Short Sleeve V-Neck Free Crochet Pattern

This cute v-neck sweater has been a long time coming! If you follow me on social media then you started seeing pictures at the beginning of this year. I began it as a 4th birthday gift for my son.

But I made some changes along the way. And it took a bit of work to get the v-neck just right. I didn’t want a plunging neckline and since yarn is stretchy I had to keep playing with it. And then it took some trial and error to get the sleeves just the right length.

I can not believe how much my little guy absolutely adores this shirt. He wears it all the time. He sleeps in it. He climbs in it. He lounges in it. He loves it. Just fills your mama maker heart, doesn’t it? And I guess because of all that, it was totally worth it! Plus now I get to share the pattern with you so your sweeties can love their own short sleeve v-neck shirt.




Now while I’d like to think my son is so stoked about his shirt just because it’s mama made, realistically I know at least some of it has to do with the yarn. Y’all I made this with Lion Brand’s Jeans yarn and it is so super soft. Truly the softest acrylic yarn (yay, machine washable!) I have experienced.

For full disclosure, I will say that I chose Brand New, their dark wash blue color, and combined with the alt sc (flo sc, blo sc) it was challenging to “see” because the yarn is so dark. So if you don’t want to hunt and peck for every stitch maybe go with a lighter option, or use really good lighting. I think I need a work light!

When I first made my son’s v-neck shirt Jeans Colors weren’t available. And since I decided to make another one and get some pictures and videos (yay!) for you along the way, I picked Bermuda as the main color for this one. Isn’t that pink just great? You’ll notice I also reversed the colors on the sleeves for the second one.

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Materials:

#4 worsted weight yarn, I used Lion Brand Jeans yarn* (1 skein = 246 yds) in Brand New-Color A and part of 1 skein of the contrast Topstitch-Color B for the blue and rust colored one, and Bermuda (pink) & Vintage (grey) for the second one.

Estimated yards needed by size: (short sleeve-long sleeve)

2-390-560, 4-450-650, 6-520-750, 8-590-850, 10-650-940, 12-750-1080, 14-815-1175, 16-855-1230

5.5mm (I) hook*, or hook needed to achieve gauge

Yarn needle*

Stitch Markers*

Measuring tape and scissors



Gauge:

2” x 2” = 8.5 alt sc x 8 rows. You can easily compare the width of your panel in the Dimensions Chart below.

Skill Level:

easy

Notes:

1. Stitch multiple is an even number plus one for the foundation chain.

2. Each alt sc row will start with a flo sc and end with a blo sc. 

3. When sc2tog you will work under both loops like normal.

4. Starting ch 1 does not count as a stitch.

5. When adding the stripes, leave a long tail of Color B to seam easily in that color later.

6. This is a multi-size pattern, written in size order starting with the smallest size. The bolded numbers to start a line are the Row Number, shown below in [ ] for the different sizes. The numbers following a line, at the end are in parenthesis and are the stitch counts for that row, for example:

 Rows 18-35. [38, 41, 47, 51, 53, 53, 53] Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across, turn. 45 (49, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69, 71) sts” 

In the lines above all sizes are starting at Row 18. Size 2, the first set of numbers in bold, before the brackets, will work through Row 35 and end with 45 stitches. Size 10, 4th in the brackets, will work through Row 51 and end with 61 stitches. 



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Stitches:

Alt sc: alternating single crochet-sc in the front loop only of the first stitch and then sc into the back loop only of the next stitch, continue to repeat alternating between the two, always starting with flo and ending with blo.

sc-single crochet

ch-chain

Flo-front loop only=crochet into the front loop of the st only

Blo-back loop only=crochet into the back loop of the st only

Sc2tog-single crochet two together-insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 3 loops.



Video Tutorials

Get started-Back Panel-How to crochet the Alt SC.

Armhole Decreases-sc2tog-Back & Front Panel

V-Neck Front Panel

Second side of the Front Panel V-Neck

How to Seam the Mattress Stitch (for shoulders and sides).

Sleeves

Dimensions

Chest Size “ Size in Pattern Back Panel Width” Panel Height”
21 2 10 13.5
23 4 11 14.5
25 6 12.5 15.5
26.5 8 13 17.5
28 10 14 19
30 12 15 20
31.5 14 16 20.5
32.5 16 16.5 21

I found it helpful to stitch marker every 8 rows after the stripes. Once you start working it up, two rows pair up and offer some definition, but until then it can be hard to see and count. You can also measure by inches, if you’re unsure.



