Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Dolman Sleeve Crochet Sweater Pattern

I have to admit, many crocheted sweaters out there look like something my great great great grandmother might wear (sorry to offend any of you crocheters out there).  Yes, sorry to be harsh, but it's rare that I come across crochet sweater patterns that I would actually make and more importantly wear.  While I think many designers out there are making improvements, it is still hard to come across fun and stylish patterns. I think crocheting has a bad reputation -- and while knitting has "come back" as cool and fun, crochet hasn't quite caught up yet.  I hope to maybe start changing that reputation, one pattern at a time. My goal with my Design Week Dolman Sleeve Crochet pattern was to create an easy and good looking sweater that would inspire people to pick up a hook and try crocheting out if they haven't yet.  And for those of you out there who crochet already but wouldn't be caught dead wearing a crocheted sweater, I wanted to design one that you might actually wear.  This is great for the spring and summer.  You can wear it with a shirt underneath if it's chillier or with a tank if it's warmer.  Please don't be intimidated by this.... it really is easy and I'm going to walk you all through it step by step.








Here are the techniques you'll need to know for making this sweater.  I will have links to these techniques in another post that will show you how to do everything:

  • CH = Chain: This is the foundation row that you start with when crocheting
  • HDC = Half Double Crochet:  This is the only stitch 
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • Turning the work and crocheting the other direction.  
  • Seaming the pieces together
  • Making sure you have the appropriate gauge or can adjust your gauge to make the sweater fit you
This sweater is worked in two pieces and is then seamed on the sides, under the armpit, and then at the top of the sleeves to the neck.  With both pieces, you'll be crocheting the body, the piece will then be turned and then you'll crochet the sleeves.  This gives you the vertical look for the body and then the horizontal look for the arms.

Materials:
  • 3 skeins Caron Simply Soft yarn in the color of your choice
  • Size US 9/I 6.0mm Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle to seam and weave in ends
Gauge:
7 HDCs and 5 HDC rows = 2 inches (this is approximate -- don't stress about the gauge, you can pick what you want and then adjust according to the measurements you'd like to make)

Instructions:
  • Determine the length you'd like your sweater to be from the underarm to the waist.  On the version of my sweater, the length from the underarm to the waist was 12 inches total: 9 inches of the vertical body piece and then another 3 inches horizontally before extending for the arms.  Determine the totally length you want from the underarm, then subtract 3 inches.  This is how wide you will need to make the initial piece of the sweater.  Remember the gauge here is the WIDTH since this piece will be worn sideways.
    • For example, since my piece needed to be 9 inches, I needed to have about 32 HDCs to meet the gauge
  • CH the appropriate number of stitches for your gauge plus an additional CH. So for my sweater, I chained 32 + 1 CHs.
  • Row 1: Skip the first CH from the hook and HDC all of the way across 
  • Row 2: CH1, turn, HDC all of the way across, making sure to keep the original number of HDCs for each row
  • Continue the piece in this manner with HDC rows until the piece measures the width you need.  So for my sweater, I made my piece about 18.5 inches wide so it would measure about 37 inches in circumference when both pieces were sewn together.  I am about a 36 inches around and gave myself an extra inch -- you don't want to make this too tight or too loose.
  • When the piece has reached the desired width of the sweater, CH1 and turn to crochet horizontally across the vertical rows

  • You will now crochet 6 SCs for about every 5 HDC rows across (SC in each row 4 times and then 2 SCs in the next row).  On my piece, I ended up with 56 SCs across.  
  • Now crochet 6 rows of HDCs


  • Once these rows are complete, you'll be extending for the arms.  At the end of your last row, CH 21 (or how ever long you'd like to make the sleeves).  

  • Skip first CH from hook, and HDC in each CH and then continue to HDC across the main body of the sweater.  Once you've hit the end of the row, you'll continue out for the other sleeve by chaining 21.  Turn the work.
  • Again, skip first CH from hook, and HDC in each CH and then continue to HDC across the main body of sweater and across the other arm.  
  • You'll now be working back and forth across the sleeves and body until this part has reached the desired height.  To achieve this Dolman Sleeve look, make sure you allow for ample room for the sweater to hang down below your arm.   I continued the HDCs rows so that the sleeve height was 10 inches.  Tie off.
  • Complete these same directions for the other side.

  • Lay both piece on top of each other and seam up the underarms and sides.  Then seam up the tops of the arms and the neck, leaving enough room for the neckline.  I left about 11 inches open at the top for my neckline.
  • Weave in ends and wear with confidence!


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70 comments:

  1. OMG!! This is super cute! The great thing about this sweater is that you can make it longer or shorter in the body! SOOO nice to see updated patterns, thank you!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like that it's flexible.... I hope you try it out :)

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  2. My goal has been the same as yours for many years now. This sweater is awesome and I look forward to seeing more patterns from you!
    I still think knitting produces better drape and a finer fabric but it takes so long and it hurts my fingers! And its much harder to correct mistakes.

