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Crochet Sweater Pattern | Heather Sweater a Women’s Easy Pullover

The Heather is a cozy crochet sweater pattern featuring a split cowl neck and side slit. This easy crochet sweater is worked top down, so there’s no seaming!

The top down style also makes this simple sweater easy to customize to fit your beautiful body. This crochet sweater pattern includes 9 sizes, ranging from a finished bust size of 33” up to 64.”

Woman in crochet sweater with bronze, green and gold stripes.

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I chose to use a simple stitch, the half double crochet for this sweater because I want you to be able to customize it to fit in a way that is equally simple.

You can add stitches or decrease at the bust, waist, hips, arms or wrists to truly create a sweater that fits you!

Front view of crochet sweater on woman with cowl neck split to one side.

This crochet sweater pattern is very beginner friendly. The trickiest part is the cowl neck and to help you there I have included photos and a linked tutorial.

Plus there’s always the option of crocheting it separately (it’s just a rectangle!) and sewing it on the neckline.

Side view of crochet sweater with side split on hem.

I like how the side slits give the sweater a little more ease at the hips. If you would like even more ease at the hip, simply start increasing by adding stitches. The pattern will tell you where to do this if you choose.

Creating the side slits is done by working the bottom of the front and back panels in rows, instead of in the round. You can adjust the slits by working more or less rows here.

Back view of cowl neck sweater with stripes in bronze, gold and green.
I love the stitch definition of the half double crochet.

The stripes on the body are 9 rounds long here. I chose to reverse the stripes on the sleeves. Striping is always customizable to your liking!

Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

The Nebbia is a chunky crochet sweater pattern that is worked top down also. This is an easy crochet sweater pattern great for beginners to start with.

The Sunset Sweater is a free crochet sweater pattern that features a cozy cowl neck.

More Free Crochet Patterns

The Dakota Set includes crochet fingerless gloves, a bottom up hat and matching scarf. This set would make a stunning gift set for anyone on your list!

This gorgeous scarf pattern is free and fabulous!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue.

The Yarn

Thanks to WeCrochet for providing the yarn for this sweater. Wool of the Andes is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.

I’m so happy with the structure and warmth this yarn add to this sweater pattern. If you would like to substitute another yarn, you can do that.

Remember to check gauge for best results. You can read more about what gauge is and how to check it here.

Materials

  • 1100 yd/1006m-3245 yd/2967m Wool of the Andes* (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 1.76 oz/50g, 110 yd/100 m); a #4 medium weight yarn; see chart on pg 4 for yardage by size.
  • 12 (12, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 27, 34) total skeins divided as 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins mink heather (main color), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins persimmon heather (color a), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins pampas heather (color b), and 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins brass heather (color c). 
  • 4mm US size G/6 + 5mm US size H/8 hook,* or hook needed to meet gauge. See #2 in notes.
  • yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors, 6 stitch markers (optional)

Notes

  1. Please read through all notes and pattern before you begin.
  2. Please read through entire pattern and create a gauge swatch with larger hook before beginning.
  3. Pattern is for multiple sizes, where the first number given is the smallest size and the larger sizes follow in parenthesis. For example, “Ch 83 (89, 99, 105, 117, 129, 135, 144, 168)” means size x-small would chain 83 and size 4X chain 144. Where there is no size the instructions apply to all.
  4. Stitch counts are at the end of row instructions and are all inside the ( ).
  5. Ch 1 at beginning of the row does not count, start your first stitch in the same stitch.
  6. Since this sweater works from the top down, I recommend choosing the size that most closely aligns with your bust measurements, and then making adjustments from there. See Fit/Adjustments.

Construction

This pattern works from the top down in the round, with side by side increases at four points. When your sweater is wide enough, you will divide the body from the sleeves. 

The rounds are joined and turned just like working rows. The seam is at one of the increase points so it will run down the side of the sweater.

It is very helpful to keep marking your first and last stitches throughout to easily keep track.

