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Sagebrush Lindy Chain Crochet Sweater

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It can be difficult to find diverse crochet pieces that work well for the seasonal transitions, but the Sagebrush Lindy Chain Crochet Sweater is here for the win. Use it as a layering piece for the spring and fall, or as a lightweight lacy sweater in summer.

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Wearing this crochet pullover sweater is diverse and can be worn over a tank but also roomy enough to dress it up with a collared shirt. If you live lightweight crochet pieces, also check out the Key Largo Crochet Top or the Diamond Crochet Cardigan Pattern.

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This lightweight crochet sweater is perfect for the warmer months and can be chill for the beach, or dressed up for the office. And pair it with the perfect accessory, the Just A Crochet Rectangle Bag - a beginner-friendly crochet pattern.

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Sagebrush Lindy Chain Sweater Supplies

Crochet Hook:
• Size US H (5 mm) or size to obtain gauge

Yarn:
We Crochet Lindy Chain
(180 yards per ball) shown in Sagebrush colorway.
Fingering Weight Yarn

YARDAGE:
XS: 1,050 yards (960m) 6 balls
S: 1,100 yards (1,005 m) 7 balls
M: 1,250 yards (1,143 m) 7 balls
L: 1,400 yards (1,280 m) 8 balls
1X: 1,500 yards (1,371 m) 9 balls
2X: 1,700 yards (1,555 m) 10 balls
3X: 1,900 yards (1737 m) 11 balls
4X: 2,100 yards (1,920 m) 12 balls
5X: 2,200 yards (2,012 m) 13 balls

Notions:
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker (2)

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Abbreviations/Stitches:
Blo- Back Loop Only
ch- Chain
hdc- Half Double Crochet
hdc2tog - Half Double Crochet Two Stitches Together
RS - Right Side
ssc - Split Single Crochet
ssc2tog - Split Single Crochet Two Together
ssc3tog - Split Single Crochet Three Together
sc3tog - Single Crochet Three Together
sc - Single Crochet
sl st- Slip Stitch
st (sts)- Stitch (Stitches)
WS- Wrong Side

Gauge:
18 stitches by 18 rows = 4x4” 10 cm in stitch pattern,
OR 18 sts by 9 rows = 4x4” 10 cm in hdc stitch

Measurements:
Finished bust with 8-10 inch ease:
XS: 36-38” bust (91- 96 cm)
S: 40-42” bust (101-107 cm)
M: 44-46” bust (112-117 cm)
L: 48-50” bust (123-51 cm)
1X: 52-54” bust (131-137 cm)
2X: 56-58” bust (142-148 cm)
3X: 60-62” bust (152-157 cm)
4X: 64-66” bust (163-168 cm)
5X: 68-70” bust (172-179 cm)

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern is worked as seven sections, and in rows. There will be a front, back, two sleeves, and the ribbed collar and two cuffs. If a longer length is desired add one more repeat on body portion.
  • The stitch pattern is in repeats of 6 sts+1, adjust sizing by going up or down by 6 sts. To lengthen the neckline continue working in rows and decreasing by 3 sts every three rows. Remember you might require more yarn when doing adjustments.
  • This spring garment is designed to be a loose oversized fit with a generous 8-10 inch, amount of ease.
  • Sizes are written as X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4x, 5x)
  • The chain 1 at the beginning of the row does not count as a stitch.
  • hdc2tog: (Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook —1 stitch decrease
  • ssc2tog: (Insert hook in next stitch as if to split stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 2 times (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook —1 stitch decrease
  • ssc3tog: (Insert hook in next stitch as if to split stitch, yarn over and pull up loop) 3 times (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook —1 stitch decrease
  • Split Single Crochet: Insert hook between the legs of the stitch (on the back of work the hook should be under the horizontal bar and between the upside-down ‘V’ shape as well), yarn over, pull up a loop to the height of a single crochet, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. Tip: Keep a loose tension so the stitches are easily worked.

Need something to wear under this top since it has an open stitch? Check out the Summer House Crochet Tank.

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Sweater Schematics

Technical drawing of a Sagebrush Lindy Chain Sweater with measurements labeled, accompanied by a table of corresponding numerical data for various sizes.

Written Crochet Top Instructions

Body - All Sizes (Make 2 - Front & Back)

Set Up: Chain 87 (99, 105, 111, 117, 123, 136, 147, 158).

