The Hygge Cocoon Cardigan is a super simple sweater featuring an easy, over-size fit, and cozy ribbed sleeves. It’s made with Red Heart Hygge yarn, and it’s a free crochet pattern here on Moogly!
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The stitch pattern used in the Hygge Cocoon Cardigan creates fantastic drape in this sweater, and its simplicity is perfect for this highly textured yarn. Red Heart Hygge is so fuzzy, so soft, and so cozy in this pattern!
You can take a closer look at Red Heart Hygge in my latest Yarn Love yarn review. I’m really pleased with it, and already planning new projects! And if you’re reading this in September 2018, be sure to enter the giveaway – enough to make the whole sweater!
Because of the oversize fit of the Hygge Cocoon Cardigan, only 2 sizes are needed to fit most adults: Misses and Plus. And the simple construction makes it perfect for beginner garment crocheters!
Hygge Cocoon Cardigan
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US – N, 9.0mm – Furls Crochet Hook
790-1050 yds Red Heart Hygge (70% Acrylic/30% Nylon; 5 – Bulky/UK: 12-14ply; 132yds (121m); 5 oz (141 g))
Colorway shown: Cloud (Misses: 6 balls; Plus: 8 balls)
Gauge (laid flat): 13 sts x 6 rows = 5.5″ in flo dc
Sizes: Misses (Plus)
Helpful Links & Tutorials
Hygge Cocoon Cardigan Tutorial
EXDC – Extended Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
When instructions differ due to sizes, read the numbers as Misses(Plus).
If preferred, FDC 95(104) for Row 1 (not shown).
If preferred, substitute a CSDC for the ch 3 at the beginning of Rows 2 – 40(44) (shown).
Try on the sleeves after Rnd 2. If a larger or looser sleeve is desired, omit an even number of decreases and work the remainder as written.
Row 1 (WS): Ch 97(106), skip the 3 chs closest to the hook (counts as first dc), dc in each rem ch across; turn. (95(104) dc)
Row 2 – 40(44): Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in the flo of each st across until 1 st rem, exdc in last st; turn. (95(104) dc) After last row, break yarn.
Fold the piece made lengthwise, along Row 20(22), or as shown by the dotted line in the Schematic above.
Using the mattress stitch, seam 10″ along each side of the folded rectangle, starting at the corners and working toward the fold. In the Schematic above, the green dots are sewn to the green dots, and the red dots to the red dots. There will be 8.5(10)” left open for armholes/sleeves at the fold.
Body Opening Edging:
Rnd 1: Join to center st of foundation ch, ch 1, hdc in each st around body opening (Rows 1 and 40(44)); join. (190(208) hdc)
Rnd 2 – 4: Ch 1, hdc in third loop of each st around; join.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in third loop of each st around; join and break yarn.
Sleeves: (Repeat for each armhole)
Rnd 1: Join to any st in the arm opening, ch 1, 2 sc in the side of each row around; join. (36(44) sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, dc2tog around; join. (18(22) dc2tog)
Rnd 3 – 14: Ch 1, fpdc around the first st, hdc in the next st, *fpdc around the next st, hdc in the next st; rep from * around; join. (18(22) sts) After last round, break yarn.
The Hygge Cocoon Cardigan pattern was inspired by my friend Katy Temple, who insisted I needed to add a “Millenial Sweater” to my designs. I hope I’ve done her proud – and that you like making and wearing this sweater no matter which generation you’re from!
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This looks so pretty. I like the sleeves. Thank you for a great pattern.
Thank you so much Irma!
This yarn would be perfect for fall, it looks so cozy. I love this pattern!
Your cardigan is the comfiest looking one I have seen in a long time.
I am excited to make it and appreciate your pattern for my learning skills.
😀 Thank you so much Annie, I hope you enjoy it!
If attempting to do a cardigan for a 6 yr old girl, how many chains should I start with?