Gauge

4”/10cm x 4”/10cm = 13 hdc x 10 rows of hdc, after blocking

Skill Level

Easy

Stitches/Abbreviations

ch(s)-chain(s)

fhdc-foundation half double crochet; you can join using this technique or with your yarn needle.

rep-repeat

hdc-half double crochet

hdc in 3rd loop

inc-increase = place 2 hdc in the same stitch

pm-place marker

sc-single crochet

sc2tog-single crochet two together

sk-skip the indicated stitch

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

SIZING

Finished Bust Sizes: 33”/85cm (XS), 36”/90.5cm (S), 40.5”/103cm (M), 44”/112.5cm (L), 49”/124.5cm (XL), 53”/134cm (2X), 58”/147cm (3X), 61.5”/156cm (4X), 64”/162.5cm (5X).

Front Length: 24.5″/62cm (XS), 25.25″/64cm (S), 27.5″/70cm (M), 28″/71cm (L), 28.75″/73cm (XL), 30″/76cm (2X), 30.75″/78cm (3X), 31.25″/79.5cm (4X), 31.5″/80cm (5X)

Back Length: 25.25″/64cm (XS), 26″/66cm (S), 28.5″/72.5cm (M), 29.5″/75cm (L), 29.5″/75cm (XL), 30.7″/ 78cm (2X), 31.5″/80cm (3X), 32.75″/83cm (4X), 33.25″/84.5cm (5X)

Armhole Depth: 6.5″/16.5cm (XS), 7.25″/18.5cm (S), 8.75″/22cm (M), 9.25″/23.5cm (L), 9.5″/24cm (XL), 10″/25.5cm (2X), 10.5″/26.5cm (3X), 10.75″/27.5cm (4X), 11.25″/28.5cm (5X)

Neck Opening: 18″/45.5cm: (XS), (S), (M), 20″/51: (L), (XL), 22″/56: (2X), (3X), 24″/61: (4X), (5X)

Fit/Adjustments

This sweater pattern works from the top down, which means it’s really easy to customize for your body. To begin with you will increase the yoke until your sweater is large enough to fit around the bust and your arms. It’s important that you check the fit here, before dividing. If you need to add/subtract more stitches and/or rows do so here.

Then you will divide into three sections: body, and two sleeves. Separate these sections and then try it on. You can adjust it here as needed. 

How/Where to adjust: 

  1. If your bust is smaller than your hips: choose the size compatible to your bust and add stitches on the sides from the waist down to a comfortable hip size. 
  2. If your bust is larger than your hips: choose the size compatible to your bust and decrease stitches on the sides from the waist down to a comfortable hip size.
  3. The armhole depth can be adjusted (before dividing) by adding/subtracting rounds. If your sleeves and body are large enough do not add more increases, just regular rows around until the armhole depth is comfortable, then divide.
  4. The sleeve width can be adjusted (after dividing) by adding/subtracting sleeve stitches. Usually a sleeve will need to decrease. I recommend decreasing gradually with simple hd2tog at the join/seam of the sleeve. To do this alternate decrease rounds with regular rounds. Try it on as you go. Mark any decreases with a stitch marker so you can match your second sleeve. If you need a wider sleeve, do the same, but increase by adding 2 hdc in the same stitch.
  5. The body circumference (bust) can be adjusted (before dividing) by continuing to increase at the raglan points. If you need more, it is easiest to go up a size in the pattern (so keep following the next size up increases). 
  6. The body circumference can also be adjusted after dividing. You may want to add some waist shaping, after the bust circumference is met. To do this you will decrease with hdc2tog on the sides of the body. I recommend a gradual decrease but alternating decrease rounds with regular rounds. Try it on as you go.
  7. The sweater length and sleeve length are simply a matter of adding more rounds.

Pit It

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Woman in crochet sweater with bronze, green and gold stripes.

Heather Sweater Crochet Pattern a Women's Easy Pullover

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $45

The Heather is a cozy crochet sweater pattern featuring a split cowl neck and side slit.
This easy crochet sweater is worked top down, so there’s no seaming! The top down style also makes this simple sweater easy to customize to fit your beautiful body.
This crochet sweater pattern includes 9 sizes, ranging from a finished bust size of 33” up to 64.”

