Comfort and Joy is a super-chunky, oversized, top-down raglan crochet cardigan pattern. With the option to add pockets and buttons, it’s perfect for cosy comfort on the sofa or a layer of warmth out in the wide world.
I’ve been wanting to design a super chunky cardigan for extra cosines for ages and I’m so excited to finally bring this to you. Just in time for winter in the northern hemisphere!
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Crochet Skills Used
This is a relatively simple, beginner friendly crochet cardigan pattern using (US) single crochet and chains for the body and sleeves, and half double crochet for the hem and cuffs.
It’s a totally seamless design – the only sewing you will do is to add on the pocket(s) and weave in the ends. Oh and maybe a button or two if you choose to add them. (I didn’t add buttons but the pattern includes instructions on how to.)
The sweater is worked top down so you can try it on as you go. The design uses a raglan style and starts of with a simple rectangular yoke which is split at the underarm to create the sleeves and body.
If you’re new to crochet garment making, you can learn more about different types of sweater construction here
The pattern includes a chart showing the first 8 rows of the yoke to help you get started.
You will need a 12mm hook for the body and sleeves, (or size needed to obtain gauge). I used this clover amour hook.
I switched to a 10mm hook for the hem, cuffs and button band, though this is optional.
I often downsize my hooks for the finishing for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I think it gives a neater finish. Second; many crochet garments, especially chunky ones like this, can be prone to stretch with wear, so having that tighter edging can help it keep its shape.
You can learn more about choosing your style of crochet hooks here.
You will need 530m – 1150m of super chunky yarn, depending on size chosen.
I used Lionbrand Hometown USA in Huston Cream for the cardigan you see here.
There is a lot of variation in within the super chunky / super bulky yarn weight category so I have given some additional guidance in the pattern for choosing substitutions.
This post will help you understand more about why there is such variation in yarn weight categories and how, in this case, you can use ‘wraps per inch’ to compare yarns more accurately.
The cardigan pattern is written in 7 adult sizes from XS – 3XL in (finished bust 98cm-159cm).
It is an oversized design with about 20cm / 8in of positive ease in the body, so if you want something more fitted you could size down.
The pattern includes a table and schematic showing approximate measurements of the finished cardigan to help you choose your size.
It’s a gender neutral pattern (sized using standard female sizing) so when choosing your size, I suggest you work based on chest / bust size. The schematic included in the pattern, also includes a cross back measurement so you can choose by fit across the back.
Guidance is given throughout for making simple adjustments to sleeve and body length.
The cardigan you see me wearing in the pictures is a size small. I am just over 5’ 1” and a UK size 8-10, that’s a US size 4-6.
Like all Dora Does patterns, it is written in English using standard US crochet terminology.
If you have any other questions on the pattern, please feel free to drop them in the comments.
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