Scroll down for the free pattern and helpful photos, or you may choose to purchase the ad-free, printable PDF version from my Etsy shop here (featuring large print and all important photos) or you can find the Lion Brand kit available for purchase here (in Slate or Fisherman Color Options)! Add it to your faves or queue on Ravelry (here)!
It’s not spring yet (although I wish it were), so there is still plenty of time for chunky crocheted cardigans! I’ve long wanted to make one with my fave Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman, so this is a lot of fun for me. The stitch pattern reminds me a bit of falling snow and it’s cozy while not being overly hot or bulky. It’s also quite easy!
This yarn is light, fluffy and soft even though it’s super bulky. I love the way it looks and feels because of the touch of wool. Having that bit of natural fiber adds to the look and quality in my opinion. It’s no secret that I have an addiction to creams and greys, so this sweater is getting a lot of use from yours truly. Like most projects of mine, this piece has very little shaping and is made in panels so its easy to crochet. The eyelets are also very simple and once you really get into the stitch pattern it becomes pretty mindless. Mindless – but still fun! It’s also a joy because it works up quickly, so it’s not one of those sweaters that you’ll be hanging over for the next year. Hehe!
While this crocheted cardigan is super easy, if you’re looking for something even easier, definitely start with one of my blanket sweaters! Some faves are the Light Frost Blanket Sweater and the Easy Blanket Sweater
Below: Light Frost Blanket Sweater (here) – This is the easiest type of pattern if you’re wanting to make your very first shrug or sweater. It’s just a folded rectangle!
Below: The Light Snow Oversized Cardigan is a legit, chunky cardigan pattern. I love it!
The eyelets work up beautifully and make this sweater cozy but not overly hot.
It’s oversized so you don’t feel restricted wearing it and it’s much like wearing a nice blanket or hug. 🙂
This was yet another very cold day. I should have named the sweater “Freezing Cold, Heavy Snow, Where is Spring Oversized Cardigan”. But that might not have sounded quite right. 😉
Inspiration for this eyelet filled sweater came from my Light Alpaca Poncho (below) which featured a very similar stitch pattern along the bottom.
Are we ready for a pattern?
Ope!! There’s some shoulder action. I think this is what cool people do in photo shoots, right? Lol
Just a reminder that you can find the printable PDF pattern in my Etsy shop HERE, or you can see the full, free pattern below 🙂
Let’s get to this! And remember to scroll to the bottom of the pattern to see helpful photos.
Light Snow Oversized Cardigan Crochet Free Pattern
Pattern Description: This chunky crocheted cardigan features a trendy oversized fit and beautiful open stitchwork. Minimal shaping makes the sweater easy to create and it works up quickly with soft, super bulky yarn. Whether you’re staying in for a snow day, or heading out to work, this squishy cardi is sure to keep you cozy. Pair it with your jeans or leggings for a fun, comfortable look. The pattern includes helpful pictures and diagrams to assist you.
Skill Level: Easy +
US Size P 11.5 mm Crochet Hook
US Size N 10.0 mm Crochet Hook
(5, 6, 7, 8) skeins Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick Yarn in Fisherman (170 g/skein) Kit available for purchase HERE from Lion Brand Yarn
Pattern uses approximately (784, 897, 1026, 1175) grams total
Small, Medium, Large, XL
Please follow the key throughout the pattern according to the size you are crocheting:
(S, M, L, XL)
S – 40”
M – 44”
L – 48”
XL – 52”
Length: (note that the sweater stretches slightly downward when worn – measurements below are taken when sweater is laid on a flat surface)
S – 25”
M – 26”
L – 27”
XL – 27”
Abbreviations & Skills:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sk – skip
hdc – half double crochet
ch st – chain stitch
dc – double crochet
dc flo – double crochet through the front loop only
sc flo – single crochet through the front loop only
hdc flo – half double crochet through the front loop only
sc2tog flo – single crochet two together through the front loops only (decrease)
RS – Right Side
WS – Wrong Side
Approximately 7.5 stitches and 5 rows of stitch pattern in 4” x 4”
Chain odd number of stitches
Row 1 Sc in each st across the row
Row 2 Ch 3, (counts as hdc and ch 1), turn, sk 1st st of row, hdc in next, *ch1, sk st, hdc in next st, repeat from * across the row.
Row 3 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in each st across the row
(Repeat rows 2 & 3, in that order. This is the pattern used throughout the majority of the sweater)
This cardigan is created by crocheting a back panel, two front panels and two sleeves. Each panel is crocheted from side to side (this means that your initial chain for each panel runs the length of the panel, not the width). The panels are then seamed together and the sleeves are sewn onto the sweater. Cuffs and the collar are then crocheted onto the piece. See photos at the end of the pattern for additional assistance.