Materials

  • 1100 yd/1006m-3245 yd/2967m Wool of the Andes* (100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 1.76 oz/50g, 110 yd/100 m); a #4 medium weight yarn; see chart on pg 4 for yardage by size.
  • 12 (12, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 27, 34) total skeins divided as 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins mink heather (main color), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins persimmon heather (color a), 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins pampas heather (color b), and 2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins brass heather (color c).

Tools

  • 4mm US size G/6 + 5mm US size H/8 hook,* or hook needed to meet gauge. See #2 in notes.
  • yarn needle, measuring tape, scissors, 6 stitch markers (optional)

Instructions

    In Main Color
    Start with smaller hook (4mm)
    XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

    Rnd 1. Fhdc 72 (72, 72, 80, 80, 88, 88, 96, 96), being careful not to twist, join with a sl st to first st and turn. If you are unfamiliar with foundation stitches you can chain 73 (73, 73, 81, 81, 89, 89, 97, 97) and hdc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, join with a sl st and turn.
    (72, 72, 72, 80, 80, 88, 88, 96, 96 sts) If you find the neckline to be too tight, try reworking it with the larger hook size.

    Switch to larger hook (5mm)
    Rnd 2. Ch 1, inc, hdc 10 (10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16), inc, pm in 2nd st, inc, pm in first st, hdc 22 (22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28), inc, pm in 2nd st, inc, pm in first st, hdc 10 (10, 10, 12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16), inc, pm in 2nd st, inc, pm in first st, hdc 22 (22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (80, 80, 80, 88, 88, 96, 96, 104, 104 sts)

    Move the stitch marker up to the corresponding st of the next row, here and throughout.

    Rnd 3. Ch 1, inc, hdc 24 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30), inc, inc, (pm in middle two inc sts for each set), hdc 12 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18), inc, inc, hdc 24 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30), inc, inc, hdc 12 (12, 12, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn.
    (88, 88, 88, 96, 96, 104, 104, 112, 112 sts)

    Rnd 4. Ch 1, inc, hdc 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20), inc, inc, hdc 26 (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32), inc, inc, hdc 14 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20), inc, inc, hdc 26 (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (96, 96, 96, 104, 104, 112, 112, 120, 120 sts)Rnd 5. Ch 1, inc, hdc 28 (28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34), inc, inc, hdc 16 (16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22), inc, inc, hdc 28 (28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34), inc, inc, hdc 16 (16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (104, 104, 104, 112, 112, 120, 120, 128, 128 sts)

    Rnd 6. Ch 1, inc, hdc 18 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24), inc, inc, hdc 30 (30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36), inc, inc, hdc 18 (18, 18, 20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24), inc, inc, hdc 30 (30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (112, 112, 112, 120, 120, 128, 128, 136, 136 sts)

    Rnd 7. Ch 1, inc, hdc 32 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36. 38, 38), inc, inc, hdc 20 (20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26), inc, inc, hdc 32 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36. 38, 38), inc, inc, hdc 20 (20, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (120, 120, 120, 128, 128, 136, 136, 144, 144 sts)

    Rnd 8. Ch 1, inc, hdc 22 (22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28), inc, inc, hdc 34 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40), inc, inc, hdc 22 (22, 22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28), inc, inc, hdc 34 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40) inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (128, 128, 128, 136, 136, 144, 144, 152, 152 sts)

    Rnd 9. Ch 1, inc, hdc 36 (36, 36 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42), inc, inc, hdc 24 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30), inc, inc, hdc 36 (36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42), inc, inc, hdc 24 (24, 24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (136, 136, 136, 144, 144, 152, 152, 160, 160 sts)

    Rnd 10. Ch 1, inc, hdc 26 (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32), inc, inc, hdc 38 (38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44), inc, inc, hdc 26 (26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32), inc, inc, hdc 38 (38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (144, 144, 144, 152, 152, 160, 160, 168, 168 sts)

