Picking the Perfect Crochet Sweater Pattern

You see a crochet sweater that you fall in love with, but what will it look like on you? It's a situation we all find ourselves in.

Here is Rohn Strong to share some of her best tips for choosing the perfect sweater pattern and yarn.

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You know how it goes. You see a sweater that looks fabulous on the model and has all the things you love—cables or lace or a nipped-in waist. And then you try to envision it on yourself—and it's not such a pretty image.

Just because a garment has shaping doesn't necessarily mean it will ­fit. And if it is the wrong shaping for your body, it can look pretty dreadful. Ultimately, that experience wastes your time and money-and bruises your ego.

So let's get this out there: we are all shaped just a bit differently. And no matter what size we are, we have lumps and bumps in different areas on our bodies. Each of us wears a piece of clothing just a bit differently.


Forget the worsted. Fabulous for afghans, awesome for accessories, pretty terrible for a plus-size sweater. Because of the volume of fabric, the sweater itself will be heavy. Further, it will likely stretch vertically over time. DK to laceweight (look for the CYCA symbol on the ball band; you want a number 0 to 3) are your friends for plus-size garments in particular. ­This does not necessarily mean you're doomed to a lifetime of tiny hooks; in fact, you'll achieve great drape and breathability by sizing your hook up with lighter yarns. And if you're working Tunisian, you'll use a significantly larger hook than the yarn-ball band suggests.


You have some options when it comes to ideal construction:

  • Plus-size crochet sweaters that are constructed from the bottom up in pieces and seamed have great stability and hold their shape.
  • A top-down raglan sweater worked in a substantial stitch, such as Tunisian knit stitch, will hold up quite well. ­ is style also lends itself to easy modification, since you can try it on as you go, altering the depth of the armhole or width at the bust.
  • A sweater worked top down with set-in sleeves has a more tailored ‑ t and holds its shape well.

—Rohn Strong, Interweave Crochet Winter 2015

These tips are definitely going to help me when I choose my next crochet sweater. Thank you Rohn!

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Best wishes,

P.S. What do you look for when you are choosing a crochet sweater pattern? Let us know in the comments.

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