Tierra Stitchy Hoodie Knitting Pattern

I had to get one more chunky, warm, sweater in before we head into spring and start making warm weather pieces. This easy hoodie knitting pattern is a lot of fun because it features a variety of stitches and textures. So while it’s made of simple shapes (mostly rectangles), it will keep you interested as you move through the different stitches. 🙂 And seriously, is there anything cozier than a hood? 😉

As usual, you can see the free pattern below, or you may choose to purchase the ad-free printable version from Etsy HERE, or the kit from Lion Brand Yarn (choose any color!) HERE. Yay!

I named this sweater the “Tierra Stitchy Hoodie” because “tierra” means earth or land in Spanish and this is just an earthy, cool, sweater. It’s also got a lot of different stitches, so it’s super stitchy! 😉 Deep thoughts by Jessica, lol.

I’m sort of on a cardigan designing kick, and apparently we like them chunky (recently, I shared the Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan, and you might remember the Coziest Cable Cardigan as well). I wear cardigans so often in the winter months, and the design possibilities are endless!

This hoodie is the warmest of all of my cardigans as it’s not only got the cozy hood, it’s also made with a super bulky wool blend. As many of you know, Wool Ease Thick & Quick is a go-to yarn for me. It’s a wool blend, yet it’s soft and washable. And no worries if you can’t use wool! You can easily substitute the yarn with any super bulky #6 that you like. I often get the question as to what yarn you can sub if you don’t like wool. Usually I’ll suggest the Lion Brand Hometown USA as it’s a super bulky 100% acrylic that could work. But again, you can sub any #6 yarn that you like or that you can get your hands on in your area.

You’ll knit this flat (unless you choose to knit the sleeves in the round), by making several rectangles and then seaming each piece together. This makes it easier for new knitters! Even the hood is knit by making a long rectangle, folding and seaming to attach it to the cardigan.

So shall we hop to the pattern?

Remember that you can see the free pattern below, or you can grab the printable, PDF from Etsy HERE (If you’re a Mamas Maker Member, you can grab the printable in the library HERE)


Featuring various textures and chunky fabric, this hoodie is toasty
warm and sure to be noticed! The beginner friendly construction makes it
doable for knitters of all ability levels. As you make this sweater, you’ll love
moving through the different stitch patterns including, stockinette, Irish moss
stitch and seed stitch. Get ready to cozy up with your comfy new sweater!


US Size 15, 10 mm 36” circular knitting needles & straight needles (optional)
(adjust needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge)

7 (8,9,11,13) Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Terra Cotta 170
g/skein Pattern uses approximately 1100 g (1293 g, 1523 g, 1797 g, 2125 g)

Grab the convenient kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE, available in several color options

Tapestry Needle
Measuring Tape

Sizes: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, XL FOR REFERENCE: (I am wearing the hoodie in the photos and am 5’5″, 105 lbs and 32″ bust and I’m in the size XS) There is a lot of positive ease!

Gauge: Approximately 8 stitches and 11 rows in 4” x 4” of stockinette

Please follow the key throughout the pattern according to the size you are
knitting: XS (S, M, L, XL)

Bust Circumference (approximate finished size):
XS – 44”
S –48”
M– 52”
XL- 60”

Length (approximate):
XS – 23”
S– 25”
M– 27”
L – 29”

Sleeve Length:
XS – 17”
S – 17”
M – 17.5”
L – 18”
XL -18.5

Sleeve Width when seamed (approximate width at widest point):
XS – 6.5”
S – 7”
M– 7.5”
L– 8”
XL – 8.5”

Abbreviations & Skills:
k – knit
p – purl
st – stitch
sts – stitches
k2tog – knit two together decrease

Pattern Notes:

This hoodie cardigan is knit by making one rectangular panel for the back and two
rectangular panels for the front (see schematic). Sleeves and hood are then knit
separately and seamed to the cardigan. If you’re experienced, you can certainly
modify the pattern to knit the sleeves in the round and avoid seaming. Consider
blocking panels and sleeves to shape and size before final assembly. You may make
the hoodie longer by knitting more rows on each panel to add length. If you do
adjust the length, keep yarn needs in mind! The pattern calls for circular needles even
while it is knit flat. The circular needles are necessary to comfortably hold all of the
stitches. Have fun!

