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

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!


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

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

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″

12 dc = 4″
7 rows = 4″


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


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.


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.


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.


Ch 3 does not count as stitch for 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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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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  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 ! 🙂

      1. Im thinking of doing 2 sweaters, 1 with both sides like the front of this one, and 1 with both sides of the back of it,

      2. Hi
        I know this prob sounds stupid but I am new at crocheting and was just wondering- in this pattern The simple crochet sweater pattern, how come it only has 9 ch to cast on? Where does the rest of the width come from. Sorry so confused?

        1. Hi! The sweater starts with the ribbing. After you do the ribbing it will turn and you’ll work across the long edge (this is the width). Hope that helps!!

        2. the chain 9 is for the bottom ribbing, you’ll work the rest of the sweater using that entire length of that as your base. Hope I am wording that in a way that makes sense??

          1. On the back panel, rows 4-11, what is the last stitch before you turn and chain? Is it the dc or the chain 1?

        1. I have having trouble with the sleeves. They actually decrease on its own for some reason. The sleeve keeps getting smaller as I go on. When I join the end of the row to the previous DC, is this done in the hole made by the ch3 or is it joined going through the top stitch of the ch3?

    1. Hi…. Can I get the instruccions by e’mail to how to make the sweater in spanish or video on youtube??

        1. Can u pls provide the tutorial of this sweater…my daughter likes so much …I want to make this… thanks

  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. ☺

      1. Breann excited to make this for a Christmas present. If you don’t mind me asking how tall you are so I can judge the pattern. Thank you. Donna

  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.

    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.

    1. I so want to make this!!
      I was thinking the same as others:
      Do 2 of the back.
      Maybe i will also do 2 of the front and do short sleeves!
      The writing is easy to follow. This will be my first top and would be easy to embellish
      So excited

  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.

      1. Not a silly question….in the write up she calls it a “category 4” so from that I would say 4.
        Hope this helps.

  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.

  13. Thanks for the super easy pattern it was my first big crochet project and it turned out lovely. ?

  14. the width and length is that based from craft yarn council woman size chart? Also is the width size based all the way around or just the front or back base?

    1. The width across the front when the piece is laying flat. The width and length is based on the finished piece and gauge.

  15. Made this “Simple Crochet Sweater” as my very first sweater and the instructions are so wonderful. I made the pattern on the front and back AND made it open in the front. It’s so simple and easy, thank you Breann!

      1. I not sure how to comment, anyway, I like this top but wonder if I could do the closed pattern for both front and back?

    1. Hi Claudia,
      I am not good at altering patterns….could you tell me how you made this sweater with the open front. Thank-you.

    1. Hi! Thank you so much! When starting with the ribbing along the bottom, I would just keep going until it’s the measured width (make sure there are an odd number of rows). Hope this helps!

  16. Hello! Beginner here. I love this sweater! I managed to make the back piece with no issues, but am now struggling with the simpler front (go figure!). Does the chain 3 count as a double crochet? I was counting it and was ending up short on stitches… now I’m not counting it and I have extra?? Any help is much appreciated!

  17. I would like to make this open in front. What about the excess at the neck and how could I finish it down the front? would like it to have a v neck. TIA

  18. Has anyone tried making the sleeves without the decreases? How does that look or turn out?

  19. I’m a bit large but would really like to make this sweater! Could you give me instructions for a size 3X?

    1. Hi! I would use a sweater you own and base the sizing off that. The sweater starts with the ribbing along the bottom. This is the width of your sweater. Make the ribbing until it’s the width you want (must be an odd number of rows) and then follow the pattern. I hope this helps!!

  20. I love the sweater, but I prefer a v-neck. Can you adapt this one or do you have a similar pattern with a v-neck.

  21. Hi Breann I’m on rows 4-7 and it says to chain 4. That counts as a dc plus chain one. Then to skip a stitch. I’m having trouble making the 45 stitches if I don’t dc in the same stitch as the chain 4. What am I doing wrong.

