Two of Wands

Mount Tremper Sweater

Collaborations, Free PatternsAlexandra Tavel8 Comments

Sweaters are easily becoming my favorite thing to design. They seem so intimidating at first, but there are ways to simply them (drop shoulders, minimal shaping, simple stitches) that make the process enjoyable and soooo gratifying when the final product is complete. Accessories are still super fun projects, but to finish a full sweater and be able to wear it just feels so REAL.

My latest sweater design, the Mount Tremper Sweater, was conceived and started in LA, finished and photographed in Cincinnati, and broken in and named after a town in upstate New York. I love that it came on this journey with me, and now holds so many memories. 

I've been loving Lion Brand Wool-Ease (the worsted weight) lately for its versatility, durability, and color range. Ever since I used it for my knitted Caravan Poncho I've been plotting a crochet sweater pattern for it too. I knew I'd be traveling in the midwest/east coast for a few months this winter so I wanted to create something that I could throw on any day, was warm but could easily fit under a jacket, and most importantly - had a turtleneck. I have been obsessed with turtlenecks this season and just had to perfect one for myself. Keep reading for more background on the inspo and design process, or scroll down for the free pattern to make this beauty for yourself. As always you can purchase a printable, ad-free PDF here or shop the yarn kit from Lion Brand Yarn here

Half double crochet is definitely my favorite crochet stitch, so I knew that would be my go-to for this project. I love how quick it is and it doesn't leave gaping holes the way double crochet does. I knew it would work well for this sweater since I wanted it to look as modern as possible without having an overly "crochet" look to it.

My original design inspiration came from old school striped ski sweaters. I started this project just before Thanksgiving while still in LA, and then brought it to Ohio with me for the holidays. That's where it really started to take shape and the cold weather outside had me all sorts of excited to finish it. My crazy talented friend Hannah (founder of Hank's Pocket) shot the photos in Over-the-Rhine, a recently re-vamped part of Cincinnati that is full of artists and makers. I couldn't believe how comfortable the sweater turned out to be, and I knew it would be a staple in my winter wardrobe.

Before I was able to finish the final pattern I was off to New York for a whirlwind month, and although I wore the sweater consistently I still hadn't found a proper name for her yet. Finally at the end of January I made a trip to my friend's cabin upstate in the charming town of Mount Tremper and she really felt home there in the woods and the snow so I knew I'd found her namesake.

This is an easy level crochet pattern and the techniques involved are single crochet, half double crochet, hdc2tog, double crochet, dc2tog, slip stitch, and seaming.

MATERIALS:

3 (4, 5) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Natural Heather (098) for color A
2 (2, 2) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Mushroom (403) for color B
1 (1, 1) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Black (153) for color C
2 (2, 2) skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Cocoa (129) for color D
Size US J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZE:

Width: 20”/51cm (XS/S), 22”/56cm (M/L), 25”/64cm (XL, XXL)
Length: 21”/53cm (XS/S), 22”/56cm (M/L), 23.5”/60cm (XL/XXL)

*sweater is shown in size XS/S

GAUGE:

15 sts + 12 rows = 4”/10cm in half double crochet

ABBREVIATIONS:

*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms

Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
Hdc – half double crochet
Hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
Rep – repeat
RS – right side
Sc – single crochet
Sl  st – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)

STITCH EXPLANATION:

Half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog) - Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook.

Note: Sweater is worked from the bottom up for back and front pieces and from the top down for sleeves. Ribbed edging is worked separately and sewn on. To change colors, work the last yarn over of the previous row with the new color. Pattern is written in three sizes: XS/S (M/L, XL/XXL)

Back:

With color A, ch 77 (85, 95).

Row 1 (RS): Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (75, 83, 93 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), hdc across row.

Change to color B but do not cut color A.

Rows 3 and 4: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A and cut color B.

Rows 5 and 6: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color A.

Rows 7 and 8: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A but do not cut color C.

Rows 9 and 10: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color A.

Rows 11 and 12: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A and cut color C.

Rows 13-16: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color B and cut color A.

Rows 17-26: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color B.

Rows 27 and 28: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color B and cut color C.

Rows 29-32: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Cut color B, turn work.

Shape armholes:

Row 33: With color A, ch 6 (8, 8), hdc across row, ch 8 (10, 10).

Row 34: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (87, 99, 109 sts)

Rows 35-54 (58, 62): Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 55 (59, 63): Ch 1, sc 8 (10, 12), hdc to last 8 (10, 12) sts, sc to end of row.

Shape neckline:

Row 56 (60, 64): Sl st 8 (10, 12), sc 8 (10, 12), hdc 7 (8, 7), dc 7 (7, 7), break yarn, skip 27 (29, 33) sts, rejoin yarn in next st, ch 3 and starting in same st as join, dc 7 (7, 7), hdc 7 (8, 7), sc 8 (10, 12), sl st 8 (10, 12).
 

Front:

Make as for back to armhole shaping.

