Easy Crochet Summer Cardigan with 8 Sizes Free Crochet Pattern

You will love this super easy crochet summer cardigan. It is a cocoon style cardigan that is worked up as a rectangle, then sewn into a cardigan. The free crochet pattern is great for beginners.

Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this Easy Crochet Cardigan pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, and sizing information.

You will love making this easy crochet summer cardigan. This free crochet pattern will show you how to make a cardigan from a rectangle.

Easy Crochet Cardigan for all Sizes

I bought a new cardigan. Yes, I know I should have made one, but I didn’t have the time. Then my daughter asked me to make her a “crochet shirt”. So I designed this crochet cocoon cardigan for her. Crocheting a child size works up very fast, but I calculated out and provided instructions for sizes toddler through adult.

You will love making this easy crochet summer cardigan. This free crochet pattern will show you how to make a cardigan from a rectangle.

Picking the right Yarn for your Crochet Summer Cardigan

This is a summer crochet cardigan so using a light yarn is ideal. I used a size 3 baby sport yarn for my two examples, but any light weight yarn will work wonderfully. Most baby yarns are lightweight. You can also use light weight cotton yarns like Bernat Softee Cotton to make the crochet cardigan more breathable.

You will love making this easy crochet summer cardigan. This free crochet pattern will show you how to make a cardigan from a rectangle.
Cardigan in photo is 2 sizes too large for wearer.

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Materials Needed

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Bernat Baby Big Ball Sport Yarn (Size 3 Yarn) Colors: Taupe and Coral
Yarn requirement for each size in the chart below.
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
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Stitches and Abbreviations

CH – Chain
DC – Double Crochet
ST(s) – Stitch(es)

Gauge and Size

Gauge: 15 DC X 8 Rows = 4 inches

Note about Sizes:
In the photos above, you will see that the pink cardigan fits closer to the body than the tan cardigan. The sizes below are designed to fit similar to the pink cocoon cardigan. If you prefer the fit of the tan cardigan pick one size larger than you would normally choose. The pink cardigan has the sleeve stop at the elbow, while the tan cardigan has the sleeve stop in the middle of the forearm. I am basing sizing off of the standard measurements from https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/.

Easy Crochet Summer Cardigan

Notes:
-Written in US terms.
– I do not count my CH2, turning chain, as a stitch.
– We are just making a large rectangle then sewing it into a cocoon cardigan.
– Your stitch count for the entire project will be 2 less than your starting chain.
– In order to accommodate sizing, row numbers will restart in each section.

Crochet Cardigan Rectangle: Section 1

Child sizes
Size 2T-3T: CH 93
Size 4-6: CH 115
Size 8-10: CH 131
Size 12-14: CH 149
Adult Sizes
S-M: CH 159
L-XL: CH 165
2X-3X: CH 171
4X-5X: CH 183

Section 1: Row 1: DC into the third CH from the hook. DC in each CH across. (Your final stitch count will be 2 less than your starting Chain.

Note: If you can, after finishing row one, drape the piece over your shoulders with your arms by your side and make sure it falls to the inside of your elbow on each side. If it does not then you will adjust the size you are making. (If you want it to be an oversized cardigan, then aim to have row 1 fall to the middle of your forearm on both sides.)

Or you can measure your row 1 and makes sure it matches the width measurement listed in the sizing chart.

Section 1: Row 2: CH2, turn, DC in first ST, *CH1, Skip a ST, DC in next ST* repeat from *to* across. (Your stitch count will not change, just make sure you are counting your Chain 1s as a stitch.)

Section 1: Row 3: CH2, turn, DC in first ST. *CH1, Skip Chain Space, DC in next ST* repeat from *to* across.

From here, repeat row 3 to reach the total number of rows listed below for the size you are making.

Child sizes
Size 2T-3T: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 9 rows in Section 1.
Size 4-6: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 11 rows in Section 1.
Size 8-10: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 13 rows in Section 1.
Size 12-14: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 15 rows in Section 1.
Adult Sizes
S-M: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 16 rows in Section 1.
L-XL: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 16 rows in Section 1.
2X-3X: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 17 rows in Section 1.
4X-5X: Repeat Row 3 until your section 1 has a total of 18 rows in Section 1.

Once you have completed all the rows for section 1, continue on to section 2.

Crochet Cardigan Rectangle: Section 2

Section 2: Row 1: CH2, turn, DC in first ST. *DC in CH space, DC in next ST.* repeat from *to* across.

Section 2: Row 2: CH2, turn, DC in each ST across.

From here, repeat row 2 to reach the total number of rows listed below for the size you are making.

Child sizes
Size 2T-3T: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 20 rows in Section 2.
Size 4-6: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 26 rows in Section 2.
Size 8-10: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 28 rows in Section 2.
Size 12-14: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 32 rows in Section 2.
Adult Sizes
S-M: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 34 rows in Section 2.
L-XL: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 37 rows in Section 2.
2X-3X: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 37 rows in Section 2.
4X-5X: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 40 rows in Section 2.

Once you have completed all the rows for section 2, continue on to section 3.

Crochet Cardigan Rectangle: Section 3

Section 3: Row 1: CH2, turn, DC in first ST, *CH1, Skip a ST, DC in next ST* repeat from *to* across.

Section 3: Row 2: CH2, turn, DC in first ST. *CH1, Skip Chain Space, DC in next ST* repeat from *to* across.

From here, repeat row 2 to reach the total number of rows listed below for the size you are making.

Child sizes
Size 2T-3T: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 8 rows in Section 3.
Size 4-6: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 10 rows in Section 3.
Size 8-10: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 12 rows in Section 3.
Size 12-14: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 14 rows in Section 3.
Adult Sizes
S-M: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 15 rows in Section 3.
L-XL: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 15 rows in Section 3.
2X-3X: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 16 rows in Section 3.
4X-5X: Repeat Row 2 until your section 1 has a total of 17 rows in Section 3.

Once the appropriate number of rows are complete, work the Last row below.

Section 3: Last Row: CH2, turn, DC in first ST. *DC in Ch space, DC in next ST.* repeat from *to* across.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

How to Make a Cardigan from a Rectangle

To turn your rectangle into a cardigan, fold it in half so that the mesh is directly on top of the mesh. Then sew the sides of the cardigan together along the side of the mesh rows. I used an Invisible stitch, but a whip stitch will work as well.

Now your easy crochet summer cardigan is complete and ready to be enjoyed.

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You will love making this easy crochet summer cardigan. This free crochet pattern will show you how to make a cardigan from a rectangle.
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