Use Freeform Crochet and basic crochet stitches to form a beautiful bright Bohemian Sugar Skull Cocoon Cardigan with this quick and easy pattern.



So for today's free crochet pattern I wanted to share with you this vibrant Bohemian inspired Freeform Crochet Cocoon cardigan I made recently. 

This festival vibe Sugar Skull cardigan actually only started out as my first attempt at a crochet skull and then evolved into a bright, Boho inspired cardi that I just can't seem to wear enough lately. 

free freeform crochet sugar skull cocoon cardigan pattern


The cocoon cardigan shape is really easy to work up and grows fast! I started with a skull but you could use a Mandala like one of these 3 I made last week.

free mandala crochet pattern
Click here for details of the stitches used on each round

Start with your central motif, be it sugar skull, mandala or flower and work that up to roughly the size of the space between your shoulder blades. (*1)

Add a few rounds of crochet, I used basic treble (US double) clusters as you would use on a Granny Square until the work covers shoulder to shoulder (*2)


free crochet pattern sugar skull cardigan

Then make a round but at either side of your mandala design, make 2 sets of chains (*3) around 12 to 15 stitches long to make the armholes.

free freeform crochet pattern skull cardigan

Now just keep crocheting! This is the great part about freeform crochet, go wherever your imagination takes you. 

Just remember... Every time you are on the top half of your mandala switch to double (US single crochet) to form a shawl neck and work down an extra couple of stitches every round to form the neckline 

free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern


You will basically end up with a HUGE mandala circle with a smoother edge on one side that is your neckline. 

I finished my edges with 2 rounds of basic double crochet (US single) 

free freeform crochet pattern sugar skull cardigan


To make the arms, cast on into a stitch of your armhole and work the arms round by round until they reach mid forearm. 

free freeform crochet pattern sugar skull cardigan


I then added rows of double crochet (US single) to make cute cuffs and give the arms some weight. 


free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern


I also added this huge purple faux fur collar for that Coachella/Burning Man festival vibe. You can either sew on or attach with buttons, pins or hook and eye loops to make life easier when washing. 

This cocoon cardigan is made using Acrylic Yarn so is machine washable...yay! 

I used a 4.5 mm hook and a mix of DK yarns from all over, but some of these colours definitely came from +Hobbycraft+Poundstretcher and +Poundland.

free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern

free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern


free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern

I hope you enjoyed this Sugar Skull Cocoon Crochet Cardigan pattern! Remember the beauty of freefrom crochet is that there are no rules... you make it up as you go along and let the work form itself. 


Any questions don't hesitate to ask me - you can leave a comment below or find me on my social media of choice, Instagram @setfreemygypsys0ul

My Skull is based on this awesome pattern by Squirrelpicnic.com 


free freeform crochet sugar skull cardigan pattern