Shape armholes:

Row 33: With color A, ch 6 (8, 8), hdc across row, ch 8 (10, 10).

Row 34: Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (87, 99, 109 sts)

Rows 35-50 (54, 58): Ch 2, hdc across row.

Shape neckline and shoulders:

You will now work only the left side of the sweater.

Row 51 (L) [55 (L), 59 (L)]: Ch 2, hdc 33 (38, 41), hdc2tog, hdc 1, turn. (35, 40, 43 sts)

Row 52 (L) [56 (L), 60 (L)]: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to end of row. (34, 39, 42 sts)

Rows 53 and 54 (L) [57 and 58 (L), 61 and 62 (L)]: Rep rows 51 and 52. (32, 37, 40 sts)

Row 55 (L) [59 (L), 63 (L)]: Ch 1, sc 8 (10, 12), hdc 21 (24, 25), hdc2tog, hdc 1. (31, 36, 39 sts)

Row 56 (L) [60 (L), 64 (L)]: Ch 3 (does not count as st), dc 1, dc2tog, dc 5 (5, 5), hdc 7 (8, 7), sc 8 (10, 12), sl st 8 (10, 12). (30, 35, 38 sts)

Break yarn. You will now work only the right side of the sweater. Go back to row 51 (55, 59) and skip the next 15 (17, 21) sts after the last st you worked on the left side. Rejoin yarn in the next st.

Row 51 (R) [55 (R), 59 (R)]: Ch 2 and starting in same st as join, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to end of row. (35, 40, 43 sts)

Row 52 (R) [56 (R), 60 (R)]: Ch 2, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (34, 39, 42 sts)

Rows 53 and 54 (R) [57 and 58 (R), 61 and 62 (R)]: Rep rows 51 and 52. (32, 37, 40 sts)

Row 55 (R) [59 (R), 63 (R]: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc 21 (24, 25), sc 8 (10, 12). (31, 36, 39 sts)

Row 56 (R) [60 (R), 64 (R)]: Sl st 8 (10, 12), sc 8 (10, 12), hdc 7 (8, 7), dc 5 (5, 5), dc2tog, dc 2. (30, 35, 38 sts)

Seam shoulders of front piece to back piece.

Sleeves:

With work laying open and unfolded at shoulders, and right side of fabric facing up, turn work sideways and join color A at right side of underarm/shoulder corner.

Row 1: Ch 2, and starting in same place as join, hdc 52 (60, 70) evenly to opposite underarm.

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color B and cut color A.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (50, 58, 68 sts)

Rows 4-6: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color B.

Row 7: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (48, 56, 66 sts)

Row 8: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color B and cut color C.

Rows 9 and 10: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 11: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (46, 54, 64 sts)

Rows 12-14: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 15: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (44, 52, 62 sts)

Rows 16-18: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A and cut color B.

Row 19: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (42, 50, 60 sts)

Rows 20-22: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color A.

Row 23: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (40, 48, 58 sts)

Row 24: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A but do not cut color C.

Rows 25 and 26: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color C but do not cut color A.

Row 27: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (38, 46, 56 sts)

Row 28: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A and cut color C.

Row 29 and 30: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color B but do not cut color A.

Row 31: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (36, 44, 54 sts)

Row 32: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Change to color A and cut color B.

Rows 33 and 34: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 35: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (34, 42, 52 sts)

Rows 36-38: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 39: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (32, 40, 50 sts)

Rows 40-42: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 43: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (30, 38, 48 sts)
 

Size XS/S and M/L only:

Row 44: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Rep row 44 until sleeve measures 15”/38cm (15.5”/39cm).

Size XL/XXL only:

Rows 44-46: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Row 47: Ch 2, hdc 1, hdc2tog, hdc to last 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1. (46 sts)

Row 48: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Rep row 48 until sleeve measures 16.5”/42cm.

All sizes:

Rep for other sleeve.

Fold work at shoulders and seam up sides to underarm and then down length of sleeves.


Ribbed Edging:

Bottom Edging:

With color D, ch 15.

Row 1 (RS): Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (13 sts)

Row 2: Sl st loosely across row.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 40”/102cm (44”/112cm, 50”/127cm). Sl st together the last row and the foundation chain to form a large loop.

Seam to bottom edge of sweater, lining up the seamline to one side seam.

Cuffs (make 2):

With color D, ch 15.

Row 1 (RS): Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (13 sts)

Row 2: Sl st loosely across row.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 8”/20cm (10”/25cm, 12”/30cm). Sl st together the last row and the foundation chain to form a cuff.

Seam one cuff to the bottom of each sleeve, lining up the seamlines.

Turtleneck:

With color D, ch 21.

Row 1 (RS): Starting in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across row. (19 sts)

Row 2: Sl st loosely across row.

Row 3: Ch 2, hdc across row.

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 19.5”/50cm (20.5”/52cm, 23”/58cm). Sl st together the last row and the foundation chain to form a turtleneck.

Seam to neckline, lining up the seamline to one shoulder seam.

Secure and weave in all ends.

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