Luv Puff Sweater

Crochet this beautiful Luv Puff Sweater with my free crochet pattern for beginners. This comfy crochet sweater features different color blocks separated by puff stitches. It’s worked in 2 pieces (front and back) seamed together with sleeves joined in the arm hole. Pattern is available in size S-5XL and includes a step by step video tutorial.

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Luv Puff Sweater with Lionbrand Superwash Merino - free crochet pattern

About the design

Let me explain the name: luv is slang for love <3 and puff refers to the puff stitch that’s used in this crochet sweater. I wanted to design a beginner-friendly sweater with double crochet stitches and some color variation. I chose a palette including off white, pink, grey and brown which is perfect for any season. To make this design a bit more interesting, I added 2 rows of puff stitches between the color blocks. I’ve also added some ribbed effect to the cuffs, neckline and hem. I love the texture it adds to this simple design!

About the pattern

This pattern is made keeping beginners in mind. It’s made out of 2 rectangles sewn together on both sides and shoulders. We rejoin yarn in the arm pit and work the sleeves in continuous rounds. Every 2nd round we’ll decrease 2 stitches until the sleeve is long enough. Then we’ll continue with the cuffs and finally work on the ribbed neckline for a finishing touch. You can easily change the sleeve length by repeating more rows.

Crochet sweater for beginners - free crochet pattern

About the yarn

When I designed this crochet sweater, I knew exactly which colors I wanted to use: a palette with grey, pink, off white and brown. Lion Brand Superwash Merino has these colors! Superwash Merino is a soft, luxurious, and warm yarn perfect for garments. It’s available in 26 colors and part of Lion Brand’s special line of affordable, luxury fibers.

+ Click here to grab the kit which includes all the Superwash Merino yarn you need for your size and a PDF version of this pattern +

Lionbrand Superwash Merino yarn - off white, pink, grey, brown camel

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Materials

– Lion Brand Superwash Merino (Weight 3/light, 306yds/3.5oz, 280m/100g)
3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) balls color Tan Brown [486-123]
1 ball color Creamy Off White [486-098]
1 ball color Ballet Shoe Pink [486-184]
1 ball color Light Grey [486-150]
or 300 (320, 370, 400, 450, 480, 530, 560) grams when using 1 color
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– Crochet hook 6 mm (US J/10)

Tapestry needle

 Measuring tape

– Scissors

Sizes

S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL

For reference, model is 1.63m/5’4″ tall with a 34” bust and is wearing the sweater in size Small.

Finished measurements

S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL 5XL
Bust 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54 56-58 60-62
Panel width 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31
Panel length 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25
Arm hole 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10
Sleeve  length 18.5 18.5 19 19 19.5 19.5 20 20

Gauge

With hook size 6mm:
12 dc x 8 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4″ square

Stitches & abbreviations

– st: stitch
– ch: chain
– dc: double crochet
– fpdc: front post double crochet
– bpdc: back post double crochet
– puff: puff stitch (pulling up 3 loops)

* *: repeat what is between the asterisks as many times as directed
( ) at end of a row: amount of stitches you should have at the end of that row

Notes

– This pattern is written in US terminology

– 3 turning chains do not count as a stitch

– This sweater is worked in 2 pieces (front and back) seamed together. Sleeves are joined in the arm hole and worked in continuous rounds. Neckline ribbing is worked last in the round by picking up stitches.

– Pattern contains instructions for sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL. Directions for sizes are in parentheses such as “51 (59, 65, 71, 67, 83, 89, 95) dc” whereas 51 stands for size S, 59 for M, 65 for L, 71 for XL, 77 for 2XL, 83 for 3XL, 89 for 4XL, 95 for 5XL. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow the pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

Video

Below you can find a step by step video of this crochet sweater.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Crochet Sweater pattern

Front panel

With hook size 6mm and color Tan Brown

Row 1:
51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95) foundation dc, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

If you do not want to make foundation dc, you can start as following:
ch 54 (62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98), 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Row 2:
1 dc in first st, *1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat across, 1 fpdc in next st, 1 dc in last st, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95) >

Row 3:
1 dc in first st, *1 bpdc in next st, 1 fpdc in next st* repeat across, 1 bpdc in next st, 1 dc in last st, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95) >

Row 4:
Repeat row 2

/ End of ribbing /

Row 5 – 9:
1 dc in each st across, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Repeat section

Row 10:
1 dc in first st, *skip next st, 1 puff st in next st* repeat across, skip next st, 1 dc in last st, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Change to next color*

Row 11:
1 dc in first st, skip 1st puff st, *1 puff st in each chain space between puff st* repeat across, 1 puff st in last chain space between puff and dc, 1 dc in last st, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)

Row 12: 
1 dc in 1st st, *1 dc in next chain space, 1 dc in next puff st* repeat across, 1 dc in last chain space, 1 dc in last st, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Row 13 – 17:
1 dc in each st across, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Repeat row 10 – 17 three more times (until row 41).

