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Easy Crochet Sweater Pattern: Bead Stitch Pullover

Hi everyone. I’m exhausted from this easy crochet sweater! Not because it was difficult, it’s actually pretty easy. I ran out of yarn! You know the code red situation I’m talking about.

I was 2 balls short of this Lion Brand Jeans Vaqueros. I had no more in my stash. It was go time. Off to the yarn store(s)! 🤣

My poor husband, who looks out of place enough as it is at Joann fabrics, is such a trooper when it comes to situations like this. After driving to three different places, and him sitting on the phone in the parking lot for 45 mins, we realized it wasn’t going to happen.

But alas! I had another finished project from the same yarn stash before, so I frogged my self up a couple balls of yarn and this easy crochet sweater pattern project was saved, just barely.

Like I said, it’s an easy crochet sweater pattern. I hesitate to call it beginner because there are levels to being a beginner and it’s right at the edge of beginner/easy.

I made this easy crochet sweater pattern using the crochet bead stitch, which if you follow the link you will find a stitch tutorial on that as well. It’s good to go back and refresh your stitch knowledge.

You can find more stitch tutorials here as well. If you’re looking for more free crochet sweater patterns, you’re about to hit the mother load😉 . I’ve got a few you might like below.

1 Crochet Hoodie / 2 Crochet Pullover Sweater / 3 Crochet Crop Top Sweater

If any of these patterns catch your eye, and you’d like the ad free printable PDF versions, you can find them on all my sales channels below.

Ravelry

Lovecrafts

Etsy

Otherwise, on to the crochet sweater….

Easy Crochet Sweater Pattern Materials

#4 Medium weight yarn

I used Lion Brand Jeans Vaqueros #4 medium weight yarn

Color Pictured: Vintage

Crochet hooks: size 5mm and 6mm

Scissors

Yarn needle

Stitch markers

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Stitches Used & Code ( US Term )

ch = chain

st = stitch(es)

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

sk = skip

sp = space

REP = repeat

YO = yarn over hook

RS = right side

WS = wrong side

” = inches

Bead stitch =  1 dc, *Yo insert hook behind the post of dc from right to left, YO and pull up a loop* REP from *TO* 2 more times into the same dc post ( 7 loops on hook ), YO and pull through first 6 loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining loops on hook

Skill : Easy

Notes :

  • The pattern is written in English US terminology
  • The pattern is made as US women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
  • The pattern is made in 4 separate pieces and then sewn together ( Front and back panels are made the same )
  • In this picture I have demonstrated with size Small

Yarn needed : 910( 960, 1,010, 1,110, 1,160, 1,210 ) yards

Gauge blocked : 12 dc X 6 rows = 4″

Measurements ( After blocked )

  • XS = 19.66″ Width across back X 19.83″ Length
  • S = 21.66″ Width across back X 19.83″ Length
  • M = 23.66″ Width across back X 19.83″ Length
  • L = 25.66″ Width across back X 22.50″ Length
  • XL = 27.66″ Width across back X 22.50″ Length
  • XXL = 29.66″ Width across back X 22.50″ Length

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE SWEATER PATTERN

The Easy Crochet Sweater Pattern:

BODY PANEL ( MAKE 2 )

RIBBING

Note : Crochet hook size 6 mm

Row 1 : ch 11( 11, 11, 11, 11, 11 ), 1 sc into second ch from hook and each ch across. Total of 10( 10, 10, 10, 10, 10 ) st

Row 2 : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 10( 10, 10, 10, 10, 10 ) st

Row 3 – Row 59( 65, 71, 77, 83, 89 ) : REP Row 2

*The end of row 59( 65, 71, 77, 83, 89 ) do not cut the yarn, we’ll continue using the same yarn to crochet the body

BODY

Notes :

  • Crochet hook size 6 mm
  • After the ribbing is finished, we’ll be using the same yarn to crochet the body. Turn the ribbing sideways and crochet into the end of each row of the ribbing ( sp for reference )

