cm)

3X: 58” (147 cm) / 25” (63.5 cm)

4X: 62” (157.5 cm) / 25 ½” (64.7 cm)

5X: 66” (167.6 cm) / 25 ½” (64.7 cm)

You Will Need:

Lion Brand Heartland Yarn, #4 Worsted Weight, 251 yards / 230 meters per skein, “Great Sand Dunes” colorway; 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins OR

1200 (1320, 1475, 1580, 1740, 1850, 1960, 2090, 2190) yards of other soft #4 Worsted Weight yarn

US Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook (I used a Furls Odyssey Purple)

Scissors

Measuring Tape (I used this one)

Yarn Needle or Blunt Tapestry Needle

2 Stitch Markers or Safety Pins

Gauge: 11 half-double crochet stitches = 3” (7.6 cm); 5 half-double crochet rows = 2” (5 cm)

Abbreviations:

beg: beginning      ea: each      nxt: next      st: stitch      sts: stitches      sp: space      sk: skip

ch: chain      hdc: half-double crochet      dc: double crochet

*Fhdc: foundation half-double crochet      *Rhdc: ribbing half-double crochet

*Dc3tog: double crochet 3 stitches together

*This is a special stitch. See instructions below to learn how to work this stitch.

Fhdc: Yarn over, insert hook into base of previous st. Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 1 loop, Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Rhdc: Yarn over, insert hook, not into the top of the hdc below, but into the horizontal strand that runs across the front of the hdc below. Yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Dc3tog: *Yarn over, insert hook into nxt st. Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops.* Repeat between *and* 2 more times. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.


Body of Sweater:

Row 1: ch 2, sk 1 ch, Fhdc in 2nd ch from hook. Work 177 (177, 181, 181, 185, 185, 185, 189, 189) more Fhdc. You should have 178 (178, 182, 182, 186, 186, 186, 190, 190) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Row 2: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 154 (154, 158, 158, 162, 162, 162, 166, 166) sts. Rhdc in ea of nxt 12 sts. You should have 178 (178, 182, 182, 186, 186, 186, 190, 190) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Repeat Row 2; 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28) more times.

Row 3: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 68 (68, 70, 70, 72, 72,72, 74, 74) sts. STOP. Do not continue working across previous row. You should have 80 (80, 82, 82, 84, 84, 84, 86, 86) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Row 4: ch 2, turn. Hdc in same st and in ea of nxt 67 (67, 69, 69, 71, 71, 71, 73, 73) sts. Rhdc in ea of nxt 12 sts. You should have 80 (80, 82, 82, 84, 84, 84, 86, 86) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Row 5: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 68 (68, 70, 70, 72, 72, 72, 74, 74) sts. You should have 80 (80, 82, 82, 84, 84, 84, 86, 86) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Repeat Rows 4-5; 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) more times. Repeat Row 4 once more.

Row 6: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 68 (68, 70, 70, 72, 72,72, 74, 74) sts. Fhdc in base of same st, then work 97 (97, 99, 99, 101, 101, 101, 103, 103) more Fhdc. You should have 178 (178, 182, 182, 186, 186, 186, 190, 190) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Repeat Row 2; 13 (15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29) more times. Tie off.


Sleeve (make 2)

Leave a tail at least 2-3 yards long before beginning, then:

Row 1: ch 2, sk 1 ch, Fhdc in 2nd ch from hook. Work 63 (63, 63, 63, 60, 60, 56, 56, 56) more Fhdc. You should have 64 (64, 64, 64, 61, 61, 57, 57, 57) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Row 2: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 9 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 27 (27, 27, 27, 25, 25, 23, 23, 23) sts. Dc in ea of nxt 27 (27, 27, 27, 26, 26, 24, 24, 24) sts. You should have 64 (64, 64, 64, 61, 61, 57, 57, 57) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Row 3: ch 3, turn. Dc in same st and in ea of nxt 35 (35, 35, 35, 33, 33, 30, 30, 30) sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 18 (18, 18, 18, 17, 17, 16, 16, 16) sts. Rhdc in ea of nxt 10 sts. You should have 64 (64, 64, 64, 61, 61, 57, 57, 57) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Repeat Rows 2-3; 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17) more times. You should have a total of 23 (25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 35, 37) rows, including Row 1. Repeat Row 2 once more.