* When it says ‘change to next color’, use the following color order:
R1 – 17: brown
R11 – 18: grey
R19 – 26: pink
R27 – 34: off-white
R35 – 41: brown

Row 42:
1 dc in each st across, ch 3, turn <51 (59, 65, 71, 77, 83, 89, 95)>

Repeat row 42 until row 43 (44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50).

Do not fasten off, we will continue with the shoulders.

Shoulders front panel

Row 1:
1 dc in next 12 (15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28) st, ch 3, turn <(12 (15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28) dc>

Repeat row 1 one more time

Fasten off and repeat on the other side by joining yarn on the outside and working towards the inside. Neckline (stitches that we skipped between shoulders) should be 27 (29, 31, 33, 35, 35, 37, 39) stitches or 9 (9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5)”.

Back panel

Repeat row 1 – 42 from front panel.

Repeat row 42 until row 45 (46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52) or until back panel measures 21.5 (22, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25)”

Assembly

Lay panels on top of each other and seam both sides together. Begin at the bottom, working your way up, leaving 14 (14, 16, 16, 18, 18, 20, 20) rows or 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10)” open for the arm hole. Repeat on the other side.

For the shoulders, sew 12 (15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28) dc or 4 (5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 9)” on both sides.

Weave all ends and turn your work inside out.

Sleeves

Join yarn in the first stitch of the armhole and eave a long beginning tail to use for seaming later. Work in continuous rounds.

Round 1:
ch 3 (doesn’t count as a stitch), 1 dc in first st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st* repeat around, 2 dc in last st <42 (42, 48, 48, 54, 54, 60, 60)>

Round 2:
1 dc in each dc around <42 (42, 48, 48, 54, 54, 60, 60)>

Round 3:
dc2tog, 1 dc in each dc around <41 (41, 47, 47, 53, 53, 59, 59)>

Repeat round 2 & 3 until round 33 <26 (26, 32, 32, 38, 38, 44, 44) at the end of round 33> or until sleeve measures 17″ from armhole

S/M: continue with cuff
L/XL: repeat round 2 one more time, continue with cuff
2XL/3XL: repeat round 2 two more times, continue with cuff
4XL/5XL: repeat round 2 three more times, continue with cuff

Note: you can change the length of the sleeve by repeating round 2 as many times as you want. Keep in mind we will add a cuff which is an extra 1.5″. Use your long tail end and a tapestry needle to close the hole between the first and last dc in arm pit.

Sleeve cuffs

Row 1:
*1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat around <26 (26, 32, 32, 38, 38, 44, 44)>

Repeat row 1 until row 3

Fasten off, weave in all ends. Repeat sleeve and cuff on other side.

Neckline ribbing

Join yarn in the first stitch of the front panel. Work in continuous rounds. See video tutorial here. Don’t worry too much about where you need to insert your hook, just make sure you’ll end up with an even amount of stitches worked evenly around the neckline.

Round 1: 
*1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat across until you have 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 36, 38, 40) stitches on the front panel, 1 dc in next 5 ch-sp, *1 bpdc in next st, 1 fpdc in next st* repeat across until you have 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 36, 38, 40) stitches on the back panel, 1 dc in next 5 ch-sp <66 (70, 74, 78, 82, 82, 86, 90)>

Round 2:
*1 fpdc in next st, 1 bpdc in next st* repeat around <66 (70, 74, 78, 82, 82, 86, 90)>

Repeat round 2 one more time.

Fasten off, weave in all ends.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Catherine
    20 November 2020 at 2:23 am

    I love the sweater but wondering how I could make the neckline to fit higher on my chest/neck? More like a modified crew neck. Thanks for the pattern and beautiful inspirations.

  • Reply
    Ledonna Olinger
    19 November 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Hey there Wilma. I just love this sweater. Could I use a 4 weight yarn as my income is in limited supply and I have lots and lots of 4 wt yarns and no 3 wt. The pattern is simple enough for this old mind to comprehend. I think I would need to use same size hook, or should I go up a hook size? I need advice. Thank you so much. Your patterns are all beautiful.

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    . Tara Horn
    17 November 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Hi I’m really looking forward to having a go at this pattern as I’ve never made anything to wear before but before I start could you please tell me how you do your puff stitch as it’s in a foreign language in pattern. Thank you so much for the pattern it’s lovely

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