Hygge Homebody Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Hygge Homebody Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Hi friends! I am so excited to bring you my first crochet cardigan pattern. Just as the name implies, it’s like wearing a big hug! Hygge, pronounced hue-ga is a Danish term that has to do with all things cozy and comfortable. And I just could not think of a better term to fit this snuggly crochet cardigan. The Hygge Homebody Cardigan is available in sizes S-5X and includes picture and video tutorials.

My kids and I have loved cuddling on the couch in this sweater. I tend to wear mine in the morning and evening, when the weather is cooler. These also happen to be the times when my kids want to snuggle most. They love when I wrap us up together in it and we can read a book.

Recently we took the kids to see a movie and it was one of those theaters that has the reclining chairs. I didn’t realize it before hand and I was debating on whether to wear my Hygge Homebody Cardigan because it was warmer that day. I decided to bring it just in case I was cold, and I’m so glad I did! Those reclining chairs were made for this sweater. I was so cozy and relaxed, partly due to my cuddly cardigan and partly due to a movie that captured my kids’ attention!

If it’s cool in the mornings (and it is almost everyday still) I wear my cardi out to drop kids off at school. When I want to wear it all day, it pairs beautifully with leggings or skinny jeans. It has plenty of *ahem* backside coverage, haha. I’m sure there are plenty of you lovely ladies who can pull off leggings without a long cardigan, but I am not one of those!




I wanted this crochet cardigan to be as accessible and “doable” for as many of you as possible. To make that happen I used Joann’s Big Twist Value worsted weight yarn, which has many comparable substitutes. It’s affordable, especially when you need 5-6 skeins for a cardigan. The array of colors this yarn comes in is amazing and I’m already looking forward to making more in different color combos!

The stitch I chose for this cardigan is easy & has gorgeous drape. The Pike Stitch (or extended sc) works up so so quickly. Truly, once you get the rhythm you’ll be able to crochet it with your eyes closed. I won’t tell you how I could crochet this stitch in the near dark with only the bathroom light on while I waited for my littles to fall asleep because that would be bad advice! But it is that easy! Which means your large pieces work up fast.

The construction of this crochet cardigan is simple. You crochet up a few rectangles, just like you would work a blanket. The sleeves have some decreases, but I’ve provided a detailed photo tutorial and video for the decrease. Adding the edging for hem and sleeve cuffs may be a new technique for some so again I’ve included plenty of pictures. The neck of the Hygge Homebody Cardigan may be my favorite part. It’s soft and squishy and just what I want warming my neck. Some sewing is required to join your pieces but there are plenty of resources out there to help, if you haven’t done that before. A simple search for “whip stitch” on youtube will yield a plethora of results to help you. Plus I include pictures too.



Materials:

{*affiliates-This post contains affiliate links which means I receive a small fee if you click through and make a purchase through my links (at no additional cost to you) these allow me to keep new free patterns coming to you! Thank you for your support!}

Pictured is size Medium using 5 skeins of Big Twist Value in Light Rose*

  • #4 worsted weight yarn 5 (S/M), 6 (L/XL), 7 (2/3X), 8 (4/5X) skeins.
  • I/5.5mm hookyarn needle*, scissors, pins, measuring tape




 Notes

  1. Please read through entire pattern and create a gauge swatch before beginning.
  2. Stitch Multiple is an even number, plus 2 for the foundation.
  3. Pattern is written for multiple sizes with the smallest size first, S-M-L-XL-2X-3X-4X-5X. For example: Ch 72-82-90-98-104-110-116-124 means size small would chain 72 and 4X would chain 116.
  4. Stitch counts are given at the end of the instructions with all sizes within the parenthesis (S-M-L-XL-2X-3X-4X-5X sts)
  5. Ch 3 counts as an exsc + ch 1

Stitches Used

Click any of the links below for the video tutorial.

exsc-extended single crochet-insert hook into the stitch to be worked, yarn over & pull up a loop, yo and pull through 1 loop, yo and pull through 2 loops

ch-chain

sc-single crochet

blo-back loop only-crochet into the back loop only, instead of under the top two loops like normal.

hdc-half double crochet

hdc in the 3rd loop– Looking at the back of your hdc stitches, there is a distinct horizontal line that runs across the stitch. This is considered the 3rd loop and where we’ll be inserting the hook for the rest of the rows.

hygge homebody crochet cardigan



Gauge:

4″ x 4″ = 14 sts x 10 rows 

Size To Fit Bust Size“ Finished Bust size” Back Panel

Width in inches “

Front Panels Width in inches “
S 34 40 20 9.5
M 38 46 23 11
L 42 50 25 12
XL 46 54 27 13.5
2X 50 58 29 14
3X 54 62 31 15
4X 58 66 32.5 16.5
5X 62 70 35 17

Adjustments

This cardigan will stretch most in length, as one would expect. Mine has been washed and worn for at least a month and has stretched 2.5″ in length. Where it once stopped above my knee, it now reaches below it. But I’m only 5′ 2.” I am loving my cardigan’s length, but you can easily adjust the length of this pattern by making more or less rows. If you change the number of rows be sure to make both the back and front panels the same length.

