Welcome to the Apricity Color Block Sweater crochet pattern! This fun and colorful pattern comes together easily and is perfect for the ambitious beginner. Made with bulky yarn and constructed from flat front and back panels, this sweater comes together quickly. If you want a fun and functional crochet pullover, you’ve found it.
The written pattern is also accompanied by a full video tutorial if you’re more of a visual learner or would rather crochet together! You can find the video further down in this post.
I am very low-maintenance. Any kind of unnecessary sprucing-up (i.e. makeup or blow-drying), or taking more than 30 seconds to decide what outfit to wear is just not my thing. And since I always design my patterns with intention and purpose, I wanted a sweater that was versatile. My goal with this pattern was to design a warm sweater that could be worn proudly paired with a variety of styles during the day and then transition into a cozy comfort with some sweats at the end of the day.
Check and check.
Just in case you’re wondering, Apricity means “the warmth of the sun in winter.” I could not think of a more fitting name for this sweater. It’s so cozy, it just invites you in – just like the warmth of the sun.
What makes this pattern eco -friendly and sustainable?
THE YARN: I use only sustainable and eco-friendly yarn. This primarily means that the yarn I use is made of fiber that has been ethically grown/raised and processed. I also place an emphasis on sourcing yarn from transparent companies that implement environmentally sustainable practices and who put the people, animals and planet first.
THE SLOW YARN MOVEMENT: I’m participating in the Slow Yarn Movement. Slow yarn is the fiber-arts version of other similar important movements today – like slow food, slow fashion, slow life. It’s all about being INTENTIONAL, PURPOSEFUL and MINDFUL about the entire process of making – from yarn sourcing to making.
There’s far too much to talk about here, but please take a few minutes to learn about what this means by reading the article I wrote about the Slow Yarn Movement as part of my 6-part Sustainable Crochet Series.
I used a bulky weight yarn for this sweater. The chunky yarn gives it a squishy-ness and bulk to it that is just too hard to resist on a chilly day. I chose Cascade Yarns Baby Llama Chunky. This was the perfect yarn for this sweater because:
- it is a sustainable yarn made with animal fiber – 100% baby llama
- the colors were bright and irresistible
- it is buttery soft (let’s admit it – not all 100% wool is like that!)
If you choose to use a different yarn, please take care when substituting other bulky yarns! You want to make sure your yarn has a nice flexibility and softness to it. One of my pattern testers chose a bulky yarn that made the sweater feel, as she describes it, “basket-like”. Yikes! No one wants a sweater that feels like a basket. So keep that in mind when you choose your yarn!
Other Tools You’ll Need for this Color Block Sweater Crochet Pattern:
- Crochet hook sizes 7.00mm (US K) & 8.00mm (US L)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers
- Measuring tape
This sweater is written for sizes XS-4XL and is designed with a sizing style of XS/S, M/L, XL/2XL, etc, so you can decide how you want it to fit. As such, it has a positive ease of about 6 inches. I am pictured wearing size XS/S. I am 5’4″ with a bust of 32″.
XS/S: bust 30″-34″ // length 24″ // sleeve length 22″
M/L: bust 35″-42″ // length 26″ // sleeve length 23″
XL/2XL: bust 43″-50″ // length 28″ // sleeve length 23″
3XL/4XL: bust 51″-58″ // length 29″ // sleeve length 24″
The written pattern includes a size chart with complete measurements including inches as well as stitch counts, making it super easy to modify. Want it cropped? Simply remove rows from the panel. Want the ribbed collar taller? Simply add chains. Take some artistic freedom and express yourself!
The gauge for this pattern in a 4″ x 4″ square is: 10.5 stitches 8 rows of hdc with the 8.00mm hook.
The Legal Stuff:
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The sweater is constructed has minimal seaming because I don’t like it any more than you do! It is made with two panels – one for the front and one for the back. The panels are then seamed together up the sides and across the shoulders. The sleeves are crocheted directly onto the sweater all the way down to the cuffs. The ribbed hem and collar is also crocheted directly on. Done!
I would encourage the ambitious beginner and above to make this pattern! You’ll learn or perform skills including color changing in hdc rows, working in the round and creating ribbing.
Abbreviations used in this color block sweater crochet pattern:
ch – chain
st – stitch
hk – hook
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
fhdc – foundation half double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
BLO – back loop only
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together (decrease)
(…) x – repeat instructions indicated number of times
[…] – number of stitches in row/round
Apricity Color Block Sweater Crochet Pattern Notes & Tips:
- TERMS: This crochet pattern is written in US terms. If needed, you can find a handy term conversion chart right here in my Resource Library.
- WET BLOCKING: I highly recommend wet blocking crochet garments. I know this is an intimidating subject for some, but I guarantee you will notice the difference in how your sweater looks, feels and drapes on your body.
- VIDEO TUTORIAL: The video tutorial is extensive and thorough. You’ll learn and SEE all the stitch techniques you’ll need to know for this pattern (and others!) including how to make a foundation half double crochet, how to change colors, how to crochet in the round and so much more.
The Pattern Testers:
I had so much fun working with some awesome pattern testers for this sweater. Here are just a handful of the photos they sent me showing off their finished pullovers! I wasn’t able to include all of the photos but thank you to all the ladies who helped me with this!
Jessie (Australia) modified the sweater by removing several rows from the length. I love how it turned out as a cropped version!
Hayden (USA) picked the perfect colors to highlight her beautiful eye, skin and hair color. So many color choices!
Raji (India) crocheted her daughter this sweater. What a labor of love! Not to mention those adorable sunglasses…
Lisa (Brussels) added an additional color block to her sleeves giving the color pallet an added dimension. What a great modification idea!
Angela made hers with these soft pinks and creams giving the sweater a special feminine touch.
Apricity Color Block Sweater Crochet Pattern Video Tutorial:
Grab a copy of the written pattern before you dive into the video to be sure you’re making it to your size and measurements. I know you’ll find this tutorial helpful – especially if you’re new to crocheting garments or just prefer watching it come together!
I hope you will love making the Apricity Color Block Sweater!
Here’s where you can find the PDF crochet pattern:
I would love to see your completed Apricity Color Block Sweaters. Please post pictures on instagram and tag me @offthebeatenhook and use #offthebeatenhook and #apricitycolorblocksweater. Cheers!
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