This crochet patchwork hoodie is a hooded cardigan made with simple crochet squares. This pattern is a beginner project because the squares are made using a single stitch – half double crochet. Jog – or go for a walk – in style with your new crochet patchwork hoodie.
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It All Begins with Yarn…
For this crochet cardigan I used a 5 mm hook and various light worsted weight yarn colours from my yarn stash. This pattern is a great stash buster project as each square uses only about 7 grams / 0.3 oz / 23 yards of yarn and you can match random colours and textures to make it more fun!
I was inspired by colours in my yarn stash! Do you ever get the feeling when you look at some of the yarn in your stash that it deserves more than just to sit there and wait around to be used? That some of your colours are too pretty to be hiding in the closet forever? Well I thought that about my yarn! 🙂 I knew there was something I could finally make and wear out of all that sad unused leftover yarn.
More tips about matching your yarn colours are in my YouTube video (link below).
Customize Your Cardi
You can easily change the length of your cardigan by adding or removing a row of squares at the bottom. Or you could add extra rows of ribbing or extra rows of half double crochet in-the-round to make the sleeves longer (also remember garments can stretch naturally when worn, especially at the sleeves, or you can stretch them by steam blocking them too). You can also do the bottom ribbing first and then the front. For the ribbing I crocheted continuously all the way around the bottom and the front in one big circle without breaking the yarn to make things more simple for myself.
Add Some Buttons!
You can also turn your open-front hooded cardigan into a V-neck by adding a few buttons that are about 0.8″ wide. I do recommend making the cardigan ribbing first and then deciding what size buttons and how many you’d like by looking at the gaps between ribbing stitches and how wide your ribbing is. Simply sew them on and you’re ready to go as the gaps between your ribbing stitches will serve as ready-made button holes. I went with some mismatched plaid fabric buttons to continue with the “patchwork” theme.
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This crochet patchwork hoodie with a large comfortable fairy-style hood is a relaxed-vibes hooded cardigan made with simple beginner crochet squares and seamed mostly using the existing yarn tails. This easy beginner project is a great yarn stash buster as each square uses only about 7 grams / 0.3 oz / 23 yards of yarn. Use random colours and textures to make it more fun and move your squares around as much as you like until you decide on the final combination! Bonus feature: if you use gradient / ombre yarn, you’ll see beautiful and gradual change of colour in your squares as opposed to “stripy” effect like you see in so many wider projects. Jog – or go for a walk – in crochet and in style with your new crochet patchwork hoodie.
This cardigan is available in two sizes, XS – L and XL – 2X. So if you’re a size XS, S, M or L – make the XS – L size hoodie. And if you’re a size XL or 2X – make the XL – 2X hoodie.
The cardigan is approx 24″ wide (for all sizes; see the diagram below) and 23″ / 28″ long shoulder to bottom hem, not including the hood (which means 23″ for size XS – L and 28″ for size XL – 2X). But in reality crochet garments can stretch by an additional 1 – 2″ when worn, also depends on your tension.
Model is 5’7″, is a size S/M and wears XS – L.
These sizes are based on the Craft Yarn Council standard body measurements and sizing. But if you would like to double check your size, search for “Craft Yarn Council woman size charts”.
- Project Level: Beginner
- The cardigan is approx 23″ / 28″ long, which means size XS – L is 23″ and size XL – 2X is 28″. When two numbers are given and are separated by a slash, the first one refers to XS – L and the second one refers to XL – 2X.
- Each square uses about 7.15 g / 0.3 oz / 23 yards of yarn.
- There are 78 / 93 squares in total in this project.
- The whole cardigan uses about 601 g / 717 g of yarn.
- If you want the ribbing all in one colour (three rounds), you will need about 43 g / 46 g of the same yarn.
- You can use your yarn tails for seaming the squares together! Try leaving tails that are 2.5 – 3 times longer than your square.
- I love how colour-changing gradient yarn looks in these squares because the change is mild, gradual, non-stripy and truly ombre!
- Remember – if your cardigan doesn’t lie flat or curls up a little and it bothers you, you can always steam block your acrylic or other yarn with a steam iron. Simply hover hot steam around 1 inch away from the crochet for a few seconds and let it dry flat. For more details, simply search it on Google! Alternatively, you can gently stretch the corners with your hands to make them more “pointy” or stretch out the ribbing a little if your slip stitch was a bit too tight in rnd1. (I wish I had steam blocked my corners before taking the photos as they’re curling up a little bit)
- Stitch count in every crochet square row is 22.
- Body measurements are taken from the “Woman Size Charts” on Craft Yarn Council website.
Crochet Patchwork Hoodie – Video Tutorial
Here’s a link to the Crochet Patchwork Hoodie | Patchwork Cardigan video on YouTube.
- Size XS – L: approx 601 g / 21 oz / 1935 yards / 1773 metres of your chosen yarn (light / 3 / DK / light worsted / 8 ply), out of which approx 43 g / 1.5 oz / 139 yards / 127 metres will be used for ribbing.
- Size XL – 2X: approx 717 g / 25 oz / 2309 yards / 2115 metres of your chosen yarn (light / 3 / DK / light worsted / 8 ply), out of which approx 46 g / 1.6 oz / 148 yards / 136 metres will be used for ribbing.
- 5 mm crochet hook.
