Learn how to crochet a striped sweater! With a simple silhouette and relaxed easy fit, the Breton Sweater is the perfect legging length pullover for fall!

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close up on model wearing linen stitch crochet sweater with half double crochet ribbing

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Thank you to WeCrochet for providing the yarn for this free crochet sweater pattern! As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own 🙂

The Breton Stripe Sweater combines a simple round, loose balloon sleeves, oversized fit and stripe details to create an effortlessly chic and comfy sweater! The length of the sweater and stripes can all be altered to fit any style or colour palette. For a more minimalist look, you can crochet solid coloured sweater or colour block for a statement look!

woman wearing long crochet stripe sweater in grey and navy

The majority of this design is worked up in the Linen Stitch (aka the Moss Stitch) which has incredible drape and movement. This stitch is also used in the Aria Button Cardigan!

Made up of single crochets and chains, this beginner-friendly stitch follows an easy 2 row repeat. The chains create a fine ‘mesh’ look when the sweater is worn making it the perfect weight for any season.

This sweater is crocheted in 5 pieces – front, back, 2 sleeves and neckline ribbing. The body panels and sleeves begin with the ribbing and are worked from the bottom up.

We’ll start by crocheting back loop half double crochet ribbing. Using the linen stitch, we’ll crochet along the long edge of the ribbing to create the body and sleeves.

back view of long stripe crochet pullover

I decided to opt for very thin contrasting stripes for that French Bateau look, but you can choose any stripe combination you want! Once you’ve crocheted the main pieces, we’ll sew everything together then crochet the neckline ribbing at the end.

If find that crocheting the ribbing after you’ve assembled the sweater results in the neatest look! This way you can check that the ribbing is the correct length for your neckline opening which allows the ribbing to lay nicely when worn.

Since back loop half double crochet ribbing is very stretchy, it’s better for your ribbing to be slightly smaller than the opening as it will stretch to fit. If you have too much ribbing the opening will ruffle and the ribbing will stand up instead of lying flat.

moss stitch crochet sweater with navy stripes

Design Inspiration

September is my favourite month of the year for crochet! I’m in full fall + winter crochet prep but it’s still cold enough in enough to enjoy wearing all the things I’ve crocheted 🙂

I realised it’s been a while (more than a year!?) since I last crocheted a long pullover style sweater (for more long sweater patterns, check out the Ocean Breeze Sweater or Weekend Snuggle Sweater).

My last pattern was a long chunky cardigan, so I decided I wanted to crochet a long sweater but with a lighter yarn so it could easily be layered under heavier items.

If you’ve been following along for a while you’ll probably have noticed that most of my patterns tend to only use one colour. When it comes to designing, colour definitely isn’t my strong suit but I love this neutral combo of dark midnight navy and a soft dove grey 🙂

Looking for more free crochet patterns?

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1. Weekend Snuggle Sweater / 2. In The Clouds Cardigan / 3. Briar Pocket Cardigan

flat lay of crochet moss stitch swatch in grey and navy abby alpaca yarn

Yarn

The Breton Sweater uses WeCrochet Andean Treasure which is 100% Baby Alpaca. I absolutely love this yarn (I used it for the Amalfi Sweater and Pompeii Cardigan) because of its incredible drape! When it comes to crocheting wearable, modern sweater the yarn you choose can make all the difference!

Since Andean Treasure is made up of baby alpaca this fibre is naturally so soft, light and fluffy but the key is that it has been spun to have an airy almost ‘hollowness’ in the yarn. If you use a stiff yarn that’s been spun very tightly, it you’ll end up with a very stiff and awkward looking sweater, regardless of the fibre content.

Andean Treasure comes in a wide range of shades but it’s classified as a sport/5ply/fine(2) yarn when I think has the same gauge as a DK yarn. As always, make sure to check your gauge before starting the pattern!

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Video Tutorial

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Pattern Notes:

*Sample is a size small shown on a 5’3” model with a 32” bust.

*The sizing guide follows size XS(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). E.g. “SC 81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149) means SC 81 for XS, SC 89 for Small, SC 97 for Medium, SC 105 for Large, SC 113 for XL, SC 121 for 2XL, SC 129 for 3XL, SC 141 for 4XL and SC 149 for 5XL.” If there is only one number, it applies to all sizes.

*”SC 10″ means SC into the next 10 stitches.

*The turning chain, ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch. Otherwise ch 1 does count as a stitch.

