Your Sunday Best Sweater: Free Intarsia Crochet Sweater Pattern

Do you ever wish that you had a sweater that you could wear for any occasion? A sweater that you could not only dress up with a skirt and heels, but also pair it with jeans when you just want to be casual and cozy. If you’ve been looking for one, you’re in luck, because the Your Sunday Best Sweater is perfect for that! This free crochet sweater pattern uses intarsia crochet to create a simple crochet diamond design on the front with simple styling elements that elevate the design. It’s preppy, cute, and super cozy!

Inspiration

My inspiration for this design came the desire to create a functional and stylish sweater. Sometimes you just want to be cute without having to put a lot of effort in, letting your clothes do the talking. I love outfits that I can just throw on and go somewhere, but they always have to be comfortable. This intarsia crochet sweater combines all of those elements into one. It has simple beginner friendly intarsia crochet colorwork, a cute collar, and accents on the sleeves to tie it all together. I think this crochet sweater will soon become a wardrobe staple!

Want to save this pattern for later? Save it to your favorite Pinterest Board! (Save it from mine here!)

Construction

The construction for this pattern was designed with simplicity in mind. The sweater is made from two panels; a front panel with minimal colorwork and a formed neckline, and a back panel of solid colored rows. After you finish the panels, you crochet the collar off of the front one, seam them together, and work the sleeves off of the seamed panels. It’s a great beginner crochet sweater pattern!

I’ve also created a crochet Youtube video tutorial that walks you through the pattern. It shows how to crochet the panels, how to do intarsia crochet, crocheting the collar, seaming, and more. You can find it on my Youtube channel at:

Your Sunday Best Sweater Tutorial

Sizing

All of my patterns are designed with the goal to be size inclusive for any body type. This crochet sweater pattern comes in sizes XS-5XL, so that any size can feel beautiful and comfy in this sweater! It can also be easily adjusted to your size if you’d like to add some more width to the bust measurement, by adding a few stitches on each side. The pattern has a more exact fit of the measurements, so if you would like it to be looser, I would recommend going up a size.

New to Tapestry Crochet or Crochet Crochet Color Work?

When I was first learning how to do crochet color work, I often felt so lost having to learn how to do color changes and reading crochet graphs. It can seem so intimidating to learn a new crochet skill! If you’re new to tapestry crochet or color work, then I’ve got just the resource for you.

Here on my blog, I’ve got a two free crochet tutorial for how to do tapestry crochet and intarsia crochet, which are the two most common crochet color work techniques. They’ll walk you through what each technique is, how to read crochet graphs, how to change colors in crochet, and a bunch of other tips I have for color work! You can find them here on my blog at:

The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet: (This technique is used when you would like to carry your yarn, and the color work is close together.)

The Beginner’s Guide to Intarsia Crochet: (This technique is used when you don’t want to carry your yarn, and instead would like to use yarn bobbins. I used this for the Your Sunday Best Sweater)

I’ve also created a step by step tutorial for how to crochet this sweater pattern! You can find it on my Youtube channel at:

Your Sunday Best Pattern Tutorial

Your Everyday Classics Collection

Everyone has that one crochet project that they use (or wear) constantly. 

It’s the perfect blend of classic, but not boring; modern, but not overly trendy. 

These favorites were our inspiration for Your Everyday Classics collection

In it, you’ll find 12 exclusive crochet patterns from Knitting With Chopsticks, E’Claire Makery, and Joy of Motion Crochet, all designed to be your new go-to piece. 

We’ve covered the gamut from sweaters, blankets, and a vest, to socks, a headband, and more! 

You’re sure to adore this collection of fun new patterns, and find some great gift ideas as well!

You can check out all of the free patterns in my round up post, or get a copy of the exclusive Your Everyday Classics Ebook with all 12 Pattern PDFs in it.

Gauge: 4” x 4” square = 13 hdc x 9 rows

Sizes: XS-5XL

Finished Bust Measurements:

  • 32 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)”

Finished Length Measurements:

  • 22 (23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25)”

Hook: 6mm

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease (Worsted Weight 4; 197yd/180m; 3oz/85g; 80% acrylic, 20% wool) in two colors:

  • Fisherman (MC)
  • Green Heather (CC)

Approximate Yarn Yardage:

  • MC = 600 (700, 800, 900, 1000, 1150, 1250, 1350, 1450) yds
  • CC = 75-100 yds

Abbreviations:

  • ch = chain 
  • st (s) = stitches 
  • yo = yarn over
  • hdc = half double crochet 
  • rnd (s) = round (s)
  • inc = increase (2 half double crochet in the same stitch) 
  • hdc dec = half double crochet decrease (half double crochet 2 together) 
  • sl st = slip stitch 
  • MC = main color 
  • CC = contrast color 

Pattern notes:

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • The ch 2 at the beginning of the row or round does not count as a stitch.
  • The front and back panels are worked separately, then seamed together, and have the sleeves and collar worked off of them.
  • This pattern uses Intarsia crochet for the color work. You’ll join a bobbin of yarn at the point where the color work begins, and not carry it throughout the pattern. The MC will be carried through the stitches when you are not using it.

