Today is a really exciting day for me. This is my first ever published crochet garment pattern! The Comfy Spring Cardi is a size inclusize, free crochet cocoon cardigan pattern that is made in one piece and has a one row repeat for the body so it’s great for those that like to netflix and stitch.
I have been wanting to release crochet garment patterns for a while but I didn’t want to do that until I could confidently grade those patterns so they could be size inclusive. I know how hard it can be to find a good garment pattern, let alone a nice free crochet cocoon cardigan pattern that is available in all the sizes. Usually you see “one size fits all” and unfortunately, that usually doesn’t work for everyone. I was fortunate enough to have some wonderful ladies volunteer to test this cardi for me so that we could ensure that the fit does in fact work for everyone from sizes XS to 5XL. I couldn’t have done this without their help so a HUGE thank you to all of them for all of their hard work and support during this experience.
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As I mentioned previously, this free crochet cocoon cardigan pattern is made in one piece. You crochet the main panel, per the instructions for your size, fold and seam it and then work your ribbing around the largest opening of the cardi. A lot of thought was put into the construction of this cardi. I recommend using the mattress stitch to seam your cardigan so as to give your project the cleanest finish possible and so that the seams sit flat against your chest/abdomen. Using a slip stitch or single crochet seam may be quicker but it will add unnecessary bulk to the front of your project.
**I have made this pattern free on my blog so as to make it as accessible for as many people as possible. Please do not copy the pattern or remove it from my blog in any way. If you would like to have an ad-free or offline copy of the pattern, they are available for a small fee in my Ravelry and Etsy shops which helps support my blog so that I can continue to provide free crochet patterns like this for everyone.**
The Comfy Spring Cardi was designed using Comfy Worsted yarn from WeCrochet which is one of my favourite cotton blend yarns – Check out my review of Comfy Worsted HERE. You can substitute other yarns of your preference as long as you are able to match the gauge given in the pattern. Matching gauge is so so so important for ensuring that your project fits you as expected. If you don’t match gauge, you may end up with a cocoon cardi that is too big or too small and you’ll end up disappointed. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a gauge swatch and it’s totally worth taking the time to do so to ensure you spend your time making something you’ll enjoy.
- U.S. Terminology
- 6.0 mm Furls Crochet Hook (or size needed to obtain gauge) <– Save 15% off Furls Hooks when shopping through this link and using the code LOOPYLAMB15 at the check out
- We Crochet Comfy Worsted in Hawk (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic, 109 yds/ m, 50g/ oz), approximately 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17) skeins needed
- Tapestry Needle
- Tape Measure
- Blocking Mats
- Garment Steamer <–Linked my absolute favourite steamer I use for all my blocking
- BLO = Back Loop Only
- CH = Chain
- CH SP = Chain Space
- DC = Double Crochet
- DC2TOG = Double Crochet Two Stitches Together
- FO = Finish Off
- SC = Single Crochet
- SL ST = Slip Stitch
- ST = Stitch
- YO = Yarn Over
- Double Crochet Two Together (DC2TOG): YO, insert hook into first ST, YO and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook). YO, pull through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook). YO and insert hook into the next ST, YO and pull up a loop (4 loops on your hook). YO and pull through first two loops on your hook, YO and pull through all remaining loops on your hook. Find a tutorial on this stitch HERE.
Learn how to do the Paired Double Crochet Stitch that is used in this free crochet cocoon cardigan pattern:
- Finished bust measurements are:
You can purchase an inexpensive ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry and HERE on Etsy.
- 14 sts x 8 rows = 4” in pattern stitch. Make sure to check your gauge to ensure your project fits appropriately.
- CH 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a double crochet (DC) stitch.
- Each DC2TOG cluster counts as a single stitch.
- CH SPs are included in the stitch count for the body panel
- SL STs in the ribbing section are not included in stitch count
- Pattern is written in size XS with changes for each size following in parentheses (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Free Crochet Cocoon Cardigan – Comfy Spring Cardi
Row 1: CH 112 (126, 140, 154, 168, 182, 196, 208, 222), starting in the 4th CH from the hook, DC2TOG, *CH 1, DC2TOG over the next 2 CHs* repeat instructions in ** until 1 chain remains. CH 1, DC in the last CH. Turn. (110, 124, 138, 152, 166, 180, 194, 206, 220)
Row 2: CH 3, DC2TOG over the 1st and 2nd CH SPs, CH 1, *DC2TOG starting in the same CH SP as the last ST and finishing in the next unworked CH SP. CH 1* repeat instructions in the ** across your row, working the last leg of your last DC2TOG between the CH 3 and the DC2TOG from the previous row. DC in the top of the CH 3. Turn.
Rows 3 – 62: Repeat Row 2.
Additional rows can be added to adjust the length of your piece. FO and steam block your piece to the following dimensions:
Lay piece flat in front of you with the right side facing you. Fold the piece in half width-wise, folding the top of the piece down meeting up the top corners with the bottom. Starting at the point where the corners meet, use mattress stitch to seam up the short-side of the piece, leaving the last 7.5 – 8” open for an armhole. Repeat on other side.
Body Panel Ribbing:
With the right side facing you, attach your yarn at the center-point at the top of the cardi and CH 8.
Row 1: Working in the BLO, SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each CH across. SL ST in the next 2 STs of the body of your cardi, CH 1 and turn. (7)
Row 2: In the BLO, SC across the SC STs of the previous Row. CH 1 and turn.
Row 3: In theBLO, SC 7, SLST in the next 2 STs of the body of your cardi, CH 1 and turn.
Repeat Rows 2 – 3 around the entire opening of your cardi. SLST the last row and the first row of ribbing together. FO and weave in ends.
Arm Hole Finishing:
Attach your yarn at the seam for one of the arm holes of the cardi and CH 1.
Row 1: SC around the opening of the arm hole, working 2 SC STs around each of the CH 3’s or DC STs. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
Row 2: CH 1. SC in each ST around. Join last ST to the first ST with a SL ST.
FO and weave in ends. Repeat on the other arm hole.
Looking to add more pieces to your handmade wardrobe or to accessorize? Check out these free crochet patterns available on my site:
- The Bobblelicious Bag – Free Crochet Purse Pattern
- Berry Good Hair Day – Free Crochet Hair Scarf Pattern
- Sloth Coffee Cozy Free Pattern
- Spring Breeze Shawlette – Crochet Shawlette Free Pattern
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