*Total stitches are indicated between < >.

*This pattern uses US crochet terms.

*The sample sweater uses WeCrochet Andean Treasure which is classified as a Sport/Fine(2) yarn. However, if you want to substitute this yarn, it’s closer to a thick DK/Light(3) or a very thin Worsted/Medium(4).

*The majority of this crochet sweater is crocheted in the Linen Stitch (moss stitch) which follows a 2-row repeat comprising of 2 different types of rows which are referred to as LINEN A and LINEN B.

*This crochet sweater is constructed from 5 pieces – front, back, 2 sleeves and neckline ribbing.

*The body panel and sleeves are crocheted from the bottom up. The ribbing is crocheted lengthways and the body and sleeves are crocheted directly onto the long edge of the ribbing. The neckline ribbing is crocheted separately and sewn onto the sweater.

*All pieces are sewn together with the RS on the inside and the WS facing outwards.

*The sample sweater has 9 thin stripes across the body and a solid grey portion at the tops of the shoulders. For the same look, follow the pattern instructions.

*You can alter the length of the sweater, stripe placement and thickness. Just keep in mind that if you want thicker stripes/more stripes, you’ll need more yardage in the CC and less in the MC.

LEVEL: Easy+

Materials

Yarn – WeCrochet Andean Treasure – Sport / Fine (2), 100m/50g, 110yds/1.75oz, 100% Baby Alpaca
MC (finley heather): approx. 495(545, 600, 665, 745)(810, 870, 980, 1035)g
CC (midnight heather): approx. 65(70, 70, 75, 80)(85, 90, 95, 100)g
total approx. 560(615, 670, 740, 820)(890, 960, 1075, 1135)g

5.5mm (US H) Crochet Hook

6mm (US J) Crochet Hook

Darning Needle

Scissors

2 Stitch Markers

Stitches & Abbreviations

Ch = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
SC2tog = Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together
HDC = Half Double Crochet
BLO = Back Loop
ch-sp = Chain Space

St(s) = Stitch(es)
Rep = Repeat
Sk = Skip
RS = Right Side
WS = Wrong Side
MC = Main Colour
CC = Contrasting Colour (stripes)

Measurements cm:
To fit Bust: 76(86, 96, 106, 117)(127, 137, 147, 158)
Back Width: 45(50, 54, 58, 63)(68, 72, 78, 83)
Armhole: 14(15, 16, 18, 19)(20, 22, 23, 24)
Sleeve length: 37(38, 38, 38, 40)(40, 40, 42, 42)
Length: 59(59, 60, 62, 64)(66, 67, 69, 69)

Measurements inches:
To fit Bust: 30(34, 38, 42, 46)(50, 54, 58, 62)
Back Width: 17.5(19.5, 21, 23, 25)(27, 28.5, 30.5, 32.5)
Armhole: 5.5(6, 6.5, 7, 7.5)(8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)
Sleeve length: 14.5(15, 15, 15, 16)(16, 16, 16.5, 16.5)
Length: 23(23, 23.5, 24, 25)(26, 26.5, 27, 27)

GAUGE: 10cm/4” square = 18 stitches wide x 19 rows tall in linen stitch pattern with 5.5mm hook

Linen Crochet Stitch Pattern

FOUNDATION CHAIN: Chain an even number of chains.

ROW 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, SC; rep from * until end, turn.

ROW 2 (LINEN A): Ch 1, SC in 1st st, SC in ch-sp, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until last st, SC in last st, turn.

ROW 3 (LINEN B): Ch 1, SC in 1st st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until 2 sts left, ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in last st, turn.

Repeat ROWS 2 – 3 until you reach desired length.

Breton Stripe Sweater Pattern

Back Panel

Back Panel Ribbing

FOUNDATION CHAIN: With MC and 6mm(US J) hook, ch 12.

ROW 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in each st until end, turn.
<11>

ROW 2: Ch 1, BLO HDC 10, HDC in last st, turn.
<11>

crochet along edge of back loop half double crochet ribbing

Repeat ROW 2 until ROW 43(47, 51, 55, 59)(63, 67, 73, 77).

Do not fasten off! We will now work along the long edge of the ribbing.

Swap the 6mm(US J) hook for the 5.5mm(US H) hook.

