This easy crochet raglan sweater pattern will add a flattering pullover to your handmade wardrobe. Find the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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Today Justyna from Lady Jay Crochet is here with her free crochet raglan sweater pattern! You can see lots of of Justyna's crochet patterns in her Etsy shop. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Instagram and Pinterest. Justyna, take it away!
Why I Chose a Raglan Sweater Crochet Pattern
Expand your wardrobe with this seamless staple sweater. Designed with minimalism and subtle texture in mind, let Sigfrid go where you go. To family functions, your couch, the office, or your next adventure: this sweater is ready to hug you through it all.
Using a top-down technique, simple stitches, a front loop twist for divine texture, and TWO sleeve options (bell or straight), this design is fully customizable for your best fit.
Add or subtract yoke, body, or sleeve rounds (as directed) to best fit YOUR body.
So pick up your hook, category 4 (worsted weight) yarn, and experience the process of your new favorite Marvelous Victory!
Easy Wearing Worsted-Weight Yarn
This was my first time using Lion Brand Jeans (colorway Topstitch) and I instantly fell in love. Not only is the color vibrant and one of my favorites, the luscious bounce to this yarn is so comfortable for long-time wear!
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The next level cozy of Lion Brand Jeans is going to have you hooked (literally!!). I highly recommend using it for this project, but Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca, Feels Like Butta, and Vanna’s Choice are wonderful substitutes.
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A Perfect Raglan Sweater for Beginners
Don’t let the fact that this is a garment intimidate you! As with most of my designs, I designed this piece keeping in mind beginners who want to dabble in garments.
I have made sure to add photograph tutorials for the increase technique, the evolution of the yoke and split for arm holes, as well as detailed notes to help you ace this pattern.
I really wanted to make a simple yet textured, and basic top-down crochet sweater that can be both flattering and unisex if desired. In my book, “Siggy” checks all these boxes and I’m so glad I get to share her with you all!
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Sigfrid Beginner Crochet Raglan Sweater Free Pattern
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Explanation: Hello friends! I’m Justyna, the maker and designer behind Lady Jay Crochet. I am ecstatic to introduce this crochet pattern: the Sigfrid Sweater.
In all honesty, a simple, textured, top-down raglan style, adult-sized sweater design has been in my mind for several years. I have made and scrapped countless attempts, since none ever fit or draped quite right. Until Sigfrid!
“Sigfrid” is actually Old Norse meaning “A Marvelous Victory” – this design definitely feels like a superb victory after many years and attempts at this sweater! Only basic skills are needed for this piece, and I hope to walk you through any unfamiliar ones through detailed photos and notes.
• Lion Brand Jeans (Weight: 4/medium - 246 Yds, 3.5 oz)
- Topstitch (#505-121) - 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) balls
• U.S J (6.00 mm) crochet hook, or hook needed to obtain gauge.
• Yarn needle
• Measuring tape
*Measurements are taken with garment laid flat, pre-wear.
Garment is made with 4-6 inches negative ease. Size up for a looser fit. Pictured is a size small on a 5’ 4” model with a 35” bust*.
CHEST FIT / TOTAL LENGTH / WIDTH (underarm to underarm) / NECK OPENING /SLEEVE LENGTH (underarm to cuff)
Small: 32-35” / 22” / 15” / 9” / 17”
Medium: 36-38” / 23” / 16.75” / 9” / 17”
Large: 39-42” / 24” / 18” / 9” / 17”
X-Large: 43-46” / 25” / 20” / 9.5" / 18”
2XL: 47-50” / 26” / 21.75” / 9.5” / 18”
3XL: 51-54” / 26” / 23.5” / 9.5” / 18”
7 DC FLO rows = 4”
14 DC FLO sts = 4”
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
FLO = Front Loop Only
R = Row
Rep = Repeat
Sl-St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
SK = Skip
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
V-ST = V-Stitch
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Overall Pattern Notes:
• CONSTRUCTION: This top down sweater is worked seamlessly in raglan style. Begin with initial yoke increases until you have enough sts for sleeves. Then continue yoke until you have enough chest/back increases, then split for arm holes, then work body. Sleeves are worked directly around arm-hole opening.
• YARN: This pattern uses Lion Brand Jeans Yarn; a worsted weight (category 4).
