What could be better than curling up in an extremely cozy crochet sweater? Nothing that comes to mind for me at the moment! This sweater is roomy, cozy, comfy, and super cute! You (or a lucky friend or family member!) will be as snug as a bug in a rug in this crochet sweater. This pattern is EASY and I think any confident beginner could handle making it just fine! I used basic stitches (all listed below) and the instructions walk you through every step!
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used approximately 2.5 skeins of Lion Brand’s Scarfie Yarn in the color cream/teal. I got it on sale at Joann Fabrics plus got 10% cash back using my Ibotta App. It was my first time using this yarn and I loved the way it turned out. The fibers did stick to each other when I had to frog some things while making/testing this pattern, but besides that it was a dream to work with! You can get it here through Amazon.
Crochet Hook: I used a 10mm Clover Brand Hook. It is a larger hook than suggested for this yarn but I felt that it was too stiff using a smaller hook but use whatever works for you!
Tapestry Needle: This is the yarn needle I used to weave in my ends.
Scissors: The scissors below are the ones I use and keep in my crafting bag. They are super sharp and compact enough to carry with me and my projects! 10/10 would recommend these scissors to all makers!
Stitches Used in This Pattern
I will be using abbreviations (beginners check out my printable abbreviation cheat sheet) in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:
Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having an slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC) – YO and insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) – This is instead of the normal starting Chain. Then going back through the next row with a HDC. Check out this Tutorial for help!
Half Double Crochet 2 Together (HDC2Tog) – Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, making 3 loops on the hook. YO hook insert in next st, pull up a loop, now leaving 4 loops on hook. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
If you love this pattern, you may want to check out my super simple and quick chunky beginner crochet ear warmer pattern!
Comfy & Cozy Crochet Sweater Pattern
This cardigan can be altered to fit any size and body type. I will tell you in what areas you will want to adjust it to make it larger or smaller. I made mine in a M/L size. For reference I am a size ten pants and size 8 top in general. This sweater is very oversized but thats how I wanted it to fit.
** IMPORTANT SIZING INFORMATION! **
This top measured 24″H X 25″W. If you would like to increase/decrease the Width to make it fit to your preference, the gauge is 1.88 DC per inch. To get the width you want use the following formula: Width in inches that you want X 1.88 = # of ST in foundation row (round to nearest whole number)
For Example: if you wanted to make it 22″ Wide you would do 22*1.88 = 41.36. So you would start with 41 FHDC instead of 47.
** IMPORTANT COLOR MATCHING INFORMATION **
If you want your front and back panels striping to line up then make sure you start both at the same colorway. For example you’ll want to start the front panel right where the yarn goes from blue/white to 100% blue, and then start the back panel from the same colorway in the yarn.
Row 1: FHDC 47 (or you could CH 48 and HDC in the 3rd CH from hook and HDC in each CH across)(47 sts)
Row 2-42: Ch 2 and Turn (counts as first HDC), HDC in each ST across row (47sts)
Increase or decrease the number of rows to alter the length of your cardigan to your own preference.
Repeat the same directions as you did for the front panel. If you altered the number of stitches or rows make sure you do the same number for the back panel as you did for the front.
The picture below should be what your two panels currently look like.
Shaping your Crochet Sweater
- Stack your two panels on top of one another (wrong side facing outwards and right sides inside)
- Choose which end will be your top or bottom.
- Starting from one corner on the top of your sweater use your hook to connect the two panels by tying on and making a SS, in the corner of both panels.
- SS along the next 13 ST and tie off and repeat on the other side making the same amount of SS on that side. This formed your neck hole. Feel free to add more stitches to decrease the neck opening or take out a few stitches to increase the size of the neck opening. Below is a picture of my neck opening.
- I used a tape measure and started from the top of my crochet sweater and measured out 8 inches and marked with a stitch marker. This will be the size of your arm holes. If you want them to be exactly even on both sides you can count the number of rows after measuring one side and then mark at the same number of rows on the other side but it is not completely necessary. (For plus size add a few more inches, and for smaller sizes reduce by 1-2 inches. The arm hole should be very loose around your arm at this point.)
- Starting from the bottom, SS with your hook, or use your yarn needle to whip stitch the edges together, all the way up the sides stopping when you reach your stitch marker.
- Repeat this on both sides and now you have the basic shape of your crochet sweater!
Finishing the Sleeves
I suggest using a stitch counter to help you keep track of what row you are on because I know that really helped me keep track of where I was in the pattern to ensure that my sleeves would be the same length. I got two in this super awesome crochet toolkit for like $10.
Now you will tie onto the seam of your sleeve of your crochet sweater but make sure the yarn is at a blended colorway meaning that the strand has both blue and white twisted together. This makes the sleeves blend more seamlessly,
Round 1: CH 2. then make 44 HDC (CH 2 does not count as first HDC) as evenly spaced around your arm hole. (For plus size feel free to increase the the number of HDC around by 2 for every inch larger you made your arm hole, and for smaller sizes decrease by 2 HDC per decreased inch of the armhole size) Then SS to the first HDC you made.
Round 2-5: CH 2, then HDC in each ST around again SS to the first HDC of the row (44sts).
Round 6: CH 2. HDC in next ST, HDC2tog the next two stitches. Repeat *HDC, HDC2tog* all the way around and then SS to the first HDC of the row. (30 sts)
** for plus size you may find it works best to do *2 HDC, hdc2tog* to make the decrease less significant, and do the same for row 13 when you get there**
Round 7-12: CH 2, then HDC in each ST around again SS to the first HDC of the row. (30 sts)
Round 13: Repeat row 6 but this time you will end with 20 sts by the end of the row. (20 sts)
Round 14-15: CH 2, then HDC in each ST around again SS to the first HDC of the row. (20 sts)
Round 16: Repeat row 6/13, but this time you will end with 14 sts by the end of the row. (14 sts)
Round 17-27 (next ten rows): CH 2, then HDC in each ST around again SS to the first HDC of the row. (14 sts) Tie off.
** Feel free to increase or decrease the number or rounds for the last section to make the length of the sleeves fit your preference just making sure that you do the exact same for the other sleeve **
— Repeat on other sleeve insuring that you use the same number of rounds on both sides.—
Weave in your ends!
The Comfiest, Coziest Crochet Sweater Ever!
I don’t know about you, but I know when the snow hits hard here in Michigan, this is the first sweater I am going to look for to wear. It is so warm and comfortable that I may find myself falling asleep at work when I wear it. It is as cute as it is comfortable. Not only will you feel like you’re wearing a soft blanket around all day, but you’ll look fashionable doing it *snaps for emphasis*. I hope you guys get many many wears of out this crochet sweater. Stay warm! If you have ANY QUESTIONS about this crochet sweater pattern, or about anything other crochet topics, please please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP!
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