Row 1 ( WS ) : ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each sp across. Total of 59( 65, 71, 77, 83, 89 ) st. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial row 1

Row 2 ( RS ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Bead st into next st, *sk next st, 1 Bead st into next st* REP from *TO* until you have 1 st left, 1 dc into last st. Total of 29( 32, 35, 38, 41, 44 ) Bead st. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial row 1

Row 3 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each st until you have 2 st left, sk next st, 1 dc into last st. Total of 59( 65, 71, 77, 83, 89 ) st. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial row 3

Row 4 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 59( 65, 71, 77, 83, 89 ) st

Row 5 : REP Row 4

REP Row 2 – Row 5 : 5( 5, 5, 6, 6, 6 ) more times. You will have a total of 25( 25, 25, 29, 29, 29 ) rows

Row 26( 26, 26, 30, 30, 30 ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each of next 18( 21, 24, 26, 29, 32 ) st, cut the yarn, sk 21( 21, 21, 23, 23, 23 ) st at the middle part, add new yarn into next st then, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into next st and each st across, cut the yarn and leave about 12-16″ long tail. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial by knitcroaddict finishing the first panel

SLEEVE PANEL ( MAKE 2 )

CUFF

Note : Crochet hook size 5 mm

Row 1 : ch 21( 21, 21, 21, 21, 21 ), 1 sc into second ch from hook and each ch across. Total of 20( 20, 20, 20, 20, 20 ) st

Row 2 : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 20( 20, 20, 20, 20, 20 ) st

Row 3 – Row 33( 35, 37, 41, 43, 45 ) : REP Row 2

*The end of row 33( 35, 37, 41, 43, 45 ) do not cut the yarn, we’ll continue using the same yarn to crochet the sleeve

SLEEVE

Notes :

  • Crochet hook size 6 mm
  • After the cuff is finished, we’ll be using the same yarn to crochet the sleeve. Turn the cuff sideways and crochet into the end of each row of the cuff ( sp for reference )

Row 1 ( WS ) : ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each sp across. Total of 33( 35, 37, 41, 43, 45 ) st. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial beginning the sleeves

Row 2 ( RS ) : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 Bead st into next st, *sk next st, 1 Bead st into next st* REP from *TO* until you have 1 st left, 1 dc into last st. Total of 16( 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 ) Bead st. Check picture below

Row 3 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each st until you have 2 st left, sk next st, 1 dc into last st. Total of 33( 35, 37, 41, 43, 45 ) st. Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial beginning the sleeves

Row 4 : Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into each st across. Total of 33( 35, 37, 41, 43, 45 ) st

Row 5 : REP Row 4

REP Row 2 – Row 5 : 4( 4, 4, 4, 4, 4 ) more times. You will have a total of 21( 21, 21, 21, 21, 21 ) rows, cut the yarn and leave about 30-40″ long tail

*All the sizes are the same length. If you want a shorter sleeve, just rep row 2 – 5 less times. If you want a longer sleeve, just keep repeating row 2 – 5 more to the desired length.  Check picture below

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial finishing the sleeves

JOINING THE PIECES TOGETHER

Sew the back and front panels together

Take the back and front panels, place them with the correct side facing down, we’ll sew in the wrong side. Using the tail that we left earlier, sew along the top of the shoulder area together using method of choice. ( Check picture below )

Sew the sleeves to the main panel

With your main panel correct side facing down. Place your sleeves correct side facing down and start sewing on the wrong side with your tail again. The shoulder seam of the main panel should be in the middle of the sleeves panel and even on both sides. ( Check picture below )

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial joining all the panels and sleeves

Sew the sweater together

Fold your sweater in half at the shoulder seam with the correct sides facing each other. Cut a new strand of yarn 70-80″ 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 and then weave all the ends ( Check picture below )

Easy crochet sweater pattern step by step photo tutorial joining all the panels and sleeves and sewing the side seams

Yay! You did it, congratulations on finishing this easy crochet sweater pattern.

I hope you like the bead stitch design, It’s one of my favorite stitches to design with at the moment.