Use the P hook unless otherwise noted
Ch (45, 47, 49, 49)
Row 1 Sc in 2nd st from hook and in each st across the row (44, 46, 48, 48) (RS)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as hdc and ch st) turn, sk 1st st of row, hdc flo in next st, *ch 1, sk st, hdc flo in next st; repeat from * across the row (45, 47, 49, 49)
Row 3 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in each st across the row, working the final st into the turn ch of previous row (44, 46, 48, 48)
Next, repeat rows 2 & 3, in that order, until piece measures approximately (20”, 22”, 24”, 26”) wide. Tie off and weave in ends.
Front Panel Pattern (make 2)
Ch (45, 47, 49, 49)
Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch st across the row (44, 46, 48, 48) (RS)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as hdc st and ch 1) turn, sk st, hdc flo in next st, *ch 1, sk st, hdc flo in next st; repeat from * across the row (45, 47, 49, 49)
Row 3 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in each st across the row, working the final st into the turn ch of the previous row (44, 46, 48, 48)
Next, repeat rows 2 & 3, in that order, until piece measures approximately (8”, 9”, 10”, 11”) wide.
Repeat this pattern one more time to make a second front panel. Ensure that your two front panels match. Tie off and weave in ends.
Sleeve Pattern (make 2)
The beginning chain is the widest end of the sleeve and you will crochet to the narrowest cuff end
Ch (29, 31, 33, 35)
Row 1 Sc in each st across the row (28, 30, 32, 34) (RS)
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as hdc st and ch 1) turn, sk st, hdc flo in next st, *ch 1, sk st, hdc flo in next st; repeat from * across the row (29, 31, 33, 35)
Row 3 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in each st across the row, working the final stitch into the turn ch of previous row (28, 30, 32, 34)
Row 4 Repeat row 2
Row 5 Repeat row 3
Row 6 Ch 1, sc2tog flo, sc across to last two stitches, sc2tog flo. (26, 28, 30, 32)
Row 7 Ch 1, sc flo in each st across the row.
Row 8 Ch 1, sc flo in each st across the row.
Row 9 Ch 1, sc2tog flo, sc flo in each st across the row to last two stitches, sc2tog flo. (24, 26, 28, 30)
Next, repeat rows 7 – 9, in that order until piece measures approximately (10”, 10”, 11”, 11”) WIDE. (Each time you work a row 9 repeat, your stitch count will decrease by two stitches) Once it reaches the indicated width, continue crocheting in rows, working sc flo in each st, until sleeve measures approximately (16”, 17”, 17”, 18”) long. (You may choose to make sleeves longer or shorter while keeping yarn needs in mind) Tie off and weave in ends.
Assembly and Finishing
Place front panels on back panel with wrong sides together and seam up sides, using a whip stitch seam. Leave openings for the arms and sleeves. Seam at shoulders. Tie off and weave in ends.
Fold sleeves and seam. Sew sleeves to arm openings of cardigan. (Optional – add cuff to sleeve by picking up yarn with your N hook, single crochet evenly around. Next, single crochet through the back loop only around, working in continuous rounds until cuff is as long as you’d like. To finish, skip a stitch, slip stitch, tie off and weave in ends.)
Bottom Edge Cuff
With your size N crochet hook, attach yarn to outside bottom corner of cardigan and double crochet evenly across. Work one more row of double crochet stitches, working through the front loops only (dc flo in each st across). Tie off and weave in ends.
With your size N crochet hook, attach yarn to bottom, inner corner of collar area on the cardigan. You will work in rows to create the collar edging, working from one side to the other side.
Row 1 Dc evenly across to opposite end of collar
Row 2 Ch 1, turn, sc flo in first 10 sts of row, hdc in next 10 sts of row, dc flo in each st across to last 20 sts; hdc flo in next 10 sts, sc flo in final 10 sts of row. Tie off and weave in ends.
Block to shape and size as desired.
*Note: sleeve measurement above doesn’t include additional length with ribbed cuff
Below: Two front panels
Below: Crocheting the sleeve. Once finished it will be folded, seamed and sewn onto the sweater.
Above: Front panels are placed on the back panels and are ready to be seamed. Edging is added along the bottom with double crochet stitches worked through the front loop only.
Enjoy your new, cuddly cardigan!
I hope you enjoyed this sweater pattern! Stay warm!
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