Who doesn't love a good, snuggly cozy sweater? I know I do. I pretty much live in them between September and May. A crocheted sweater has been on my list of 'to-do' projects for a couple years now, but I could never find the right pattern. There are a ton of incredibly talented yarn artists out there, but to me crocheted sweaters always looked kind of...clunky and awkward. I wanted something slouchy and cozy, and that looked like I could have bought it in a store. Something more my style.
In October I decided to tackle coming up with my own pattern, and you guys, I am so, so excited to share this free pattern for a cozy cocoon crocheted sweater with you today. I've been working at this pattern for about two months now, putting this project together just in time for the holiday season. Want to make one of your own? You can! It's not even hard, this qualifies as a beginner project! Not only that, but it's one size fits all. No, really!
This cocoon sweater has the perfect amount of slouch, and is light enough with the lacy texture that I'll be able to wear it pretty much all year. It's warm enough for the winter months (indoors, or course!) but light enough that I'll be tossing it on over my sundresses this summer too.
Are you ready? Here's how to make your own!
Cocoon Cardigan crochet pattern
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain stitches (tutorial here)
ch: chain stitches (tutorial here)
sc: single crochet (tutorial here)
dc: double crochet (tutorial here)
- I used almost 5 skeins of lion brand cotton ease worsted weight yarn in taupe (1,315 yards, approximately)
- H hook
- yarn needle
Pattern:*this pattern makes use of the basic V stitch, but modifies it slightly to get a lacy, intricate texture. I am going to make a note here that you can use any stitch you'd like, and just crochet a rectangle and you will still be able to make a version of this cocoon sweater. In fact, I might try a heavier half-double crochet version myself. Just make sure your rectangle ends up with approximately the same dimensions.*
Ch 133, turn.
Row 1: in 3ed st from hook, dc, ch 1, dc, to make a 'V' repeat until the end of of your chain, (you should have 43 total 'V's') then dc into the last st on your foundation chain. Ch 3, turn. and it should measure approximately 32 inches long.
Row 2-40: Into the first st of your V from the previous row, (2ed st from the base of your ch 3) dc.
Continue the pattern, by ch 1, then dc into the same st, until you come to the end of your row.
Dc into the loop:
You'll continue until you have a large crocheted rectangle with approximately the following dimensions:
At this point you'll fold your sweater rectangle long ways (hot dog, not hamburger lol) So that you have a doubled over rectangle that measures about 16 inches by 38 inches:
Now you'll measure an arm hole. I left enough for the sweater to fit loosely and comfortably around my upper arm.
Use your yarn needle and sew up from the bottom to the edge of your arm hole, using the stitches and edges of your rectangle to weave or 'sew' together:
Once you've reached your arm hole edge, stop and weave in the ends:
Still with me? You're almost done! The last piece of the sweater is to create the edging around the outside and arm holes.
To do this, I simply sc around the entire edge of my sweater, using the edges of my stitches and making it as even as possible. Sl st to join. Then repeat for 6 total rows of sc. It will look like this:
Do the same for the arm holes, except instead of 6 rows of sc, only do 3 rows.
Weave in your ends, and you're done! Congratulations, you have a cocoon cardigan, and you made it yourself!
Yay! After all the work that went into making this pattern to share with you all, I'm so excited to finally have it ready! But if you're looking for a shorter project to crochet in the meantime, check out a few of my other free patterns: