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How to Crochet an Easy Beginner Crochet Cardigan – Free Pattern

Add some flair to your wardrobe with this easy beginner-friendly crochet cardigan. This free crochet cardigan pattern is cozy, comfortable and adds the perfect boho touch to your outfit!

Made from 5 rectangles and one stitch, you’ll have your drapey, oversized crochet cardigan made in just a few days. It’s super comfy and great for those chilly mornings.

Continue to read through for the inspiration behind this design or scroll down for the free pattern + guided video tutorial.

a beginner oversized drapey crochet cardigan with a white camisole and a pair of jeans

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Beginner Crochet Cardigan

My latest design and free pattern is a crochet cardigan that is perfect for beginners. It’s drapey, flowy, oversized, and adds the perfect boho touch to any outfit.

You can wear it as a cozy coverup in the mornings or pair it with some jeans and flats for a night out. It’s one of those crochet cardigans that’s perfect for every occasion.

I just love the way this crochet cardigan came out and I’m so happy to be sharing it with all of you! I’ve made this crochet cardigan with beginners in mind. So if you’re new to crochet or new to making crochet garments, I think you’ll love this easy crochet cardigan pattern.

It’s made from 5 rectangles and uses only double crochets. Once you have all the panels made, all you have to do is put them together, seam them, and you’re done! I’ve also put together a step-by-step video tutorial to help with any confusing parts.

If you love making this crochet cardigan, you may also like this beginner-friendly free crochet shrug pattern.

model is wearing a long crochet cardigan with jeans and a white t-shirt behind a grassy surrounding

What type of yarn is best for a crochet cardigan?

For this simple crochet cardigan, I chose a lightweight number 2 cotton yarn. I think lightweight yarns work great for crochet cardigans because it creates the perfect drapey, flowy look. It all depends on what type of look you’re trying to achieve when making a crochet garment.

I knew that I wanted a very drapey long flowy cardigan, so that’s why I went with lightweight cotton yarn. The yarn I chose to work with for this pattern is Hobby Lobby’s Wrapology Hues yarn in the color Enternal Indigo.

It’s a beautiful double twisted sport weight yarn that has different mixtures of blue and white. There are a couple of different colors in this line and one ball contains 524 yards of yarn. I loved working with this yarn and thought it was perfect for this cardigan.

If you choose to go with a different yarn, just make sure it’s a number 2 lightweight yarn. I choose cotton, but you could easily go with a different fiber, like bamboo or linen.

model is showing a front view of the beginner oversized crochet cardigan pattern

How to Put Together A Crochet Cardigan

For this simple crochet cardigan, you will be making a total of 5 panels, all in double crochet. Once you have your panels made and worked in your ends, you want to grab your back panel and two front panels.

First, lay your back panel down, then put the two front panels on top. Seam the sides according to your size, and then seam the top of the panel together. Finally, grab the two smaller panels and fold them over.

Once you have the small panels folded over, seam them close. Now you have a sleeve. The last part is to insert them into the cardigan and seem them to the front + back panel.

Once you’ve done all of that, you’re done! All that’s left to do is work in your ends. There will also be step-by-step photos + a guided video tutorial to help you with this part.

Other Free Crochet Wearable Patterns

picture is showing model wearing the free blanket shrug pattern and the seaside crochet tank top pattern.
  1. The Blanket Shrug – An easy one stitch repeat crochet shrug that’s beginner-friendly and includes a guided video tutorial.
  2. Seaside Crochet Top – This tank top is made from only 2 rectangles! It’s made using only single crochet and double crochet + includes a guided video tutorial.

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model wearing light cotton  oversized crochet cardigan

Pattern

Description:

Learn how to crochet a simple oversized crochet cardigan with this free crochet pattern + guided video tutorial. This easy beginner-friendly cardigan is made using only double crochets. It’s the perfect cozy cardigan to add to your wardrobe!

Materials:

  • Hobby Lobby Wrapology Yarn in the color Eternal Indigo (Weight 2/light, 7.0 oz, 524 yards) or another sport weight #2 yarn.

Adult Small/Medium – approximately 2,399 yards or 4 1/2 balls.

Adult Large/X-Large – approximately 2,804 yards or 5 1/2 balls.

Yarn Substitution:

WeCrochet Comfy Fingering Weight Yarn

Finished Sizes:

Adult Small/Medium: 50″ chest, 24″ length

Adult Large/X-Large: 54″ chest, 26″ length

  • Cardigan has an oversized, relaxed fit.
  • Cardigan is shown in size S/M, model is 5’9 and bust measures 36″.

