Easy Crochet Knit-look Sweater Pattern by itchinforsomestitchin.com

Cinnamon Spiced Ribbed Sweater

Date
Mar, 15, 2019

Hi ya folks!

You will not believe how happy I am to share today’s pattern with you – finally.

It’s a super easy knit-look crochet sweater pattern that’s both classy and beginner-friendly.

And I am so pleased that it is one of the patterns featured pin the Design Create Repeat “Fall Favorites” blog hop! You can see all the patterns HERE.

However, despite the fact that the pattern itself was uber simple, the project as a whole really has been a labor of love.

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I actually designed this pattern last September.

That’s right – I said LAST September.

I originally planned to share it with you last November, but time just ran away from me.

And here we are six months later!

But, you know what they say – better late than never!

And I really do believe that’s true for this pattern.

Plus, you now have it in plenty of time to have it done before Autumn and Winter arrive this year.

You’re welcome. 😉


Let me quickly tell you how this beauty came about.

You see, last Fall, I really wanted a knit sweater. I love the look of knitted fabric and wanted something stylish and cozy to wear throughout the coming winter.

The problem was, I hadn’t picked up my knitting needles in a while and I knew I would need a refresher project before tackling a knit sweater.

Yet, I didn’t want to wait. I wanted to get started on my sweater right away.

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Then I discovered this little known crochet stitch – or what seemed to me like a little known stitch at the time – that no one seemed to know the name of, but produced a look similar to the knit stitch.

I just had to try it!

I chose Lion Brand Jeans yarn for this project because it is super soft and very easy to shape, which makes it oh so comfortable to wear.


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Note:   The easy crochet sweater pictured above was crocheted by one of my wonderful pattern testers, Brandi Mize-Ruiz of I Moe Stitches, who entered this sweater in the 2019 Texas Creative Arts Festival and won 2nd place!

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So, I grabbed a hook and this sophisticated crochet cropped sweater is what literally flew off my hook.

Btw, I had never worked with Lion Brand Jeans yarn before, but I end up loving it!

It is literally the perfect yarn for this pattern!

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Summary:

This easy “knit-look” cropped sweater is both classy and stylish.  It uses a combination of stitches to create a unique ribbed effect that’s absolutely eye-catching!   Add on the rolled collar, rolled cuffs, and hem and you’ve just created a fabulously unique sweater that you’ll love to wear all fall and winter long!  

Difficulty level:  Level 1 or 2 – Beginner to Advanced Beginner

Finished Dimensions:

Pattern is made according to the Crafty Yarn Council’s women size standards each size listed below:

X-small (XS) – length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 16.5-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 14-14.5 inches.  

Small (S) – length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 17-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 14.5-15 inches.

Medium (M) – length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 17.25-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 15.5-16 inches.

Large (L) – length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 17.5-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 16.5-17 inches.

X-large (XL) – length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 17.75-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 17-17.5 inches.  

NOTE:  Final dimensions for XL may vary from Crafty Yarn Council standards.  Pattern testers had final dimensions of length (from top of shoulder to bottom edge of hem) 21-inches X width (from shoulder to shoulder) 20-inches.  

Gauge:  

18 stitches and 13 rows = 4-inches in knit-like stitch (See description below under INSTRUCTIONS)

Materials:

~Yarn alternatives:  Caron Simply Soft (use G/4.0mm hook), Bernat Super Value, and I Love This Yarn.

  • Crochet Hook size I/9 5.5mm or whatever hook is necessary to obtain correct gauge (I use a hook made by Nelsonwood)

~ Total yardage: 5 skeins each 246y/225m (3.5oz/100g) = approx. 1230 yards for XS.  Sizes S-XL will require 6 to 7 skeins and about 1300-1600 yards.

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Abbreviations:

Pattern is written in US terms.

Chain stitch (ch/chs)

Slip-stitch (slp-st)

Single crochet (sc)

Half-double crochet (hdc)

Stitch/es (st/sts)

Back Loop Only (blo)

3rd loop (aka. diagonal loop or front loop)

Additional Notes:

  • Final counts are indicated in parentheses in the following order (XS), (S), (M), (L), (XL)

Instructions:

This pattern uses the “knit-like” stitch – a two row repeat in which one row you hdc in the 3rd loop and in the other row you hdc into the blo.  This creates a ribbing effect.

