Chunky Crochet Sweater Pattern

I can’t believe I crocheted myself a sweater and I absolutely love it!  It wasn’t that difficult either.  It all started with my quest to find a crochet sweater pattern that looked great and was within my somewhat beginner capabilities.  I just wanted something simple.

I started browsing the Lionbrand patterns because they have a ton of patterns.  I came across the Simply Constructed Pullover pattern and I really liked the look of it.  I liked how the stitching was vertical, which was exactly what I was going for.

While the pattern wasn’t what I was looking for in a sweater, I did like the construction of the body.  I wanted it to be oversized with vertical stitching along the body as well as the arms.  My first attempt took a lot of trial and error, but I got it to look pretty dang good.  I knew I could improve on it so I decided to try again with Vanna’s Choice yarn in Taupe.  I absolutely loved this yarn.  It had a nice feel to it.  I made some more modifications and it turned out amazing.  It was so warm chunky and cozy.

I really wanted to share this pattern with you and hope you can follow along.  It has a unique construction, which I will try to demonstrate with photos.  This is my very first sweater pattern and I really tried my best to convey the instructions to you clearly and with photos.  This was way harder than I thought it would be.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please be sure to leave a comment below.  I’d love to help you make my sweater!

For this  sweater I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Linen.  I love this color and I got a lot of compliments on it.

The sweater uses all half double crochets into the back loops.  It’s basically a ribbing stitch, which gives it some nice stretch and drape.  At the end of my rows I only chained one, turned, and then did a half double crochet in the back loop of the first stitch.  This deviates from the standard half double crochet where you chain two and that counts as the first stitch.  The chain one at the start of each round does not count as a stitch, which is why I do a half double crochet in the back loop of the first stitch.

The sweater is constructed with rectangular center front and back panels.  Each panel begins by crocheting in the back bumps of the foundation chain.  This is very important to do as the design is based on this.  You will be crocheting into both sides of the foundation chain and this can only be done if you crochet into the back bumps.  I’ve made a blog post on how to do this and it can be found here.  Each panel is then worked in two halves that go outward in opposite directions from the center. I think is great is that the turtleneck is incorporated into the center panel.  It makes the neck so easy!  The sides are then worked along the front and back panels and that is how you connect them together.  You won’t have to stitch the shoulder seams, which creates a nice look along the top.  The sleeves are constructed separately and are also rectangles like the front and back  center panels.  You will sew the turtleneck edges together, the sleeves onto the sides, and then sew the sleeves and body together.  I found it pretty easy to do that.  The great part is that this sweater has a lot of stretch, which means the sizing doesn’t have to be perfect.  The sleeves are also made long to fold over and create a cuff.  I made the back two inches longer for a flattering fit.  For reference I’m 5’6″ and a size small, but this sweater is oversized.  This all might sound confusing, but hopefully the photos will help.

Items Needed:

8 Skeins Lion Brand Vanna’s Choies yarn in Linen

Size J (6 mm) Crochet Hook

Stitch Markers

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch:  chain

hdc:  half double crochet

hdcblo:  half double crochet in the back loops

Instructions:

Chunky Crochet Sweater In Linen

Center Back Panel

First half of back panel

Ch 112

Row 1: working in back bumps, hdc in 2nd ch from hook.  Hdc in back bumps across. 111 hdc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in the first stitch, hdcblo across. 111 hdc

Row 3-10: repeat row 2

Fasten off

Second half of back panel

Locate beginning tail of the foundation chain. This is where you will join to crochet the second half by crocheting into the back loops of the foundation chain/row.

Row 1: working in back loop, join yarn with a slip stitch. Ch 1 and hdcblo of same stitch. Hdcblo across to end. 111 hdc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 111 hdc

Row 3-10: repeat row 2

Fasten off

Center Front Panel

First half of front panel

Ch 105

Row 1: working in back bumps, hdc in 2nd ch from hook.  Hdc in back bumps across. 104 hdc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 104 hdc

Row 3-10: repeat row 2

Fasten off

Second half of front panel

Locate beginning tail of the foundation chain. This is where you will join to crochet the second half by crocheting into the back loops of the foundation chain/row.

