FREE Pattern: Dobby’s Hooded Cardigan!

My goal as a designer is to create fun, beginner-friendly patterns that are enjoyable to create! With fewer parts to sew together and simple stitches, my hope is for you to truly enjoy the experience f creating something rather than getting stressed out, frustrated or bored! I hope you enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed designing it and I can’t wait to see your creations!

This pattern was created for Furls Crochet as part of their 2021 blog hop! I used their amazingly soft Whims Merino Crochet Yarn – Superwash Merino And Nylon in worsted weight (4) in Purple, Periwinkle, Spearmint, Mustard and Pink! I also used my 10mm Furls Taurus Streamline Swirl!

This is a free pattern but you can find the PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy shop HERE!

Sizing: S/M(M/L,L/XL,XL/2X,2X/3X)

Estimated Yardage

  • S/M – 1,700
  • M/L – 2,100 yards
  • L/XL – 2,500 yards
  • XL/2X – 2,900 yards
  • 2X/3X – 3,300 yards

As for break downs of the yardage needed for each color, this is highly dependent on how many colors you decide to use, if you decide to add length to the body or sleeves, and if you meet my exact gauge for the pattern. For my S/M shown in the photos, I used about 480 yards of Color #1, 300 yards of Color #2, 380 yards of Color #3, 240 yards of Color #4, 240 yards of Color #5.

One of my M/L testers reported using: Color #1 – 545 yards, Color #2 – 302 yards, Color #3 – 444 yards, Color #4 – 240 yards, Color #5 – 280 yards 

One of my L/XL testers reported using: Color #1 – 589 yards, Color #2 – 348 yards, Color #3 – 456 yards, Color #4 – 329 yards, Color #5 – 228 yards

One of my 2X/3X testers reported using: Color #1 – 824 yards, Color #2 – 430 yards, Color #3 – 614 yards, Color #4 – 508 yards, Color #5 – 342 yards

Abbreviations:

  • CH – Chain
  • FTH – From the Hook
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC2tog – Half Double Crochet Two Together (decrease)

Gauge (4″x4″): 9 HDC stitches x 7 HDC Rows

*I have pretty tight tension and many of my testers needed to go down in hook size to match my gauge*

SWEATER BODY:

This cardigan is created holding two strands of yarn together. Although it has instructions for the striping color changes, you also have the option to use a a single color or variegated yarn and ignore striping if you’d like!

Start with Color #1 (Blue)
Chain 39(47,55,63,71)
Row 1: HDC in 2nd Ch FTH and then HDC across, turn [38,46,54,62,70]
Row 2-9: Ch 1, HDC 38(46,54,62,70), Turn

In Color #2 (Purple)
Rows 10-18: Ch 1, HDC 38(46,54,62,70), Turn

In Color #3 (Pink)
Rows 19-27: Ch 1, HDC 38(46,54,62,70), Turn

In Color #4 (Yellow)
Rows 28-32(33,34,35,36): Ch 1, HDC 38(46,54,62,70), Turn
Row 33(34,35,36,37)/ROW 1: Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn
**This row starts the first front panel**

FIRST FRONT PANEL

Row 2-5(6,7,8,9): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), Turn

In Color #3 (Pink)
Row 6-14(7-15,8-16,9-17,10-18): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn

In Color #2 (Purple)
Row 15-23(16-24,17-25,18-26,19-27): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn

In Color #1 (Blue)
Row 24-32(25-33,26-34,27-35,28-36): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn
(tie off at the end of the last row!)

SECOND FRONT PANEL

In Color #4 (Yellow)
Join into the 15(19,22,26,30) stitch from the other end of the body (see photo below) and work your first row of HDCs towards the outer edge of the body of the jacket!

Row 1: After you join, Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30) across, turn Row 2-5(6,7,8,9): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30) across, turn

In Color #3 (Pink)
Row 6-14(7-15,8-16,9-17,10-18): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn

In Color #2 (Purple)
Row 15-23(16-24,17-25,18-26,19-27): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn

In Color #1 (Blue)
Row 24-32(25-33,26-34,27-35,28-36): Ch 1, HDC 15(19,22,26,30), turn
*tie off at the end of the last row!

SEW UP THE SIDES & FIT CHECK!

Time to sew up the sides and try on the shell of your jacket to make sure it fits and that you don’t need to make any adjustments before moving on!

Sew up the sides to the place marked by my finger in the photo above (up to the bottom of the 3rd color panel on the cardigan or about 18 rows from the bottom of the sweater)

My favorite method of sewing up seams is using a variation of the mattress stitch! It creates nearly invisible seams, which means you don’t need to turn your garment inside out to hide the seaming.
Here is my quick tutorial for this method!

Measurements estimated here are S/M 19”W x 18”L | M/L 22”W x 19”L L/XL 25-26”W x 19.5”L | XL/2X 30”W x 20”L | 2/3X 34”W x 21”L

TIME TO MAKE THE HOOD!

You are going to join with color #1 (blue) at the base of the yellow front inner panel and work HDCs around the inside of the front panel all the way to the other side! Place 2 HDC stitches into each corner (see the photos below)

Row 1: Join, HDC 7(9,11,13,15), INC (2 HDC into the corner space), HDC 8(8,10,10,10), INC (2 HDC into the corner space), HDC 7(9,11,13,15), turn

Row 2-26: Ch1, HDC 26(30,36,40,44) across

If you can’t seem to fit all the stitches into the hood or your counts are off a bit here (maybe you ended up with a few less total stitches across) don’t get frustrated, it’s not the end of the world! You can always add an extra row on the front border to give your hood extra depth! Some of my testers had no issues with this part but some did yet all of them had great finished pieces with no fit issues!

Time to sew up the top of the hood! I also use mattress stitch here. At this point the hood will probably be too “shallow”, but that’s where the front border comes in!

FRONT BORDER

Join at the bottom corner of your jacket with Color #5 (Green)

Row 1: HDC up the inside of the front panel, around the age of the hood and back down the inside of the other front panel!

Row 2-8(9,10,11,12): turn, ch 1, HDC all the way around

You can add more or less rows to this front border depending on how much room you want for your hood and to “close” the jacket in the front!

Join at the bottom corner of your jacket with Color #5 (Green)

Row 1: HDC up the inside of the front panel, around the age of the hood and back down the inside of the other front panel!

Row 2-8(8,8,9,9): turn, ch 1, HDC all the way around

***You can add more or less rows to this front border depending on how much room you want for your hood and to “close” the jacket in the front!

BOTTOM BORDER

Join at the bottom corner of the jacket in color #4 (yellow)

Row 1: SC around the bottom of the jacket

**Optional: I like to do a few HDC decreases in the middle of the bottom border to help the jacket “cinch” a bit! You can see the 4 decreases I made in the photo below!

Row 2: SC around the bottom of the jacket!

ON TO THE SLEEVES!

Join at the bottom of the armpit with color #4 (yellow)
Row 1-6: ch 1, HDC 30(34,36,38,40) around the sleeve opening, join with slip stitch
**No turning between rows of the sleeve**

In Color #3 (Pink)
Row 7-12: ch 1, HDC 30(32,34,36,38) join

In Color #2 (Purple)
Row 13-18: ch 1, HDC 30(32,34,36,38) join

In Color #1 (Blue)
Row 19-24: ch 1, HDC 30(32,34,36,38) join

In Color #3 (Pink) Row 25-29: ch 1, HDC 30(32,34,36,38) join Row 30: ch 1, HDC2Tog around [15,16,17,18,19]

Repeat for other sleeve!!

***Add 1-3 rows of SCs to create a border in a pop of color at the end of the sleeve if you’d like!

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