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Lightweight Cropped Crochet Sweater – Free Pattern by Mommy Loves Yarn

V-neck cropped crochet sweater with 3/4 length sleeves

This v-neck, lightweight cropped crochet sweater comes together with surprisingly simple construction and is perfect for the warmer weather months ahead. Get the full free pattern below or purchase the printable, ad-free PDF here!

Free pattern! This cropped crochet sweater with 3/4 length sleeves has super easy construction and the pattern includes plus sizes!
Thanks to Lion Brand Yarns for providing the yarn for this free cropped crochet sweater pattern. This post contains affiliate links.

Welcome to the Make & Do Crew guest designer series. While I’m prepping for the newest baby in our family, Liz Salazar from Mommy Loves Yarn is sharing her free lightweight cropped crochet sweater pattern with us today! You can see lots of of Liz’s crochet patterns her blog, Mommy Loves Yarn, or in her Etsy shop. And be sure to check her out on social media too: Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Liz, take it away!

The Inspiration for My Cropped Crochet Sweater

I’m Liz and I’m a lover of all things yarn related. My husband, two active little boys and my beautiful daughter are the loves of my life. Briana, my daughter, happily models my crochet designs for me. And I think she looks fantastic in the Silver Linings V-neck top that I created for Make and Do Crew. I’m so grateful to the ladies of “the crew” for this incredible opportunity. Showing off my work on the Make and Do Crew blog, from which I’ve gained so much inspiration and knowledge, is a dream come true.

You'll love this lacy spring crochet cropped sweater! Free pattern using Lion Brand Yarn's ZZ Twist. Includes plus sizes!

A Cropped Crochet Sweater with Simple Construction

The silver linings top has a unique yet simple construction that’s really easy to achieve. If you’ve made a garment or two you can easily tackle this project. You’ll need to know a few basic crochet stitches as well as a good seaming technique. I like the mattress seam.

This top works up quickly and the end result is a beautiful v-neck that you’ll want to wear just about anywhere. It’s going to look great with sandals and denim for a day of shopping and brunch with friends. The open stitching creates a light weight drapey fabric, perfect for a spring or summer evening out. Two main body panels are seamed up the middle front and middle back rather than the sides.

Free pattern! V-neck cropped crochet sweater with 3/4 length sleeves. Very simple construction!

This construction allows the maker to create one armhole in each panel and also results is a beautiful v- neckline for both the front and back of the top. You’ll really love the stitch pattern because it consists of the quick and simple v-stitch with a few rows of single crochet sprinkled in. Alternating double crochet v stitches with half double crochet v stitches produces a subtle monochromatic striped pattern within the design.

A Yarn With Beautiful Drape for Spring Crochet Projects

The alternating v-stitch pattern keeps things interesting but the Lion Brand ZZ Twist yarn I used really makes this one shine, literally. Can you see how the yarn has a shiny almost metallic appearance? I’ve been in love with ZZ Twist yarn ever since its release.

You can’t beat the texture that it’s going to lend to any stitch you chose. It’s the yarns “z-twist” design that creates amazing stitch definition and takes your stitches to the next level. I used the color “silver” because I wanted a lighter shade that would really emphasize my alternating v-stitch’s and I think this color did the trick.

But you can find ZZ Twist yarn in an array of eye-catching colors and my current favorites are the delicious pumpkin and grape. (See them all here!) I think this top would also really stand out in ZZ Twist “royal blue.” Now let’s get to making!

Free crochet pattern using Lion Brand Yarns ZZ Twist yarn!

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Silver Linings V-Neck Top
Free Cropped Crochet Sweater Pattern

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF from Mommy Loves Yarn here.

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Explanation:
Some days simply call for a plunging neckline! Shaping those v-necks can be tricky in crochet, but there’s no shaping needed for this one! You can achieve this look by simply seaming your two crocheted panels together in the centers of your top rather than the sides. This creates that beautiful plunging neckline as well as a unique open back look.

Supplies:
Lion Brand ZZ Twist (weight: 4/medium – 246 yards, 3.5 oz)
Silver (763-150)– 4 (5, 6, 6) balls
Size J (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Sizes/Measurements:
• Pattern is written in sizes S, (M, L, XL)
• Fits bust: 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46)

• Finished Measurements (each body panel):
Length: 16.5 (16.5, 17.75, 17.75) inches
Width: 17.5 (18.5, 20.25, 22) inches

• Finished Measurements (each sleeve):
Length: 9 (9, 10.25, 10.25) inches
Width: 13.25 (14, 15, 16.5) inches

Finished top is shown in size S. Model is 5 foot 3 inches tall with a 34 inch bust.

