The Simply Sophisticated Scarfie Sweater is a free crochet pattern for a beginner friendly sweater!
I have been wanting to make a sweater for a while now but I wanted it to be suitable for a beginner and not intimidating at all to the newer crocheter. This sweater is perfect!
Made with just two identical panels sewn together this sweater really couldn’t be any easier!
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Lion Brand’s Scarfie yarn* is a lovely self striping ombre yarn and I wanted those stripes to be vertical rather than horizontal for a more flattering effect.
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Also continuing on with the flattering theme, I wanted to give some shape to the sweater rather than just a straight boxy shape. I incorporated a section of single crochet worked in the back loops only to create a gather at the waist which pulls in the sweater garment for a more flattering fit.
The other great thing about this pattern is that if you don’t have access to Scarfie yarn or want to substitute something else that is super easy to do! Just work the panels to the panel size indicated and sew together! Easy, peasy!
Pattern is sized from size Adult small – 3X and pattern adjustments are so easy! With gauge specified, 5 rows equals an increase of approximately 2″.
If you would like to make the sweater longer to have more coverage over the hips, just add more chains and work that amount of chains as half double crochet stitches below the single crochet section of each panel.
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Simply Sophisticated Scarfie Sweater
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Size small = (2) 8.7 oz / 571 yds
- Size medium = (2) 9.7 oz / 601 yds
- Size large = (3) 10.7 oz / 631 yds
- Size XL = (3)11.7 oz / 661 yds
- Size 2X = (3)13.7 oz / 730 yds
- Size 3X = (3)15.7 oz / 790 yds
Approximate finished size:
Small = 16” width x 23” length (not including turtleneck)
Medium = 18” width x 23” length
Large = 20” width x 23” length
XL = 22” width x 23” length
2X = 24” width x 27” length
3X = 26” width x 27” length
Gauge: 11 hdc rows (worked in between the posts see special stitch section below) = 4”, 10 hdc st = 4″
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
BLO = back loop only
st = stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 stitches together (see special stitch section below)
Notes about pattern:
- Ch 1 at beginning of each row does not count as stitch.
- hdc is worked in between the posts for the entire pattern.
- Want to substitute another yarn? Just make sure your final panels match the panel sizes provided!
- When adding the turtleneck, be sure it isn’t too tight to fit over head after working row 2. If too tight, worker fewer decreases around row 2.
- If you would like the sweater to be longer and have additional coverage over the hips, work additional ch length below the sc section of the panel and work those chains/stitches as hdc throughout the panel.
- Turtleneck is optional — if not adding, work sc evenly around neck opening.
The hdc is worked in between the posts. Insert your hook under all three loops rather than just the two loops as usual.
hdc2tog: (hdc decrease) yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull through (3 loops on hook), insert hook into next st, yo, pull through (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Sweater Panels (Make 2)
Ch 61 (71 for size 2X & 3X only unless making longer panels for additional hip coverage)
Row 1: (RS) hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 34 (39) ch, sc in next 15 ch, hdc in next 10 (15) ch. Turn (60) (70)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc in same st (working in between the hdc st posts from the previous row), hdc in next 9 (14) st, sc (working in BLO) in next 15 st, hdc in next 35 (40) st. Turn (60) (70)
Row 3: ch 1, hdc in same st, hdc in next 34 (39) st, sc (working in BLO) in next 15 st, hdc in next 10 (15) st. Turn (60) (70)
Row 4 – 44 (small) (M=49, L=54, XL = 59, 2X = 64, 3X = 69): repeat row 2-3.
With RS of panels facing each other (WS facing out) and sc sections matching up, place stitch markers at all 4 corners of panels. Measuring from top corners down, place stitch markers (S=7”, M=7 1/2”, L=8”, XL=8 1/2”, 2X=9”, 3X=9 1/2”) from left and right corners (arm hole). Measuring from top corners toward center, place a stitch markers (S=5”, M=5 1/2”, L=6”, XL=6 1/2”, 2X = 7”, 3X=7 1/2”) from left and right corners (head).
Using preferred sewing method (I used the mattress seam stitch), sew seams between stitch markers leaving head opening, arm holes and bottom of garment open.
With RS facing, attach yarn at head/neck opening at one of the shoulder seams.
Round 1: ch 2 (does not count as stitch) hdc evenly around neck opening, sl st join to 1st st. Note: you should be working approximately 3 hdc sts over the ends of 2 rows in order to not pucker your work and keep the stitches even.
Round 2: ch 1, *hdc2tog over next 2 st, hdc next 2 st,* repeat between * * around to end, sl st to 1st st. Note: check to see if turtleneck will fit over head. If too tight, work fewer decreases throughout this round.
Round 3 – 9: ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st around, sl st to 1st st.
Round 10: ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around, sl st to 1st st.
To stabilize arm holes, attach yarn at bottom of arm hole and sc evenly around each arm hole, sl st to first st.
Weave in ends.