- Optional: 4 – 6 approx 0.8″ wide buttons. I got mine from eBay.
Specific Yarn I used:
- Stylecraft Special DK (100% premium acrylic, 322 yds / 295 m per 100 g / 3.5 oz) in Fondant, Duck Egg, Magenta, Copper, Claret, Peony and Atlantis, Stylecraft Batik DK (80% premium acrylic, 20% wool, 151 yds / 138 m per 50 g / 1.8 oz) in Raspberry, Stylecraft Dream Catcher DK (90% premium acrylic, 10% wool, 476 yds / 435 m per 150 g / 5.3 oz) in Cheyenne.
- James C. Brett DK With Merino (70% acrylic, 20% siliconised soft polyamide, 10% merino wool, 290 m / 317 yds per 100 g / 3.5 oz) in DM33, James C. Brett Northern Lights DK (95% premium acrylic, 5% viscose, 450 m / 492 yds per 150 g / 5.3 oz) in NL01.
Following the pattern below, one crochet square (12 rows) is approx 4.8 – 5″.
Abbreviations (US Terms)
- BPdc: back post double crochet
- blo: back loop only
- ch: chain
- dc: double crochet
- flo: front loop only
- FPdc: front post double crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- rep: repeat
- sl: slip
- st: stitch
- t: turn
Crochet Patchwork Hoodie:
Pattern Overview – 3 Easy Steps
- Decide on the colours you want to use and make some squares!
- Arrange your squares according to the diagram below and seam them together.
- Add ribbing!
1. Let’s Make Some Squares!
Decide on the colours you want to use and let’s get to work!
Ch 23. Stitch count in every row is 22. We don’t crochet to top of ch-2 at the end of row.
Row1 Hdc to 3rd ch from hook (counts as 2 hdc), hdc in next st and every st, t.
Row2 Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc-flo in same st and every st, t.
Row3 Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc-blo in same st and every st, t.
Rep rows 2 & 3 until you have 12 rows.
Make 78 / 93 squares for sizes XS – L and XL – 2X, accordingly.
2. Arrange & Seam!
Arrange your squares according to the diagram below and seam them together. I seamed with the mattress stitch.
For more details, check out the YouTube video tutorial (link above).
3. Add Ribbing!
There are 3 rounds of ribbing for the cardigan bottom, front and hood, and also the sleeves. Like I mentioned before, I’m working the ribbing in the round without breaking the yarn (also see notes below).
Rnd1 Ch 1, sl st in next st and every st (hoodie bottom & sleeves), placing 3 sl sts in corners and alternate between placing 1 and 2 sl sts in each hdc row (hoodie front & hood) plus add another sl st for seams where squares are joined together; join with sl st to ch-1.
Rnd2 Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc-blo in next st and every st, placing 3 dc-blo in corners; join with sl st to top of ch-3, t.
Rnd3 Ch 2 (counts as post), skip ch-3 below, *FPdc around the next post, BPdc around the next post, rep from *; join with sl st to top of ch-2, fasten off.
- To make things simpler, I crocheted the ribbing in 3 rounds without breaking the yarn and there’s no need to turn between rounds 1 & 2. I only turned after round 2 because I wanted to avoid slanted stitches.
- Start at the bottom of your hoodie in the square most similar in colour to your ribbing colour, so you can’t tell where you joined new yarn. The first round is a round of slip stitches – this is the “groundwork” or “foundation” for rounds 2 & 3 because we’re creating a nice straight line.
- At the bottom of the hoodie: sl st in each st.
- When you turn the corner (there’s 2): make 3 sl sts in the corner.
- Front and around the hood: 1 sl st in one row, 2 sl sts in another row and alternate between the two. Also add another sl st between squares.
- For example, at the bottom of your hoodie you’re making 1 sl st for every st. Then when you reach the corner, you make 3 sl sts in that corner space. And then you start with 2 sl st in first row, which means next row is 1 sl st, then 2, then 1 again and so on until you reach the corner again.
- The crocheted square rows are already marked by “lines” created by front and back loops, which makes it easier for you to keep track of which row you’re crocheting in. Insert your hook under 2 threads of yarn – one might be too loose and create a gap and 3 is a post which also creates too big a gap in fabric which we don’t want.
Yarnspirations has a yoked Caron Crochet Patchwork Cardigan. Make & Do Crew has a Crochet Quilted Sweater and there are of course lots of variations and crochet versions of Harry Styles patchwork cardigan around – lots to choose from! I’m not a big fan of those very bright colours though but the patchwork style is pretty cool!
I hope you enjoyed this free crochet pattern for my crochet patchwork hoodie. What should I crochet next? See you in my next pattern!
6 thoughts on “Crochet Patchwork Hoodie”
Are the squares suppose to measure 5″ X 5″ or 5″ X what ever the 12 rows come out to?
I love this hoodie!
Hi Brenda, Thank you so much! Yes roughly 5 x 5″!
I am game for this project better than another blanket. Got to have pockets.
Some place to stash tissues if not wearing jeans. How about a large ‘half’
square added by button and button hole sides or larger square folded with maybe
a third folded back for attachment. Just scrolled back to look again. This would work out for me, and others.
Hi Wendy, go for it!!! I love the process of “what ifs” in creation, and you can always change it later!
this is exactly what i was looking for