Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!
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Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern

March 15, 2018
Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!
Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!

Making your own sweater is so much easier than you might think! For this Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern, all you need is 2 rectangles to make the front and back, then add your sleeves. EASY! This pattern was originally released as a crochet along, but now that it’s been over for a couple months I wanted to post the pattern here in it’s entirety. (You can find the details of the finished crochet along HERE)

Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!

Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!

The front of the sweater is a solid piece, made with all double crochet. The back has the open, see through look that is just so cute! I like to wear it with a brightly color tank top. Even just a sports bra would be adorable!

 

Here you can see a close of the design on the back of the sweater.

Simple Crochet Sweater Pattern - Making your own sweaters is easier than you might think! Just start with 2 rectangles and add some sleeves!

 

SIMPLE CROCHET SWEATER PATTERN

 

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Materials
3 – 6 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather (category 4 yarn, 750 – 1,500 yds)
5.0 mm hook
Scissors
Yarn Needle

Level
easy+ (you must be very familiar with basic crochet stitches)

Pattern notes & stitches to know
Sl st – slip stich
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Sc blo – single crochet back loop only
Dc – double crochet
Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

**Ch 3 at the beginning of each row counts as dc**

Approximate Finished Sizes:

Small (pictured, I’m 5’0″) – about 3 skeins
Width: 19″
Length: 19″

Medium – about 4 skeins
Width: 21″
Length: 22.5″

Large – about 4 – 5 skeins
Width: 23″
Large: 26″

XL – about 5 skeins
Width: 24″
Length: 29.5″

1X – about 5 – 6 skeins
Width: 25″
Length: 33″

Gauge
12 dc = 4″
7 rows = 4″

SIMPLE SWEATER

Pattern written in S, M noted in ( ), L noted in [ ], XL noted in { }, 1X noted in < >

BACK PANEL

Ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and across (8 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc blo in each stitch across (8 sc blo)

Repeat row 2 to row 65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>

This band is the width of your sweater. You can check the fit across hips, waist, and bust. Adjust number of rows as needed. NOTE: there must be an odd number of rows

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc across the band, 1 sc in each row (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each stitch across (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Row 3: repeat row 2

NOTE: in rows 4 – 7 make the ch stitches loose, these rows will be tighter than the dc rows

Row 4 – 7: ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), turn, *skip one stitch, dc in next, ch 1* repeat from * to * across (33 dc, (36 dc), [39 dc], {42 dc}, <45 dc>)

Here’s an up close photo of rows 4 – 7

Row 8: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc and ch space across (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Row 9: ch 3, turn, dc in each stitch across (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Repeat rows 4 – 9 to row 33, (39), [45], {51}, <57>

This is the length of your sweater. Test the length and add or take out rows as needed. Make sure to end on a row 9 repeat.

My super technical way of “measuring” the length of my sweater. I held it up to myself and kept going until I liked the length (then I made sure to end on a row 9 repeat)

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

FRONT PANEL

Ch 9

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and across (8 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc blo in each stitch across (8 dc blo)

Repeat row 2 to row 65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>

Or until it’s the same width as the back

Row 1: Ch 1, turn, sc across the band, 1 sc in each row (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Row 2: ch 3, turn, dc in each stitch across (65, (71), [77], {83}, <89>)

Repeat row 2 row 33, (39), [45], {51}, <57> (or until the length of the back panel)

Or until it’s the same length as the back

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

CONSTRUCTION

Lay both panels together, with the right side facing in (there isn’t technically a right side, just which ever you like best)

Using stitch markers, mark where you want to sew the shoulders closed. I marked approximately 20 stitches in from each side, leaving 25 stitches open in the middle for the head. Using a long piece of yarn and your yarn needle, sew the pieces together across each shoulder with a whip stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Mark where you want the armholes to be (I tried the sweater over my head to see where I wanted them) I marked about 11 rows down from the top.

Using a long piece of yarn and a yarn needle, sew the pieces together with a whipstitch, leaving a space open at the top for armholes.

