Tunisian crochet pullover free pattern

Emsam Pullover is one of the cosiest Tunisian crochet pullover patterns I have made to date!

It will be the only Tunisian pullover pattern you will ever need! Check out the blog for the free crochet pattern.

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TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER DESIGN PROCESS

I love the look of knitted pullovers… but I can’t knit! Well, I have managed a simple knitted hat and a sock which turned out to be the ugliest sock in the world!

But we all have to start somewhere, right? But, here comes Tunisian crochet to the rescue!

I’ve always admired the timeless pullovers because you can pair them up with any outfit. My Instagram feed was full of them!

Neutral colours, deep V neckline and long sleeves that you can pull over your hands to keep them warm. Just looking at this jumper, I can think of so many different outfit ideas I can wear throughout the year!

Tunisian croochet is one of the techniques that I really enjoy.

I love the knitted look you can achieve with this fun technique. But none of the hassle of knitting (sorry knitters!). It works up so quickly too.

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YARN I USED FOR MY TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER

For my Tunisian crochet pullover I used Stylecraft Special 4-ply. It is a lovely and soft acrylic yarn that is really lovely to work with.

Don’t be put off by this thin yarn! I used 7 mm Tunisin crochet hook to make my crochet pullover and I am loving the results.

It is so comforable to wear, really soft and has a generous stretch and oh, that drape!

I have designed this Tunisian crochet pullover to be oversized with a generous positive ease of 15 cm! It has a dropped shoulder detail with boxy shape body.

I know that not everybody is into the oversized look, so you can easily drop down a size to make more of a classic looking pullover.

TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER VIDEO TUTORIALS AND TECHNIQUES

I have filmed a couple of video tutorials to help you along with making this pullover.

The pattern uses Tunisian knit stitch which is one of the basic stitches. Find the video tutorial HERE.

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Another cruical technique used in this pattern is decreasing using Tunisian knit stitch.

To decrease you need to work two stitches together, abbreviated tks2tog. Check out the video tutorial below.

You know the pretend sleeve island we all seem to get stuck on? Well I was determined to spend as little time as possible on there!

I worked on both sleeves at the same time and had the pullover finished in no time. You need to use 2 separate balls to work each sleeve separately but you can use the same hook to do so.

Just make sure you have a stitch marker handy to secure the last loop of the second sleeve as you will need to take it off the hook after completing the return pass.

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MATERIALS FOR YOUR TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER

4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls in Parchment

If you are using a substitute yarn you will need 335 (375, 440, 480, 520, 575, 615, 675, 720) grams OR 1414 (1583, 1875, 2026, 2195, 2427, 2596, 2849, 3039) metres of yarn.

Please note I have tried my best to work out yarn quantities as accurately as possible, but the exact amount of yarn needed will depend on your tension and yarn substitute.

FINISHED SIZE

SIZES CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE TOTAL LENGTH SLEEVE LENGTH
XS 89cm 53cm 48cm
S 100cm 54cm 49cm
M 116cm 56cm 49cm
L 125cm 56cm 51cm
XL 137cm 56cm 51cm
2XL 149cm 57cm 52cm
3XL 160cm 57cm 52cm
4XL 172cm 58.5cm 53cm
5XL 185cm 58.5cm 53cm

This Tunisian crochet pullover has been designed with 15 cm positive ease. It has an oversized boxed fit with dropped shoulder sleeves. For a closer fit, please choose a smaller size.

The sample shown in photo is size M. Model is size 10 UK clothing.

TENSION

19 st x 21 rows measures 10 x 10 cm in Tunisian knit stitch

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

tks- Tunisian knit stitch

FP- forward pass

RP- return pass

tks2tog- Tunisian knit stitch the following 2 stitches together

sc- single crochet

sc blo– single crochet through back loop only

sl st- slip stitch

RS- right side

WS- wrong side

yrh– yarn over hook

For abbreviations master list as set out by Craft Yarn Council, please CLICK HERE.

TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER PATTERN NOTES

  • The Tunisian crochet pullover is made of separate back and front panels sewn together.
  • I use sc stitch to crochet panels together, seam the sleeves and sides as I find this gives a neater result. To seam the bottom hem and V neckline ribbing, I use sl st.  Alternatively, you can use yarn and needle and sew them together with mattress stitch.
  • The front panel has a low V neckline that is finished off with ribbing made up of rows of sc blo
  • Both halves of the V neck are worked at the same time. This technique is achieved by using a second ball of yarn which is joined in when splitting the front panel for two sides of the V neckline. Either side of the neckline is then worked with a separate ball of yarn using the same hook.
  • When referring to sides of the V neckline, it is as if the front panel was laid flat with RS facing you, rather than referring to the sides when worn
girl wearing tunisian crochet pullover crocheting

PATTERN NOTES CONTINUED

  • Sleeves are worked separately and sewn in after seaming the front and back panels together at shoulders
  • They are both worked at the same time using 2 separate balls of yarn, much like the two halves of V neckline
  • Sleeve cuffs, bottom hem and neckline are all finished off with ribbing using sc blo stitch and 3 mm crochet hook
  • The first loop that always stays on the Tunisian crochet hook counts as first stitch throughout the pattern
  • 1 ch at the beginning of the hem and cuff rows doesn’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern
  • To minimize the number of ends to sew in at the end, I placed suggestions throughout the pattern on using the working yarn to crochet seams together

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS

  • The oversized fit allows plenty of room for the width of the jumper, if you wanted a closer fit please select a size smaller pullover
  • To adjust the length of the pullover, add or take away number of rows from the bottom of the pullover before splitting the neckline.

