You may know that at this point, I’ve made quite a few cardigans, kimonos and blanket sweaters but have yet to share a traditional crocheted pullover. So here we go…..today I want to share how I made this super easy crocheted sweater that almost appears to be knit. Of course, sweaters can get pretty fancy and even tricky depending on how much shaping is involved. The stitch work can be complicated and when you combine all of that together, sweaters look daunting! However, after designing so many pieces made up of basic squares and rectangles, this fall I wanted to finally design a legit sweater with the same idea. You guys, this project is something that just about anyone can do if you know your basic crochet stitches. With this particular sweater, I used single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches and chain stitches. And wait for it……there is NO SHAPING. I just used a few different sized hooks to shape the arms, but no increasing or decreasing. That translates to easy. 😉
The other aspects that I love about this sweater is that the stitch works up really quickly. I also absolutely love the drape of this Lion Brand Heartland yarn and was reminded of that when I made the Smoky Mountains Triangle Wrap. This is a terrific yarn at a great value – I only used 4 skeins for this sweater! While it’s more than you’d use for a hat, that’s crazy for a sweater!
Above: What a beautiful site out my window this morning. Snow on the peak; it’s definitely sweater weather!
First, let’s go step by step into how you can crochet a sweater, and then I will dive into some details about the sweater that I made. I often prefer describing patterns or projects in “people terms” rather than the specific knit & crochet terms, so I’ll start with that and then get into the pattern details. I even practiced making a little intro video about it too. 😉
How To Crochet An Easy Pullover Sweater
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR THE SPECIFIC PATTERN BELOW! THIS STEP BY STEP IS JUST AN OVERVIEW ON HOW YOU CAN CROCHET A SWEATER – The full pattern for the pictured sweater can be found at the bottom of the blog post. Thanks friends!
Step 1 You’re going to make two panels – a front and back. Begin one panel of your sweater by making a chain about as long as you want your sweater to be wide (to be even more precise, work up a swatch of whatever stitch you’d like to use. Count how many stitches are in an inch and multiply that by how many inches you want your piece to measure width wise – chain that number of stitches)
Step 2 Crochet using your preferred stitch until your piece is as long as you’d like it to be. This length will be from your neck to your waist or below! It’s up to you! Now, repeat steps 1 & 2 to make a second panel. These panels will be the front and back of your pullover.
I used the small mesh stitch from this video tutorial that I put together here:
Step 3 Create sleeves – Make a chain approximately (15-16″ Small, 17-18″ Medium, 19-20″ Large, 21″-22″XL) that will be used to create your sleeve. Proceed to crochet each row, making another rectangle while working until the sleeve is the length that you want. You will also be adding a cuff, so don’t make it too long. The sleeve is essentially a rectangle that starts wide and becomes narrower toward the cuff. To make it narrow, go down crochet hook sizes. Crochet the 1st third with your original hook, the 2nd third with a size smaller than that hook, and the last third with a size smaller than the last hook. Depending how much you want it to narrow, you can go to even smaller hook sizes. Make two of these sleeve “rectangles”.
Step 4 Fold each sleeve rectangle in half lengthwise and seam with a whip stitch. It’s like you’re creating a tube from a rectangle.
Step 5 Place your two panels from step one and two together and seam up each side and at the shoulder, leaving a space for your head and holes on the upper sides to attach your sleeves. Attach your sleeves with a whip stitch as well!
Step 6 Create cuffs by making a short chain and single crochet through the back loop of each stitch across the row. This will give you a nice, ribbed cuff! Make cuffs as long as you need to then attach with a whip stitch to the bottom of your sweater as well as the sleeve cuffs.
DONE AND DONE!
So you want to make the same sweater that I made here you say? Why sure!
Easy Knit-Like Crocheted Sweater
UPDATE: Please note that there has been some feedback that the sleeves for the large sizes may need adjusted to be smaller in some cases. The size small works out well. I’m leaving the pattern for the larger sizes here for you as a base point but you may need to make some adjustments.
You will need:
US Size L 8.0 mm crochet hook, K 6.5 mm crochet hook, H 5.0 mm crochet hook
4, 4, 5, 6 skeins Lion Brand Heartland Worsted Weight Yarn (142 g / skein) in Mount Rainier (Small 450g, M 552 g, L 667 g, XL 789g),
Tapestry needle to seam and weave in ends
Skills & Abbreviations:
sc – single crochet
sc blo – single crochet through back loop only
dc – double crochet
ch – chain
sp – space
st – stitch
Finished Bust Circumference Measurements:
XS / Small 32″ around
Medium 36″ around
Large 40″ around
XL 44″ around
XS / Small 23″
If you want to make your sweater longer, simply make each panel for main body panel longer than indicated. You may also make the cuff wider by starting with a longer chain. Keep yarn needs in mind.
