crochet sweater

If you are looking at how to crochet a sweater for beginners this Pray for Peace crochet sweater is the perfect free pattern for you. This crochet sweater pattern is very easy to crochet, and a fun project to make. I think you can wear the Pray for Peace crochet sweater with just about everything.

I really love how the single crochet and the linked double crochet stitches look together, they create a solid fabric and the result is a strong, durable fabric that is ideal for crocheting sweaters. And the textured pattern will hold up very well in the washing process. But also, I think this is a great stitch for textured crochet baby blankets, dishcloths, cardigans, and so many other projects that ask for a great texture and a really good drape.

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This free pattern it’s perfect if you are looking for a textured crochet sweater that looks beautiful, elegant, and special. If you are looking for crochet sweater patterns for beginners this pattern is perfect for you. The free pattern for the Pray for Peace crochet sweater has the written instructions and the charts too.

This pattern is an easy-to-crochet sweater but is not a crochet sweater for beginners, so if you are a beginner don’t make this project your first big project until you didn’t practice the stitches first. Crochet single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, half double crochet in back loops, and linked double crochet, and be careful with your tension. The crochet tension is important when you crochet or knit, so at the beginning, you can use a crochet tension ring or a crochet tension holder.

For my Pray for Peace crochet sweater, I’ve used almost 550 g of this Pure cotton fine white (50g= 170m/ 1.76oz= 185 yards), a 4 mm hook, and a 3 mm hook for the ribbing.

cottonThis is very high-quality cotton yarn.

This yarn is made from 100% combed Turkish cotton, which is soft, flexible, and exceptionally durable. Textiles in Turkish cotton stay beautiful for many years and only get softer with use. This yarn also excels when it comes to its absorbing powers, but is quick-drying at the same time.

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The gauge for the stitch: for 10 cm (4″) with a 4 cm hook: 24 stitches x 18  rows.

The final dimension of the Pray of Peace crochet sweater, after washing and ironing/blocking it: 45 cm/17.7 inches in width (90 cm/35.4 inches in circumference) and 54 cm/22.25 inches long.

pray for peace crochet sweater

Abbreviations:

The pattern uses US crochet terminology.

ch= chain;

st= stitch;

sl.st= slip stitch;

sc= single crochet;

dc= double crochet;

ldc= linked double crochet.

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pray for peace crochet sweater
How to crochet the linked double crochet stitch:
After you crochet the first double crochet stitch crochet the linked double crochet as follows:
  1. insert the hook into the diagonal thread (bar) of the previous stitch, yarn over, and draw the loop through;
  2. insert the hook into the next chain/stitch, yarn over, and draw the loop through the chain/stitch;
  3. yarn over and draw the yarn through 2 loops;
  4. yarn over and draw the yarn through the last 2 loops from the hook.
Repeat from the beginning for the next stitch.

The Chart for the stitch:

chart

The written instructions for Pray for Peace crochet sweater:

The back panel:

Start with 102 chains;
1. Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from the hook, ldc in next chain, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
3. Row 3: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
4. Row 4: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
Repeat the pattern from row 3 until you have 79 rows or the length you want.

The neckline and shoulders:

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the back panel

First shoulder:

80. Row 80: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 37 stitches; turn for the next row.
81. Row 81: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 37 stitches.
82. Row 82: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 34 stitches.
83. Row 83: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 34 stitches.
84. Row 84: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 32 stitches.
85. Row 85: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 32 stitches.
86. Row 86:ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 31 stitches.
87. Row 87: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 31 stitches.
Cut the yarn and start the second shoulder from the inside of the neckline (see the chart).

The second shoulder:

80. Row 80: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 37 stitches; turn for the next row.
81. Row 81: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 37 stitches.
82. Row 82: slip stitch 3 times ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 34 stitches.
83. Row 83: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 34 stitches.
84. Row 84: slip stitch 2 times, ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 32 stitches.
85. Row 85: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 32 stitches.
86. Row 86:slip stitch, ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
87. Row 87: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 31 stitches.

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The front panel:

Start with 102 chains;

1. Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from the hook, ldc in next chain, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
3. Row 3: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
4. Row 4: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 100 stitches.
Repeat the pattern from row 3 until you have 73 rows or the length you want.

