Want to feel free in a flowing, pretty, comfy cardigan? Me too. I got you covered with this one. 🙂
A couple of years ago I shared a pattern for a Cascading Kimono, which was one of the most popular patterns on my blog that year. I thought it would be fun to make something with a similar style, but with the fit of a sweater or cardigan instead. The Cascading Kimono had a similar flowing collar that’s flattering and casual all at the same time. My favorite things about this simple Free-Girls Sweater is the drape of the fabric and the understated boho look. It’s perfect to wear with jeans or leggings! As usual, you can scroll down to see the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the kit from Lion Brand HERE or the printable pattern HERE.
This cardigan is simple to crochet and is made with basic shapes and stitch patterns. As you know, I like to keep things as easy as possible, so while there’s no difficult shaping in the body, you will do a little bit of decreasing on the sleeves.
When picking a yarn, I knew it had to be something that feels great when worn on the skin. It also had to create a fabric with a lovely drape so the collar would be breezy and flowy. Lion Brand Jeans, in the color Vintage, fit the bill and worked so perfectly. It’s also a bonus that the yarn’s affordable, making a big project like this more doable for a lot us. You’ve also seen me use this yarn in the Easy Sleeveless Vintage Top and the Azul V Mesh Poncho Pattern.
You can wear this a few different ways. Leave it free and open, add some buttons, or tie it with a belt.
Above: It could be super cute to add a button up there at the top where I’m holding the collar. I’d also place a few down the front for the best look and fit. A belt also goes nicely with this piece as well. 🙂
I’m so pleased with how the texture turned out along the collar. 🙂
So, how do we make this sweater?!
First, you will begin by making two rectangular front panels as well as one rectangular back panel. The front panels are worked with a few different stitches, giving them that super cool texture you see along the collar. The back is simply made with basic double crochet stitches. It’s very easy to adjust the pattern to make the sweater wider in circumference or smaller by crocheting for more or fewer rows on each panel.
Next, you will seam the 3 panels together while leaving openings for the arms.
From there, you will simply attach your yarn to the bottom of each arm opening and crochet the sleeves. That’s it! You’ll also find some helpful pictures at the bottom of this post!!
Scroll down to see the pattern with all the specifics. 🙂
You’ll find the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the advertisement-free printable version from my Etsy Shop HERE.
Free-Girls Sweater Crochet Pattern
This unique, boho-inspired sweater is just as comfy as it is cute. You’ll love how soft it is on the skin and how easy it is to crochet! Featuring a flowing collar, textured stitches and a lengthy fit, this cardigan compliments leggings and jeans alike.
US Size J, 6.0 mm crochet hook
(6, 7, 8, 9) Lion Brand Jeans Yarn in Vintage (100 g/skein) (Kit available HERE)
Pattern uses approximately (600 g, 686 g, 777 g, 872 g)
Stitch Markers (optional)
Small, Medium, Large, XL
Please follow the key throughout the pattern according to the
size you are crocheting:
(S, M, L, XL)
S – 37.5”
M – 41.5
L – 45.5
XL – 49.5
Cross Back Width
S – 13.5”
M – 14.5”
L – 15.5”
XL – 16.5”
Length (from shoulder down):
S – 30”
M – 31”
L – 32”
XL – 33”
Length: (19”, 19”, 19.5”, 19.5”)
Approximate circumference at widest point of upper portion of sleeve: (13”, 15”, 17”, 19”)
Approximate circumference at sleeve cuff: (8”, 10”, 12”, 14”)
Abbreviations & Skills:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
hdc flo – half double crochet through the front loop only
yo – yarn over
FPdc – front post double crochet
BPdc – back post double crochet
Bean Stitch – bean st – Row 1 Ch 2, turn, insert hook in 3rd st from hook, pull up a loop, yo, insert hook in same st, pull up another loop (4 loops on hook) yo, insert hook in same st (6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook (bean st made), *ch1, sk st, work bean st in next st; repeat from * across the row.
Approximately 11 ¾ stitches and approximately 7 rows in 4” x 4” of double crochet
This cardigan is made up of three rectangular panels which are seamed together at the sides. The sleeves are then crocheted by attaching the yarn to the arm openings and crocheting in rounds. Adjustments to the width of the cardigan can be made by crocheting each panel for more rows.