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    1. I totally agree with you on the drape, Deanna.... Knitting does take a while and produces a much different look. Hopefully we'll come up with some "cooler" patterns! Thanks for coming by :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing this! Lovely pattern and it does look very doable. Blessings to you! :-)

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    1. Thanks for coming by my blog.... I hope you have a chance to try this out. I just checked out your blog and will follow along :)

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  4. I agree! I am glad you shared the pattern. I was going to try to make this on my own after you posted the first pics :)

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    1. I hope you try it out.... please show me pics! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. This is definitely going on my list of to do's. I love it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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    1. I hope it's at the top of your To Do List! I'd love to see the finished product :) Thanks for coming by!

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  6. You are a legend- you have acheived the impossible and designed something I can wear without feeling like a crazt cat-lady!! Congratulations, please keep these patterns coming!!!

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    1. What a compliment -- thanks! Please try it out and let me know how it goes :) Keeping stopping by!

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  7. You did a great job on that sweater! I would love it if you came over today to my Sunday Round UP Party @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/ you can share these and anything you would like.
    hope to see you there
    Rose
    PS I'm you newest Linky follower

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    1. I shared the sweater on your Party and I'm following you back -- love your blog!

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  8. I love it! A perfect sweater for spring. Hope you won't mind me linking up on Tangled Happy in April. I think our readers will love this one. Hoping to see your rug progress here soon. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara! Love your blog and would be honored to have you link this up on Tangled Happy... I promise to have my rug done soon (although it might be a knitted one first). Stay tuned though :)

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    2. You're very welcome! Thanks for letting me share this. :)

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  9. Gorgeous and super cute! I would totally buy that in a heartbeat--no joke :) Great job! I came over from the Get Outta My Head Linky party and am your newest follower! Please stop by if you have a chance: http://redheadedmommycan.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm your newest follower, Jacki! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  10. This sweater turned out really lovely. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your projects are great. I am following you!
    Have a great day,
    Hanni

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  11. Love this! I have no patience to crochet but I think its beautiful. Maybe I will be able to convince my mom to make it for me =)

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  12. I love your sweater! I have wanted to try and crochet some close, but could never find a good pattern. I can't wait to try yours!

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  13. Love this silhouette. It's very flattering on the body. I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share your great tutorial with everyone there (http://etcetorize.blogspot.ca/2012/03/make-it-great-monday_25.html). Party is on now, hope to see you there~

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  14. That is Sooooooooo cute. I am so going to bookmark this and make it. Thank you. It looks great.

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  15. I also just started following you via linky followers. Come by and visit and I would appreciate a follow back.

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  16. Great project, and one could easily make it a cardigan too! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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  17. Brilliant thank you! In the midst of Mario's entire family for my son at the moment, but will pin this for after that! Thank you!

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  18. This sweater is amazing! I never see crochet sweater patterns that I like but I love this one! I pinned this for a future project. And I'm your newest follower I am loving your knit and crochet projects :)

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

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  19. I bought yarn today for this top - I love it! I'm feeling a little silly - but I'm trying to figure out how you knew how many chains to do for your gauge. My gauge is 10 inches (13 inches - 3 since that's what the pattern said). How many chains should I do? Thanks!

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    1. Hey Lindy! So happy you're trying to sweater out and thanks for writing to ask about gauge. If you're looking for help with figuring out how many chains you need to get 10 inches, try making a swatch by chaining 10 and completing 6 rows of HDCs. Now, measure how many of your HDCs fit in 2 inches. Then take this number and multiply by 5. This will get you how many HDCs you will need to fit 10 inches. And then you can start by chaining this amount. Make sense? Feel free to ask more questions if you need some more info!

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  20. Yes, it does! I will try this when I get home. Thanks so much for answering my question so quickly - can't wait to make this sweater! I'll let you know if I get stuck again :)

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  21. I am going to be featuring you tomorrow morning on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button.

    Danielle
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  22. Wow.... it's so amazing! i think it's more warm if I use this :)

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  23. I love this sweater. I'll try to crochet one for me ;)
    Your blog is very cute, compliments!
    Have a nice day!
    Mopo

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  24. Starting this tonight! I'll post updates on Ravelry and my blog! Thank you so much for this wonderful and easy pattern. this is def. something i would wear ;)

    Catherine

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  25. You are soooo right about the design of crochet sweaters. Truly updated styles are so hard to find. Thank you for sharing this. I am going to start one as soon as I choose the right yarn.
    Liz

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  26. Hi there! I love this pattern! It looks so awesome! I've been looking for some versatile things I can wear to work and at home.
    I had a quick question, this is my first garment and, forgive me, I don't quite understand how to take my measurements for this piece...
    Where do I start measuring and where do I stop?

    Thanks for the wicked awesome pattern!

