Beautiful Women’s Crochet Sweater for Spring- free crochet pattern

Free women’s crochet sweater pattern designed in sizes XS-5XL that is perfect for warmer spring/summer season.


Hawberry Women's Crochet Sweater Pattern by Blue Star Crochet

Introducing Hawberry Sweater- must have women’s crochet sweater

Hawberry Sweater is a beautifully soft women’s crochet sweater with amazing drape. The fingering weight yarn brings so much to this design.

Not only with the fibre and drape but also with the colours. I love this speckled yarn with yellows and greys.

I wanted to let this beautiful yarn do all the talking. That’s why I have used a simple half double crochet stitch for the main body of the sweater.

I worked the stitch through back loop only for added subtle texture. However, the top of front and back panel is where all the magic happens.

I used a lacy open shell stitch to add a different dimension to this women’s crochet sweater. Not surprisingly, doing this has added a very feminine touch to this crochet garment.

The sleeves are 3/4 length to further accent the spring/summer feeling this sweater brings. Although the pattern is very easy to adjust to make full length sleeves.

a close up of women's crochet sweater

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Yarn I used for this women’s crochet sweater

The yarn for my Hawberry Women’s Crochet Sweater has been kindly sponsored by the lovely team at WeCrochet Official.

The Knitpicks Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted yarn caught my eye. One can say it was a love at first sight.

I think the choice of yarn made a lovely timeless crochet sweater that will become a staple in your wardrobe. You can easily pair it with many outfits from casual to more “dressed up” style.

The yarn is very easy to work with, doesn’t split at all and withstands a gentle wash in the washing machine.

Some people are apprehensive of making a crochet jumper in fingering weight yarn as it might take a long time.

I felt this sweater took just as much time as any other sweater I made. But what you have at the end of the process is this stunning crochet sweater.

The crochet sweater pattern is size inclusive design in sizes XS-5XL.

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Video Tutorials for crocheting women’s sweaters

I have made a couple of video tutorials to help you with some crucial techniques you need to master for amazing looking crochet garments.

You work the body of the sweater in round, hence why the starting position of the first stitch moves over with each round.

This can leave a visible diagonal line right across the body of your sweater. However, you can counteract this and have a straight line of starting stitches in round.

These act as a seam you can place onto the side of your sweater. Have a look at my video tutorial.

The other technique I recommend mastering is working the invisible decrease. Most crocheters use this technique in amigurumi toy making as not to make visible decreases and holes in your work.

However, this technique is easily applicable in crochet garment making too. I have used this trick in my crochet sweater.

But the traditional invisible decrease is worked through front loops, I have decreased through back loop only to keep the pattern uniform.

My Hawberry Sweater is part of an amazing crochet pattern bundle too! It contains 34 amazing crochet patterns.

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MATERIALS (includes affiliate links)

FINISHED SIZE

SIZESCHEST CIRCUMFERENCETOTAL LENGTHSLEEVE LENGTH FROM UNDERARM
XS80cm62cm34.5cm
S90cm63cm35.5cm
M100cm64.5cm35.5cm
L110cm64.5cm37cm
XL123cm65cm37cm
2XL133cm65.5cm38cm
3XL143cm65.5cm38cm
4XL153cm67cm39.5cm
5XL162cm67cm39.5cm

The jumper has been designed with 4-5 cm positive ease. The sleeve length is 3/4 length. Model is size 10-12 UK clothing size, chest circumference 96 cm, wearing sample size M.

TENSION 

22 hdc blo x 12 rows measures 10 x 10 cm using 4 mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge

STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

sc- single crochet

sc blo- single crochet through back loop only

hdc- half double crochet

hdc blo- half double crochet through back loop only

inv hdc2tog blo- invisible decrease using half double crochet working the following 2 stitches together picking up both back loops only at the same time

sl st- slip stitch

dc- double crochet

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

WOMEN’S CROCHET SWEATER PATTERN NOTES

  • The jumper is worked bottom up
  • The pattern starts with the bottom hem which is worked in sc blo stitch, the hem is then joined together by sewing the last and first row together to create a circle
  • Pattern continues with working around the long edge of the bottom hem picking up stitches by working around the end row sts of the hem
  • Continue working in rounds of hdc blo stitch all the way up to underarms
  • Armholes are created by splitting the last round of main body into 2 equal parts that create back and front panels
  • These are worked separately in rows of open shells pattern creating armholes on either side of main body
  • The shoulders are then sewn together to create boat neckline and armholes
  • Sleeves are worked around the armhole opening straight onto the main body, they are 3/4 length
  • They are worked in rounds of hdc blo decreasing to make them slightly tapered
  • The sleeves are finished off by working a cuff in sc blo at 90 degree angle onto the main sleeve
  • Neckline is finished off by working 3 rounds of sc around the neck opening

