FREE PATTERN for Your New Favourite Chunky Crochet Sweater

This chunky crochet sweater pattern might just be the most stylish winter crochet project to hit your wardrobe yet.

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Can a crochet sweater save your life?

Short answer – YES!

Longer answer – Some Mondays just shouldn’t be allowed into the week. Some Mondays are alright. But most Mondays just have everything against them right from the start. And when that Monday that should have been a Sunday hits you, you need a crochet sweater to save your life.

To wear a great-looking chunky crochet sweater you can proudly say you’ve made yourself, a sweater you can snuggle up in and feel comfy all day is something that can make even your worst Mondays better. Like way better!

And that is why I give you this free crochet sweater pattern for The Monday Sweater!

The Monday Sweater is just everything you want from a chunky crochet sweater: it’s chunky (of course), it’s pretty, it has great details and you’ll be done in almost no time when you work with thick gorgeous yarn like this. And one more thing: It’s a really easy crochet sweater pattern 😀

Oh, and btw you can totally wear your Monday sweater on any other day of the week😁

Scroll down for the chunky crochet sweater pattern and make your own Monday Sweater.

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Make your own Monday Sweater

When you make your own Monday Sweater you can pick the colors you really like. You can customize your new chunky crochet sweater to match practically everything else you already have in your wardrobe.

The Monday Sweater is a great easy crochet sweater for every season! It looks cute, feels warm and cozy, and has just the right amount of positive ease which makes it so compfy to wear.

Let me show you all the gorgeous Monday Sweaters my wonderful testers crew has made! Do you have a favorite??

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The story and inspiration for this chunky crochet sweater: The Monday Sweater

The alarm goes off… once again Monday feels so overwhelming. Is it true? No, it can’t already be Monday again. It’s a dream, a nightmare. Oh no… don’t want to wake up.

Brain starts to function… loading…. and here it is: The first problem of the week. WHAT TO WEAR??? Just want to stay in bed all day.

But hey, what if you could make a sweater that feels like staying in bed all day, but looks good and is like something you can actually wear to school, work, or even on a date?🤔

Brain now fully functioning, thinking about yarn and colors and how to make a super chunky crochet sweater. Must have great details. Lots of yarn must be bought. Must start now. 1, 2, 3 GO!!!

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Construction

The Monday Sweater is actually very easy to make. It’s a good crochet pattern for easy-level crocheters, maybe even advanced beginners. 

To make this chunky crochet sweater you start by crocheting the two body panels. When you’re done with the body you sew the shoulders together on the wrong side, turn your work inside out, and crochet the side together on the right side. It creates a gorgeous effect to see the crochet stitches on the outside of your sweater.

Then you crochet the sleeves directly onto the body of your sweater. Doing this means a minimum of sewing/crocheting things together. Also, you now have a chance to try out your crochet sweater and see how you’re doing 🥰

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When you’re done with the sleeves you continue crocheting the ribbing at the neckline, the wrist, and the bottom of your lovely chunky crochet sweater.

You can choose to make your sweater in all the colors you want. The crochet pattern suggests choosing four colors. By doing so you get a lovely and colorful effect and you can really see the details. How to work with four different colors is described in the instructions below.

You can easily adjust the length of the sweater if you like the body of your Monday Sweater shorter or longer. The same applies to the sleeves. Just follow the instructions 😀

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What you need to know to make The Monday Sweater

All you need to know to make The Monday Sweater is how to chain, single crochet and half double crochet. Also, you need to know how to work in the back post and in back loop only.

If you’re not quite sure how to make the basics stitches to make your new crochet sweater, don’t worry about it. Below you’ll find links for two easy-to-follow video tutorials. They will teach you most of what you need to know:

How to chain and make a single crochet (UK double crochet) – watch this video tutorial on how to chain and single crochet 

How to make a double crochet (UK treble crochet) – watch this video tutorial on how to double crochet 

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SKILL LEVEL

Easy

TOOLS

Hook 8 mm and 9 mm
Darning needle
Scissors 
Stitch markers

YARN

Drops Andes
Yardage: 100 grams = 90 meters
Color codes:
Color A: White (1101)
Color B: Jeans Blue (6295)
Color C: Ice Blue (8112)
Color D: Dusty Rose (3145)



Materials:
S/M (L/XL)
Color A: 400 (500) grams
Color B: 100 (100) grams
Color C: 200 (200) grams
Color D: 400 (500) grams

The Drops Andes yarn is really nice to work with. It’s really soft and doesn’t itch (in my opinion). It’s also washable which makes it super great. I love crocheting with this yarn!

