You don’t have to be afraid to crochet your first sweater! With the Rochester Pullover pattern, it’s easier than you think.
Crocheting a sweater that you enjoy making AND that fits well is well within your reach. If you know basic crochet skills and want to challenge yourself to something new, try out the Rochester Pullover! Keep scrolling for the FREE pattern.
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Get the Rochester Pullover in a kit from Lion Brand! Pick from 4 lovely shades of Touch of Alpaca yarn and get your all-in-one kit today. Kit includes the yarn necessary for the size you select plus a B&W printed copy of the pattern. Click here to get your Rochester Pullover kit from Lion Brand.
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WHY IS THIS THE PERFECT BEGINNER CROCHET SWEATER?
The biggest concern most crocheters have about making a sweater is getting the fit just right. This is especially stressful when it comes to making their first sweater when they’re only used to making small accessories or toys.
With the Rochester Pullover, all of those concerns go out the window. I’ve poured over every aspect of this sweater to make sure making AND wearing it would be a crocheter’s dream.
I kept the pattern simple, involving minimal shaping through the body for a relaxed and casual fit. I took great care designing the sleeves to make sure they are flattering on all body types. Ribbing accents on the collar, cuffs, and hem make the Rochester Pullover wearable over leggings, jeans, or slacks.
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CROCHET MADE EASY, WITH A KIT!
To make this sweater even easier to crochet, I’ve partnered with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn to bring you the full Rochester Pullover project kit. The kit includes all of the Touch of Alpaca yarn you need in your specified size plus a printed black-and-white copy of the pattern.
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FALL IN LOVE WITH THE EXTENDED SINGLE CROCHET MESH STITCH
The Rochester Pullover uses one of my most loved crochet stitch patterns – the extended single crochet mesh pattern. I’ve used this stitch pattern for several of my designs, including the Summertime Tee, the Summertime Tank, and the French Press Cardi. I just can’t get enough!
Incorporating the texture and visual interest of an extended single crochet with the airiness of mesh made from chain spaces makes the Rochester Pullover both warm and breathable. It’s the perfect sweater for late winter when it’s too warm for a coat but too cool for short sleeves.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT YARN
I’ve been wanting to try out Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca yarn since they introduced their Touch Of collection (they also have Touch of Merino, Touch of Mohair, and Touch of Cashmere!). Touch of Alpaca is an acrylic blend with just 10% alpaca.
Alpaca is warmer and slightly heavier than wool, by nature, lending some extra comfiness to the Rochester Pullover. If this is your first time trying Touch of Alpaca, check out the sweater kit to pick your favorite color.
If alpaca isn’t your speed, a comparable worsted weight yarn would work well for this pattern. Some Lion Brand alternatives would be Pound of Love, Basic Stitch Premium, or even LB Collection’s Mako Cotton for a more summery feel.
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Rochester Pullover Details
- Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Yarn in color Dusty Blue. Sample uses 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 10) balls
- 4mm and 5mm crochet hooks (this set has all of the sizes you need!)
- Tape measure
- 3 locking stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
S, (M, L, XL, 2XL 3XL). All sizes intended to have 2-6″ positive ease. Measurements taken before blocking.
- Bust – 38 (42, 44, 48, 52, 56)”
- Length – 23 (23, 25, 25, 26.5, 26.5)”
4″ = 17 sts in (esc + ch 1) pattern x 11 rows, unblocked
BLO = back loop only
Ch = chain
Esc = extended single crochet (pull up a loop in the indicated stitch, ch 1, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook)
Esc2tog = extended single crochet 2 together (pull up a loop in the first indicated stitch, ch 1, pull up a loop in the next indicated stitch, ch 1, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook – decrease made)
Sc = single crochet
Sk = skip
Sl st = slip stitch
St(s) = stitch(es)
Tch = turning chain
- Pattern is written for size S with M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL in parentheses.
- Numbers in parentheses at the end of some rows indicate the total number of stitches in that row.
- Note hook size changes – 4mm hook used for bottom ribbing and sleeve ribbing. 5mm hook used for sweater body and collar.
- Starting ch 3 counts as esc + 1 throughout pattern.
Rochester Pullover Pattern
ROW 1: With 4mm hook, ch 11 (11, 11, 15, 15, 15), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across row, turn. (10, 10, 10, 14, 14, 14 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each st across row, turn. Repeat Row 2 to 83 (91, 95, 105, 113, 123) rows.
ROW 1: Rotate ribbing to work along row ends. With 5mm hook, ch 1, sc in the end of each row, turn. (83, 91, 95, 105, 113, 123 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first 2 sc, esc in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, esc in next sc) across row, turn. (42, 46, 48, 53, 57, 62 esc)
ROW 3: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc in next esc) across row, placing last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (42, 46, 48, 53, 57, 62 esc)
Repeat Row 3 to 23 (23, 25, 25, 26.5, 26.5)” including ribbing. Make note of the number of rows worked in this section. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Work as for BACK until 8 rows remain. Place markers on the 15th and 28th (16th and 31st, 17th and 32nd, 18th and 36th, 21st and 37th, 23rd and 40th) esc of the last row, as well as on the tch.
LEFT NECK SHAPING
ROW 1: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc in next esc) across row, working last esc in first marked st, turn. Remove marker. (15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23 esc)
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc2tog over next 2 esc, (ch 1, esc in next esc) across row, placing last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22 esc)
ROW 3: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc in next esc) across row, placing last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.
ROW 4: Repeat Row 2. (13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 21 esc)
ROW 5: Repeat Row 3.
ROW 6: Repeat Row 2. (12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20 esc)
ROWS 7-8: Repeat Row 3. Fasten off after Row 8.
RIGHT NECK SHAPING
Join with sl st in 2nd ch of marked tch. Remove marker. Repeat Rows 1-8 of LEFT NECK SHAPING.
ROW 1: With 4mm hook, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across row, turn. (10 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each st across row, turn.
Repeat Row 2 to 37 (37, 39, 39, 43, 43) rows.
ROW 1: Rotate ribbing to work along row ends. With 5mm hook, ch 1, sc in the end of each row, turn. (37, 37, 39, 39, 43, 43 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first 2 sc, esc in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, esc in next sc) across row, turn. (19, 19, 20, 20, 22, 22 esc)
The remaining instructions for all sizes of the sleeve can be found in the chart at this link.
STEP 1: Hold FRONT and BACK panels together (right side and wrong side of panels are identical). Using the leftover tails, seam shoulders from outer edge toward neck shaping.
STEP 2: Lay FRONT and BACK panels flat. Seam the SLEEVES to the FRONT and BACK panels using leftover tails, aligning the shoulder seam with the midpoint of the SLEEVE.
STEP 3: Hold FRONT and BACK panels together. Seam the SLEEVES from end of ribbing to under arm, then down sides.
ROW 1: With 5mm hook, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across row, turn. (6 sc)
ROW 2: Ch 1, sc BLO in each st across row, turn.
Repeat Row 2 to the length needed to fit around the neck opening when slightly stretched, sewing in place as you go, beginning at the back neck.
-Weave in all remaining ends.
-Steam block lightly as needed.
And that’s it, my love. You did it! You crocheted a sweater. I’m so proud of you and would love to see your amazing progress. Be sure to tag #RochesterPullover and #TLYCMakers on Instagram and brag a little more in the TLYCMakers Facebook group.
Special thanks to my friends at Lion Brand Yarn for inspiring and sponsoring this project. Click here to see more TLYC x LB collaborations.