Fasten off, weave in the ends. Turn right side out.

SLEEVES

Join yarn at the bottom of one armhole,

Round 1: ch 1, sc evenly around, (work approximately 2 sc in the side of each dc), join to first sc with sl st

Round 2 – 10: ch 3, dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with sl st

In the next rows the sleeves will start decreasing

Round 11: ch 3, *dc in 5 stitches, dc2tog* repeat from * to * around, join to first dc with sl st

Round 12: ch 3, dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with sl st

Round 13: ch 3, * dc in 4 stitches, dc2tog* repeat from * to * around, join to first dc with sl st

Round 14: ch 3, dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with sl st

NOTE: The next round decreases the sleeves one more time, if you don’t want the sleeves any smaller around, skip to round 16

Round 15: ch 3, *dc in 3 stitches, dc2tog* repeat from * to around, join to first dc with sl st

Round 16: ch 3, dc in each stitch around, join to first dc with sl st

Repeat round 16 to row 23, (25), [27], {29}, <31>

Or until sleeves are desired length, Add or take out rows as needed

Fasten off, weave in the ends.

Repeat for the second sleeve.

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  1. I completely love this sweater ! But I don’t know if I will make it with two open sides or the open side on the front… Anyway, I’m gonna make it ! 🙂

  2. Hi, i love u’r tunic! If u should post the crochet- along again, would you please send me a link for it? I would like to try it for my mom for mother’s day.. Thank u for u’r lovely pattern. Please confirm whether i am on u’r mailing list. ☺

  3. Can you send this to me via video. I do better when I see it done step by step. Plus I am just a beginner.
    Please.
    Lucy

    1. Part of crochet is learning to read patterns. It is not difficult if you take it slowly. I read how to do it in a book years ago but no there are also videos on youtube like this one

  4. Hi! The top is beautiful. Will it be okay if I make the back similar to the front. So , repeat the front twice and join? Thanks.

  5. I have never made a jersey before so am chuffed with this one. Just finishing the sleeves. Put my own spin on it a bit by doing two pattern repeats of the back just above the chest. Love it. Thank you so much.

  6. I made it with short sleeves because I just had 2skeins, but it works great. I really love your instructions so good explanation! Thanks for shearing

  7. I love the look of this sweater and have now made a start on it. Very easy pattern to follow. I still haven’t made up my mind if I am going to do the front the same as the back. I have to tonight because I am almost finished the back. I would like the sleeves to be long. How do I go about doing that?? I am fairly new to crocheting so need a little help 🙂

    1. Thank you! When you get to the last row of the sleeve, you can just continue that row until it’s the length you want 🙂

      1. I am on to the sleeves and because I am making them longer (to the wrist) do I do more decreases along the way?? thanks 🙂

  8. I like this top very much. A “younger” would probably like it open on both sides wearing a tank etc. underneath as you’ve suggested. I’m going to make this for the early fall. Thanks for sharing your work!

  9. Love it! I initially came to check it out assuming the front and back were the same. I like the open, airy, look.

  10. “The band is he width of your sweater.” [slaps forehead] Genius! That way I just keep going till it’s the length I need. Why didn’t I ever think of that before? And why have I not seen that in a pattern before? Speaking of patterns, I started to copy and paste the pattern from this page into a document to print, then decided to just buy it for $1.99. Well worth it. It’s laid out very nicely with photos. I would’ve have spent a lot more than $1.99 worth of my time copying and pasting. Appreciate it.

    1. Aran weight yarn in uk…according to my google search! But 5mm hook is generally Aran so figure it’s a safe guess.

  11. Hello, I love this pattern but am confused about rows 3,4, and 5 ending with a chain1. Then one is supposed to chain 4 for the tun. Doesn’t this become a chain 5 then? Please help me understand what I’m missing. Thanks.

  12. That was the most easy and well explained pattern I’ve ever came across. Thank u so much Breann 🙂
    By the way I choose to make the front same as the back and with sorter sleeves.

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