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Have you ever wondered “Can a Beginner Crochet a Sweater?” Maybe you have come across a Top Down Yoke like I used in this Free Crochet Sweater Pattern and thought, “that pattern looks hard!” Well, if you can crochet in the round, count and aren’t scared to follow each round instruction closely, I bet you can make this Intermediate Level Crochet Sweater even if you have only ever made Easy Beginner Crochet Patterns! My Testers even suggested labeling this as Advanced Beginner! Do not let all the stitches in the top down yoke detail scare you, just remember, one row at a time! Plus, it’s FREE, just keep scrolling to use the free crochet pattern in this blog post or click the button below for an affordable pdf if you like to print and take notes on your patterns!

Mellowspun Free Crochet Sweater Pattern

Design Story and Inspiration

Phew, where to begin with the design story on this one…I could write an entire post on that, but I won’t. I am sure you are more eager to just get started (just scroll past to the free pattern below) but if you really want to know the story…

The design for this top down yoke sweater began OVER a year ago! This free crochet sweater pattern was my real first try at something I will actually wear. I designed the Mellowspun Sweater using Mary Maxim’s DK Weight Yarn Mellowspun in Taupe. Working with a light weight yarn creates a beautiful fabric with amazing drape, add to that the top down yoke with no seams and you get a handmade sweater with a store bought look! That’s really what I was going for…something I would be proud to say “I made this” when someone asked where to get one!

Going forward you can expect to see more things like this from Life and Yarn, light weight, detailed, handmade but store bought quality designs! To be sure you never miss a new free crochet pattern or any other good information I want to pass along sign up for the Life and Yarn Newsletter and click the button below!

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About the Yarn

There are a few reasons why I love Mary Maxim’s Mellowspun Yarn. First, it comes in a ton of colors! Then once you get your hands on it and see how soft it is you begin to appreciate it even more because its 100% acrylic! While I love splurging on natural fibers there is nothing like the durability and washability of acrylic! Add to that not having to worry about allergies and you have a winner!

With this being a pattern I had high hopes of being something I would wear a lot, using this yarn was a great choice. I wanted this Free Crochet Sweater Pattern to be something I could easily pop in the washer and dryer (kids, right?) so that I could wear it frequently and not worry about having to clean it! Keep scrolling to use this free crochet sweater pattern in this blog post!

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top down free crochet sweater pattern.

Materials

  • Size 4.50 mm crochet hook                                             
  • #3 DK Wt. Yarn, 100% Acrylic
    1300 (1440, 1480, 1620, 1740, 1860, 1970, 2080, 2200) yards
  • Sample made in Mary Maxim Mellowspun
  • Minimum 6 Stitch Markers.

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
*see chart for detailed measurements.

Gauge

The gauge for this Free Crochet Sweater Pattern is 18 sts x 20 rows worked in sc in the round is 4” x 4″ and is the unblocked measurement. If you are familiar with knitting you may do your sc in the round by floating across the back.

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch
  • Slip Stitch – sl st 
  • Stitch(es) – st(s)
  • Skip – sk
  • Stitch Marker – SM
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Foundation Single Crochet – Fsc –Chain 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 1 loop, (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, draw through all loops (1 loop on hook, 1 foundation single crochet with chain at the bottom). *Insert hook to the bottom of the stitch you just made, it will look like the top or “V” of a stitch, yarn over, pull up 1 loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 1 loop (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, draw through all loops;* repeat from * to * for desired amount of stitches.
  • Back Loops Only – BLO – When working the stitch, use only the back loop of the top of the stitch. 
  • Third Loop – 3rd loop – Worked in the 3rd loop or back of a hdc st. When looking at the wrong side of a hdc there is a 3rd loop that is located under the top of the stitch.
  • Puff Stitch – ps – (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space and pull up a loop) 4 times in same stitch or space, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
  • Front Post Half Double Crochet– FPhdc – work a hdc as you normally would but insert your hook from front to back to front around post of indicated st.
  • Back Post Half Double Crochet – BPhdc – work a hdc as you normally would but insert your hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st.

Pattern Notes

  • * Designates a repeat.  
  • Ch 1 and ch 2 do not count as stitches.
  • Do not turn at the end of rounds.
  • Sl st to first st of each round, unless otherwise noted.
  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch.
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches.
  • “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st to create an increase.
  • Each Round in the Yoke, unless noted, increases by 6 stitches.
  • Skill Level – Intermediate

Size Chart

Detailed top down crochet yoke sweater.