    Rnd 11. Ch 1, inc, hdc 40 (40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46), inc, inc, hdc 28 (28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34), inc, inc, hdc 40 (40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46), inc, inc, hdc 28 (28, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (152, 152, 152, 160, 160, 168, 168, 176, 176 sts)

    Rnd 12. Ch 1, inc, hdc 30 (30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36), inc, inc, hdc 42 (42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48), inc, inc, hdc 30 (30, 30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36), inc, inc, hdc 42 (42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (160, 160, 160, 168, 168, 176, 176, 184, 184 sts)

    Rnd 13. Ch 1, inc, hdc 44 (44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), inc, inc, hdc 32 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38), inc, inc, hdc 44 (44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), inc, inc, hdc 32 (32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (168, 168, 168, 176, 176, 184, 184, 192, 192 sts)

    Rnd 14. Ch 1, inc, hdc 34 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40), inc, inc, hdc 46 (46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52), inc, inc, hdc 34 (34, 34, 36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40), inc, inc, hdc 46 (46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (176, 176, 176, 184, 184, 192, 192, 200, 200 sts)

    Rnd 15. Ch 1, inc, hdc 48 (48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52, 54, 54), inc, inc, hdc 36 (36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42), inc, inc, hdc 48 (48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52, 54, 54), inc, inc, hdc 36 (36, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (184, 184, 184, 192, 192, 200, 200, 208, 2o8 sts)

    Rnd 16. Ch 1, inc, hdc 38 (38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44), inc, inc, hdc 50 (50, 50, 52, 52, 54, 54, 56, 56), inc, inc, hdc 38 (38, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44), inc, inc, hdc 50 (50, 50, 52, 52, 54, 54, 56, 56), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (192, 192, 192, 200, 200, 208, 208, 216, 216 sts)

    XS stop here, go to Divide. (192 total = 42 sleeve, 54 body, 42 sleeve, 54 body)

    Here's how the yoke looks as it works upRaglan yoke on crochet sweater top down.

    Here our join is between the increasesRaglan increases at the join.

    The yoke is folded over to show how the body and sleeve will separateFolded over the yoke shows neck and arms.

    (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) Only
    Rnd 17. Ch 1, inc, hdc (52, 52, 54, 54, 56, 56, 58, 58), inc, inc, hdc (40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46), inc, inc, hdc (52, 52, 54, 54, 56, 56, 58, 58), inc, inc, hdc (40, 40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (200, 200, 208, 208, 216, 216, 224, 224 sts)

    Rnd 18. Ch 1, inc, hdc (42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48), inc, inc, hdc (54, 54, 56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60), inc, inc, hdc (42, 42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48, 48), inc, inc, hdc (54, 54, 56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (208, 208, 216, 216, 224, 224, 232, 232 sts)

    S stop here, go to Divide. (208 sts = 46 sleeve, 58 body, 46 sleeve, 58 body sts)

    (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) follow Rnd 19.Rnd 19. Ch 1, inc, hdc (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62, 62), inc, inc, hdc (44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), inc, inc, hdc (56, 58, 58, 60, 60, 62, 62), inc, inc, hdc (44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (216, 224, 224, 232, 232, 240, 240 sts)

    M follow Rnd 20a. M is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.
    All other sizes follow Rnd 20b.

    M only
    Rnd 20a. Ch 1, hdc 48, inc, hdc 58, inc, hdc 48, inc, hdc 58, inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (220 sts)

    (L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 20b. Ch 1, inc, hdc (48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52), inc, inc, hdc (60, 60, 62, 62, 64, 64), inc, inc, hdc (48, 48, 50, 50, 52, 52), inc, inc, hdc (60, 60, 62, 62, 64, 64), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (232, 232, 240, 240, 248, 248 sts)

    M, L follow Rnd 21a. L is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.
    All other sizes follow Rnd 21b.

