Sweater season is here, thus the Serenity Sweater was born. I am a huge fan of the high waisted, floor length skirts, with a cropped sweater, or paired with some nice skinny jeans. With that in mind I started on this crochet Serenity Sweater. I made mine with a cropped look, but you can choose to make yours full length if you so please. The yarn I ended up using has a gorgeous blend of colors that I am in love with *happy sigh*. The back of the sweater is a deep V with a single chained strap across the back to help keep the sweater firmly in place on your shoulders. I hope you all enjoy this sweater as much as I do! This is more of an intermediate pattern but I am happy to help any beginners who want to attempt!
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Materials You Will Need
Yarn: I used approximately 2 skeins (328 yds/200g each) of Loop and Threads Barcelona in the color in Arctic for my serenity sweater. If you plan on adding length to the sweater or increasing the width a few inches, you will definitely want to grab a third skien (or get 100-200 more yards of yarn if you use a different brand). This is a bulky (5) weight. Each skein had 328 yards (300 m) and weighs 7oz (200g). If you use a different brand/type of yarn, try to get something in the same weight and density. Meaning something that is roughly the same weight per yard.
Crochet Hook: I used a 10mm clover brand hook for this pattern which was a larger hook size than my yarn suggested.
Tapestry Needle: This is the yarn needle I used to weave in my ends.
Scissors: to cut your yarn. The scissors below are the ones I use and keep in my crafting bag. They are super sharp and compact enough to carry with me and my projects!
Stitches Used in This Pattern (US TERMS)
I will be using abbreviations (beginners check out my printable abbreviation cheat sheet) in this written pattern so here is a list of the names/abbreviations and brief directions for each:
Stitch (ST) – Next chain or stitch you are going to work into
Yarn Over (YO) – wrapping yarn around hook
Chain (CH) – After having an slip knot on your hook, YO and pull through your slip knot. That is a chain 1. YO again and pull through loop on hook. That is your chain 2, and so forth.
Slip Stitch (SS) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and yarn over. Pull through chain/stitch and continue to pull through the loop on your hook.
Single Crochet (SC) – Insert hook into next chain/stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC)– Yarn over hook, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, making 3 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet 2 Togther (HDC2tog) – Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, making 3 loops on the hook. YO and insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop. YO and pull through all loops on hook
Front Post Half double Crochet (FPHDC) – Check out this video tutorial by Hopeful Honey to see how to do this stitch if you are unfamiliar.
Back Post Half double Crochet (BPHDC) – Check out this video tutorial by Knittinghelp.com to see how to do this stitch.
Important Pattern Details
This sweater can be altered to fit any size and body type. I will tell you in what areas you will want to adjust it to make it larger or smaller. I made mine in a M/L size. For reference I am a size ten pants and size 8 top in general.
Chain 2 at beginning of each row does not count as first HDC stitch.
** IMPORTANT SIZING INFORMATION! **
For a large, this top measured 19″H X 19″W. With the sleeves being 25”L.
A small would be 19”Hx 17”W. Sleeves still 25”L.
If you would like to increase/decrease the Width to make it fit to your preference, the gauge is 8 HDC stitches per 4”. Adding/deducting 2 stitches will increase your width by 1 inch.
To alter the height every 3 rows added or deducted will increase/decrease the length of the sweater by 2”.
Serenity Sweater Crochet Pattern
The following will be written with the sizes as follows S (M/L) and other instructions will be added throughout to help further increase or decrease the size if these two size options are not the right fit for you.
CH 33 (37)
** To increase/decrease the width of your back-panel INC/DEC your # of CH’s by an even number. The Chain should be able to wrap halfway around your mid section at your widest point and you will make the same amount of beginning chains for the front panel so make sure to write it down **
Row 1: HDC in the 3rd CH from hook. HDC in every stitch across the row. (31sts|35sts)
Row 2 – 14: Ch 2. HDC in every stitch across row. (31sts|35sts)
** If you want your sweater to be longer, this is where you would add additional rows here, or wait and just tie onto the bottom of the sweater and add additional rows once the panel is completed so you can see how much, if any, length is needed**
Rows 15: HDC in the next 14sts (16sts) then HDC2TOG. (If you altered the number of beginning chains you will want the HDC2tog to land on the middle stitch of the row and the stitch right before it.) (15sts|17sts)
Row 16: CH 2 and turn. HDC2tog. HDC across row. (14sts|16sts)
Row 17: CH 2 and turn. HDC across row but HDC2tog on the last two stitches of row. (13sts|15sts)
**Repeat alternating rows of 16 and 17 until you complete to Row 23.
Row 24-31: Ch 2, HDC across
Tie back onto the unworked end of row 15. Repeat rows 15-31 and tie off. (7sts|9sts)
CH 33 (37)
-or however many chains you used for the back panel if altered.