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Pattern:

Size 2 [4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16] 

Back Panel:

Color A

Row 1. Ch 45 [49, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69, 71], sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts

Rows 2-8. Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across each row, change to Color B on the last st of row 8, turn. 8 rows should give you about a 2” tall section. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts

Color B  

Rows 9-17. Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across each row, changing back to Color A at the end of row 17, turn.  This creates about a 2” stripe. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts

Color A

Rows 18-35. [38, 41, 47, 51, 53, 53, 53] Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across, turn. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts Panel Height at this point: 8.75” (9.5, 10.25, 11.75, 12.75, 13.25, 13.25, 13.25) inches tall.




Begin armhole shaping:

Row 36. [39, 42, 48, 52, 54, 54, 54] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 42 (46, 52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 68) sts *Mark this row, you will stop seaming the side here. This marks the beginning of the armhole section.

Row 37. [40, 43, 49, 53, 55, 55, 55] Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. 42 (46, 52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 68) sts 

Row 38. [41, 44, 50, 54, 56, 56, 56] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 40 (44, 50, 52, 56, 60, 64, 66) sts

Row 39. [42, 45, 51, 55, 57, 57, 57] Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. 40 (44, 50, 52, 56, 60, 64, 66) sts

Row 40. [43, 46, 52, 56, 58, 58, 58] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 38 (42, 48, 50, 54, 58, 62, 64) sts

Rows 41-54. [44-58, 47-62, 53-70, 57-76, 59-80, 59-82, 59-84] Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. 38 (42, 48, 50, 54, 58, 62, 64) sts

Cut yarn and leave a long tail for sewing shoulders together.

Height from Rows 36-54= 4.5” [39-58= 4.75″, 42-62= 5″, 48-70= 5.5″, 52-76= 6″, 54-80= 6.5″, 54-82= 7″, 54-84= 7.5″] inches tall. This is the armhole section where the sleeves will be attached and worked later.

Pictured below is the size 10, you can see I have a 6″ armhole from the yellow stitch marker to the top of the shoulder. This is the same for the other side and for the other panel.

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Front Panel: 

Color A

Row 1. Ch 45 [49, 55, 57, 61, 65, 69, 71] sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts

Rows 2-8. Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across each row, change to Color B on the last st of row 8, turn. 8 rows should give you about a 2” tall section. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts

Color B

Rows 9-17. Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across each row, changing back to Color A at the end of row 17, turn. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts 

Color A

Rows 18-35. [38, 41, 47, 51, 53, 53, 53] Ch 1, sc in flo of same st, sc in blo of next st, continue to alt sc across. 44 (48, 54, 56, 60, 64, 68, 70) sts



Begin armhole shaping:

Row 36. [39, 42, 48, 52, 54, 54, 54] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 42 (46, 52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 68) sts *Mark this row, you will stop seaming the side here. This marks the beginning of the armhole section.

Row 37. [40, 43, 49, 53, 55, 55, 55] Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. 42 (46,  52, 54, 58, 62, 66, 68) sts 

Row 38. [41, 44, 50, 54, 56, 56, 56] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 40 (44, 50, 52, 56, 60, 64, 66) sts

Row 39. [42, 45, 51, 55, 57, 57, 57] Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. 40 (44, 50, 52, 56, 60, 64, 66) sts

Row 40. [43, 46, 52, 56, 58, 58, 58] Ch 1, flo sc in the same st, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the next, continue to alt sc across until the last 3 sts, sc2tog the next two sts, blo sc in the last st, turn. 38 (42, 48, 50, 54, 58, 62, 64) sts

 

Size 2 only: Go to “Begin v-neck shaping” 

Sizes [4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16] work:

Rows [44-45, 47-48, 53-55, 57-58, 59-61, 59-63, 59-65]:

Ch 1, alt sc across the row, turn. (42, 48, 50, 54, 58, 62, 64) sts



Begin v-neck shaping:

  • You will work halfway across (Sizes 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 & 14 will have 2 unworked stitches in the center (so we end with an even number on either shoulder in keeping with our stitch pattern). Size 6 & 16 will not have any unworked stitches in the center), turn and work back creating the v-neck of the front panel with decreases. 
  • After decreasing to: 12 (14, 16, 16, 16, 18, 20, 20) sts all sizes will continue to work regular alt sc rows until the final row count of 54. [58, 62, 70, 76, 80, 82, 84].