    (M, L)
    Rnd 21a. Ch 1, inc, hdc (60, 62), inc, hdc (48, 52), inc, hdc (60, 62), inc, hdc (48, 52), join with a sl st to first st and turn. (224, 236 sts)

    (XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 21b. Ch 1, inc, hdc (62, 64, 64, 66, 66), inc, inc, hdc (50, 52, 52, 54, 54), inc, inc, hdc (62, 64, 64, 66, 66), inc, inc, hdc (50, 52, 52, 54, 54), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (240, 248, 248, 256, 256 sts)

    M, L follow Rnd 22a.
    All other sizes follow Rnd 22b.


    (M, L)
    Rnd 22a. Ch 1, hdc (48, 52), inc, hdc (62, 64), inc, hdc (48, 52), inc, hdc (62, 64), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (228, 240 sts)

    (XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 22b. Ch 1, inc, hdc (52, 54, 54, 56, 56), inc, inc, hdc (64, 66, 66, 68, 68), inc, inc, hdc (52, 54, 54, 56, 56), inc, inc, hdc (64, 66, 66, 68, 68), inc, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (248, 256, 256, 264, 264 sts)

    M stop here, go to Divide. (228 sts = 48 sleeve, 66 body, 48 sleeve, 66 body)
    XL is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.

    Now we will increase with 3 hdc in the same st.
    L, XL follow Rnd 23a.
    All others follow Rnd 23b.

    (L, XL)
    Rnd 23a. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (66, 66), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (52, 56), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 66), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (52, 56), join with a sl st to first st and turn. (248, 256 sts)

    (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 23b. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (68, 68, 70, 70), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (56, 56, 58, 58), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (68, 68, 70, 70), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (56, 56, 58, 58), 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (272, 272, 280, 280 sts)

    L stop here, go to Divide. (248 sts = 72 body, 52 sleeve, 72 body, 52 sleeve)
    2X is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.

    XL, 2X follow Rnd 24a.
    3X follow Rnd 24b.

    (XL, 2X)
    Rnd 24a. Ch 1, hdc (56, 62), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (70, 72), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (56, 62), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (70, 72), 3 hdc in next st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (264, 280 sts)

    (3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 24b. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (60, 62, 62), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (72, 74, 74), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (60, 62, 62), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, (72, 74, 74), 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (288, 296, 296 sts)
    3x is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.

    XL, 2X, 3X follow Rnd 25a.
    4X, 5X follow Rnd 25b.(XL, 2X, 3X)
    Rnd 25a. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (74, 76, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (56, 62, 66), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (74, 76, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (56, 62, 66), join with a sl st to first st and turn. (272, 288, 296 sts)

    XL stop here, go to Divide. (272 sts = 80 body, 56 sleeve, 80 body, 56 sleeve)

    (4X, 5X)
    Rnd 25b. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (78, 78), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 66), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (78, 78), 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 66), 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (312, 312 sts)

    4X is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.

    2X, 3X, 4X follow Rnd 26a.
    5X follow Rnd 26b.

    (2X, 3X, 4X)
    Rnd 26a. Ch 1, hdc (62, 66, 72), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (80, 80, 82), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (62, 66, 72), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (80, 80, 82), 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (296, 304, 320 sts)

    2X stop here, go to Divide. (296 sts = 62 sleeve, 86 body, 62 sleeve, 86 body)

    5X
    Rnd 26b. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc 70, 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 82, 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 70, 3 hdc in next st, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 82, 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (328 sts)

    5X is done increasing for sleeves, and will now only increase for the body.

    (3X, 4X, 5X)
    Rnd 27. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc (84, 86, 86), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 72, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (84, 86, 86), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 72, 76), join with a sl st to first st and turn. (312, 328, 336 sts)

    Rnd 28. Ch 1, hdc (66, 72, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (88, 90, 90), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (66, 72, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (88, 90, 90), 3 hdc in last st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (320, 336, 344 sts)

    3X stop here, go to Divide. (320 sts = 66 sleeve, 94 body, 66 sleeve, 94 body) 4X, 5X
    Rnd 29. Ch 1, hdc (94, 94), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (72, 76), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (94, 94), 3 hdc in next st, hdc (72, 76), 3 hdc in next st, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (344, 352 sts)

    4X stop here, go to Divide. (344 sts = 72 sleeves, 100 body, 72 sleeves, 100 body)

