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Stigler Sweater, a Free Women’s Crochet Sweater Pattern

Textured women's crochet sweater in sizes from XS to 5X

Stigler Sweater is a women’s crochet sweater pattern that is free! It is written in sizes from XS to 5X, so if you are looking for a crochet plus size top, or a crochet small size top, this is the one!

It is crocheted in Berroco Remix (affiliate link), which is a worsted weight yarn made completely of recycled fibers. It is 30% nylon, 27% cotton, 24% acrylic, 10% silk, and 9% linen. I used color #3930 Smoke. You will need 4 to 7 skeins, depending on the size of sweater you plan to make.

The stitch pattern that I used in this design does not lend itself well to working in the round. So I decided to make this sweater in pieces and seam them together at the end. I thought this would provide a wonderful opportunity to teach others how to sew together a crochet garment. Stay tuned for a tutorial video to demonstrate this skill!

The free pattern for the Stigler Sweater is here in this post. If you prefer a PDF with schematic included, you can purchase that at one of the links below.

Buy the PDF on Ravelry. Click here!

Buy the PDF on Etsy. Click here!

Buy the PDF on LoveCrafts. Click here!

As with all my patterns, please do not make copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own.

Back of women's crochet sweater pattern from Banana Moon Studio

Stigler Sweater

By April Garwood

Difficulty Level Intermediate

Available Sizes XS [S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X]. Size pictured is the 2X.

Finished Measurements Bust circumference 32 ½ [36 ¼, 39 ¾, 43 ½, 47 ¼, 51, 54 ¾, 58 ½, 62 ¼] inches; Length from hem to shoulder 23 [24, 24, 24 ¾, 24 ¾, 24 ¾, 24 ¾, 25 ¾, 25 ¾] inches.

Yarn Berroco Remix (30% nylon, 27% cotton, 24% acrylic, 10% silk, 9% linen; 216 yds [200 m]; 3.5 oz [100 g]; CYCA weight: 4 Medium): Color #3930, 4 [5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7] skeins.

Crochet Hook J/10 [6 mm] and K/10 ½ [6.5 mm], or sizes needed to obtain gauge.

Notions Yarn needle

Gauge With larger hook 4 patt reps x 9 rows = about 4” [10 cm]

Pattern stitch for main body of sweater (for reference only. Do not start your sweater here): Sedge Stitch 2 (p. 51 of Basic Crochet Stitches; edited by Erika Knight).

Ch a multiple of 3 + 2

Row 1 (Sc, 2 dc) in second ch from hook, *sk 2 chs, (sc, 2 dc) in next ch, repeat from * to last 3 chs, sk 2 chs, sc in last ch, turn.

Row 2 Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, turn.

Repeat Row 2 for pattern.

Sweater

Front Ribbing

With smaller hook ch 57 [63, 69, 75, 81, 87, 93, 99, 105].

Row 1 (WS) Dc in 3rd ch from hook (ch 2 does not count as a st), dc in each ch across, turn – 55 [61, 67, 73, 79, 85, 91, 97, 103] sts.

Row 2 Ch 2, hdc in first st, *Fpdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from * across, turn.

Row 3 Ch 2, hdc in first st, *Bpdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from * across, turn.

Rows 4-5 Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Main Body of Front Panel

Row 1 (RS) With larger hook ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, (1 patt rep completed), *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, turn – 18 [20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34] patt reps.

Repeat Row 1 until you have worked 34 [34, 34, 34, 34, 32, 32, 30, 30] rows in Sedge Stitch.

Front Armhole Shaping

Row 1 (RS) Sl st in first 3 [3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6] sts, (sl st, ch 1, sc, 2 dc) in next st, *sk 2 sts**, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 4 [4, 4, 4, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7] sts, ending last rep at **, sc in next st, turn leaving rem sts unworked – 16 [18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30] patt reps.

Sizes S-5X only Work X [1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5] decrease rows by alternating the following two rows.

WS Decrease Row Ch 1, sk first st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 4 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn.

RS Decrease Row Ch 1, sk first st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, repeat from * across to last 5 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn.

All Sizes 16 [16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 20, 20] patt reps remain.

Work 5 [6, 5, 7, 7, 9, 8, 11, 10] rows even in Sedge St.

Front Left Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4] times, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, turn, leaving rem sts unworked – 4 [4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6] patt reps.

Work 5 rows even in Sedge St.

Left Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (RS) Ch 1, sl st in first 5 [5, 5, 5, 5, 8, 8, 8, 8] sts, ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts, 2 dc in same st as second leg of decrease, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, turn – 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] patt reps.

Row 2 Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, sk 2 sts, Sizes L-5X only (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, All Sizes sc2tog over next 2 sts – 1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] patt reps. Fasten off.