    1. Hi! How many dc are in your previous row counting the ch 3?

      Also, when you ch 4 and skip 1, your first dc with be in the 3rd stitch of the row.

  22. Alright, I totally fell in love with sweater and made it up just as the pattern is written in Caron Plum Perfect and got a purple tank top for underneath. Breann, talk about gorgeous, I was so excited to add it to my wardrobe!!!! Bad thing though, I showed it to one of my bosses wife today and she ordered one from me. Then I showed my daughter this evening and she took it from me!!!! Well back to the store for more yarn. As you can see this is really a big hit around here!

      1. Breann, I’m just finishing up number 5 (the one for my self, 3 daughters and the boss’s wife)!!! So in 4 weeks I’ve managed to make this many. I would say this is a crochet record for me!!!

  23. Hi Breann!

    First off all thank you so much for this pattern. I really fell in love with the simplicity of it. However now i reached row 8 of the back part i am slightly confused what to do with the last sentence which says: ‘ch space across’ I made the DC in every stitch, but do i know just chain one to then start row 9? just skip a stitch do then start row 9? or something i am just totally missing out on?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi! In the previous row (row 7) it’s all dc and ch spaces. Then row 8 it’s a solid dc row. Make sure to dc in each dc and ch from the previous row. Hope that helps!

  24. Hi I love this pattern, do you think it would work in a super bulky yarn and if so what hook size would you recommend? I’m in the UK. Thank you.

    1. Hi! With super bulky yarn you would probably use a N hook. Check the yarn label to see what they recommend. But the sweater will come out larger than worsted weight. Measure as you go to make sure the fit it good 🙂

  25. This was a very lovely pattern .Thanks for sharing.I made 2 short sleeves one with both sides as the front panel and another one following yours.both came out beautiful!!

  26. Hi!Lovely design! SimplE and easy to follow as well for a beginner. Can the sleeves have ribbing as well. If so how many rows would be required for medium size. How to get the same type of fall as you have shown in the picture.

    1. Hi! Yes the sleeve can have ribbing. They can be done separately and then sewn on to the end. I would make them as long as needed to fit around your wrist 🙂

      1. Thank You for your prompt reply dear. But as per your pattern, I think you had continued crocheting around the armhole. So in that case, the ribbing has to be done separately and attached right?

        1. Yes. Like I said the ribbing will be done separately and then sewn to the end of the sleeve. I can’t give you an exact row count since I don’t know exactly how wide your sleeves are. I would match the length up the best you can to the end of the sleeve 🙂

          1. Thank you once again. What other finishing do you recommend for the finishing for the long sleeve other than ribbing? Do you think using a mix of front and the back would affect the sizing of the sleeves?

  27. Hi! Love this pattern. Do you think it can be made in 2 colours? I want to go the front in the grey and the back in alternating grey/pink!

    1. I think that would be so cute! You can do the solid rows pink with the open rows gray (or the other way around) 🙂

  28. Hey, I have a question. If I do my sleeves, why do they look so funny to me? how many stitches do you have at the beginning when you kit start your sleeve? I made the size M for me. And I have 46 sticks (2 sticks per stitch, at the beginning and in the middle only 1 stick), which I process. What’s wrong with my sweater? The sleeves open like angel wings. Can you help me, pls? I hope u understand my Englisch ?☺️

    1. Hi! I think 46 stitches around sounds about right. You can do less if you think they’re too big. As long as it evenly around 🙂

      1. No. I just can not manage it. I am in despair now. I have 46 stitches here and the sleeve is getting wider and wider. Why? That does not look good. ??? can I send you a picture by email? So you look at this?

    2. I’m about half done with the front… a little late to compare to the finished back. I made the band the same width on both sides. However, the front so far is way wider and shorter when comparing to the back. I knew it would be a little wider due to the fact rows 4-7 of the back are tighter. But this seems way off. Is it gonna work out ok once the panels are stitched together, you think? Should I add extra rows to the front (it would mean adding about 7 extra rows).
      Or should I do the same number of rows as back and just stretch it when stitching them together so that the front rows match up with the back rows? I hope I’m making sense… I don’t know how else to describe what I’m seeing.

