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Never crocheted a sweater before? This Autumn Wheat Easy Crochet Sweater Pattern is the perfect place to start. Learn the basics with this beginner-friendly pattern and you'll be strutting your stuff in a homemade sweater before you know it. Whether you're looking for something cozy to wear on chilly nights or just want to show off your skills, this is the perfect project for any crocheter. With our easy-to-follow instructions, video tutorials, and flat construction, even beginners can create a stylish crochet pullover. And this style also comes as a cardigan, check out the Autumn Wheat Beginner Crochet Cardigan, or even make a matching hat with the Autumn Wheat Easy Hat.

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The Autumn Wheat Sweater will become one of your favorite crochet projects because of the simple and relaxing construction. It's a great project to work on while binge watching your favorite show on Netflix!

This easy sweater pattern uses a light worsted weight yarn and unique version of the half double crochet stitch to achieve a knit-look fabric. Ready to get started? Grab some yarn and let's go!

The Autumn Wheat Sweater has nine sizes included, and once complete, you can style it with jeans and boots for an easy fall look. Or dress it up with some fancy jewelry and boots to wear out to your local coffee shop or date night.


What you'll love about this crochet pullover sweater pattern.


  • 2 Seams - Easy construction.
  • Crocheted Flat - Beginner friendly.
  • Size Inclusive - Sweater Pattern has sizes XS-5X.

How is the sweater constructed?

This is a cuff-to-cuff sweater crocheted flat. We will start with making the ribbing for one cuff, work the sleeve and increase, then crochet the first section of the body, the front & back sections to make room for the neck, the second part of the body, then the second sleeve while decreasing, and then the final cuff. This only needs two seams to become a crochet pullover! A similar two seam construction that uses mosaic color work is the Seabird Mosaic Crochet Cardigan.

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Autumn wheat - a collection of knitted hats, scarves and mittens featuring crochet and granny square patterns.

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What Crafty Crochet Supplies You Will Need

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Yarn

WeCrochet Upcycle Worsted
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight Yarn
33% Alpaca, 34% Wool, 33% Acrylic, 219yds/100g. Colorway Shown: Sage

Yarn Quantities

1150 (1190, 1250, 1400, 1500) (1700, 1900, 2150, 2375) yds
6 (6, 6, 7, 7) (8, 9, 10, 11) balls

A Note On The Yarn & Substitutes

Please note, other weights can work as WeCrochet Upcycle varies per ball and tends to be on the thinner side, be sure to check gauge.

Yarn Substitutions

Heatherly Sport (shown in images) - 80% Acrylic, 20% Merino Wool, 328yds/100g
Brava Worsted - 100% Premium Acrylic, 218yds/100g
Mighty Stitch - 80% Acrylic/20% Superwash Wool, 208yds/100g
Swish DK - 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 110yds/50g

Crochet Hook

Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook, or hook to obtain gauge.

Notions

Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner

Sizing

XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To fit chest: 32 (34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62). Actual measurements are in schematic.
Ease: This garment is meant to be worn with a 3-5 inch positive ease.

Abbreviations

ch - chain
blo - back loop only
flo - front loop only
hdc - half double crochet
hdc2tog -half double crochet two together
Puff sts - puff stitch
rem - remaining
RS - right side
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)
WS - wrong side

Special Crochet Stitches

Half Double Crochet In The Third Loop: What’s really cool about half double crochet is that there’s a third loop on the back of your stitch. If you work hdc into the third loop, you get a totally different, knit-like fabric.

For this pattern, we are going to be working in rows, which means we will work on the row below in the third loop on the front of our work. Need a visual? Watch the video tutorial of this stitch.

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Puff Stitch: Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop. (Yarn over and insert your hook into the same stitch/space. Yarn over again and pull up a long loop) two more times (7 loops on the hook). Yarn over and pull through the first 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops.

Gauge

17 sts and 11 rows = 4" by 4" in half double crochet worked in the third loop, blocked.

How to Crochet A Gauge Swatch

Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. A gauge swatch helps you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Gauge Swatch Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 21, hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in the remaining sts across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc in the third loop in each st across, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until there are 14 rows. Measure your swatch and adjust as needed.

Notes for the Autumn Wheat Sweater

  • The yarn suggested in this pattern can vary in thickness depending on the color. It's very important to keep checking gauge to make sure the sizing is correct.
  • A ch 1 at the beginning of a row is not counted as a stitch.
  • Using a stitch marker at the beginning of each row is recommended.
  • The instructions and stitch counts are given for the smallest size, with the larger sizes in brackets ( ).
  • Before you dive into your project, take a moment to identify the stitch and row counts that match the size you're making. By highlighting or marking them, you'll save time and effort later on. Trust us, this small step will make a big difference in your crochet journey!
  • When brackets are used, [….] repeat the instructions inside the brakets as indicated.
  • This Pattern Uses Standard US Terminology
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Video Tutorial:

Watch how easy and beginner friendly it is to work up this crochet piece with a tutorial.

