Tutorial: how to make a crochet openwork sweater

from Annalisa Chelli - 21 January 2019
Annalisa Chelli

Annalisa Chelli

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Annalisa Chelli

Hello crochet lovers. I’m Helena, from Ahuyama Crochet. I am an environmental engineer a crochet teacher and a mother of two. I love traveling, cooking and hiking and, of course, I love crochet and its beautiful creative power. My channel blog started almost 7 years ago and now is it’s a strong community of crochet lovers. I really believe that we can change the world with some yarns and needles. Crochet make people happier and happy people always make a better world!

Today we are going to learn how to crochet this beautiful (and very easy) openwork sweater, step by step. It’s got a medium level of difficulty, but nothing is hard when you’ve got every single step explained in the tutorial! Depending how fast you work, this sweater can take, on average, between 15 to 20 hours to make.

how to make a crochet openwork sweater

pattern for a crochet openwork sweater

As you can see, we will be using an openwork crochet motif with little flower boxes. This crochet stitch, fast growing and intuitive, will allow us to crochet this sweater in no time and in any size.

alpaca yarn

Remember that you can visit my YouTube channel to watch the step by step tutorial that will guide you while crocheting this sweater.

crochet sweater

how to make a crochet openwork sweater

How to make a crochet openwork sweater

Ready to make this gorgeous sweater? We’re going to start off with a list of the materials, then move on to the explanation of the abbreviations that you’ll find in the steps, then finally to the making of the body, the front and last but not least, the back. Before getting to work on the body though, I’ll just quickly explain a little about the technique that has been used to make this openwork sweater. After that, all that will be left to do will be to make the sleeves and then sew all the different parts together.

Material
Cyrcus Yarn color Black Cherry 10,58 oz / 300 gr for size S and M
Cyrcus Yarn color Black Cherry 14,10 oz / 400 gr for size L and XL
4 mm hook
Yarn needle

tutorial crochet openwork sweater

Abbreviation Key
ch – chain
st – stitch
sc – single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc – double crochet (UK treble)
fpdc – front post double crochet (UK front post treble)
* … * – repeat instructions between asterisks

Lets begin! I will show the instructions for sizes S (M, L, XL)

How to make body front and back of the openwork sweater (make 2 exact pieces) 

1. Body elastic
Foundation: ch multiples of 6 + 2 until you get near 38 (43, 47, 52) cm, 2 extra ch
Row 1: 1dc on third ch from hook, 1dc on each available ch
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1sc on each available st
Row 3: ch 2, turn, *1fpdc, 1dc*
Row 4 to X: repeat instructions from Row 2 to Row 3, until you get near 7-8 cm

Pattern crochet sweater

2. Body openwork
Row X+1: ch 1, turn, 1sc, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1sc, *ch 5, skip 2 st, 1sc*, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1sc
Row X+2: ch 3, turn, 2dc on first chain space, ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3, *5dc on next chain space, ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3*, 2dc on last chain space, 1 dc on last st
Row X+3: ch 1, turn, 1 sc on first dc, ch 2, 1 sc on next chain space, *ch 5, 1 sc on next chain space*, ch 2, 1sc on third ch from previous row
Row X+4: ch 1, turn, 1 sc on first sc, ch 3, 5dc on next chain space, *ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3, 5 dc on next chain space*, ch 3, 1sc on last st
Row X+5: ch 5, turn, 1 sc on first chain space, *ch 5, 1 sc on next chain space*, ch 2, 1dc on last st

Free tutorial openwork sweater

Row X to Y: repeat instructions from Row X+2 to Row X+5, until you get near 50 (51, 52, 53) cm, from the elastic. End in a row type Row X+3.

Free pattern openwork sweater

Now mark 20 (21, 22, 23) cm from each upper corner to the center, this will represent each shoulder, leaving a central space for the neckline. Ensure the neckline measures at least 20 cm, otherwise your head won’t pass through!

LAST Row: Work with the instructions of Row X+4, BUT between markers work 5sc instead of 5dc

Turtorial: openwork sweater

How to make sleeves of the openwork sweater (make 2 exact pieces)

1. Sleeve elastic
Foundation: ch multiples of 6 + 2 until you get near 18 (20, 22, 24) cm, 2 extra ch
Row 1: 1dc on third ch from hook, 1dc on each available ch
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1sc on each available st
Row 3: ch 2, turn, *1fpdc, 1dc*
Row 4 to X: repeat instructions from Row 2 to Row 3, until you get near 7-8 cm

2. Sleeve openwork
Row X+1: ch 1, turn, 1sc, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1sc, *ch 5, skip 2 st, 1sc*, ch 2, skip 1 st, 1sc
Row X+2: ch 3, turn, 2dc on first chain space, ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3, *5dc on next chain space, ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3*, 2dc on last chain space, 1 dc on last st
Row X+3: ch 1, turn, 1 sc on first dc, ch 2, 1 sc on next chain space, *ch 5, 1 sc on next chain space*, ch 2, 1sc on third ch from previous row
Row X+4: ch 1, turn, 1 sc on first sc, ch 3, 5dc on next chain space, *ch 3, 1sc on next chain space, ch 3, 5 dc on next chain space*, ch 3, 1sc on last st
Row X+5: ch 5, turn, 1 sc on first chain space, *ch 5, 1 sc on next chain space*, ch 2, 1dc on last st

Row X to Y: repeat instruction from Row X+2 to Row X+5, until you get near 45 (46, 47, 48) cm, from the elastic. End in a row type Row X+2 or Row X+4.

How to make sleeve for an open work sweater

Now, with a yarn needle, carefully sew the sleeves.

crochet sweater - alpaca yarn

Then attach the sleeves to the body, leaving the correct space for each armhole, at least 18 (19, 20, 21) cm.

Tutorial: how to make an opework sweater

Sew the body sides and the shoulders, following the markers that we used when creating the neckline.

crochet openwork sweater

Your openwork sweater is ready! What do you reckon?

Before I go, I’d just like to tell you that, I’ve made a shell stitch cloak too, using Cyrcus yarn. Make sure you check it out!

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