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Cocoon Knit Sweater Pattern

This easy knit pullover sweater pattern has a unique construction... check out the pattern to see what we mean!

Updated April 24, 2019
Cocoon Knit Sweater Pattern
Cocoon Knit Sweater Pattern
This image courtesy of redheart.com

After a while, it can seem like women's sweater patterns all look the same. This is not so with the Cocoon Knit Sweater Pattern. You might have seen cardigans referred to as cocoon sweaters, but this pattern is a pullover; the design of the sweater, while average in length, is extra wide, which creates a warm, cozy, relaxed shape around the arms and a similar drape to cocoon cardigans. This simple sweater knitting pattern can be accomplished even by someone who has never knit a sweater before, and the finished product is just about as "hygge" as you can get.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size10 or 6 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge14 sts = 4" [10 cm]; 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch using larger needle. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Hygge™ yarn: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) balls 8381 Indigo
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8] 16" [40 cm] and 32" [91 cm] long and 6 mm [US 10]. 32" [91 cm] long
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Sizes

Directions are for size X-Small; changes for sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large 2X and 3X are in parentheses.

Finished Bust Measurement: 29 (34, 37, 42, 45, 50, 53)" [74 (86, 94, 106.5, 114.5, 127, 134.5) cm]
Finished Length: 29 (29, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32)" [74 (74, 76, 79, 79, 81, 81) cm]

Note

Cocoon sweater is worked back and forth in rows in a large rectangle. Circular needle is used to accommodate large number of stitches. Rectangle is folded and sew closed along edge for sleeves, leaving center unsewn for body. Sleeve edging is worked in rounds on sts picked up along sewn edge.

Sweater

Using smaller needle, cast on 102 (118, 130, 146, 158, 174, 186) sts.

  1. Ribbed Border

    Row 1 (Wrong Side): [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
    Row 2: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.

    Repeat Rows 1-2 until 5 rows total have been worked, end with a wrong side row.

  2. Body

    Change to larger needle.

    Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
    Row 2: Purl.

    Repeats Rows 1-2 until piece measures 28 (28, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31)" [71 (71, 74, 76, 76, 79, 79) cm] from beginning, ending with a right side row.

  3. Ribbed Border

    Change to smaller needle.

    Row 1 (Wrong Side): [P2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2.
    Row 2: [K2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2.

    Repeat Rows 1-2 until 5 rows total have been worked, end with a wrong side row.

    Bind off in pattern.

Finishing

With wrong side together, fold body in half lengthwise lining up sts of cast-on and bind-off rows. Sew edges together for 8" [20 cm] from each side edge for sleeves, leaving center unsewn for body.

  1. Sleeve Edging

    With right side facing and smaller, shorter needle, join yarn at seam and pick up and knit 44 (44, 48, 52, 52, 56, 56) sts evenly spaced around side edge for sleeve. Join to work in rounds. Place marker for beginning of round.

    Rounds 1-5 (Right Side): [K2, p2] around.

    Bind off in pattern.

    Weave in ends.

Abbreviations

cm
centimeters
k
knit
mm
millimeters
p
purl
st(s)
stitch(es)
[ ]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
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I am just as baffled as Lisa below! It doesn't seem logical. Please show a photo of this sweater from the front.

I have read this pattern over and over. I think that there is instructions missing. Where is the opening for the head/neck? I am totally boggled by the Cocoon Knit Sweater pattern.

The cocoon is being sewed at the edges, which will make the seam sideways on the garment, the big space between the sewn edges will be the opening. On the diagram the solid line in open, so that is where you will put it on the the seams will be on the side of the wrists facing front. I found a better photo example of the cocoon, in another language but for this example the light color in the middle is open here- https//i.pinimg.com/originals/4f/7f/21/4f7f2135862 == 9b00b42d594f2abb173e1.jpg

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