Finding the Best Crochet Sweater Patterns

Interweave Crochet is the perfect resource for innovative and fashionable crochet sweater designs. Within the category of crochet sweaters, there are a wide variety of construction options.

Lauren Sweater by Mimi Alelis  

The crochet pullover is a very common sweater type. Pullovers can be worked in the round or in rows from the top down or the bottom up. They can also be worked in panels. But all crochet pullovers live up to their descriptive name; they are pulled over the wearers head.

Crochet cardigans are worked in rows, whether they are worked from the top down or bottom up in one piece or in panels. Open in the front, cardigans can be buttoned, pinned, or worn open.

Many people have a preference for pullovers or cardigans. In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2013 issue, Linda Permann discusses how to convert a crochet cardigan pattern to a pullover and a crochet pullover pattern to a cardigan.

While the most common method of crocheting sweaters is from the bottom up, I have always been fascinated with top-down sweaters.

  Kristy Cardigan by Dora Ohrenstein (worked from the top down)

Working crochet sweaters from the top down is a great option if you want to try the sweater on as you go and the perfect choice for your first foray into modifying a sweater pattern. Top-down construction can be applied to both pullovers and cardigans and can be worked in rows or rounds in both solid and lace stitches. This unique construction technique begins by crocheting the yoke. Increases, usually in front of and behind each shoulder, shape the yoke to the armhole. To begin working the bodice, stitches are skipped for the upper arm and chains are added for the underarm. Because the yoke and armholes are created first, you can try to sweater on as you go, modifying the bust, waist, or hip measurements as you go.

Moth Wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis (crocheted with join-as-you-go motifs)  

Another sweater technique popular to crochet is created using join-as-you-go motifs. Square or hexagonal motifs are generally joined into columns and then rectangles to create the panels of the sweater. Random motifs, such as flowers or leaves, can be pinned to a sweater template and then joined using Irish crochet. Due to the structural nature of these types of sweaters, they are very difficult to modify, but the lacy nature of the motifs can be flattering on all body types.

  Fall Fields Cardigan by Beth Nielsen

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Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have a favorite sweater construction technique?


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