After months of mostly worsted weight knitting projects, I have been dying to work on a quick crochet project. And although summer weather calls for lightweight knits, this usually means skinny yarn, tiny stitches, and endless hours of labor. So when I set out to design this new pattern, I was motivated to figure out something that could be cool enough for warmer temperatures but still work up super fast. I knew as soon as I got my hands on Lion Brand's new Flikka yarn that this would be the perfect yarn to use - it was destiny!
I chose the "Keepsake" colorway, which has a natural toned neutral base and tiny flicks of light blue, lavender, and pink. The combo is a lovely spring palette and instantly reminded me of swirly lollipops and summer sweets. And thus the Candy Land Summer Sweater was born! I seriously imagined this exact silhouette, and I'm so happy that my original vision came together so perfectly. Read on for a bit more design process deets and the free pattern, or purchase a printable, ad-free PDF here. If you're as excited about this piece as I am, head over to Lion Brand's site to snag your yarn kit here.
With long, wide sleeves that can easily be rolled up, a cropped body, and chunky doubled yarn that's crocheted super loose, this boxy sweater is the perfect addition to a shady spring afternoon or post-beach cocktails. And best of all it's a simple pattern that works up in less than a weekend! The front and back are worked as one piece without any side shaping, so it really does whip up before your eyes.
The Candy Land Summer Jumper is so easy to throw on and looks great with cut-offs, long pants, a high waisted skirt, or topping a babydoll dress. I have so many outfits planned for this guy I know I will be sporting it all summer long.
This is an easy level crochet pattern and the techniques involved are single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, front and back post stitches, slip stitches, and hdc2tog.
Width: 21”/53cm (XS/S), 25”/64cm (M/L), 29”/74cm (XL/XXL)
Length: 19”/48cm (XS/S), 19.5”/50cm (M/L), 20”/51cm (XL/XXL)
*sweater is pictured in size XS/S
Gauge: 8.5 sts + 6.5 rows = 4”/10cm in half double crochet
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms
Bpdc – back post double crochet
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
Rep – repeat
Sc – single crochet
Sk – skip
Sl st – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)
Note: Sweater is worked from the bottom up for the front, then continues on top down for the back. The sleeves are worked top down. The ch 2 (or ch 3) at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch unless otherwise mentioned. Two strands are held together throughout. Pattern is written for three sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/XXL).
Front + Back:
With two strands held together, ch 47 (55, 63).
Row 1: Staring in 4th ch from hook, dc across row. (44, 52, 60 sts)
Row 2: Ch 3 (does not count as a st here and throughout unless otherwise mentioned), *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, rep from * across row.
Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout unless otherwise mentioned), hdc across row.
Rep row 3 until work measures 18”/46cm (18.5”/47cm, 19”/48cm).
Begin neckline and shoulder shaping:
Next row: Sl st 5 (6, 7), sc 5 (6, 7), hdc 24 (28, 32), sc 5 (6, 7), sl st 5 (6, 7).
Next row: Sl st 5 (6, 7), sc 5 (6, 7), hdc 5 (6, 7), cut yarn, sk 14 (16, 18) sts and rejoin in the next st, ch 2 (counts as a st), hdc in next 4 (5, 6) sts, sc 5 (6, 7), sl st 5 (6, 7).
The front neckline has just been created. The following rows will create the back of the sweater.
Next row: Sl st 5 (6, 7), sc 5 (6, 7), hdc 5 (6, 7) [5th (6th, 7th) hdc will go in top of ch 2 from previous row], ch 14 (16, 18), hdc into top of hdc at neckline of other shoulder, hdc in next 4 (5, 6) sts, sc 5 (6, 7), sl st 5 (6, 7).
Next row: Sl st 5 (6, 7), sc 5 (6, 7), hdc 24 (28, 32), sc 5 (6, 7), sl st 5 (6, 7). (44, 52, 60 sts)
Next row: Ch 2, hdc across row.
Rep last row until back is the same length as front before ribbing.
Next row: Ch 3, dc across row.
Next row: Ch 3, *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, rep from * across row.
With two strands held together, ch 40 (44, 48).
Row 1: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (38, 42, 46 sts)
Row 2-4: Ch 2, hdc across row.
Row 5: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (36, 40, 48 sts)
Rows 6-9: Ch 2, hdc across row.
Rows 10-29: Rep rows 5-9. (28, 32, 36 sts)
Row 30: Rep row 5. (26, 30, 34 sts)
Row 31: Ch 3, dc across row.
Row 32: Ch 3, *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, rep from * across row.
Place markers on either side of front and back 9”/23cm (10”/25cm, 11”/28cm) from the shoulder lines. With front + back unfolded and open, seam tops of sleeves onto body of sweater between markers. Seam sides from bottom edge up to underarm and down sleeves.
Join yarn at one side of neckline.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as st), dc into each of the 14 (16, 18) sts along the front neckline, dc 4 into side of neckline, dc into each of the 14 (16, 18) sts along the back neckline, dc 3 into side of neckline, sl st to top of ch 3 to join. (36, 40, 44 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3 (does not count as st), *fpdc in next dc, bpdc in next dc, rep from * around, sl st to top of 1st fpdc to join.
Secure and weave in all ends.
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