Other crochet patterns you can make with this pretty yarn:
CROCHET BEANIE PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS and THE CHUNKY BALLOON SWEATER.

ALTERNATIVES: Other Super Bulky / Super Chunky / 14 ply / 6-weight yarn that matches the yardage, e.i. Lion Brand Re-Spun Thick & Quick or Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky.

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GAUGE

(This is an expression of how tight your work is)
Body: 4” / 10cm square = 9 stitches wide x 8 rows tall in double crochet using hook size 9 mm

Always make a test before you begin. If the gauge does not match the specified crochet hook, try changing to a larger or smaller one so that you find the hook with which you can achieve the specified gauge.

SIZE GUIDE

These are the finished measurements of your chunky crochet sweater, not your body measurements. Keep in mind that The Monday Sweater is an oversized and loose-fitted garment, with about 4-5 inches / 10-12 cm.



Pattern includes 2 sizes (due to the oversized fit):

Size S/M (L/XL)

Sizes in inches:
Length – measured from neck to sweater bottom:
23 1/2 (26)
Width – measured just below the sleeves:
24 (26 1/2)
Sleeve length – measured under armpit towards wrist:
18 (19)

Sizes in cm:
Length – measured from neck to bottom:
59 (66)
Width – measured just below the sleeves:
60 (67)
Sleeve length – measured under armpit towards wrist:
46 (48)

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PATTERN NOTES

First, follow the specific instruction for your chosen size. When noted follow the instructions that apply to all sizes later in the instructions.

Stitch counts for the different sizes are written in the order:

S/M (L/XL)

E.g. for the assembling:
16 (18)

Note that the ch 2 at the beginning of each row on both the body and on each rnd on the sleeves count as 1 hdc (htr). 

Always read the pattern thoroughly. You will find an explanation of all abbreviations below, both US and UK terms. This crochet pattern uses US terms.



ABBREVIATIONS

st(s): stitch(es)
ch: chain
sc: single crochet (UK double crochet)
sl st: slip stitch 
hdc: half double crochet (UK half treble crochet)
sp(s): space(s)
BPhdc: back post half double crochet (UK back half treble crochet)
rnd(s): round(s)
blo: back loop only

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CROCHET PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS FOR
THE MONDAY SWEATER

Size S/M

Body

The body consists of two parts: a front panel and a back panel. Make 2.

Use hook 9 mm. Worked in the rows. Use color A

Ch 56.

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (55)
Row 2: Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (55)
Row 3-10: Repeat row 2 – total: 8 rows (55)
Row 11: Hdc in each st across, do NOT ch 2, turn (55)

Change to color B
Row 12: Ch 2, BPhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (55)
Row 13: Repeat row 11 (55)

Change to color C
Row 14: Repeat row 12 (55)
Row 15-18: Repeat row 2 – total: 4 rows (55)
Row 19: Repeat row 11 (55)



Change to color B:
Row 20: Repeat row 12 (55)
Row 21: Repeat row 11 (55)

Change to color D:
Row 22: Repeat row 12 (55)
Row 23-31: Repeat row 2 – total: 9 rows (55)
Row 32: Repeat row 11 (55)

Use a stitch marker to mark this side as the right side of your work. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Continue making the shoulders.

Right shoulder
Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn in first st on row 1 on the body.

Ch 2, hdc in next 14 sts (15)



Fasten off and leave a long tail for crocheting the shoulders together, approx. 80 inches / 200 cm.  

Left shoulder
Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn in 41. st on row 1 on the body.

Ch 2, hdc in next 14 sts (15)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for crocheting the shoulders together, approx. 80 inches / 200 cm.  

Repeat on both body panels – except only leave a tail for crocheting the shoulders together on one of the panels.

Follow the instructions for assembling the sweater further down – find them below the instructions for size L/XL 😀

Continue making the sleeves.

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Sleeves

Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn under the arm.

Rnd 1: Sc all the way along the edge of the gap of the armhole – divide 32 sc evenly along the edge (16 on each side of the body pieces), sl st in first sc (32)

Change to color B:
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), BPhdc in each st around, sl st in ch 2 (32)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st in ch 2 (32)

Change to color C:
Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2 (32)
Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 3 (32)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 16 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 13 sts, sl st in ch 2 (34)
Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 3 (34)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 15 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 14 sts (36)
Rnd 9: Repeat rnd 3 (36)



Change to color B:
Rnd 10: Repeat rnd 2 (36)
Rnd 11: Repeat rnd 3 (36)

Change to color D:
Rnd 12: Repeat rnd 2 (36)
Rnd 13-27: Repeat rnd 3 – total: 15 rnds (36)
Rnd 28: Ch 2, 3 hdc, 2 hdc together, * 4 hdc, 2 hdc together*, repeat from * to * 5 times, sl st in ch 2 (30)
Rnd 29: Ch 2, 2 hdc, 2 hdc together, * 3 hdc, 2 hdc together*, repeat across, sl st in ch 2 (24)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

To complete your sweater follow the instructions for all sizes – find them after the instructions for size L/XL.