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS

  • The number of rows of the bottom hem determines the overall chest circumference
  • You can adjust this by adding or taking away rows of sc blo when working on the hem. Make sure you have multiples of 10 + 2 rows of the bottom hem in total for the patterns repeats to work
  • Based on the tension adjusting by 10 rows will add/take away around 5 cm from the chest circumference as a rough guide
  • Length of the jumper is adjusted easily by adding or taking away rounds of hdc blo before splitting for front and back panels
  • Armholes are adjusted by working more/less rows of the open shell pattern worked in rows. Make sure you add/take away same number of rows to both the front and back panel. Changing number of these rows will adjust the armhole by 1.5cm per 1 open shell repeat
  • The sleeves are designed with 3/4 length but you can carry on with the sleeve pattern to make full length sleeves.
back view of women's crochet sweater

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WOMEN’S CROCHET SWEATER MAIN PATTERN

BOTTOM HEM

Chain 16.

Row 1: start working into second ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch to end, turn. 15 sc

Row 2: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout the pattern), 1 sc, 13 sc blo, 1 dc in last, turn. 15 sc

Repeat Row 2 until you have 192 (202, 222, 242, 272, 292, 312, 332, 352) rows in total.

Fold the hem in half and sew or crochet the two end rows together to form a round. Turn right side out and continue working on the right side around the long edge of the hem in rounds without turning.

MAIN BODY

You will continue working around the long edge of the hem. Work hdc sts around the end sc st of each row of the hem.

Rnd 1: 2 ch (doesn’t count as a st), starting in the stitch at the bottom of beg 2 ch, 1 hdc around each end st of hem rows, sl st to first st to join into a round. 192 (202, 222, 242, 272, 292, 312, 332, 352) sts

Rnd 2: 2 ch, 1 hdc blo in each st around, sl st to first st. 192 (202, 222, 242, 272, 292, 312, 332, 352) sts

Repeat Rnd 2 until you have 47 (46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 40, 40, 38) rounds in total. Do not fasten off.

Note: as you carry on working in rounds the starting position of the first hdc stitch  will naturally move. This causes a diagonal line to appear across the jumper. You can counteract this by changing the starting position of the first stitch on every other round. If you want to keep this line straight at the side seam and make it less visible, please watch the video tutorial above on how to achieve this.

FRONT PANEL

Row 1: 2 ch, starting in same st at the bottom of 2 ch, work 96 (101, 111, 121, 136, 146, 156, 166, 176) hdc blo, turn leaving remaining sts unworked. 96 (101, 111, 121, 136, 146, 156, 166, 176) sts

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, * 3 ch, miss next 2 sts**, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts*; repeat from * to * another 18 (19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34) times ending last repeat at **, 1 sc in each of last 2 st, turn. 19 (20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) loops

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in first sc, * miss next sc, 5 dc into next 3 ch-sp, miss next sc, 1 sc into next sc**; repeat from * ending last repeat at **, turn.

women's crochet sweater hanging on clothes hanger

PATTERN CONTINUES

Row 4: 3 ch (counts as first hdc + 1 ch-sp), miss next dc, * 1 sc in each of next 3 sts **, 3 ch, miss next (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc); repeat from * ending last repeat at **, 1 ch, 1 hdc into last sc, turn.

Row 5: 3 ch (counts as first dc), 2 dc into first 1 ch-sp, * miss next sc, 1 sc into next sc**, miss next sc, 5 dc into next 3 ch-sp; repeat from * across ending last repeat at **, 2 dc into next 1 ch-sp, 1 dc into 2nd ch of beg 3 ch from previous row, turn.

Row 6: 1 ch, 1 sc in first dc, 1 sc in next dc, * 3 ch, miss next (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc)**, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts; repeat from * ending last repeat at **, 1 sc in each of last 2 sts, turn. 

