A lot of people seem really intimidated to crochet shirts and sweaters. We love to wear them but we’re afraid to make them because the sizing on a shirt has to be just right if it’s going to look good. It’s a shame that more people are crafting their own crochet shirts and sweaters, though, because there are so many terrific patterns out there for unique crochet tops. There are also a lot of great crochet tops made by various designers and worn on the runways, tops that definitely ought to inspire crocheters to craft their own. We’ll look at the most unique of all of the crochet shirts and sweaters in today’s roundup.
Want to make your own crochet sweater but feel intimidated by garment construction? Two great resources are Dora Ohrenstein’s Custom Crocheted Sweaters and Robyn Chachula’s Blueprint Crochet Sweaters.
The crochet shirts and sweaters in this massive roundup are divided into ten different categories: freeform crochet sweaters, crochet tops made using a niche crochet technique, oversized crochet sweaters, colorful crochet sweaters, designer crochet sweaters, crochet sweaters for men, kids’ crochet sweaters, novelty yarn crochet tops, vintage crochet sweaters, and the most UNFORGETTABLE crochet sweaters.
Freeform Crochet Shirts and Sweaters
1970s crochet sweater by Mona Mauri
RINACOSTYLES on Etsy shares this cropped, hooded crochet sweater with matching freeform skirt
Designer Tammy Hildebrand explains, “Winner of the first place in fashion at the 2012 Crochet Guild of America design contest, this crochet top is made up of join-as-you-go flower motifs worked in a color-change yarn.” This crochet sweater pattern is in Interweave Spring 2013.
This is ladylaine’s version of Teva Durham’s freeform crochet medallion cardigan
This freeform crochet sweater is sold on Etsy by levintovich
Etsy’s MARTINELI sells this freeform crochet sweater
Olgemini is known for great freeform crochet work like this sweater
1970s freeform crochet sweater by Sharron Hedges
This textured freeform crochet and knit sweater is sold on Etsy by NingNingGong
Contemporary runway freeform crochet from Helen Rodel
Crochet Shirts and Sweaters Made Using a Niche Crochet Technique
Interweave explains about this crochet sweater pattern: “Lily Chin explores the potential of a small double-ended hook to create a two-tone tunic “
Julia Vasconsin’s Samira Sweater uses post stitches, ribbing and cabling; it’s a 2009 issue of Inside Crochet
Amanda Saladin’s Jetsetter Sweater Pattern for Crochet Today gives a modern twist to classic filet crochet
This free crochet shirt pattern from Jane Walters also uses filet crochet
This hairpin lace crochet sweater pattern is in Kristin Omdahl’s book Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs with Fine Yarns.
This openwork crochet sweater pattern sold by Cindy Kamps uses the unique Solomon’s Knot
Tram Nguyen did a great job with this Tunisian Crochet tee-shirt sweater pattern that’s in Interwave Crochet Fall 2011
Margaret Wilson’s Scandinavian crochet pattern, for sale through Ravelry, is a great example of a sweater done in Tapestry Crochet
Oversized Crochet Shirts and Sweaters
Stone Circles vintage crochet sweater by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
This is Carol Ventura’s New World Sweater for Left Handed Crochet Patterns, a crochet pattern for sale through Ravelry that is worked in Tapestry Crochet
Mari Lynn Patrick’s Perfect Fall Sweater in a 2008 issue of Crochet Today features pleats and other great details.
Irinia Kireeva’s Spin-a-rama crochet wrap pattern is in the March 2012 issue of Inside Crochet
The Acero Lace Crochet Top, design by Mona Modica in the Spring ’12 issue of Crochet! magazine is slightly oversized with particularly oversized arms. Love the motif lace design!
Deanna Young sells the crochet pattern for this oversized Cross-Stitch Crochet Shrug
I love the ribbing and crocodile stitch on this oversize crochet sweater pattern sold by Bonita Patterns
Kristin Omdahl’s Oversize Swirl Sweater is a free CrochetMe pattern
Angela Best’s Kystic Wrap Cardigan, pattern for sale through Ravelry, incorporates slip stitches, opposite-direction striping and high-low assymmetry.
Colorful Crochet Sweaters and Shirts
I am in love with Svetlana Tomina’s crochet tulips sweater
Granny Square Crochet Vest worn by Mori / Harajuku Girls
Granny sweater and matching crochet shorts
Crochet Sweater Pattern free from Yuli Handmade
Lynn Sibley’s Sweet Little Stitches Pullover shows how to use neon slip stitches to make a bold statement.
The Harlequin Cardigan crochet pattern is in the November 2010 issue of Inside Crochet
Amy Depew’s pinwheel crochet sweater pattern is a free Ravelry download
Purchase the crochet pattern for Molly’s Amazing Technicolor Housecoat through Ravelry
Mary Jane Hall’s Striped Sleeveless Sweater crochet pattern can be found in Crochet That Fits: Shaped Fashions Without Increases or Decreases
This rainbow crochet sweater vest is by Babukatorium
The Ellie Grace crochet sweater and matching hat is a great example of brightly colored crochet tops for kids
Designer Crochet Sweaters and Shirts
This is one of several crochet pieces in MCQ by McQueen
Chanel ’10 Crochet Floral Sweater
2010 Dolce & Gabbana crochet shirt with cute cap sleeves
Dries Van Noten two-tone crochet sweater
The Helmut Lang brand put crochet on the NYFW runway for Spring Summer 2012
Mens’ Crochet Sweaters and Shirts
Terrific textured details on this men’s crochet sweater previously sold on by ozarknomad
Inside Crochet shares about this sweater pattern: “The jumper features a masculine take on filet lace, inspired by the traditional military commando sweater.”
