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Fruitdrop Crochet Sweater Pattern

My boho-inspired crochet sweater pattern uses the ripple stitch and granny squares.

With sizes from S to 5X and a choice from three lengths: cropped, standard, and tunic, this relaxed fit sweater is perfect for you to add your individual style and preference.

Chevron and Granny Square Crochet Sweater in blues and purples

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting your crochet journey, this free crochet pattern will guide you through every step, ensuring a rewarding and enjoyable project.

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Incredibly versatile, this easy crochet sweater can be worn as a stylish layering piece during chilly evenings or as a statement garment for festivals and boho-themed events.

A woman is standing with her arm out wearing a sweater in blues and purples that uses the chevron pattern with granny square sleeves

Design Inspiration

For over a year, I’ve been holding onto this crochet sweater design in my ideas pad.

My vision was to create a lightweight crocheted sweater that combined the beauty of the ripple pattern and the classic charm of granny squares.

I used a different ripple crochet stitch in my Forest Ripple poncho. A similar technique of decreases and increases but working the front loops and back loops to create a rich texture.

I aimed to make this sweater crochet pattern adaptable and versatile. By using a self-striping yarn, it can effortlessly showcase the beautiful transitions of colours. However, I also wanted to ensure that you could create this sweater using yarn from your stash, providing the opportunity to add your own personal touch and colour palette into the project.

A woman is wearing jeans and a multi-colored sweater crocheted in the chevron pattern with the sleeves crocheted in granny squares

How the crochet pattern is worked

The front and back panels are worked in ripple stitch from the bottom up.  There is minimal shaping for the neckline.

The front of a crochet sweater showing the neck shaping
Minimal shaping for the neckline

Next, the sleeves are worked.  Each sleeve consists of nine granny squares of four rounds. 

These are joined together in 3 rows of 3 (for all sizes).

Nine granny squares in 3 rows of 3
3 rows of 3 granny squares

If you enjoy working with granny squares, have a browse of these granny square projects and patterns

After the squares are joined, 4 extra rounds of double crochet (US single crochet) are made around the joined squares.  This is for all sizes.

One edge becomes the cuff and the other is joined to the body of the sweater.

Granny Square Sleeve with a border
Extra rounds for the cuff and joining to the sweater

To extend the sleeves sideways, extra rows are made at each side of the sleeve.  How many rows for each size are clearly written in the pattern.  Once the sleeves are seamed, the extension rows will be hidden underarm.

Granny Square sleeve showing extensions to the side
Extending the sleeve width

Assembly is easy!

Once the shoulder seams are sewn, with the wrong side facing outwards, you will lay your sweater out and line up the sleeves so that the middle of the sleeve is in alignment with the shoulder seam.

front and back of a crocheted sweater showing where to set the sleeve
Lining up the granny square sleeves before sewing in place

Once you’re happy with the set of the sleeve, pin it in place (I used stitch markers) and sew the sleeve to the front and back.

Once both sleeves have been sewn in place at the shoulders, still working with the wrong side facing outwards, fold along the shoulder seams.

Next, the sleeve seam is sewn from the cuff edge and carries along the side seam.

Repeat for the other sleeve.

I sewed one sleeve in place and then seamed from the cuff and along the side seam.  This way seemed more efficient to me!

You can choose to sew both sleeves in place and then seam both from the cuff.  Whatever is your preference.

A woman is standing with her hand on her hip to show a chevron pattern on the crocheted sweater front and granny square sleeve

Related Crochet Patterns

Enjoy crocheting with different shapes? You’ll love the Moon Shimmer Hexagon sweater with an optional hood. This pattern has an unusual construction.

Prefer a straightforward sweater with minimal shaping?  You might like the Mystic Garden easy crochet sweater pattern.

Have you tried a raglan style jumper?  The Le Jardin pattern is worked from the top down.

Looking to crochet your first sweater? Have a browse of these easy-to-follow free sweater patterns.

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Yarn

Cicibebe Batik offers the perfect blend of softness and charm, making it an ideal choice for crafting not only for baby but beautiful garments too.

This self-striping 100% acrylic DK yarn weight #3 effortlessly glides off your hook, making it easy to create stunning projects.

This yarn is fully machine washable.

Each 100g ball of Cicibebe Batik generously provides 360m/393y of yarn making it fabulous value!

The chart below shows you how much yarn you will need for a tunic length sweater in yards and 100g balls.  If you choose to crochet the cropped sweater or standard length, you will need less yarn.

The paid pattern includes yarn amounts for cropped, standard and tunic lengths.

