The Hometown Chunky Cardigan is an easy, beginner crochet pattern. I wanted to make a simple super oversized cardigan to go home this year so I could wear it over my usual 3 sweaters. I get really cold when I go home!
It has a simple rectangle construction with stitched on sleeves. It’s nearly seamless (yay!) with just a little twist to make it extra special. The bands of eyelets and puffs in a contrasting color lightens this long crochet cardigan pattern. The chunky yarn is warm and comfy while keeping a great drape.
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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:
- Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed Yarn
- Gedifra Cuor di Merino 60
- Patons Shetland Chunky Yarn
- Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Chunky
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”).
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 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.