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Mens Collage Cardigan

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Comment 12/7/10:  I’d like to make all of you who are making this pattern aware of the problems I had with Red Heart Collage.  The yarn stretched terribly and pilled so badly that the sweater was beyond repair a few months after I made it.  I would recommend instead that you use a nice sturdy worsted weight yarn.  Several crochet friends have had very good results with this.  Also, to avoid the stretching problem, you might want to try crocheting through both loops of each stitch instead of just one.

I designed this mens cardigan after trying to use  His and Her Outdoor Sweaters and to modify that pattern into a V-Neck Cardigan.  Because the pattern called for Red Heart Collage, which is a self-striping yarn, I decided to go with that, forgetting that self-striping yarn is not ideal for patterns with multiple pieces because the stripes never match across the front.

In my Mens Collage Cardigan, the back and fronts are worked side-to-side so that matching the stripes is not an issue.  The sleeves are still worked from the bottom up.  The V-neck  is formed by crocheting successively shorter rows.  This pattern is actually quite simple but it does require a knowledge of post stitches.  You can make the cardigan larger or smaller by simply crocheting fewer rows on the backs and fronts.

Pattern

Size: Finished chest 48″

Materials: 6 skeins Red Heart Collage Yarn in Blue Wave; 3.5 oz, 218 yds, 200 m, 6  1″ buttons, Size J and size H crochet hook, tapestry needle, stitch markers 

Stitches used:  Single Crochet (SC),Half-double crochet (HDC), Front loop half-double crochet (FLHDC), Front post double crochet (FPDC), Back post double crochet (BPDC)

Gauge: 13 stitches = 4″ and 9 rows = 4″

Overview:  The back and fronts of this sweater are worked from side-to-side.  The sleeves are worked from the bottom up.  The back is one large rectangle.  The fronts are rectangles with decreases to make the V neck.  The sleeves have increases on each side from wrist to shoulder.

Back

With J, chain 73.  HDC in 3rd ch from hook and into every ch across.  Ch 2, turn. (71 stitches) Mark as right side.

Row 1: Front loop half-double crochet in the front loop of the second stitch (FLHDC) and in ea st across to last st. Hdc in last st.  Ch 2, turn.

Rows 2-54: Repeat row 1 until you have completed 54 rows or the back measures 24 inches across.  Fasten off.

Left Front

Chain 73.  Work as for back until piece measures about 7″ in width. Do not ch 2. Turn.Mark 1st row as right side.

Shape Neck

Row 1: Slip stitch across first three stitches. Work in pattern to end of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work in pattern to last 3 sts.  Leave last 3 sts unworked, do not chain, turn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked 11 rows or piece measures 12″.  Your last row should have 38 stitches.  Fasten off.

Right Front

Work as for left front, reversing neck shaping.

Sleeve ( make 2)

For cuff Ch 34. HDC into 3rd ch from hook and into ea ch across. (31 stitches) Ch 2, turn. Mark as right side.

Row 2: FPDC into second st, *BPDC into next st, FPDC into next st*.  Work from * to * across to last st. HDC into last st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: BPDC into second st. *FPDC into next st, BPDC into next st*. Work from * to * across to last st. HDC into last st. Ch 2. Turn.

Rows 4-6: Repeat rows 2 and 3 alternately. Ch 1 instead of ch 2 at end of row 6. Cuff made.

Body of sleeve

Row 1: FLHDC into ea st across. Ch 2, turn. (31 sts)

Row 2: (increase row) 2 FLHDC in first st, FLHDC into ea st across to last st. 2 FLHDC in last st. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Work even in pattern.

Repeat rows 1-2 five more times.

Row 14: Repeat row 3.

Row 15: Repeat row 2.

Row 16 -17: Repeat row 3.

Continue to work in pattern, increasing at both sides every 3rd row until piece measures 20″ from start of body of sleeve.  Fasten off.

