I don’t know about you but it’s getting pretty chilly over here. And I decided it was about time I put together an elegant top with a bit of a twist. An off-the-shoulder drape kind of twist. Introducing the Hug-Me Off the Shoulder Sweaters step-by-step free written pattern and video tutorial.
Yes, I’m calling it the Hug-Me Sweater because it is so cozy and warm, it gives me the feeling of being wrapped up like a burrito. Hmm, thinking of naming it the Burrito Sweater actually makes me kind of hungry! lol
This pattern tutorial is also available on my YouTube channel where it is worked up in size M. However, If you would like a printable ad-free PDF copy of this pattern, it is available for purchase in my pattern store. Or just add this to your Ravelry queue here
Sometimes when we work with sweaters or crochet and knitted tops it can sometimes feel… dare I say it – “old-ish”. Yup! I said it all right. And I didn’t want to make just another “old-ish” sweater or top.
I wanted to make something that would make me feel elegant wearing it especially with the holidays ringing around the corner (hint hint). Plus I wanted to make a crocheted top that could also go really well for a nice Thanksgiving dinner event or just for that special occasion.
OFF-SHOULDER SWEATER CONSTRUCTION
For this top, I am using a category 4 yarn by Loops and Threads readily available at Michael’s Store or even on Amazon. This yarn is called Soft & Shiny which is really what it offers. A sheen that mimics the light and the color burgundy that is oh so vibrant it reminds me of red wine 🍷.
The body panel is worked up first in one large piece. Working from side to side allows easy adjustment on the size as I love patterns that allow you to measure as you go. It makes it flexible that way. And then the sleeves and cuffs are also worked together in one piece. The folded shoulder collar is then added on after assembling.
This top uses the Herringbone Stitch which gives it a really nice dimension to each row.
This off-the-shoulder sweater can easily be adjusted to fit your preferred size when measured and crocheted along the way. And if you choose to measure along, check out how much yarn you actually need with this yarn calculator here.
Watch The Video Tutorial Here
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Tools And Materials:
Yarn weight: Category 4 Medium
Brand: Loops & Threads
Hook: 3.5mm, 4.5mm & 5.5mm
Gauge: 5.5mm hook: 11.2 Rows x 16 HB Sts = 4 x 4” / 10 x 10 cm
No. yarns (skeins): XS [S/ M/ L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL/ 4XL/ 5XL] = 4[ 4/ 5/ 5/ 5] [5/ 6/ 6/ 6]
Tools: tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors, stitch markers
Skill: Beginner – Easy
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Things to Note:
- Prepare pattern gauge to get the right size.
- Turning chain does not count as a stitch unless mentioned otherwise
- This top has a negative ease of – 1 in/ – 2.5cm
- Special stitch – Herringbone St (HB St): Yo, insert hook, draw up a loop and Pt 1st loop, Yo, Pt 2 loops.
- Step by step Video Tutorial available here
Your body measurement:
- Group Sizes: XS [S/ M/ L/ XL] [2XL/ 3XL/ 4XL/ 5XL]
- Bust: 30 [34 /38/ 42/ 46] [50/ 54/ 58/ 62] in or 76 [86/ 96.5 /106.5/ 117] [127/ 137/ 147/ 158] cm
- These measurements are only estimates and are best to measure your work and body along the way.
- If you are in-between sizes, size up or measure along
- Abbreviation page available in English US format
* I am wearing size Medium in these pictures here for reference
The Hug-Me Crochet Sweater Top Free Written Pattern
PART 1: Body Panel
*We will be working from the side in one single piece using the 5.5mm hook.
1.Foundation: Ch 55[55/60/60/65] [65/65/70/70] + 1, turn. You can also measure the height you’d pref from your underarm to your hip. Then multiply by 4 sts. ie: 15in x 4sts = 60 Chains
2. Row 1: Herringbone Stitch (HB St). On the 2nd Ch from hook, work a HB St (Yo, insert hook, draw up a loop and Pt 1st loop, Yo, Pt 2 loops) and on each Ch across. Ch 1 turn.
3. Row 2: Rep Row 1 for 39 [45/ 50/ 56/ 62] [67/ 73/ 78/ 84] total rows or until you have reached desired size. To get the best fit, measure around your bust, divide it into 2, minus 1 in / 2.5cm, multiply this number by 2.8 rows. Ie: 40 in /2 – 1 = 19 x 2.8 = 53 rows
4. Once you have completed the 1st panel, Ch 1 turn and work HB Sts until the last 9th St, Ch 8 + 1, turn
5. Next Row: HB St 8 Ch and each St across for the same number of total rows in Step 3.
6. Seam: Fold body panel in half and with the 3.5mm hook, Sc each St of both panels together across until the 9th last St.
7. Bind off
PART 2: Sleeves
1. Foundation Row: (With your 5.5mm hook), Ch 76 + 1 turn, or measure from your underarm to your wrist and multiply by 4 Sts. •ie 19in x 4 = 76 chains
2. Row 2: (Switch to 3.5mm hook), Sc 15, Place SM on last St, (switch to 5.5mm hook), HB St each chain across. Ch 1 turn.
3. Row 3: HB St each St across until the SM, (switch to 3.5mm hook), Sc through the back loop (Sc BLO) 15, Ch 1 turn
4. Row 4: Sc BLO 15, Place SM on last St, (switch to 5.5mm hook), HB St each St across. Ch 1 turn.
5. Row 5: Rep Row 3 & 4 until you have reached your pref arm width. Measure around your upper arm + 1 in/ 2.5cm.
6. Seam: Fold Sleeves in half lengthwise and Sc each St of both pieces together across.
7. Bind off
8. Make another Sleeve by repeating Steps 1 – 7
PART 3: Assembling
1.Turn sleeve right side out and insert sleeve between (WS) body panel armhole (ref image 1)
2. Place SM to secure, and Sc both pieces together with your 3.5mm hook around.
3. Bind off
4. Rep Steps 1 – 3 on the other side.
PART 4: Shoulder Wrap
1. Foundation Row: Place your 4.5mm hook along any sleeve join and Sc along the rows post loosely. Distribute your stitches evenly. (You do not need to Sc each row). Do this along the body panel and along the sleeves. Slst to join in the round, Ch 1
2. Row 2: HB St each St in the round, Slst to join. Ch 1 turn
3. Next Rows: Rep Row 2 for 32 total rows or until you reach your pref length.
4. Bind off and weave in all loose ends.
TIP: How to Join in the Round Correctly
1. Slst through that 1st “V” St to join in the round, Ch 1 turn workaround
2. Insert hook through the same last turning St, this will be your 1st St (and not the 2nd St shown in image 2). Cont to HB St in the round until the last unworked St, rep Steps 1 and 2.
Voila! If you have any questions about this pattern, do check out the video tutorial or get in touch with me by dropping a comment below.
If you are looking for the entire tools used to make this HugMe Off Shoulder Sweater pattern, I’ve listed them all right here:
- 3.5 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook
- 4.50 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook
- 5.50 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook
- Soft & Shiny by Loops & Threads (Burgundy)
- HugMe Off Shoulder Sweater Printable PDF
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