How to Crochet a V-Necked Sweater

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Crochet is a versatile and fun hobby. There is no limit to fashions you can create. This practical sweater can be worn in summer or winter and makes a wonderful gift. This is an ideal project for someone with intermediate crochet skill. The pattern is not too difficult to follow, making it an excellent first clothing project.

Things You'll Need

  • Size I crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Two split-stitch markers
  • Six 7-ounce skeins, worsted weight yarn
  • Chain 59. Work from the wrong side, and single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain one, and turn your work. For row two, single crochet in each single crochet stitch across. Chain one, and turn your work. Repeat row two until you are 14 1/2 inches from the beginning. Shape the armholes. Do a slip stitch in the first eight single crochet stitches, then chain one. Single crochet in the next 42 single crochet stitches. Turn work, leaving the last eight single crochet stitches unworked. Work even until you are 20 1/2 inches from the beginning.

  • Shape the shoulder and back neck on the back panel worked in Step 1. Chain one, and single crochet in first 10 single crochet stitches. Turn work, and decrease stitch at the neck edge on the next three rows, which is seven single crochet stitches. Work one row even, then fasten off. With right side facing, skip center 22 single crochet stitches of the last wrong row. Join the yarn in the next single crochet, chain one and single crochet in the same stitch and in the next nine single crochet stitches. Turn your work, and decrease stitch at the neck edge on the next three rows. Work one row even, and fasten off.

  • Work the front of the sweater. The directions are identical to the back panel in Step 1. Work the piece until you are 11 1/2 inches from the beginning. Divide to create the V-neck. Chain one, and single crochet in the first 26 stitches. Join a new skein of yarn, and single crochet across the remaining 26 stitches. Working the sides separately and at the same time, work one row even. Decrease one stitch at each neck edge on the next 14 right side rows, and when you are 14 1/2 inches from the beginning, shape the armholes the same as for back in Step 1. After the armholes, decrease work even on seven stitches for each shoulder until it is the same length as the back piece and fasten off.

  • Do sleeve cable panel. For row one and every wrong side row, single crochet in next two stitches then chain two and single crochet in next ten stitches. Chain two and single crochet in next two stitches. For row two, start on right side and (front post double crochet over front post double crochet. Single crochet in stitch then chain two and single crochet in stitch and front post double crochet over front post double crochet.) Single crochet in stitch and skip next two front post double crochet stitches and front post treble crochet over next two front post double crochet stitches. Front post treble crochet over first two skipped front post double crochet stitches now cable is made. Single crochet in stitch and repeat step in parentheses. For row four (front post double crochet over front post double crochet, single crochet in stitch and chain two then single crochet in stitch and front post double crochet over front post double crochet.) Single crochet in stitch and front post double crochet over next four stitches then single crochet in stitch and repeat step in parentheses. For row six, repeat row four again. Repeat all steps again for cable panel.

  • Chain 31 for sleeves. Do foundation row. Single crochet in second chain from hook and next six chains. (Double crochet in next chain then single crochet in next chain and chain two. Skip next chain then single crochet in next chain and double crochet in following chain.) Single crochet in next chain and double crochet in next four chains and single crochet in next chain. Repeat steps in parentheses and single crochet in last seven chains. Turn your work. For row two, chain one and single crochet in next seven stitches then place marker. (Front post double crochet over double crochet then single crochet.) Repeat step in parentheses and place marker. Single crochet in last seven stitches and turn placing cable panel. For row three, chain one and single crochet to marker. Work cable panel row one over next 16 stitches to next marker then single crochet to end. Working rows of cable panel and keeping stitches on each side in single crochet, shape sides by increasing one stitch in each seventh row end and then every fourth row six times. Work until 15 1/2 inches from beginning and end right side row the fasten off.

  • Sew shoulders and side seams. Set in sleeves, sewing upper two and one half inches to armhole shaping rows. Sew sleeve seams. Edge around body and each sleeve. With right side facing, join yarn at lower edge and work one round slip stitch and fasten off. Do neck band row. With right side facing, begin at right front center of "V" and do 30 single crochet stitches evenly up to shoulder. Do 31 single crochet stitches across back neck and then 30 single crochet stitches down to center "V" and chain one and turn your work. For row two, single crochet in each stitch across then chain one and turn. For row three, single crochet in each stitch then (front post double crochet over stitch two rows below and single crochet in next stitch.) Repeat step in parentheses all the way across then chain one and turn. For row four repeat step for row two. For row five, single crochet in stitch then (front post double crochet over front post double crochet and single crochet in next stitch.) Repeat step in parentheses across row then chain one and turn. Repeat row four and five until neck band measures three and one quarter inches then fasten off. Cross right over left band and sew in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to pull on yarn to remove mistakes and then correct the stitch.
  • Be sure to check measurements on all pieces before sewing them together to ensure the proper fit.

References

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