Above: Use these measurements as a guide and check your sweater as you go to ensure it’s correct
Just over 3 chain stitches per inch in “Easy Mesh Stitch” pattern found in the Main Body Panels section. (You may do a test swatch by chaining an even number of stitches and following the pattern.)
Be sure to measure as you go to ensure that you are making your panels the indicated width. Adjust by using a different hook or starting with a longer or shorter chain (keeping an odd stitch count)
As stated in the gauge section above, an easy mesh stitch is used throughout the pattern. You can find a full tutorial and video on my blog here for this stitch. You might want to practice on a small swatch before beginning the entire sweater. Please refer to the “Small Mesh” in the tutorial.
Main Body Panels:
These panels are made with the easy mesh stitch that I did a full video tutorial about HERE
Use your size L hook
Easy Mesh Stitch
Chain 55, 61, 69, 75
Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across row. (54, 60, 68, 74 stitches)
Row 2 Ch 2, turn, sk sc st below, sl st into next stitch; *Ch 2, sk st, sl st into next stitch; repeat from * across the row. (54, 60, 68, 74 chain stitches – count doesn’t include sl stitches)
Row 3 Ch 2, turn, sl st into ch 2 sp below, *ch 2, sl st into next ch 2 sp; repeat from * across the row. (54, 60, 68, 74 ch stitches)
Repeat row 3 until your piece is as long as you’d like or for about (21.5″, 23.5″, 24.5″, 25.5″) tie off and weave in ends (At this point you may want to hold up your panel and see if it’s as long as you’d like. You will still be adding a cuff to the bottom. Crochet more rows if you want to make it longer while keeping yarn needs in mind)
Repeat above pattern to make a second panel
UPDATE: Please note that there has been some feedback that the sleeves for the large sizes may need adjusted to be smaller in some cases. I’m leaving the pattern here for you as a base point as it has worked for some, but you may need to make some adjustments
IMPORTANT!!! (The widest section of the sleeve at the upper section where you begin with your chain should measure approximately 15″, 17″, 19″, 21″ Adjust your hook size or tension accordingly and even adjust the number of chain stitches if necessary)
With your size L crochet hook
Chain 49, 55, 61, 67
Row 1 Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across row. (48, 54, 60, 66 chain stitches)
Row 2 Ch 2, turn, sk sc st below, sl st into next stitch. *Ch 2, sk st, sl st into next stitch; repeat from * across the row. (48, 54, 60, 66 ch stitches)
Row 3 Ch 2, turn, sl st into ch 2 sp below, *ch 2, sl st into next ch 2 sp; repeat from * across the row. (48, 54, 60, 66 ch stitches)
Repeat row 3 for approximately 5″
With your size K crochet hook
Row 1 Ch 3 (counts as 1st st of row), turn, 1 dc in 1st ch2 sp below, *2 dc in next ch 2 sp. Repeat from * across the row. (48 )
Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as stitch), turn, dc in 2nd st of foundation row and each stitch across the row including the turning ch3. (48)
Repeat row 2 for approximately (5″, 6″, 7″, 7″)
Next, begin using your size H crochet hook and repeat row 2 from Mid Section portion (working double crochet stitches across the row) for another 6″
Tie off and weave in ends. You will fold and seam your sleeves in the assembly section below.
Repeat sleeve pattern to make second sleeve (Note: If you would like the sleeve opening at the bottom to be smaller, simply use a smaller hook for the lower section than indicated, or make some simple crocheting two stitches together)
With your size L crochet hook
Row 1 Sc 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across the row (5)
Row 2 Ch 1, turn, sc blo in each st across the row (5)
Repeat row 2 until cuff is as long as the width of your panel. Make one cuff for each panel. Proceed using the same pattern to make 2 shorter cuffs, one for the end of each sleeve, crocheting for as long as the sleeve ending is wide. Tie off and weave in ends.
Seam & Assemble
With a length of yarn and your tapestry needle, seam up each sleeve lengthwise with a simple whip stitch. Place sweater panels on top of each other with the beginning chain stitch end at top where neckline will be. Whip stitch seam up each side leaving openings for the sleeves and an opening at the bottom if you prefer for the hips. Seam at the shoulders leaving an opening for the head (pictured the opening is approximately 11″). Tie off and weave in ends. Lastly, whip stitch seam each cuff to the appropriate panel or sleeve. That’s it!
Above: Enjoy some sweater weather! By the way, I’m wearing the size “Small” and I’m close to 5’6″ and always wear size XS or S
I sure hope that this may give you the confidence to try a crocheting a sweater sometime! I’d love to hear your thoughts on sweater making in the comments below! Keep your eyes out for a knit pullover on the blog in the coming days. 🙂
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