crochet a simple summery piece made from granny squares
This light sweater has it all - granny squares, edge work, bead crochet - and is just see-through enough to pair with your favorite bralette! Easy to size and simple to construct, it's a great beginner sweater.
Make the Granny Squares:
Crochet 2 Granny Squares of equal size, using this formula:
take your waist measurement + 16 inches (40 cm) and divide by 2
Attach the Granny Squares:
Overlay the granny squares so that right sides are facing.
Select one side to be the top, where the neckline will be
Sew 3” in from each end of the top edge to create what will become the shoulders. You should have an 16″ opening.
Starting at the very bottom of one side, sew along the edge for 16″, so that you have a 6″ hole for your arm. That said- you can make the arm holes larger or smaller as needed for fit.
Repeat on the other side
Shape the Bottom:
Turn fabric inside out so that the right sides are facing out.
Insert hook into the bottom of the sweater at one of the side seams. You will be crocheting into the edge of the granny square.
Row 1: ch 2, dc around
Row 2: ch 2, 2 bpdc, 1 fpdc, around
Row 3-4: repeat row 2, finish off.
bpdc and fpdc should align across rows
Shape the Sleeves:
Insert hook into the top of the first space located at the bottom of the arm hole. You will create the sleeve by crocheting into the granny square stitches around the arm opening only.
We will be continuing the granny square pattern, only now in the round.
Row 1: ch 4, *dc 3 in the space, ch 1, skip 3 stitches and repeat from * around. When you reach the starting 4 ch, make 2 dc into the space, then sl st into the 3rd chain.
Row 2: repeat row 1
Row 3: ch 1, sc around
Row 4: repeat row 3
Repeat on second side
Shape the neckline:
Turn sweater inside out.
Insert hook into the top of the sweater at one of the side seams where you have sewn to create the shoulders. Again, you will be crocheting into the edge of the granny square.
String sequins onto the yarn until you have about 6 inches strung, when they are pressed together. This is the most time consuming part- and you can also forgo this step or even use beads instead, in which case 12 inches of beads will be sufficient. Tip! Use an embroidery needle to help with this step.
Row 1: ch 1, Sc around, sliding 1-2 sequins in between each stitch.
Rows 2-5: Sc around
Adding the tucks:
Make sure sweater is right side out. Choose a side to be the front.
You will create two tucks just under the bust, along where an empire waistline would fall. It actually helps to be wearing the sweater while you do this, so that you can maintain the symmetry.
Pinch a fold of the fabric 2″ in from the side seam, about 10.5″ up from the bottom of the sweater. Use your other hand to pinch another fold of the fabric 5″ in from the side seam, and 10.5″ up from the bottom. Sew to join the two folds.
Flip sweater over
Find the center of the square. Pinch 2.5″ left and 2.5″ right of the center, then use yarn and yarn needle to join both of these folds.