Row 4: ch 2, turn. Hdc in same st and in ea of nxt 53 (53, 53, 53, 50, 50, 46, 46, 46) sts. Rhdc in ea of nxt 10 sts. You should have 64 (64, 64, 64, 61, 61, 57, 57, 57) sts, not including beg ch sp.

Tie off, leaving a tail at least 1 yard long.


To Assemble Sweater:

Block all pieces before seaming. Use the blocking method recommended for the type of yarn you are using. Lion Brand Heartland is 100% Acrylic, so I steam blocked my pieces (lay on ironing board or thick towels, hold steaming iron 2”-3” / 5 cm – 7.6 cm above the fabric). For animal fiber yarns, it is generally recommend to wet block (pin to blocking mat, spray with water, let dry).

Thread the very long tail at the top of the sleeve through your yarn needle.

On one long edge of Body of Sweater, count the stitches and divide them in half. Place a stitch marker at the center point.

Fold Sleeve in half lengthwise, so long edges are together. Place a stitch marker at the center of the top edge of the sleeve.

Line up marker on sleeve with marker on Body of Sweater. This is the top of the shoulder.

Making sure both the sleeve and the sweater are laying flat, whip stitch the sleeve to the body of the sweater, beginning at the corner of the sleeve where the tail begins and stopping at the stitch markers.

Count how many stitches of the body of the sweater were sewn to the first half of the sleeve. Remove stitch marker from current position. Count out the same number of stitches from the body of sweater for the other half of the sleeve seam. Place the stitch marker at that point and line up the other corner of the sleeve with the marker. Continue to whip stitch the sleeve to the body of the sweater until you reach the corner of the sleeve. Once you have stitched through the corner of the sleeve, take another stitch in the same place, wrap the yarn around the needle, and pull the needle through to make a knot. Do Not cut the seaming yarn. Just remove it from the yarn needle. We will use it for the side seam later.

Thread the shorter yarn tail from the cuff of the sleeve through your yarn needle.

Fold Sleeve in half lengthwise so the two long edges are together. Starting from the cuff, whip stitch the long edges of the sleeve together. Stop when you reach the point where the sleeve meets the body of the sweater. Take another stitch through that point, wrap the yarn around the needle, and pull the needle through to make a knot. Weave in this yarn tail.

Thread the remaining tail from the sleeve-to-body-of-sweater seam through your yarn needle.

Lay sweater out so the front side edge is next to the back side edge. Whip stitch these two edges together, stopping at the hem edge. Take another stitch through that point, wrap the yarn around the needle, and pull the needle through to make a knot. Weave in this yarn tail.

Repeat all Assembly / Seaming steps on the other side of the sweater with the other sleeve.


Edging:

With wrong side of left front (left front when worn) facing you, join yarn in 1st stitch at hem edge.

Row 1: ch 2. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea of nxt 85 (85, 87, 87, 89, 89, 89, 91, 91) sts. Dc3tog with remaining st from front, corner, and back neck edge. Hdc evenly across back neck edge, stopping when there is room left for one more st on back neck edge. Dc3tog with remaining space on neck edge, corner, and 1st st on front edge. Hdc in ea of nxt 85 (85, 87, 87, 89, 89, 89, 91, 91) sts. Rhdc in ea of nxt 12 sts.

Row 2: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea st across front edge, stopping when there is one more st before the dc3tog from previous row. Dc3tog. Hdc in ea st across back neck edge, stopping when there is one more st before the dc3tog from previous row. Dc3tog. Hdc in ea st across other front edge to last 12 sts, Rhdc in ea of last 12 sts.

Repeat Row 2; 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) more times.

Row 3: ch 2, turn. Rhdc in same st and in ea of nxt 11 sts. Hdc in ea st across to last 12 sts. Rhdc in ea of last 12 sts.

Row 4: ch 2, turn. Hdc in same st and in ea st across.

Repeat Row 4; 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9) more times. Tie off, weave in ends.


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2 Comments

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi! If you want to add pockets, I would suggest making a square from the same half double crochet stitch that the sweater is made from, and sewing it on in the place you want the pocket. You can then measure the pocket’s distance from the hem edge and the front edge on that side and use those measurements to place the pocket on the other side so they will both be placed evenly. I think it would look best if the pocket is sewn on so the rows on the pocket go the same direction as the rows on the sweater, but that is just my personal preference. Hope this helps! Thanks!

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