Repeat rows 3-6 for pattern another 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8)

Repeat rows 3-4 another 1 (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1) time.

XS, M, XL, 3XL, 5XL SIZES ONLY

Row 25 (29, 33, 37, 41): 1 ch, 1 sc in the st at the bottom of 1 ch, 1 sc into next 1 ch-sp, * 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc into next 3 ch-sp; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc into next 1 ch-sp, 1 sc into 2nd ch of beg 3 ch, turn. 97 (112, 137, 157, 177) sts

FIRST SHOULDER

Row 26 (30, 34, 38, 42): 1 ch, work 31 (38, 49, 58, 66) sc, turn leaving remaining sts unworked.

Repeat last row another two times. Fasten off.

SECOND SHOULDER

Miss 35 (36, 39, 41, 45) sts of last full row for the neck opening, rejoin yarn in next st. 

Row 26 (30, 34, 38, 42): 1 ch, work 31 (38, 49, 58, 66) sc, turn.

Repeat last row another two times. Fasten off.  

S, L, 2XL, 4XL SIZES ONLY 

Row 27 (31, 35, 39): 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, * 2 sc into next 3 ch-sp, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * across until last 2 sts, 1 sc in each of last 2 sc, turn. 101 (121, 146, 166,) sts

FIRST SHOULDER

Row 28 (32, 36, 40): 1 ch, 33 (42, 53, 62) sc, turn leaving the remaining sts unworked.

Repeat last row another two times. Fasten off.

SECOND SHOULDER

Miss 35 (37, 40, 42) sts for the neck opening, rejoin yarn in next st. 

Row 28 (32, 36, 40): 1 ch, work 33 (42, 53, 62) sc, turn.

Repeat last row another two times. Fasten off.

BACK PANEL

Repeat pattern as for front panel until last 3 rows of sc.

Next row: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st across, turn.

Repeat last row another two times. 

Line up the front and back panel and sew or crochet together at the shoulder seams on the wrong side. Turn right side out. 

SLEEVES (repeat on both sides)

Join yarn in the underarm at the bottom of the armhole opening. Following the instructions below evenly distribute 78 (84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126) sc around the armhole opening. You will be working around the ends sts of the rows of front and back panel that created the armhole opening. 

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 2 sc around each end hdc, 1 sc around each end sc, 3 sc around each end dc. 78 (84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126) sc

Rnd 2: 2 ch (doesn’t count as hdc), starting in same st at the bottom of 2 ch, 1 hdc blo around, sl st to top of first hdc. 78 (84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120, 126) hdc

Repeat Rnd 2 another 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2) times.

Next rnd (decrease): 2 ch, 1 inv hdc2tog blo, 1 hdc blo around until last 2 sts, 1 inv hdc2tog blo, sl st to top of first hdc. 76 (82, 88, 94, 100, 106, 112, 118, 124) hdc

Continue working 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3) repeats of Rnd 2 and one decrease round another 6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 9, 9) times. 64 (70, 76, 82, 88, 94, 100, 100, 106) hdc

L, XL, 2XL, 3XL SIZES ONLY

Repeat Rnd two 1 (1, 2, 2) more times. Repeat decrease round 1 (1, 1, 1) more time. 80 (86, 92, 98) hdc

Fasten off.

SLEEVE CUFFS

With yarn still attached, chain 16.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch of the foundation chain just made, sl st to same st on the sleeve, sl st into next st on sleeve, turn. 15 sc

Row 2: 1 ch, 14 sc in blo, 1 sc in last, turn. 15 sc

Row 3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 14 sc blo, (sl st to next st on sleeve) twice, turn. 15 sc

Repeat Row 2 – 3 around the sleeve. Fasten off leaving longer tail. Using tail end sew the cuff of each sleeve together.

NECKLINE 

Join yarn in any stitch to the side on the neck opening. 

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to first st.

Rnd 2-3: as Rnd 1

Fasten off. 

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

Sew in all ends.


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  1. Thank you for sharing this free pattern. I also like to buy pattern’s. I know its hard to make up pattern’s but I think the prices of crochet pattern’s has gone up so much that I can’t afford to buy them. I will buy pattern’s if they are under $3.50. But I collect more than I crochet. lol. So I really appreciate your free share.

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