Sofia – Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Sofia is an easy crochet cardigan pattern in a simple, clean style that you can pair with jeans, dresses, shorts or leggings when you need an extra layer. The classic fit is flattering on all body types in sizes XS to 5X, or size up for a looser fit. In DK yarn it’s accessible for budgeting crocheters and will take you through multiple seasons.

Make yours with colour block stripes in your favourite tones or keep it simple with a solid colour version. One stitch is used throughout, and with limited shaping it’s great for beginner crochet garment makers!

I started mine late last year and it sat on hold for a while… now that i’m pregnant it doesn’t quite fit the same! So keep in mind that my version isn’t representative of the normal fit.

Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern

The subtle ribbed texture comes from the stitch used, a variation on the simple hdc. This is a stitch i’d never used before starting this pattern but I love it now, and I want to make everything in this stitch! It keeps the fabric light and drapey, and adds a nice something extra for the versions made without stripes in one colour.

The construction is basic, making a back panel and 2 front panels, joining the sleeves next (either flat or in the round) and finishing with edging round the front.

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You can find the ad-free PDF easy crochet cardigan pattern to download in sizes XS-5X in your favourite pattern store below.

Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern

What you’ll need to crochet this cardigan

  • DK acrylic yarn (specific amounts further down)
  • 5.0mm/H hook
  • Scissors and needle for finishing

I used Stylecraft Special DK, I love how soft this yarn is for the price and the huge colour range. My colours were Grey, Cream and Dandelion.


Sizing & Yarn Amounts

How does it fit?

The pattern is written for a classic fit with slight positive ease and full length to above the hip. A few of my testers decided to size up for a looser fit and they loved having some extra room, especially in the sleeves. The DK yarn makes an oversized version cozy without being too heavy or chunky.

Can a beginner crochet this cardigan?

Definitely! The stitch texture makes it look a little more complicated than it is, but it’s super simple with a photo stitch tutorial in the pattern and detailed explanations of the decrease stitches. The shaping and construction is basic and no blocking should be needed. The ribbed edging might take some trial and error the for the first few rows to avoid any ruffling but once you find a spacing method you’re happy with it’s very straight forward.

Pattern Notes

  • Stitch counts will be in brackets at the end of each row in the format (XS, S, M, L)(XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X), with colour coding so that it’s easy to track through your stitch count.
  • Starting chs do not count as a stitch
  • Pattern is worked flat in rows, with a turn at the end of every row
  • Each row of the sleeves also finishes with a turn to maintain the striped texture
  • Using a stitch marker to highlight your sleeve decrease rows may help you to keep track without counting

You can find the ad-free PDF easy crochet cardigan pattern to download in sizes XS-5X in your favourite pattern store below.