The Hometown chunky cardigan crochet pattern is an easy oversized sweater that you can throw over anything. You’ll stay warm and stylish in this oversized sweater, perfect for laying in colder months.
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The Perfect Chunky Cardigan Crochet Pattern for Traveling
I named this pattern the Hometown Cardigan because I made it special for my trip home this year. I grew up in Belgium but moved to Malaysia where it’s always warm and humid. When I travel home, especially during the cooler months, I’m always cold! I’ve begun layering looser sweaters over more fitted ones to keep warm. I created the Hometown Cardigan to be chunky and loose-fitting enough to fit over my usual 3 sweaters.
What I quickly found, however, is that this sweater is great for all of my travels! It’s loose enough to layer over other tops when I’m cold, but the cropped sleeves and eyelets make it perfect for warmer weather too. It looks wonderful thrown over a tank top or t-shirt.
Featuring a simple rectangular construction with stitched-on sleeves, it’s nearly seamless with eyelets and puffs on the sleeve to make it extra special. It’s the perfect project for beginners wanting to try their hand at garment making, and sized XS to 6XL.
Before you Start your Crochet Cardigan
- 6 mm/ US J – 10 crochet hook.
- Chunky #5 weight yarn (100% wool) :
- 11 (9, 13, 15, 17) 50g / 1 ¾ oz skeins in salmon red
- 1 50g / 1 ¾ oz skein in grey
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
I used yarn I had in my stash for years for this pattern and unfortunately it’s not available anymore, so I’ve looked up some alternatives for you:
The hometown cardigan is a very oversized comfy cardigan. The cardigan is available in the following sizes XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL, 5XL/6XL. Medium/Large, with the smallest and larger sizes in parentheses as: M/L (XS/S, XL/2X, 3X/4X, 5XL/6XL). The pictures illustrate the size M/L. If you want less of an oversized fit, don’t hesitate to go one size down.
Below are the final cardigan dimensions for the different sizes.
- XS/S: 73 cm /28.75” height, 1.05m / 41.25” circumference
- M/L: 75 cm / 29.5” height, 1.25m / 49.25” circumference
- XL/2XL: 77 cm / 30.25” height, 1.45m / 57” circumference
- 3XL/4XL: 79 cm / 31” height, 1.65m / 65” circumference
- 5XL/6XL 81 cm / 31.75″ height, 1.85m / 72.75″ circumference
The gauge for this pattern, in rows of dc is 11 st by 8 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about crochet gauge.
Abbreviations & Instructions
This pattern follows US notations
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- dec = decrease = dc 2 stitches together
- skip = miss stitch
- sl st = slip stitch
Puff stitch = Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over, pull up a loop, [yarn over, insert hook in same st, yarn over, pull up a loop] twice, yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on the hook, ch 1 to close the puff stitch.
Work instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the round.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round between < >.
The turning ch 1, ch 2 does not count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.
I use a turning ch 2 for dc stitches as I find it gives me a neater edge.
Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space.
The Actual Chunky Oversized Cardigan Pattern
- Main Cardigan Square
With a 6 mm / US J – 10 hook, ch 144 (123, 165, 189, 210) st.
Row 1 – 3 : ch2, dc in every st. <144 (123, 165, 189, 210) st>
Switch to grey color yarn.
Row 4: ch1, sc in every stitch.
Row 5: ch4, skip 2, [puff st, ch2, skip 2] repeat until last st, dc, turn. < 47 (40, 54, 62, 70) puff st>
Row 6: ch1, sc in every st.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 twice more and finish with an additional row of sc (row 5).
Switch back to main color yarn and repeat rows of dc (row 1) until you reach 45 cm / 17.75”.
Now you need to split your work in 3 sections: both front panels and the back panel. This way you create the armholes.
Divide your stitches as follows:
XS/X: 34 st, 55 st, 34 st
M/L: 40 st, 64 st, 40 st
XL/2XL: 45 st, 75 st, 45 st
3XL/4XL: 51 st, 87 st, 51 st
5XL/6XL: 56 st, 98 st, 56 st
Work each part separately. Repeat row 1 until you reach 28 cm / 11” (26 cm /10.25”, 30 cm/ 11.75”, 32 cm / 12.5”, 34 cm / 13.25″) for each section.
Before assembling the cardigan and adding the sleeves block your rectangle to the following dimensions:
XS/S: 73 cm /28.75” height, 1.05m / 41.25” wide
M/L: 75 cm / 29.5” height, 1.25m / 49.25” wide
XL/2XL: 77 cm / 30.25” height, 1.45m / 57” wide
3XL/4XL: 79 cm / 31” height, 1.65m / 65” wide
5XL/6XL: 81 cm / 31.75″ height, 1.85m / 72.75″ wide
Sew up the top panels. Leave 16 cm of the from flaps unseamed.
- The Sleeves of the Cardigan
Both sleeves are identical. Repeat the process below for each sleeve.
With the main color yarn.
Row 1: Pick up 60 (54, 66, 72, 78) st around the armhole in dc. Start with a ch2 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and finish with a slip st in the 2nd ch.
Row 2: ch2, [dc 4, dec] 10 (9, 11, 12, 13) times, finish with a slip st in the 2nd ch. <50 (45, 55, 60, 72)>
Row 3 – 16 : ch2, dc around, finish with a slip st in the 2nd ch.
Switch to grey yarn,
Row 17: ch1, sc around, join with a slip st in the ch.
Row 18: ch4, skip 2, [puff st, ch2, skip 2] repeat around, 1 (1, 1, 0, 1) dc, join with a slip st in the 2nd ch.
Repeat row 17 and 18 twice more. Repeat row 17 once more.
Go back to the main color yarn and repeat row 3 two times.
Bind off and weave in the ends.
Blocking and Sewing
Carefully block your cardigan.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.