She’s back! The Crochet Slouchy Stripe Sweater – the revised edition – is finally here!
Read a bit about the changes I made and the journey this pattern has taken, or scroll on down to the free pattern.
The First Version
Oh baby slouchy stripe, how I loved you and how I learned from you. Let’s put it all out there: you were my first crochet raglan and I had no idea what I was in for. For this english major, the math was beyond what I anticipated. I thought I had it all worked out only to be sorely mistaken.
The math was incorrect and in my excitement to share this fun sweater, I missed some steps. When I realized my blunder and how extensive an overhaul the math needed, I decided to start from scratch.
So our first version of the slouchy stripe sweater is now dead and buried, amen.
To make sure this isn’t super confusing, the original version of this sweater pattern is no longer on the blog.
OTHER SWEATER PATTERNS I LOVE (& you should too)
1. Crochet Twist Swancho / 2. Crochet Everyday Cardigan / 3. Simple Knit Sweater
The Second Version
Starting over from the very beginning was enlightening for me – I followed my original pattern and made some really necessary changes. The entire shape of the sleeve changed because I adjusted the increases in the raglan for a better fit. Everything in raglans are a ripple effect from the top down, literally!
I also changed to the Taupe color of Lion Brand ZZ Twist for the main color of the second version and I gotta say – I might like it even more than the Lilac! It’s a gorgeous grey/brown that looks so nice with blue denim!
I love this second version of the sweater way more than I did the first and I think it was completely worth it to start over to make a much better sweater for you!
Kits for everyone!
You might notice the step-by-step photos below use hand dyed yarn instead of the ZZ Twist yarn from Lion Brand – I made another sample of my Slouchy Stripe Sweater in my very own yarn line, Handmade Home Fibers! (click here to check out all the gorgeous yarn we dye right in our kitchen)
If you’d like a fancy version of this sweater, check out the kit we put together with some of our most popular colorways – we’ve even put it on at special pricing for you guys to celebrate the re-release of this pattern.
If you love the Lion Brand sample also pictured here you can grab some ZZ Twist yarn – made just for crocheters! It’s got beautiful drape and gorgeous colors in the lineup.
They even made a kit for this pattern in some of my favorite color options from the line – grab yours here!
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To sum it up: This cardigan is the epitome of comfort. It’s warm without being hot, it’s got enough detail to keep it interesting without being over the top, and it’s slouchy and oversized enough to feel like you’re wrapped in a blanket. It really is that staple cardigan you want in your wardrobe in every color!
–Lion Brand ZZ Twist yarn (Weight: 4/Medium – 3.5oz, 246 yds)
Main Color: Taupe – 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins
Accent Color: Ecru – 2 (2, 2, 2 ,3, 3, 3) skeins
Grab your kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE!
Or grab your hand dyed yarn kit from Handmade Home Fibers HERE!
Or if making a solid color cardigan you’d need 5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins (approx. 460, 520, 600, 660, 760, 820, 870 g)
–Measuring tape or ruler
XS, S, M, L, Xl, 2XL, 3XL
14 sts x 10 rows in dc = 4”
True Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)“
Bust with +ease: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)”
Total Length: 22 (22, 24, 24, 26, 26, 26)″
Armhole: 8 (8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11)″
Sleeve Length: 17 (18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19)″
Abbreviations (US terms):
Ch – chain
st st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
Dc – double crochet
Dc2tog – double crochet two together
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
t – turn
BLO – back loop only
FLO – front loop only
mc – main color
cc – contrast color
rpt – repeat
Skill Level: 3 Intermediate
– This sweater fits oversized. For reference, model is 5’5” tall with a 38” bust and wearing the Stripe Sweater in size Medium. If you are between sizes, please size up.
– This pattern has 4” of positive ease. Please measure your true bust size and add four inches to decide what size to make if you’d like the fit as pictured.
– Sizing listed in the pattern will be in X-Small with Small, Medium, Large, Xl, 2X, and 3X listed in parenthesis such as 36 “(41, 46, 51, 56, 61, 66)” whereas Ch 36 for size XS, 41 for size S, 46 for size M, 51 for size L, 56 for size XL, 61 for size 2X and 66 for size 3X. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle/highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.
– Pattern is worked in a yoked top-down method, but don’t let that scare you. We will just crochet flat to complete the neckline, leave spaces for armholes, and continue to work flat to make the body. Rejoin yarn to the armholes and work down the sleeve with easy shaping.
– Ch 2 at end of Rows & Ch2 at corners of yoke do not count as a stitch.