Joining: Weave in all yarn ends with tapestry needle.  With right sides facing each other, pin fronts to back at shoulders, taking up about 7″ on back and making sure that the stitch pattern is running vertically on back.  Whip stitch shoulder seams together.  On top of each sleeve, mark the center point with a stitch marker.  with right sides facing each other , pin the marked center point of the sleeve on the shoulder seam of the front and back.  Make sure that about 11.5″ of sleeve lie on either side of the seam.  Also, make sure that the corner of the top of the sleeve reaches the same point on the front, as well as the back.  When everything looks even, pin the sleeve in place and whipstitch the seam.  Repeat with the other sleeve.  Fold the sweater in half along the center line of the sleeves, right sides facing each other and pin the side seams.  Whipstitch the side seams bing sure that the underarm corners match.

Bottom Ribbing: With the H hook, and the left front facing you, attach yarn at the bottom left front corner.  Work 39 HDC along bottom row edges of left front, 84 HDC along row edges of back, and 39 HDC along bottom edge of right front, ch2, turn. Continue to work rib pattern as directed for sleeve cuff for 6 rows around the bottom of the sweater. Fasten off.

Neckline Trim: With H, on right side, attach yarn at corner of right front neck edge. Ch1, sc in same space. Sc 37 sts on front neck, 32 across back neck, and 38 down left front neckline.  Ch1, turn. (107 sts)

Row 2: Sk 1st sc. sc in ea st across to last st. Sk last sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Repeat row 2

Rows 4 and 5: Work as row 2 and in addition, dec 1 st at ea shoulder seam. (95 sts) Fasten off.

Front Bands: Right Front:

Row 1: Attach yarn to bottom corner st of right front.  Work 50 sc along right front edge. Ch1, turn.

Rows 2-5: Repeat row 1. Do not ch 1 at end of row 5. Fastern off

Left Front: Attach yarn at top corner of left front.  Work as row 1 of right front.

Row 2: Work as row 2 of right front.

Row 3: Sc in 1st 2 sts. Ch2, sk 2 sts, sc in next 7 sts. *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next 7 sts*. Work from * to * to last st. Sc in last st. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in ea st. When you get to the ch2, sc around 2 chs. Continue to end of row, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Work as row 2. Fasten off.

Blocking: Because of the way the neckline was fashioned, it might be necessary to do some light blocking around the neck.  Be careful not to over-steam the fiber.  Simply straighten the neck and gently pat the steam into the fabric.

Sew buttons under the buttonholes on the right front band.

Copyright: Carol A. Wolf, October 1990

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97 responses to “Mens Collage Cardigan

  1. Jeanmarie

    October 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    You’ve done it again! Great sweater — looks so comfortable, too. A terrific men’s pattern like this one will be much appreciated.

     
    • Joy

      March 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      I’ve started your Men’s Collage Cardigan for my husband and, while I’m planning to possibly “add” to the width of it, I’m wondering if I should for the length as well. My husband is a Big and Tall-type of guy, with really broad shoulders from swimming a lot. Do you have any suggestions on how to amend the pattern in order to fit his physique?

       
      • Wolf Crochet

        March 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

        Hi Joy, I don’t know if you saw my note about the yarn I used, Red Heart Collage. That yarn stretched so much in length and width and pilled so terribly that it no longer fit my husband. What yarn are you using? To make the sweater larger in length, simply add to your starting chain until the back is the length you prefer. Do the same for the fronts. To increase the width, you can crochet more rows to make the pieces wider. Your fronts should each be half as wide as the back. Be aware that you will also need to make your sleeves wider. Measure your husband from shoulder seam to underarm where you would like the sleeve to be. Then increase the width by adding rows in the middle of the sleeve as you crochet across the piece. If you want to add length to the sleeve, you’ll have to do some math to see what rate of increase you’ll have from wrist to shoulder. Hope this helps. I did not do multiple sizes for this pattern because I have a hard time making something for someone who is not there to be fitted. Good luck!