SizeYarn Amount (Yards)Amount Cicibebe Batik 100g
XS11613
S13204
M14284
L16835
XL18485
2X19956
3X22086
4X24457
5X26257

Pattern Notes

  • Sizes are show in parenthesis ie; XS (S, M, L)
  • Chain one does not count as a stitch
  • Chain three counts as a treble (US double)
  • Don’t forget to treble crochet/double crochet into the base of chain three and 2 treble/double in the last stitch of every row on the front and back (chevron pattern)
  • Granny square sleeves – choose which side will be the cuff and which side the extension before you crochet the rows
  • Cropped sweater, standard and tunic lengths are shown in the written pattern
  • I work my turning chain at the end of rows to keep a neat edge and this pattern reflects that.  If you prefer to work your turning chain at the start of a row that is fine too.

Level

Easy (beginner friendly)

Materials

  • Cicibebe Batik 550-60 DK Weight #3 /  360m/393y/100g  /  XS 300g; SM 400g; LXL 500g; 2X3X 600g, 4X5X 700g
  • Crochet Hook G-6/4mm
  • Stitch Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches

UK Terminology

Double Crochet (dc)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Treble 2 Together (tr2tog): Yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Beginning Cluster (beg CL): ch2, *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * once (3 loops on hook); yarn over pull through all loops.

Cluster (CL): *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * 2 more times (4 loops on hook); yarn over, pull through all loops.

US Terminology

Single Crochet (sc)

Double Crochet (dc)

Double 2 Together (dc2tog): Yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Beginning Cluster (beg CL): ch2, *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * once (3 loops on hook); yarn over pull through all loops.

Cluster (CL): *yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * 2 more times (4 loops on hook); yarn over, pull through all loops.

Abbreviations

  • Ch/s = chain/s
  • St/s = stitch/es
  • Ea = each
  • Rep = repeat
  • Rem = remaining
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Sp = space
  • Ch-sp = chain space
  • Corner-sp = corner space
  • Rs = right side
  • Ws = wrong side

Gauge

Chevron Pattern: 8 rows and 15 treble (US double) = 10cm X 10cm

Granny Squares: 4 rounds = 11cm X 11cm

Finished Measurements

SizeBust (cm)Cropped Length (cm)Standard Length (cm)Tunic Length (cm)
XS99254259
S109264361
M119264362
L129284466
XL139304567
2X149304569
3X159304570
4X169334773
5X179334774

Testimonials

Review from Etsy for Fruitdrop crochet sweater.  5 stars "The pattern is well written and is size inclusive." 24 Jan 2024

Etsy review 5 stars “The pattern is well written and is size inclusive.” 24 Jan 2024

A woman is wearing a crochet sweater and a quote says 'I love it'
Photo of finished sweater from a customer and comment “I love it” Source: Facebook comment

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Ripple Sweater Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Front

With a 5mm hook, ch 60 (60, 72, 84, 96, 96, 108, 108, 120) + 3 (t-ch)

Row 1: tr in 4th ch from hook, tr in same ch, *tr in next 3 chs, tr2tog twice, tr in next 3 chs, 2tr in next 2 sts, * rep across to last st, 2 tr in last st, ch3, turn

Row 2: tr in base of ch3, * tr in next 3 sts, 2tr in next 2 sts, tr in next 3 sts, tr2tog twice, * rep across to last st, 2tr in last st, ch3, turn

Row 3: tr in base of ch3, *tr in next 3 sts, tr2tog twice, tr in next 3 sts, 2tr in next 2 sts, * rep across to last st, 2tr in last st, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 form the chevron pattern

Cropped Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 18, (18, 18, 21, 21, 23, 23, 26, 26) cm

Standard Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 35, (36, 36, 37, 38, 38, 38, 40, 40) cm

Tunic Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 52, (54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 63, 66, 67) cm

Neck shaping

ALL SIZES

Left Shoulder

Keeping continuity of chevron pattern, work next 15, (15, 21, 27, 32, 32, 39, 39, 45) sts, ch3, turn (leaving rem sts unworked)

Rep rows 2 and 3 a further 2 times (neck shaping a total of 5 rows)

Fasten off

Right Shoulder

Count 30 sts and rejoin yarn. Keeping continuity of chevron pattern, work until the end of the row, ch3 turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 a further 2 times (neck shaping a total of 5 rows)

Fasten off

Back

Rep instructions for front until neck shaping.

Continue chevron pattern for a total of 5 rows.

