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Sera Sweater a Lightweight Crochet V-Neck Sweater Pattern

The Sera Sweater is a free crochet pattern with a classic fit and v-neck. This easy pattern includes women’s sizes XS-5X. This sweater is crocheted bottom up with minimal seaming.

I love my Sera Cardigan so much. It’s been my best fitting piece to date. Since I had the same yarn, but in a different color I decide to design a pullover featuring the same stitch.

This lightweight crochet sweater includes 3/4 sleeves, with an easy option to lengthen them. The overall length of the sweater is easy to adjust also.

Woman in v-neck crochet sweater camel color.

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If you prefer a looser fit, you can go up a size in the pattern. Likewise, you can make the size down for a snugger fit.

For reference the sweater in the picture is size S on 34″ bust model.

Back view of crochet sweater on woman.

To crochet this sweater with minimal seams, we’ll join and turn. If you haven’t used this technique before, you’ll want to check out my tutorial on it. How to join and turn crochet.

This leaves just sewing the shoulders together, and sewing the sleeves to the armholes.

Side view of hip length sweater on model.

More Crochet Top Patterns

The Sera Cardigan is the sister this pullover sweater. I love the fit and easy to wear nature of the Sera Cardigan. Get this women’s sweater pattern in sizes XS-5X.

For a fast make, a chunky sweater is the way to go! The Briones Bobble Sweater features that eye catching bobble stitch front and center and is paired with easy half double crochets.

For the coziest cowl neck ever, check out the Sunset Sweater. I chose large blocks of color, but it’s just as stunning in a solid.

The Yarn

For this sweater I use Vanna’s Style Yarn,* a #3 lightweight yarn. I was able to snag a few balls of this yarn before it was discontinued.

Other #3 lightweight yarns that I can recommend are Bernat Softee Baby and Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek DK yarn. For other options, check out YarnSub.com.

I love the Bernat Softee Baby Cotton* that I use in the Eileen Blanket and Bettie Bear patterns. And if you use a cotton yarn that makes this sweater even lighter.

The Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek* is true to it’s name! I use the #4 medium version in the Bryce Canyon Cardigan and my son loves how silky smooth his sweater is!

Speaking of, I think you could sub in a #4 medium weight yarn for this pattern. Be sure to check gauge (please do that anyway!).

Row 3 of sweater bottom up.
The 2dc set always goes in the second dc of the set.

The Stitch

A little about the stitch pattern I use in this pullover. It’s a simple 2 double crochet cluster. Skip one stitch, place two.

What’s important to remember is the 2 double crochets go in the second dc of the set. Points to remember this when you get started, when you divide for front and back, and when you’re working the v-neck.

Since we are joining and turning, once you get a few rows in the stitch patterns ‘looks’ it jumps back and forth from the first to second stitches. However that is just a result of turning the rounds. So always place the 2 dc in the second dc and you’ll be set!

There are plenty of notes and pictures in the pattern to help with these bits, but I find understanding the overall stitch pattern helps too.


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Materials

  • Vanna’s Style Yarn a #3 light weight yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100g, 254 yd/232m) color: camel; (XS & S) 4, (M & L) 5, (XL & 2X) 6, (3X & 4X) 7, (5X) 8.
  • Approximate yds/m by size: 
  • (XS) 1000yds/914m
  • (S) 1100yds/1006m
  • (M) 1225yds/1120m 
  • (L) 1300yds/1189m
  • (XL) 1450yds/1326m
  • (2X) 1600yds/1463m 
  • (3X) 1700yds/1555m
  • (4X) 1800yds/1646m
  • (5X) 1950yds/1783m
  • 5mm US size (H)-8 hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • stitch markers, yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors
Crochet hook in cafe and sweater in progress.
Streamline Swirl in Cafe

I love my ergonomic crochet hooks from Furls. If find the Streamlines* to be a good middle ground. They’re a bit smoother than the wood and lighter than the Odysseys.

Notes

  1. Please read through all notes and pattern before you begin.
  2. Work up a gauge swatch using the provided gauge information. If your gauge matches, great continue on. If not, change your hook size and swatch again. If your stitches are smaller, go up a hook size, if they’re larger, go down a hook size. 
  3. Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here are my favorites.
  4. St multiple is an even number.
  5. Check stitch count before starting a new section.
  6. Pattern is written for multiple sizes, with the smallest size written first and each subsequent size written in parentheses XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). For example: Row 1. FDC 104 (120, 136, 144, 160, 176, 184, 200, 208). To make an XS you would foundation double crochet 104, for a M you would foundation double crochet 136 and a 4X you would foundation double crochet 200. Instructions in black apply to all sizes.

