The Easiest Crochet Cardigan + 8 Crochet Kits For Beginners

by Shehla Ahmed

Last year, I was struggling to get my head around making any kind of crochet cardigan or sweater. For some reason, I couldn’t get the shape to look right no matter how much I tried. Then I decided to give it another go with a crochet kit that came with the exact yarn I would need, the pattern and the trust of the company that sold it. The kit I chose was the Sporty One-Piece Crochet Cardigan designed by Nicole Wang and sold through Bluprint. Here is my review of that kit, and a couple of other crochet kit recommendations for anyone who wants to give it go too!


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Inside the Kit


The kit comes with the pattern and all the yarn you need to make this crochet cardigan. Here’s what’s included:


  • A printed pattern + a digital pattern saved in your Craftsy library
  • Getting Gauge: The First Step Toward Stitching Success downloadable eGuide
  • The amount of yarn needed for the size you pick, in any of 24 colors



The kit is available in 4 sizes:


  • Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4)
  • Finished Bust: 40 (46, 52, 58)”, meant to fit with a few inches of positive ease
  • Finished Length: 27 (27 ½, 28, 28 ½)”


The yarn they send is Sprightly Arcylic, an exclusive Bluprint brand, and it’s wonderful. I’ve used it a bunch for other projects too. It comes with more than enough yarn to finish the product and when you order, Bluprint guarantees to match the dye lot with a single order so they’re all the same. I chose the color Pale Pink, in size 1, and I received 7 skeins of the yarn. I loved this pattern so much, I actually purchased 7 more skeins in Crimson to make another one!



Sporty One-Piece Crochet Cardigan Kit Review


I chose this crochet cardigan kit because it was the simplest one I could find, and I’m already a massive fan of all things Bluprint, so I trusted them. The cardigan itself is made in one piece and worked flat. The other patterns I’ve used involved so much shaping (around the arms, the neck, and sides), which is what usually messed me up. It does have some shaping along the arms to make it fit around the shoulders, but it was minimal and easy to follow.