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Granny Square Sleeves

Flower Granny Square

Make 18

Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form loop, beg CL, ch4, [CL, ch2] 7 times, join with sl st to top of beg CL (8 Clusters with ch2 between each one)

Round 2: Sl st into next ch2 sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same ch2 sp, [ch1, 2tr, ch1] in next ch2 space, *[CL, ch4, CLst] in next ch2 sp, [ch1, 2tr, ch1] in next ch2 sp*, rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL. (4 tr on each side + 4 corners)

Round 3: Sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, ch1, 2tr in next ch1 sp, tr in each tr, 2 tr in next ch1 sp, ch1, *[CL, ch4, CL] in next corner sp, ch1, 2tr in next ch1 sp, tr in each tr, 2 tr in next ch1 sp, ch1* rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL (8 tr on each side + 4 corners)

Round 4: rep Round 3

Fasten off

With RS facing, sew squares in 3 blocks of 3 (see pattern notes for image) for each sleeve

With RS facing, rejoin yarn in any tr, ch1

Round 1:   1 dc in ea st and ch-sp around the whole sleeve, working 2dc in ea corner-sp, sl st to first st, ch1

Round 2: dc in ea st around, 2dc in ea corner-sp, sl st to first st, ch1

Round 3 and 4: rep round 2

Fasten off

Width extension

No extension needed for XS, S  Go straight to Assembly

Instructions for M, (L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Choose your side edges (this will be underarm), rejoin yarn, ch1

Row 1: 1dc in ea st of edge, ch1, turn

Rep last row 2, (5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20) times

Rep on other side edge of sleeve

Assembly

With WS facing outwards, sew shoulder seams

Pin centre of sleeve in line with shoulder seam ensuring double crochet extensions are underarm

Sew in place (see pattern notes for image)

Sew sleeve seam from cuff along sleeve and continue to sew side seam.

Fasten off

Ripple Sweater Instructions US Crochet Terms

Front

With a 5mm hook, ch 60 (60, 72, 84, 96, 96, 108, 108, 120) + 3 (t-ch)

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in same ch, *dc in next 3 chs, dc2tog twice, dc in next 3 chs, 2dc in next 2 sts, * rep across to last st, 2dc in last st, ch3, turn

Row 2: dc in base of ch3, * dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next 2 sts, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog twice, * rep across to last st, 2dc in last st, ch3, turn

Row 3: dc in base of ch3, *dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog twice, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next 2 sts, * rep across to last st, 2dc in last st, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 form the chevron pattern

Cropped Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 18, (18, 18, 21, 21, 23, 23, 26, 26) cm

Standard Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 35, (36, 36, 37, 38, 38, 38, 40, 40) cm

Tunic Sweater

Rep rows 2 and 3 until work measures 52, (54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 63, 66, 67) cm

Neck shaping

ALL SIZES

Left Shoulder

Keeping continuity of chevron pattern, work next 15, (15, 21, 27, 32, 32, 39, 39, 45) sts, ch3, turn (leaving rem sts unworked)

Rep rows 2 and 3 a further 2 times (neck shaping a total of 5 rows) 

Fasten off

Right Shoulder

Count 30 sts and rejoin yarn. Keeping continuity of chevron pattern, work until the end of the row, ch3 turn

Rep rows 2 and 3 a further 2 times (neck shaping a total of 5 rows) 

Fasten off

Back

Rep instructions for front until neck shaping.

Continue chevron pattern for a total of 5 rows.

Fasten off

Weave in ends

Granny Square Sleeves

Flower Granny Square

Make 18

Round 1: Ch4, sl st to first ch to form loop, beg CL, ch4, [CL, ch2] 7 times, join with sl st to top of beg CL (8 Clusters with ch2 between each one)

Round 2: Sl st into next ch2 sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same ch2 sp, [ch1, 2dc, ch1] in next ch2 space, *[CL, ch4, CLst] in next ch2 sp, [ch1, 2dc, ch1] in next ch2 sp*, rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL. (4 dc on each side + 4 corners)

Round 3: Sl st into next corner sp, [beg CL, ch4, CL] in same corner sp, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 sp, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 sp, ch1, *[CL, ch4, CL] in next corner sp, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 sp, dc in each dc, 2 dc in next ch1 sp, ch1* rep between * 2 more times, join to beg CL (8 dc on each side + 4 corners)

Round 4: rep Round 3

Fasten off

With RS facing, sew squares in 3 blocks of 3 (see pattern notes for image) for each sleeve

With RS facing, rejoin yarn in any dc, ch1

Round 1:   1 sc in ea st and ch-sp around the whole sleeve, working 2sc in ea corner-sp, sl st to first st, ch1

Round 2: sc in ea st around, 2sc in ea corner-sp, sl st to first st, ch1

Round 3 and 4: rep round 2

Fasten off

Width extension

No extension needed for XS, S  Go straight to Assembly

Instructions for M, (L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Choose your side edges (this will be underarm), rejoin yarn, ch1

Row 1: 1 sc in ea st of edge, ch1, turn

Rep last row 2, (5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20) times

Rep on other side edge of sleeve

Assembly

With WS facing outwards, sew shoulder seams

Pin centre of sleeve in line with shoulder seam ensuring single crochet extensions are underarm

Sew in place (see pattern notes for image)

Sew sleeve seam from cuff along sleeve and continue to sew side seam.

Fasten off

Happy crocheting!

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