    5X
    Rnd 30. Ch 1, 3 hdc in same st, hdc 98, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 76, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 98, 3 hdc in next st, hdc 76, join with a sl st to first st and turn. (360 sts)

    5X go to Divide. (360 sts = 104 body, 76 sleeves, 104 body, 76 sleeves)

    Divide
    To divide you will skip the sleeve stitches and just continue around on the body stitches. You can see how to divide the body and sleeves in this short video. Please note this is a different sweater pattern, but the same process.
    Some sizes will start with body sts and some will start with skipping sleeve sts.
    Once you have completed the divide row below, try it on to check for fit. Here is where you can simply add more rounds with or without increase stitches to fit your bust and arms.

    Row 1a. Ch 1, hdc 54 (58, 66, 86, 94), sk 42 (46, 48, 62, 66) sts (these will be a sleeve), hdc 54 (58, 66, 86, 94), (the first hdc of this set will “join” the front and back of the sweater together-see second picture above), sk last 42 (46, 48, 62, 66) sts (the other sleeve) and join with a sl st to first st and turn. (108, 116, 132, 172, 188 sts)

    (L, XL, 4X, 5X)
    Row 1b. Sk (52, 56, 72, 76) sts (these will be a sleeve), hdc (72, 80, 100, 104) (the first hdc of this set will “join” the front and back of the sweater together-see second picture above), sk (52, 56, 72, 76) sts (the other sleeve), hdc (72, 80, 100, 104) and join with a sl st to first st and turn. (144, 160, 200, 208 sts)

    Body
    Row count starts over.
    Striping is as follows:
    Rnds 1-14. In Main Color.
    Rnds 15-23. In Color A. (9 Rnds)
    Rnds 24-32. In Color B. (9 Rnds before Side Split)

    Rnd 1. Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st around, join with a sl st to first st and turn. 108 (116, 132, 144, 160, 172, 188, 200, 208 sts)

    Rows 2-32. Rep Row 1, or to desired length. If you would like to do any waist shaping, use hdc2tog to decrease stitches on the sides. If you would like to do any hip increases, use 2 hdc in the same stitch on the sides. I usually recommend gradual changes, by alternating with regular rounds in between. Try it on for fit.

    Side view of crochet sweater with side split on hem.

    Side Split
    Front
    In Color C
    Work only front half of stitches. Be sure your raglan join seam is on the back of the sweater.

    Row 1. Ch 1, starting in same st, work 54 (58, 66, 72, 80, 86, 94, 100, 104) hdc, turn. (54, 58, 66, 72, 80, 86, 94, 100, 104 sts)

    Rows 2-13 (13, 15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 17, 17). Rep Row 1, or to desired length. = 5.25”/13.5cm (5.25”/13.5cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 6.75”/17cm, 6.75”/17cm, 6.75”/17cm, 6.75”/17cm)
    For a longer side split, work more rows to your desired length. Cut yarn.

    Back
    In Color C
    Join yarn to first st on back of sweater (be sure to work in the correct direction)-you should be looking at the wrong side of the hdc (it has the horizontal line) row you’re working into. The back is slightly longer than the front here.

    Row 1. Ch 1, starting in same st, work 54 (58, 66, 72, 80, 86, 94, 100, 104) hdc, turn. (54, 58, 66, 72, 80, 86, 94, 100, 104 sts)

    Rows 2-15 (15, 17, 17, 17, 19, 19, 21, 21). Rep Row 1. or to desired length. = 6”/15cm (6”/15cm, 6.75”/17cm, 6.75”/17cm, 6.75”/17cm, 7.5”/19cm, 7.5”/19cm, 8.5”/21.5cm, 8.5”/21.5cm) For a longer side split, work more rows to your desired length.

    Continue from where you are, sc evenly around both side split and last rows, join with a sl st and cut yarn.