Row 1 (RS): In the second chain from the hook (for repeats ch 1 and then work in the first st, for the first row a sc can be substituted for an ssc) ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last st, ssc in last, turn.
The stitch count on all rows until the neckline will be 86 (98, 110, 116, 122, 134, 146, 158).

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, ssc in first, *ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * across until last st, ssc in last, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, ssc in first, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last st, ssc in last, turn.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in first, *hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * until last st, hdc in last, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc in each stitch across, turn.

Row 10: Repeat Row 8.

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc in first 2 sts, *ch 1, skip 1, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * across, turn.

Row 12: Repeat Row 8.

Row 13: Ch 1, sl st in first, *ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next; repeat from * until last st, sl st in last, turn.

Row 14: Ch 1 and sl st into first, ch 2, skip 2, *sl st in chain space, ch 2; repeat from * until last st, sl st in last, turn.

Row 15: Ch 1, sl st in first, *ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * across until last chain, sl st in last st, turn.

Row 16: Repeat Row 8.

Row 17: Repeat Row 9.

Row 18: Repeat Row 7.

Repeats: Repeat rows 1-18 for 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) more times. If more length is desired add one more repeat.

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First Neckline Decrease

Row 1(RS): Ch 1, ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, ssc2tog, turn. We are not working the entire row. | 39 (47, 47, 53, 53, 59, 65, 71, 77) sts

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, ssc3tog, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 39 (45, 45, 51, 51, 57, 63, 69, 75) sts

Row 3: Ch 1, ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, ssc, ssc2tog, turn. | 38 (44, 44, 50, 50, 56, 62, 68, 74) sts

Row 4: Ch 1, ssc3tog, ssc, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 36 (42, 42, 48, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72) sts

Row 5: Repeat Row 1. | 35 (41, 41, 47, 47, 53, 59, 65, 71) sts

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. | 33 (39, 39, 45, 45, 51, 57, 63, 69) sts

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in first, hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, hdc, hdc2tog, turn. | 32 (38, 38, 44, 44, 50, 56, 62, 68) sts

Row 8: Ch 1, sc3tog, sc in each stitch across, turn. | 30 (36, 36, 42, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66) sts

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc across until last two sts, hdc2tog, turn. | 29 (35, 35, 41, 41, 47, 53, 59, 65) sts

Row 10: Repeat Row 8. | 27 (33, 33, 39, 39, 45, 51, 57, 63) sts

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc in first two stitch, ch 1, skip 1, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, hdc 2, hdc2tog, turn. | 26 (32, 32, 38, 38, 44, 50, 56, 62) sts

Row 12: Repeat Row 8. | 24 (30, 30, 36, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60) sts

Row 13: Ch 2, skip the first chain space and sl st in next chain space, ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next; repeat from * to * until last 3 sts, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in last (leaving the last stitch unworked), turn. | 23 (29, 29, 35, 35, 41, 47, 53, 59) sts

Row 14: Ch 1 and sl st into first, ch 2, skip 2, sl st in chain space, ch 2; repeat from * to * until last st, sl st in last, turn. | 21 (27, 27, 33, 33, 39, 45, 51, 57) sts

Row 15: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * across until last chain, sl st in last chain, turn. | 20 (26, 26, 32, 32, 38, 44, 50, 56) sts

Row 16: Repeat Row 8. | 18 (24, 24, 30, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54) sts

Row 17: Repeat Row 9. | 17 (23, 23, 29, 29, 35, 41, 47, 53) sts

Row 18: Ch 1, hdc3tog, hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * to * last st, hdc in last, turn. | 15 (21, 21, 27, 27, 33, 39, 45, 51) sts

For Sizes 2x-5x Only
Row 19: Repeat rows 1-3 for 2x & 3x. Repeat rows 1-6 for 4x & 5x.
Fasten off leaving a tail end for seaming. | na (na, na, na, na, 29, 35, 36, 42) sts

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Second Neckline Decrease

Row 1(RS): Skipping 2 (2, 4, 2, 8, 2, 2, 2, ) sts left of the first neckline decrease, attach yarn. Ch 1, ssc2tog, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 41 (47, 47, 53, 53, 59, 65, 71, 77) sts

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, ssc3tog, turn. | 39 (45, 45, 51, 51, 57, 63, 69, 75) sts

