Light Snow Oversized Cardigan Crochet Free Pattern

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

Tapestry Needle


Measuring Tape


Dimensions (approximate):

Small, Medium, Large, XL

Please follow the key throughout the pattern according to the size you are crocheting:

 (S, M, L, XL)

Bust Circumference:

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”

Stitch Pattern:

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.


Pattern Instructions


Use the P hook unless otherwise noted

Back Panel

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.

Cardigan Collar

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




Helpful Photos:

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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Light Snow Oversized Cardigan Crochet Free Pattern

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    1. Hope you had a Happy Birthday. Love your sweater but I don’ Crochet just knit. But I did see a pink knitted sweater on Pinterest that I want to try. Right now I am knitting the honeycomb scarf. Thanks for sharing your beautiful patterns and work.

  1. Happy Birthday, Jessica! Hope you have a fabulous day!

    This a beautiful pattern. Too bad I’m terrible at crochet. Maybe someday I’ll figure it out

  2. Hello dear Mama. How lovely looking cardigan is this, is Pure White! It is beautiful! I love it. Just had to give you this comment, because after your hard work, you deserved it. Happy crocheting! Best wishes always: Julie in the UK ❤️

  3. How about a knit pattern like this So pretty but im not a crocheter
    Looking forward to it!!

  4. A very Happy Birthday to you. You must be a joy to be around.
    Now , please , please more knitted patterns. Love the blankets. Thanks.

  5. Thank you for the sweet pattern! I’ve come to look forward to your emails to see what you’re up to. I’m new to them, and enjoy seeing your fun patterns and usually want to make them. Hope your birthday is very happy!

  6. love the look of this cardigan, will be giving it a go. Bit hot in Australia just at the moment but I will be ready for the cooler months, :))

    Thank you

  7. Happy birthday, a day late.. It was always a special day for me because it was my Grandmother’s birthday, she taught me how to crochet. God bless her. So do tell, what did you get for your birthday?.

    1. Ahh! Thanks Hannah! My family took me out to a delicious dinner and we are talking about getting a puppy soon ( so that’s kind of my present ). 🙂

  8. Good Morning from France ,
    Thanks you so much for such pretty pattern !
    It’s just that Iwas looking for !

  9. Really lovely, you are like a model so slim and tall. I need a bit more shaping and less bulk and was wondering if you would consider doing a shaped hugging, vintage style sweater. I know you would come up with a perfect balance because, because, you just would! I love this, just couldnt wear it.

  10. I was going to make the lovely Monaco kimono in natural white. Then I saw this one and changed my mind. I have enough of gorgeous natural white yarn in my stash. This is exactly the right pattern for it. This will be my outdoors cardigan for the cooler days of spring. Thank you so much for the pattern!

    I think I’m going to make the Monaco kimono later, using colorful yarns. One of the colors is going to be denim blue. Your kimono looks so nice with blue jeans.

  11. I love your patterns, but have a question about making this beautiful cardigan before I dig in. In your opinion, do you think I could use a tee shirt yarn? I’m think about Hoooked Zpagetti in white. I need an open type of cardigan for spring/summer, and I really like the look of this one. I live in southern SC near the beach, so we don’t have tons of cold weather. And when we do have it, it doesn’t last long. But I would like a nice cotton cardigan for when I’m at the ocean on the days when the wind off of the water is still really cool. TMI, I know! But I’d like to know your opinion. Thanks so much! And again, thanks for all of your beautiful patterns and inspiration for all of us who prefer patterns to work from!

    1. Hi Jean! Possibly! I think it’s worth a try! It might come out a bit heavy with t – shirt yarn but I could be completely wrong. Sounds really cool actually!

  12. Happy BELATED BIRTHDAY JESSICA . SORRY IT’S LATE BUT MY GRANDDAUGHTER was in labor with a preemie baby a month early. I NIW have my second great granddaughter Nylah . Thank you so much for your patterns. I love all of them ❤. What a great talent you have!

      1. Hi again Jessica. Thank you for the comment on my comment. Our little Nylah came into the world just fine. But she had some compliactions after birth but is fine now thank God . She weighed 4lbs. She has a sister Myah who is 2. I am blessed.

  13. Lovely – I’d like to try it. I enjoy following your videos. Do you have one for this pattern yet?

  14. Happy belated birthday!!
    This cardigan is so beautiful. I’ve got some yarn ready for this one.
    I love your photo shoots.
    Where do you get the antlers in them? They are pretty cool,would love to buy some for knifehandle making.

    1. Hi Melanie!
      The antlers come from up near our family cabin. People find them up there as the deer shed them naturally. I don’t know where you might be able to buy some. I do occasionally see them in antique stores around here though?

  15. I’ve crocheted for many years but never made anything to wear. I love this sweater and I’m going to try to crochet it. Thank you for a beautiful and free pattern. You are very talented.

  16. I’m wearing my new cardigan with pride. It turned out really beautiful. The pattern was so easy to follow. I made the “cuffs” narrower, making the sleeves in the interesting crochet stitch. I also shortened the cardigan a bit…I’m not a tall person and it’ll stretch a bit. Thanks for pointing out that! Thank you so much for this pattern!

    1. Hi Mila…congrats for completing this beautiful cardigan. I’m sure it is lovely. I am in the process but have a question regarding the length of the back panel. I have it completed but I’m concerned if the length is correct. Mine measures 24” when held up to measure. This is without the trim.
      Does this compare to the one you made? I am only 5’ tall but don’t want it too short.
      Txs for any help you can give me.

    2. I am having trouble with the collar. How many stitches were you able to pick up? Instructions say to work on 60 stitches, it looks like to me. Can you explain? Thank you.

  17. Happy Belated Birthday! I’ve been egregiously stalking your blog for a few weeks now, enjoying many of the videos and patterns. I made a couple of baskets based on your pattern from Lion Brand. I love the look of this cardigan but wanted to make it a little longer, so do you think adding 6-8 extra stitches to the foundation chain for the panels would work? Looking forward to your reply!

  18. Hi Jessica…I love this pattern. Thank you for posting it.
    I just finished the back section and want to make sure my scale is correct.
    It measures 24” in length when I hold it up to measure.
    I am making a size medium.
    Is this correct?

  19. Did you wet or steam block this cardigan before or after you sewed it together? Than you.

  20. I love the vertical pattern of this sweater! I’m making it in Blueberry, and I’ve got the 2 front panels done. I’m making it longer for this cold weather here in Idaho. Thanks for the free pattern!

  21. It’s a beautiful sweater, I wish you’d do a video on your youtube channel so beginners like me could follow along!

  22. I love the look of this sweater.. but I’d like to do it with worsted weight yarn and add a hood.. any ideas on pattern changes??

  23. I noticed the mountain-line in the background and it looks like Pikes’ Peak to me. Are you located in Colorado Springs, Colorado? I grew up in the Springs.) Presently, I live in S.W. Missouri. Love your patterns, love your site.

  24. Can it be made with a different kind of yarn? I have allergies to wool. Thank you for a beautiful pattern,

  25. LOVE this pattern!! I have some yarnin my stash that I’ve been wanting to use and was wondering if it would work on this. The question I have is that my yarn is #5 and I know that Thick & Quick is a #6 yarn. I’m a new crocheter and was curious as to how it might effect the pattern and size. Thanks!

  26. I also have a wool allergy. I would love to try the Light Snow Cardigan can you recommend a different kind of yarn?

  27. Hello and thank you for this pattern. I am having a problem with the sleeves. Are your sleeves in the pattern for a shorter sleeves? Picture shows long sleeves but my sleeves are about elbow length and not wide enough. How should I fix this?

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