Hook Ahead: 12 Crochet Cardigans You’ll Want This Fall

While it might seem like it is too early to start thinking about your fall wardrobe, every crocheter knows that a quality crochet cardigan pattern can take some time to crochet. Since cardigan patterns to crochet can be extra complicated and are much larger than smaller fall accessories like crochet scarves or mittens, you want to start them early. Plus, you can get some pretty awesome deals on thicker yarns right now. It is off-season! If you’re looking to add cardigans to your fall layers this year, consider these free crochet cardigan patterns from some of our favorite designs and companies! Check out Hook Ahead: 12 Crochet Cardigans You’re Going to Want This Fall for all your crochet pattern needs.

Crochet Cardigan Patterns

All of the crochet patterns below are totally free to download on either FaveCrafts.com or our sister site, AllFreeCrochet.com. Even if you do not want to start a project soon (we don’t blame you), you can easily pin or bookmark these pretty patterns for later!

Coldwater Creek Style Cardigan

1941 Crochet Shell Stitch Cardigan

Reading Room Crochet Sweater

Breezy Bamboo Crochet Cardigan Pattern

Do you prefer cuddling into cardigans or hoodies when the weather gets chilly?

Snow Need to Flake Out – 14 Snowflake Crafts & Giveaway

Get your snow gear ready because AllFreeChristmasCrafts has a blizzard of snowflake and snowmen crafts that you have to try. Now, we all know that the winter can feel a little dreary at times. However, there is a way to add some cheer to this frosty season. We’re talking about snow. No, not the freezing fluffy white stuff outside, but adorable crochet snowflake and snowmen crafts. With these projects, you get the best of both worlds: the beauty of snow without the bitter cold.

Wear snowflake scarves and sweaters so that you can stay warm and stylish when the temperature begins to drop. Snuggle up in a comfy sweater near the fire or accessorize with a trendy scarf for those moments when you have to venture outside. Snowflake clothes aren’t your thing? No worries, we have plenty of other snow-spired projects. What about decorations to make a winter wonderland in your home? Or, chilly ornaments and snowmen to add even more snowflake fun to your home?  We’ll admit that we’re suckers for anything remotely reminiscent of Frosty the Snowman because he’s just so darn cute. If you feel the same as us, then you’re going to be blown away at the Frosty-inspired crochet projects we found. Whether you prefer snowflakes or snowmen, we know there’s something here for you!


Wear Your SnowflakeFalling Snowflakes Sweater

Get warm and cozy with a snowflake sweater or scarf. Picture yourself curled up on the couch in your handmade sweater, drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa while reading a book as it lightly snows outside your window. Sounds pretty relaxing, right? We think so, too. Stay warm this winter and crochet your own cold-weather clothes!

  1. Cascading Snowflakes Crochet Scarf
  2. Falling Snowflakes Sweater





Snowflake OrnamentsSparkly Crochet Snowflake Ornament

Create unique homemade Christmas ornaments for your tree this year. The designs of these crochet snowflake ornaments are all unique because we all know that no two snowflakes are the same.

  1. Picot Loops Crochet Snowflake
  2. Crochet Snowflake Ornament
  3. Sparkly Crochet Snowflake Ornament






Mr. and Mrs. SnowmanFrosty the Snowman Inspiration

Last, but certainly not least, are our frost-spired crochet snowmen. Everyone loves jolly Frosty the Snowman, so why not get a little creative and crochet some of these happy little guys? Great to use as decorations around the home, these crafts are too cute to pass up!

1. Crochet Snowman Family
2. Crochet Snowman Jar Cozy
3. Mr. and Mrs. Snowman
4. Frosty the Snowman Tea Cozy
5. Crochet Frosty the Snowman




Giveaway!99 Snowflakes Volume 2

Win 99 Snowflakes Volume 2, a book full of stunning crochet snowflake patterns, from the light, large, and lacy, to the solid, small, and compact.

With the patterns in this book, you can learn how to make frosty decorations like:

  1. Chilly Snowman Christmas Stocking
  2. Crochet Snowflake Garland
  3. Upcycled Crocheted Doily Snowflake Garland/Bunting

The deadline to enter is July 8, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time, so enter today for your chance to win!






Link Love: Put a Hood On It

I am always cold. In fact, I’m one of those people that turns on the heat when it’s 75 degrees outside . I know, I know – I’m wasting precious resources. That said, I can’t help the fact that I’m always just a bit chilly! After Labor Day, you can generally find me with a scarf around my neck and Uggs on my feet. Take it or leave it, that’s just me!

One trend I’m noticing in the crafting world and beyond is hoods. Hoods keep your ears warm and protect you from chaffed, dry skin when it’s extra windy. Is there anything worse than being caught outside with exposed ears on a freezing afternoon? A Crochet Convertible Hood isn’t complicated to make and only requires two skeins of yarn. This scarf is so easy to customize- you can pull up the back or leave the back down and wear it as a normal cowl. The same can be said for the Crochet Cowl Hood, which is made in almost the exact same way. The yarn needed for this project is a little bit heavier, so you will want to wear it on a chilly winter day. You can also make a Hooded Scarf and wrap it around your neck before heading out the door. If you’re up for a challenge, make a hooded sweater! I particularly like the basic Hooded Sweater Crochet Pattern because it isn’t an overwhelming design. This is a great piece to throw on and wear all day.

Before you head out into the cold this winter, be sure to grab one of these handmade designs so you can stay warm on the go. Kids and adults alike can rock a cool, warm hood all season long. Add a hood to a t-shirt, sweater, scarf or cowl. There are so many possibilities and ways to stay warm during even the coldest winter months.