ROW 1: Ch 1, SC in each of first 3 rows, *ch 1, SC in next row; rep from * until 2 rows left, SC in last 2 rows, turn.
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>

first row of linen stitch across crochet ribbing

ROW 2: Ch 1, SC 2, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in next st; rep from * until last st, SC in last st, turn.
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>

ROW 3 (LINEN B): Ch 1, SC in 1st st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until 2 sts left, ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in last st, turn.
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>

ROW 4 (LINEN A): Ch 1, SC in 1st st, SC in ch-sp, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until last st, SC in last st, turn.
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>

Solid Sweater Back Panel

Repeat rows LINEN B – A until ROW 100(100, 102, 106, 110)(112, 114, 118, 118).
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>
*You can add/remove rows to make your sweater longer/shorter.

Fasten off.

Stripe Sweater Back Panel

*You can add/remove rows to make your sweater longer/shorter. Keep in mind that the stripe placement may change depending on the length of the sweater. E.g. if you decide to remove the solid colour portion at the top of the sweater, the stripes will start from the tops of the shoulders instead of across the chest.

ROW 5: As Linen B.

ROW 6: As Linen A.

ROW 7: With CC, rep Linen B.

ROW 8: As Linen A.

ROW 9: As Linen B.

ROW 10: As Linen A.

ROW 11: As Linen B.

ROW 12: As Linen A.

ROW 13: As Linen B.

ROW 14: As Linen A.

ROW 15: With CC, rep Linen B.

Repeat ROWS 8 – 15 until ROW 71.
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>

Do not fasten off! With MC only, repeat Linen ALinen B until ROW 100(100, 102, 106, 110)(112, 114, 118, 118).

Fasten off.

flat lay of striped crochet sweater back panel

Front Panel

Repeat BACK PANEL instructions until ROW 90(90, 92, 96, 100)(102, 104, 108, 108).
<81(89, 97, 105, 113)(121, 129, 141, 149)>
*If you altered the length of the back panel, crochet until you are 10 rows short of the total rows in your back panel. E.g. if you crocheted 54 rows for the back panel, crochet 44 rows for the front panel.

Do not fasten off! We’ll now crochet the shoulder shaping.

Shoulder Shaping Side 1

Counting from your crochet hook, skip 32(36, 40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 62, 66) sts, place SM in next st.
*The stitch marker should be in a ch-sp, not a SC.

row 1 first shoulder shaping of crochet pullover

ROW 1: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, ch 1, sk 1 st, *SC in ch-sp, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * until 2 sts from the st marker, SC2tog, turn.
<31(35, 39, 43, 47)(51, 55, 61, 65)>

close up on single crochet two stitches together

ROW 2: Ch 1, sk 1st st, SC in ch-sp, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until last st, SC in last st, turn.
<30(34, 38, 42, 46)(50, 54, 60, 64)>
*If you have trouble spotting the beginning/end of a row, you can place a SM in the first st.

place a stitch marker in the first stitch of row 2

ROW 3: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, ch 1, sk 1 st, *SC in ch-sp, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * until 2 sts left in row, SC2tog, turn.
<29(33, 37, 41, 45)(49, 53, 59, 63)>

ROW 4: As ROW 2.
<28(32, 36, 40, 44)(48, 52, 58, 62)>

ROW 5: As ROW 3.
<27(31, 35, 39, 43)(47, 51, 57, 61)>

ROW 6: As ROW 2.
<26(30, 34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 56, 60)>

close up on decreases along neckline of crochet sweater

ROWS 7 – 10: Ch 1, SC, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until last st, SC in last st, turn.
<26(30, 34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 56, 60)>

Fasten off.

Shoulder Shaping Side 2

Counting from the stitch marker, skip 16 sts, insert hook into next st (hook should be in a SC) and pull up a loop.

crochet hook inserted along neckline of front panel of crochet sweater

ROW 1: Ch 1, SC2tog, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until 2 sts left, ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in last st, turn.
<31(35, 39, 43, 47)(51, 55, 61, 65)>
*If you have trouble spotting the beginning/end of a row, you can place a SM in the SC2tog.

row 1 second side of crochet sweater shoulder shaping

ROW 2: Ch 1, SC 2, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until last ch-sp, turn.
<30(34, 38, 42, 46)(50, 54, 60, 64)>
*Don’t crochet into the last st of the row (SC2tog).