Be sure to join my email list below for free patterns,  and access to my Resource Library!



hygge homebody crochet cardigan beginner tutorial

Purchase the ad-free & affordable version of this pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

The numbered pages are so helpful to have, plus you can highlight your size throughout.

Pattern:

Back Panel

Video Tutorial here




Ch 72-82-90-98-104-110-116-124

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 *(sk 1 ch, exsc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across to last ch, place 1 exsc in last ch, turn. (71-81-89-97-103-109-115-123 sts) See the photo & video tutorial for Row 1 here.

Row 2. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk next ch, exsc in last sc, turn. (71-81-89-97-103-109-115-123 sts)

Row 3. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk 3rd ch, exsc in 2nd ch, turn. (71-81-89-97-103-109-115-123 sts)

Rep Row 3 until you have 83 rows, or to your desired length.

crochet cardigan tutorial
Left front panel, back panel, right front panel, two sleeves.

Front Panels, make 2.

Ch 36-42-46-50-52-56-60-62

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 *(sk 1 ch, exsc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across to last ch, place 1 exsc in last ch, turn. (35-41-45-49-51-55-59-61 sts) See the photo & video tutorial for Row 1 here.

Row 2. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk next ch, exsc in last sc, turn. (35-41-45-49-51-55-59-61 sts)

Row 3. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk 3rd ch, exsc in 2nd ch, turn. (35-41-45-49-51-55-59-61 sts)

Rep Row 3 until you have 83 rows, or to your desired length.

crochet cardigan tutorial



Sleeves:

Make 2

 Ch 50-54-58-60-66-68-72-74

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 *(sk 1 ch, exsc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across to last ch, place 1 exsc in last ch, turn. (49-53-57-59-65-67-71-73 sts) See the photo & video tutorial for Row 1 here.

Row 2. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk next ch, exsc in last sc, turn. (49-53-57-59-65-67-71-73 sts)

Row 3. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk 3rd ch, exsc in 2nd ch, turn. (49-53-57-59-65-67-71-73 sts)

Rep Row 3 until you have 9 rows.

Notes

From here you will decrease on each of the indicated rows below. To decrease you will use the sc2tog technique to decrease exsc sts, written as “exsc2tog” on the 2nd & 3rd exsc stitches of the indicated rows and on the 3rd & 2nd stitches from the end of the same row. EXSC2TOG: Watch the video on how to decrease here.

To decrease on the indicated row (by size below): Ch 3 (counts), insert hook into the next exsc, yo and pull up a loop, (2 loops on your hook), skip the ch, insert hook into the next exsc, yo and pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook) yo and draw through all 3 loops, ch1, continue normally with *(exsc, ch1, sk next ch) until the 3rd exsc from the end of the row, then insert hook into the 3rd exsc from end, yo and pull up a loop, (2 loops on your hook), skip the ch, insert hook into the 2nd exsc from end, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), yo and draw through all 3 loops, ch1, end with an exsc in the 2nd chain as normal.

Row 10. Ch 3, exsc2tog, *(exsc in next exsc, ch 1, sk next ch) rep from * to last 5 sts, exsc2tog, ch 1, exsc in 2nd ch, turn. (45-49-53-55-61-63-67-69 sts)

Rows 11-19. Rep Row 3. 

Row 20. Rep Row 10.  (43-47-51-53-59-61-65-67 sts)

Rows 21-24. Rep Row 3.

Row 25. Rep Row 10.  (41-45-49-51-57-59-63-65 sts)

Rows 26-29. Rep Row 3.

Row 30. Rep Row 10.  (39-43-47-49-55-57-61-63 sts)

Small Only Rows 31-38. Rep Row 3. 

Med Only Rows 31-40. Rep Row 3.

Large/X-Large Only Rows 31-43. Rep Row 3.

2X/3X Only Rows 31-45. Rep Row 3.

4X/5X Only Rows 31-47. Rep Row 3.

Cut yarn.







Sewing your pieces together:

 Sew where indicated using a yarn needle and length of yarn. You may use either the whip stitch or mattress stitch.

To attach sleeves to the shoulders of your sweater:

attach sleeve to cardigan

 Lay out your cardigan. Find the middle of the widest end of your sleeve and line it up at the shoulder seam. Line up the corner touching the back panel at row (counting from the shoulder seam down) 17-19-21-23-25-25-27-27. Line up the other corner on the front panel with row (counting from the shoulder seam down) 17-19-21-23-25-25-27-27. Sew sleeves to body of cardigan.

sew sleeve to shoulder

Sew the cardigan sides and sleeves together:

sew side seams of cardigan

Fold cardigan together inside out, so front panels are on top of the back panel and sleeves are together. Use a yarn needle and length of yarn to sew sides and sleeves together in one seam.

sew side and sleeve seams

 Start at the bottom where the panels meet and sew up, following the armpit and continue sewing along the sleeves. Shown by the white lines in the picture above. Repeat on other side.