Front Right Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, skip 8 patt reps across last row of front panel, (join with sl st, ch 1, sc, 2 dc) in sc of last skipped patt rep, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, sc in last st, turn – 4 [4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6] patt reps.

Work 5 rows even in Sedge St.

Right Shoulder Shaping

Row 1 (RS) Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * 0 [0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] time, sk 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn, leaving rem sts unworked – 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] patt reps.

Row 2 Ch 1, sk first st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, repeat from * to last st, sc in last st – 1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] patt reps. Fasten off.

Crochet sweater pattern free from Banana Moon Studio

Back Ribbing

Work same as for Front Ribbing.

Main Body of Sweater Back

Work same as for Main Body of Front Panel.

Back Armhole Shaping

Work decrease rows same as for Front Armhole Shaping. Work 11 [12, 11, 13, 13, 15, 14, 17, 16] rows even in Sedge Stitch.

Back Right Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) Ch 1, sl st in first 5 [5, 5, 5, 5, 8, 8, 8, 8] sts, ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts, 2 dc in same st as second leg of decrease, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * 0 [0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] time, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, turn, leaving rem sts unworked – 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] patt reps.

Row 2 Ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) in first st, sk 2 sts, Sizes L-5X only (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, All Sizes sc2tog over next 2 sts – 1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] patt reps. Fasten off.

Back Left Shoulder

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, skip 8 patt reps across last row of back panel, (join with sl st, ch 1, sc, 2 dc) in sc of last skipped patt rep, *sk 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * 0 [0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] times, sk 2 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn, leaving rem sts unworked – 2 [2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3] patt reps.

Row 2 Ch 1, sk first st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, repeat from * 0 [0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1] times, sc in last st – 1 [1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] patt reps. Fasten off.

Sleeve (make 2)

Ch 38 [44, 44, 50, 50, 56, 62, 68, 68].

Rows 1-5 Work even in Sedge Stitch, turn – 12 [14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 20, 22, 22] patt reps.

Row 6 (RS) Sl st in first 3 [3, 3, 3, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6] sts, (sl st, ch 1, sc, 2 dc) in next st, *sk 2 sts**, (sc, 2 dc) in next st, repeat from * to last 4 [4, 4, 4, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7] sts, ending last rep at **, sc in next st, turn leaving rem sts unworked – 10 [12, 12, 14, 12, 14, 16, 18, 18] patt reps.

Rows 7-9 Work even in Sedge Stitch.

Row 10 (decrease row) Ch 1, sk first st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, rep from * to last 4 sts, sc in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn – 8 [10, 10, 12, 10, 12, 14, 16, 16]

Row 11 (even row) Ch 1, sk first st, *(sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk 2 sts, repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, turn.

Work 0 [0, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0, 0] more rows even in Sedge Stitch.

Alternate repeating Rows 10 and 11 for a total of 13 [15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 19, 20, 20] rows – 6 patt reps.

Finishing

Seaming tips! When seaming crochet pieces, don’t place your yarn needle through large holes in the fabric. The seaming stitches will pull those open, making them look bigger. Instead, place your needle through the middle of stitches, but always under at least two strands of yarn. When working along the sides of the sweater, or the underarms, work at least one full stitch in from the edge. When seaming the shoulders, working through the tops of the stitches is fine. Stay tuned! I will have a tutorial video out soon to help with seaming.

Place front and back panels side by side with RS facing, lining up side edges. Using yarn and yarn needle, sew side seam with mattress stitch. Fold each panel in half to bring the other side edges together with RS facing and seam with mattress stitch.

Turn sweater WS out and line up shoulders. Using a back stitch, seam shoulders.

Bring underarm of each sleeve together with RS facing and seam underarms with mattress stitch.

With sweater WS out and sleeve RS out, place one sleeve inside the sweater, lining up side seam of sweater with underarm seam of sleeve, and center of sleeve cap with shoulder seam of sweater. Secure sleeve with clips, safety pins, or locking stitch markers. Using a whipstitch, sew sleeve into sweater.

Weave in all ends. Enjoy!

*Many thanks to Betty Zgames and Isabela Sop for their feedback as testers!

As with all my patterns, please do not make copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own.

Would you prefer the PDF with included schematic? You can get that at one of the links below.

Buy the PDF on Ravelry. Click here!

Buy the PDF on Etsy. Click here!

Buy the PDF on LoveCrafts. Click here!

Happy crocheting!

April

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Women's crochet sweater pattern free from Banana Moon Studio

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4 thoughts on “Stigler Sweater, a Free Women’s Crochet Sweater Pattern”

  1. Hi!! The Ravelry link isn’t working. I did a search and the sweater didn’t come up. I also went to your page and didn’t see it under your designs. Just letting you know.

    This sweater is very pretty by the way. Thank you for sharing the pattern and all of your beautiful work.
    Maria

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