Men’s Simple Striped Sweater a Free Crochet Pattern

Men’s Simple Striped Sweater a Free Crochet Pattern

It’s time to conquer that sweater making goal you’ve had for so long! This Simple Striped Sweater is perfect for beginners-crocheted flat in rows and seamed together it’s about as simple as it gets. Pattern is in Men’s sizes S-5X. The sleeves are worked flat from the wrist up so you’re increasing as you go-so much easier than decreasing, right? That’s about it as far as shaping goes. I left the neckline simple and easy.

I chose this gorgeous Corduroy color for my husband’s sweater. Burgundy is his favorite. I love making shirts from Lion Brand Jeans yarn. If you do too, you might check out my Short Sleeve V-Neck pattern. My son adores his shirt and his sister loves her hand me down mess up (is it really a mistake if we turned into a cute 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 but it is in his favorite color so. 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 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! And it’s so easy to adjust with measurements and stitches counts for all the pieces included.

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  • S/M-6 (L/XL-7, 2X/3X-8, 4/5X-9) balls of Lion Brand Jeans Colors Yarn in Corduroy (MC) and Vintage (CC) or S/M-1472 yds (L/XL-1715 yds, 2X/3X-1960 yds, 4/5X-2205 ) of #4 med worsted weight yarn
  • 5mm (H) hook*, Yarn needle*, Measuring tape*, Scissors*


  1. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, like one of these.
  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.


MC-main color

CC-contrasting color


dc-double crochet

ss-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


4” x 4” = 14 dc x 9 rows


Comfortable and roomy fit with 4” of ease. Measurements are taken before blocking/wear. 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.

Size-Chest “Panel Width”Panel Length”# Panel RowsSleeve Starting Width”Armhole DepthSleeve Inc to “Sleeve Length”# Sleeve RowsYardage


Panels-Make 2

1. Fdc 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 114) turn.

If you are unfamiliar with fdc and would prefer you can Chain 66 (74, 82, 90, 98, 106, 114, 116) dc in the 4th ch from your hook & dc in each ch across, turn.  

2. (RS) Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. (64, 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112, 114 sts)

3. Rep Row 2 for 33 (37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 45, 47) rows total, or until work measures 15 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 21, 22)” long. 


Change to CC Rep Row 2. 

Change to MC Rep Row 2.

Change to CC Rep Row 2.

Change to MC Rep Row 2 for 3 rows.

Change to CC Rep Row 2. 

Change to MC Rep Row 2.

Change to CC Rep Row 2.

Change to MC Rep Row 2 for 10 more rows, or until work measures 25” (26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 31, 33)” long. 

Finish off 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)” leaving 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:


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.


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 for a total of 38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52) rows or until sleeve measures 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28)” long.

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.


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 and finish off & weave in ends.

Repeat for other sleeve and turn RS out.



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.

 I’d love to see your #simplestripedsweater tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic! Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love  to see your work!

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