         
      • J Yanke

        October 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

        I am trying to make a sweater fora man who is about a size 58 or 60 chest. He wears a 48 inch waist on his pants. Can you please give me the instructions or help me figure out what to do. This will be my first attempt at a sweater. I do crochet a lot but mainly hats & mittens for my church to give to kids in need. Also simple afghans. I really want to surprise him for Christmas with this sweater. jjyanke@gmail.com

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        October 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

        Thank you for writing! However, I am not a professional pattern designer and don’t make my patterns for mutiple sizes. I only make a pattern to fit me or members of my family and then share the results on my blog. If you need a different size, I suggest that you try some of the commercial patterns available.

         
  2. wolfcrochet

    October 17, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Thanks Jean Marie. It took a couple of false starts but finally came together.

     
  3. Personna

    October 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve been looking all over for a good crocheted men’s cardigan. THANKS!

     
  4. Sally B.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I really like this pattern. Would it be alright to print this off? I would like to make it for my father in law for Christmas.

     
    • wolfcrochet

      November 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

      Of course, Sally! Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern. I hope it works out for you. :-)

       
      • Anita C

        November 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

        I am going to make one for my better half and am wondering if regular worsted weight (sz 4) yarn works to the same guage as the one you used? I have never seen that yarn in a store so just wondering…

        Anita C.

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        November 3, 2011 at 5:03 am

        Anita, one of my crochet friends, Lois, made the sweater in worsted weight yarn and it came out better than with the Collage. http://wolfcrochet.wordpress.com/?s=lois

         
  5. Sharon Smith

    January 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Carol,
    I am presently crocheting this cardigan sweater for my husband and have hit a snag. I do not understand the instructions for the Shape Neck portion of the pattern. Sl st across 1st 3sts. It sounds like slip stitch across one stitch 3 stitches. This seems like you just sllip stitch all the way across. What is the pattern? And when you LEAVE THE LAST 3 STITCHES UNWORKED DO YOU CROCHET ANY KIND OF TURNING CHAIN BEFORE YOU START THE NEXT ROW? if you could talk me through this part of the pattern I would be grateful. Thank you for a lovely project.
    Sharon Smith
    Granbury, Texas

     
    • wolfcrochet

      January 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks for writing, Sharon. When you shape the neck, you will slip stitch across the first three stitches. I should have spelled it out because I can now see that it can cause confusion. In fact, I will correct it on the pattern. In addition, you do not chain after you have left the last three stitches unworked and before you start the next row. The idea is to narrow down that portion of the fabric. Please feel free to get in touch if you run into any more problems.

       
  6. dottie burak

    January 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    i have a question in this pattern does the chain 2 count as first stitch

     
    • wolfcrochet

      January 9, 2010 at 5:42 am

      Yes, the chain counts as the first stitch, Dottie.

       
  7. dottie burak

    January 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I am still a little confused about the slip stitching do I slip stitch in each individual stitch or all 3 together.I want to thank you for fast response on my last question and for such a wonderful pattern as I am making this for my dad who is very fussy but this is just great. Thanks agin Dottie

     
    • wolfcrochet

      January 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

      Dottie, you slip stitch into each individual stitch. You are trying to narrow down the row gradually.

       
  8. Elaine

    February 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Carol, I’m still working on this sweater but I think I getting close to done for the back — The height of the rows are measuring 18″ which looks plenty big enough when I hold it against myself (luckily grandpa has shrunk to my size). But your instructions are for 24″ — how much inch loss does this sweater pattern experience when worn? This is my first attempt at clothing so I just don’t have enough experience with understanding how the sizing changes between a flat piece versus a three-dimensional garment. If your experienced opinion tells me ~18-19″ will work, I’m good to go. But if you hold to 24″ due to the nature of the pattern or garments in general, I’ll trust your experience.

