I love simplicity and stripes. My favourite top in the world is a really old white jersey with black stripes. You can’t beat a classic Breton stripe right?
I was wearing it recently and suddenly wondered why I had never tried to recreate it in crochet. So that’s exactly what I did… and the keep it simple crochet sweater pattern was the result.
Life is better when you keep it simple!
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The keep it simple crochet pullover has minimal shaping, a wide boat neck / slash neckline with three quarter length sleeves. Though it is easy to extend the length if you prefer longer sleeves – this post will teach you all about sleeve shaping.
It’s long enough in the body to sit on the top of the hips with a little to spare (so it won’t be riding up every time you bend forward!).
All in all it’s a classic sweater style made from simple shapes. An immediate wardrobe staple.
In honour of it’s name, this pattern uses simple stitches to create an elegant, wearable crochet top.
It’s suitable for beginners with some experience.
You’ll be working in rows and turned rounds using half double crochet and back/front loop half double crochet. There is also simple decreasing involved
There will be a small amount of seaming required. When sewing crochet panels together, I use the mattress stitch.
4.5mm crochet hook or size needed to achieve gauge
A cotton / cotton blend DK yarn is recommended.
The sample pictured used King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK in white and black.
Depending on the size you choose you’ll need approx 690 – 1300 yards in White, 200-360 yards in Black.
The pattern is written in US terms and graded to include sizes XS-3X
The finished measurements of each size are provided in the pattern to help you choose which size best suits.
The top is close fitting with 3/4 length sleeves.
The sample seen in the pictures is a size small. It’s worn by me, UK size 8-10 (US 4-6) and I’m 5’ 1” (and a little bit).
I hope you enjoy making this classic boat neck crochet sweater as much as I enjoyed designing it!
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