97 – misses
104 – plus
? – child
Hi Cheryl! I don’t know what size a 6 year old wears anymore, but for a child’s size 6 I would start with a chain of 64. 🙂 You can use the Craft Yarn Council Sizing Standards and the gauge listed above to figure out other sizes as needed: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/child-youth-sizes
I love the Hygee Cocoon Cardigan. Bought the yarn to do this project. The Directios say to use a sz L – 9.00 Fuels Hook. My Hook is not a Girls. My as L Hook day’s L- 10.00. Not sure what to do. Need to start this soon it is intended to be a gift for a upcoming Birth day. Help!!!!!!
Hi Judi! You can use whichever hook manufacturer you prefer, I just list the one I used. If you don’t have a 9mm hook I’d go with the 10mm and get as close to gauge as you can. 🙂
Thank you so much for this beautiful but easy pattern. This was my first attempt at a sweater.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you Debra!
I love with this yarn and excited about the pattern! It’s my first sweater and I’m nervous about gauge. I’m making the misses size. I thought my gauge was good, but my piece is nearly 42 inches wide instead of the 40 that the schematic shows. Should I be worried about running out of yarn? Thank you for your help!
I think you’ll be fine – this fabric is pretty stretchy! 😀
Hi LIZA here im a beginner nd really truely wnt to crochet your cardigan bt dnt understand da stitches please please HELP
Hi Liza! I’d recommend checking out the video tutorial linked above, under Helpful Links and Tutorials! 🙂
I just did my foundation row but I am ending up way over the 40”. I usually do chains, but after watching the tutorial video I’m pretty excited to have learned this! I moved down to an 8mm but am at 83 stitches At 40”. Will this be a problem with stitch count when I go to do sleeves?
I’m not a loose crocheted normally…is the FDC naturally loose?
Loving the softness of this yarn!
The FDC isn’t so much loose, as it’s very stretchy! So it can be really hard to measure when it’s the only row. That said, stitch count for this pattern doesn’t really matter in terms of making the pattern “work,” so if your gauge is just that much wider, aim for the measurements rather than the stitch count. 🙂
Hi Tamara, I have learned so much from watching your videos I have a question can we see how to crochet cocoon cardigan’s with a back side extension to square out backside area to take away butt bunching. Thank you kindly for reading Jojo
I’ll add that idea to my list, thank you Joanne!
Finally got up the nervous to do one and I must say it turned out great
Oh I’m so glad to hear it! Thank you Claudia!
I am wanting to give the hygge cocoon cardigan a try i have never made anything wearable before. My question about this is i have lion brand heartland already and it is much smaller yarn than the hygge. How should i alter the pattern to use the different yarn? Should i still go by the gauge and use whatever hook i need to meet the gauge? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks so much!!
Hi Dana! In that case I would just make the rectangle the same size (or darn close) as in the schematic, and then go from there, using however many stitches needed. The most important bit is to get a fabric you like, and then to make the rectangle that size. The rest can just be adapted going by measurements rather than stitch numbers. 🙂
I love this pattern. I’m finishing up my second now as a gift for my mom. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much Claire! ♥
What does the extended double crochet do for the pattern? It appears to be only one stitch at the end of the “body” section. I watched the video in the tutorial links and it seems like you would need a whole row (or rows) to make a difference to the drape of the finished cardigan. I haven’t tried out the pattern yet, so maybe it all makes sense as you work?
The purpose of the exdc is to match the height of the flo dc sts. By working in the flo, they have a lot more drape and a bit more height. I wanted more stability at the edges so rather than also make flo dc sts there, I made exdc sts that are just as tall but go under both loops.
Lynda M Otvos
Your cogent explanations make your blog and comments interesting and informative to read. Thanks.
I’m about to make 3 of these Hygge cocoon sweaters for my 3 gran.ddaughters. – Using Hygge yarn I crochetd a gauge swatch. I had to go down to a K hook to get the right gauge. I’ve never had to adjust down so much! Trusting it will work. Thanks
It’s a unique yarn, so I think everyone will work with it a little differently! 🙂 I hope you enjoy the pattern!
