Vega Sweater | Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern | Free Crochet Pattern Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL

The Vega Sweater is a free beginner crochet sweater pattern with simple construction, which is perfect for the first-time crocheter! This crochet sweater pattern has minimal seaming, with the perfect fit. The best part is the skill level is geared toward beginner crocheters.

Though sweater weather is waning a bit, the Vega Sweater is a beautiful pattern and falls in line with all the trendy crochet sweater patterns using two tones.

It is the perfect transition piece from Winter to Spring and a perfect addition to your spring sweater wardrobe.

The Vega a slightly slouchy sweater, depending on what size you make. In the photos, I am modeling size XL, even though I am a medium – large.

It’s a beautiful sweater comprised of basic crochet stitches, a great gift to crochet as a first time easy pattern, and great addition as a first garment.

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In this post You will Learn…

  • How to crochet a beginner crochet sweater.
  • Learn a new stitch called the long half double crochet.
  • Assembling a simple crochet sweater.
  • and more…

Vega Sweater – Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern

The Vega Beginner Crochet Sweater is a free crochet sweater pattern made for the crochet beginner in mind. 100% cotton in stunning Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in the colorways Ecru & Camel, this pattern is fast, fun, and cool in the sun!

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Video Tutorial for Visual Learners

I created a short video on how to work the long half double crochet and the foundation single crochet stitch. Check it out on YouTube: Vega Sweater Beginner Crochet Pattern or jump to the tutorial at the bottom of the page.

Vega Sweater Crochet Pattern Inspiration

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The Vega Sweater is my first true sweater pattern and I wear it all the time. I absolutely love it. At the time I started designing it, two tones were all the rage. The trend is long gone, but I suppose two tone sweaters will always be in style (at least I hope so).

I use a worsted weight yarn, which is a great choice for a positive ease sweater. The Vega is a comfy sweater, with a simple stitch pattern and uses just a few skeins of yarn.

It has a simple style too, which makes it perfect with jeans or dress slacks. It’s a beginner-friendly pattern, so If you are new to crocheting, this sweater is great because it has very few color changes.

Bookmark this page and add it to your list of free crochet sweater patterns!

Let’s get started!

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The Vega Sweater Crochet Pattern

Remember to add this to your list of easy crochet sweater patterns or first sweater crochet patterns. I used Lion Brand Yarn in 24/7 Cotton for this pattern in some of my favorite colors. Off-white (ecru) & a subtle orange brown (camel).

+ Gauge

13 fsc = 4″

Vega Sweater | Easy Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern

It’s all About the Yarn…

I used Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton for this pattern in all the glorious colors. If you want to change up the colors, they have so many colorways to choose from.

24/7 cotton stands the test of time of colorfastness and washing repeatedly. My mesh top from last summer is still very colorful and bright.

+ Skill Level:

Beginner to Easy

+ Gauge

Simple gauge for this pattern is 13 fsc equals 4″ using a 6mm (USA) J Hook.

+ Materials

Hook Size:

  • 6 mm (USA J)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
lion brand 247 cotton

Suggested Yarn:

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

Colors:

  • MC (Camel)
  • CC (Ecru)

Yarn Details:

100% Mercanized Cotton, 186 yds per skein (3.5 oz/100g)

+ Sizes

Pattern is written as follows: S (M, L, XL, XXL)

Sizing Table (approximates):

SizeCircumference:Will Fit Sizes:
S35” (88)32-34” (81 – 86)
M36” (91)36-38” (91 – 96)
L40” (101)40-42” (101 – 106)
XL44” (111)44-46” (111 – 116)
XXL46″ (116)46-48″ (116 – 118)

Yardage Needed:

I used two colors and of course, yardage will vary for each. Here is a yardage estimate. I would get two of your main color and the rest

Small – 2 MC, 1 CC; Medium – 2 MC, 2 CC; Large – 2 MC, 2 CC; XL – 3 MC, 2CC, XXL-3 MC, 2 CC.

+ Abbreviations:

scsingle crochet
dcdouble crochet
sc2togsingle crochet 2 together
fscfoundation single crochet
lhdclong half double crochet
sk stskip stitch
st(s)stitches
spspace
chchain
ch spchain space
rndround
*…**repeat* instructions between *…*  

+ Stitch guide:

Basic Stitches

Underlined stitches are clickable

sc – single crochet

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook.

dc – double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have one loop left on the hook.

Special Stitches:

fsc – foundation single crochet

to start – ch 2, insert hook in 1st ch, yo, pull up a loop. ch 1, yo, pull through both loops on hook. (1 fsc created).  To create 2nd stitch – *insert hook in bottom 2 loops of the ch 1, yo, pull up a loop. ch 1, yo, pull through both loops on hook* – repeat from * to * to desired fsc.

