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Casual Crochet Pullover – Free Pattern Part 1

Woman wearing casual crochet pullover pattern made with worsted weight Lion Brand yarn.

A simple silhouette and drapey knit-like stitch make this casual crochet pullover a comfy essential. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Woman wearing casual crochet pullover pattern made with Lion Brand yarn.
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Exposed seams and a high-low hem add a touch of interest and ensure this modern sweater feels intentional the best possible way. You’ll be able to work your sweater up quite quickly with worsted-weight yarn and basic stitches. The result is easy to toss-on and run out the door or lounge around home.

Keep reading for all the yarn details and pattern inspiration or scroll down for the Part 1 of the free pattern and tutorial. You can find Part 2 of the free pattern here.

Woman wearing casual crochet pullover pattern with stylish exposed seams.
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Basic But Not Bland

It’s always a fine line, in my opinion, between designing a versatile, wearable essential and a ho-hum dud. Drape, texture and silhouette make such a difference in ensuring casual basics don’t feel bland. My mom really nailed in on all three with the Celestial Sweater!

We started this design knowing we wanted a flattering V-neck and we were going to see if there was a way to create exposed seams that felt deliberate and not sloppy. It took a few tries, but I really think it worked. After the main body and sleeves are worked in one piece, a combination of single crochet and reverse single crochet stitches are use to “seam” up the sweater.

The high-low hem adds another element of modern style and the small side slits are wearable on a variety of body types. If the high-low hem isn’t your thing, it’s easy to modify this casual crochet pullover to be all one length.

Woman wearing casual crochet jumper sweater pattern made with Lion Brand Jeans yarn.
Casual

Yarn Designed for Lounging

My mom crocheted two samples of the Celestial Sweater, which became great proof that this pattern can be made successfully in a variety of worsted weight yarns.

First we tried Lion Brand Cobblestone yarn, which sadly was recently discontinued. I really liked the subtle marled look of this yarn which combined strands of light muted pink with cream.

Once we found out Cobblestone wasn’t likely to be a long term option for this pattern, we set out to find a worsted weight alternative that would still give the same casual, stone-washed vibe.

Lion Brand Jeans yarn in three colors, next to a casual crochet sweater.

Lion Brand Jeans yarn was a no-brainer and I have to say, the grey Jeans sample sweater is even more drapey and soft than the Cobblestone version. As you can see from the photos, both yarns really worked up beautifully, but if Jeans is what you can find, you can rest assured that you’ll end up with a delicious sweat-shirt level of comfort in your Celestial Sweater. Check out all the colors of Lion Brand Jeans here.

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Skills Needed To Crochet This Pullover Sweater

This sweater is really a practice in pattern reading as it describes a unique construction that you may have not come across before. The crochet skills themselves are quite easy and include single crochet, working in rows and reverse single crochet. Because you’re using worsted weight yarn, this casual crochet pullover really works up fairly quickly.

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Download the Printable Pattern

If like me, you like to couch crochet, you’ll find the printable PDF to be an enjoyable way to make this sweater. Because the pattern includes a lot of instructional details (and therefore scrolling on your phone!), I think you’ll find the printable PDF to be a really worthwhile investment. It includes the complete pattern (Parts 1 + 2) all in one seamless download, plus a stitch diagram that’s not included in the free pattern.

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Free Crochet Pullover Pattern
Part 1

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Explanation:
A simple silhouette and drapey knit-like stitch make this jumper a comfy toss-on essential. The exposed seams add a touch of interest and ensure your sweater feels intentional and handmade in the best possible way. 

You’ll work this pattern up quite quickly with worsted-weight yarn and basic stitches. Skills required include single crochet, working in the round and very simple crochet seaming.

Supplies:
Lion Brand Jeans (Weight: 4/medium –  246 yds, 3.5 oz, 100 g) 
Vintage (#505-150)7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins [(approx. 630 (680, 750, 820, 880, 930, 970, 1030) g)]

Also pictured: 
 Lion Brand Cobblestone – Misty Rose(Weight: 4/medium –  219 yds, 3.5 oz, 100g)

• Tapestry needle
Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook for ribbing only 
Size L (8 mm) crochet hook for body and sleeves or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers or safety pins 

* This pattern was designed using Lion Brand Jeans. Using a different yarn may result in slightly more or less yardage required.