  1. DIY Hooded Cloak from Grey Luster Girl
  2. Cowl Neck Poncho from Mollytov
  3. Monster Hoods from Doodle Craft
  4. Minion Hooded Towel from Crazy Little Projects
  5. Hooded Sweatshirt Scarves from Today’s Nest
  6. Hooded Toddler Crochet Cape from Craftsmumship
  7. DIY Kimono Jacket + Hood from Pretty Quirky Pants
  8. Hooded Scarf from My Poppet
  9. Hooded Batman Shirt from Corvus Tristis

Celebrate Mr. Rogers with Handmade Sweaters

On February 19th, 1968, everyone’s favorite neighbor moved into televisions across the country.  With a zip of the jacket and a flip of the shoe, Fred Rogers welcomed viewers into his home with a merry song and a bright smile.  Today, 44 years later, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood still holds a special place in the hearts of millions…and there’s no better way to honor the start of this beloved show than to talk about the one thing everyone associates with this gentle man…SWEATERS!

Every episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood began the same way:  Fred Rogers would change out of his sport coat and into a zipped cardigan sweater.  For those that are interested, that equates to about 905 sweater changes in the 33 year run of the show.  That’s quite the sweater collection!

If you’re looking to start your own Fred Rogers sweater collection, I suggest you start with this Comfortable Pocket Cardigan.  This easy knitting pattern can be made in any color you desire (a standard red would make Mr. Rogers proud!) and works up quickly.  Add a zipper instead of buttons if you’d like!

This Optional Knit Jacket  is a great sweater to throw on when you get home from work.  Since it’s so easy to make, you could have one in several colors, making it easy to mix and match as you see fit.

Want to make a colorful sweater for the man in your life?  This Cozy Vest with Traditional Styling  is a great project to start with.  Although it doesn’t have sleeves, you can easily add them to make a long sleeve sweater.  For more advanced crochet fans, there’s also the Men’s Collage Cardigan, great for winter evenings at home or long walks in the park during the autumn months.

This Long Cardigan Jacket is great for wrapping around yourself if you’re cold.  Knit one in basic black, beige, or white and it will easily go with anything in your wardrobe.  You could also make this Comfortable Sweater Jacket, great for intermediate knitters.  Use a yarn with mixed colors to get this neat multicolored look.

Here’s a bit of Mr. Roger’s trivia:  In the episode that started it all, Mr. Rogers receives an invitation from Mrs. Russellite to come by and see her lampshade collection.  Although the episode was in black and white, it was easy to tell that there were some great lampshades in her stash!  From small ones, like this Scrap Ribbon Lamp Shade, to larger and more ornate shades, like this Retro Rose Lampshade, Mrs. Russellite had them all.  And even though we didn’t see all of her lampshades, I’m sure it’s safe to assume that any lampshade collection wouldn’t be complete without some fringy pieces…especially one like this Lampshade on the Fringe.  Every lampshade collection needs a little flash and flair, right?

From speedy deliveries to well-fed gold fish…trains that took us to a land of imagination and a neighborhood we all wanted to be a part of, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was an iconic television show that has, and will continue, to teach us how to make the most of a beautiful day, one colorful sweater at a time.

What is your fondest memory of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?   I always loved when he fed the goldfish!

Help a Reader: Knitting Conversions

Every now and then, everyone could use a helping hand.  Ready to lend your assistance?   Below you’ll find a few readers in need.  If you feel you can help or have any suggestions, please post your answer in the comments. Please try to supply instructions and/or links.

Carolyn asks,
Do you have any how-tos for doll glasses–wire rims no glass?

Toni asks,
I want to make a sweater for myself, but I’m only 5’2″ tall, and the instructions say it is for a woman who is 5’6″ tall! Can you help me figure out how to taper this sweater for my shorter height?

Pamela asks,
I love the loom patterns for slippers but don’t have a loom. Is there a conversion available to use to knit them by hand?

22 Free Crochet Patterns Roundup Part2

Welcome to our free crochet patterns roundup part 2. Are you so excited? Crochet sweaters keep you warm and cozy so choose a nice soft yarn for this winter. Here are some great crochet sweaters from bloggers just like you.

  1. Crochet Cardigan by SweaterBabe
  2. Candy Corn Pet Sweater by DIY Maven
  3. Holiday Diamond Shawl by Monster Crochet
  4. Little Girl’s Sweater Dress by Many Creative Gifts
  5. Crochet Sweaters for Dolls by Simply Grace Designs
  6. My Ugly Crochet Sweater by Jen Gibre Blog
  7. Crochet Baby Sweater by My Recycled Bags
  8. Baby Sweater by Craft Gossip
  9. Pink Baby Sweater by CraftSanity
  10. Casual Chunky Sweatshirt by FaveCrafts
  11. Embellished Kimono Jacket by FaveCrafts
  12. Pineapple Lace Shawl by FaveCrafts

If you missed last weeks roundup full of free crochet afghans then check it out here.

Crochet by Aileen

Crochet is a very popular hobby for many people. I’ve recently started to crochet some things myself. I’ve made a few scarves to give as Christmas gifts. We had a few guest contributions come in from Aileen of goodtimesithinkso.com. She has some really neat crochet patterns  that you should definitely check out. I love the crochet baby shoes, they make for a great baby shower gift for an expectant mother.


The crochet hats are also great for anyone to wear in these cool fall and winter days. And if you’re looking for a special gift to make that special man in your life, you can crochet him a body warmer. Thanks Aileen for these wonderful crochet patterns, happy crocheting!