Gauge:
8 dc-v sts x 12 rows pattern st (3 rows hdc-v, 3 rows dc-v alternating) = 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches

15 sc sts x 16 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
hdc – half-double crochet
st (sts) – stitch (stitches)
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
beg – begin/beginning
dc – double crochet
V-st – V- stitch
yo – yarn over
sp – space
dec – decrease
Dc-v – (dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st or sp
Hdc-v – (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in indicated st or sp

Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is worked by creating 2 identical panels that will be seamed together in the middle front and middle back of the top. Sleeves are made separately then seamed on. Bottom border is worked in sc rounds after piece is seamed.

• Each panel is worked as follows in vertical rows. 1. Right front, armhole opening, right back. 2. Left front, armhole opening, left back.

• Foundation single crochet- Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo, draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), yo, draw through 2 loops (foundation single crochet completed) *insert hook under the 2 loops of the ch at bottom of stitch you just made, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Repeat from * to desired number of foundation single crochet.

RIGHT & LEFT PANELS (MAKE 2 IDENTICAL)

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Fsc 62 (62, 71, 71) to create row 1, then proceed to row 2.

Alternatively,

Ch 63 (63, 72, 72)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. 62 (62, 71, 71) sc

Rows 2-4: ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout) turn, sc in each st across row. 62 (62, 71, 71) sc

Row 5: Ch 2, (does not count as a st here and throughout) turn, hdc in first st, sk next st, hdc-v in next st, *sk next 2 sts, hdc-v in next st, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st. 20 (20, 23, 23) v-sts

Rows 6-7: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, *hdc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st, repeat from * to last st, hdc in last st.

Row 8-10: Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, *dc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st, repeat from * to last st, dc in last st. 20 (20, 23, 23) v-sts

Rows 11-19 (20, 22, 24):  Work even in pattern alternating 3 rows hdc-v with 3 rows dc-v. 

CREATING OPENING FOR ARM

Row 20 (21, 23, 25): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp across. 62 (62, 71, 71) sc.

Row 21 (22, 24, 26): Ch 1, turn, sc in next 40 (36, 38, 36) sts, leaving last 22 (26, 33, 35) sts unworked.

Rows 22 (23, 25, 27) – 24 (25, 27, 29): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across row.

40 (36, 38, 36) sc.

Row 25 (26, 28, 30): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across to end of row, do not turn, ch 23 (27, 34, 36)  (See photo below.)

How to crochet v-neck portion of this free cropped crochet sweater pattern and tutorial using Lion Brand ZZ twist yarn.

Row 26 (27, 29, 31): Turn, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each of the ch’s just made, sc in each sc st of previous row.  62 (62, 71, 71) sc

Row 27 (28, 30, 32): Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, sk next st, hdc-v in next st, *sk next 2 sts, hdc-v in next st, repeat from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st. 20 (20, 23, 23) v-sts

Row 28 (29, 31, 33) – 29 (30, 32, 34): Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, *hdc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st, repeat from * to last st, hdc in last st.

Rows 30 (31, 33, 35) – 32 (33, 35, 37): Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, *dc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st, repeat from * to last st, dc in last st. 20 (20, 23, 23) v-sts

Rows 33 (34, 36, 38)- 41 (43, 47, 51): Work even in pattern alternating 3 rows hdc-v with 3 rows dc-v.

Row 42 (44, 48, 52): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st and in each ch-1 sp across. 62 (62, 71, 71) sc.

Rows 43 (45, 49, 53)- 45 (47, 51, 55): Ch 1, turn,  sc in each st across row. 

Fasten off.

SLEEVES (MAKE 2 IDENTICAL)

Fsc 50 (53, 56, 62) to create row 1, then proceed to row 2

Alternatively,

Ch 51 (54, 57, 63)

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. 50 (53, 56, 62) sc

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. 50 (53, 56, 62) sc

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, sk next st, hdc-v in next st, *sk next 2 sts, hdc-v in next st, repeat  from * to last 2 sts, sk next st, hdc in last st.

16 (17, 18, 20) hdc v-sts.        

Rows 6-7: Ch 2, turn, hdc in first st, *hdc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st, repeat from * to last st, hdc in last st.