     
    • wolfcrochet

      February 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Elaine,
      After several months of wear, Paul’s sweater has lengthened. The process of crocheting into only the front or back loop causes the fabric to be stretchier and to drape more softly. If I were you, I would stick with the length you have now. You will see about an inch of stretch after it has been worn a while. If you are using the Red Heart Collage, you will find that this yarn will result in a very soft end product.

      Another issue with this sweater is that it is showing quite a bit of pilling. Now, Paul wears his sweater every day after he comes home from work and every weekend. If your grandfather only wears his once in a while, the sweater shouldn’t pill as much. I’m disappointed with this yarn and would not use it again for a man’s sweater. Unfortunately, these things don’t usually become apparent until months after the garment has been worn for a while.

       
      • Elaine

        March 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

        sorry to hear about your wrist. In the meantime, here’s something funny — since I reduced the dimensions for the back, I also need to reduce the front — guess who forgot until she was almost done shaping the neck?

         
  9. Barb

    February 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hi Carol, made this lovely sweater for chairty. Turned out beautifully. Is there some way to make it stright almost to the neck and close with buttons all the way? I need a pattern like this. Any way you could help? I have much experence in crochet. Not a beginner. Also there seems to be a darth of crochet stuff for men. A really good glove pattern would be great. I used to do “makeover” 12 1/2″ dolls and design fancy beaded ball gowns, just can’t take the tiny thread anymore. Any help greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Barb

     
    • wolfcrochet

      February 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

      Barb, Thanks for commenting on my pattern. I’m happy that your sweater turned out well. I did not design this sweater for a round neck. My wrist is in a splint for the time being because of repetitive motion injury so I can’t go back and rework this pattern for you. You can try to make a paper pattern of how you want the front to look and just crochet according to that. Alternately, you can use a plus-sized womens cardigan pattern that you like and gear the colors to a man. As far as gloves are concerned, I’ve never tried those and will probably not do so in the future. I just don’t enjoy the picky work required for those fingers! :-)

       
    • Elaine

      March 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Barb, may not be such a dearth of men’s pattern. It is my subjective opinion that male fashion just doesn’t run to as much variety and imagination as female’s. Of the top of my head: shorts, pants, long sleeve/short sleeve shirts, sweaters (with/without sleeves), ties. How much else is there?
      Whereas, women have skirts, dresses, tunics, pants, shorts, capris, shawls, capelets, boleros, shirts, sweaters, tank tops …

       
  10. lois

    March 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    carol, i just wanted to say “Thank You”….i was looking for the perfect cardigan sweater to make for my husband, and i found it here….i used red heart heather gray..i would like to show you the end result, but don’t now where to post it….again. thank you…lois

     
    • wolfcrochet

      March 16, 2010 at 6:05 am

      I’ll send you my e-mail address. I’d love to see the sweater!

       
  11. Mens Accessories

    August 6, 2010 at 5:47 am

    lovely cardigan! my misses knitted one for me, almost as good as your one. :)

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      August 6, 2010 at 6:52 am

      Thank you! But if your misses knits, she’s a better man than I am! ;-)

       
  12. Robin

    December 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for the great pattern. I have been looking for a nice crochet men’s cardigan for a while. This is great!! I am not a great knitter so this is perfect…Thanks again

    Robin

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

      I hope it works out for you Robin. Just an aside…you will be better off using a regular worsted weight yarn instead of the Collage. The Collage was very soft and caused so much pilling after only a few wearings that I had to discard the sweater.

       
      • Robin

        December 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

        I am almost done. I just have the sleeves and trim to do. I used a much thicker yarn. It is almost like a jacket. I really love how easy this works up. I edited it for size and I made it less of a v-neck. I love this pattern!! I am going to do one for my grandson. I am going to sew some fleece material on the inside and make a coat out of it. This is such a great pattern you can do so much with it. I have a feeling I am going to making a few of these for some family members.

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        December 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

        Robin, it’s nice to hear from somebody who has adapted the pattern and yarn the way you did. I think that a sturdy yarn yields much better esults than what I used. I’d love to see a photo of that sweater!

