Well, it came a little earlier than I expected this year, but we had the first snow here in Colorado. I had fully intended to drive the 30 minutes to pick up the yarn I needed to finish a project, but I was not planning on the first snow being 7.5 inches!
So, I stayed home, pajama pants, baked cookies, and watched the Cornetto series with my hubby.
A great snow day, though I wish I had been able to finish my shrug sooner! It would have been perfect for that nasty snowy day inside, with a book and a cup of coffee.
Alas, I finished it today instead. It is again a dreery, blustery, almost-winter day, so it feels equally appropriate.
I have had an obsession with cocoon cardigans for a while. I wanted to make one out of just the right yarn so I could have a “drive the kids to school in my pajamas” sweater. Something long enough to cover my bum, but easy to throw on and snuggle into on a quick drive across town every morning.
And I put in extra large sleeves because I wanted something with a little weight to it.
Red Heart Hygge (Hoo-gah) is amazing! And it’s really fun to say! Although, I sound a bit like a fog horn when I say it. “Hooooo– Gaaahhhh!”
It’s super soft, and just thick enough to be considered #5 bulky. I would say it is halfway between a typical worsted weight and Lion Brand Charisma in size.
It’s super soft. It is fuzzy, with little fibers sticking out, but they don’t come off. I have no fuzz on my after making this sweater, and I had on jeans for most of the construction process.
Have I mentioned it’s super soft?
My cardigan took me about 5 hours and 6 skeins of yarn. The ribbing is a little less “scrunchy” than typical fpdc, bpdc ribbing. It’s more for style than substance. Though this yarn and the pattern give it great stretch and lovely drape for a baggy sweater.
I added a few ch-1 spaces into the pattern to allow the sweater to breathe a little. As a result it’s heavy and cozy, but not sweaty or stifling. I also wanted to add something to the pattern to make it pop, some some BLO and FLO work added some texture.
Wash Instructions: Machine wash cold. Lay flat to dry.
The yarn is tumble dry, but I always lay my sweaters flat. It’s your choice.
You may sell products made by this pattern, but please do not copy this pattern for distribution or sale. That’s not nice (and slightly illegal).
Easy pattern. Need to have knowledge of double crochet (dc), chains (ch), front post double crochet (fpdc), back post double crochet (bpdc) and working Back Loops Only (BLO) or Front Loops Only (FLO).
Furls Odyssey K (6.5 mm) hook
Red Heart Hygge yarn, 70% acrylic 30% nylon, 212 yds/194 m/8 oz/27 g, “Cloud”, 6 balls.
Small/Medium: Body, 31” W x 34” L; Sleeves, 12” L x 15” around.
Large/Extra Large: Body, 35” W x 40” L; Sleeves, 15” L x 19” around.
NOTE: Remember that the sleeves do NOT start at the shoulder, they start just above the elbow, so the length may seem short.
Pattern written for Small/Medium, changes for Large/Extra Large in ().
4” x 4” = 6 rows x 12 stitches in dc.
Ch-3 at beginning of row counts as dc.
Ch-4 at beginning of row counts as dc and ch-1 space.
First Snow Cardigan
Row 1: Dc in fourth ch from hook, dc across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 2: (RS) Ch 3 (see Pattern Notes), [fpdc, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 3: (WS) Ch 3, [bpdc, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice.
Row 8: (BLO) Ch 3, dc across. Turn.
Row 9: (FLO) Ch 3, dc across. Turn.
Row 10: Ch 4 (See Pattern Notes), skip 1, dc, [ch 1, skip 1, dc] across. Turn. (46 dc, 45 ch-1 sps (52 dc, 51 ch-1 sps))
Row 11: Ch 3, [dc in ch-1 sp, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 12: (BLO) Ch 3, dc across. Turn.
Row 13: Ch 4, skip 1, dc, [ch 1, skip 1, dc] across. Turn. (46 dc, 45 ch-1 sps (52 dc, 51 ch-1 sps))
Row 14: Ch 3, [dc in ch-1 sp, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 15-50(62): Repeat Rows 9-14 six(eight) times.
Row 51(63): (FLO) Ch 3, dc across. Turn.
Row 52(64): Ch 4, skip 1, dc, [ch 1, skip 1, dc] across. Turn. (46 dc, 45 ch-1 sps (52 dc, 51 ch-1 sps))
Row 53(65): Ch 3, [dc in ch-1 sp, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 54(66): (BLO) Ch 3, dc across. Turn.
Row 55(67): (FLO) Ch 2, dc across. Turn.
Row 56(68): Ch 3, [fpdc, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 57(69): Ch 3, [bpdc, dc] across. Turn. (91(103))
Row 58-61 (70-73): Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twice.
Bind off and weave in ends.
Creating Sleeve Holes
Lay rectangle on flat surface, right side up, ribbed edges at the top and bottom. Fold the top and bottom corners to middle, lining up the ribbed edges. Sew or sc to attach ribbed edges together (top edge to bottom edge). Sew/sc together 20(23) rows on each side (12(14.5) inches). Do not sew all the way across. Bind off and weave in ends.
Turn right side out.
Fold ribbed ends in. Sew or sc along red line.
Rnd 1: With new yarn, sl st at seam. Working clockwise on edge of sleeve, right side facing out, Ch 3, 2 dc in the end of each row around. Sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (43(55))
Rnd 2: (BLO) Ch 3, Dc evenly around. Sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (43(55))
Rnd 3: Ch 4, skip 1, [dc in next st,ch 1, skip 1] 21(27) times. Sl st in top of third ch to join. (22 dc, 21 ch-1 sps (28 dc, 27 ch-1 sps)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in ch-1 sp, [dc, dc in ch-1 sp] around. Sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (43(55))
Rnd 5-13 (5-16): Repeat Rounds 2-4 three(four) more times.
Rnd 14-15(17-18): (BLO) Ch 3, dc evenly around, sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (43(55))
Rnd 16-21: Ch 3, [fpdc, dc] 21 times, sl st in top of ch-3 to join. (43(55))
Bind off and weave in ends. Repeat on second sleeve hole.
I hope you love you First Snow Cardigan as much as I love mine. I’m snuggling in it right now with some coffee.
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