    Sleeves
    All sizes are written for the same length of 18”/45.5cm from the join. Please adjust your sleeve length to your desire. Remember sleeves tend to lengthen over time. Some sizes will need to decrease sleeve width, see notes below for more details. Sleeve width at join: 13"/33cm (XS), 14"/35.5cm (S), 14.75"/37.5cm (M), 16"/40.5cm (L), 17.25"/44cm (XL), 19"/48.5cm (2X), 20.25"/51.5cm (3X), 22"/56cm (4X), 23.25"/59cm (5X)

    Sleeve striping is as follows: in Color C for 9 rnds, Color B for 9 rnds and Color A for 9 rnds, finishing in Main Color.

    Join yarn with sl st at the underarm. Again make sure you’re working in the correct direction-you should be looking at the wrong side of the hdc row you’re working into.

    Row 1. Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st around, join with a sl st to first st and turn. 42 (46, 48, 52, 56, 62, 66, 72, 76 sts) There will be a small hole at the underarm row 1 join. Just use your yarn tail to sew it closed.

    Rows 2-45. Rep row 1, or until desired sleeve length is reached.
    If you would like to adjust your sleeve width here do so now. If you need more width for the sleeves, increase with 2 hdc in the same st at the join seam. Try it on for fit. To decrease use a hdc2tog close to the join seam. To gradually taper your sleeve decrease 1 stitch on each round.

    Decreasing Round: Ch 1, hdc in first st, hdc2tog, hdc in each st around, join with a sl st to first st and turn.
    Rep this row until sleeve width (when laid flat) is 6.5-8.5” wide, or to desired width. Once your sleeve is decreased to your width, continue with Row 1 reps if you still need more sleeve length.

    Last row. Ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, join with a sl st to first st. Cut yarn.
    Rep on other sleeve.

    Cowl Neck

    This cowl neck is worked in hdc ribbing, if your yarn is very soft you may consider using a sc ribbing or go down a hook size to give it a little more structure.


    In Main Color
    With sweater right side out, join yarn on neckline where you want the split open in your cowl neck. I joined at the front left (when wearing) raglan seam.
    Row 1 will be the height of your cowl neck. You will crochet stitches away from the neckline and then work back into them and join these two rows to the neckline, turn and repeat.

    *If you find this technique too fussy, then you can crochet a rectangle separately, and sew it around the neck. Without joining on the neckline, just follow Row 1 and hdc in the 3rd loop for each row until your rectangle is 86 (86, 86, 97, 97, 105, 108, 116, 116) rows long = 21.5”/55cm (21.5”/55cm, 21.5”/55cm, 24.25”/62cm, 24.25”/62cm, 26.25”/67cm, 27”/69cm, 29”/74cm, 29”/74cm).Direction of work for adding cowl.

    Row 1. Fhdc 20 (20, 20, 24, 24, 24, 28, 28, 28) = 5”/13cm (5”/13cm, 5”/13cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 7”/18cm, 7”/18cm, 7”/18cm) and go to Row 2.
    OR Ch 21 (21, 21, 25, 25, 25, 29, 29, 29) hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, join the ribbing with a sc2tog to the two neckline rows where you are, turn. See how to do this in my joining ribbing tutorial. Go to Row 3.

    Row 2. Ch 1, hdc in 3rd loop of each st back across the row, join the ribbing to the neck with a sc2tog in the two neckline sts where you are (start right below your row and finish in the next st), turn. See how to do this in my joining ribbing tutorial.

    Row 3. Ch 1, hdc in 3rd loop of each st back across the row, turn.

    Keep repeating Rows 2-3 around the neckline. When you get all the way around, continue repeating Row 3 without joining the rows to the sweater for 14 (14, 14, 17, 17, 17, 20, 20, 20) more rows = 5”/13cm (5”/13cm, 5”/13cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 6”/15cm, 7”/18cm, 7”/18cm, 7”/18cm),. 

    After the last row, bring the flap under the first part of the cowl. Then use a sl st to secure the last row underneath the first part of the cowl so they overlap, and will “split” open when worn. Where to attach cowl neck.

    Try it on here to be sure the cowl neck sits flat for you. You may need additional rows to help is spread out. The cowl really needs to overlap quite a bit to sit right. Cut yarn weave in all ends. Finished sweater in autumn stripes.

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