Stitches/Abbreviations

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

FDC-foundation double crochet

rep-repeat

rnd(s)-round(s) 

sc-single crochet

sk-skip the indicated stitch

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

Gauge

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 13 dc x 8 rows of dc

Level

Easy

Construction

The main body is crocheted as one piece, bottom up. It’s joined in the round and turned so you will work on both sides of the fabric. Once it is time to divide for the front and back panels, they are worked in flat rows.

You will seam the it together at the shoulder. The sleeves are worked separately, from the wrist up and in the round, and turned as the body was. The sleeves are seamed on at the armholes.

Sweater body in camel using join and turn method.

Fit/Adjustment

Model is wearing size S on 34” bust.  Pattern adds 2”/5cm-4”/10cm of ease to bust measurement, for a classic fit. For a looser fit, go up a size, for a snugger fit, go down a size.

To adjust length of sweater add or subtract rows before dividing. Measure from your underarm to where you want the sweater to stop. This is your desired length before dividing. 

Complete body of sweater and two sleeves ready for seaming.

To Fit Bust Size

(XS) 30″/76.2cm

(S) 34″/86.4cm

(M) 38″/96.5cm

(L)42″/106.7cm

(XL) 46″/116.8cm

(2X) 50″/127cm

(3X) 54″/137.2cm

(4X) 58″/147.3cm

(5X) 62″/157.5cm

Finished Bust

(XS) 32”/81.3cm 

(S) 37”/94cm

(M) 41.8”/106.2cm

(L) 44.2”/112.8cm

(XL) 49.2”/125.2cm

(2X)  54.2”/137.7cm

(3X) 56.7”/144cm

(4X) 61.6”/156.5cm

(5X) 64”/162.6cm

Finished Sweater Length

(XS) 21.5″/54.6

(SM) 22.5″/57.2cm

(M) 23″/58.4cm

(L) 23.5”/59.7cm

(XL) 23.5”/59.7cm

(2X) 24.5”/62.2 cm

(3X) 24.5”/62.2 cm

(4X) 25.5”/64.8cm

(5X0 25.5”/64.8cm


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Sweater Pattern

Woman in v-neck crochet sweater camel color.

Sera Crochet Sweater Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25-$50

The Sera Sweater is a free crochet pattern with a snug fit and v-neck. This easy pattern includes women's sizes XS-5X.

Materials

  • Vanna's Style Yarn a #3 light weight yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100g, 254 yd/232m) color: camel; (XS & S) 4, (M & L) 5, (XL & 2X) 6, (3X & 4X) 7, (5X) 8.

Tools

  • 5mm US size (H)-8 hook, or hook needed to meet gauge.
  • stitch markers, yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors

Instructions

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

  1. Rnd 1. FDC 104 (120, 136, 144, 160, 176, 184, 200, 208) or if you’re unfamiliar with FDC you can CH 106 (122, 138, 146, 162, 178, 186, 202, 210), dc in the 4th ch and in each ch across, turn. Row 1 join and turn.Picutre shows Row 1: top left - row of dc complete. Top RIght - Bring first and last sts together. Bottom left - Join with a sl st Bottom Right - Turn your work.
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st across, turn.
  3. Rnd 3. Rep Row 2. Now is a good time to check your "finished bust" measurement found in the chart on page 4 of the pattern.
  4. Rows 1-4 on sera crochet sweater.Rnd 4. Ch 3, in same st dc, *{sk next st, 2 dc in next st} rep from * until 2 sts left, sk last 2 sts, join to 3rd ch with a sl st, turn. (104, 120, 136, 144, 160, 176, 184, 200, 208) sts
  5. Rnds 5-31. Rep Row 4 = 15.5”/39.4cm. If you would like a longer sweater add more rnds here, end on an odd rnd. *We will add 6”/15.2cm (7”/17.8cm, 7.5”/19.1cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8”20.3cm, 9”/23cm, 9”/23cm, 10”/25.4cm, 10”/25.4cm) to the length once panels are divided. See Total Length for more info.

Divide


*Check stitch count before dividing.

Mark half stitches for front and half for back.

Move seam (1st st) to right underarm. (Like green stitch marker)Sweater body in camel using join and turn method.Picture shows: Half stitches are for the front panel and half are for the back panel. Move the seam to the side. The green stitch marker indicates the first stitch.

