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Men’s Simple Striped Sweater a Free Crochet Pattern

This Simple Striped Crochet Sweater is perfect for beginning crocheters. It’s crocheted flat, in rows and seamed together. It’s about as simple as it gets.

This crochet sweater pattern is in men’s sizes S-5X. The sleeves are worked flat from the wrist up so you’re increasing as you go. Which is so much easier than decreasing, right?

The sleeves are about it as far as shaping goes. I left the neckline simple and easy. It’s time to conquer that sweater making goal you’ve had for so long!

I chose this gorgeous Corduroy color for my husband’s sweater. Burgundy is his favorite. I love making shirts from Lion Brand Jeans yarn.

I also crocheted a child size sweater in Jeans yarn. You might check out my Short Sleeve V-Neck pattern. My son adores his crochet shirt and his sister loves her hand me down mess up (is it really a mistake if we turned into a cute crochet sweater dress?)!

This sweater is perfect for the hubs or maybe an oversized version for yourself. I kept trying it on… and almost claimed it for myself. It was intended as a gift and it’s in his favorite color so I relented.

I’m normally a women’s medium so I’d probably make this one in a men’s small for myself. The fit chart includes chest measurements by each size.

So you can find the perfect fit for your husband or yourself, or whoever (or maybe it’s whomever-I should know that) you choose to make this for!

The Simple Striped Sweater it’s so easy to adjust. All the measurements and stitches counts for each of the pieces is included.

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Materials

Notes

  1. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
  2. Sweater is worked in flat panels, from the bottom up, then seamed together.
  3. Sleeves are worked flat, wrist up, increasing to the necessary width, then seamed and sewn to the body. 
  4. Pattern is written as S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). It is helpful to highlight your size.

Stitches/Abbreviations

CC-contrasting color

ch-chain

dc-double crochet

MC-main color

sl st-slip stitch

Special Stitches

*There are alternatives written into the pattern if any of these seem a bit too tricky. I kept absolute beginners in mind with this one. But these techniques are definitely worth learning.

Fdc-foundation double crochet

Ch 3 alternative

Inv Join-invisible join

Gauge

4” x 4” = 14 dc x 9 rows

Measurements/gauge are taken before blocking/wear.

Fit

Comfortable and roomy fit with 4” of ease. Where finished measurements are larger than the actual body measurements.

The length reaches just past the bottom, to adjust length add or subtract rows before the striped section. 

This sweater is easy to customize to your body and fit liking just by adding or taking away stitches/rows.

To Fit Chest SizPanel Width
in
cm
Panel Length
in
cm
Armhole Depth
in
cm
Sleeve Length
in
cm
Yarn MC
yds
m
Yarn CC
yds
m
S-36
91.4
20
50.8
25
63.5
8.5
21.5
20
50.8
1472
1350
15
13.7
M-40
101.6
22
56
26
66
9
23
21
53.3
1472
1350
15
13.7
L-44
111.8
24
61
28
71.1
9.5
24
22
56
1715
1575
20
18.3
XL-48
122
26
66
29
73.7
10
25.5
23
58.4
1715
1575
20
18.3
2X-52
132
28
71
30
76.2
11
28
24
61
1960
1800
25
23
3X-56
142.2
30
76
31
78.7
11.5
29
25
63.5
1960
1800
25
23
4x-60
152.4
32
81.3
31
78.7
12
30.5
26
66
2205
2025
30
27.4
5X-64
162.6
34
86.4
33
83.8
12.5
31.8
27
68.6
2205
2025
30
27.4

ChristaCoDesign patterns use Craft Yarn Council sizing standards.

Pattern

Panels-Make 2

1. Fdc 70 (77, 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 119) turn.

If you are unfamiliar with fdc and would prefer you can Chain 72 (79, 86, 93, 100, 107, 114, 121) dc in the 4th ch from your hook & dc in each ch across, turn.  