ROW 3: As ROW 1.
<29(33, 37, 41, 45)(49, 53, 59, 63)>

ROW 4: As ROW 2.
<28(32, 36, 40, 44)(48, 52, 58, 62)>

ROW 5: As ROW 1.
<27(31, 35, 39, 43)(47, 51, 57, 61)>

ROW 6: As ROW 2.
<26(30, 34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 56, 60)>

ROWS 7 – 10: Ch 1, SC 2, *ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until 2 sts left, ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in last st, turn.
<26(30, 34, 38, 42)(46, 50, 56, 60)>

Fasten off.

finished front panel of striped linen stitch crochet sweater

Sleeves

*Make 2

Sleeve Ribbing

FOUNDATION CHAIN: With MC and 5.5mm(US H) hook, ch 12.

ROW 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in each st until end, turn.
<11>

ROW 2: Ch 1, BLO HDC 10, HDC in last st, turn.
<11>

Repeat ROW 2 until ROW 21(21, 23, 23, 25)(25, 27, 27, 29).

Do not fasten off! We will now work along the long edge of the ribbing.

sleeve cuff back loop half double crochet ribbing

ROW 1: Ch 1, SC in 1st row, *ch 1, SC in next row; rep from * until end, turn.
<41(41, 45, 45, 49)(49, 53, 53, 57)>

row 1 of linen stitch crochet sleeve

ROW 2: Ch 1, SC in 1st st, rep [ch 1, SC in next st] 5(7, 7, 9, 11)(13, 13, 15, 15) times,
*ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in ch-sp; rep from * until 5(7, 7, 9, 11)(13, 13, 15, 15)sts left,
rep [ch 1, SC in next st] until last st, turn.
<51(55, 59, 63, 71)(75, 79, 83, 87)>

row 2 of moss stitch crochet sleeve

Solid Sweater Sleeve

Repeat rows Linen A – B until sleeve measures 37(38, 38, 38, 40)(40, 40, 42, 42)cm / 14.5(15, 15, 15, 16)(16, 16, 16.5, 16.5)”.
<51(55, 59, 63, 71)(75, 79, 83, 87)>

Fasten off.

Stripe Sweater Sleeve

ROW 3: As Linen A.

ROW 4: As Linen B.

ROW 5: As Linen A.

ROW 6: As Linen B.

moss stitch crochet sleeve in grey baby alpaca yarn

ROW 7: With CC, rep Linen A.

contrast navy stripe on crochet sleeve

ROW 8: As Linen B.

ROW 9: As Linen A.

ROW 10: As Linen B.

ROW 11: As Linen A.

ROW 12: As Linen B.

ROW 13: As Linen A.

ROW 14: As Linen B.

ROW 15: With CC, rep Linen A.

Repeat ROWS 8 – 15 until sleeve measures 37(38, 38, 38, 40)(40, 40, 42, 42)cm / 14.5(15, 15, 15, 16)(16, 16, 16.5, 16.5)”.
<51(55, 59, 63, 69)(73, 77, 83, 87)>

Fasten off.

Fold sleeve in half lengthways and whip stitch the long edge of the sleeve together.

crochet sleeve with long edges to be whip stitched together

Assembly

Lay the front panel on top of the back panel.

assembly of back panel, front panel and sleeves of striped crochet sweater

Whip stitch the shoulder seams together.

Whip stitch up the sides of body panels together, leaving a gap for the sleeves.

Whip stitch the top of the sleeves to the body.

Neckline Ribbing

FOUNDATION CHAIN: With MC and 5.5mm(US H) hook, ch 7.

ROW 1: HDC in 2nd ch from hook, HDC in each st until end, turn.
<6>

ROW 2: Ch 1, BLO HDC 5, HDC in last st, turn.
<6>

Repeat ROW 2 until measures approx. 43cm/17”.

*You want the ribbing to be slightly smaller (1-2cm/0.5-1”) than the neck opening as it will stretch to fit and relax after you’ve worn the sweater a few times.

*If your ribbing is too long for the opening it will ruffle and there will be excess fabric around your neck. If the ribbing is too short, it will pucker and pull on the stitches along the neckline.

*I suggest pinning the ribbing to the neckline and trying on the sweater to see if you need to adjust the length, before sewing the ribbing into place.

Whip stitch the neckline ribbing evenly around the open edge of neckline.

neckline ribbing sewn onto round neck opening of crochet pullover

Sew the edges of the neckline ribbing together.

Weave in all of your ends.

Voilà! You’ve finished your Breton Stripe Sweater 🙂

finished striped crochet pullover in linen moss stitch

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