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Cocoon Cardigan Crochet Pattern

This cozy crochet cocoon cardigan is designed with comfort in mind, and its chunky yarn ensures a project that works up in no time.

My pattern is the perfect blend of simplicity and style, making it ideal whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter looking for a quick and satisfying make.

Montage of four photos showing a woman wearing a cocoon cardigan crochet with a front view, side view and back view

The chunky yarn not only adds warmth but also gives the cardigan a beautiful texture, making it the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Imagine wrapping yourself in the soft embrace of this cocoon cardigan on a chilly evening – it really is comfortable and feels like a warm hug!

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In this pattern, I’ve kept the stitches simple but changed it up by working in alternate front and back loops (gives a gorgeous texture!). The pattern is sized for S to 5X and includes detailed instructions in UK and US crochet terms and I’ve included diagrams alongside the process images for guidance.

Whether you’re making it for yourself or as a handmade gift for a loved one, this crochet cocoon cardigan is sure to become one of your favourites – it’s one of mine!

Why you’ll love crocheting this cocoon cardigan

Cozy and Comfortable – Chunky yarn creates a warm and plush fabric, perfect for this cozy cocoon cardigan. It’s an ideal garment for chilly autumn, winter and spring days, providing you with both comfort and style.
Quick and Satisfying Project – Chunky yarn works up quickly, making this project a relatively fast one to complete. It’s a great option if you’re short on time or get bored with larger projects!
Beginner-Friendly – The simplicity of the pattern makes this cocoon cardigan suitable for beginners. If you’re new to crocheting clothes, this shrug is a great first project to create a wearable and functional piece.

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Design Inspiration

This yarn started life as a chunky sweater … I liked my design BUT when I seamed everything, I really didn’t like how the sweater draped!  I liked how the stitch pattern looked with the self-striping yarn and still wanted to design something to wear.  After the time spent designing, crocheting and then unpicking the sweater, I have to be honest, I wanted it to be a very easy project!  I was a little bit out of patience.

What could I design from a rectangular shape that would be wearable and warm?  I have ideas for another poncho so that was discarded.  I was already working on a long cardigan with the back and fronts worked in one piece.  My thoughts turned to how I could fold a larger rectangle and the cocoon cardigan took shape.  The finished garment is as great as I thought it had the possibility to be.  And the drape is perfect 🙂

A woman is standing on a decking with a blue sky and autumn trees behind her.  She is wearing a cocoon cardigan and looking to the side

How the cocoon cardigan pattern is worked

This cocoon crochet cardigan is worked in alternating half treble (UK)/half double (US) crochet back loop and front loop.

Close up of front loop and back loop crochet stitches used in the cocoon cardigan

A rectangle is crocheted first and then with the right side facing inwards, the fabric is folded in half so that the foundation row and final row are touching. 

Measurements are made on each side from the top (where the fold is) and stitch markers are placed to show where to start sewing the seam.  The seam is sewn from the stitch marker to the foundation and final row.

Process photos and diagrams for assembling a crochet cocoon cardigan

Next, the shrug is turned right side out to crochet the edging.  The edging is worked in double (UK)/single (US) crochet back loop.  The ribbing starts at the bottom front edge, continues to work around the back of the neck and returns to the bottom front edge on the opposite side.  A number of chains are made and then worked into, slip stitching along the edge of the cardigan before working the next row.

Photo and diagram showing the process for crocheting the ribbed edging and sleeve cuffs on a cocoon cardigan crochet

The sleeve cuffs are worked next in the same stitches and the same technique as the ribbed edging.  The cuffs are seamed together by slip stitching the beginning and end of the rows.

If you prefer less of a gap between the left and right front or longer cuffs, the ribbed edging (widthways) and sleeve cuffs (lengthways) can be extended easily by crocheting extra chains.

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Yarn Choices

Papatya Batik is a self-patterning chunky weight yarn in 100% premium acrylic. There’s a stunning collection of shades to choose from and the biggest bonus for me, it’s machine washable at 30 degrees and keeps its quality after washing.

The chunky weight works up really quickly and the texture is perfect for a wearable for the colder months.

I found this yarn really easy to work with, gliding on my hook and it gave me fab stitch definition.

Yarn WeightChunky
Fibre Blend100% Acrylic
Length (m)185
Length (yds)202
Crochet Hook Size5-6mm
Ball Weight100g
Care InstructionsDo Not Bleach, Do Not Iron, Do Not Tumble Dry, Machine Wash – Wool Wash – 30°C
Yarn properties Papatya Batik Chunky

Suitable yarn substitutions:

Cygnet Colour Rush Chunky

Papatya Splash

Pattern Notes

  • This cocoon cardigan crochet pattern is written in UK and US crochet terms.
  • Sizing is shown as thus: S, (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
  • Multiples of 2.
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
  • If you are finding it difficult to see the front loop or back loop of the stitches, holding your work so that you can see the ‘V’ of the stitch makes it easier.
  • You might find it helpful to place a stitch marker in the stitch at the bottom of the shrug where the yarn is rejoined to begin working the edging.
  • If you substitute the yarn, use the yardage and not the grams as not all weights hold the same lengths
  • I’ve added a clasp as a closure for my cardigan.  You can leave yours open but there are some really pretty clasps available that give an elegant finish.  These vintage clasp fasteners are my favourites.
montage of four photos showing a woman styling a cocoon cardigan

