Friday, January 21, 2022

Starry Sky Granny Sweater, Free Crochet Pattern + Video Tutorial


The Starry Sky Granny Sweater is a gorgeous and super simple top the you can whip up pretty quickly!  Two granny squares make the bodice and Sleeves are easily added too...so seaming needed!  If you want, you can add a bit more to the bottom of the top to make a lovely tunic too!

Need a little help? There's a full video tutorial below!

Starry Sky Granny Sweater
By Jennifer Dickerson

Click below to watch a full video tutorial on how to make this project:



Materials:
  • 6.0 mm J crochet hook
  • 748 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used 2 skeins of Uru Yarn Sugared Worsted in "Wolves" colorway by KnitCrate and 2 Skeins of Augine Wool Chill in "Let's Get Crazy" colorway by KnitCrate) *Note: if you are changing sizing, yarn amounts will change too.
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers to help mark your spot for seaming

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Sizing:
  • 16 inches across the bodice (main granny square)
  • 18 inches from bottom edge to top of shpulder
  • 26 inches from sleeve edge to sleeve edge (full wingspan of the sweater)


Granny square instructions for the main bodice of the sweater (Make 2 of the same size and number of rounds):

Note: At the beginning of each round if you are sticking with the same color as I did, you will need to slip stitch over to the corner space to begin the round.  If you are switching colors for a new round, finish the round, then cut the yarn and fasten off.  Tie new yarn into any corner space and begin the new round.

Chain 4, join into a ring with a slip stitch.

 Round 1: Chain 4, work (3 dc into center of ring, chain 1) 3 times, then 2 dc into center of ring.  Join to close with a slip stitch.

Round 2: To work the corner of round 2, first chain 3, then 2 dc in same space, then chain 1, then 3 dc in the same space...first corner done!  Then chain 1, then work the next corner by working 3 dc in next space, chain 1, then 3 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat two more times to complete the round.

Round 3: Work the corner in the same manner as the previous round: chain 3, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, 3 dc in same space, chain 1.  To work the sides, simply work 3 dc in the next space then chain 1...repeat until you reach a corner again.

Round 4 and beyond: keep working in this manner, with two clusters in the corners and one cluster on the sides until you finish the round. Just be sure there is a ch 1 in between each grouping of 3 dc as you work each round. That is what gives you those pretty spaces in between each cluster and keeps it nice and flat.

You'll need to work the number of rounds that fits comfortable across your torso, I worked *** rounds, and my square was *** inches across.

Assembly of granny squares:

Using the diagram below as a guide, Turn your squares inside out and then seam the tops of the shoulders as shown along the red lines with a matching piece of yarn.  Next, seam from the underarm down to the bottom of the sweater as shown.  Turn your sweater bodice right side out, then move onto the sleeve section below.


Sleeve Instructions:

Round 1: Tie the yarn you'll be using for the sleeve into the corner space on top of the shoulder and chain 3.  In the same space, work 2 dc.  *Chain 1, then work 3 dc into the next space.  Repeat from * around, then join to close round with a slip stitch in the topmost chain of the turning chain.

Round 2: Slip stitch in each stitch over to the first chain 1 space, then chain 3.  In the same space, work 2 dc.  *Chain 1, then work 3 dc into the next space.  Repeat from * around, then join to close round with a slip stitch in the topmost chain of the turning chain.

Repeat round 2 for as long as you want your sleeves.  I did a fluttery short sleeve buy working a total of 10 sleeve rounds.  For your sweater, you could go also short with a cap sleeve, or extend it to a 3/4 length or a full long sleeve too!


Bottom Extension of the sweater (optional):

Here's how to add a bottom edge to transform your tee into a tunic style.  This part will be worked in rows, five across the front and five across the back.

Spin your project around so the bottom edge is facing upward and your neck hole is at the bottom.

Row 1: Tie the yarn into the corner space on the left of the front granny square and Chain 3 into the corner space.  Work 2 dc into the same space. *Ch 1, then work 3 dc into the next space.  Repeat from * across until you get to the last corner space.  Work 3 dc into the corner space at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 4 and turn.  In the first space, work (3 dc, ch 1).  Work (3 dc, ch 1) in each space across.  Work a dc into the topmost chain of the turning chain at the end of the row.

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. In the first space, work 2 dc.  Work (3 sc, ch 1) in each space across the row.  Work 3 dc into the last space (turning chain space) of the row.

Row 4: Ch 4 and turn.  In the first space, work (3 dc, ch 1).  Work (3 dc, ch 1) in each space across.  Work a dc into the topmost chain of the turning chain at the end of the row.

Row 5: Ch 3 and turn. In the first space, work 2 dc.  Work (3 sc, ch 1) in each space across the row.  Work 3 dc into the last space of the row.

*To make your length a bit longer, just repeat rows 4 and 5 for as long as you like.

Repeat for the back flap of the extension.


Finishing:

Weave in any ends that remain and it's ready to wear!  If you prefer, you can block the top as well.  Sweater shown is not blocked.


© Fiber Flux/Jennifer Dickerson 2022
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