Have you been searching for a simple crochet sweater pattern? These 5 easy crochet patterns are perfect to use on your first crochet sweater project. There are many different kinds of sweaters: cardigans, pullovers, shrugs, and more, the choices can seem overwhelming. I tried to pick just a few different patterns that feature basic construction, shapes (think rectangles), and stitches.
Tips for crocheting a sweater
Gauge is really important when you are making a garment such as a sweater. If your gauge does not match what the pattern states you may end up with a crochet sweater that is too big or too small. After you make your swatch and measure how many stitches and how many rows are in a specified area, usually 2 inches or 4 inches, you’ll be able to tell if you need to go up or down a hook size. Too many stitches/rows in your swatch mean you need to go up a hook size. Not enough stitches/rows mean you need to go down a hook size. Be sure to recheck your gauge if you needed to change your hook size.
Another tip is to use the yarn called for in the pattern OR a yarn with similar qualities. For example, if my pattern called for Caron Simply Soft, which is a worsted weight yarn, and I chose to use Caron One Pound instead, also a worsted weight yarn, my sweater size, and feel would be off because while these 2 yarns are technically the same weight, they are very different in thickness and feel. A better substitute for Caron Simply Soft would be Lion Brand Heartland.
Make Something Just for You
This crochet pattern round-up is part of our 2022 Crochet Challenge. You can find out all about this challenge here. The quick version is that I’ve given each month a theme and a goal to help you be more intentional with your crochet time and/or learn new skills. This month’s theme is ‘Just for You’ and our goal is to crochet something for yourself!
I asked about crochet goals in my Facebook group during the month of December and crocheting a sweater of some kind was at the top of the list for a lot of people. I decided to put this collection of easy crochet sweater patterns together just for you.
Crochet Sweater Patterns for Beginners
I don’t think any easy crochet sweater pattern list would be complete without at least 1 pattern from Jess over at Make and Do Crew. This is the Habitat Cardigan and it is made from a simple rectangle. You really can’t go wrong with any of her sweater patterns though, so make sure you look around!
This simple pullover pattern from Toni at TL Yarn Crafts can be made using basic stitches and features minimal shaping making it a perfect first crochet sweater pattern.
Can you make a granny square? Yes! Well, then you can make this fun sweater from Joy of Motion.
This crochet cardigan pattern from Jennifer at A Crocheted Simplicity has a classic look that will stand the test of time.
The Everygirl Sweater from Hooked on Homemade Happiness features self-striping yarn and easy construction. The body of the sweater is made from 2 rectangles sewn together and then sleeves are added last.
I hope you enjoyed these beginner sweater crochet patterns! Which one is your favorite?