 SLEEVE CUFFS {Make 2}

*note the tutorial shows a different hook size.

These are crocheted separately and then sewn on.

chain 5sc in 2nd ch

Ch 9

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn. (8 sts)

single crochet across

Row 2. Ch 1, sc in 1st stitch, sc in blo of next 6 sts, sc in last, turn. (8 sts)

sc in 1stsc in blo

sc blosc blo

Repeat row 2 for 22-22-24-24-26-26-28-28 more rows.

Leave a long tail & sew short ends together to form the cuff.




sew cuffsleeve cuff

Leave a long tail & sew short ends together to form the cuff.

fit cuff over sleeve

Now fit the cuff over the end of the sleeve. Stretch cuff to fit and pin in 4 spots. Next sew cuff to sleeve. Cut yarn. Repeat for other cuff.

pin cuff to sleeve

sew cuff to sleeve

sleeve cuffs

On the left the cuff is shown down, the one on the right the cuff is flipped up. The sleeves can be worn either way.



Bottom Hem Edge:

Watch a video on how to do this technique here.

 This is the same ribbing technique that we used with the sleeve cuffs, we’ll be crocheting and attaching it to the bottom of the cardigan as we go. See the pictures below for exactly how to do it. You can also crochet the ribbing separately and sew it on like the sleeve cuffs. *note the tutorial shows a different hook size.

Lay out your cardigan, position yourself at the neck, join yarn with a sl st to the corner of the bottom of the front panel on your left.

Ch 5

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (4 sts)

edgingsc in 2nd

edging



To attach to cardigan as you go:

Watch a video on how to do this technique here.

sc2tog through the two rows on the cardigan body right where you’re adding edging, sc2tog does not count as a stitch, ch 1, turn and continue working in the 4 sc stitches.

edging

When your sc row brings you back to the cardigan bottom, insert your hook in the stitch of that row, yo & pull up a loop.

edging

Then insert your hook in the next row’s stitch, yo and pull up a loop.

edging

And yo, pull through all 3 loops on your hook, ch 1, turn and continue working the next row out and back. When you return to the cardigan body repeat the above steps to attach the newest two rows of ribbing to it.




edging

edging

Row 2. Ch 1, sc in last sc from 1st row, sc in blo of next 2 sts, sc in last, turn. (4 sts)

edging

 Row 3. Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, sc in blo of next 2 sts, sc in last st, attach to next two cardigan rows with sc2tog, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 around, attaching the edging as you go with a sc2tog. Finish off.

edging




Front edge/collar:

With cardigan laid flat, right side up facing you, position yourself at the bottom end of the cardigan and attach yarn with sl st at the bottom of the front panel on your left.

Row 1. Ch 2, hdc evenly up the front panel, around the neck and back down the opposite front panel, turn.

Looking at the back of your hdc stitches from row 1, there is a distinct horizontal line that runs across the stitch. This is considered the 3rd loop and where we’ll be inserting the hook for the rest of the rows. See pictures below. See Video Tutorial here.

3rd loop hdc

Row 2. Ch 2, hdc in 1st, hdc in 3rd loop of each hdc around, hdc in last, turn.

Repeat row 2 for 3 to 10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17 more rows, or til collar is (2.75, 3, 3.25, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5)” wide.




Optional Pockets:

pink yarn swatch white hook

Ch 24

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1 *(sk 1 ch, exsc in next ch, ch 1) repeat from * across to last ch, place 1 exsc in last ch, turn. (23 sts)

Row 2. Ch 3 (counts as an exsc + ch 1), sk next ch, exsc in next exsc, ch 1, *{sk next ch 1, exsc in next exsc, ch 1} rep from * across to last two sts, sk next ch, exsc in last sc, turn. (23 sts)

Repeat row 2 for 14 more rows, don’t finish off.




Top of pocket ribbing:

pocket

Ch 5, 

Row 1. Sc in 2nd ch fro hook and in each ch across. (4)

Attach to pocket with sc2tog as you go, in the same manner as the bottom edging for the cardigan, turn.

Row 2. Ch 1, sc in last sc from 1st row, sc in blo of next 2, sc in last, turn. (4)

Row 3. Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in blo of next 2, sc in last, sc2tog to attach, turn. (4)

Repeat rows 2 and 3 across the pocket, leave a long tail to sew pocket on.

Finished pocket measures: 6″ tall by 6.5″ wide







Position Pocket:

pocket

Position pocket at hip height, or desired placement. Line up the pocket row for row. Pin in place.

Sew pockets down along 3 edges, leaving top open. Cut yarn, weave in all ends.




hygge homebody cardiganhygge homebody crochet cardigan

I’d love to see your #hyggehomebody tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work!

Pin it here:

hygge homebody crochet cardigan




44 thoughts on “Hygge Homebody Crochet Cardigan Pattern”

Leave a Reply