Front of Sweater – left shoulder

Ch (70), (73), (74), (75), (76)

Row 1: Hdc in 4th ch from hook (counts as your first hdc st) and in each ch across (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 2:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc under the top two loops of the last st (this should be the first hdc of row 1 that counted as a st) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Reference:   How to Work in the 3rd Loop

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Row 3:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in blo across to the last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 4: Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Rows 5-16:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 5-inches in width.

Front of Sweater – neck area

Row 17:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work,  hdc in blo in the next 50 sts (50 sts), (53), (54), (55), (56)

Row 18:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop of the next 50 sts (50 sts), (53), (54), (55), (56)

Rows 19-41:  Repeat rows 17 and 18 until fabric measures 7.5 – inches in width, but do NOT cut your yarn, simply continue on to row 42.

Front of Sweater – right shoulder

Row 42: Ch 21 (this will hang off the main fabric – what you are doing here is extending your fabric to make the right shoulder the same length as the left shoulder), turn work, hdc in the 4th ch from hook and in each ch across (18 sts) until you meet back up with the main fabric, hdc in the the 3rd loop of the next (50 sts), (53), (54), (55), (56).

NOTE:   (50 sts), (53), (54), (55), (56) on the main fabric plus 18 sts extending from the main fabric should create your original stitch counts of  (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 43:   Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in blo across to the last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) ((68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 44: Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Rows 45-59:  Repeat rows 43 and 44.  Until section measure 5-inches in width.

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

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Back of Sweater

Ch (70), (73), (74), (75), (76)

Row 1: Hdc in 4th ch from hook (counts as your first hdc st) and in each ch across (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 2:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc under the top two loops of the last st (this should be the first hdc of row 1 that counted as a st) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 3:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in blo across to the last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

Row 4: Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (68 sts), (71), (72), (73), (74)

XS

Rows 5-59:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 17.5-inches in width.  This should fit approximately 14-14.5 inches from shoulder to shoulder.

S

Rows 5-63:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 18.5-inches in width.  This should fit approximately 14.5-15 inches from shoulder to shoulder.

M

Rows 5-66:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 19.5-inches in width.  This should fit approximately 15.5-16 inches from shoulder to shoulder.

L

Rows 5-67:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 20-inches in width.  This should fit approximately 16.5-17 inches from shoulder to shoulder.

XL

Rows 5-69:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 20.5-inches in width.  This should fit approximately 17-17.5 inches from shoulder to shoulder.

Sleeves  (Make 2)

All sizes:

Ch 71

Row 1: Hdc in 4th ch from hook (counts as your first hdc st) and in each ch across (69 sts)

Row 2:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc under the top two loops of the last st (this should be the first hdc of row 1 that counted as a st) (69 sts)

Row 3:  Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in blo across to the last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (69 sts)

Row 4: Ch2 (does not count as a st), turn work, hdc in the 3rd loop across to last st, hdc (as normal, ie. under both front & back loops) (69 sts)

Sizes XS -L:

Rows 5-35:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 11-inches in width.

Size XL :

Rows 5-41:  Repeat rows 3 and 4 until fabric measures 13.5-inches in width.


Assembly:

Step 1:  Attach front & back pieces at the shoulder.

  • Place the back piece on a table top with the RIGHT side UP
  • Place the front on top of the back piece with the WRONG side facing UP and the shoulder edges lined up with the edge of the back piece
  • Seam two shoulder edges of the front piece to the edge of the back piece
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Step 2:  Open the sweater and place it on the table-top with the RIGHT side facing UP.   (Photos below demonstrate sizes XS-L, please see instructions below for XL)

  • For sizes XS – L:  Place the 5.5 – inch mark of a measuring tape right at the shoulder seam of the sweater.  Inches 1 to 5.5 should extend to the left of the seam. Inches 5.5 to 11 should extend to the right of the seam.  Place stitch markers at 1-inch and 11-inches. Do this on both sides of the sweater.
  • For sizes XL:  Place the 6.5 – inch mark of a measuring tape right at the shoulder seam of the sweater.  Inches 1 to 6.5 should extend to the left of the seam. Inches 5.5 to 13.5 should extend to the right of the seam.  
  • Place stitch markers at 1-inch and 11-inches for XS-L.  Do this on both sides of the sweater.
  • Place stitch markers at 1-inch and 13.5-inches for XL.  Do this on both sides of the sweater.
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Step 3:  Place the edge of the sleeves with WRONG sides facing UP along the edge of the sweater between your two markers.