         
      • Robin

        December 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

        I will post a pic when it is finished. I am going to go pick up the rest of the yarn I need today so hopefully tonight I can finish the sweater. I have been working on a lot of stuff for my daughter…she is due to have her second son in april so I want to get as much as I can done for her too.I made her 2 blankets 3 hats 3 sets of booties 2 mittens and 2 bibs so far. So now I can go back and finish this sweater. I want to make a second one of this sweater for myself too. It’s a great pattern

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        December 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

        My goodness Robin! You have been very busy! Congratulations to your daughter on her coming blessed event.

         
  13. seila

    December 3, 2010 at 4:46 am

    hi great pattern finished back, my slipped stiches look wrong, i have got steps were ive left stiches, will this correct it self when i do front bands, never crochet something this big before,help, no one near i can call on for help, even our wool shops have closed down, i taught myself crochet from book so prehapes i am not slipping stiches the right way. thanks

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Seila, I’m confused about what you are referring to. Do you mean that you are doing the neck shaping on the front piece? There will be rows where you leave the last stitches unworked. As for your slip stitches, you must take care that you don’t work them too tightly. This is very easy to do. Try to make your loop a bit larger so that your slip stitches won’t draw the fabric together. You’re aiming to keep your slip stitches the same width as your other stitches. The whole idea here is to make a neck opening that gradually gets larger with each row so that it ends up in a V-shape. When you make the front band, you will be covering the slip stitches but they must still be nice and even. I hope this helps.

       
  14. seila

    December 4, 2010 at 7:52 am

    thanks did what you said looks o.k. now, finished 1 front it makes up so quick, hope to be finished by next week. we have been snowed in for a few days so been able to sit and crochet. most of england is under snow, but here in devon we dont usually see this amount. thanks again will tell you when i finish

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      I’d love to see a photo when you are done Seila. :-)

       
  15. Robin

    December 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Almost done. I love the way this works up. Directions are perfect. I edited it to fit which was also quite easy. I will post a pic when I am done. I have to get to the store to pick up more yarni underestimated how much I needed. Just have sleeves and trim to do

     
  16. Tami

    December 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful pattern! Just what I was looking for. My husband is a pretty big guy. I see the chest measurement is 48 inches. Would this be the equivalent to an X-Large or XX-large? I want to whip one up for hubbie for Christmas!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Tami, 46″ to 49″ is an extra large. I should warn you that the yarn I used “grew” until the sweater was much too large and it pilled terribly. Some other crochet friends have had a good result using regular worsted weight yarn that wasn’t too soft when making this sweater.

       
      • Tami

        December 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm

        My husband is a XX-large easily. I’d like to use something soft, maybe the Heather Gray TLC or Simply Soft. Would would you recommend?

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        December 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

        Well Tami, I have to tell you that the soft yarn I used for this pattern pilled terribly and completely stretched out of shape over time. I would actually recommend a sturdier worsted weight yarn. It can be soft as long as it isn’t stretchy. I’m not sure that Simply Soft will hold up. An alternate idea is to go ahead and use the Simply Soft but crochet through both loops for each stitch. This will at least make it less stretchy but you may have to adjust the size a little.

         
  17. Karen

    December 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Fantastic pattern! Will have to try and do one up for hubby after the holidays. Busy working on gifts for the grandkids and not much time left!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 12, 2010 at 6:09 am

      Thanks Karen. Don’t forget to read my comment about the yarn!

       
  18. Sondra Coble

    January 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I haven’t made a garment before and want to try something fairly easy. Thing being, I want to make it for my daughter who is a size 14/16 top. Would dropping down one size hook do the trick? I’m not experienced enough to just adjust stitch numbers to make it fit. Thanks for your help.

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      January 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

      I don’t think it would work in this case Sondra. For one, this sweater ended up stretching out to be huge because of the yarn. In addition, you really need the larger hook so that the sweater doesn’t become too thick and bulky. There are many beautiful free womens patterns out there. Try http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com.

