Easy ‘Know Your Worth’ Knit Cocoon Cardigan Pattern

Knit your way to comfort with Marly Bird’s ‘Know Your Worth’ Knit Cocoon Cardigan Pattern + video tutorial. This easy knit sweater pattern is perfect for knitters of all levels. With simple knit lace and a big comfy ribbed collar, learn how to knit a cardigan that’s as cozy as it is beautiful.

This pattern is a beautiful blend of simplicity and elegance, with clear, step-by-step instructions that make it accessible to knitters who are just beginning to explore garment creation. At the same time, its rhythmic stitching and engaging construction will keep the more experienced knitter’s interest piqued.

If you love the Kaleidoscope Poncho or the Sycamore Knit Ruana, you will love this.

Let the ‘Know Your Worth’ Knit Cocoon Cardigan be your next beloved project, and take pride in wearing a garment that’s as unique as you are. Dive into the pleasurable world of knitting with Marly Bird and discover the profound joy of creating something truly your own.

Know Your Worth Knit Cardigan by Marly Bird.

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Cozy Crafting with Marly Bird’s Knit Cocoon Cardigan

And now, you get to make one too! Be prepared my friends. This knits sweater is one you will want to cuddle in immediately. So, get ready to create a huggable masterpiece. It’s not just a knit pattern; it’s your next favorite thing to wear on a chilly day!

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Know Your Worth Knit Cocoon Cardigan Pattern plus Video Tutorial by Marly Bird - Collage of images showing the pattern on Marly, and on a mannequin showing the front and the back views

Why Everyone is Talking About This Knit Shrug

Call it a cocoon, a cardigan, a shrug, or a big comfy sweater, you are going to love to knit it and wear it. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Just Right for Knitters at Every Level

Are you a newer knitter who has only made washcloths, scarves, or maybe a blanket? No worries! This knitted sweater is perfect if you’re just jumping into the magic that is knitting your own clothes. And if you’ve been knitting sweaters for ages, this easy knit sweater will be a fun, quick project for you. I like to say adventurous beginners will find acceptably challenging while more intermediate knitters (and experienced) will find this relaxing enough they can watch Netflix and chill out while knitting.

A Pattern That Fits All Body Types – Size Inclusive

This isn’t your ordinary knitted cardigan. This pattern comes in sizes from small all the way to 5XL, making sure everyone gets to join in the knitting fun. There is a schematic to show the measurements of each size so you can choose if one size is better than another for you. Don’t just rely on the S-M (L-2Xl, 3XL-5XL) sizeing. Choose what will fit you best. For example, I am really between a 2 extra large and a 3 extra large. I made the sample the largest of the sizes because I wanted it to fit me big. Having a tighter shrug was not the look I was going for and that is what helped me make my decision on sizing. You can do the same.

Simple Knit Stitches, Big Style

Afraid of knit lace stitches? There’s no need! The ‘Know Your Worth’ cardigan has a simple knit lace that looks fancy without all the fuss. As long as you make sure for every decrease there is a partnering increase, you will be just fine. In the video tutorial I do mention this, but it is worth repeating.

Not to menion, adding a lifeline to your knitting will help you SO MUCH. That way should you make a mistake you have a safty net to pull the stitches back to and fix a knit mistake.

Dramatic 2×2 Knit Big Comfy Ribbed Collar

Surely there is not worry about the dramatic 2×2 knit ribbed collar, right? Listen, I am here to tell you, in this pattern the stitches are picked up and knit around the cast on and bind off edge of the cocoon. In the video tutorial I show you how to pick up stitches with the circular needle. It is super easy to do and makes it so the collar is joined as you go (meaning – no extra sesaming).

I chose to use this technique because it creates a bold and striking ribbed collar that really makes a statement on any knitwear piece.

You most likely already know this but, the 2×2 pattern refers to alternating two knit and two purl stitches in a set sequence, resulting in a wonderfully textured and stretchy fabric.

What I love about the Dramatic 2×2 Knit Ribbed Collar is how it adds depth and dimension to any garment. Whether you’re knitting a cozy sweater or a trendy scarf, this collar technique instantly elevates the design and gives it a modern edge. Plus, it’s great for beginners and seasoned knitters alike – the repetitive pattern is easy to follow, but the end result looks like it was made by a pro.

Get Sleeves Without the Fuss

Okay, they might not really be sleeves but the way the cocoon is designed, once the lace knit rectangle is seamed, you will pick up stitches around an space you leave open near the fold. This opening is the cuff hole.

Just as you do with the collar, you will pick up stitches but this time you will use the double pointed needles since you will be knitting in the round and the opening is so small. The cuff is knit in the 2×2 ribbing as well and is made to be long and folded over.

The longer folded over cuff will help the sweater stay in place and really make you feel like you’re wrapped in a hug!

Know Your Worth Knit Cocoon Cardigan by Marly Bird. Collage of two images showing the knit sweater on Marly and on a mannequin

The Star of the Show: Sirdar Jewelspun Yarn

Choosing the perfect yarn for a knitting project is always a delightful part of the process for me. For the particular project I was working on, I had in mind the vibrant and colorful aesthetics of yarns like Noro, Chroma, or Unforgettable. So, when the kind folks at Sirdar sent me their yarn, Jewelspun, I was immediately drawn to its captivating blend of hues. The colors seamlessly transitioned into one another, creating a harmonious palette of complementary shades. The gradual color changes in the yarn were especially appealing as they allowed the design to shine without abrupt shifts or breaks in color. It felt like a match made in knitting heaven, and I knew right away that this yarn was perfect for the project at hand.