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    1. Hi Alayna! So glad you're going to try this out..... once you have your gauge figured out, you're going to start by figuring out how long you want the garment to be from your underarm to your waist. Once you have that length determined, subtract 3 inches. This will be how wide the first portion of the sweater will be. In my case, I wanted the sweater to be 12 inches from my underarm, so I subtracted 3, and this gave me 9 inches. This is how wide I made the first piece. Make sense? Then, determine how wide you want the sweater to be and continue to crochet back and forth until the piece measures the width you want your garment to be. I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can help you out in any other way.....

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  27. this is going to sound weird, but which part around are you supposed to be measuring? bust, waist? (for yours, you made it 37 inches, cause you are 36)

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    1. Not a weird question! This is the bust I'm referencing here. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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    2. Sorry, other question I forgot to ask: exactly how did you seam up the sides? Going through the back loops, or something else?

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  28. I am a twenty-year old college student, and I have spent hours searching for a cute sweater pattern to try in my free time. I think I just found it! Thank you so much for posting! :)

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  29. OMG, I love this!!!! I've been looking everywhere for a pattern like this. You've done a wonderful job!!!! Can't wait to make it!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  30. I made this sweater and it turned out beautifully! thank you~

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  31. Hi can u please help me with this bit as I just can't understand what it's asking me to do - sorry to sound dumb I am a learner , this top is great and I can't wait to make it
    You will now crochet 6 SCs for about every 5 HDC rows across (SC in each row 4 times and then 2 SCs in the next row). On my piece, I ended up with 56 SCs across

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    1. I have the same question. I'm so excited about this sweater and it's working up so well so far but I'm stuck at this same part. Please help :)

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    2. I was wondering this also.

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  32. My grandma would totally wear this, but she is stylish so it works! I would wear it too. I love this and the next chance I have to work on something for myself I think I will make this. Perfect for this California wind/weather. Thank you.

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  33. Thank you for sharing this fantastic pattern! It was easy to follow and modify to fit people of different sizes. I'm very happy with the way mine turned out. I've had many compliments and even had people offer to buy it from me. Thank you!

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  34. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern!! I made one over the weekend in black for my granddaughter. A very picky tween! :)

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  35. Hi
    It's so cute
    Thank you so much for the demonstration
    I was searching for a such long time something like this
    Thank you once more

    Rabea

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  36. thank you! Yesterday I bought purple yarn to make it, let's see what I can make... It has been a long time since I last make a crochet sweater, for the exact same reasons you talk about ;)

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  37. thank you for the instructions!! I've been crocheting blankets for everyone and am finally able to make something for myself!

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  38. I have crocheted up to the arm portion of this pattern. I've noticed that the arms are not even in width (the 10inches you said yours measured to). Am I doing something wrong?? One sleeve is an inch thinner than the other.

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    1. I had this same issue with mine. Would be good to find out the answer to this issue

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    2. When you crochet back and forth and then increase for the sleeves, one of the sleeves will always be longer. Unfortunately, there's no way to get around this. Fortunately, however, you're making two pieces for the front and the back. When you go to sew the pieces together, match your longer sleeve on one side to the shorter sleeve on the other side and when you sew them together, they will be the same size.

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  39. Please answer Lizzie Higgins' question from Nov 14, 2012.

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  40. I would like to make this but don't wear short sleeves. Would making 3/4 length sleeves look funny or too baggy? I don't want to spend the hours making it and then be disappointed! Any thoughts? Thank you!

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    1. I think 3/4 sleeves would look great actually -- haven't tried it on this pattern yet but I think it would definitely work!

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  41. Could you explain what you mean when you say 6 SCs for about every 5 HDCs once you start crocheting horizontal? I was trying to crochet 4 SCS in one stitch then doing 2 SCs in the next all the way up the end. Looks all bunched up? Then, I'm confused when it says do 6 rows of HDC. Am I starting in the first chain of the previous rows SC ? Sorry, probably not making sense.

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    1. Can anyone answer my question if you've made this?

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    2. Hi Tina -- it's 1 SC in 1 HDC row 4 times and then 2 SC in the next HDC row. You won't be making 4 HDCs in one stitch. It's 6 SCs total for every 5 HDC rows. I hope that helps!

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  42. I just started making this and cant wait to see what it looks like. thanks for the pattern.

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  43. Thank you for the pattern I finished it yesterday...it took 3 day of crocheting....I just couldn't wait to get it finished so I could wear it ...I had it on today and got a lot of compliments on it..I made the sleeves longer and wore a long sleeve tee shirt under it.i just love it and feel very good wearing it..... thanks again for the pattern...

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  44. I just finished this wonderful pattern too and I love it! Even though I am new to crocheting (less than 2 months) I was easily able to adjust the size to my requirements which were larger than yours! I had been looking for a simple sweater pattern that I could manage and love the ribbed vertical effect around the bottom area. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this pattern!

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  45. Thanks for the instructions to this sweater. It is going on my do it now list.

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