Square Neck Sweater (Free Crochet Pattern)

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This pattern combines a square neckline with wide sleeves for a sweater which is vaguely fantasy inspired. I, personally, love interesting necklines and sleeves in my sweaters and this piece includes both. The sweater I made has sleeves slightly short of 3/4 length, which makes it something I’ll most likely wear in the fall or spring. If your prefer full-length sleeves or a longer sweater, simply add extra rows to that part of the project and plan to use additional yarn.

The majority of this project is in double crochet, so it works up quickly. Also, the sweater is worked in the round from the top down, so adding or removing rounds to adjust the length and fit of the sweater for you is easy.

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Model is 5′ 3″ and wearing a size 34

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Materials

Worsted weight yarn – 850 (900, 950, 1000, 1050, 1100, 1150, 1200, 1250) yards

Yarn needle

Size H hook

Stitch markers (5)

Gauge

15 stitches x 9 rows (4″ x 4″ square double crochet)

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Abbreviations

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half-double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Sizing

Sizes are based on measurement at the bust.

30 in, 32 in, 34 in, 36 in, 38 in, 40 in, 42 in, 44 in, 46 in

Unless otherwise specified in the pattern instructions are listed in order of increasing size:

Sc 40 (45, 50, 55, 60, 65) – Instructions for size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40)

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Instructions

Yoke

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Chain 100, sl st to join

Round 1: Sl st 1and insert a stitch marker. Sl st 1, sc 2, hdc 2, dc 5, 2 dc, 3 dc, insert a stitch marker in the middle stitch. *2 dc, dc 22, 2 dc, 3 dc, insert a stitch marker in the middle stitch* Repeat instructions in * an additional two times (three total). 2 dc, dc 11 <116>

Round 2: Dc 1, replace stitch marker. *Dc in each stitch until the one before the stitch marker. 2 dc, 3 dc, insert stitch marker in middle stitch, 2 dc.* Repeat instructions in * three times (Four times total). Dc in each stitch until stitch marker <132>

Repeat Round 2 through Round 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16; then continue to Body

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Body

Round 1: Dc 1, replace stitch marker. Dc in each stitch through the first stitch marker. Remove stitch marker and skip each stitch until next stitch marker. Dc in stitch with stitch marker, dc in each stitch through the one with the next stitch marker, remove stitch marker. Skip each stitch until next stitch marker, dc in stitch with stitch marker. Remove stitch marker, dc in each stitch until end of round.

*Try on the top at this point to make sure the yoke fits. If the arm holes are too small, repeat yoke Round 2 and try it on again.

Round 2: Dc in each stitch in the round

Repeat Round 2 until Round 18 (19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26)

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Round 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27): Dc in each stitch until underneath first armhole, 2 dc, dc until underneath second armhole, 2 dc, dc in each stitch until end of round.

Repeat Round 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27) until top is 3/4″ from desired length. Vary the position of the increases.

2nd to last round: Dc in each stitch until 4 stitches before stitch marker. Hdc 2, sc 2.

Final round: Sc in each stitch in the round, sl st 2. End and weave in ends.

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Sleeves (repeat on each side)

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Round 1: Sl st at the bottom of the opening for the arm, insert stitch marker. Sl stitch into first double crochet, sc into same double crochet. Sc 1, hdc 2, dc in each remaining stitch of round.

Round 2: Dc in each stitch in round.

Repeat Round 2 until sleeves reach desired length.

Final Round: Dc in each stitch until the last six stitches in round. Hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2. End and weave in ends.

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