Row 1: HDC in the 3rd CH from hook. HDC in every stitch across the row. (31sts|35sts)
Row 2 – 21: Ch 2. HDC in every stitch across row. (31sts|35sts)
** If you want to have a lower cut V neck, stop a few rows short and I will tell you where to add rows later to keep it all even.**
***If you altered the length of the back panel by adding additional rows make sure to add the same amount of additional rows at this point***
Row 22: HDC in the next 13sts (16sts) then HDC2TOG. (If altered, again you will want the HDC2tog to land on the middle stich of the row and the one just prior to that). (15sts|17sts)
Row 23: CH 2 and turn. HDC2tog. HDC across row. (14sts|16sts)
Row 24: CH 2 and turn. HDC across row but HDC2tog on the last two stitches of row. (13sts|15sts)
**Repeat alternating rows of 23 and 24 until you complete to Row 31. (7sts|9sts)
**If you stopped a few rows short for rows 2-21 for a lower cut V neck, you will now add however many rows you stopped short by doing a CH 2, HDC across for each row you skipped. For example if you made 19 rows instead of 21 there, you will now add 2 HDC rows at this point. **
Tie back onto the unworked end of row 22 (Just like you did for the back panel). Repeat rows 22-31 and tie off.
Connecting Front/Back Panels
Now you will want to use your tapestry needle to attach the front and back panels making sure the seam is on the wrong side of your work. The picture below shows you where you connect them at with step 1. Use a mattress Stitch or a Whip Stitch to connect the panels to shape your serenity sweater.
Then you will want to attach your yarn where the arrow points for step 2.
You will SC as evenly as possible (1 SC per row seemed to work well for me) around the entire neck hole you made in the previous step. When you reach where you tied on, connect with a slip stich.
CH 1 and SC in each stitch along the edge in the same direction stop 2-4 Stitches before the seam (indicated with the dotted line above)
Ch 12 and connect with a SC on the opposite side in the same Stitch. Meaning if you stopped two stitches short of the seam, you will attach it to the other side of the panel 2 stitches below the seam.
Again SC back down the edge, following the directions of the arrow and SS to the first SC of row. Tie off. Below is a picture of what the back should look like after this step.
Try on sweater panels at this point to check length and back chain placement. If you want to add length to the body of the sweater you can just attach your yarn at the bottom of the body and add additional rows for the front and back panels.
Building your Sleeves
For increasing sleeve size to make a larger size than I have listed, add additional Chains to foundation chain and follow the pattern accordingly from there. Note number of starting chains for second sleeve.
Row 1: HDC in 3rd CH from hook. HDC in each CH. (27sts|32sts)
Row 2-14: CH 2. HDC across. (27sts|32sts)
Row 15: CH 2, HDC2tog, HDC across ending row with HDC2tog in the last two stitches. (25sts|30sts)
Row 16-19: CH 2, HDC across. (end of row 19; 25sts|30sts)
Row 20: Repeat row 15 (23sts|28sts)
Row 21-27(29): Ch 2, HDC across. (23sts|28sts)
CHECK LENGTH OF SLEEVE AT THIS POINT FOR PREFERENCE. TAKE OUT 1-2 ROWS TO SHORTEN SLEEVES, OR ADD ADDITIONAL ROWS FOR LENGTH.
Tie off leaving a tail that is 2.5X the length of the sleeve. Will use to sew up edge of sleeve. ** Repeat for second Sleeve**
Fold sleeve in half hotdog style. Using your long tail and tapestry needle, whipstitch/mattress stitch along the edge forming your sleeve. See step 1 below.
Tie on to the end of the sleeve where arrow indicates in step two above to begin making the cuff of sleeve.
Row 1: CH 2. HDC in each St all the way around sleeve. SS with first HDC. (17sts|22sts)
Row 2: CH 2. Now you will alternate FPHDC and BPHDC all the way around the sleeve. Connect to first HDC with a SS. (17sts|22sts)
Row 3-5: You will continue the *FPHDC, BPHDC* alternating pattern just like you did in row 2. Make sure that you are making a FPHDC on top of the FPHDC from the previous row, and the BPHDC’s are on top of the BPHDC’s from the previous row. (17sts|22sts)
Repeat for second sleeve.
Shaping your Serenity Sweater
Using the photo below as a guide. Line up your sleeve to the body of the sweater wrong side out, seams aligned. Begin to attach the sleeve all the way around the body of the sweater before moving to seaming down the front and back panels.
Repeat for second sleeve on other side. Tie off. Weave in all ends.
OPTIONAL BOTTOM RIBBING
One of my beautiful testers added ribbing (like we did on the cuff) along the bottom of her serenity sweater and it looks amazing! She did 5 rows of the FPHDC/BPHDC around the bottom edge of the body. It helps bring the sweater in to hug your body just a little bit more instead of hanging loosely as it does in my photos. Here is a picture of my gorgeous tester Christina (shiver_me_stitches on instagram) in her sweater!
Turn your project right side out and your project is complete!
Cute, cute, cute…
Now you can go show off all your hard work and watch the requests from friends and family (and strangers!) flood in with wanting you to make them a Serenity Sweater! The cropped version works up pretty quickly which means you have quite a bit of time to make some for Christmas gifts for a few of your favorite friends! Or if you are like me, you can make just this one for yourself before getting distracted and moving onto your next project. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any help on this serenity sweater pattern!
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