Back Panel

Row count starts over. Keep working in the same direction, always placing the 2 dc in the 2nd dc of the set.
Picture shows: First 5 stitches of row 1.

  1. Row 1. (RS) Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *{sk 1 2 dc in next st} rep from * across (last 2 will be in the marked st/half the sts), turn. (53, 61, 69, 73, 81, 89, 93, 101, 105 sts) End of row 1 on back panel after dividing.Picture shows: Last stitches of row 1.
  2. Beginning stitches of row 2 after dividing.Picture shows: First 7 stitches of row 2. Row 2. Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * across til 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (54, 62, 70, 74, 82, 90, 94, 102, 106 sts)
  3. Row 3. Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep * across until 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (54, 62, 70, 74, 82, 90, 94, 102, 106 sts)
  4. Row 4. Ch 3, *{2 dc in next st, sk 1} rep * across until 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (54, 62, 70, 74, 82, 90, 94, 102, 106 sts)
  5. Rep Row 4 until you have (12, 14, 15, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20) rows total from the divide = 6”/15.2cm (7”/17.8cm, 7.5”/19.1cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8”20.3cm, 9”/23cm, 9”/23cm, 10”/25.4cm, 10”/25.4cm) of length from the divided.

    Total Panel Length (if you did not add rows): 21.5”/54.6cm (22.5”/57.2cm, 23”/58.4cm, 23.5”/59.7cm, 23.5”/59.7cm, 24.5”/62.2 cm, 24.5”/62.2cm, 25.5”/64.8cm, 25.5”/64.8cm)

    Cut yarn and leave a long tail for seaming shoulders.

Back panel complete.Back panel complete, seam on side with lime stitch marker.

Right side of back panel marked with green stitch marker and folded down.



Front Panel Notes

  1. It’s important to start in the same direction you were working when you stopped this section, in order to keep the row texture the same, always placing the 2 dc in the 2nd dc of the set.
  2. Join on RS for front panel on the first stitch, marked here by a green stitch marker. The seam is on the opposite side.
  3. Count off half of the stitches for one side of the v-neck place st marker after last st and leave theother half unworked for now.
  4. Due to the nature of the stitch pattern, one side starts decreases a row later, but you will end with the same number of stitches on both.

  1. Row 1. (RS) Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, First three stitches of front panel.*{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to last 2 sts before st marker, sk 1, dc in last, turn. End of row 1 for v-neck.(26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 3, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next} rep from * to 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)
  3. Row 3. Ch 3, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)Row 3 ending on sweater panel front.
  4. Beginning row 4.(Decrease row) Row 4. Ch 3, sk 1, 1 dc in next st, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (25, 29, 33, 35, 39, 43, 45, 49, 51 sts)
  5. Row 5. Ch 3, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (24, 28, 32, 34, 38, 42, 44, 48, 50 sts)End of row 5 for v-neck sweater.
  6. Continue to repeat Rows 4-5 until you have (11, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 19) rows total from the divide and (16, 20, 24, 26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42 sts).
  7. End with a Repeat of Row 2 = (12, 14, 15, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20) rows total from the divide = 6”/15.2cm (7”/17.8cm, 7.5”/19.1cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8”20.3cm, 9”/23cm, 9”/23cm, 10”/25.4cm, 10”/25.4cm) of length from the divided.
  8. Cut yarn and leave a long tail to seam shoulders.



2nd Side of V-Neck



On RS, start at center.
Join to center stitch left of st marker, so you’re going in the same direction.
In this row we’re making sure all our 2 dc are in the 2nd dc to keep the pattern.

  1. Row 1. Ch 3, *{2 dc in next st, sk 1} First three stitches of v neck split.rep from * until 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 3, sk 1, *{2 dc in next st, sk 1} rep from * V-neck on second side.until 2 sts left, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)End of row on v-neck.
  3. Row 3. Ch 3, sk 1, *{2 dc in next st, sk 1} rep from * Start to row 3 v-neck sweater.until last 2 sts, 2 dc in next, 1 dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)End of row 3.
  4. Row 4. Ch 3, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * until 1 st left, dc in last st, turn. (26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 50, 52 sts)End of row 4 no decreases here.
  5. (Decrease row) Row 5. Ch 3, sk 1, 1 dc in next st, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} Row decreases begin on 5.rep from * until 1 st left, 1 dc in last st, turn. (25, 29, 33, 35, 39, 43, 45, 49, 51 sts)
  6. Row 6. Ch 3, *{sk 1, 2 dc in next st} rep from * until 2 sts left, sk 1, dc in last st, turn. (24, 28, 32, 34, 38, 42, 44, 48, 50 sts)End of row 6 neckline section.
  7. Neckline continues on pullover.Continue to repeat Rows 5-6 until you have (12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20) rows total from the divide and (16, 20, 24, 26, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42 sts) = 6”/15.2cm (7”/17.8cm, 7.5”/19.1cm, 8”/20.3cm, 8”20.3cm, 9”/23cm, 9”/23cm, 10”/25.4cm, 10”/25.4cm) of length from the divided.V-neck complete on women's pullover sweater.
  8. Cut yarn and leave a long tail to seam shoulders.