Tierra Stitchy Hoodie Easy Knitting Pattern

Back Panel (make 1)
*stitch count remains the same throughout the pattern
Cast on 46 (50, 54, 58, 62)
1×1 Ribbing Pattern
Row 1 *K1, p1; repeat from * across the row.
Rows 2 – 6 Repeat row 1.
Irish Moss Stitch Section
Row 7 (Right Side) *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 8 (Wrong Side) *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 9 *P1, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 10 *P1, k1; repeat from * across.
Row 11 – 22 Repeat rows 7 – 10, in that order.
Row 23 Knit across.
Row 24 Purl across.
Repeat rows 23-24, in that order, until entire panel measures 23” (25”, 27”, 29”, 31”).

Cast off and weave in ends.

Front Panel (make 2)
Cast on 20 (22, 24, 26, 28)
*stitch count remains the same throughout the pattern
1×1 Ribbing Pattern
Row 1 *K1, p1; repeat from * across the row.
Rows 2 – 6 Repeat row 1.
Irish Moss Stitch
Row 7 (RS) K5, *k1; p1; repeat from * to last 5, k5.
Row 8 (WS) K5, *K1, p1; repeat from * to last 5, k5.
Row 9 K5, *P1, k1; repeat from * to last 5, k5.
Row 10 K5, *P1, k1; repeat from * to last 5, k5.
Row 11 – 22 Repeat rows 7 – 10, in that order, just as with the back panel.
Garter Stitch (this is on the front panels only)
Rows 23 – 26 Knit across.
Row 27 (RS) Knit across.
Row 28 (WS) K5, p to last 5, k5.
Repeat rows 27 & 28 in that order until panel measures 23” (25”, 27, 29, 31”) and matches the length of the back

Cast off and weave in ends.

Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 28 (30, 32, 34, 36)
Garter Stitch
Rows 1 – 4 Knit across.
Row 5 Knit across.
Row 6 K3, p to last 3, k3.
Repeat rows 5 & 6, in that order, until sleeve measures 9” (all sizes).
Next, you’ll work the seed stitch.
Seed Stitch
Row 1 *K1, p1; repeat from * across.
Row 2 *P1, k1; repeat from * across.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 of seed stitch section until entire sleeve measures 14” (all sizes).
Decrease Row
Row 1 K2tog, k across to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 1 *K1, p1; repeat across.
Repeat row 1 from this ribbing section until entire sleeve measures 17” (17”, 17.5”, 18”, 18.5”).

Cast off and weave in ends.

You’ll make the hood by knitting a long rectangle, then folding it in half and seaming up one side. You’ll then sew it onto your cardigan.

Cast on 22 ( 22, 24, 24, 24)
Row 1 Knit across.
Row 2 K5, p to last 5, k5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2, in that order, until piece measures approximately 24” long.
Cast off and weave in ends.
Fold hood widthwise. With your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, seam up one side (this seamed side will be the back of the hood).

Assembly (see schematic for visual guidance)
Place two front panels directly on top of back panel, aligning outer edges and leaving space in the middle for the neck.
Using a simple whip stitch, sew the shoulders along the top on each side.
You may choose to sew sleeves onto cardigan before or after seaming the sleeves.
Seam sleeves with a simple whip stitch.
Seam up sides of the cardigan with a simple whip stitch leaving openings for the sleeves.
Place hood along the top, center of the cardigan. The seam of the hood should be lined up in the center of the back panel. The opening of the hood should be at the front of the cardigan. Pin the hood in place if necessary in order to sew it evenly onto the cardigan, working along the upper portion of the two front panels and the neck area of the back panel. If you have extra yarn, you could even add pockets!
Weave in all those ends.

Now, cuddle up in your new hoodie!


So what do you think? Are you going to try this one out? If so, definitely feel free to share in the comments on my Facebook page, or tag me over on Instagram. I always check them, even if it takes me a week or so to get to it!



