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!

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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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 ! 🙂

  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.

  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. 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. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!

  21. 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!

  22. 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 🙂

  23. 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!!

  24. 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?

  25. 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!

  26. 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 🙂

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