Tirzah Sweater Tunic | Free Crochet Pattern
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I have taken the first step toward my goal of crocheting a sweater this year!
In this post I talked about my goals for this year, and designing my very first sweater is number 2 on that list. I don’t necessarily consider this the actual fulfillment of that goal since I had more of a full winter sweater in mind. However, it is a definite step toward the right directions, wouldn’t you say?
How It’s Made
The Tirzah Sweater Tunic is super simple and fun! I designed two rectangle panels in a stitch pattern with alternating rows of mixed clusters and double crochet. The self-striping Caron Cakes worked really beautifully with this pattern as well, and I love the browns and neutrals of the color Buttercream.
I had to play a little with the length of the seams. The middle seams weren’t so hard but making shorter seams on the sides made the sweater much more bulky around my shoulders. For skinny girls, I say go for it! But being big-boned, I look better with a more fitted look and less bulk, so I kept the armholes average instead of open and airy.
I’ve given instructions for three sizes but the method is so simple that it would be super simple to tailor it specifically for any size.
Adding a Waistband
As usual, the piece morphed a little as I worked. I wanted something breezy and loose but as I tried it on and made adjustments I realized I wanted to make some changes. So I added a waistband for a finished look.
“Old” Twisted Cord
My first crochet pattern book was a 60’s pamphlet I found amongst my mother’s things. I was still a beginner so I found an easy motif purse that I liked and made a ton of them with variations for many people I knew. From that pattern I learned how to make twisted cord for purse straps. I’ve used the same method for the ties on this sweater, (and given instructions on how to do it) and I love how earthy it looks.
So how about it, want to give it a try?!
Tirzah Sweater Tunic
Skill Level Easy
Large, Medium, and Small
5 hdc + 4 rows = 2 inches square
Stitches and Abbreviations
Dc (double crochet)
Hdc (half double crochet)
Sc (single crochet)
Mc (mixed cluster)
Sl st (slip stitch)
How to Make a Mixed Cluster (mc) – Yo, insert hook in first st, draw up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, (yo, insert hook in 3rd st) twice, yo, pull through all 6 loops.
PANEL (make 2)
Written for Large Size – Medium and Small in parentheses = L (M, S)
Row 1: ch 102 (98, 94), dc in 3rd ch from hook and across: 101 (97, 93) dc
Row 2: ch 2, turn, mc in first and 3rd st, ch 1, * mc in same st and 3rd st, ch 1, repeat from * across, hdc in same st as last st: 100 (96, 92) mc
Row 3: ch 2, turn, skip next 2 sts, dc in each st across: 101 (97, 93) mc
Row 4 – 18 (16, 14): repeat Row 2 and 3
Fold both panels in half and align them side by side where you want them to meet. Put a couple of stitch markers on the front of both panels to represent the front. Sew panels together first in front about 12 (10, 8) inches from bottom front panel up. Turn piece around and sew back panel from bottom up about 16 (14, 12) inches. Sew sides together about 12 (10, 8) inches from the bottom up.
Round 1: join yarn in any side seam and single crochet around, 2 sc for dc and 1 sc for mc, sl st in first sc: 108 (96, 84) sc
Place 8 stitch markers evenly around, e.g. one at each seam and in between them. This is where you will decrease in the next row.
Round 2: ch 2, turn, hdc around, and hdc2tog when you reach each stitch marker, sl st in first hdc: 100 (92, 76) hdc
Round 3 – 7: ch 2, turn, hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 100 (92, 76) hdc
Round 8: ch 1, turn, sc around, sl st in first sc: 100 (92, 76) sc
Measure two strands of yarn 4 yards long. Knot strands together at both ends. Take the one end and loop it around something small that won’t let it slip. I use a door handle. Now put your finger through the other end and simply wind around and around until the cord is twisted tight. Then carefully fold cord over itself, being careful not to get them tangled yet (you may need some assistance at this point), and take both ends. Now let go of the other side and let it wind itself until it stops. Smooth out any bulges. Knot open ends together good and tight and then clip off the excess after the knot. At the folded end, also make a knot and clip strands open so that both ends look alike.
Weave cord through the first few rows of the neck.
What do you think of the Tirzah Sweater Tunic?! Isn’t it super easy? And if you feel adventurous, it’s super easy to change up!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.