top of page

Crochet Pattern | Oversized Ribbed Cardigan | Cavalcade Cardigan

girl modeling handmade crochet cardigan that features knit-like ribbing and short row shaping in a jewel green tone

Introducing the Cavalcade Cardigan—an oversized ribbed cardigan crochet pattern.

Get The Pattern

**note that some links may be affiliate links that allow me to make a small commission at no cost to you; however, I will always express an honest relationship with the product(s) referred**

The Design—Oversized, Ribbed Crochet Cardigan Pattern

This knit-like oversized chunky crochet cardigan is a classic wardrobe layering staple. The crochet stitches combine to create a faux 1x2 knit-like ribbing texture. It features mirrored short row shaping along the front opening and underneath the arms for a truly refined look. Other features include a relaxed dropped sleeve and faux 1x1 knit-like edging to finish off this design.

The cardigan is constructed side-to-side by making three panels—a front left, front right, and back panel, then seaming them together at the shoulders and sides. Then, the front ribbing is added using the perpendicular method. And finally, the sleeves are added to the armholes using the perpendicular method.

girl modeling handmade crochet cardigan that features knit-like ribbing and short row shaping in a jewel green tone

Fit + Sizing

The Cavalcade Cardigan has an oversized fit, with mirrored short row shaping along the front opening, slightly tapered sleeves (also using mirrored short row shaping), and a 1x1 knit-like ribbing along the bottom, front, and cuffs. Sizing is based on Craft Yarn Council's standards.

It is designed to have a positive ease of 9-13". To select your size, measure your bust and find the garment circumference in the chart that matches approximately 9-13" larger. If you prefer to have more or less ease, select the garment circumference that reflects that number in inches compared to your measured bust in inches.


Bust Circum.

Garment Circum.






















photo of handmade crochet ribbed cardigan in a neon fuchsia purple color hanging on a hanger


As written, you'll need category 3 DK weight or category 4 light worsted weight yarn in the amounts of:

  • 2307(2480, 2684, 2983, 3531, 3766)yds

Other materials you'll need:

  • 6mm crochet hook

  • tapestry needle

  • scissors

  • st markers

Yarn Substitutions

The yarn I used is Lion Brand Color Theory. Many DK/light worsted yarns could work for this pattern. You may also opt for a light bulky weight yarn, held single (I used WeCrochet Brava Bulky for my second sample). You can also check out Yarn Sub. I recommend making sure you make a gauge swatch. Small differences in gauge can lead to big differences in project outcome. For more on gauge, you can read this blog.

Required Skills

  • basic sts and st combos

  • working flat

  • gauging

  • seaming

  • short rows

  • side-to-side construction

  • loop recognition

  • stitch anatomy

  • decreasing/increasing

  • adding ribbing perpendicular to an edge

  • understanding of the use of brackets, parentheses, and/or asterisks

  • chainless foundation stitches

  • following a pattern with minimal or no photo/video references and tutorials

  • experience reading a pattern

Shop + Make

The pattern is available here in the pattern shop on my website, Ravelry, WeCrochet, and Etsy.

I'd love to see how your projects turn out and support your maker journey, so don't forget to tag me on your photos @thecozyknot and use the hashtags #thecozyknot and #cavalcadecardigan in your post captions so I don't miss your makes and can share them with my community.


All pattern images/content on this site are/is copyright protected. Patterns are for personal, non-commercial use only, and are the sole property of The Cozy Knot and Tanya Johnson. It is only through your amazing kindness and integrity that I’m able to do what I do. I appreciate you! Thank you!

If you choose to sell items made from any of my patterns (either paid patterns or patterns free on the blog), do not use my photos as your sales photos. You are required to credit me as the designer of your product for pattern rights using the information below. Please paste it into your seller listings or wherever you choose to market/sell your product(s) — whether this be online or in a physical space (shop/market/etc.)

Pattern Design: The Cozy Knot/Tanya Johnson

Permission for any kind of mass/factory production of items NOT granted. Permission for any kind of video tutorials using my patterns NOT granted.

For full details on pattern policies, click here.

pinterest pin of girl modeling handmade crochet cardigan that features knit-like ribbing and short row shaping in a jewel green tone


bottom of page