Hometown Chunky Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Hometown Chunky Cardigan Crochet Pattern FREE

The Hometown oversized 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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Chunky Oversized Crochet Cardigan Pattern FREE

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Before you Start your Crochet Cardigan


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”).  

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
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Special Stitches

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>

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Switch to grey color yarn.

Oversized Cardigan crochet pattern bottom contrasting color border

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”.

oversized free crochet cardigan pattern main panel schematic

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.

leave 16 cm of the oversized crochet cardigan unseamed

The Sleeves of the Cardigan

Both sleeves are identical. Repeat the process below for each sleeve.

With the main color yarn.

Join the yarn in the armholes of the chunky oversized crochet cardigan

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.

oversized crochet cardigan pattern FREE - pick up stitches for the sleeves

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.

finished sleeve of the comfy oversized crochet cardigan pattern

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.

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  • Susan Felt
    December 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I love this and hope I am successful at making this !! Love yours !!

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