Using this beautiful yarn from Sirdar sparked my creativity and inspired me to bring my vision to life with its rich and dynamic colors. Knitting with it felt like a casual and enjoyable journey, where each stitch added to the overall beauty of the piece. The yarn’s quality and color palette truly elevated the project, making it a joy to work on. In the end, the yarn not only met but exceeded my expectations, proving once again that the right choice of yarn can truly enhance the knitting experience and result in a masterpiece that brings me immense satisfaction.

Colors That Make You Want to Knit More!

Jewelspun yarn is not available in many places I can find. But my friends over at Jimmy Beans Wool do carry it in a variety of colors. If you ask me, you can NOT go wrong with any of these choices. They are lovely. The color transition in one 200 gram ball of yarn as you work with it makes your needles go faster just to see what the next color is going to be. When all is said and done, your knitted sweater will look like a pro did it, even if you’re just starting.

Your Step-by-Step Cast On to Cast Off Guide

Starting Off Strong

Wondering how to cast on? I prefer the long tail cast on for this design. The Long Tail cast-on places the stitches on the needle as if they are all knits. Therefore, when the work is turned you are looking at purls on the needle. Because of this, I often think of the very first row after this cast on as a WS row.

So, when using this cast on technique and working garter stitch for the first 4 rows, the transition looks nice. Plus, picking up stitches along the edge is easy when it is time to add the collar.

Keep Track of the Number of Stitches When Casting On

Let me share a neat little tip with you when it comes to casting on stitches for this cardigan or any knit project. Trust me, with the sheer number of stitches you need to cast on, it’s no surprise that keeping track can be a bit of a challenge. But fear not, there’s a simple solution!

What you can do is place a stitch marker every 20th stitch as you’re casting on. This way, you create checkpoints that make it a breeze to count your stitches accurately. So, if you happen to lose count along the way (we’ve all been there!), you can easily backtrack to the nearest stitch marker and pick up right where you left off. It’s a game-changer, I tell you! Give it a try next time you’re starting a new cardigan project and thank me later. Happy knitting, y’all!

Making the Magic Happen

Once you’ve cast on for the cocoon cardigan, it’s time to dive into the knitting sweaters process. this is where you will be introduced to the Lace Bands Stitch pattern. It is a big lace knit stitch and it is so easy that it is easy to make mistakes. So go slow and keep track of all the increases and decreases in a row.

Remember, you will NOT change the stitch count ever. If you get to the end of a row and have a different stitch count than the previous row something went wrong and you need to check your work. You can tink or unknit your project to find the mistake, or find the mistake on the next row and fix it there. Either way, make sure you don’t just gloss over it. It is important you keep the correct number of stitches.

Also, I think it is important to note here that the yarnover lace portion of the stitch pattern will really GROW as you knit. So make sure you do a gauge swatch!!! If you don’t, you could end up with a sweater that is too wide (because this pattern really stretches stitchwise and shrinks rowwise).

As always, I do guide you through making a swatch which will also guide you through working the Lace Bands stitch pattern. Once you get past the first 20 rows, this stitch pattern is easy to remember and knitting this cozy knit cocoon, will be cake.

Finishing the Knit Sweater Like a Boss

Not sure how do you cast off your knitting? Not a problem. This pattern actually has you bind off in pattern. All that means is you will work each stitch that is on the left hand needle in the stitch pattern it is supposed to be (if it is a knit, knit it; if it is a purl, purl it). Then, once you get two stitches on the right hand needle, you will make the second stitch away from the tip jump up and over the first stitch close to the tip.

I did make a youtube tutorial showing how to bind off in pattern. If you’ve never done it before I suggest giving it a look.

Caution: make sure you keep the stitches sized nice and consistent and DO NOT PULL ON THE YARN to tighten up your bind off will be too tight. I know of people who will bind off with a larger needle just to make sure they don’t make their cast off too snug.

A smiling woman with her hair up in a bun, wearing glasses, showcases the "Know Your Worth Knit Cocoon Cardigan" by Marly Bird. The cardigan features a rich green tone with a subtle lace pattern, accentuated by a large button closure.

Know Your Worth Knit Cocoon Cardigan Information

This pattern is a Marly Bird Premium pattern and can be purchased here.

All the details you need about the project can be found below as well as the YouTube Video Tutorial.

Know Your Worth Cocoon Cardigan

Designed by Marly Bird




To Fit Size

XS-M (L-2X, 3X-5X)

Finished Measurements

Body piece measures 53 (58½, 64)” [134.5 (148.5, 162.5) cm] x 21 (25, 29)” [53.5 (63.5, 73.5) cm] laid flat

Collar measures 7″ [18 cm] in length (or desired length)


12.5 sts and 32 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Lace Bands pattern, after blocking.

Note: This stitch pattern tends to stretch widthwise and shrink lengthwise as the piece gets bigger. To account for this, when blocking your gauge swatch, pull it horizontally before pinning.



Sirdar, Jewelspun (100% Acrylic, 546 yds / 500 m, 7.05 oz / 200 g CYCA #4 worsted) 

4 (4, 5) balls: #0845 Golden Green


U.S. 7 [4.5 mm] 60” [152.5 cm] circular needle and double-pointed needles in same size, or size required for gauge

Note: Cocoon Body is worked back and forth in rows; Collar and Cuffs are worked circularly.


Removable stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking supplies, Jul Leather Pedestal Button Closure (optional)

Video Tutorial

More Than Just a Sweater

The ‘Know Your Worth’ cardigan is more than a knitted sweater pattern – it’s a doorway to more knitting adventures. Marly’s got tons of knit patterns waiting for you, from knit shrugs to full-on sweaters.

Happy Knitting!


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