      1. I see a comment below that answers my question regarding the width of the front being greater… but still not sure about the length being so much different. Right now, I have 22 rows done on the front. When I hold it up to the back, I’ve only reached about row 15 of the back. Maybe that clarifies it a little bit?

          1. I just kept going. Just stitched the panels together, lining up the rows and it worked just fine! Thank you! I love it so far… just gotta get the sleeves on!

          2. And thanks to you- I just googled what blocking is (I’m new to crochet). Always love learning new things!! 😉

  29. Hi Breann,
    I would to make this as a cardigan with Premier Cotton #2……what size would I do? Plus I would like short sleeve to the elbows….would I just stop at the desired length?

    1. Hi! This sweater is really customizable. It starts with the ribbing across the bottom. I would make that the width you want (as long as it’s an odd number of rows) and then make it as tall as you want. You could use one of your sweaters from your closet for comparison 🙂 And yes, for the sleeves, just stop as desired length.

  30. Thankyou for producing such a lovely garment, I have just finished it and it has turned out just like yours, so pleased considering it is my very first written pattern I have followed and also new to crocheting.

  31. I’ve just completed row 4 for the back panel and now have 33 dc. For row 5, do I follow the pattern and dc , skip stitch and dc??? Wouldn’t this decrease my total # of stitch??? It looks like it’s decreasing in size…..

    1. Hi! Yes, you repeat row 4. *skip 1 stitch (this is the ch stitch), then dc in the next (this is the dc stitch), ch 1*. You should end up with the same amount of stitches 🙂

  32. Hi Breann. Thank you for the darling pattern. I have made many scarves, hats and mittens but this is my first sweater. I finished the back and am two thirds done with the front which is turning out to be 2” wider than the back. I am wondering if it is the yarn stretching from going into every stitch adding more bulk to the rows. Any suggestions or am I going to have to rip it out and cut down the number of stitches in the rows to match the width of the back? Thank you, Angie

    1. Hi! The back is narrower than the front because of the ch stitches 🙂 It shouldn’t be noticeable at all once it’s all sewn together.

  33. I love love love this top. Have made the front panel the same as the back and am working on the sleeves now! The instructions are well written and very easy to follow. Thank you for the pattern.

  34. Love this pattern. Made one change. I single crocheted down both sides and across the top and used mattress stitch to sew it together. It Worked out so well the sweater is now reversible.

  35. I really enjoyed making this pattern. Next time I’ll try what others suggested and do the open work on both sides.

  36. I made a Weasley Sweater!! Freehanding the “E” was definitely the hardest part, your pattern is easy to follow and a great base for the project. Thanks for making the pattern free! I can’t post a pic here but I messaged you on Insta.

  37. Do you still have any of your hand-dyed yarn in Winterberry left? I really want 2 more skeins…..
    I LOVE the colors, and am making this sweater for Mardi Gras – the colors are too perfect!

  38. Any tips on how to make IT into a cardigan?
    Can the pattern for the front, be divided into two pisces?

      1. I tried… but could not figure out how to make the collar. IT should be a v-shape, now its just two loose flaps on each side ?

        1. Hi! I would make the back from the pattern. And then for the open front of the cardigan, you can make 2 rectangles. Each half the size of the back. Then sew them on the shoulders and the sides. Hope that helps!

  39. Hi Breann,
    I am making your sweater pattern using Lion brand Wool Ease. This is the first sweater I’ve attempted and I’ve found your pattern instructions are very clear and easy to follow. It’s a joy to find a simple pattern that inspires success. I highly recommend this yarn because it is turning out beautiful with this pattern. Thank you so much, Susan.Susa

  40. I just finished the body and I’m a little hesitant to add the sleeves, because I tried it on, and it looks cute without them. Maybe I’ll make another one without sleeves.

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