Gauge:

8 rows x 16 stitches = 4″ inch square

Skill Level:

Beginner

Abbreviations:

ch – chain: Yarn over, pull through loop on hook.

dc – double crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch and pull through, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook. 

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern written in U.S Terms.
  • Cardigan is shown in size S/M, model is 5’9 and bust measures 36″.
  • The cardigan is designed to be more of an oversized, relaxed fit.
  • The sleeves of the cardigan are a bit longer, so you can fold them over. Or you can easily make it shorter by subtracting rows.
  • Customize the length of the cardigan by subtracting or adding rows.
  • ch 2 does not count as a stitch.

Beginner Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Back Panel

  • Make 1 back panel

ch 100 (108)

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next stitch and across till end of row. 98 (106).

Row 2: ch 2, turn, dc in first stitch and across till end of row. 98 (106).

For size S/M: Rows 3 – Row 48: Repeat row 2

For size L/XL: Rows 3 – Row 52: Repeat row 2

You can easily modify the length of this cardigan by adding or subtracting rows.

  • For longer cardigan, add additional rows.
  • For shorter cardigan, subtract rows.

Finish off and work in ends.

Front Panels

  • Make 2 front panels

ch 50 (54)

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next stitch and across till end of row. 48 (52).

Row 2: ch 2, turn, dc in first stitch and across till end of row. 48 (52).

For size S/M: Rows 3 – Row 48: Repeat row 2

For size L/XL: Rows 3 – Row 52: Repeat row 2

Finish off and work in ends.

Sleeves

  • Make 2 sleeve panels

ch 60 (68)

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next stitch and across till end of row. 58 (66).

Row 2: ch 2, turn, dc in first stitch and across till end of row. 58 (66).

For Size S/M: Rows 3 – Row 36: Repeat row 2

For size L/XL: Rows 3- Row 37: Repeat row 2

Finish off, but leave an extra long tail end to sew the seam of the sleeve.

Seaming the Cardigan Together

To begin assembling your crochet cardigan, grab your back panel and two front panels.

Lay your back panel down first, and put the two front panels on top. Making sure that it’s evenly lined up on the back panel.

a picture of how to put your cardigan panels together

Then cut a long piece of yarn that is twice the size of your panel and seam the sides together (according to your size, down below) using the whipstitch method.

For sizes s/m: Seam up to row 33, leaving a gap of 7.5 inches.

For sizes l/xl: Seam up to row 35, leaving a gap of 8.5 inches.

Once you have your side panels seamed, it’s time to sew the top edges of the front + back panel. Cut another long piece of yarn and seam both front panels to the back panel using the whipstitch method.

sewing your back + front panels together

With the body portion of your cardigan sewn up, it’s time to sew on the sleeves.

Take your sleeve panel and fold it together. Using your long tail end from your panel, seam the sides at the edge together. Now you have a sleeve, repeat this process for the other sleeve panel using the whipstitch method.

how to fold sleeve panels together showing in cotton light yarn

Once you have seamed your sleeve panels, it’s time to connect them to the body of the cardigan. Keeping your body piece wrong side out and turning your sleeves right side out, insert your sleeve on the inside of the armhole.

Then using the whipstitch method, sew the sleeves onto the armhole opening of the front and back panel. Making sure to seam only the edges together. Repeat this process for the other sleeve.

sewing your sleeve onto your cotton cardigan

Finally, weave in your ends. Your crochet cardigan is done!

I hope you enjoyed this easy beginner crochet cardigan pattern and don’t forget to share it with me on Facebook or Instagram.

I would love to see your cardigan!

Angela

Thursday 10th of March 2022

The wrapology yarn at hobby lobby has been discontinued. I can only find Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel Cotton but it is 3 lightweight. Will that be ok? Can you recommend any 2 lightweight from hobby lobby that will work well?

Nicky

Saturday 12th of March 2022

Hi there, thank you for your question. Yes, you can definitely use Yarn Bee SugarWheel Cotton for this pattern, that should work. If you don't mind working with acrylic, Hobby Lobby's Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek DK yarn would also work great for this pattern. I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have any other questions. 😊

Marie

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Lovely! Can't wait to make this cardigan

Nicky

Sunday 25th of July 2021

Thank you!

Lyn

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Very nice 🙂