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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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.
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
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.
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.
Easy sweater knit flat in one piece with moss stitch and lace. The piece is seamed and cuffs are then added for form the sweater. Designed by Marly Bird. 3 sizes. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug.
Beachwalker Cocoon Vest
Sleeveless cocoon cardigan knit flat in 2 rectangles mostly knit in garter stitch! Simple, minimal assembly gives Beachwalker its drape and rounded shape. Options for long or short lengths, easily customizable. Great showcase for self-striping or gradient yarn! Designed by The Noble Thread. DK weight yarn.
Oversized sweater with a drop shoulder, cocoon shape worked in a 4 row repeat Irish Moss stitch pattern. Designed by Julia Madill for Yarnspirations. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Quick knit in Super Bulky yarn.
More Free Patterns
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.
Cocoon wrap knit with a 4 row repeat lace stitch with seed stitch edging. Designed by Craft Evangelist.
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.
Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Women’s S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X). Pictured project by Moxiewaffles
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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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
This has changed to free with 15 day free trial. Cocoon cardigan shrug knit with the crossover stitch. Worked first as rectangle with border and sleeves added. Sizes S/M,L/XL, 2X/3X. Bulky yarn. Designed by Britt Schmiesing. This pattern is featured in Season 12 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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"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.
Honeycomb Blanket Cardigan
Cocoon cardigan knit in one piece, sideways, starting by knitting a sleeve cuff and ending with the other one. The Cardigan is knitted in multicolour honeycomb pattern, using basic stitches. DK weight yarn. Designed by Raimonda Bagdoniene.
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.
Leaves Cocoon Cardigan
Cocoon shrug with leaf lace edging and options with or without sleeves. It looks like the body is knit in one flat piece in seed stitch and lace and seamed. Step-by-step instructions and and pics are included in the pattern. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Heidi & Lisa Schramm.
Cocoon shrug with a variety of textures, cables, and bobbles. Sizes to fit Bust 36 (40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)”. Step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial for bobbles are included in the pattern. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Life Is Cozy.
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.