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Sherpa Crochet Sweater Jacket – Free Pattern Part 2

Woman wearing a fuzzy, sherpa Tunisian crochet cardigan sweater with pockets and a hood.

In part 2 of The Sherpa Sweater, we’ll crochet pockets, join all our pieces together and add a hood. You can find Part 1 of the free pattern here. Or purchase the complete ad-free, printable PDF here.

This crochet sherpa sweater pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.
Crochet sherpa sweater jacket sketch of each piece of fabric.

In Part 1 of The Sherpa Sweater, we learned how to crochet the fronts, back and sleeves.

Today in Part 2, we’re going to finish this beauty off!

As a reminder, if you need any Tunisian crochet help, you can follow these video tutorials to learn all the skills necessary to make this entry-level pattern!

Start Here ⇨ How to Tunisian Crochet for Absolute Beginners
– Use these skills to make the sweater fronts and back.

Then watch ⇨ How to Increase in Tunisian Crochet
– Use these skills to make the sleeves.

If you’d like to have the entire pattern together in one easily printable document, you can purchase the complete ad-free, printable PDF here.

Woman's hand in a fuzzy crocheted sherpa sweater pocket.

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The Crochet Sherpa Sweater
Free Pattern – Part 2

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Sherpa or “teddy bear” style fleece is very en vogue and now you can recreate the look with yarn! By using the most basic Tunisian crochet stitch, we’ll make a fabric that looks decidedly not crocheted. Add some crocheted cuffs that appear knit and you’ll have yourself the coziest, snuggliest toss-on cardigan you ever did see. 

While fuzzy yarn can sometimes be intimidating to crochet with, it’s quite straightforward when working in Tunisian because you’re not searching for stitches in the same way. If you’ve never tried Tunisian before, this entry-level sweater is a perfect place to start. Follow the included video tutorials to master the basic skills necessary.

• A: Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle (Weight: 5/bulky – 120 yds, 3.5 oz) – 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins [(approx. 1070 (1155, 1245, 1340, 1480, 1600, 1715, 1810) g)]
Pictured: Tan (#918-123)

• B: Lion Brand Jeans Colors (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 3.5 oz) – 1 skein 
Pictured: Khaki (#506-123)

• Tapestry needle
Size L (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook with cord length up to 16-20” (or hook size needed to obtain gauge)
• Optional: Size L (8mm) standard crochet hook (The sharper the tip, the better for crocheting slip stitch cuffs. Tunisian hook may be used as well.)

Size chart for The Sherpa Sweater--Tunisian crochet cardigan jacket pattern.

Sample pictured is a M on a 5’9” model with a 41” bust. For a looser fit, size up. 

4” = 11.5 sts

Because of the fuzzy yarn, vertical gauge is hard to count. Pattern gives instructions in inches instead of rows to account for this.

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
Bump – strand of yarn on underside of chain
Ch – chain
FwP – forward pass
Inc – increase
M1 – Make 1 (increase) see instructions in Sleeve notes
PM – place marker
Rep – repeat
RetP – return pass
RS – right side
Slst – slip stitch
Slstblo – slip stitch through the back loop only 
St(s) – stitch(es)
Tslst – Tunisian slip stitch (for binding off)
Tss – Tunisian simple stitch
WS – wrong side
Yo – yarn over

Click here to purchase the PDF of this pattern, which is formatted for easy printing.

Follow Part 1 of the Sherpa Sweater pattern here first! Then follow Part 2 below.


Make 2.

Note: If you’d like a wider or more narrow pocket, chain more or fewer sts in your foundation row.

With Tunisian hook and A:

Foundation Row: Ch 19. Draw up a loop in second bump from hook and each bump to end of row. [19 sts] 

Row 1: Tss in each st across. 

Rep Row 1 until rectangle is 8” tall. Rectangle should measure approx. 7 x 8”. For deeper pockets, rep Row 1 additional times. 

Finishing Row: Loosely Tslst in each bar across. Fasten off


• Use tapestry needle and yarn B for all seaming. (A can be used, but it’s slower and “sticker” than B.)