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Autumn Wheat Flat Sweater Written Instructions

First Cuff

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each st across, turn. | (10 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout pattern), blo sc in each st across, turn.

Rows 3 - 32 (34, 34, 36, 36) (38, 38, 40, 40): Repeat Row 2.
Rotate your work and sl st along the edge of one side of the ribbing, placing one sl st per row, turn. | 32, (34, 34, 36, 36) (38, 38, 40, 40) sts

First Sleeve - Increasing

Row 1: Ch 1, flo hdc across, turn. | 32, (34, 34, 36, 36) (38, 38, 40, 40) sts

Row 2 (increasing row): Ch 1, (the hdc sts will be in the third loop for the remaining of the pattern unless indicated otherwise), hdc 2 in the first st, hdc in each st across until the last st, hdc 2 in the last stitch, turn. | 34, (36, 36, 38, 38) (40, 40, 42, 42) sts

How to Work a Non-increasing Row: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.

Increasing Repeats

XS: Repeat increasing row on every 2nd row 15 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 64 sts

S: Repeat increasing row on every 2nd row 16 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 68 sts

M: Repeat increasing row on every 2nd row 18 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 72 sts

L: Repeat increasing row on every 2nd row 19 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 76 sts

1X: Repeat increasing row on every 2nd row 21 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 80 sts

2X: Repeat increasing row every row 4 times, then repeat increasing row every 2 rows 18 times, then continue to work non-increasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 84 sts

3X: Repeat increasing row every row 10 times, then repeat increasing row every 2 rows 16 times, for a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 92 sts

4X: Repeat increasing row every row 12 times, then repeat increasing row every 2 rows 15 times, for a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 96 sts

5X: Repeat increasing row every row 16 times, then repeat increasing row every 2 rows 13 times, for a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 100 sts

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First Sweater Body Section

Quick Tip

Want to more or less room in the bust? Add or remove rows in the First Body Section. Keep a note to do the same in the Second Body Section.

Note: Beg ch determines length of sweater, to alter length work more or fewer chs in an even number.
Attach 2nd ball of yarn to the opposite side of the row from the working yarn, ch 52, fasten off.

Row 1: Ch 53, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 9 chs, hdc in next 42 chs, hdc in next 64 (68, 72, 76, 80) (84, 92, 96, 100) sleeve sts, hdc in next 42 chs, sc in last 10 chs, turn. | 168 (172, 176, 180, 184) (188, 196, 200, 204) sts

Tip: You can use a stitch marker to mark the ribbing stitches so it's easy to see when those should start and stop.

Reminder: hdc sts will go back to worked in the third loop unless indicated otherwise.

Rows 2-10: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc in each st across until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Rows 11-12: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 10 sts, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Row 13: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc across without working in the third loop until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Rows 14- 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) (28, 30, 32, 34): Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc across (working in the third loop) until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Back of Sweater Section

Row 1: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc in next 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts, turn. | 72 (74, 76, 78, 80) (82, 86, 88, 90) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Rows 3- 20 (20, 20, 20, 20) (22, 22, 22, 22): Repeat Rows 1-2.
Fasten off.

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Front Section

Row 1: Sk 24 sts from the last st worked in Row 1 of Back Section, join with a sl st, ch 1, hdc 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts, blo sc in the last 10 sts, turn. | 72 (74, 76, 78, 80) (82, 86, 88, 90) sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, blo sc in the first 10 sts, hdc 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts, blo sc in the last 10 sts, turn. | 72 (74, 76, 78, 80) (82, 86, 88, 90) sts.

Rows 4- 20 (20, 20, 20, 20) (22, 22, 22, 22): Repeat Rows 2-3.
Before fastening off, ch 24 sts for the neck space, then fasten off.

Quick Tip

Did you know that our tension can vary depending on our mood? To ensure that our garments turn out just right, let's make sure we maintain consistent sizing. A quick tip is to check the gauge every 10-20 rows and make any necessary adjustments. This way our hard work on the crochet sweater pattern pays off and looks great.

