This blog post is for any crochet beginners that doesn’t know how to crochet a sweater. It’s also for anyone who feels like crocheting a sweater is a reach & that’s it’s so complex that you would never accomplish it.
Good news, I’m going to teach you step-by-step how easy it can be.
BELIEVES ABOUT CROCHETING SWEATERS:
When you learn crochet you often start by learning the most basic crochet stitches, & that’s fine. You also get going on some crochet projects within the beginner skill level, those are often smaller projects that doesn’t really excite you. At least if I’ve gotten this right.
If you fall in love with crochet you stick to what you know, & continue making those smaller projects month after month & then months turn into years.
But you could have stepped out of you comfort zone much earlier & gotten better self esteem when it comes to crochet earlier too!
That’s why I’m teaching how to crochet a sweater for you today, because after making a garment for yourself, you break down barriers & will more easily step into bigger crochet projects with an open mind!
WHAT TYPES OF CROCHET SWEATERS ARE GOOD TO START WITH?
When you do start crocheting sweaters for the first time, I would recommend that you start with a sweater that’s easy to make. The biggest reason for that is that I believe that starting out with a fairly simple crochet sweater, makes it easy to finish & don’t give up. Next you’ll also have one sweater on your “I’ve made that” list, & can step into the next challenge faster.
Because if you’d like a steep learning curve, making a lot & challenging yourself for each project is a must.
So what’s those easy crochet sweaters?
- It should have skill level beginner.
- It should contain mostly basic crochet stitches.
- It shouldn’t have too many increases or decreases.
- If it has increases or decreases it should be basic ones.
- It should be made up of easy shapes, like squares/rectangles & trapezes.
But isn’t it too hard?
No, I’ll definitely say no! Because making a crochet sweater doesn’t have to be more complex that making anything else.
If you think about making a dishcloth, you might immediately think that’s the easiest thing in the world. The same goes for squares for blankets. Even if i throw in the whole blanket you might say it’s beginner friendly & easy.
But crochet sweaters aren’t that different. Because often times if you do make sweaters that are made in 4 parts, 1 for the front, 1 for the back & 2 for the arms, all of these can be made with just simple shapes.
You’ll have 1 rectangle for the front, 1 rectangle for the back, or slightly shaped rectangles. Then there’s the option between shaped & unshaped arms, where the arm’s can be rectangles or trapezes.
If you think about it like that it certainly doesn’t seem that hard?
BUT I CAN’T READ CROCHET PATTERNS, SO SWEATER CROCHET PATTERNS AREN’T FOR ME!
Well, once more I’d have to disagree with you. Because learning to read crochet patterns is such a valuable skill for any crocheter, so I’d definitely set of time to learn reading crochet patterns.
If you’re not familiar with reading crochet patterns, I’ve got a guide for you right here:
Related: Learn to read crochet patterns.
But you might believe that crochet patterns for sweaters are much more complex than for other patterns. My answer is “Yes” & “No”.
“Yes” goes for the most complex crochet sweaters, that you find within skill levels intermediate & advanced.
Finally all patterns is about the same thing – telling you exactly what to do to make what you see in the picture!
HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER – THE STEPS TO TAKE:
So after changing how you view the challenge of making a crochet sweater, I’m sure you’re definitely not as scared as you where when you started reading this post. At least that’s my goal.
If you’re ready to jump into making your first crochet sweater (or one of your first), I’m going to teach you the first steps you’ll have to take.
- Start by finding a crochet pattern you’d like to make + the yarn for It
- Read every part of the crochet pattern carefully
- Make a test square & decide on size
- Follow the instructions step by step & don’t be frustrated if you have to frog.
- Assemble all the pieces of your sweater.
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HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER STEP 1 – FINDING A CROCHET PATTERN + YARN:
The first step is to find a crochet pattern you’d like to make. The easiest option for making your first crochet sweater is to find a crochet pattern that suggests a yarn that you can get your hands on. That means it’s much easier for you to follow the pattern & you don’t have to make any adjustments for it.
The crochet pattern should be withing skill level beginner or at the highest easy. It shouldn’t contain any fancy stitches, but easy basic stitches, which makes it easier to follow. If you do find a pattern with increases or decreases, they shouldn’t be to complex. Finally it’s easiest to start with a sweater crochet pattern that contains easy shapes, like rectangles, squares & trapezes.
HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER STEP 2 – READ THE PATTERN CAREFULLY
After you’ve grabbed your pattern & yarn, but before you dive into crocheting it, I’d suggest you start by reading through your crochet pattern carefully. Make sure you know every single detail & familiarize yourself with what’s to come.
It’s better to discover something before you start, than to realize you’ve made a mistake because you thought you where crocheting one part, but was actually on another part.
Set of this time, because it’s worth it in the long run.
HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER STEP 3 – MAKE A TEST SQUARE & DECIDE ON SIZE
The next step is to make a test square. The reason why you do this is to check if your gauge fit’s the crochet patterns gauge. If it’s a 100 % match, you’re lucky & doesn’t have to make any changes.
If you gauge doesn’t match, you can try to go up or down in crochet hook to see if it matches then.
After getting the gauge right, you can check the measurements included in the pattern, to see what size would fit you. Remember to think about ease, so you don’t make a sweater that’s to fitted or too loose.
HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER STEP 4 – FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS + DON’T GET FRUSTRATED
Now it’s finally time to start following the instructions & start crocheting. This is a time where you need to be patient & try not to get frustrated.
If the pattern has the features I talked about in step 1, there’s a good chance you won’t get frustrated at all. However sometimes, to succeed, you’ll need to go through a challenge.
Be prepared to frog what you’re making a few times to make it perfect. It’s worth it.
Resource: Woman’s Garment Size Calculator
HOW TO CROCHET A SWEATER STEP 5 – ASSEMBLE ALL THE PIECES OF YOUR SWEATER
The final step is to assemble all the pieces of your sweater. You’ve got to options right now.
- Sew it together with a needle.
- Crochet it together with a crochet hook.
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Resource: Free Yarn Calculators
I really hope you enjoyed this blog post & that you’re ready to make a crochet sweater. If you do have any questions, make sure you comment to let me know!