• The traditional WS of the Tss pieces will eventually become the outside of the sweater. For simplicity in the following instructions, “WS” refers to the traditional back of the Tss. “RS” refers to the traditional front of the Tss.

In layman’s terms: You want the wrong sides of all the Tss pieces facing out when your sweater is completed. All seaming, with the exception of the shoulder slip stitch seams should be done with that side facing you, which means you should generally be looking at the traditional WS of the fabric as you seam.

Seaming Cuff to Sleeve

Use stitch markers to pin long edge of cuff to bottom edge of sleeve. Stretch cuff evenly to accommodate extra width of sleeve and try to keep extra fabric evenly distributed during seaming. Using yarn tails if possible, whip stitch the cuff to the sleeve. Fasten off. Rep on second sleeve. (See photos as end of pattern.)

Tutorial showing how to seam crochet sweater sleeves.

Seaming Sleeve Into Tube

With WS facing out, use stitch markers to pin cuff and sleeve into a tube. Beginning at bottom of cuff, use zig zag stitch to seam sleeve. Keep yarn attached if strand is long enough to also join sleeves later. Rep on second sleeve. 

Seaming Fronts and Back

With WS of fronts and back facing in, use stitch markers to pin pieces partially along shoulders. Measuring from shoulder edge, PM 5.5 (6, 6.25, 6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 6.75, 6.75)” in from each shoulder edge. Beginning at outer edge of shoulder and working through both layers at the same time, slst along top of front and back to marker. Fasten off. Rep for second shoulder.

Tutorial that shows how to sl st seam crochet pieces together.

Joining Sleeves to Sweater

With WS of fronts and back facing out, fold sleeve in half lengthwise with WS facing out. Line up sleeve fold with shoulder seam and use stitch markers to pin sleeve to front and back approximately 8 (8.5, 9, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 11)” down from shoulder seam. Use zig zag stitch to join sleeve to front and back. Keep yarn attached if strand is long enough to seam sides later. Rep on second sleeve. 

Tutorial showing how to zig zag seam (similar to the mattress stitch).

Seaming Sides

With WS of fronts and back laying flat and facing you, use stitch markers to pin side seam. Use zig zag stitch to seam sides. Fasten off. Rep on second side.

Joining Pockets

With WS of fronts and pockets both facing you, use stitch markers to pin pockets to fronts. (Size M sample pictured above has pockets 2” in from front edge and 3.5” in from bottom edge.) Whip stitch pocket in place. Fasten off. Rep on second pocket.


• Hood is worked by picking up stitches along upper edge of sweater fronts and back. All return passes are completed just as they were in the main sweater pieces. 

Lay sweater out with RS facing you. 

Right-Handed: Attach A yarn on right outer corner of front. 
Left-Handed: Attach A yarn on left outer corner of front. 

Tutorial that shows how to crochet a sweater hood.

With Tunisian hook:

Foundation Row: Draw up a loop in front bar below each Tslst each st remaining along first front, back (neck) and second front. (Complete RetP as usual. )

Tip: In layman’s terms, this means you’ll work into the vertical bar at the front of the TSS just as you would on a typical row of TSS.

Row 1 (inc): Tss, M1, Tss in each st across until 2 sts remain, M1, tss in last 2 sts. 

Row 2: Tss in each st across.

Row 3 (inc): Rep Row 1. 

Rep Row 2 until hood measures 16” from Foundation Row.

Finishing Row: Loosely Tslst in each bar across. Fasten off.

Seaming Hood

Bring two top corners of hood together so that hood is folded in half with the WS facing you and the first st of the Finishing Row meeting the last st of the Finishing Row. Pin hood sides together along Finishing Row. Beginning at front of hood, use zig zag stitch to seam toward crown of hood. Fasten off.


With RS facing you, attach yarn A with standard or Tunisian hook anywhere along sweater bottom. PM. 

Finishing Round: With RS still facing, slst evenly around sweater bottom, front, hood and second front, returning to marked st, slst to join. Fasten off.

Weave in any remaining ends. 

Whether you’re headed to Aspen, Alberta or the North Pole, you’re now officially the coziest crocheter in all the land!

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