       
  19. Arlette

    February 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hi there…its an awesome pattern. However, i want to make a sleeveless v-neck sweater (without any opening in front) for my husband. I have been searching all over but cant find one. Do you have one handy? Or can i modify the above pattern in some way?

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      February 12, 2011 at 6:30 am

      Thanks for your comments Arlette. I’m sorry I don’t know of a sleeveless V-neck pattern as you describe. Have you checked http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com ? Rachel has hundreds of patterns in the directory. Alternately, you could try to find a plus-sized womens pattern. There’s no difference really.

       
  20. Joy

    March 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for your suggestions about how to fit my husband for this sweater. At the suggestion of an experienced crocheter, I’m using Patons Classic Wool (100% pure wool, hand washable) for this project. To address the stretching problem, I have been crocheting through both loops of each stitch. I don’t have experience with such a big project, but I think I do need to both lengthen and increase the width of this sweater to fit my hubby. I’ll just take it step by step…… If I run into any problems, I’ll probably come knockin’ on your door again!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      March 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Joy, Paton’s Classic Wool will be great for this pattern. It’s weight is a bit thicker than the Collage so you will end up with a bigger product right off the bat. You might even try going up a hook size or two. I think that crocheting into both loops will definitely improve the stretching issue. Good luck with this. I’ll be happy to help as you go along.

       
  21. isabelle

    May 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Thankyou so much for this pattern. I’m going to make this for myself,because it looks sooo comfy! :)

     
  22. isabelle

    May 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Thanks

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      May 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

      That’s great Isabelle! I’d love to see it when it’s done. :-)

       
  23. Jeanny

    May 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Hi…., I’m trying to make this cardigan…., but the size is too big. I need the finishing bust size around 40 – 42 inch. How many stiches should i redudes? I’m using Patons Classic Wool. Thanks before :)

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      May 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Sorry Jeanny. I only wrote this sweater pattern for one size. You can’t just reduce stitches. All the other shaping, sleeves, neckline, etc will have to be changed. I am featuring Design Lessons on my blog that will help you to re-size and design your own patterns. You might want to have a look at Design Lesson I to get some information on how to size your patterns.

       
  24. Susan Knight Dunn

    October 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I’m going to try this! It’s the first men’s crocheted cardi I’ve seen and my own pattern is feeling like a sentence! Thanks:)

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

      Susan, just stay away from that Red Heart Collage yarn. It pills terribly and I had to end up getting rid of the sweater. Also, some people have gotten better results by crocheting into both loops instead of just one. If you crochet into one loop, the sweater tends to “grow” over time.

       
  25. Heidi

    October 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I stumbled on this ( i am a little slow!) I am going to make it out of Caron Simply Soft Dk Sage. I will let you know how it turns out.

    Heidi

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Heidi, read the comment I made to Susan about the yarn. And please send me a photo when you finish so I can feature your sweater on my blog. :-)

       
  26. Victoria K Conery

    October 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    love it really looks great will use some other red heart yarn thanks vicky

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Vicky!

       
  27. Kay

    February 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    This pattern is wonderful! I was just wondering if you had any advice for doing it without sleeves, as a vest. I was simply going to put a ribbing there instead but wondered if you would change anything else. Thanks!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      February 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

      A vest is actually a good idea Kay. I don’t know if you will find that the armhole opening will be too large. You might want to make an adjustment there, however, a bit of ribbing might be all you’ll need. Please don’t use the Collage yarn as I didn’t have good results with it at all. Another reader also suggested crocheting into both loops to avoid the stretching that resulted when I made this sweater. Good luck!

       
      • Robin

        February 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

        Just thought I would let you all know. I completed the sweater going through both loops and after several washes now it has held shape wonderfully.great pattern

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        February 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        I’m so glad to hear that Robin!

         
  28. Kari Davies

    February 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for posting this pattern. It’ll be perfect for my father-in-law!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      February 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

      I hope it works out well for you Kari. Do not use the Collage yarn and try crocheting into both loops instead of just one. Most readers had good results with those two changes.