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Row 41. [46, 49, 56, 59, 62, 64, 66] Ch 1, alt sc for 18 (20, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts, turn. 18 (20, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts 

Row 42. [47, 50, 57, 60, 63, 65, 67] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 17 (19, 23, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) sts 

Row 43. [48, 51, 58, 61, 64, 67, 68] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 16 (18, 22, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) sts 

Row 44. [49, 52, 59, 62, 65, 68, 69] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 15 (17, 21, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29) sts

Row 45. [50, 53, 60, 63, 66, 69, 70] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 14 (16, 20, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28) sts 

Row 46. [51, 54, 61, 64, 67, 70, 71] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 13 (15, 19, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27) sts

Row 47. [52, 55, 62, 65, 68, 71, 72] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 12 (14, 18, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26) sts 

Row 48. [53, 56, 63, 66, 69, 72, 73] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 12 (14, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25) sts



From here the pattern separates out into specifics sizes since smaller sizes will finish with less rows than larger ones.

2 [4] Only

Rows 49-54. [54-58] Ch 1, alt sc across. 12 (14) st Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

6 Only

Row 57. Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (16)

Rows 58-62. Ch 1, alt sc across. (16) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

[8-10-12-14-16] Only

Rows [64, 67, 70, 73, 74] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (17, 18, 21, 23, 24) sts

Row [65, 68, 71, 74, 75] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (16,17, 20, 22, 23) sts 

8 Only

Rows 66-70. Ch 1, alt sc across. (16) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

[10-12-14-16] Only

Row 69. [72, 75, 76] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (16, 19, 21, 22) sts

[12-14-16] Only

Row [73, 76, 77] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 18 (20, 21) sts

10 [12] Only

Rows 70-76. [74-80] Ch 1, alt sc across. (16, 18) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

14 [16] Only

Row 77. [78] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (20, 21) sts

14 Only

Rows 78-82. Ch 1, alt sc across. (20) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

16 Only

Row 79. Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in  last, turn. (20) sts

Rows 80-84. Ch 1, alt sc across. (20) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on later.

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Second Front Panel V-Neck:

  • Turn shirt so that the side you have already worked is on your right when laid out in front of you. 
  • On Row 41. [46, 49, 56, 59, 62, 64, 66] attach yarn with a ss to stitch # 18 (20, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) counting from unworked side (armhole side) toward the center. Sizes 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 & 14 will have 2 unworked stitches in the center. Size 6 & 16 will not have any unworked stitches in the center.
  • You will work from this stitch to the outer edge (armhole side) of the shirt to crochet the other side of the v-neck. 

Row 41. [46, 49, 56, 59, 62, 64, 66] Ch 1, alt sc for 18 (20, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts, turn. 18 (20, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32) sts

Row 42. [47, 50, 57, 60, 63, 65, 67] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 17 (19, 23, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) sts

Row 43. [48, 51, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 16 (18, 22, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) sts 

Row 44. [49, 52, 59, 62, 65, 67, 69] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 15 (17, 21, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29) sts

Row 45. [50, 53, 60, 63, 66, 68, 70] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 14 (16, 20, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28) sts 

Row 46. [51, 54, 61, 64, 67, 69, 71] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 13 (15, 19, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27) sts

Row 47. [52, 55, 62, 65, 68, 70, 72] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. 12 (14, 18, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26) sts 

Row 48. [53, 56, 63, 66, 69, 71, 73] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. 12 (14, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25) sts



2 [4] Only

Rows 49-54. [54-58] Ch 1, alt sc across. 12 (14) st Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

6 Only

Row 57. Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (16)

Rows 58-62. Ch 1, alt sc across. (16) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

[8-10-12-14-16] Only

Rows [64, 67, 70, 72, 74] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (17, 18, 21, 23, 24) sts

Row [65, 68, 71, 73, 75] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (16,17, 20, 22, 23) sts

8 Only

Rows 66-70. Ch 1, alt sc across. (16) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

[10-12-14-16] Only

Row 69. [72, 74, 76] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (16, 19, 21, 22) sts

[12-14-16] Only

Row 73. [75, 77] Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (18, 20, 21) sts

10 [12] Only

Rows 70-76. [74-80] Ch 1, alt sc across. (16, 18) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

14 [16] Only

Row 76. [78] Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc across, turn. (20, 21) sts

14 Only

Rows 77-82. Ch 1, alt sc across. (20) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

16 Only

Row 79. Ch 1, alt sc until last 3 sts, sc2tog, blo sc in last, turn. (20) sts

Rows 80-84. Ch 1, alt sc across. (20) sts Cut yarn & leave a long tail to sew on, go to Seam Shoulders.