Row 3: Ch 1, ssc2tog, ssc, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 38 (44, 44, 50, 50, 56, 62, 68, 74) sts

Row 4: Ch 1, ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last 4 sts, ssc, ssc3tog, turn. | 36 (42, 42, 48, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72) sts

Row 5: Repeat Row 1. | 35 (41, 41, 47, 47, 53, 59, 65, 71) sts

Row 6: Repeat Row 2. | 33 (39, 39, 45, 45, 51, 57, 63, 69) sts

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc, ch 1, hdc2tog; repeat from * to * until last st, hdc, turn. | 32 (38, 38, 44, 44, 50, 56, 62, 68) sts

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each stitch until last 3, sc3tog, turn. | 30 (36, 36, 42, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66) sts

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each st across row, turn. | 29 (35, 35, 41, 41, 47, 53, 59, 65) sts

Row 10: Repeat Row 8. | 27 (33, 33, 39, 39, 45, 51, 57, 63) sts

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in next two sts, ch 1, skip 1, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * to * across, turn. | 26 (32, 32, 38, 38, 44, 50, 56, 62) sts

Row 12: Repeat Row 8. | 24 (30, 30, 36, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60) sts

Row 13: Ch 1, skip first st, sl st in next, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in next, ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next; repeat from * to * across, turn. | 23 (29, 29, 35, 35, 41, 47, 53, 59) sts

Row 14: Ch 1, sl st in first, sl st in chain space, *ch 2, sl st in next chain space; repeat from * to * until last chain space, ch 1 sl st in last chain space, turn. | 21 (27, 27, 33, 33, 39, 45, 51, 57) sts

Row 15: Ch 1, sl st in first chain space, ch 1, sl st in next chain space, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * until last sts, sl st in last, turn. | 20 (26, 26, 32, 32, 38, 44, 50, 56) sts

Row 16: Repeat Row 8. | 18 (24, 24, 30, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54) sts

Row 17: Repeat Row 9. | 17 (23, 23, 29, 29, 35, 41, 47, 53) sts

Row 18: Ch 1, hdc, ch 1, hdc2tog; repeat from * to * last 3 sts, hdc3tog in last, turn. | 15 (21, 21, 27, 27, 33, 39, 45, 51) sts

For Sizes 2x-5x Only
Repeat rows 1-3 for 2x & 3x. Repeat rows 1-6 for 4x & 5x.
Fasten off leaving a tail end for seaming. | na (na, na, na, na, 29, 35, 36, 42) sts

Neck Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 9, working in the blo, sl st in second chain from hook and in each st across, turn. | 8 sts

Row 2: Ch 1, working in the blo, sl st in each st across, turn. | 8 sts

Repeats: Repeat Row 2 until piece measures 23 (23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24.5, 24.5) inches. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to neckline.

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Sleeves - All Sizes (Make 2)

Set Up Chain 51 (51, 57, 57, 63, 63, 69, 69 ,75)

Row 1 (RS): In the second chain from the hook (for repeats Ch 1 and then work in the first st) ssc 1, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 50 (50, 56, 56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, ssc in first, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 50 (50, 56, 56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts

Row 3: Ch 1, ssc in first, ssc in next, ch 1, skip 1; repeat from * to * until last st, ssc in last, turn. | 50 (50, 56, 56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts

Row 4: Repeat Row 2. | 50 (50, 56, 56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts

Row 5: Repeat Row 3. | 50 (50, 56, 56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74) sts

Row 6: Ch 1, 2 ssc in first, ch 1, skip 1, ssc in next; repeat from * to * across until last st, 2 ssc in last, turn. | 52 (52, 58, 58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76) sts

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * to * until last st, hdc in last 2 sts, hdc in last 2 sts, turn. | 52 (52, 58, 58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76) sts

Row 8: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn. | 52 (52, 58, 58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76) sts

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc in each stitch across, turn. | 52 (52, 58, 58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76) sts

Row 10: Ch 1, 2 sc in first, sc in each stitch across until last st, 2sc in last, turn. | 54 (54, 60, 60, 66, 66, 72, 72, 78) sts

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, ch 1, skip 1, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * to *until last 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1, hdc in last, turn. | 54 (54, 60, 60, 66, 66, 72, 72, 78) sts

Row 12: Repeat Row 10. | 56 (56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80) sts