Chart Notes:

  • Each square on the chart counts as a stitch.
  • The pattern will indicate which row of the chart you’ll use for each row of the sweater once you begin the color work.

Your Sunday Best Sweater Video Tutorial:

Front panel:

See video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Starting with CC, ch 54 (58, 62, 70, 78, 82, 90, 94, 102).

Row 1: starting in third ch from the hook, hdc 52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Row 2-4: ch 2, turn, hdc across, on last yo of the last st switch to MC [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

The next row begins doing the color work of the pattern. To help make crocheting easier, we’ll put a st marker in the last st before the chart and the first st after the chart. This will help you not have to count each st before you do the chart.

Row 5: ch 2, turn, hdc 21 (22, 24, 28, 32, 34, 38, 40, 44), place st marker in last st, crochet chart row 1, hdc to end placing at st marker in first st you do after chart [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Row 6: ch 2, turn, hdc to st marker, crochet chart row 2, hdc to end [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Rows 7-13: repeat row 6, moving up one row of the chart for each row [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Repeat rows 5-13 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) more times.

Fasten off CC, and continue using MC to complete the neckline.

The next portion of the pattern will be forming the neckline of the sweater. Before you start crocheting it, place a stitch marker to mark the two sts of the MC on either side of the top of the last diamond. We’ll do each side of the neckline separately worked off of the main part of the front panel.

Next row: ch 2, turn, hdc to 2 sts before the first st marker, hdc dec 1

Next row: ch 2, turn, hdc dec 1, hdc to end

Next row: ch 2, turn, hdc to two sts from end, hdc dec 1

Repeat the last two rows 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) more times. Your stitch count at the end of the rows will be 17 (19, 19, 23, 25, 27, 31, 31, 35). When you repeat the neckline forming for the other side, the stitch count will be 18 (20, 20, 24, 26, 28, 32, 32, 36).

Once both sides of the neckline are done, fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Back panel:

See video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Starting with CC, ch 54 (58, 62, 70, 78, 82, 90, 94, 102).

Row 1: starting in third ch from the hook, hdc 52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Row 2-4: ch 2, turn, hdc across, on last yo of the last st switch to MC [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

For next 53 (53, 55, 55, 57, 57, 57, 59, 59) rows: ch 2, turn, hdc across [52 (56, 60, 68, 76, 80, 88, 92, 100) sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Seaming:

See video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to do this.

To seam the panels together, lay them either right sides or wrong sides together depending on your seaming method. I used a sl st join for my sweater, so I put right sides together.

Pin the tops of the front panel shoulders to the top of the back panel. On the right and left sides of the panels, measure down approximately 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10)” and place a stitch marker. This marks where you will stop seaming on the sides to form the armholes of the sweater.

 

Collar:

See video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Using CC, use a sl st to join the yarn to the top of one of the sides of the neckline on the front panel.

Row 1: ch 2, hdc along one side of the neckline (doing approximately 2 sts in each row) till you get to the end of the side

Row 2: ch 2, turn, inc 1, hdc to end

Row 3: ch 2, turn, hdc to last st, inc 1 in last st

Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat for opposite side of the neckline.

 

Sleeves:

See video tutorial for detailed instructions on how to do this.

Using the MC, use a sl st to join the yarn to the top of one of the side seams in the underarm of the sweater.

Rnd 1: ch 2, hdc 40 (45, 50, 50, 55, 60, 60, 65, 70) around the armhole, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [40 (45, 50, 50, 55, 60, 60, 65, 70) sts]

Rnd 2-5: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [40 (45, 50, 50, 55, 60, 60, 65, 70) sts]

Rnd 6: ch 2, *hdc 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12), hdc dec 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [35 (40, 45, 45, 50, 55, 55, 60, 65) sts]

Rnds 7-11: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [40 (45, 50, 50, 55, 60, 60, 65, 70) sts]

Rnd 12: ch 2, *hdc 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11), hdc dec 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [30 (35, 40, 40, 45, 50, 50, 55, 60) sts]

Rnds 13-17: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [30 (35, 40, 40, 45, 50, 50, 55, 60) sts]

Rnd 18: ch 2, *hdc 4 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10), hdc dec 1, repeat from * around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [25 (30, 35, 35, 40, 45, 45, 50, 55) sts]

Rnd 19: ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [25 (30, 35, 35, 40, 45, 45, 50, 55) sts]

Continue repeating rnd 19 till your sleeve reaches your desired length, then do the following rnds by switching to CC.

Next 3 Rnds: (CC) ch 2, hdc around, join with sl st to ch 2 at beginning of rnd [25 (30, 35, 35, 40, 45, 45, 50, 55) sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat for other sleeve.

I hope that you love your brand new crochet sweater! I can’t wait to see the beautiful sweaters that you create from this pattern! If you make a sweater of your own from this pattern, I’d love to share it on social media. Just tag me on Instagram or Facebook using the tag @eclairemakery or #eclairemakery.

Happy stitching,

Claire