Level

Easy

Materials

  • 6mm / J10 crochet hook
  • Papatya Batik Chunky (color 110); 1177, (1344, 1514, 1668, 1828, 1989, 2190, 2395) yds
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK Crochet TermsUS Crochet Terms
Double Crochet (dc)Single Crochet (sc)
Half Treble Crochet (hdc)Half Treble Crochet (hdc)
Front Loop Only (flo)
Back Loop Only (blo)
  • Ch = chain
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • RS = right side
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Rh – right hand
  • Lh – left hand

Gauge

13 stitches and 8 rows = 10cm X 10cm

Measurements and Yarn Amounts

Measurements are based on the Craft Yarn Council guidance.

Finished rectangle includes 10cm of positive ease. If you would like more movement in your cocoon cardigan, follow instructions for the next size up.

SizeTo Fit (inches)Width of rectangle (cm)Length of rectangle (cm)Yarn Amounts (Yards)Papatya Batik Chunky (100g balls)
S32 – 24966911776
M36 – 38106.57213447
L40 – 42116.57515148
XL44 – 4612776.516689
2X48 – 5013778.5182810
3X52 – 5414779.5198910
4X56 – 5815782.5219011
5X60 – 6216883.5239512
Montage of three photos showing a woman wearing a crochet cocoon cardigan showing the front, side and back view

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5 star review on Etsy.  Photo of a customer wearing the cocoon cardigan.  Text reads 'This was a gem of a pattern.  it was straight forward to follow and the finished item was lovely.'  20 March 2024
Etsy review 20 March 2024: 5 stars ‘This was a gem of a pattern. It was straight foward to follow and the finished item was lovely.’
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Etsy review 13 Feb 2024: 5 stars ‘This is a wonderful pattern!’

Cocoon Cardigan Crochet Instructions UK Crochet Terms

With a 6mm/J10 hook

Ch 125, (139, 153, 165, 179, 193, 205, 219)

Row 1: htr in 2nd ch from hook, htr in back bumps to last ch, htr in last ch, ch1, turn

Row 2: htr in 1st st, *htr flo in next st, htr blo in next st, * rep to last st, htr in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: htr in 1st st, *htr blo in next st, htr flo in next st, * rep to last st, htr in last st, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until rectangle measures 69, (72, 75, 76.5, 78.5, 79.5, 82.5, 83.5) cm

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Assembly

Fold rectangle in half with RS facing in so that the foundation row and the final row of the rectangle are touching.

With the fold at the top, measure 13, (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17) cm on each side and place a st marker.  Sew the seam from the st marker down to where the foundation and last row meet as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Ribbed Edging and Collar

Turn your shrug right side out and lay it flat as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Rejoin yarn on the edge of the right side at the bottom of the cocoon as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Ch6

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc blo to the last ch, dc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 up the rh side, along the collar and back down the lh side

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Ribbed Sleeve Cuffs

With RS facing outwards, rejoin yarn at underarm of sleeve.

Ch 17

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc blo to the last ch, dc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in 1st st, dc blo to last st, dc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach the last st

To create the seam, sl st through both loops of the beginning and end

Fasten off

Weave in ends

A woman is wearing a long shrug standing on a decking with blue sky and autumnal foliage

Cocoon Cardigan Crochet Instructions US Crochet Terms

With a 6mm/J10 hook

Ch 125, (139, 153, 165, 179, 193, 205, 219)

Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in back bumps to last ch, hdc in last ch, ch1, turn

Row 2: hdc in 1st st, *hdc flo in next st, hdc blo in next st, * rep to last st, hdc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: hdc in 1st st, *hdc blo in next st, hdc flo in next st, * rep to last st, hdc in last st, ch1, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until rectangle measures 69, (72, 75, 76.5, 78.5, 79.5, 82.5, 83.5) cm

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Assembly

Fold rectangle in half with RS facing in so that the foundation row and the final row of the rectangle are touching.

With the fold at the top, measure 13, (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17, 17) cm on each side and place a stitch marker.  Sew the seam from the stitch marker down to where the foundation and last row meet as shown in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Ribbed Edging and Collar

Turn your shrug right side out and lay it flat as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Rejoin yarn on the edge of the right side at the bottom of the cocoon as shown in the image in the section ‘how the pattern is worked.’

Ch6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc blo to the last ch, sc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 up the rh side, along the collar and back down the lh side

Fasten off

Sew in ends

Ribbed Sleeve Cuffs

With RS facing outwards, rejoin yarn at underarm of sleeve.

Ch 17

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc blo to the last ch, sc in last ch, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Row 2: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in 1st st, sc blo to last st, sc in last st, sl st in the next 2 sts on the edge, turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 until you reach the last st

To create the seam, sl st through both loops of the beg and end

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Happy crocheting!

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The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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