Beginner-friendly crochet sweater

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Are you terrified of making your first sweater? This beginner-friendly crochet sweater pattern would help you make your own fitting sweater in no time.

Permit me to introduce you to my newest crochet sweater pattern – the tranquility sweater. This one is so easy and the details are simply bespoke.

I love that I can poke my thumb out through the sleeves. I mean, there are days that I truly want my long sleeves to remain long sleeve without pulling down.

Beginner Friendly Crochet Sweater
Image Credit – @Angcand

This beginner-friendly crochet sweater pattern is made from top-down. That is from the yoke (neckline) downwards. This is a no-sew pattern. The beauty of this design is that you get to check the fit as you proceed. I love when I can check how fitted my garments are even before I complete them.

Photo Credit @Pamietansc

Tips to help you crochet your own very first sweater

  1. Be confident that you can crochet a sweater/garment.

2. Get your material ready. These include – Yarn, hook, stitch markers, and measuring tape.

3. Start by checking your gauge. This is usually provided in almost all crochet garment patterns. You have to make the required number of stitches recommended by the designer.
For example, gauge usually comes in this format – 12 stitches over 10 rounds or rows, made in half double crochet, measuring 4″ square. This means that you should have 12 hdc over 10 rounds/rows measuring 4″ by 4″. Sometimes, you might have more stitches than indicated by the designer.

4. Make sure to follow the provided instructions. Most time, this simple point seems so difficult to follow!

5. The designer is your friend you can send questions to the designer when in doubt.

Photo Credits – @ligtofamaker, @Helscribbs, and @kamijones

What to do when you have more stitches than recommended by the gauge includes

A. Go up one or two hook sizes.

B. Change your yarn to a thicker one

What you can do when you have fewer stitches than recommended

A. Go down by one or two hook sizes.

B. Change your yarn to a thinner one

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This pattern is only available in paid version, read on for the details or use the buttons above for your copy.

Since you love this pattern, check out this free one piece crochet cardigan on my blog

Materials needed for this beginner-friendly sweater

Yarn – Any lightweight – DK, (#3) yarn can be used for this pattern

Lion brand Coboo – DK, #3 lightweight (51% Cotton, 49% Rayon from Bamboo, 232 yards/212m per 3.5 oz/100g skein)

5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9) Skeins

Estimated Yardage

980 (1080, 1160, 1280, 1380, 1500, 1620, 1800, 2000) yards

Hook and other Materials

Stitch Markers (2 pieces)

Gauge

15 sts over 15 Rows = 4 x 4” made in hdc, before blocking.

Adjust hook size if necessary, to obtain gauge.

Beginner Friendly Crochet Sweater
Image Credit – @Angcand

Pattern Notes

1.            Please kindly read through the pattern before starting.

2.            Similar #3 weight yarn can be substituted, please check gauge.

3.            Chains at the beginning of the rounds do not count as a stitch.

4.      Stitch count is written after each row/round with the smallest XS written first and the other in the ().

5.      Stitch count written in black is for all sizes but at some points, the stitch counts are color-coded for clarity, i.e. XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Difficulty Level – Intermediate

Terms – US Terminology

Stitches Abbreviations

Chain(s) – ch(s)

Single Crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Double crochet – dc

Special stitch

Bobble stitch = 7dctog – *Yarn over hook, insert hook into

indicated st, yarn over, draw yarn through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops,

repeat from * 6 more times, “you should have 8 loops around your hook”, yarn over, pull through all the loops at once, lock with a chain.

Crossed hdc – skip next st, hdc in next st, crocheting over the hdc just made, work hdc into the skipped st, 

Finished Measurement

Size(s) and color codes – XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Bust Measurement: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”

Length of Sweater: 21 (21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 23, 25, 25)”

Arm hole Measurement: 15.5 (16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 19.5)”

Modeled garment is shown in Medium, with 1” of Positive Ease.

Construction Notes

1.      This sweater is worked in rounds.

2.      Pattern is worked from Top down as such you can easily customize yours to fit as you go.

3.           No sewing is required.

Adjustments/fittings

Length: increase or decrease the repeats for part of the Body.

Armpit:

Too tight? Increase the number of repeats when splitting for sleeves before joining to work in one piece.

Too loose: Go back a few rounds before splitting for sleeves.

Bust/fitting: Once you join in section 2, check to fit. If too tight, frog back to reduce your increase at the split for sleeves. 

I hope to see your makes from this beginner-friendly crochet sweater, when you do, kindly tag me with your photos.

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