       
  29. Peggy Terronez

    July 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hi, I love love this pattern, I am making one for my husband. I am having to add stitches, I am using a different kind of yarn. But I would love to get into your lessons on designing.

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      July 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Hi Peggy! I really only have 2 lessons on the blog right now and you are welcome to look at them. When I get a bit more time I plan to develop some more.

       
  30. mousumi

    October 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    hi,i love this pattern. I’m making for my husband..But I have some questions.the stiches for back (73)& each side of front (73)will be same?actually it looks very large.& the finished back measures 24″& front 12″ is there anything wrong i’m understanding in your pattern.Actually i already completed back piece,left front.if you can help me,it will be great for me.thanks

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Hi Mousumi! This sweater is worked sideways. The 73 stitches you have for the back and sides are for the length, not the width. When you have completed the left front, you will notice that one end of your piece will have 1/2 of a V-neckline, which you accomplished by working shorter rows. I hope this clarifies things. Let me know if you need further help. :-)

       
  31. Debra

    November 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I don’t like the way this pattern is explained. I don’t understand how to do what you’re telling, and there is no diagram either. I am so confused on how to do th shape neck. What does it mean to work in pattern to end of row? If you could help it’d really appreciate it and so would my boyfriend. Thanks(:

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      November 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Hi Debra, thank you for writing. I’m sorry that you are having a problem with this pattern. This sweater is worked sideways so that when you are doing the neck, you will have the opening at the side of your work instead of at the top. You will be working your rows, leaving more and more stitches unworked at one side until you have shaped 1/2 of a V-neck opening. You begin by doing decreases at the beginning of the row by making 3 slip stitches. “Work in pattern to end of row” simply means to keep working in the stitch pattern that you were using until you get to the end of the row. This is a common phrase used in patterns. Then you will turn your work and work in the same stitch pattern until you get the new instructions to leave the last three stitches unworked. You see, you are decreasing the length of this row on one end by three stitches each time you work at that end. Eventually, this will give you the shape of 1/2 of a V-neck. I hope that this is clear. If not, let me know and I will try to send you a diagram. I am on vacation so I don’t have all my supplies on hand right now. :-)

       
  32. Arlette

    November 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Do you have a pattern for a sleeveless V-neck Mens’s sweater? Looking for one badly.

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      November 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Sorry Arlette, I don’t.

       
  33. Juli

    April 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which
    I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      April 16, 2013 at 4:45 am

      Hi Juli! If you are referring to my blog writing, I usually only post once a week or so. During that week, I keep my blog in mind and make myself aware of possible subjects as I go about my days. I keep my phone or camera handy too so that I can record images as they occurr. More often than not, the phrasing begins to enter my mind. Sometimes I will jot these phrases down or begin the post on the computer and save it. Then when I am ready to post I already have most of my ideas and photos available.

      As for non-blog writing, I am happy that I don’t have to make a living doing it! I wait for inspiration to strike and when it does, I immediately sit down and write! I have found that trying to write when I am not inspired is impossible. But I believe that the more often that I respond to inspiration, the more inspiration I will get.

      Oh! And maybe clearing your thoughts is NOT the way to proceed. Sometimes it is these very thoughts that generate ideas on how to begin! Good luck with your writing! :-)

       
  34. Katharine Burns

    October 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I am trying to shape the neck. But I am confused what it means to “work in pattern” to end of row. I slip stiched first 3. Should I then continue to slip stich or flhdc? This is my first time making a garment. But its going well so far!

     
  35. Katharine Burns

    October 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I figured out how to “work in the pattern” however I’m using a different yarn. When I did the decreases for the v neck left side I got the 11 rows and 12 inches however I ended up with 50 stitches for my last row. Is this going to be a problem? Or should I change the pattern. I’m not sure how to do that.