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TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER MAIN PATTERN

BACK PANEL

With Tunisian crochet hook chain 86 (96, 108, 120, 130, 142, 152, 164, 176).

Row 1 FP: starting in 2nd chain from hook, (insert hook, yrh, pull up loop and leave on hook) repeat across the foundation chain to end. 86 (96, 108, 120, 130, 142, 152, 164, 176) sts

Row 1 RP and all RPs throughout the pattern: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across until 1 loop remains on hook.

Row 2 FP: 1 tks across. 86 (96, 108, 120, 130, 142, 152, 164, 176) sts

Repeat Row 2 FP and RP another 103 (105, 108, 108, 108, 111, 111, 115, 115) times. Fasten off.

FRONT PANEL

Repeat pattern as for BACK PANEL for 69 (67, 60, 60, 60, 61, 61, 61, 61) rows.

Continue pattern with V NECKLINE.

V NECKLINE

Row 70 (68, 61, 61, 61, 62, 62, 62, 62) FP (splitting row): work 1 tks in each of the next 43 (48, 54, 60, 65, 71, 76, 82, 88) sts, join a second ball of yarn in next st, 1 tks to end using the second ball. 43 (48, 54, 60, 65, 71, 76, 82, 88) sts each half

Row 70 (68, 61, 61, 61, 62, 62, 62, 62) RP: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across left half (RS facing you) until last loop remains on hook, place stitch marker into the last loop and take off the hook; working across right half with second yarn ball yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across right half until last loop remains on hook.

Row 71 (69, 62, 62, 62, 63, 63, 63, 63) FP (decrease row): 1 tks across right half until last 3 sts, 1 tks2tog, 1 tks in last st; working across left half with second yarn ball, remove stitch marker and place first loop back onto the hook, 1 tks2tog, 1 tks across to end. 42 (47, 53, 59, 64, 70, 75, 81, 87) sts each half

Row 71 (69, 62, 62, 62, 63, 63, 63, 63) RP: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across left half (RS facing you) until last loop remains on hook, place stitch marker into the last loop and take off the hook; working across right half with second yarn ball yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across right half until last loop remains on hook.

tunisian crochet pullover V neckline close up

V NECKLINE CONTINUED

Row 72 (70, 63, 63, 63, 64, 64, 64, 64) FP (normal row): 1 tks across right half; working across left half with second yarn ball, remove stitch marker and place first loop onto the hook, 1 tks across left half. 42 (47, 53, 59, 64, 70, 75, 81, 87) sts each half

Row 72 (70, 63, 63, 63, 64, 64, 64, 64) RP: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across left half (RS facing you) until last loop remains on hook, place stitch marker into the last loop and take off the hook; working across right half with second yarn ball yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across right half until last loop remains on hook.

Repeat last two rows FP & RP until you have 36 (40, 50, 50, 50, 52, 52, 56, 56) rows of V neckline in total. 25 (28, 29, 35, 40, 45, 50, 54, 60) sts

Do not fasten off. Line up the front and back panels with RS facing at shoulder seams and using sc stitch, crochet the two panels together on WS. Fasten off both halves.

TUNISIAN CROCHET PULLOVER SLEEVES

You can work on both sleeves at the same time using the same technique as for the V neckline using 2 yarn balls and 1 crochet hook. Alternatively, you can work on one sleeve at the time. Following the pattern below, make 2 sleeves.

Chain 62 (66, 72, 78, 82, 88, 92, 96, 100).

Row 1 FP: starting in 2nd chain from hook, (insert hook, yrh, pull up loop and leave on hook) repeat across the foundation chain to end. 62 (66, 72, 78, 82, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts

Row 1 RP and all RPs throughout the sleeve pattern: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across until 1 loop remains on hook.

Row 2 FP: 1 tks across. 62 (66, 72, 78, 82, 88, 92, 96, 100) sts

Repeat Row 2 FP and RP another 5 times for all sizes.

Row 8 FP (decrease row): 1 tks2tog, tks across until last 3 sts, 1 tks2tog, 1 tks in last. 60 (64, 70, 76, 80, 86, 90, 94, 98) sts

Row 8 RP: yrh, pull through first loop, (yrh, pull through 2 loops on hook) repeat across until 1 loop remains on hook.

(Repeat Row 2 seven times, repeat Row 8 once) another 10 (11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12) times.