FREE CROCHET SWEATER PATTERN BEGINS

Top Down Yoke Instructions

Round 1 – Fsc 78 (78, 78, 84, 84, 84, 90, 90, 90) sts, sl st to first fsc.
Round 2 – Ch 1, *sc 12 (12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to last stitch, sl st to first sc. [84 (84, 84, 90, 90, 90, 96, 96, 96) total sts]
Round 3 – Ch 1, *sc 13 (13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. 
Round 4 – Ch 1, *sc 14 (14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. 
Round 5 – Ch 1, *sc 15 (15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. 
Round 6 – Ch 1, *hdc 16 (16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18) sts, 2 hdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first hdc. 
Round 7 – Ch 1, *sc third loop 17 (17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19) 2 sc third loop, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. 
Round 8 – Ch 1, *(sc 1, ch 1, sk 1) over next 18 (18, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. [120 (120, 120, 126, 126, 126, 132, 132, 132) total sts]
Round 9 – Ch 2, hdc 1, (PS 1 in ch-1, ch 1, sk 1) to last ch-1, PS 1, sl st to first hdc.
[120 (120, 120, 126, 126, 126, 132, 132, 132) total sts]

  • Note: When you reach the 2 sc increase from previous row, PS in the second sc and continue in pattern.

Round 10 – Ch 1, *(sc 1, ch 1, sk 1 st) over next 18 (18, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20) sts, sc 1, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. [126 (126, 126, 132, 132, 132, 138, 138, 138) total sts]
Round 11 – Ch 1, *hdc 20 (20, 20, 21, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22) sts, 2 hdc, working into each sc and ch-1 sp, repeat from * to end, sl st to first hdc. 
Round 12 – Ch 1, *sc third loop 21 (21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23) sts, 2 sc third loop, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.
Round 13 – Ch 1, *sc 22(22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.
Round 14 – Ch 1, *hdc 23 (23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25) sts, 2 hdc, repeat from * to last stitch, sl st to first hdc. 
Round 15 – Ch 1, *sc third loop 24 (24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 26, 26, 26) sts, 2 sc third loop, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.
Round 16 – Ch 1, *sc 25 (25, 25, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 27) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to last stitch, sl st to first sc.
Round 17 – Ch 1, *hdc 26 (26, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28) sts, 2 hdc, repeat from * to last stitch, sl st to first hdc. 
Round 18 – Ch 1, *sc third loop 27 (27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29) sts, 2 sc third loop, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.
Round 19 – Ch 1, *(sc 1, ch 1, sk 1) over next 28 (28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 30, 30, 30) sts, 2 sc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc. [180 (180, 180, 186, 186, 186, 192, 192, 192) total sts]
Round 20 – Ch 2, hdc 1, (PS 1 in ch-1, ch 1, sk 1) to last ch-1, ch 1, sk 1, PS 1, sl st to first hdc.
[180 (180, 180, 186, 186, 186, 192, 192, 192) total sts]

  • Note: When you reach the 2 sc increase from previous row, PS in the second sc and continue in pattern.

Round 21 – Ch 2, hdc 1, (ch 1, sk 1, 1 PS in ch-1) to end, ch 1, sl st to first hdc.
[180 (180, 180, 186, 186, 186, 192, 192, 192) total sts]
Round 22 – Ch 2, hdc 1, (PS 1 in ch-1, ch 1, sk 1) to last ch-1, sl st to first hdc.
[180 (180, 180, 186, 186, 186, 192, 192, 192) total sts]
Round 23 – Ch 1, (sc 1, ch 1, sk 1) to last st, sl st to first sc.
[180 (180, 180, 186, 186, 186, 192, 192, 192) total sts]
Round 24 – Ch 1, *hdc 29 (29, 29, 30, 30, 30, 31, 31, 31) sts, 2 hdc, repeat from * to last stitch, sl st to first hdc. [186 (186, 186, 192, 192, 192, 198, 198, 198) total sts]
Round 25 – Ch 1, *sc third loop 30 (30, 30, 31, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32) sts, 2 sc third loop, sl st to first sc.
[192 (192, 192, 198, 198, 198, 204, 204, 204) total sts]
Round 26 – Ch 1, *sc 31 (31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33) sts, 2 sc, place stitch marker in second stitch of increase, repeat from * to end, place a different stitch marker in last st to indicate the end of the round. Begin working in continuous rounds to minimize the seam.
Round 27 – 35 (39, 44, 48, 53, 58, 58, 62, 67) *Sc in each stitch to marked stitch, 2 sc in marked stitch, move marker to second stitch of increase, repeat from * to stitch marker for end of round, move stitch marker up to next round.

