How To Crochet A Sweater

Don’t think that you need to be an expert learn how to crochet a sweater.  Find a crochet pattern that will compliment your skill and technique.  Several years ago, I made the following crochet sweater for myself.  With a lighter cotton blend yarn you’ll have a wonderful all weather cardigan.  The free crochet pattern below can be done easily in just a few sessions.  It is for your average crocheter, although a beginner crocheter does not need to feel intimidated by the length of  crochet pattern because it is very easy to follow.  This pattern is for 34-36 bust size.  Again, you’ll only need to know your basic four basic crochet stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc) and slip stitch (slst).

AGAIN, I emphasize to you how easy a  crochet pattern this is to follow.  Take a moment and look at this easy to follow crochet pattern.  If you feel like you’re stuck, do what I do…READ IT OUT LOUD…to yourself.  It’s a little trick I’ve learned over the past several years.

You’ll be using two different size hooks: J and I
Gauges:   I hook   3 sc =1″    4 sc rows =1″
J hook   5 dc worked in pattern = 2″   5 dc rows = 4″
You’ll need 12 1/2 oz. of your favorite color and six matching buttons.

Let’s start with the body:
BACK
Row 1: With J hook ch 60, 2 dc  in 5th chain from hook, 2 dc in next chain, (skip next 2 chs, 2 dc in each of the next 2 chs) across to the last 2 chs, skip next ch, dc in the last ch, turn, 58 dc
Rows 2 – 24: Ch 3,  (skip next st, 2 dc in the next 2 st, skip next st) across with dc in last stitch, turn.
Row 25:  For the LEFT SHOULDER, ch 3, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) 5 times, skip next st, 2 dc in next st leaving remaining sts unworked, DO NOT turn, fasten off (23).
Row 25: For NECK, skip next 12 sts on row 24; for RIGHT SHOULDER, join with sl st in next st, ch 3, dc in same st, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts, skip next st, dc in last st, fasten off.
RIGHT FRONT
Row 1:  With J hook, ch 32, 2 dc in 5th ch from hook, 2 dc in next ch, (skip next 2 chs, 2 dc in each of next 2 chs) across to last 2 chs, skip next ch, dc in last ch, turn. (30 dc)
Rows 2-20:  Repeat row 2 of  “Back”
Row 21: Ch 3 (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) 5 times, skip next st, 2 dc in next st leaving remaining sts unworked for shaping the neck, turn (23).
Row 22: Ch 3 dc in same st, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts, skip next st, dc in last st, turn.
Row 23: Ch 3, (skip next st, 2 dc in ech of next 2 sts, skip next st) across to last 2 sts, skip next st, 2 dc in last st, turn.
Row 24-25: Repeat rows 22 and 23. At end of last row, fasten off.
LEFT FRONT
Rows 1-20: Repeat same rows of Right Front.
Row 21: For shaping neck,  sl st in first 8 sts, ch 3, dc in same st, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across to last 2 sts, skip next st, dc in last st, turn (23).
Rows 22-25: Repeat rows  23 & 22 of Right Front alternately, At end of last row, fasten off.  Holding right sides of last row on each piece together, matching sts, sew shoulder seams. Wrong side of row 1 on each piece will now be right side of work.
SLEEVE (make 2)
Row 1: With J hook, ch 32, 2 dc in 5th ch from hook, 2 dc in next ch, (skip next 2 chs, 2 dc in each of next 2 chs) across to last 2 chs, skip next ch, dc in last ch, turn (30 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) across with dc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) across to last st, 2dc in last st, turn (32)
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) across to last 2 sts, dc in each of last 2 sts, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next st, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) across to last 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in last st, turn (34).
Row 6: Ch3, dc in each of next 2 sts, (skip next st, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next st) across to last 3 sts, dc in each of last 3 sts, turn.
Row 7: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next st, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across, turn (36).
Row 8: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, (2dc in each of next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts) across to last 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in each of last 2 sts, turn.
Row 9: Ch 2, 2dc in each of next 2 sts, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across to last st, dc in last st, turn (38).
Row 10: Repeat row 3 (40)
Row 11: Repeat row 5 (42)
Row 12: Repeat row 7 (44)
Row 13: Ch 3, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts, (skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in each of next 2 sts) across to last st, dc in last st, turn (46).
Row 14: Repeat row 2 (48)
Row 15: Repeat row 5 (50)
Row 16: Repeat row 7 (52)
Row 17: Repeat row 13 (54).
Row 18: Repeat row 3 (56), fasten off.
Matching center of last row on Sleeve to shoulder seam, sew Sleeve to Body.  Sew Sleeve and side seams.
SLEEVE BANDS
Rnd 1: With I hook, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1 on Sleeve, join with sc in first ch, skip next ch, sc in each of next 2 chs, (sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in each of next 2 chs) around to last 2 chs, skip next ch, sc in last ch, join with sl st in first sc (22sc).
Rnds 2-5: Ch l, sc in each st around, join. At end of last rnd, fasten off.
Repeat on other Sleeve.
WAISTBAND
Row 1: With I hook, working in starting ch on opposite side of row 1 on Body, join with sc in first ch, evenly space 105 more sc across, turn (106sc).
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of last row, fasten off.
NECK BAND
Row 1: With I hook, working in ends of rows and in sts across neck, with wrong side of work facing you, join with sc in first st on row 20, sc in each st and 2 sc in each row across to opposite side of row 20, turn.
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of last row, fasten off.
BUTTON BAND
Row 1: With I hook, working in ends of rows across Right Front, with wrong side of work facing you, join with sc in first row, evenly space 49 more sc across, turn (50 sc).
Rows 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At end of last row, fasten off.
BUTTONHOLE BAND
Row 1: With I hook, working in ends of rows across Left Front, with wrong side of work facing you, join with sc in first row, evenly space 49 more sc across, turn (50 sc).
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1 sc in first st: for BUTTONHOLE, ch 2, skip next 2 sts: *sc in next 7 sts: for BUTTONHOLE, ch 2, skip next 2 sts: repeat from * across to last 2 sts, sc in each of last 2 sts, turn (6 Buttonholes).
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in each st and in each ch across, turn.
Row 5: Ch l, sc in each st across, fasten off.
Sew you buttons to the Button Band opposite buttonholes. :)

Enjoy your beautiful crochet sweater.

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