The neckline and shoulders:

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crochet sweater the front panel

First shoulder:

74. Row 80: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 37 stitches; turn for the next row.
75. Row 81: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 37 stitches.
76. Row 82: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 34 stitches.
77. Row 83: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 34 stitches.
78. Row 84: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 32 stitches.
79. Row 85: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 32 stitches.
80. Row 86:ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until you have 31 stitches.
81. Row 87: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 31 stitches.
82. Row 82:ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
83. Row 83: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
84. Row 84: repeat row 82;
85. Row 85: repeat row 83;
86. Row 86: repeat row 82;
87. Row 87: repeat row 83.
Cut the yarn and start the second shoulder from the inside of the neckline (see the chart).

The second shoulder: 

74. Row 74: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 37 stitches; turn for the next row.
75. Row 75: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 37 stitches.
76. Row 76: slip stitch 3 times ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, and continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 34 stitches.
77. Row 77: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 34 stitches.
78. Row 78: slip stitch 2 times, ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 32 stitches.
79. Row 79: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 32 stitches.
80. Row 80:slip stitch, ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
81. Row 81: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until you have 31 stitches.
82. Row 82:ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
83. Row 83: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 31 stitches.
84. Row 84: repeat row 82;
85. Row 85: repeat row 83;
86. Row 86: repeat row 82;
87. Row 87: repeat row 83.

Crochet single crochet stitches all around the front panel and then around the back panel. Crochet the stitches on the right side (in corners crochet 2 sc in one stitch). I like to crochet this round of single crochet because the edges look better. In addition, it’s easier to join together the two panels. Plus the neckline looks better too, and it will be easier to pick up the stitches for the collar and for the sleeves too. But you can skip this step if you like.

the edge

Cut the yarn and weave in the ends for both panels.

Sew together the front and back panels leaving enough space for the sleeves. For my sweater, I have 17 cm/6.7 inches but you can leave how much space you need. Then sew together the shoulders leaving the space for the head.  Sew the panels together using the stitch you know how to sew, you don’t need something fancy.

 

 

the sleeve

The sleeves:

Start to crochet the sleeve directly on the sweater from the underarm. Of course, you can crochet the sleeve separately and sew it on the panels when you finish it. I have 70 stitches for each sleeve. Make two sleeves repeating the same pattern.

1. Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from the hook, ldc in next chain, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row.
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row.
3. Row 3: ch 2 (don’t count as a stitch), dc in the next stitch, continue to crochet ldc until the end of the row.
4. Row 4: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch) and crochet sc in every next stitch until the end of the row.
Repeat the pattern from row 3 until you have the length you need. For my sleeve, I have 75 rows.
The next row is optional. Because I wanted to give my sleeves a kind of puff look I’ve crocheted the last row making 2sc tog in every next 2 stitches. But you can skip this row if you want your sleeves to be straight. Sew together the sleeve and start the sleeve cuff directly on the sleeve.
Row 76: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch): 2 sc tog in every next 2 sts until the end of the row. At the end of the row, you should have 35 stitches.

pray for peace-the sleeve

Sew together the sleeve and start to crochet the sleeve cuff directly on the sleeve. Use the 3 mm hook.
Crochet 21 chains.
1. Row 1: hdc in 2nd chain from the hook, continue to crochet hdc in every next chain until the end of the row. You should have 20 stitches.
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), hdc in the back loop of every next stitch until the end of the row. You should have 20 stitches.
Repeat row 2 around the sleeve until you get to the first row and sew together the edges.

 

The neckband:

Use the 3 mm hook.

1. Row 1: start with 11 chains and crochet the half double crochet starting with the second chain from the hook (you should have ten half double crochet stitches);
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), hdc in back loop in each stitch of the previous row;

Repeat row 2 around the neckline until you get to the first row and sew together the edges.

Here is the detailed video tutorial for the neckband. Please watch the tutorial to see exactly how I’m crocheting it and to see a few simple but important tips that will help you in the feature projects too. You can use the same method for the hem too.

The hem:

Use the 3mm hook.

1. Row 1: start with 16 chains and crochet the half double crochet starting with the second chain from the hook (you should have 15 half double crochet stitches);
2. Row 2: ch 1 (don’t count as a stitch), hdc in back loop in each stitch of the previous row;

Repeat row 2 around the bottom of the sweater until you get to the first row and sew together the edges.

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Here is a list of my patterns for sweaters, tops, and cardigans you might enjoy as well:

Cotton crochet sweater;

Lily of the valley knitted sweater;

Harmony crochet cardigan;

Harmony crochet long cardigan;

Crazy love top;

Cherry blossom top;

Cotton crochet top;

Crochet wild tulips top;

Crochet flower but top.

 

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