• GAUGE: It is crucial that you meet gauge when following a garment design. Not meeting gauge will result in a garment that is too small or too large. If you are having a hard time meeting the gauge with the recommended hook size, tighten or loosen your tension accordingly OR go up/down in hook size.
• SIZING: Pattern includes 6 sizes: Small [Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL].
• CUSTOMIZE FIT: Sweater is designed to be fitted with 4-6 inches negative ease. Size up for a looser fit. To adjust length: Add/subtract rounds for body or sleeves as noted (best in multiples of two rounds).
• CHAIN 2 at the beginning of each round NEVER counts as a stitch. V-ST CH2 NEVER counts as stitch.
• JOIN STITCH: You will ALWAYS put your join st in the first st of the round.
• WORKING IN THE ROUND: Garment and sleeves are worked in the round. At the end of each round, you will join to the first stitch with a SL-ST. ALWAYS turn your work after each join.
• RAGLAN YOKE INCREASES EXPLAINED: Round 1 (startup increase round): increase only +4 sts. Beginning Yoke Increases: +8 sts per round (this increases for front, back, and both sleeves). Continued Yoke Increases: +4 sts per round (increases only for front/back, sleeve st count remains the same).
• SPECIAL STITCH INSTRUCTIONS: V-Stitch (V-ST)
In one stitch, put: *DC, CH 2, DC*.
NOTE: after R1, put your V-ST in the CH 2 space of the previous row’s V-ST.
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Beginning The Top Down Yoke
(Small [Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL])
START: CH 68 [68, 68, 76, 76, 76]. Being careful not to twist your chains, join with a SL-ST to the first CH.
Round 1: CH 2, TURN. DC 8 [8, 8, 9, 9, 9] sts, V-ST, DC 16 [16, 16, 18, 18, 18] sts, V-ST, DC 16 [16, 16, 18, 18, 18] sts, V-ST, DC 16 [16, 16, 18, 18, 18] sts, V-ST, DC 8 [8, 8, 9, 9, 9] sts. Join with a SL-ST to the first DC of the round (72 [72, 72, 80, 80, 80] total DC sts, +4 increased).
Rounds 2-9 [10, 11, 12, 13, 14]: CH 2, TURN. *DC FLO to next CH 2 space. V-ST in CH 2 space.*. Rep from * to * around. DC FLO remaining sts. Join. (+8 sts increased each round, see below for st counts per R).
ST COUNTS PER R2-9 [10, 11, 12, 13, 14]:
R2: 80 [80, 80, 88, 88, 88].
R3: 88 [88, 88, 96, 96, 96].
R4: 96 [96, 96, 104, 104, 104].
R5: 104 [104, 104, 112, 112, 112].
R6: 112 [112, 112, 120, 120, 120].
R7: 120 [120, 120, 128, 128, 128].
R8: 128 [128, 128, 136, 136, 136].
R9: 136 [136, 136, 144, 144, 144].
R10: M-3XL: [144, 144, 152, 152, 152].
R11: L -3XL: [152, 160, 160, 160].
R12: XL-3XL: [168, 168, 168].
R13: 2XL-3XL: [176, 176].
R14: 3XL: .
NOTE: In this section, you ONLY increase for chest and back sections, no longer increasing around arm holes (+4 sts increased after each round).
Round 10 [11, 12, 13, 14, 15]: CH 2, TURN. *DC FLO to CH 2 space. DC in CH 2 space, CH 2. DC FLO to next CH 2 space. CH 2, DC in CH 2 space*. Rep from * to * once. DC FLO remaining sts. Join. (+4 DC sts).
Rounds 11 [12, 13, 14, 15, 16] -12 [14, 16, 18, 20, 22]: Rep Round 10. (+4 DC sts increased each round).
ST COUNT AT END OF R12 [14, 16, 18, 20, 22]: 148 [160, 172, 192, 204, 216].
SIZING NOTE: Try on as you go! If you wish to have a more fitted body, add or subtract CONTINUED YOKE rounds by multiples of two until desired width.