Row 8-10: Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, *dc-v in ch-1 sp of next v-st,  repeat from * to last st, dc in last st.

Rows 11-19 (19, 22, 22): Work even in pattern, alternating 3 rows of  hdc-v st with 3 rows dc v st.

Row 20 (20, 23, 23): (dec row) Ch 1, turn sc in first st, *sc in next st, sk ch-1 sp, sc in next st, repeat from * across the row.  34 (36, 38, 42) sc

Row 21 (21, 24, 24): (dec every 5th st) Ch 1, turn, *sc 4, sc2tog, rep from * across to last 4 (0, 2, 0) sts, sc in last 4 (0, 2, 0) sts. 29 (30, 32, 35) sc

Rows 22 (22, 25, 25)- 23 (23, 26, 26): Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across row. 29 (30, 32, 35) sc

Fasten off.

JOINING PIECES

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Note- There is no technical right or wrong side of the panels so choose whichever looks best to be the right side.

With wrong sides facing out, fold the 2 main panels at armhole openings as shown in photo. Using the mattress stitch, seam across the entire shoulder of each panel.

Next, to join the two main panels, place a stitch marker approximately 3/4 of the way up (or desired v-neck length). Beginning from the bottom, seam the two panels together at the sc rows using the mattress stitch. Stop at the st marker, fasten off. Repeat on back.

ATTACHING THE SLEEVES

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Place the sleeves on and pin into place. Starting at the back underarm, seam up to the shoulder and back around the front underarm. Check your pin placement to ensure your seam is even. When you reach the underarm, continue seaming the sleeve together across the arm to the cuff. Fasten off. Repeat for other sleeve.

After you have completed all your seams, turn your top so that all the seams are on the inside.

Begin the bottom border with the shirt turned right side facing out.

BOTTOM BORDER

The bottom border will be worked in single crochet rounds into the rough edges  of the stitches.

Note – For the first round of the bottom border it’s ok if your stitch count varies from the written pattern.  What is important is that your stitches are evenly spaced around the bottom.

Starting in the back, attach a new strand of yarn with a sl st to the bottom edge of your sweater.

Round 1: Ch 1 (place stitch marker),  work 2 sc sts into the sides or rough edges of each dc, and work 1 sc st into each side or rough edge of the sc rows around, sl to beg ch-1 to join.  95 (105, 115, 125)

Rounds 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to beg ch-1 to join. 95 (105, 115, 125) sc

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Thanks again to Liz of MommyLovesYarn.com for sharing this free cropped crochet sweater pattern! Be sure to check out Liz’s blog for lots more free modern crochet patterns!

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10 Comments

  • Erlinda
    March 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Jess I love to see all the videos from you and your mom..I know this is not one of your patterns but on this cropped sweater pattern can I add more rows to make longer? I don’t like my tummy to show. Also wanted to say can’t wait to see pictures of your newest member of your family. What a wonderful blessing for you all. Praying for a safe quick labor and delivery. God bless you all. Erlinda

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much, Erlinda! I can’t wait to see this new babe too. He’s 12 days past due today, so we’re anxiously awaiting his arrival.

      Liz said you can def add length to this sweater if that suites your style better. I think it’s a pretty easy pattern to modify. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
    • Liz salazar
      April 1, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      You will have to add more stitches to make this one longer, but should be very simple. Another option is to make the sc border around the bottom more than just the 4 rounds than the pattern called for. Then you will have a pretty border and you can just keep adding rounds until you are happy with the length.

      Thank you – Liz Salazar (mommyloveyarn.com)

      Reply
  • Iris Dunivent
    March 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Very nice.

    Reply
  • Patricia
    March 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Lovey pattern thanks for sharing they are all beautiful!

    Reply
  • cherub
    March 27, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Love this pattern so far! For rows 11-19, is there a starting chain for these rows?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Hey Cherub,

      Let me check with the designer, Liz. I’m hoping she can comment here to clarify.

      Jess

      Reply
    • liz
      April 1, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      (Answer- from Liz of mommylovesyarn.com)

      Hey there! For Rows 11-19 you should just continue working alternating rows (3 rows hdc, 3 rows dc), until you reach the section titled “create opening for arm.” There is no starting chain needed here because you have not finished working that first panel. The pattern consists of two identical panels. Each panel has a starting chain of 63 (63, 72, 72) which is listed just before Row 1.

      I hope this helps!

      Liz

      Reply

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