Free cocoon cardigan knitting patterns for cozy cardigans, often easy, with a scooped silhouette. Many are knit flat in one piece, with or without added sleeves. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 8/10/23
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Beginner cocoon cardigan knit flat in one rectangle with seed/moss stitch, stockinette, and ribbing. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Kyla Anastasia Osminin
Simple cocoon cardigan knit flat in one rectangle with a 8 row repeat Lace stitch edged with garter stitch. Worsted weight yarn. Suitable for beginners who want to try lace knitting. Designed by Lisa Barnes for Lion Brand
Patchwork Blanket Cardigan
A quilt or basketweave texture adds interest to this beginner friendly blanket sweater cardigan is knit flat in one rectangle and seamed. I think the main skill beginners will need is to follow the texture stitch pattern which is 26 rows and requires some attention. 3 Sizes S - XXXL. Bulky weight yarn. Want a blanket instead? Just don't seam when you're done. Designed by Brome Fields. Web version is free
Perfect pattern for beginners. This is really a scarf sewn into a cardigan waistcoat with a 1 row repeat ribbing. It can be turned upside down – from being a tightfitting waistcoat into a shorter and loser waistcoat with collar. Sizes S/M,L/XL. Fingering weight yarn. Y-Shaped Waistcoat in BC Garn Baby Alpaca 2235BC.
Super easy cocoon cardigan knit flat in one rectangle with a 6 row repeat Slip Stitch Mesh stitch edged with garter stitch. Sizes S/M, (L/XL). Fast project in Super Bulky and suitable for beginners. Woman’s Oversized Shrug in Plymouth Yarn De Aire 2391.
Chill Out Cardigan
Knit flat in two rectangles with a 6 row repeat, this cardigan is about as easy as it gets. The one new technique for some would be drop stitches, but those are fun to learn. Perfect summer beach and pool cover up. Sizes UK 6-12 14-20 22-28 US 2-8 10-16 18-24. DK weight yarn. Chill Out Zone Cover Up Sirdar 1056.
Seed Stitch Shrug
Cocoon cardigan knit flat in one rectangle in seed stitch with ribbed border that creaes a shawl collar when piece is seamed. Fast project in bulky yarn and suitable for beginners. Designed by Tanja Steinbach for Schachenmayr. Available in English, French, German, and Dutch
Easy cocoon style cardigan knit in one rectangle in seed stitch and then seamed to form cardigan. The instructions do call for a crochet edge but you could either substitute with a knit mattress stitch or create an easy border when you knit. DK weight yarn. Cape, S9606 designed by Schachenmayr. Available in English and German
Summertime Cocoon Sweater
Easy cardigan sweater knit flat in one piece with a 10 row lace pattern and seamed. Designed by Leelee Knits. Worsted weight yarn. Web version is free.
Super easy cardigan knit flat with a one row repeat seed stitch. It's basically 3 rectangles sewn together. Perfect for beginners a great showcase for multicolor yarn. Chunky weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team
More Free Patterns
Easy Meditation Scoop Sweater
Beginner friendly cocoon cardigan is knit flat in garter stitch in one piece and seamed. 6 Sizes S - XXXL. Designed by Brome Fields Super Bulky weight yarn on size 15 needles.
Short sleeve cardigan sweater knit in one piece, starting from the back, separate for the 2 front panels, then seam up the side and you’re done. No picking up stitches. Rated easy by the designer Jesse Mozlan. Sizes S/L. Worsted weight yarn.
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- Get the recommended Knit One, Crochet Too Ty-Dy Cotton yarn used in the pictured project on Etsy
Easy Relaxed Marled Cardigan
Knit flat in one rectangle and then folded and seamed to create a cozy cocoon sweater. Beginner friendly. Designed by Jessica from Mama in a Stitch. 2 sizes. Quick knit with two strands of chunky yarn held together.
Easy Date Night Shrug
Easy cocoon cardigan knit flat in one piece and seamed. No picking up stitches. Designed to showcase gradient yarn. Designed by Lion Brand. Worsted weight yarn on size 15 needles.
Easy Blanket Sweater
Jessica from Mama in a Stitch created this cocoon cardigan that she calls a wearable blanket. Quick knit with two strands of chunky yarn held together.
Easy Introspection Shrug
The lovely drape of this cardigan is created by knitting on large needles. Knit flat in one piece in stockinette and seamed. 12 sizes. Designed by Brome Fields who says it is suitable for beginners and that it took 9-12 hours to knit. Worsted weight yarn on size 15 needles.
Breckenridge Topper Cardigan
Beginner-friendly pattern knit flat in 2 rectangles and seamed to form wide sleeves. No picking up stitches. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X. Designed by Mama In A Stitch. DK weight yarn.
This easy cocoon cardigan is knit in a lace net that drapes beautifully. Designed by Alexandra Tavel for Two of Wands. Also available as a kit.
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- See One Piece Fold and Seam Knitting Patterns
Another folded rectangle shrug but this one from Lion Brand folds up with longer sleeves and more relaxed fit. Knit with ribbing at top and bottom and stockinette for the body. About 38 x 44 in. (96.5 x 112 cm), before folding and seaming. Pictured project by vcgroom
Patterns for Purchase
"Free Bird" Cocoon
Oversize, cabled, cocoon style wrap cardigan knit flat in one rectangle, then folded and seamed to form the cardigan. The central cable piece is knit first and then stitches are picked up on either side to complete the rectangle. Worsted weight yarn. "Free Bird" Cocoon Designed by Annie Lupton.
Dramatic 3 Piece Cardigan
Cocoon cardigan knit with 3 identical rectangles and seamed. Easy knit but intermediate assembly. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Linda Marveng.
Easy Loveliness Cardigan
Cocoon cardigan knit flat in the Purse Stitch. Suitable for a beginner according to the designer. 12 sizes. Approximately 600 Yards of a Super Bulky Yarn. Designed by Brome Fields who allows you to sell finished sweaters from this pattern.
Easy Oversized Scoop Sweater
Cocoon cardigan knits up in about 14-18 hours according to the designer. Difficulty level: Super easy, beginner. 4 women's sizes: S, M, L & XL. Knit flat and seamed in super bulky yarn. Designed by Jennifer Thompson who allows you to sell finished sweaters from this pattern.