2. (RS) Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. (70, 77, 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 119 sts)

3. Rep Row 2 until work measures 15 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22)” long. 

picture of grey stripes on maroon sweater panel

Change to:

CC Rep Row 2 for one row.

MC Rep Row 2 for one row

CC Rep Row 2 for one row.

MC Rep Row 2 for three rows.

CC Rep Row 2 for one row.

MC Rep Row 2 for one row.

CC Rep Row 2 for one row.

Change to MC Rep Row 2 until work measures 25” (26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 31, 33)” long. 

Cut yarn and leave a long tail for seaming.

Panel Seaming

Lay the two panels together with right sides (RS) touching. I prefer a mattress stitch for seaming.

Using yarn needle and long tail you left, sew front panel to back panel at the shoulder for 6.5” (7.5, 8, 9, 10, 10.75, 11.75, 12.75)”

Leave 7” (7, 8, 8, 8, 8.5, 8.5, 8.5)” unseamed for the neck hole. Repeat on the other shoulder.

Panel seams and sleeve seams shown in white lines below:

picture of body panels seamed with lines and sleeve pieces separate

Next you will seam the sides of the panels together.

Start at the bottom of your panels and sew up to last 8.5” (9, 9.5, 10, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5)” of the panel, leave this unseamed for the armholes.

You will attach the sleeves here. Repeat on the other side.

Sleeves

Make 2

1. Fdc 31 (33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35) turn.

If you are unfamiliar with fdc and would prefer you can Chain 32 (35, 35, 37, 37, 37, 37, 37) dc in the 4th ch from your hook & dc in each ch across, turn.

 2. (RS) Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. (31, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35) 

3. Rep Row 2.

4. Rep Row 2.

 5. Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across until last 2 st, 2 dc in the next, dc in the last, turn. (33, 35, 35, 37, 37, 37, 37, 37 sts)

6. Rep Row 2. 

7. Rep Row 5. 

Continue repeating Rows 2 and 5 until sleeve measures 17” (18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25)” wide.

Once the necessary width is reached continue to repeat Row 2 until sleeve measures 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28)” long.

picture of sleeve shape as increasing

Sleeve in progress. My Streamlines from Furls* are pretty amazing tools that are great for hand health. If you’re avid crocheter I definitely recommend checking them out!

Sleeve Seaming

Fold sleeves in half with RS together, lengthwise (like a hotdog), sew together, matching row for row. Turn RS out. See pic above under Panel Seaming.

picture of where to seam sleeves crochet

With body of sweater inside out, place RS out sleeve inside sweater (so RS of sleeve is touching RS of sweater), line up armhole end of sleeve to armhole opening in sweater body.

Seam around armhole. Cut yarn & weave in ends.

Repeat for other sleeve and turn RS out.

picture of maroon crochet sweater with sleeve inside for seaming

Finishing

Attach MC yarn with a sl st to neckhole, ch 1 and sc evenly around. Finish with an invisible join or a sl st and weave in all ends.

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rosanna Awadallah

Monday 8th of February 2021

Hello I'm trying to make this but I don't quite understand what I'm doing. I'm right at the begging with the panels and it says change to CC. Then it says "rep row 2 for row 1" and I to understand that I'm to Ch 3 and DC across?

Than you so much I want to understand because I want to but your pattern

Christa

Monday 8th of February 2021

Hi Rosanna, Thank you for your question. I can see how that might be confusing.

Where is says to change to CC and rep row 2 it is just telling you where to change colors to place the stripes. If you start in one color (the MC) when you get to the right length for your size then you change to the contrasting color (CC). All the rows are double crochet, so yes ch 3 and dc across in the new color yarn.

I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Crystal

kris

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing. Found you through the link party at Moogly. How did you learn to create the sizing for multiple sizes?

Christa18

Wednesday 20th of March 2019

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. The Craft Yarn Council is a great resource for sizing https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/

Jeanne Grigsby

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

FYI neither the ravelry or etsy links take you to this sweater

Christa18

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Thanks Jeanne for taking the time to let me know! I fixed them now. Thank you!

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