Row 13: Ch 1, sl st in first, *ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next*; repeat from * to * until last st, sl st in last, turn. | 56 (56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80) sts

Row 14: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * until last st, sl st in last, turn. | 56 (56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80) sts

Row 15: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * across, sl st in last chain, turn. | 56 (56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80) sts

Row 16: Repeat Row 8. | 56 (56, 62, 62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80) sts Row 17: Ch 1, 2 hdc in first, hdc in each stitch until last, 2 hdc in last, turn. | 58 (58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82) sts

Row 18: Ch 1, hdc in first, hdc2tog, ch 1; repeat from * to * until last st, hdc in last, turn. | 58 (58, 64, 64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82) sts

Rows 19-28: Repeat Rows 1-10. | 62 (62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80, 80, 86) sts

Row 29: Ch 1, hdc in first 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * to * across, turn. | 62 (62, 68, 68, 74, 74, 80, 80, 86) sts

Row 30: Repeat Row 10. | 64 (64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82, 82, 88) sts

Row 31: Ch 1, sl st in first 2, ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next; repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in last, turn. | 64 (64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82, 82, 88) sts

Row 32: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, ch 1, skip 1, sl st in last, turn. | 64 (64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82, 82, 88) sts

Row 33: Ch 1, sl st in first 2, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * across through last chain space, ch 1, sl st in last st, turn. | 64 (64, 70, 70, 76, 76, 82, 82, 88) sts

Rows 34-48: Repeat Rows 16-30. | 72 (72, 78, 78, 84, 84, 90, 90, 96) sts

Row 49: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 1 skip 1 sl st in next, ch 2, skip 2, sl st in next; repeat from * to * across row, turn. | 72 (72, 78, 78, 84, 84, 90, 90, 96) sts

Row 50: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 1, sl st in first chain space, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * until last st, sl st in last, turn. | 72 (72, 78, 78, 84, 84, 90, 90, 96) sts

Row 51: Ch 1, sl st in first, ch 1, sl st in next chain space, ch 2, sl st in chain space; repeat from * to * across, turn. | 72 (72, 78, 78, 84, 84, 90, 90, 96) sts

Rows 52-54: Repeat Rows 16-18. | 74 (74, 80, 80, 86, 86, 92, 92, 98) sts For Sizes 2x-5x Only Rows 55-60:

Repeat Rows 1-6. | na (na, na, na, na, 88, 94, 94, 100) sts

Sleeve Cuff (Make 2)

Row 1: Ch 13, working in the blo, sl st in second chain from hook and in each st across, turn. | 12 sts

Row 2: Ch 1, working in the blo, sl st in each st across, turn. | 12 sts

Repeats: Repeat row 2 until piece measures 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10) inches, Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing to sleeve.

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Block each piece to the schematic measurements. For the body, seam the top shoulders together on each side with a whip stitch (or preferred seaming method). Next pin the neck ribbing and sew into place. Then leave an opening for the arms and seam from the underarm down. Stitch the sleeve to the sweater with a whip stitch. Then sew the cuffs onto the bottom of the sleeve. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

With its airy construction and breathable linen yarn, this sweater offers the perfect blend of elegance and practicality for summer days and nights.

To ensure your crochet linen sweater lasts for years to come, proper care is essential. Hand washing in lukewarm water with a gentle detergent is recommended to preserve the delicate fibers and shape of the garment. Avoid wringing or twisting the sweater, as this can cause stretching or distortion. Instead, gently press out excess water and lay the sweater flat to dry on a clean towel or blocking mat.

When the summer season comes to a close and it's time to store your crochet linen sweater, it's important to do so properly to protect it from damage. Before storing, make sure the sweater is completely dry to prevent mildew or mold growth. Then, fold it neatly and place it in a breathable garment bag or storage container to protect it from dust and pests. Store the sweater in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading or discoloration.

Whether you're lounging by the beach or strolling through the city, the Sagebrush Lindy Chain Crochet Sweater is sure to become a beloved staple in your warm-weather wardrobe. And if you are looking for more crochet pieces to add to your wardrobe, check out the Lightweight & Lacy Lollipop Summer Simple Cardigan or the Chardonnay Wrap Free Crochet Pattern.

I hope you enjoy wearing this crochet top during the warmer months. Cheers and happy crocheting!

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