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 17, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Hmmm, Did you start out having 71 stitches Katharine? If you worked 11 rows and decreased 3 stitches each row, you should end up with 38 stitches. Somewhere along the line you must have not have worked some decreases. I hate to say this but I think that you will have to rip your work back because you have to be sure that you get the same result when you work the right side of the neck. You might try counting your stitches as you work from the bottom edge, making sure that each row has 3 less stitches than the previous row. I can’t stress enough how important it is to count. No matter how experiened you are, counting is still important! :-)

       
      • Katharine Burns

        October 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        Unfortunately I’m not very experienced accept for scarves which are really one big rectangle! I started with 71 stitches. And did not chain when I turned for the neck line. I am using a different yarn so would that affect it? I am super crazy about counting and recounting… so I might have messed myself up there. If the yarn is the problem should I change my stitch pattern?
        Thank you so much for replying too!

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        October 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

        Hi again Katharine, Your yarn has no effect whatsoever on the number of stitches. It might determine how big or small your project is but if you are following the pattern, your stitch count will still be the same no matter what yarn you use.

        Think about it—if you subtract 3 stitches on every row for 11 rows you will have subtracted 33 stitches when the neck shaping is finished. Nothing can change this except forgetting to subtract stitches. If you have 50 stitches now, you have not decreased 12 stitches!

         
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

      I think you have figured this out Katharine but “work in pattern” simply means that you continue to crochet in the same stitch pattern that you used throughout the sweater. It keeps the written pattern from getting too repetitive and eliminates the need to constantly write out the instructions for the stitch that you have been using all along.

       
      • Katharine Burns

        October 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

        I figured out what I was doing wrong. However I have one last question…do you count the slip stitches in your rows? meaning when you slip stich back to you count that or start after those 3? Its ending up a lot larger than its supposed to be. I hate to be a bother!

         
      • Wolf Crochet

        October 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        Hi Katharine, no, you do not count the slip stitches. By slip stitching over the half-double crochet stitches at the neck you are doing what is called a “decrease row”. This means that you are decreasing your stitch count by the number of slip stitches you work. You leave those ditches alone and do not work into them on your next row. In this way your rows become shorter and shorter until you have reached 38 stitches.

         
  36. Beth Lord

    October 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve been looking for a nice sweater to make for my younger brother. I definately like yours and will give it a shot. Hopefully I can get it done for christmas… Thanks for the pattern and thanks for listening. Just to let you know, my access to the internet is my Wii game system and I don’t have a printer either unless I go to the library which is quite a walk. I will probably end up copying it by hand which I’ve done before. So, here goes hope I’ve got enough yarn. Be talking to you later. Beth

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      October 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Beth, I’m sorry that you have had such a bad time this year. I’m keeping good thoughts that you will move into a better circumstance soon. Thank you for commenting on my pattern. Hopefully it will work out well for you. :-)

       
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  38. Donna R

    February 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I am not understanding… the back is supposed to measure 24 inches. The front pieces are first to measure 7 inches and then another 12 inches as I decrease. Why does the back and front not be both 24 inches? If you are going side to side then is the original 71 the length of the sweater?
    Is that right? I am just making it wider?

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      February 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Donna, each front measures 12 inches so with the two of them you have 24 inches like the back.

      Yes, the 71 stitches are the length since you are working side to side.

       
  39. diana cawley

    August 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I have been trying to print this free pattern and have been unable to do it. What is the problem?

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      August 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Diana, Go to edit at the top of the window and click “select all”. Go to file at the top of the window and click “print preview”. Where you can choose the pages to print, choose 1-5 and click “print”. This should work.

       
  40. Katharine

    December 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I am trying to make a v-neck sweater and I like this pattern. Is there a way to use this? I know how to decrease the right side down but how do I increase the other side? Do you have any patterns for this?

     
    • Wolf Crochet

      December 8, 2014 at 6:03 am

      Sorry Katharine, this pattern is what it is. you may try looking at The Crochet Dude’s patterns. He has some V-neck sweaters for men.

       

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