The Elegant Cocoon Cardigan – Free pattern

The Elegant Cocoon Cardigan – Free pattern
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I love the Elegant Cocoon Cardigan because it is such a simple pattern that looks fabulous once completed. I guarantee even a beginner crocheter will be able to master the drunken granny stitch in no time once the first couple of rows are done.  If you can chain and double crochet then you can make this gorgeous spring / summer / early autumn cardigan!

A perfect match

The Elegant Cocoon cardigan uses the same stitch and the Elegant Hair Scarf (which is also a free pattern on the blog! WINK WINK)

So if you like matching accessories then we have you covered!

For all ages and optional extras!

This pattern is not age specific. It would look great on a teen, on her mum or on her grandma! The pdf version has options for sleeves and cuffs and also a ribbed border around the cardigan to which you may add a loop and button very easily.

The edging and sleeves are great additions if you want to use this during the autumn months. Or on those freezing winter days cozy up into it on the sofa with a hot chocolate whilst watching your favourite movie or reading a good book.

PDF Pattern links

**If you are here for the Fireside Comforts Event hosted by Ambassador Crochet please keep scrolling – these links will NOT get you the Free PDF Pattern!

You can find the pdf pattern which contains the optional extras for this cardigan in all of our usual shops:

Are you ready to get started on your Elegant Cocoon Cardigan??


  • #3 weight yarn or cotton of choice. I used approx. 1200 yards for the S/M without the sleeves (I estimate 1500 yards with sleeves) and 1650 yards for the L/XL with sleeves.
  • 4mm hook or hook to meet gauge
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors


2 blocks of stitches and 4 rows = 2” x 2”


This pattern is size inclusive.

This pattern has 4 sizes – the measurements below are for the panels before assembly, sleeves and optional ribbing:

Size Bust Width of each panel Height of panel before assembly
S/M UP TO 38” 39” 31”
L/XL 38-46” 45” 33”
2XL / 3XL 46-54”” 50” 35”
4XL/5XL 54-62” 55” 37”


  • CH – chain
  • CH SP – chain space
  • ST / STS – stitch / stitches
  • SK – skip
  • DC – double crochet
  • FPDC – Front post double crochet
  • BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet
  • Rep – repeat
  • FO – fasten off

Pattern notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible
  • Ch3 at the start of the row does count as a st.
  • To make the pattern wider you could use a bigger hook or a heavier weight yarn.

Row 1:            CH169 (199/224/249)

(4DC, CH3, DC) in 6th CH from hook, *SK4 CH’s (4DC, CH3, DC) in next CH*.

Rep from * to * until you have 3 ch’s remaining. Sk 2CH, DC in last CH, turn.

Row 2:            CH3, work (4DC, CH3, DC) in each CH3 sp across, DC in the top of the turning CH from the previous row, turn.

Rows 3 on:     Repeat row 2 until your panel measures 31” (33”/35”/37”) high (or desired height)

FO, weave in ends.



Step 1:            To assemble your cardigan, fold it in half so that the chain row and the last row you worked are together at the bottom with right sides facing.

Step 2:            From the top mark your armholes. You will need to measure down 6’’ (7’’/8’’/8.5’’) as per the figure photo below.

Do this on both sides.

Step 3:            Whip stitch from the bottom edge (remember, this is where your foundation row and last row worked meet) up to your stitch marker.

FO and weave in ends.

Repeat this step for the other side.

And there you have the basic Elegant Cocoon Cardigan!

Remember if you would like to add sleeves, cuff or ribbed edge you can find these instructions in the pdf pattern.

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Sarah Tee