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Your New Favorite FREE & Basic Crochet Sweater Pattern

DRUM ROLL PLEASE…. Introducing… THE HONEYBEE CARDIGAN! This super easy, basic crochet sweater pattern will be your new favorite crochet project. And the best part is it’s free pattern filled with lots of basic crochet stitches and a simple construction. Basically, it’s an amazing “watch TV while you crochet” kind of sweater project. Let’s be real, those are the best kind!

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Basic Free Crochet Pattern

The Honeybee Cardigan is meant to be that basic sweater you grab as you’re running out the door because it just goes with everything. It’s the cozy sweater you grab when you think “oh maybe the restaurant will be cold” or “oh I’ll need a sweater when I take a walk around town tonight”. You know the one. It’s the one you wear the most because it just goes with most outfits and looks the best because it’s so simple.

I absolutely LOVE the hem of this design! it looks complicated, but it’s literally just a series of half double crochet stitches and chain spaces. The hem reminded me (and my friend Carly!) of a honeycomb, and thus the name Honeybee Cardigan was born!

I find that I gravitate towards sweater designs with simple stitch patterns because I like the meditative, repetitive nature of crocheting the same basic stitches for an entire garment. If I do a complicated stitch pattern, then I can’t watch TV while I crochet and that would take out all the fun for me! LOL. So the Honeybee Cardigan definitely falls into the category of “simple, meditative project” since it’s such a basic crochet sweater pattern.

And just FYI, in terms of skill level, this is considered a beginner crocheter design! A very easy crochet project!

Basic Crochet Sweater Pattern

Construction & Fit

The Honeybee Cardigan is slightly oversized with 2-4 inches of positive ease. It’s meant to be a light & breezy cardigan that you can wear in the Spring/Summer months with minimal shaping. The simple construction is ideal if you’re looking for an easy crochet project! It’s made in 3 separate panels: one back panel and two identical front panels. That’s why this is a great easy crochet cardigan for beginners! The cool thing is, when you seam the panels together, you leave the bottom hem unseamed so you have a super awesome split hem on the sides. Finally, the sleeves are worked in rounds directly into the armholes. I love this method of crochet sweater design because it allows you to try on the sweater as you go so you get the perfect sleeve length.

Basic Crochet Sweater Pattern

Yarn

For this easy crochet project, I used WeCrochet’s Galileo yarn! Galileo is an absolutely amazing blend of Merino wool and bamboo.  The resulting sport weight yarn is silky, shiny, and luxurious.  It’s perfect for almost any project, especially lightweight cardigans and shawls.  It comes in almost 20 different colors, so you can really let your creativity run wild with this yarn.  My favorite parts are the brilliant sheen and the drape the bamboo creates in the fiber.  Amazingly, it does not have a propensity for pilling or splitting as you’re working with it (any crocheter knows how annoying that can be!).  Although it appears delicate, the yarn is quite strong.  Ideal for beautiful crochet projects that will be built to last!

Basic Crochet Sweater Pattern

Crochet Hook & Stitches

It will probably shock no one when I say that what crochet hook I used for this project – a Furls Streamline Resin! These hooks are my absolute favorite and I use them for every single crochet project. I have a set I received about a year ago (Shout out to my parents for the amazing birthday gift!) and honestly there has been no looking back. These hooks are stunning and crocheting with them is a breeze because of the thick handles. Check out the post I did comparing different Furls crochet hooks here for more information!

The stitch I used for this fabulous basic crochet sweater pattern is none other than the half double crochet stitch! I absolutely love the fabric the half double crochet creates because it’s always super drapey (like a double crochet) but not quite as loose (like a single crochet). So it has all the best qualities of the basic stitches rolled into one. If you like this stitch, check out the Snow Day Pullover and the Stripe Into Spring Cardigan too!

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Materials

  • G/4.0 mm Crochet hook
  • Stitch markers x4
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Measuring tape

Yarn

8 (9, 10, 11, 13) (15, 16, 18, 19) balls of WeCrochet Galileo in Apollo for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) or 970 (1160, 1265, 1440, 1620) (1875, 2030, 2315, 2410) yards of similar Sport weight yarn that matches gauge.

Notes

  • This cardigan is worked from the bottom up in three separate pieces: one back panel and two identical front panels.
  • Sleeves are worked in rnds directly into armholes.
  • You will be turning after every sleeve rnd.
  • The Cuff is meant to be about 1″. However, feel free to make it longer or shorter if you desire.
  • The ch 1 at the beginning of each row/rnd does not count as a stitch.

Abbreviations

  • BLsc = back loop only single crochet
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together
  • rep = repeat
  • rnd(s) = round(s)
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)

Special Stitches

Hdc Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

hdc2tog (hdc 2 sts together) (Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop) twice, yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook – 1 st decreased.

basic free crochet pattern

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Finished Bust: Approximately 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) (52, 56, 60, 64)”

Finished Length: Approximately 21.5 (22, 23, 23.5, 25) (25.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28)”

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Fit: Oversized fit with positive ease of approximately 2-4″

Tips for Beginners

  • Use a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of each row/rnd. Move the stitch marker up as you progress.
  • Count your stitches approximately every 6th row.
  • As you progress with the sleeves, repeatedly try on the sweater to make sure the sleeves fit your arms. It is okay to skip a decrease if the sleeve is getting too snug or add a decrease rnd if they are too large. Just remember that if you change the number of decreases that you do the same on both sleeves.