Basketweave crochet men’s cardigan made by House of Humble
1970s Men’s Crochet Sweater Vest by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
Men’s Crochet Mock Cable Sweater from Joanne Seiff’s Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 25 Projects Inspired by America’s Festivals.
The Otis Sweater by Peter Franzi from the Jan/Feb ’13 issue of Crochet Today uses subtle cabling to create a unique look.
This men’s cotton crochet pullover by Etsy’s toivima has color details that are unique to see in men’s sweaters.
The Tuxedo Front Pullover is a Kim Kotary crochet sweater pattern from the November ’09 issue of Crochet! Magazine
Annette Petavy’s Russell Sweater combines vertical and horizontal ribbed stitches for a unique crochet mens sweater
Dawg is the name of this hoodie crochet pattern by Drew Emborksy. Find the pattern in The Crochet Dude’s Designs for Guys: 30 Projects Men Will Love.
Kids’ Crochet Shirts and Sweaters
The hexagon baby sweater is a free crochet pattern from Cozy’s Corner
The Daphne crochet top by MissyBDesigns can be worn as a tunic sweater or a dress
1932 vintage crochet pattern for pair of “brother and sister sweaters”; the only difference between the boys’ and girls’ version is the placement of the buttons.
I love the Aran crochet sweater for boys; pattern sold through Ravelry
The Ernie Crochet Sweater pattern is a free Ravelry download that’s great for Sesame Street loving kids
Crochet sweater and beret set designed for a toddler girl. I adore the colors and details. It’s by MagdaleneKnits.
The crochet pattern for this girls’ cardigan is sold on Ravelry by Ingunn Santini
This Etsy crochet newborn sweater pattern adds a row of bobbles to make a basic design much more unique
Ann E. Smith designed this tapestry crochet boys’ geometric sweater
Crochet Shirts and Sweaters Made Using Novelty Yarn
Northern Bloom Crochet Sweater Pattern by Even Howard in Interweave Winter ’07 madewith mohair/silk blend yarn
This free Red Heart crochet pattern by the Double Stitch Twins uses drop stitches in a partially-metallic yarn
Tribe by Lisa Richardson is a Rowan crochet pattern that uses a combo linen/ cotton yarn, making it a great summer sweater tee
The Sue Sweater crochet pattern made by Rebecca Velasquez for Bijou Basin Ranch uses a yak/ merino blend yarn
The Katie Bolero sweater by Robyn Chachula in Blueprint Crochet Sweaters is made from 100& soy yarn
This sweater from Ambika Boutique is made with angora rabbit fur
Etsy’s kovale sells this fuzzy crochet sweater vest
Dora Ohrenstein’s Black Magic Pullover crochet pattern uses metallic yarn to make V-shaped stripes
This Christian Lacroix three piece suit incorporates metallics and sequins on the sweater and top
The New York Times noted that “a sweater with orange crochet squares linked with metal were in Rodarte’s fine tradition of handwork.”
Vintage Crochet Tops
I love this detailed 1934 crochet sweater top with matching belt and ascot. The free vintage crochet pattern is available online. I previously featured it in a post of the best free 1930s crochet patterns.
Miss Julia’s Craft Connection Vintage Patterns sells the reproduced pdf of this short sleeve crochet sweater pattern from 1934. She sells some other crochet patterns from this year on Etsy: OriginalsByMissJulia.
ivarose also produces reproductions of lots of different vintage crochet books. This is an image from one called Columbia #41 c.1932 Knitted & Crochet Patterns Misses & Women’s Vintage Sweaters Scarfs & Caps.
The Vintage Rose crochet sweater pattern is a free Ravelry download
1970s Fringed Crochet Crop Top with matching pants via Etsy’s Naomi Storey.
1970’s open-tummy crochet sweater by Janet Lipkin Decker
The Millie Cardigan by Alicia Paulson is a contemporary design inspired by vintage crochet patterns and can be found in the book Vintage Crochet
The Most UNFORGETTABLE Crochet Shirts and Sweaters
I haven’t seen anything quite like this crochet sweater tank from ermval; have you?
You’ll never forget your special day with a crochet bridal sweater like this one from McCalls’ 1975.
This is the unforgettable Eat Your Heart Out Willoughby crochet pattern by Melissa Horozewski in the book Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen.
This men’s Star Trek sweater by Patrick Hassel-Zein uses Tunisian crochet, zipper work and more.
The designer crochet sweater that always sticks in my mind is the one put onto the runway a couple of years back by Christopher Kane, bringing a new level of sophistication to the granny square
Who can forget the classic American flag crochet sweater, a free Lion Brand pattern
Or the My Little Pumpkin crochet sweater pattern over at ePatterns Central
Crochet sweaters for pets, like this one that I made for Betty
Did you find this post inspiring? It’s part of a series, so you may also want to check out my roundups of 100 unique crochet scarves and 100 unique crochet skirts and 100 unique crochet hats and 100 unique crochet shawls.