You have a starting ch of 97 (106). After skipping 3 ch to start a dc that would put a stitch count of 94 (103) instead of having stitch count of 95 (104). Just though I would bring this to your attention. I love your video’s and patterns. You inspire me!!
Those 3 skipped chs count as the first dc of the row. 🙂 Thank you so much!
Is there any way to convert this pattern into KNITTING instead of crochet? I absolutely love it… but I’m a knitter.
Hi Chelsea! Yes, it’s just a matter of knitting up a rectangle to the same size as shown in the schematic, using whatever stitch you like (probably garter for this yarn). Then do the seaming the same, and pick up around the armholes for a bit of ribbing to the length you like! I hope to actually create an “official” written out knit version in the coming months. 🙂
I’m working on this in the forest colour if hygge it’s super pretty!
Am I meant to join the yarn for the body edging from the righ5 or wrong side of the fabric? Or does it matter?
Hi Teri! From the right side. Thank you so much!
Can I know the size of the pattern in cm. for the 97 stitches??
40 inches is 101.6 cm 🙂
April S Hathcock
This cocoon sweater looks warm and cuddly. I hope to make it soon
♥ Thank you, I hope you enjoy making it!
This pattern popped up when I was looking at another Cocoon cardi or shawl pattern, not sure which I want to make, but I can’t find the other now, I think it was in one of the newsletters for the past few weeks.. I already have Yarn Bee Fireside yarn from Hobby Lobby. I really love the colors Spanish Olive and the feel of this yarn. It is sort of a boucle, that calls for a K hook, and I don’t know how to figure the gauge,. Can you help me locate the other pattern, also? I have to wrap up a few too many other Wips, but I will get to it before it gets warm here in Chicagoland. Thanks again, Lorinda.
Hi Lorinda! Was it this one? https://www.mooglyblog.com/strikke-cocoon-cardigan/
Hi, thank you for the pattern. I love the video and written pattern. After creating seaming the armholes, do you turn right side out then make the boarder? Thank you
Hi Kristine! Yes, that’s it! 🙂
I love the sweater. More importantly, I think my sister would love it as a Christmas present. Is this a 2 row repeat, omitting the initial chain, of course?
The body is really just a one row repeat! 😀 Cuffs and trim are a little different of course.
I absolutely adore this design, but am I the only one having issues with stretch? I’ve started over 4 times because the piece becomes way too wide! I finally measured my chain to make sure it was 44″ (for the plus size), but after about 8 rows it was magically 10″ wider. Ten!! Inches!! I seriously don’t get it!!! I blame the yarn. It’s super yummy, but also stretchy!!
This yarn plus stitch makes a super stretchy fabric! If you tug on it a bit, it may narrow out and lengthen.
I would love to make this pattern in a worsted weight yarn. Can you tell me how many chains to start with?
Hi Sheila! That will depend on your gauge! I would recommend either making a gauge swatch, or using the long chain start method: https://www.mooglyblog.com/long-starting-chains-made-easy/
Amazing pattern! Was so easy and brilliant! I enjoyed making this, and it’s oh so cozy! ❤️ Thank you!
Thank you so much, Melissa! ♥
Love the pattern but was wondering if you had measurements for how long the sleeves should be for both the adult and girls version of this cardigan…I want to try a different stitch pattern for the sleeves but didn’t know how long to make them. Thanks!
The adult sleeves are approximately 6″ long, and the child sleeves vary by size. 🙂
Hi – I’m wondering what size approximately the Misses would fit and what size the Plus size would fit – I’m unsure which one to start with.
Generally, Misses is XS to XL, while Plus is 2X to 5X. I base my sizing on the Craft Yarn Council sizing standards: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/woman-size
I want to make this for a 50″ bust…what would be pattern change?
The larger size should fit fine, as it’s meant to be worn open and there is a border worked around the opening. However, if you’d like to make it bigger, you can just add more stitches to your first row to make it wider. 🙂