Welcome to our step-by-step crochet cardigan tutorial! In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you through creating a cozy and stylish crochet cardigan using our free pattern. Whether you’re a seasoned crochet enthusiast or just starting out, this project is perfect for all skill levels.

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Yarn: Choose your favorite worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice. You’ll need approximately [X yards/meters] for [size].
  2. Crochet Hook: Use the appropriate hook size for your yarn, usually recommended on the yarn label. We suggest starting with a size [X mm] hook.
  3. Scissors: Sharp scissors for cutting yarn.
  4. Yarn Needle: A tapestry needle to weave in ends.


Before starting, it’s a good idea to check your gauge to ensure the cardigan fits as intended. To do this, create a swatch of [X stitches] by [X rows] in your chosen stitch pattern. Your swatch should measure [X inches/cm] square. Adjust your hook size if necessary to achieve the correct gauge.

Pattern Steps:

  1. Foundation Chain: Begin by chaining [X stitches], accounting for the width you want your cardigan to be.
  2. First Row: Start in the second chain from the hook and work your first row of [X stitch pattern] (e.g., single crochet, double crochet, etc.) across the chain.
  3. Continue Stitch Pattern: Follow the stitch pattern for the body of the cardigan, making sure to increase or decrease stitches as needed for shaping.
  4. Front Panels: When you reach your desired length for the back panel, set it aside and repeat the stitch pattern for the front panels, leaving gaps for armholes.
  5. Join Front and Back Panels: Attach the front panels to the back panel at the shoulders, leaving openings for the arms.
  6. Sleeves: Work the sleeves by attaching your yarn at the armhole opening and crocheting in rounds or rows, depending on your chosen pattern.
  7. Edging: Add any desired edging or border to your cardigan, such as ribbing or a decorative trim.
  8. Finishing Touches: Weave in any loose ends, block your cardigan to shape, and add any closures (buttons, hooks, etc.) if desired.

Optional Customizations:

Feel free to get creative with your cardigan! You can experiment with different stitch patterns, colors, and lengths to make it uniquely yours.


  • Take your time and pay attention to your stitch count to ensure even shaping.
  • Refer to online tutorials or crochet books if you’re new to any of the stitches used.
  • Blocking your finished cardigan can make a big difference in its appearance.

We hope you enjoy creating your very own crochet cardigan using this simple and free pattern. Don’t forget to share your finished project with us on social media using #CrochetCardiganDIY. Happy crocheting!