Free Cross Body Crochet Sweater Pattern for Beginners

The Arnica Sweater has arrived! This crochet sweater is good beginner crocheters who want to try their hand at shaping. The crochet pattern is available as a kit, a pdf pattern, and for free in this post.

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Inspiration

The Arnica Sweater’s inspiration is Arnica Lake located in Alberta. We first went to the lake in search of some larches during larch season. The hike was as beautiful and satisfying as the destination! The lake’s surrounded by banks of gold trees and a majestic mountain framing its far end.

Related Post: Louis Belle Pullover – Belle Sleeve Sweater

About the design

I made the Arnica Sweater using Lion Brand Yarn’s Touch of Cashmere. My vision for the sweater was cozy but stylish and this yarn seemed perfect for the project!

The design’s made up of 5 parts: 2 panels, 2 sleeves, and the neckline. I am a fan of implementing the least amount of sewing as possible!

For this design I wanted to try and find a way to create the wrap around effect without needed to sew too much and I thankfully found a way!

The panels swing around at the sides (as opposed to front and back panels) and sewn together on the shoulders. Easy peasy!! The only sewing left after this are the sleeves. Isn’t that just great?!

Want more Sweater Patterns?

Check out thee patterns (left to right): Arnica Pullover, Louis Belle Pullover, Wanderlust Sweater

Altering the pattern

This crochet sweater goes over an inner garment, long fitted sleeves (rolled over at the cuff) and a turtle neck finishing. There are some ways to alter the pattern if needed.

To make the armhole deeper, add more rows to the end of the chest split and the same amount of rows to the widest part of the sleeves.

The sleeves can be shortened or lengthened by lessening or adding on to the number of rows at the end part of the sleeve portion.

To make the turtle neck shorter, make less ribbed rows.

Related: See more crocheted sweaters here.

Arnica Pattern

Due to the grading of this sweater, the free crochet pattern in this post is just for size M. Find the other sizes below:

You can grab the kit for the Arnica Sweater here!

Get the PDF download, ad free, here!

For reference, here is the size chart:

BustCross BackArm circumference
Extra Small32”14.5”11”
Small36”15”12”
Medium40”16”12.5”
Large42”17”14”
Extra Large48”17.514 ¼ “

The Arnica Sweater: Crochet Pattern

Materials Needed

Patten: Medium

Panels (make 2)

Row 1: Chain 2 (counts as the first dc), dc into first ch. (2 sts)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc into last st. (4 sts)

Row 3: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc, dc, 2 dc. (6 sts)

Row 4: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2 dc. (8 sts)

Row 5: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 6 sts, 2 dc. (10 sts)

Row 6: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 8 sts, 2 dc. (12sts)

Row 7: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 10 sts, 2 dc. (14 sts)

Row 8: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 12 sts, 2 dc. (16 sts)

Row 9: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 14 sts, 2 dc. (18 sts)

Row 10: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 14 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (22 sts)

Row 11: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 20 sts, 2 dc. (24 sts)

Row 12: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 20 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (28 sts)

Row 13: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 26 sts, 2 dc. (30 sts)

Row 14: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 26 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (34 sts)

Row 15: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 32 sts, 2 dc. (36 sts)

Row 16: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 32 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (40 sts)

Row 17: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 38 sts, 2 dc. (42 sts)

Row 18: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 40 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (46 sts)

Row 19: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 44 sts, 2 dc. (48 sts)

Row 20: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 44 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (52 sts)

Row 21: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 50 sts, 2 dc. (54 sts)

Row 22: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 50 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (58 sts)

Row 23: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 56 sts, 2 dc. (60 sts)

Row 24: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 56 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (64 sts)

Row 25: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 62 sts, 2 dc. (66 sts)

Row 26: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 62 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (70 sts)

Row 27: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 68 sts, 2 dc. (72 sts)

Row 28: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 68 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (76 sts)

Row 29: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 74 sts, 2 dc. (78 sts)

Row 30: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 74 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (82 sts)

Row 31: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 80 sts, 2 dc. (84 sts)

Row 32: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 80 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (88 sts)

Row 33: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 86 sts, 2 dc. (90 sts)

Row 34: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 86 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc. (94 sts)

Row 35: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 92 sts, 2 dc. (96 sts)

Row 36: Ch 2, dc into same st, 2 dc, dc into next 92 sts, 2 dc, 2 dc.(100 sts)

You are going to start the chest split portion.

Row 37: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 49 sts. (51 sts)

Row 38: Ch 2, dc into next 48 sts, 2 dc, 2dc. (53 sts)

Row 39: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 52 sts. (54 sts)

Row 40: Ch 2, dc into next 51 sts, 2 dc, 2dc. (56 sts)

Row 41: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 55 sts. (57 sts)

Row 42: Ch 2, dc into next 54 sts, 2 dc, 2dc. (59 sts)

Row 43: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 58 sts. (60 sts)

Row 44: Ch 2, dc into next 57 sts, 2 dc, 2dc. (62 sts)

Row 45: Ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 61 sts. (63 sts)

Row 46-54: Ch 2, dc into each st until end of the row. (63 sts)

Sleeves (make 2)

Ch 14 +2

Row 1: Dc into third ch from the hook (this counts as the first 2 sts), dc into next 12 ch, 2 dc into last ch. (16 sts)

Row 2: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 14 sts, 2 dc. (18 sts)

Row 3: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 16 sts, 2 dc. (20 sts)

Row 4: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 18 sts, 2 dc. (22 sts)

Row 5: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 20 sts, 2 dc. (24 sts)

Row 6: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 22 sts, 2 dc. (26 sts)

Row 7: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 24 sts, 2 dc. (28 sts)

Row 8: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 26 sts, 2 dc. (30 sts)

Row 9: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 28 sts, 2 dc. (32 sts)

Row 10: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 30 sts, 2 dc. (34 sts)

Row 11: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 32 sts, 2 dc. (36 sts)

Row 12: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 34 sts, 2 dc. (38 sts)

Row 13: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 36 sts, 2 dc. (40 sts)

Row 14: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 38 sts, 2 dc. (42 sts)

Row 15: ch 2, dc into same st, dc into next 40 sts, 2 dc. (44 sts)

Row 16-24: ch 2, dc into each st until end of the row. (44 sts)

Row 25: ch 2, dc into next 8 sts, dc2tog, *dc into next 9 sts, dc2tog. Repeat from * until end of the row. (40 sts)

Row 26: ch 2, dc into each sts until end. (40 sts)

Row 27: ch 2, dc into next 7 sts, dc2tog, *dc into next 8 sts, dc2tog. Repeat from * until end of the row. (36 sts)

Row 28: ch 2, dc into each sts until end. (36 sts)

Row 29: ch 2, dc into next 6 sts, dc2tog, *dc into next 7 sts, dc2tog. Repeat from * until end of the row. (32 sts)

Row 30: ch 2, dc into each sts until end. (32 sts)

Row 31: ch 2, dc into next 5 sts, dc2tog, *dc into next 6 sts, dc2tog. Repeat from * until end of the row. (28 sts)

Row 32-42: Ch 2, dc into each st until end of the row. (28 sts)

Arnica Sweater
Arnica Crochet Sweater

And there you have it! The Arnica Sweater! Let me know how yours turned out and where you are going to rock this once the world goes back to normal, leave a comment below.

Want more sweaters? Check out this crochet hoodie with fur.

Until next time makers,

xoxo

Abigail

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