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Split For Arm Holes
Round 13 [15, 17, 19, 21, 23]: CH 2, TURN. *DC FLO to CH 2 space, put 1 DC in CH 2 space. Loosely CH 11 [13, 13, 13, 15, 15]. (SK 34 [36, 38, 42, 44, 46] DC sts between CH 2 spaces). DC in next CH 2 space*. Repeat from * to * once more (two arm holes created). DC FLO remaining sts. Join (84 [92, 100, 112, 120, 128] DC sts + 22 [26, 26, 26, 30, 30] CH).
Body Of Sweater
Round 14 [16, 18, 20, 22, 24]: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around, putting 1 DC st in each of the 22 [26, 26, 26, 30, 30] chains made in the previous round. Join (106 [118, 126, 138, 150, 158] total DC sts).
Rounds 15 [17, 19, 21, 23, 25] - 39 [41, 43, 45, 47, 47]: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO in each st around. Join.
SIZING NOTE: Try on as you go! If you wish to have a longer or shorter sweater, add or subtract rounds by multiples of two until desired length is obtained.
Round 40 [42, 44, 46, 48, 48]: CH 1, DO NOT TURN. SC in both loops around. Join and cut yarn.
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NOTE: odd numbers are the OUTSIDE of your sleeve, even are the INSIDE of your sleeve.
START/Round 1: Join yarn in center chain of underarm. CH 2, DC in join st and FLO 46 [50, 52, 56, 60, 62] additional sts around arm hole. Join with a sl-st to the first DC. (47 [51, 53, 57, 61, 63] total DC sts).
FOR PLACEMENT: This equates to 11 [13, 13, 13, 15, 15] chains + 34 [36, 38, 42, 44, 46] skipped DC + 2 additional DC (1 each between skipped DC and chains). DO NOT place a st in the V-st gap during 1st round.
Bell Sleeve Option
Rounds 2-15 [ALL]: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around. Join (47 [49, 53, 55, 59, 63] sts).
Round 16: CH 2, TURN. Put 2DC FLO in your first st, DC FLO remaining sts around (48 [50, 54, 56, 60, 64]).
Round 17: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around. Join.
Round 18: CH 2, TURN. Put 2DC FLO in your first st, DC FLO remaining sts around (49 [51, 55, 57, 61, 65]).
Round 19: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around. Join.
Round 21: CH 2, TURN. Put 2DC FLO in your first st, DC FLO remaining sts around (50 [52, 56, 58, 62, 66]).
Rounds 22-29 [29, 29, 31, 31, 31]: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around. Join (50 [52, 56, 58, 62, 66]).
SIZING NOTE: If you wish to have a longer or shorter sleeve, rep R2 more/less here before continuing.
Round 30 [30, 30, 32, 32, 32]: CH 1, DO NOT TURN. SC through both loops around. Join and cut yarn.
Straight Sleeve Option
Rounds 2-29 [29, 29, 31, 31, 31]: CH 2, TURN. DC FLO around. Join (47 [49, 53, 55, 59, 63] sts).
SIZING NOTE: Try on as you go! If you wish to have a longer or shorter sleeve, repeat Round 2 more/less here before continuing.
Round 30 [30, 30, 32, 32, 32]: CH 1, DO NOT turn. SC through both loops around. Join and cut yarn.
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- Using your tapestry needle, weave in all remaining loose ends.
-(Optional) Block your finished garment. NOTE: I steam-blocked mine with the steam setting on my iron.
Notes On Sale and Distribution
• Feel free to sell what you make from this pattern, giving credit to Lady Jay Crochet for the design.
• Please do not alter this pattern in any way and claim as your own design.
• Please do not distribute this pattern for free or alter in any way and sell it as your own pattern. I spent much time perfecting and writing it out for your enjoyment. Thank you!!
Wow, you finished your own raglan crochet sweater. The seamless, top-down construction makes this an easy sweater pattern that you can enjoy wearing through spring, fall, and winter. Give your hook a high five and start planning your next project.
Thanks again to Justyna from Lady Jay Crochet for sharing this free beginner crochet raglan sweater pattern! Be sure to check out Justyna's Etsy shop for lots more modern crochet patterns!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have more questions about this raglan sweater pattern, read on to learn the answers.
A raglan crochet garment is worked from the top down, starting with the neckline. Raglan garments usually have long, distinctive shoulder seams across the front and back.
In general, you need to increase on each side of the body (including the front and back), as well as on each side of your sleeves, every other round. It's safest to follow the instructions in your pattern to be sure your sweater fits well.
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