If you liked this, you might also like:

Comfiest Knit Cardigan

Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan

Thank you to Lion Brand Yarn for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Hi there, love this (and all your) patterns but according to the measurements included, I would make this sweater in the “small” size, but I am rarely a small, I am almost always a medium so I am going to make the small size and let you know how it turns out!!

  2. I do quite like this but disappointed that it’s knit rather than crocheted…..will you, could you please remake this as a crochet pattern?

    1. Hi Lyn! I’ve thought about it but worry that with spring around the corner, by the time I finish a crocheted version, no one will want to make a chunky hoodie in the summer! I’ll keep it in mind though!

      1. If by chance you do decide to make a crocheted pattern I would be very interested as I am working on Christmas projects for the upcoming year. Love your stuff. Thanks so much.

    2. Lyn, I too am a crochet gal. But I loved Jessica’s Heirloom blanket so much that I you-tubed how to continental knit and made it for a wedding gift. Jessica’s patterns are super easy to follow, and look way more complicated than they are. Give it a try!!

  3. Would it be okay to stitch the front panels and back in 1? Do they have to be separate and the stitched together? I didn’t know if maybe something about stitching them from separate would affect the structure?

    1. You could certainly stitch them as one! The structure may be slightly different, but it will still work fine in my opinion! It’s a forgiving pattern.

  4. Hi Jessica
    I am just learning to knit after 4 years of crochet. I love your patterns and am going to try this one next. Thank you!

  5. This hoodie looks just perfect. I love the different stitches that make it special. I’m going to knit this but planning to make it with a zipper. It’ll make the sweater even more versatile.

  6. Jessica, this is so cute!! I totally want to make this (along with all your other super cozy and beautiful patterns!!). Love the cozy hood!! And I love that so many of your patterns call for thick and quick lion brand yarn as I have so much of it! (Yarn addict here!)
    Thank you!

  7. Love the texture and the oversized ease of this design. Bravo! You hit it out of the park with this one! It was love at first sight for me and I just purchased the kit from LB (thanks, 30% sale), but I’m thinking I’d like to add some sort of closure to the front as my lifestyle doesn’t lend itself to the flyaway potential of open cardigans. Any suggestions on how to add buttons or toggles to the pattern? Or a link to a helpful video? The easier the better, as I am learning as I go along. Thanks!

    1. I don’t know of any tutorials off hand, but loops and toggles would be so easy to add! I think that would be the simplest route. You might be able to do some googling and find some info on how to add them! Great idea and so glad you like this hoodie, Laura!

  8. I LOVE this! I normally wear a 2X but the measurements for the XL seem ample enough. Am I figuring correctly?

    1. Hi Sandy!
      While it seems like large finished measurements, I’m wearing the XS, weigh about 100 lbs and an 5’5″. The finished measurements are huge for an XS, but it still fits and isn’t crazy oversized. Maybe this will give you a better idea on which size to go with!

  9. This Hoodie is a sure hit for a next winter project! Love the band of Irish Moss stitches around the bottom. Looks so Snuggly with my favorite Thick and Quick yarn that always provides great stitch definition! This is a keeper Jessica! Thank You so much for the free download!

  10. I LOVE the cardigan style sweaters, but I cannot knit. I am really hoping that you will do up a crochet pattern. I wear hoodies at work and can’t give them up until well into summer!

  11. This looks beautiful. Finishing up your big cable sweater now; then on to this. I do have a question. When you sew the two front panels to the top of the back, do you place wrong sides or right sides together? Won’t you get a little ridge when you use the whip stitch? Thanks!

  12. I love a good hoodie! And I have absolutely fallen in love with this one. It looks so comfy. I did not see a link for this pattern in crochet. Is it available in a crochet pattern? Thank you

  13. I am working on this pattern. I have the back knitted, now I am working on the front. I have come to a discrepancy, you call for Garter Stitch rows 23, 24, 25, 26. When I look at the picture of the front it looks like rows 27 and 28 are also in Garter Stitch. The next rows are in Stockinette Stitch. Am I correct?

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