Slouchy Stripe Cardigan
Row 1: With MC Ch 59 (59, 59, 65, 65, 71, 71) Dc in 3rd st from hook and each across, Ch 2, t (57, 57, 57,63, 63, 69, 69)
Row 2: Dc in each Ch st around, Ch 2, t (57, 57, 57, 63, 63, 69, 69)
Row 3: 2 Dc in first Dc, Dc, *2 Dc, Ch 2 (skip no sts), 2 Dc next Dc, Dc next (15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 19, 19); rpt from * 2 more times, 2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc next Dc, Dc, 2 Dc in last st, Ch 2, t (67, 67, 67, 73, 73, 79, 79)
Row 4: Dc to Ch 2 space, *(2 Dc, Ch 2, Dc) in Ch 2 space, Dc to next Ch 2 space, (Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc); rpt from * once more, Dc to end, Ch 2, t (79, 79, 79, 85, 85, 91, 91)
Row 5: 2 Dc in first Dc, *Dc to Ch 2 space, (2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) in Ch 2 space; rpt from * 3 more times, Dc to end, 2 Dc in last Dc, Ch 2, t (97, 97, 97, 103, 103, 109, 109)
Rpt Rows 4-5 until you’ve finished Row 13 (15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22) (217, 247, 259, 283, 313, 331, 361)
- Change to CC at the end of Row 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12)
Next Row (join for body): Dc to Ch 2 space, *2 Dc, Ch 3, skip 49 (55, 57, 63, 69, 73, 79) to next Ch 2 space (to create armhole), 2 Dc into next Ch 2 space*, Dc to next Ch 2 space; rpt instructions between ** once more, Dc to end, Ch 2, t (127, 145, 153, 165, 183, 193, 211)
Next Row: Dc in each Dc around, including working Dc in each Ch st of Ch 3, Ch 2, t (133, 151, 159, 171, 189, 199, 217)
Next Row: Dc in each Dc around, Ch 2, t (133, 151, 159, 171, 189, 199, 217)
Repeat last Rnd until you’ve finished Row 50 (50, 55, 55, 60, 60, 60), finish off and weave ends.
- Change to MC at the end of Row 20 (20, 22, 22, 24, 24, 24)
- Change color every 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12) Rows. You should finish with 5 blocks of color.
Join CC yarn to first Dc just to the left of underarm Ch 3 space.
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 7 Dc evenly across rough edges of corner stitches and underarm Ch 3 space, Dc in the top of each unworked st on the yoke armhole around, sl st to 1st Dc to join, Ch 2, t (56, 62, 64, 70, 76, 80, 86)
Rnd 2: Dc2tog, Dc in each Dc around, sl st to join, Ch 2, t (55, 61, 63, 69, 75, 79, 85)
Repeat Rnd 2 until you’ve finished Row 36 (39, 41, 43, 46, 46, 46) (21, 24, 24, 28, 31, 35, 41)
- Change to MC at the end of sleeve Row 7 (5, 6, 5, 5, 4, 2).
- Change color every 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12) Rows thereafter.
Next Rnd: Dc in each Dc around, sl st to join, Ch 2, t (21, 24, 24, 28, 31, 35, 41)
Rpt last Rnd until your sleeve measures 17 (18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19)” or you finish Row 42 (45, 46, 45, 47, 48, 48)
Repeat sleeve on other side.
-When working Row 1, be more concerned with evenly spacing the stitches so that the resulting trim looks smooth rather than the total stitch count.
Join MC yarn to the last st of Row (50) of your cardigan at the front left corner (if you’re right handed, right corner if you’re left handed).
Row 1: Ch 2, Dc evenly around entire neckline to other front bottom corner (you’ll work over neckline increases and foundation chain sts at yoke as well), Ch 2, t
Row 2: Dc BLO in each st around, Ch 2, t
Row 3: Dc FLO in each st around, Ch 2, t
Repeat Rows 2-3 until you finish Row (5), finish off and weave ends.
You may keep adding more Rows of neckline trim for a wider collar.
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Hi, I’m 16, adore your patterns, and was totally obsessed when the original was released (and still am)! Thanks so much for working so hard on it!
P.S, can you please make a youtube tutorial for this? If not I totally understand!
Hi, I’m 16, love your patterns, and was obsessed with this sweater when the original was released(and still am)! Thanks so much for all your hard work on it!
P.S. Please make a tutorial on youtube of this sweater! If it’s too much trouble, I totally understand.
i like to looks of this sweater but I’m sorry, the pattern is poorly written. Row 4 is wrong and when it comes to the repeats of row 4 and 5 it should read through row 10 changing to cc then repeat 4 & 5 until 13 rows. NOT after it states to repeat until 13 rows.
We always recommend reading a pattern thoroughly from start to finish before beginning. In an effort to keep my patterns as simple to follow as possible, I wrote the repeat in one place only so as not to break it up by color change instructions and make things more confusing. Lots of folks have made this pattern in a solid color as well and therefore don’t need the color change directions. I always do my best to think through what will make the most sense to the greatest number of people and make the most educated decisions I can while writing patterns. Thanks!