Second Sweater Body Section

Row 1: With RS facing, attach yarn to last st on Back Section, ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc in next 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts Back Section, ch 24, hdc in next 62 (64, 66, 68, 70) (72, 76, 78, 80) sts of Front Section, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn. | 168 (172, 176, 180, 184) (188, 196, 200, 204) sts

Rows 2- 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) (16, 18, 20, 22): Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc across until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Row 5 (7, 9, 11, 13) (17, 19, 21, 23): Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, [skip the next st, sc in next, work a puff st into the skipped st] work until the last 10 sts, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Row 6 (8, 10, 12, 14) (18, 20, 22, 24): Repeat previous puff row, turn.

Row 7 (9, 11, 13, 15) (19, 21, 23, 25): Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc across without working in the third loop until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn.

Next 9 Rows: Ch 1, blo sc in first 10 sts, hdc across (working in the third loop) until 10 sts rem, blo sc in last 10 sts, turn and fasten off the last row.

Second Sleeve - Decreasing

Row 1: Sk 52 sts, join to the nest st with a sl st, ch 1, hdc in the same and next 64 (68, 72, 76, 80) (84, 92, 96, 100) sts, leaving rem sts unworked, turn. | 64 (68, 72, 76, 80) (84, 92, 96, 100) sts.
How to work a decreasing row: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc until the last 2 sts, hdc2tog, turn. | 62 (66, 70, 74, 78) (82, 90, 94, 98) sts.

How to work a non-decreasing row: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn.

Sleeve Decreasing Repeats

XS: Work 13 non-decreasing rows, then work a decreasing row, repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 15 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 32 sts

S: Work 11 non-decreasing rows, then work a decreasing row, repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 16 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 34 sts

M: Work 7 non-decreasing rows, then work a decreasing row, repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 18 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 34 sts

L: Work 5 non-decreasing rows, then work a decreasing row, repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 19 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 36 sts

1X: Work 1 non-decreasing row, then repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 21 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 36 sts

2X: Work 3 non-decreasing row, then work a decreasing row, repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 18 times, then repeat decreasing row every row 4 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 38 sts

3X: Repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 16 times, then repeat decreasing row every row 11 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 38 sts

4X: Repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 15 times, then repeat decreasing row every row 13 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 40 sts

5X: Repeat decreasing row on every 2nd row 13 times, then repeat decreasing row every row 17 times, then continue to work non-decreasing rows until a total of 46 sleeve rows. | 40 sts

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Second Cuff

Row 1: Ch 11, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and and in each st across, sl st into the flo of the next 2 sleeve sts, turn. | (10 sts)

Row 2: Skip the 2 sl sts, blo sc in each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), blo sc in each st across, sl st into the flo of the next 2 sleeve sts, turn.

Rows 4 - 32, (34, 34, 36, 36) (38, 38, 40, 40): Repeat Rows 2-3 until all sts across the sleeve edge have been worked, fasten off and weave in ends.

How to Seam The Sweater

Wash and block. Fold sweater in half with RS facing out and WS together, align Sleeves and Body.
With yarn needle and preferred seaming method sew side seams beginning at bottom hem working up to Sleeves, then sew across Sleeves in one continuous seam. Repeat the seam on other side.

Neck Ribbing

Row 1: Join with sl st in side of Neck, ch 8, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and across back towards neckline, sl st in next 2 sts of Neck, turn. | (7 sts)

Row 2: Sk 2 sl sts, blo sc 7, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, blo sc 7, sl st in next 2 sts (1 stitch per edge row around the neckline), turn.

Next Rows: Rep Rows 2-3 for ribbing around Neck.
Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time.
Fasten off.

Finishing the Easy Crochet Sweater Pattern

Weave in any ends and block again if necessary. Wear and enjoy! If you are looking for more fun crochet garment patterns, check out the Crochet Granny Square Cardigan or the Whimsical Crochet Cardigan Dress Pattern.


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How To Care For Your Crochet Sweater

Crocheted sweaters are unique, stylish wardrobe staples that can last for many years if they’re cared for properly. Here are some tips to help you keep your crochet sweater looking and feeling its best:

1. Hand Wash Only Machine washing can damage the fibers of a crocheted fabric, so be sure to always handwash your sweater. Use a mild detergent and cold to lukewarm water.

2. Lay Flat To Dry When you’re ready to dry your sweater, lay it flat on a towel or drying rack away from direct heat or sunlight. This will help the fabric retain its shape and texture.

3. Store Properly Hang your crocheted sweaters in a cool, dry place, such as your closet. If you live in a humid climate, you may want to consider using a cloth garment bag or cedar chest with mothballs for extra protection.

4. Spot Clean When Necessary To remove stains, use only gentle spotting techniques like dabbing and blotting. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the fabric as it can damage the delicate fibers. For best results, take your sweater to a professional cleaner for more stubborn stains and discolorations.

Following these tips will keep your crocheted sweaters looking fresh and new!

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