A beginner friendly crochet sweater top project
I promised everyone more drunken granny stitch projects after my last stitch tutorial, and this weeks Lacy Crochet Sweater Top delivers.
I have been swamped lately and this crochet sweater top had to be put to the side for bit. That’s certainly a good thing, as pursuing crochet as a passion and a vocation is my dream, but I sometimes bite off more than I can probably chew and then get to chewing. Back to the sweater top.
It’s a very simple, beginner friendly two panel project. When it’s finished and looking really cute, no one will believe how easy it was.
I used Ice Yarns Summer Time in an olive color for this one. It’s a 79% cotton and 21% Viscose blend, and it’s beautiful and smooth. Great for summer. As always, you can substitute the yarn for this pattern, just make sure to check the gauge first.
If you’d like this or any of my patterns in the ad free, printable/downloadable PDF version witht the step by step photo instructions, it can be found at the links below.
If you’re ambitious and would like to hand make your own matching handbag for this top, you’re going to love this Mini Crocodile Stitch Handbag. I actually use mine all the time lately. It’s a great little bag for summer.
- #3 Light/DK weight yarn
- I used Ice Yarns Summer Time #3 Light/DK Weight yarn|123 meters/134 yards per ball
- Crochet hook size 5 mm
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers
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Stitches Use & Code
- ch = chain
- st = stitch(es)
- dc = double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sp = space
- sk = skip
- sl st = slip stitch
- REP = repeat
- Drunken granny stitch = ( 3 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, All into same st )
- Picot = ch 3, sl st into the back bump of the first ch that you did
- RS = right side
- WS = wrong side
- ” = inches
- This crochet pattern is made as US women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
- This crochet pattern is made in two panels ( Front and back panels are made the same )
- This crochet summer top is made from the bottom up
- In this picture I have demonstrated with size small
- This crochet summer top is in a multiples of 5 + 4 ch
Yarn needed : 720( 780, 860, 920, 1,000, 1,060 ) Yards
Gauge blocked : 3 Drunken granny st X 6 rows = 4″
Measurements ( After blocked )
- XS = 18.66″ Width across back X 16.66″ Length
- S = 21.33″ Width across back X 16.66″ Length
- M = 24″ Width across back X 18″ Length
- L = 26.66″ Width across back X 18″ Length
- XL = 29.33″ Width across back X 19.33″ Length
- XXL = 32″ Width across back X 19.33″ Length
Lacy Crochet Sweater Top Pattern
Panels ( Make 2 )
Row 1 ( RS ) : ch 74( 84, 94, 104, 114, 124 ), sk 5 ch ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), 1 Drunken granny st into next ch, *sk 4 ch, 1 Drunken granny st into next ch* REP from *TO* until you have 3 ch left, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into last ch. Total of 14( 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 ) Drunken granny st
Row 2 ( WS ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Drunken granny st into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into the fifth ch that we sk on row 1. Total of 14( 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 ) Drunken granny st
Row 3 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Drunken granny st into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into the third ch. Total of 14( 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 ) Drunken granny st
Row 4 – Row 12( 12, 14, 12, 14, 14 ) REP Row 3
If you want a shorter top, just make less rows. If you want a longer top, just keep repeating row 3 more times before making the sleeves.
Set up row for the sleeves
After you reach the end of row 12( 12, 14, 12, 14, 14 ), make 44 ch for all the sizes and then cut the yarn. Add a new yarn into the last st on the other side and make 44 ch for all the sizes and then cut the yarn. ( Check picture below )
*If you want shorter or longer sleeves, just make less or add more ch in multiples of 5+4 ch ( Make sure both are even )
Row 13( 13, 15, 13, 15, 15 ) : Turn the RS facing up, add a new yarn into first ch then, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), sk 2 ch, 1 Drunken granny st into next ch, *sk 4 ch, 1 Drunken granny st into next ch* REP from *TO* until you reach the body part then make, 1 Drunken granny st in to each ch 2 sp across the body part then make, 1 Drunken granny st into first ch on the sleeve, *sk 4 ch, 1 Drunken granny st into next ch* REP from *TO* until you have 3 ch left, sk 2 ch, 1 dc into last ch. Total of 32( 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 ) Drunken granny st ( Check picture below )
Row 14( 14, 16, 14, 16, 16 ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Drunken granny st into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into the third ch. Total of 32( 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 ) Drunken granny st
Row 15( 15, 17, 15, 17, 17 ) – Row 24( 24, 26, 26, 28, 28 ) REP Row 14( 14, 16, 14, 16, 16 )
Row 25( 25, 27, 27, 29, 29 ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 5 dc into each of next 12( 13, 14, 15, 15, 16 ) ch 2 sp, *ch 4, ( 1 sc, Picot, 1 sc, All into next ch 2 sp )* REP from *TO* into each of next 7( 7, 7, 7, 9, 9 ) ch 2 sp, ch 4, 5 dc into each ch 2 sp across, end with 1 dc into third ch. Cut the yarn leave 40 – 60″ long tail
Sew the front and back panels together
Sew the shoulders and tops of the sleeves together
Place your panels right side facing down. We’ll sew on the wrong side, using the tails that we left earlier. Sew 61( 66, 71, 76, 76, 81 ) dc of the front and back panel together at the shoulder seam and the top of the sleeve. Use which ever method you prefer to sew. ( Check picture below )
Sew the side seams and the bottom sleeves together
Fold your top in half at the shoulder seam right side facing each other, we’ll sew on the wrong side. Cut a new strand of yarn 60 -70 inches long, enough to sew the side and the sleeve. Start sewing from the bottom up to the side seam until you reach the armpit and continue sewing the sleeve side seam until you reach the end of the sleeve, cut the yarn and weave the end. ( Check picture below )
Congratulations on your new Lacey Crochet Sweater Top!
You’ve come this far, so you’ve earned it. Wear your new custom, handmade crochet sweater top with pride 😍