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Tapestry Crochet Fisherman’s Sweater – Free Pattern by Zoë Curtis

A wool crochet fisherman's sweater pattern with a modern tapestry pattern that's easy enough for tapestry beginners. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand yarn.

This tapestry crochet sweater pattern creates a modern take on the timeless fisherman’s sweater. And it’s easier than it looks! Get the full free pattern and tutorial with video below.

Free pattern and tutorial for a beginner-friendly tapestry crochet jumper. A fisherman's sweater that's perfect for laying. Sizes XS-4X.
Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for providing the yarn for this free beginner tapestry crochet sweater pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome back to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series. While I’m getting to know the newest baby in our family, Zoë Curtis is sharing her free beginner tapestry crochet sweater pattern with us today! You can see lots of of Zoe’s crochet patterns her blog, Zoë Curtis Crochet. And be sure to check her out on Instagram too. Zoe, take it away!

This easy tapestry crochet sweater comes together with simple construction. Free pattern and tutorial.

The Inspiration for My Crochet Fisherman’s Sweater

The clothing and work wear of small fishing villages are ingrained on my memory just like the smells and tastes of childhood. The blues and yellows, ever present, in the color palette of my father’s wardrobe mirrored the surrounding landscape and have lingered on into my adult psyche.

These early memories of sea salt, weathered wood and outboard motors mark the origins of this sweater design: nostalgia made modern. I loved my father’s Norwegian style knitted sweater, which he still wears now despite it being completely worn out, navy or black with little flecks of white and made with 100% wool to stave off the coldest of winds out at sea.

Free pattern and tutorial for an easy tapestry crochet pullover sweater. A fisherman's sweater that's perfect for laying. Sizes XS-4X.

Skills You’ll Learn While Making Your Tapestry Sweater

This intermediate pattern is most suitable for the more experienced crocheter. However, simple stitches are used throughout and there are instructions for the color work on the front section in the pattern, which is the trickiest part.
You will work the front and back first, seam them together and then add sleeves working in the round. Lastly, you will add ribbing at the neck, bottom and wrists using the front and back post double crochet technique.
A great beginner tapestry crochet project--a wool fisherman's sweater featuring Lion Brand yarn.Beginner tapestry crochet sweater free pattern and tutorial, made using Lion Brand's Fisherman's Wool yarn and Merino Yak Alpaca.

What’s a Crochet Fisherman’s Sweater Without Wool?

Here is my version of a seafarer’s sweater, recreated in a modern style in crochet using beautiful Navy Lion Brand Merino Yak Alpaca and, of course, Lion Brand Fishermen’s wool.

The finished garment is beautifully soft and amazingly light, so can be worn on it’s own or layered just as easily. Having never worked with this yarn brand before, I am seriously impressed with the comfort and warmth of the finished sweater.

A wool crochet fisherman's sweater pattern with a modern tapestry pattern that's easy enough for tapestry beginners. Free pattern featuring Lion Brand yarn.

More Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

If you’re interested in more modern crochet sweater patterns, here are a few of the most loved by M&DC crocheters. You can find all our free crochet sweater patterns here.

Free crochet cardigan patterns from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand yarn. Many contain video tutorials.
1. Free Range Kimono // 2. Habitat Cardigan // 3. Alpine Poncho // 4. Up North Cardigan

Seafarer Free Tapestry Crochet
Sweater Pattern

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Explanation:
Seaside nostalgia made modern! The Seafarer Sweater takes inspiration from a childhood spent in Cornwall, England. Beautiful, soft and warm with an element of challenge, this sweater is a satisfying make and will bring the charm of the coast to any wardrobe. Skills required involve single and double crochet and elements of tapestry crochet (tutorial included).

Supplies:
Lion Brand LB Collection Merino Yak Alpaca (Weight: 4/medium – 126 yds, 1.75oz)
Navy (#498-110) – 7 (7/8/9/9/11/12/13) balls
Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (Weight: 4/Medium – 465yds, 8oz)
Natural (#150-098) – 1 ball
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers

