Wednesday, December 9, 2015

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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!
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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


Key:


st: stitch
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain stitches (tutorial here)
sc: single crochet (tutorial here)
dc: double crochet (tutorial here)


Supplies:

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.


Once you come to the end of your row. you'll stop. Instead of making another V in the last spot, you're going to dc 1 st into the loop made by your final dc in the row before, like this:


Dc into the loop:


 Ch 3, then turn.


You'll continue until you have a large crocheted rectangle with approximately the following dimensions:

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
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. 

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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:

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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. 

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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:

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)
the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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!

the cozy cocoon cardigan, a free beginner crochet pattern (one size fits all!)

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:
chunky fingerless gloves (free crochet pattern)

The Manliest Beanie



chunky infinity cowl scarf



Happy crafting!

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24 comments:

  1. Wow, this is gorgeous! I'm impressed. I've been knitting for about 5 years but and I have been thinking about branching out to crocheting. This might be a great pattern to get me going. Pinning!

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  2. This is so lovely, Jessica! I'm a big fan of cozy sweaters too and this is no exception :) Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop. It's so great for you to join us this week!

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  3. Perfect for al fresco dining in spring and autumn. Love the fingerless gloves too.

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    1. Thank you so much! I actually am looking forward to wearing this more in the spring, it's COLD here at the moment!

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    2. Thank you so much! I actually am looking forward to wearing this more in the spring, it's COLD here at the moment!

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  4. Oooh! I love this! I've wanted to make myself a cardigan/sweater for A WHILE now. I think this is just about PERFECT for my first project! Pinned for after the holidays ;)

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    1. Let me know how it goes! This actually didn't take too long honestly, and was just a simple stitch.

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  5. You're such a clever girl Jessica. I love this! It doesn't get really cold in winter where I live here in Australia so something like this would be perfect. I better start crocheting so it's ready in time for June next year! Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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    1. Thank you so much! And honestly this isn't a super warm cardigan, I'm going to be wearing it all spring and into the summer nights this year too!

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  6. Thank you for posting this - it's EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Who'dathunk it would be so easy? LOL! LOVE it!
    Carla

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  7. Good Morning! I wanted to stop by and let you know that your post was selected as a Feature post for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and don't forget to grab your Featured Button too!!

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  8. I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for partying with us at Merry Monday. Our first party of 2016 begins tonight, can’t wait to see what’s new!

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  9. This is just gorgeous! I am plus size, but am thinking it should be easy to make this bigger. I'm thinking if I simply chained a little more to begin with and did more rows, I could make it work. What do you think?

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    1. I think that would work wonderfully! And actually this might fit plus size as well without more rows, just leave more room in the arm hole and don't crochet as tightly as I did when crocheting around the edges. But adding a few more rows should help as well, let me know how it goes!

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  10. Thank you for the lovely pattern. I am fairly new at crocheting. After I do the V stitch, do I skip chains? Is there a chain after the completed V? stitch?

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. I will try this pattern. Looks so warm and cozy.

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  12. Thank you so much for going to all of the trouble of sharing your patterns with us!!! They are awesome! You are awesome!

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