Rectangular Front Panel of Cardigan (make 2)
Ch (117, 121, 123, 125)
Row 1 Hdc in 3rd st from hook and in each ch st across the row (115, 119, 121, 123)
Row 2 Ch 2 (doesn’t count as st), turn, hdc flo in 3rd st from hook and in each st across the row (115, 119, 121, 123)
Row 3 Repeat row 2
Row 4 Work the bean st pattern across the row (refer to Special Stitch section)
Rows 5 – 7 Repeat row 2 (115, 119, 121, 123) (note: in row 5 you will work in each ch st and st across the row)
Row 8 Work the bean st pattern across the row
Row 9 Repeat row 2
Row 10 Work the bean st pattern across the row
Crossed Double Crochet Section
Rows 11 – 14 Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), turn, dc in next st, *sk st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st; repeat from * across to last st, dc in last st of row. (115, 119, 121, 123)
(note: last st of row in rows 12-14 will be the turn ch of previous row)
Double Crochet Section
Row 15 Ch 3, turn, dc in each st across the row (115, 119, 121, 123)
Rows 16 – (23, 26, 29, 32) or until panel measures approximately (12”, 13.5”, 15”, 16.5”) across, repeat row 15
Tie off and weave in ends.
Rectangular Back Panel
Ch (117, 121, 123, 125)
Row 1 Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch st across the row (115, 119, 121, 123)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as st here and throughout pattern), turn, dc in next dc st and in each st across the row (115, 119, 121, 123)
Repeat row 2 for approximately (24, 25, 27, 29) rows or until piece measures approximately (13.5”, 14.5”, 15.5”, 16.5”)
Tie off and weave in ends.
Next, place each side panel along the long sides of the back panel. The Double Crochet Sections of the front panels should be lined up with each long edge of the back panel. With a length of yarn and a tapestry needle, seam approximately (22”, 23”, 24”, 25”) up each side. Tie off and weave in ends.
Next, leave a space for the arm opening measuring (6.5”, 7.5”, 8.5”, 9.5”) long. Attach yarn at top of arm opening and seam up the remainder of the panels. Tie off and weave in ends. (see picture)
Sleeves (do not turn at end of each round)
Attach yarn to bottom of arm opening
Place stitch marker at beginning of each round
Row 1 Work (38, 44, 49, 55) double crochet stitches evenly around, sl st to join in top of beg ch 3 (don’t turn here or throughout sleeve pattern)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of beg ch 3 (38, 44, 49, 55)
Row 3 Ch 3, dc in each st around to last 2 sts, dc2tog (decrease), sl st to join in top of beg ch 3
Row 4 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of beg ch 3
Row 5 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around, sl st to join in top of beg ch 3
Repeat rows 3 – 5 until sleeve measures approximately (17.5”, 17.5”, 18”, 18”). The stitch count will decrease by one stitch every third row.
Next, you’ll crochet the cuff of the sleeve.
Ch 3, work FPhdc, followed by BPhdc. Repeat this pattern, alternating a FPhdc st, followed by a BPhdc st around.
Continue working this pattern in rounds, working FPdc stitches in each FPdc st, and BPdc stitches in each BPdc stitch around for a total of about 1.5” – 2” or until you’ve reached your desired length. Tie off and weave in ends. (To make the ribbing work out perfectly, work an even number of stiches around)
Repeat this sleeve pattern for each arm opening.
Block to shape and size as necessary.
Add a button or two in order to be able to close the front of the sweater. You may also consider adding a belt to secure the sweater when worn.
Step 1: Place back panel between two front/side panels
Step 2: Seam them together, leaving openings for the arms
Below: Arm openings where sleeves will be attached
Step 3: Attach yarn and crochet sleeves onto sweater
Below: This is how the sweater looks when it’s laid open and flat.
Above: The two front panels (or side panels) are placed along the back panel and seamed. Openings are left for the arms. The yarn is attached to the bottom of the arm opening in order to crochet the sleeves in rounds.
I really hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I did!
As always, I’d be so happy to see if you made one! Just tag me @mamainastitch #mamainastitch on Instagram or shoot me an email!