Sizes/Measurements:
• XS: Length: 19″, Bust: 34″, Upper arm: 12″

• S: Length: 20″, Bust: 36″, Upper arm: 13″

• M: Length: 21″, Bust: 38″, Upper arm: 14″

• L: Length: 22″, Bust, 42″, Upper arm: 15″

• XL: Length: 22″, Bust: 46″, Upper arm: 16″

• 2XL: Length: 23″, Bust: 50″, Upper arm: 17″

• 3XL: Length: 24″, Bust: 54″, Upper arm: 18″

• 4XL: Length: 25″, Bust: 58″, Upper arm: 19″

Gauge:
• 4” = 14.5 stitches (measure on a dc row) 4” = 10.5 rows

• NB: you should have 5.5 rows of dc and 5 rows of sc with the color work to make 4” = 10.5 rows

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Rs – right side
Ws – wrong side
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Bpdc – back post double crochet

Overall Pattern Notes:
• The Seafarer is designed as a shorter length sweater; remember to check the gauge and your measurements before you begin.

Front of Sweater

The color work will always be done right side facing.   You will need to keep your tension fairly loose to make the color work effective, refer to the videos for help with this.

Divide 1 skein of Fisherman wool into 3 equally sized balls (approx. 75g each)

Loosely ch 61 (64, 70, 79, 88, 94, 100, 109)

Row 1: First dc into 3rd chain from hook and then dc into every ch st.  This will give you a total of:

59 (62, 68, 77, 86, 92, 98, 107) dc for this row, ch 1, turn.

It is a good idea to check at this point that your work measures approximately:

XS: 17-18″ /S: 18-19″/M: 19-20”/L: 21-22”/XL: 23-24”/2XL: 25-26”/3XL: 27-28”/4XL: 29-30”

Row 2:  Begin color work. Take the ends of each of the 3 balls of Fishermen’s wool you have made and hold together to make one strand. Holding this at the back of your work, insert hook into the first stitch and make 1sc over the 3 strands of Fishermen’s wool. It is important to hold the yarn you are carrying at the back of your work and to keep your work reasonably loose.

See Video 1 here for a visual demonstration.

Repeat x1

Now, for the 3rd stitch of this row you will make an arrow/heart shaped sc stitch using the 3 strands of Fishermen’s wool and the tapestry crochet technique.  So, insert your hook into the stitch, pull the 3 strands through, yarn over in navy and pull through all 4 strands of wool on your hook (3x Natural , 1 x Navy)

See Video 2 here for a visual demonstration.

See Video 3 here for a visual demonstration.

You will repeat this pattern of sc2 in navy followed by 1 arrow/heart sc in natural until the end of the row, you should finish the row with sc2 in navy, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Dc 59 (62, 68, 77, 86, 92, 98, 107) in navy, ch1, turn.

Row 4: Repeat color work Row 2. Sc2 in navy (carrying natural), 1 arrow sc st in natural (carrying navy) and repeat until the end of the row.

Cut your fishermen’s wool, leaving enough to sew in the ends, do not cut the navy/main color yarn!

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for the number of rows indicated:

XS x16/S x17/M x18/L x19/XLx19/2XLx20/3XLx21/4XLx22

Total number of rows before beginning neckline, (including 1 +2):

XS: 34
S: 36
M: 38
L: 40
XL: 40
2XL: 42
3XL: 44
4XL: 46

Row (39): Dc 59 (62, 68, 77, 86, 92, 98, 107) ch1, turn.

Begin neckline:

Left neckline:

Row 1: Color work row, sc 21 (23, 26, 30, 35, 38, 41, 45) ch1, turn

Row 2: 1 dc decrease, dc 19 (21, 24, 28, 33, 36, 39, 43) ch1, turn

Row 3:  Color work row, sc 20 (22, 25, 29, 34, 37, 40, 44) ch1, turn

Row 4:  1 dc decrease, dc 18 (20, 23, 27, 32, 35, 38, 42) ch1, turn

Row 5: Color work row, sc19 (21, 24, 28, 33, 36, 39, 43) ch1, turn

Row 6:  1 dc decrease, dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Row 7: Color work row, sc 18 (20, 23, 27, 32, 35, 38, 42) ch1, turn

Row 8: 1 dc decrease, dc 16 (18, 21, 25, 30, 33, 36, 40) ch1, turn

Row 9: Color work row, sc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Row 10: dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Row 11: Color work row, sc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Row 12: dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Right neckline:

Row 1: Color work row, so start rs facing.  Counting in from the edge of your work (arm hole side), join yarn to the 21st (23rd, 26th, 30th, 35th, 38th, 41st, 45th) st in, this should leave you with 16 sts in the middle for the neck for sizes s/m/xl/2xl/3xl and 17 sts for xs/l/4xl.  Begin a color work row as usual with 2sc in navy followed by 1 in natural, sc 21 (23, 26, 30, 35, 38, 41, 45) in total, ch 1, turn

Row 2: dc 19 (21, 24, 28, 33, 36, 39, 43), 1dc decrease, ch1, turn

Row 3:  Color work row, this time you will need to start with 1sc in navy followed by 1sc in natural before continuing the usual 2sc navy and 1sc natural pattern. Sc 20 (22, 25, 29, 34, 37, 40, 44) in total, ch1, turn

Row 4:  dc 18 (20, 23, 27, 32, 35, 38, 42), 1dc decrease, ch1, turn

Row 5: Color work row, 1 sc in natural, 2sc in navy, and continue the usual pattern, sc19 (21, 24, 28, 33, 36, 39, 43) in total, ch1, turn

Row 6:  dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) 1 dc decrease, ch1, turn

Row 7: Color work row, 2 sc in navy to start, sc 18 (20, 23, 27, 32, 35, 38, 42) in total ch1, turn

Row 8:  dc 16 (18, 21, 25, 30, 33, 36, 40) 1 dc decrease, ch1, turn

Row 9: Color work row,1 sc in navy to start, sc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) in total ch1, turn

Row 10:  dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

Row 11: Color work row, 1 sc in navy to start sc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) in total ch1, turn

Row 12: dc 17 (19, 22, 26, 31, 34, 37, 41) ch1, turn

You can of course, sew in all those ends of Fishermen’s wool at this point, but if you are feeling brave you could try a crochet hack if sewing in ends is not your thing.  If you sew along the edge with your sewing machine, you can cut the ends very short and do exactly zero sewing in here. I recommend doing it twice using zig-zag stitch on your machine.

Back of sweater:

Gauge swatch 4” x 4” = Back of sweater

4” = 14.5 st

4” = 8 rows

Loosely ch 61 (64, 70, 79, 88, 94, 100, 109)

Row 1: First dc into 3rd chain from hook and then dc into every ch st.  This will give you a total of:

59 (62, 68, 77, 86, 92, 98, 107) dc for this row, ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 1 35(37/39/41/43/45/47/49) more times (36/38/40/42/44/46/48/50 rows total)

Begin construction        

Right sides facing sc the shoulder seams together.

Now, looking at the front of your garment, WS facing, sc the sides together leaving a gap of 15 (17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23,25) rows for the armhole. Count the rows on the front of your sweater.

Sleeves

Turn the body right side out again and attach yarn to center of underarm sleeve opening (you should make your first dc into this space.)

Tutorial showing how to crochet a tapestry crochet sweater.

Round 1: (RS) You need to evenly space 46 (48/52/56/60/64/68/72) dc stitches around the armhole.  Sl st to join.

Note: To avoid holes when joining your arm, you can actually pick up part of the previous stitch on the dc rows of the front and back of your sweater. See photos below.

step by step tutorial on how to add sleeves to a crochet sweater

Round 2: dc into each dc all the way round. Sl st to join.

Repeat Round 2, 7 more times for all sizes.

Round 3: dc2tog and dc into each dc all the way round. Sl st to join.

Repeat Round 3 for approximately 25 more rounds or until the sleeve reaches the wrist.

Neck ribbing: 

Round 1: (RS facing) Working in Fishermen’s wool, start at the back and work dc25 along the back neckline.  Next, evenly space dc along the front.  You should have approx. 78 dc stitches when you reach the end of the first round, join.

Round 2 + 3: frpdc, bpdc until the end of the round, sl st to join.

Bottom of the sweater ribbing:

Round 1: (RS facing) dc all the way around, join. You should have approx. 117 (123, 135, 153, 171, 183, 195, 213) dc stitches.

Round 2 + 3: frpdc, bpdc all the way around, join.

Sleeve ribbing:

Round 1: (RS facing) dc all the way around, join. The final stitch count for each size will vary depending on how long you have made your sleeves.

Round 2 + 3: frpdc, bpdc all the way around, join.

Sew in the ends and enjoy your beautiful sweater!

Thanks again to Zoe of Zoe Curtis Crochet for sharing this free fisherman’s crochet sweater pattern! Be sure to check out Zoe’s blog for lots more free modern crochet patterns!

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