  • Note: Continue to move stitch markers up to second stitch of increase. 
  • Note: Each Round will increase by 6 sts.
  • Final Round should be [252 (276, 306, 336, 366, 396, 402, 426, 456) total sts]

Next Round to 42 (45, 47, 50, 55, 60, 64, 68, 74) – Ch 1, sc in each stitch around.
[252 (276, 306, 336, 366, 396, 402, 426, 456) total sts]

  • Note: Work in continuous rounds and be sure to keep a SM in your first stitch, moving it up as you go.
  • Sizing Note: This a a good area to add or subtract rounds to customize your collar to under arm fit.

Split for Arms and Body

Split Round –  Sc 15 (16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 26, 28, 31) sts, sk 54 (60, 64, 68, 72, 78, 82, 86, 90), sc 72 (78, 89, 100, 111, 120, 119, 127, 138) sts, sk 54 (60, 64, 68, 72, 78, 82, 86, 90), sc to last stitch, place stitch marker, continue to Body Section.

  • Sizing Note: If more ease is needed for your midsection add based off of gauge for additional stitches. Example 18 sts = 4” so 4”/18 sts = 4.5 sts per inch, so to add an extra inch of ease you would need to add 4 to 5 sts evenly spaced in a body round.

Body

All Body Rounds – Ch 1, sc in each stitch around.  [144 (156, 178, 200, 222, 240, 238, 254, 276) total sts]

  • Note: Work in continuous rounds until sweater measures 23.5 (23.5, 24, 24, 24.5 24.5, 24.5, 25, 25)” or desired length before adding waist trim measuring from collar to final round.

Trim Round 1 – Ch 2, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc.
Trim Rounds 2 to 7 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off on Round 7.

Arms

  • Note: Pull up a loop in first and last worked stitch used to create body, work first sc of this round in the first skipped stitch to create your sleeves with right side facing you. First finished stitch will look like a sc3tog.

Round 1- sc 1 in each skipped stitch.54 (60, 64, 68, 72, 78, 82, 86, 90)
Next Rounds to length from under arm- work in continuous sc rounds to 17.5 (18, 18, 18.5, 18.5, 18.5, 19, 19, 19)” or desired sleeve length before adding cuff trim.

Cuff Trim

All Sizes

Round 1 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. 45 (50, 54, 57, 60, 65, 69, 72, 75)

Size XS

Round 2 – Ch 2, hdc2tog 3 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (42 sts)
Round 3 to 9 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size S 

Round 2 -*Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (42 sts)
Round 3 –
Ch 2, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (42 sts)
Rounds 4 to 10 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size M

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (45 sts)
Round 3 – Ch 2, hdc2tog 3 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (42 sts)
Rounds 4 to 10 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size L

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (48 sts)
Round 3 –
Ch 2, hdc2tog 4 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (44 sts)
Rounds 4 to 10 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size XL

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (50 sts)
Trim Round 3 –
Ch 2, hdc2tog 6 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (44 sts)
Trim Rounds 4 to 10 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off on Round 10.

Size 2XL

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (55 sts)
Round 3 – *Sc 5, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (48 sts)
Round 4 –
Ch 2, hdc2tog 4 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (44 sts)
Rounds 5 to 11 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size 3XL

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (58 sts)
Round 3 – *Sc 5, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (50 sts)
Round 4 –
Ch 2, hdc2tog 4 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (46 sts)
Rounds 5 to 11 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off.

Size 4XL

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (60 sts)
Round 3 – *Sc 5, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (52 sts)
Round 4 –
Ch 2, hdc2tog 6 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (46 sts)
Rounds 5 to 11 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off .

Size 5XL

Round 2 – *Sc 4, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (63 sts)
Round 3 – *Sc 5, sc2tog, repeat from * to end. (54 sts)Round 4 – Ch 2, hdc2tog 8 times, hdc around to first hdc, sl st to first hdc. (46 sts)
Rounds 5 to 11 – Ch 1, turn, *FPhdc, BPhdc, repeat from * to end, sl st to first FPhdc, finish off. 

Did you love making this Free Crochet Sweater Pattern as much as I did? I sure hope so and if you made yours using Mary Maxim’s Mellowspun I am sure the end result was wonderful! I have a ton of other Free Crochet Sweater Patterns on my blog as well! Click the Photos below to be take to each pattern! Plus, don’t forget to Sign Up for the Life and Yarn Newsletter so you never miss a new free pattern!

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Carole

Friday 1st of October 2021

The sizing chart doesn’t make sense to me, please explain. This is a beautiful sweater and I love in the round

briannaiaropoli

Friday 1st of October 2021

I think I fixed it! the format settings were set incorrectly, can you check now that it reads for you correctly? You will probably have to refresh your page.

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