Row 1: working in back loop, Join yarn with a slip stitch. Ch 1 and hdcblo of same stitch. Hdcblo across to end. 104 hdc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 104 hdc

Row 3-10: repeat row 2

DO NOT FASTEN OFF

Neck

Now it’s time to portion off the neck.  The first thing is to orient the front side as well as the top of the panel.  The front will have the single line down the middle.  The top won’t have any yarn ends in the middle.

Place stitch markers in the 27th stitch from the top.

Right Hand Panel

Continue where you left off on the front panel.

Row 1: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across to stitch marker, hdcblo in same stitch as stitch marker.  Now you will move to the back panel and hdcblo in the stitch with the stitch marker.  Make sure both sides are right side up.  Hdcblo across to end.  164 or 163 hdc (I had 164 on the right side panel and 163 on the left side panel and I’m not sure which is the right number!  So just keep that in mind.  It didn’t seem to matter when I sewed it all together.)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 164 or 163 hdc

Row 3-14: repeat row 2

Fasten Off

Left hand panel

Now your starting point is the lower right corner of the back panel with the right side facing you.

Row 1: with a slip stitch join yarn to the back loop of the first stitch, ch 1, hdcblo of same stitch, hdcblo across to stitch marker, hdcblo in same stitch as stitch marker.  Now you will move to the front panel.  Make sure right side is facing you, hdcblo in the stitch with the stitch marker.  Hdcblo across to end.  163or 164 hdc.

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 163 or 164 hdc

Row 3-14: repeat row 2

Fasten Off

Sew the neck edges

Now is a good time to sew the edges of the neck together.  This way you can sort of try on your sweater.  Just remember when you sew that the neck folds down and you have to pay attention to what will show on the right side.  I used a whip stitch.

Sleeves (make 2)

Ch 69

Row 1: working in back bumps, hdc in 2nd ch from hook.  Hdc in back bumps across. 68 hdc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, hdcblo in same stitch, hdcblo across. 68 hdc

Row 3-20: repeat row 2

At this point you want to make sure that the sleeve will stretch all the way around your upper middle arm.  The sleeves are meant to be snug.  If it doesn’t fit then you can crochet another two rows to give you 22 rows for a larger sleeve.  Since it is a ribbing stitch, the sleeves do stretch.

Fasten off

Sew on sleeves

Lay sweater out flat right sides facing you.  place a stitch marker on the 78th stitch from the front bottom on each side of the sweater.  That will be the center of the sleeve.  See photo.

Then counting from the stitch markers that you just placed, place stitch markers 18 stitches each down the front and back.  That will be the outer corners of the sleeve on the short end.  My width was a little over 12 1/4”.   If you decided to use the larger sleeve (with 22 rows)  then go 20 stitches down the front and the back.  Then the arm opening is almost 14”.  A good trick is to measure around your upper middle arm and see if 14” is large enough.  If not, then extend it to 21 stitches on each side.

Now grab the sleeve and find the top of the sleeve.  Place stitch markers on each end of the sleeve and then the center of the sleeve for a total of 3 stitch markers.

You will now match stitch markers from the body to the sleeve.  Make sure the sleeve is right side up.  I also paid attention to the direction of the V’s on the ribbing.  I like to point mine downward.  The sleeve will be slightly stretched.  Do this for each side.

Flip the sleeve over so that the right side of the sleeve is on top of the right side of the body.  Whip stitch edges together stretching sleeve slightly to fit body.  I like to use extra stitch markers halfway between the middle and the end to help stretch the sleeve evenly.

Repeat for other side

Sew the edges together

Fold the sweater in half so that the right sides of the front and back are facing each other.  You will have about 2” extra on the bottom.

Starting with the edge of the sleeve, whip stitch sleeve edges together matching stitches together.  Try to make it even when you get to the armpit.  Continue down along the bottom stopping when there are 6 stitches remaining on the front and 12 stitches on the back.  Do not seam those.  This will leave a slight opening between the front and the back.  It helps to place a stitch marker where to stop so that you won’t have extra stitches remaining.

Repeat for other side.

I really hope you enjoy making this sweater.  It’s very addicting too.  You’ll want to make one in a bunch of different colors!  I’d love to see photos if you do make this sweater.  Just tag me on instagram @createdbypatti or use #createdbypatti if you’d like to share.

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