XS SIZE ONLY

Repeat Row 2 four times, repeat Row 8 once. Do not fasten off, continue with SLEEVE CUFF. 38 sts

S, M SIZES ONLY

Do not fasten off, continue with SLEEVE CUFF. 42 (48) sts

L, XL SIZES ONLY

Repeat Row 2 twice, repeat Row 8 once. Do not fasten off, continue with SLEEVE CUFF. 52 (56) sts

2XL, 3XL SIZES ONLY

(work Row 2 twice, work Row 8 once) repeat twice. Do not fasten off, continue with SLEEVE CUFF. 60 (64) sts

4XL, 5XL SIZES ONLY

Repeat Row 8 once. Do not fasten off, continue with SLEEVE CUFF. 68 (72) sts

SLEEVE CUFF (repeat on both sleeves)

Change to 3 mm standard crochet hook and with yarn still attached, chain 9.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc across the chain just made, sl st to same st on main sleeve, sl st to next st on main sleeve, turn. 8 sc

Row 2: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from Row 1, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 7 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main sleeve) twice. 8 sc

Row 4: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from previous row, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Repeat Rows 3-4 across all stitches of the sleeve. 38 (42, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72) rows in total. Do not fasten off. Place a stitch marker in last st as you will use this yarn to crochet/seam the sleeves together.

ATTACHING SLEEVES TO MAIN BODY

Counting stitches on the first row of sleeves (at their widest point), place marker after 31 (33, 36, 39, 41, 44, 46, 48, 50) stitches to mark the middle of the sleeve.

Line up the middle of the sleeve with the shoulder seam with RS facing and sew the sleeve onto the main body on WS.

Repeat on both sides.

Using the yarn still attached to sleeve cuffs, fold the sleeve in half with RS on inside and seam the sleeves up to the armpits on WS. Continue the seam from armpit down the side of the pullover. Repeat on the other side.

Fasten off on one side only. Place stitch marker in last st as you will use this yarn for the bottom hem.

BOTTOM HEM

Using 3 mm standard crochet hook and the yarn attached at the side seam, chain 9.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc across the chain just made, sl st to same st on main body, sl st to next st on main body, turn. 8 sc

Row 2: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from Row 1, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 7 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main body) twice. 8 sc

Row 4: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from previous row, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Repeat Rows 3-4 across all stitches around the bottom. 172 (192, 216, 240, 260, 284, 304, 328, 352) rows in total.

Line up the last row with the underside of the starting chain and sl st together. Fasten off.

V NECKLINE RIBBING

Using 3 mm crochet hook, join yarn in end stitch of 6th row on right half of V neck opening counting from the bottom (RS facing you).

Rnd 1: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 sc around end st of each row on both sides of neck opening and across the st on the back panel, sl st to 1st st. 106 (120, 150, 150, 150, 156, 156, 168, 168) sc

Row 1: chain 9, starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc across the chain just made, sl st to same st on main neckline, sl st to next st on main neckline, turn. 8 sc

Row 2: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from Row 1, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 7 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main neckline) twice. 8 sc

Row 4: 1 ch, 4 sc blo, 1 sc in next, turn leaving remaining sts unworked. 5 sc

Row 5: 1 ch, 1 sc, 4 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main neckline) twice. 5 sc

Row 6: 1 ch, 2 sc blo, 1 sc in next, turn leaving remaining sts unworked. 3 sc

tunisian crochet pullover on a hanger next to a handbag

V NECKLINE RIBBING CONTINUED

Row 7: 1 ch, 1 sc, 2 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main neckline) twice. 3 sc

Row 8: 1 ch, 3 sc blo, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts of Row 5, turn. 5 sc

Row 9: 1 ch, 1 sc, 4 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main neckline) twice. 5 sc

Row 10: 1 ch, 5 sc blo, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sts of Row 3, turn. 8 sc

Row 11: 1 ch, 1 sc, 7 sc blo, (sl st to next st on main neckline) twice. 8 sc

Row 12: 1 ch, 7 sc blo across sts from Row 1, 1 sc in last, turn. 8 sc

Repeat Rows 11-12 around the neckline. Line up the last row with the underside of the starting chain and sl st together. Fasten off.

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

Sew in all ends.

THIS PATTERN WAS DESIGNED AND WRITTEN BY VERONIKA CROMWELL OF BLUE STAR CROCHET COMPANY. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND DO NOT SHARE, COPY, ALTER OR RESELL THIS PATTERN IN PART OR IN FULL AS YOUR OWN. YOU CAN SELL FINISHED ITEMS PRODUCED FROM THIS PATTERN WITH A LINK TO THE ORIGINAL PATTERN AND CREDIT TO ME AS THE DESIGNER.

THANK YOU.

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12 thoughts on “Tunisian crochet pullover free pattern

  1. Is abbreviation yrh the same as yoh aka yarn over? I did not see yrh on the Craft Yarn Council master list.

    This sweater looks awesome, I can’t wait to try making it!

  2. Go the hook (had to get a 6.5) and now shopping for the yarn. Can you please tell me if this is fingering weight yarn or DK. I can’t wait to get started!! Thanks.

    1. That’s great! It is 4-ply fingering weight yarn I used. Can not wait to see your finished pullover!

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