Sizes:

SizeFits BustFinished CircumferenceSweater Length, back (including ribbing)
S33”41”28”
M37”45”28”
L41”49.5”28.5”
1X45”53.5”29.5”
2X49”57.5”30”
3X53”61.5”30.5”
4X57”66”30.5”
5X61”70”31”

Gauge:
8 sets of [sc, ch 1] = 4” (16 total stitches = 4”)
14 rows = 4”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch(s) – chain(s)
ch1sp – space created by 1 ch
dec – decrease
pm – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
scblo – single crochet through the back loop only
sk – skip
slst – slip stitch                           
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
yo – yarn over

Special Stitches:
rsc –
reverse single crochet: Right-handed: Working from left to right, work a sc in the next st to the right. Left-handed: Working from right to left, work a sc in the next st to the left.

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Overall Pattern Notes:
• Ribbing is crocheted first using smaller hook and sweater body is worked directly into ribbing using larger hook

• Watch a video tutorial showing how to crochet the moss stitch used in this pattern here.

Banner showing downloadable PDF pattern for the Celestial Sweater, a casual pullover pattern designed with the moss stitch.

!! GAUGE CHECK !!

Please don’t skip this step or you will risk your sweater not fitting as expected.

Create a gauge swatch with larger hook as follows:

Foundation Row: Ch 22.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across; turn. (21 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc; turn.

Row 3: : Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * until 2 sts remain, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. 

Rep Rows 2 and 3 eight more times. Swatch should now contain 19 rows.

Measure center four inches of swatch vertically and horizontally. Compare to pattern gauge listed above. If there are too many stitches in 4” horizontally, increase your hook size and re-swatch. If there aren’t enough stitches in 4” horizontally- decrease your hook size and re-swatch.

BOTTOM RIBBING

Make 2. With smaller hook:

Foundation: Ch 13.

Row 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch; turn. (12 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, scblo in first sc and each sc to end; turn. (12 sts)

Rep last row 71 (78, 85, 92, 100, 107, 114, 121) times for a total of 73 (80, 87, 94, 102, 109, 116, 123) rows. Do not fasten off.

Continue with smaller hook. 

Foundation Row (RS): Beginning where yarn is attached, slst across last row. (This prevents ribbing from curling.) (12 slsts)

Rotate ribbing to work across the row ends. Work 79 (87, 95, 103, 111, 119, 127, 135) sc across top of ribbing evenly spaced as follows: 

*sc in top of next 10 rows, 2 sc in top of next row; rep from * 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) more times; sc in each row to last row, 1 (1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2) sc in last row.

Work 12 slsts down short side of ribbing. Fasten off.

SWEATER BODY

Sweater Back Only:

Note: 
• Back of sweater is slightly longer than front. Four rows of back are worked before joining front. 

With larger hook and WS of foundation row facing, attach yarn in first sc of WS. 

Row 1 (WS): Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1 , sk 1 sc, sc in last sc; turn. [40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68) sc; 39 (43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67) ch1sps]

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in next ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc; turn. [41 (45, 49, 53, 57, 61, 65, 69) sc; 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66) ch1sps]

Row 3 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc,  ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc; turn. [40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68) sc; 39 (43, 47, 51, 55, 59, 63, 67) ch1sps]

Rep Row 2 once more. Fasten off. 

Joining Sweater Back to Front Ribbing:

Note:
• Front Ribbing and Back will now be joined. The following section is worked in turned rows, which leaves the front of the sweater open for now.

PM in middle sc of Front. [This is the 40th (44th, 48th, 52nd, 56th, 60th, 64th, 68th) sc.] Attach yarn with slst in marked st. 

With WS of Front Foundation Row facing and larger hook:

Row 1 (WS): 
First Section of Front: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * until 1 sc of Front Foundation Row remains. Grab Sweater Back. With WS of Back also facing:

Joining Front and Back: Ch 1, do not skip a st, sc2tog over last st in Front and first st in Back. 

Back: *Ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch 1 sp; rep from * until 2 sc of Back remain, ch 1, sk 1 sc. 

Joining Front and Back: Sc2tog over last st in Back and first st in Front. 