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Seam Shoulders

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  • Before seaming shoulders, check your armhole height: 
  • Height from Rows 36-54= 4.5” [39-58= 4.75, 42-62= 5, 48-70= 5.5, 52-76= 6, 54-80= 6.5, 54-82= 7, 54-84= 7.5] inches tall. This is the armhole section where the sleeves will be attached and worked.
  • Place the right sides of both your front and back panel together. Line up all the edges. 
  • Using the long tail you left, sew front panel to back panel at shoulder seams. A mattress stitch is a good one to use for seaming.  




Seam Sides

On a side note one of my sweet children decide to use scissors near my shirt and cut my long tails! Thank goodness that was all he cut!!

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Fold shirt in half (front and back matched up) with “right sides” together. Using the long tail you left, thread your yarn needle and sew side seams together from bottom hem to bottom of the armhole, stop at row: 36, leaving (4.5”) [39 (4.75”), 42 (5”), 48 (5.5”), 52 (6”), 54 (6.5”), 54 (7”), 54 (7.5”)] inches for the armhole.  I did stop at the stripe and change to Color B to sew that section together and then continued with Color A for the rest. Rep on other side and finish off.  



Sleeveless:

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 You’re done (almost)! Just attach your Color B yarn to the underside of the armhole, ch 1 and starting in the same stitch, sc around, ss to the first sc and finish off.



Short Sleeves (& to start Long Sleeves):

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  • The sleeves are worked in the round, but you will turn after every round, as you would when working in rows to keep the stitch look the same as the body of the sweater.
  • At the armhole attach yarn with a ss to the underside.
  1. Ch 1 and starting in the same st, sc 38 (40, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 64) evenly around the armhole, ss to the first sc to join, TURN. 38 (40, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 64) sc
  2. Ch 1, alt sc in each st around, TURN. 38 (40, 42, 46, 52, 56, 60, 64) alt sc
  3. Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc around until the last 3 sts then sc2tog, blo sc in the last st, TURN. 36 (38, 40, 44, 50, 54, 58, 62) st
  4. Ch 1, alt sc in each st around, TURN. 36 (38, 40, 44, 50, 54, 58, 62) alt sc
  5. Ch 1, flo sc, sc2tog, blo sc, continue to alt sc around until the last 3 sts then sc2tog, blo sc in the last st, TURN. 34 (36, 38, 42, 48, 52, 56, 60) st

Rounds 6-7. [11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 23] Ch 1, alt sc in each st around, TURN. Change to Color B at end of last round.

Color B

Rounds 8-11. [12-15, 14-17, 16-19, 18-21, 21-24, 23-26, 24-27] Ch 1, alt sc in each st around, TURN. Change to Color A at the end of last round.

Color A

Round 12. [16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 28] Ch 1, alt sc in each st around, TURN. Finish off. Length of sleeves: 3” (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.25, 6.75, 7)” Rep on other side for second sleeve.



Long Sleeve Option:

To make your sleeves long length follow the pattern as written under the Short Sleeves section, but continue on repeating Rounds 3 (dec) & 4 (reg) four more times (8 rounds), decreasing by 8 more stitches total, down to: 26 (28, 30, 34, 40, 44, 48, 52) st, which will decrease your sleeve width by about 2.” Then continue to add 42 [42, 42, 44, 48, 53, 53, 52] more regular alt sc rounds or until you’ve reached a length of: 13.5” (14.5, 15, 16, 17.5, 19.5, 20, 20)” Finish off. Total long sleeve roundss: 54 [58, 60, 64, 70, 78, 80, 80]

Rep on other side for second sleeve. 



Neck

Color B

Join Color B to any stitch in the back along the neck opening with a ss.

1. Ch 1, sc in the same st and evenly around the neck opening, sizes that have skipped center stitches of the v-neck (Sizes 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 & 14) will sc into those spaces now, ss to join to first st. 

2. Ch 1, flo sc in next sc, blo sc in next, continue to alt sc around the neck, ss to join. Finish off. 

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