5 Easy Crochet Sweater Patterns for First-Time Garment Makers
You’ve been crocheting for a while now, you’ve mastered the basic stitches, you’ve worked up a few accessories, and now you’re ready to try your first crochet garment. Some crocheters launch into any project determined to figure it out and ready for every challenge. If you’re feeling a bit more apprehensive, here are five easy crochet sweater patterns for first-time garment makers (or anyone who appreciates simplicity).
1. Cultivated Pullover, Interweave Crochet Fall 2018
This stunning sweater by Ashlyn Holmes uses a basic half double crochet worked in back loops only to create a ribbed texture. With its drop-shoulder sleeves, there is almost no shaping in this project, so your greatest challenge will be getting gauge for the perfect fit.
2. Worldly Cardigan, Interweave Crochet Fall 2018
The Worldly Cardigan by Amy Gunderson is the classic cardigan you’ll wear all winter long. This sweater is simple to work, but it’s a small step up in difficulty from the Cultivated Pullover. The cardigan uses the herringbone half double crochet to create texture and is worked side to side. There is a small amount of shaping and some added ribbing on the collar and cuffs.
3. Suave Sweater, Interweave Crochet Fall 2018
Excited to try a garment, but hate seaming at the end? You’ll want to try Isa Catepillan’s Suave Sweater. This sweater uses center single crochet stitches and is worked in continuous rounds from the top down (so no seaming). The yoke is worked in a circle, then separated for body and sleeves. Each sleeve and body piece is worked in rounds down, making it easy to adjust for length—just try it on as you go! As long as you feel comfortable with increase and decrease stitches, this sweater will be a breeze!
4. Blue-on-Blue Sweater, Interweave Crochet Summer 2018
If you want a little more texture and excitement in your stitches, you’ll enjoy Jane Howorth’s Blue-on-Blue Sweater. The pattern uses simple stitches and is a great opportunity to practice reading a stitch chart and understand how stitches fit together. The front and back pieces of the sweater are worked flat and then seamed, and the sleeves are crocheted on in the round.
5. Cuddle Up Poncho, Interweave Crochet Winter 2018
If you want a big cardigan that is part blanket, part poncho, and has a hood, you’ll appreciate the Cuddle Up Poncho. The body of the poncho is worked side to side with rows of double crochet worked in the back loops only to give it texture. There is a small amount of shaping on the hood, but otherwise it is all simple rectangles and very easy to follow. Bonus: this project gives you the chance to practice a few buttonholes!
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Happy sweater making!
(Featured Image: Cultivated Pullover, Worldly Cardigan, and Suave Sweater from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018 | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography)
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