Gauge Swatch

22 sts x 19 rows = 6″ in hdc

Free Crochet Pattern

Back

Ch 58 (66, 74, 82, 90) (98, 106, 114, 122)

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 57 (65, 73, 81, 89) (97, 105, 113, 121) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc next st, *ch 3, sk 3 sts, hdc in next st, rep from * across – 57 (65, 73, 81, 89) (97, 105, 113, 121) sts.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 4 more times.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.

Rep Row 12 until Back measures 21.5 (22, 23, 23.5, 25) (25.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28)”.

Fasten off.

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Front Panel

*(make 2)*

Ch 26 (34, 34, 42, 42) (50, 50, 58, 58)

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 25 (33, 33, 41, 41) (49, 49, 57, 57) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc next st, *ch 3, sk 3 sts, hdc in next st, rep from * across – 25 (33, 33, 41, 41) (49, 49, 57, 57) sts.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 4 more times.

Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.

Rep Row 12 until Front Panel measures 15.5 (16, 17, 17.5, 19) (19.5, 20.5, 21.5, 22)”.

Row 13 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st across – 24 (32, 32, 40, 40) (48, 48, 56, 56) sts.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across.

Rep Rows 13 and 14 8 more times. – 16 (24, 24, 32, 32) (40, 40, 48, 48) sts.

Row 15 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st across – 15 (23, 23, 31, 31) (39, 39, 47, 47) sts.

Fasten off.

Join Panels

Lay the front panels over the back panel with the decrease edges toward the middle. Join the last row of each of the front panels to the last row of the back panel, slip stitching across, Make sure your stitches are lined up correctly. There will be 27 (19, 27, 19, 27) (19, 27, 19, 27) unworked stitches in the center of your back panel.

Next, you will be seaming the sides of your cardigan together. Beginning 3″ from the bottom to create a slit in the hem, sl st up the side, joining the first front panel and back panel together. Leave a 6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5)” hole unworked to create the armhole. Repeat on the opposite side. Turn your cardigan right side out.

basic free crochet pattern

Sleeves

Join yarn with sl st in underarm of one armhole.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 48 (51, 55, 59, 62) (66, 70, 75, 77) sts in hdc st evenly spaced all the way around armhole edge; join with sl st in first st. Note: If desired, place a marker in first st of rnd to help keep track of sts. Move marker up as each rnd is completed.

Rnd 2 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, (hdc2tog) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 0, 0, 1) times, hdc in each st around until 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (2, 0, 0, 2) sts remain, (hdc2tog) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 0, 0, 1) times; join with sl st in first st. – 46 (49, 53, 57, 60) (64, 70, 75, 75) sts.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.

Rnd 4 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, (hdc2tog) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (0, 0, 0, 0) times, hdc in each st around until 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (0, 0, 0, 0) sts remain, (hdc2tog) 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (0, 0, 0, 0) times; join with sl st in first st. – 44 (47, 51, 55, 58) (64, 70, 75, 75) sts.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.

Rnd 6 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, (hdc2tog) 1 (1, 2, 2, 1) (0, 0, 0, 0) times, hdc in each st around until 0 (2, 2, 4, 0) (0, 0, 0, 0) sts remain, (hdc2tog) 0 (1, 1, 2, 0) (0, 0, 0, 0) times; join with sl st in first st. – 43 (45, 48, 51, 57) (64, 70, 75, 75) sts.

Rep Rnd 5 until sleeves measures 6.5 (6.5, 6.5, 7, 7) (7, 7, 7.5, 7.5)”.

Rnd 7 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog; join with sl st in first st. – 41 (43, 46, 49, 55) (62, 68, 73, 73) sts.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.

Rep Rnd 7 and 8 three more times – 35 (37, 40, 43, 49) (56, 62, 67, 67) sts.

Rep Rnd 5 until sleeves measures 13 (13, 13, 13.5, 13.5) (14, 14, 14.5, 14.5)”.

Rnd 9 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog; join with sl st in first st. – 33 (35, 38, 41, 47) (54, 60, 65, 65) sts.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.

Rnd 11 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around until 2 sts remain, hdc2tog; join with sl st in first st. – 31 (33, 36, 39, 45) (52, 58, 63, 63) sts.

Rep Rnd 5 until sleeves measures 16 (16.5, 16.5, 17, 17) (17.5, 17.5, 18, 18)”.

Rnd 12 (Dec): Ch 1, turn, hdc for 2 (3, 3, 0, 4) (2, 0, 1, 1) sts, *hdc2tog 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) times, hdc for 2 (1, 1, 1, 0) (0, 0, 0, 0) sts, rep from * 6 (8, 9, 12, 18) (23, 28, 30, 30) more times, hdc for remaining sts (if any) in the rnd; join with sl st in first st – 24 (24, 26, 26, 26) (28, 29, 32, 32) sts.

Proceed to Cuff.

basic free crochet pattern

Cuff

Rnd 1-4: Ch 1, turn, BLsc in each st around; join with sl st in first st.

Fasten off.

Repeat around second armhole for second sleeve.

Lower Trim

Join with sl st in one lower front corner so that you are ready to work along the lower edge of body.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc evenly spaced along lower edge of body to next lower front corner.

Do not fasten off.

Front Trim

Row 1: Ch 1, do not turn, work sc sts evenly spaced up front edge, along back neck, and down next front edge to opposite lower front corner.

Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

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xo,

Jessica

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