My First Sweater

Use this free crochet pattern to make your own “My First Sweater”, even if it isn’t your first sweater.  But if it is, I promise that it is not as hard as it seems, and you will feel so proud and accomplished when you are done.  I know I was! Scroll down below the photos to see the full pattern.

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Size

Adjustable to any size.

Materials

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Abbreviations Used – US Crochet Terms

  • Ch – chain
  • sk – skip
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • fsc – foundation single crochet (optional)
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Front and Back Panels

  • make 2
  • ch 2 at the start of a row counts as a dc
  • ch 1 at the start of a row does not count as an hdc

 

start with a slip knot on your hook and ch long enough to reach from one hip to the other, or like me, set out your favourite sweater (or shirt) and ch until it matches the width at the bottom

  • make sure your chain is nice and loose, you don’t want your sweater to pull in at the bottom
  • your chain should be in multiples 2

you can also start with fsc, working to the desired length as above, and then skipping to row 2 of the pattern

  • if you choose fsc, your foundation row should be multiples of 2
  • my foundation row is 32 sts, for a size XL/XXL

 

row 1: ch 1, turn, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across

row 2: ch 2, turn

  • skip 1 st, dc in next st, place next dc in skipped st (creating an X)
  • repeat until you have 1 st left, dc in final st

row 3: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across

  • when you reach the beginning ch 2, hdc in top of the ch

After row 3, check your work for size, adjust your beginning chain if needed. I had to remove about 6 stitches from my initial measurement.

repeat rows 2 and 3 until your panel is the desired length, ending in a row 3. I completed 21 rows, but I am fairly short.

 

At this point I used some scarp yarn and “pinned” my panels together, right sides out, to determine where I wanted to seam my shoulders and sides.

Flip you project inside out and begin to whip stitch the seams together. I started with the sides, seaming from row 3 – 13, and for the the top of the shoulders, sewing 11 stitches together.

 

Sleeves

  • the ch 2 at the start of a round no longer counts as a dc in this part of the pattern

Join your yarn in the arm hole opening near the bottom.

Rnd 1: ch 1, hdc around evenly, sl st to the top of the first hdc

  • your stitch count should be in multiples of 2
  • My sleeves needed 20 stitches

rnd 2: ch 2,

  • skip 1 st, dc in next st, place next dc in skipped st (creating an X)
  • repeat around and sl st to the first dc

rnd 3: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to the top of the first hdc

repeat rounds 2 and 3 until the sleeve is the required length, ending in rnd 3.

  • I completed a total of 11 rows
  • if your sleeves are too short at the end of rnd 3, but adding another rnd 4 and 3 would make them to long, just repeat rnd 3 until the desired length.

Repeat for the other arm.

Weave in any ends, and your sweater is done! It wasn’t that hard was it?

I would love to see photos of your work, feel free to share them on the stitched pixels facebook page, or tag them with #stitchedpixelscrochet so I can see your work on instagram.

4 Replies to “My First Sweater”

  1. I love your sweater! The open stitch and chunky yarn are beautiful. I just bought some Caron tea cakes and was looking for a project and I think this is it! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Great job! Such a beautiful color too. I’ve been wanting to crochet a sweater but have been too afraid to try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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