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (decreases by 1)

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop.  insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all loops on hook.

lhdc – Long half double crochet

yo, insert hook in next st, pull up loop to the level of the ch 3, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook (1 lhdc created).

+ Pattern Notes:

  • The pattern is worked in rows.
  • Chains do not count as stitches.
  • Construction is a front panel, back panel, and two sleeves, sewn according to the diagram.
  • Negative ease until worn.  This yarn tends to stretch with wear, so if you choose another yarn, the ease will be slightly negative, but loosens with time.
  • Consistency in tension helps with the long half double crochet stitch.

+ Pattern:

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Vega Sweater – Beginner Crochet Sweater Pattern

Front Panel:

MC – Camel, CC – Ecru

With 6 mm (USA J hook) and MC.

Fsc 57 (59, 61, 63, 67).

Row 1:  Ch 3, *yo, insert hook in next st, pull up to the level of the ch 3, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook (1 lhdc created), repeat from * across, dc in last st – 56 (58, 60, 62, 66) lhdc, 1 dc.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in ea lhdc across – 57 (59, 61, 63, 67) sc.

Row 3 – Row 22 (24, 24, 26, 28):  Repeat Rows 1 & 2, change to CC at end of last row.

Rows 23 (25, 25, 27, 29) – 32 (34, 34, 36, 38):  Repeat Rows 1 & 2 – don’t cut yarn.

Count in from each side and place a stitch marker in the 28th (29th, 30th, 31st, 33rd) stitches, you’ll have two stitch markers & one stitch empty between them.

note: my testers said all was good with this part, but I am wondering if you notice it doesn’t work out, please leave a comment and let me know – I will update the post with the new information.

Place a stitch marker at both left and right sides of row 32 (34, 34, 36, 38) (this will be where your armhole begins, and decrease rows begin.

Row 33 (35, 35, 37, 39):  Ch 3, turn, lhdc 1 in next 28 (29, 30, 31, 33) sts – 28 (29, 30, 31, 33) lhdc

Row 34 (36, 36, 38, 40):  Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 1 in ea st to end – 27 (28, 29, 30, 32) sc.

Row 35 (37, 37, 39, 41) – 48 (50, 50, 52, 56):  Repeat Row 33 (35, 35, 37, 39) & 34 (36, 36, 38, 40) until you reach 48 (50, 50, 52, 56) rows – last row stitch count is 21 (22, 23, 24, 26) sc.

This completes side 1 decreases, cut yarn, leave a 12” tail for sewing.

Flip front panel horizontally and attach yarn in first stitch.

Row 33 (35, 35, 37, 39):  Ch 3, turn, lhdc in next 28 (29, 30, 31, 33) sts – 28 (29, 30, 31, 33) lhdc.

Row 34 (36, 36, 38, 40):  Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sc 1 in ea st to end – 27 (28, 29, 30, 32) sc.

Row 35 (37, 37, 39, 41) – 48 (50, 50, 52, 56):  Repeat Row 33 (35, 35, 37, 39) & 34 (36, 36, 38, 40) until you reach 48 (50, 50, 52, 56) rows – last row stitch count is 21 (22, 23, 24, 26) sc.

Cut yarn, leave a 12” tail for sewing.

Back Panel:

Repeat instructions for front panel.

Sleeves (make 2):

worked in rows and seamed together

Row 1:  (MC) Fsc 25 (27, 27, 29, 31).

Row 2:  Ch 3, turn, lhdc in ea st across – 25 (27, 27, 29, 31) lhdc.

Row 3:  Ch 1, turn, sc in ea st across – 25 (27, 27, 29, 31) sc.

Row 4 – 7:  Repeat 2 & 3

Row 8:  Repeat 2.

Row 9:  Ch 1, turn, sc in ea st across, inc by 1 in the second stitch and second to last stitch, change to CC, – 27 (29, 29, 31, 33) sc.

Row 10 – 17 (19, 19, 21, 25): Repeat Rows 2 & 9 – 41 (43, 43, 45, 47) sts.

Leave a long tail to sew sides.

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+ Assembly

Place front panel on back panel and sew up each side from bottom to the stitch markers in row 36.

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Sew top of shoulders. Weave in all tails.

With WS out, sew along ecru, weave in tail. 

With WS out on both body and sleeves, sew sleeves to body starting at bottom of armhole, seams down and facing toward armpit.

Vega Sweater Sleeves

+ Embellishments

Create a chain long enough to weave through the back (like lacing a shoe). You can make this using a simple chain or by creating a crochet cord. Check out this video tutorial on how to create a crochet a cord.

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How to Crochet a Cord – the Easy Way

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