  • Seam the sleeves to the sweater along these edges,
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Step 4:  Fold sweater so that RIGHT  sides are together and sleeves are folded lengthwise in half.

  • Seam together the sides of the body of the sweater and along the lengthwise edges of the sleeves.

Finishing:

— Turn sweater so that the RIGHT sides are now on the outside.

Rolled collar (Sizes XS-L)

Attach yarn at the right shoulder seam using a slp-st.

Round 1:  Sc around the back the sweater and the neckline, making a total of 85 sts.  Slp-st into the slp-st where you attached the yarn.

Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each stitch around, slp-st to close. (85 sts)

Rounds 3-14:  Repeat round 2 until collar measures at least 3-inches in height, at the end of the final round slp-st to close. (85 sts)

Bind Off & Weave in ends.


Rolled collar (Sizes XL only)

Attach yarn at the right shoulder seam using a slp-st.

Round 1:  Sc around the back the sweater and the neckline, making a total of 112 sts.  Slp-st into the slp-st where you attached the yarn.

Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each st around making 4 decreases (hdc2tog 4 times) wherever you choose, slp-st to close. (104 sts)

Round 3: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each st around making 4 decreases (hdc2tog 4 times) wherever you choose, slp-st to close. (96 sts)

Round 4-14: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each stitch around, slp-st to close. (96 sts)

Rolled sleeves (cuffs) for all sizes

Attach yarn at the bottom seam using a slp-st.

Round 1:  Sc around the sleeve, making a total of 54 sts for sizes XS-L and 62 sts for XL.  Slp-st into the slp-st where you attached the yarn.

Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each stitch around, slp-st to close. (54 sts for XS-L) (62 sts for XL)

Rounds 3-7:  Repeat round 2 until cuffs measure at least 1.5-inches in height, at the end of the final round slp-st to close. (54 sts for XS-L) (62 sts for XL)

Bind Off & Weave in ends.

Bottom (hem) of sweater

Attach yarn at the left sweater seam using a slp-st.

Round 1:  Sc around the bottom edge of the sweater, making a total of 143 sts for XS-L and 190 for XL.  Slp-st into the slp-st where you attached the yarn.

Round 2: Ch2 (does not count as a st), hdc in the blo of the next st and in each stitch around, slp-st to close. (143 sts for XS-L) (190 sts for XL)

Rounds 3-7:  Repeat round 2 until hem measure at least 1.5-inches in height, at the end of the final round slp-st to close. (143 sts for XS-L) (190 sts for XL)

Bind Off & Weave in ends.


There now, I told you this was a super easy sweater pattern!

I have had multiple people who swore they could not crochet a sweater make this one with no problems – one who hadn’t successfully crocheted a sweater in her 25 years of crochet experience!

But… you know what?

She made this easy knit-look sweater with no issues and loved it so much she wore it all throughout the colder seasons. 🙂

So, if you’re nervous about crocheting a sweater. Don’t be!

You can do this one! Honest.

Just give it a try. 🙂


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9 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nancy

    October 30, 2019

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      October 30, 2019

      You are very welcome! 🙂

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    Cassidy

    August 16, 2019

    Is there any way I could use this pattern with a velvet yarn that is a little more chunky?

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      August 25, 2019

      Hi Cassidy,

      I believe that you could use a chunkier velvet yarn, however, there will be a couple of things to consider. One, a chunkier yarn will make the sweater bulkier and you will have to make width adjustments to be sure. Secondly, I personally find velvet yarn hard to work with. I have trouble seeing where my stitches go! But that’s just me. If you are very comfortable with using velvet yarn and don’t mind making the adjustments, I think the sweater would look lovely!

      I’d love to see how it turns out! You can email me with photos at [email protected] if you like. 🙂

      Best wishes,

      RaeLynn

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    Laura Salgado

    March 22, 2019

    Really love this look. I wanna give it a try. Thanks for posting and sharing!

    • Reply

      Itchin4Stitchin

      March 22, 2019

      Hi Laura,

      You are so very welcome! I am so glad you like the sweater! It’s pretty easy to do, but if you do run into any trouble please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sincerely,

      RaeLynn

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