Last Section of Front: Ch 1, do not sk 1 sc, sc in next sc. *Ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc; rep from * to last sc, ch 1, sk last sc, sc in next sc. (Last sc will be in the same st as first sc of row.) 

Turn without joining. Front is intentionally left open and will be seamed later. Row should contain 159 (175, 191, 207, 223, 239, 255, 271) total stitches (counting both sc and chs).

Main Body of Sweater:

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc; turn. [159 (175, 191, 207, 223, 239, 255, 271) total sts]

Row 3 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * until last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. 

Rep rows 2 and 3 until front piece measures 16.5” from top of ribbing (not including ribbing), ending with a WS row. For a longer sweater, work additional repeats now, ending with a WS row.

Dividing for Armholes:

Set up: On WS, count 39 (43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 59, 61) sts (counting sc and chs throughout set-up row) from one front edge, pm. Sk 3 (3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 11, 15) sts, pm in next st (should be a sc). Count 39 (43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 59, 61) sts from opposite  front edge, pm. Sk 3 (3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 11, 15) sts, pm in next st (should be a sc)

Back:

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, attach yarn at the 2nd marker from the right-hand edge of work (left-handed: left-hand edge). Ch 1, sc in same sc as join, sc in next ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * until next marker, sc in marked st; turn. Do not remove markers. [75 (83, 91, 95, 103, 107, 115, 119) total sts]

Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * until last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. [75 (83, 91, 95, 103, 107, 115, 119) total sts]

[Rep Rows 1 and 2] 12 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17) more times. Section from armhole to top of back should contain 26 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 34, 36) total rows. Fasten off.

Right Front (as worn): 

• The bonus stitch chart in the printable PDF demonstrates stitch placement for the decreases.

Row 1 (RS): Attach yarn at front neckline edge of Right Front (left-handed: Left Front). Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * until first marker, sc in marked st; turn. Do not remove markers. [39 (43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 59, 61) total sts]

Row 2 (WS – dec): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, (do not ch 1), sc2tog (dec made); turn. [38 (42, 44, 48, 50, 54, 58, 60) total sts]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 1,  sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc,  sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. [38 (42, 44, 48, 50, 54, 58, 60) total sts]

Row 4 (WS – dec): Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last (sc, ch1sp, sc), ch 1, sk next sc, sc2tog over next ch1sp and last sc (dec made); turn [37 (41, 43, 47, 49, 53, 57, 59) total sts]

Row 5 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc; turn. [37 (41, 43, 47, 49, 53, 57, 59) total sts]

[Rep Rows 2-5] 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) times. 

Rep Row 2 once more for all sizes.

[Rep Rows 3–4] 0 (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1) more time(s).

Right Front should now contain 26 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 34, 36) rows from armhole and 26 (30, 31, 34, 35, 38, 42, 43) total sts in the last row. Fasten off.

Left Front (as worn):

• The bonus stitch chart in the printable PDF demonstrates stitch placement for the decreases.

Row 1 (RS): Attach Yarn at left armhole edge (left-handed: right armhole edge), which is the last marker in row. Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc; turn. [39 (43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 59, 61) total sts]

Row 2 (WS – dec): Ch 1, sc2tog (dec made), (do not ch 1), sc in first ch-1 sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. [38 (42, 44, 48, 50, 54, 58, 60) total sts]

Row 3 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc; turn. [38 (42, 44, 48, 50, 54, 58, 60) total sts]

Row 4 (WS – dec): Ch 1, sc2tog over first sc and first ch1sp (dec made), *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in last sc. [37 (41, 43, 47, 49, 53, 57, 59) total sts]

Row 5 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first sc, sc in first ch1sp, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next ch1sp; rep from * to last sc, sc in last sc; turn. [37 (41, 43, 47, 49, 53, 57, 59) total sts]

[Rep Rows 2-5] 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) times.

Rep Row 2 once more for all sizes.

[Rep Rows 3–4] 0 (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1) more time(s).

Left Front should contain 26 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 34, 36) rows from armhole and 26 (30, 31, 34, 35, 38, 42, 43) sts. Fasten off.

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The Celestial Sweater Part 2

In Part 2 of the Celestial Sweater, we’ll add sleeves and then seam everything up with simple single crochet stitches. Head to Part 2 of this casual crochet pullover pattern here!

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