Seam Shoulders

  1. Turn WS out so RS are touching.
  2. Line up shoulders to back panel.
  3. Use the mattress stitch or your preferred method to sew shoulders to back panel.
  4. Cut yarn.
  5. Now is a good time to try it on and make any adjustments.

Sleeves

Make 2

-Join and turn each round.

-Sleeves are worked from the wrist up, so you can try them on at anytime and add or subtract increases as needed.

-We will increase on either side of the join, at this point the stitch pattern will look a little different, but this will be our faux seam so it will be on the underside.

-To adjust your sleeve length: try on your sleeveless sweater, measure from the shoulder edge down to where you want your sleeves to end. This is your desired sleeve length. You can add or subtract rounds according to your need. Keep in mind sleeves tend to lengthen over time.

Two three quarter length sleeves complete.

  1. Rnd 1. FDC 32 (32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 42), or ch 34 ( 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 44) and dc in the 4th ch from your hook and in each ch across, join with sl st to first st and turn. (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 42 sts)
  2. Rnd 2. Ch 3, dc in each st around, sl st to first st to join, turn.
  3. Rnd 3. Rep last rnd.
  4. Rnd 4. Ch 3, dc in same st, *{sk next st, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to one st left, sk last st, sl st to first st to join, turn. (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 42 sts)
  5. Rnds 5-7. Rep Row 4.

    Rnd 8. Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in next 2 sts, *{sk next st, 2 dc in next st} rep from * to one st left, 2 dc in last st, sl st to first st to join, turn. (36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 46 sts)

    XS

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-12. Rep Rnds 5-8 until you have 40 sts = (6”/15.2cm wide flat).
    Rnds 13-22. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (11”/28cm). For long sleeves Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

    S

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-16. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 44 sts = (6.75”/17.2cm wide flat).
    Rnds 17-23. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (11.5”/29.2cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

    M

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-20. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 50 sts = (7.7”/19.6cm wide flat).
    Rnds 21-24. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (12”/30.5cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.


    L

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-20. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 50 sts = (7.7”/19.6cm wide flat).
    Rnds 21-24. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (12”/30.5cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

    XL

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-20. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 52 sts = (8”/20.3 cm wide flat).
    Rnds 21-24. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (12”/30.5cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

    2X

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-24. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 56 sts = (8.6”/21.8cm wide flat).
    Rnds 25-28. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (14”/35.6cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 18.5”/47cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.

    3X

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-24. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 58 sts = (9”/23cm wide flat).
    Rnds 25-28. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (14”/35.6cm). For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 19”/48.3cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.
    4X

    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-28. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 62 sts = (9.5”/24cm wide flat).
    Rnds 29-32. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (16”/40.6cm) For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 19”/48.3cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.
    5X
    3/4 Sleeves: Rnds 9-28. Rep Rnds 5-8 til you have 66 sts = (10”/25.4cm wide flat).
    Rnds 29-32. Rep Rnd 4 until length = (16”/40.6cm) For long sleeves: Rep Rnd 4 for 19”/48.3cm in length, or until you have reached your desired sleeve length. Leave a long tail for seaming, cut yarn.Complete body of sweater and two sleeves ready for seaming.

Seam

  1. With sweater body WS out and sleeve RS out, slide armhole end of sleeve into the sweater.
  2. Make sure the faux seam is on the bottom (where your elbow will be). Line up the armhole end of sleeve with the armhole opening.
  3. Sew sleeve to armhole with mattress stitch. If needed, seam side of armhole to close.
  4. Rep for both sleeves.
  5. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

Finishing

  1. Turn sweater RS out. Join yarn with sl st to back of the neck.
  2. Ch 1, sc evenly round v-neck, placing 2 sc in the side of each dc row. Sl st back to first sc.
  3. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

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