Size L/XL

Body

The body consists of two parts: a front panel and a back panel. Make 2. 

Use hook 9 mm. Worked in the rows. Use color A

Ch 63.

Row 1: Start in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (61)
Row 2: Hdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (61)
Row 3-12: Repeat row 2 – total: 10 rows (61)
Row 13: Hdc in each at across, do NOT ch 2, turn (61)

Change to color B:
Row 14: Ch 2, BPhdc in each st across, ch 2, turn (61)
Row 15: Repeat row 13 (61)

Change to color C:
Row 16: Repeat row 12 (61)
Row 17-22: Repeat row 2 – total: 6 rows (61)
Row 23: Repeat row 13 (61)


Change to color B:
Row 24: Repeat row 14 (61)
Row 25: Repeat row 13 (61)

Change to color D:
Row 26: Repeat row 12 (61)
Row 27-37: Repeat row 2 – total: 11 rows (61)
Row 38: Repeat row 13 (61)

Use a stitch marker to mark this side as the right side of your work. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Continue making the shoulders.

Right shoulder
Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn in first st on row 1 on the body.

Ch 2, hdc in next 17 sts (18)



Fasten off and leave a long tail for crocheting the shoulders together, approx. 80 inches / 200 cm.  

Left shoulder
Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn in 44. st on row 1 on the body.

Ch 2, hdc in next 17 sts (18)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for crocheting the shoulders together, approx. 80 inches / 200 cm.  

Repeat on both body panels – except only leave a tail for crocheting the shoulders together on one of the panels.

Follow the instructions for assembling the sweater further down – find them below the instructions for the sleeves 😀

Continue making the sleeves.

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Sleeves

Use hook 9 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn under the arm.

Rnd 1: Sc all the way along the edge of the gap of the armhole – divide 38 sc evenly along the edge (19 on each side of the body pieces), sl st in first sc (38)

Change to color B:
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), BPhdc in each st around, sl st in ch 2 (38)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in each st around, sl st in ch 2 (38)

Change to color C:
Rnd 4: Repeat rnd 2 (38)
Rnd 5: Repeat rnd 3 (38)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 19 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 16 sts, sl st in ch 2 (40)
Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 3 (40)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 18 sts, 2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 17 sts (42)
Rnd 9-11: Repeat rnd 3 (42)



Change to color B:
Rnd 12: Repeat rnd 2 (42)
Rnd 13: Repeat rnd 3 (42)

Change to color D:
Rnd 14: Repeat rnd 2 (42)
Rnd 15-29: Repeat rnd 3 – total: 15 rnds (42)
Rnd 30: Ch 2, 4 hdc, 2 hdc together, * 5 hdc, 2 hdc together*, repeat from * to * 5 times, sl st in ch 2 (36)
Rnd 31: Ch 2, 3 hdc, 2 hdc together, * 4 hdc, 2 hdc together*, repeat from * to * 5 times, sl st in ch 2 (30)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

To complete your sweater follow the instructions for all sizes – find them just below👇



Instructions for all sizes

Assembly

Before you assemble your new chunky crochet sweater, lay the two body panels on top of each other with right sides together on a flat surface. Make sure that the stripes and colors match on the front and back panels.

Shoulders
Crochet (sc) or sew the shoulders together using whip stitch or mattress stitch, 15 (18) sts across, using the tails you left on the shoulders.

Turn your work inside out. You’ll be working on the right side from now on

Sides
Use hook 9 mm. Use color D.



Start from the bottom and work towards the shoulder, dividing approx. 24 (28) sc on 22 (26) rows. The part you do not crochet together creates the armhole. It will measure approx. 6 1/3 (7 1/2) inches / 16 (19) cm.

When you crochet the sides together on the right side of your sweater you get this pretty detail, as you see here:

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Now decide which panel you want to be your front and back. Mark the front with a stitch marker.

Ribbing at neckline

Use hook 8 mm. Work on the right side. Use color D. Add yarn where ever you find suitable on the back panel. Ch 8.

Row 1: Start in 2nd ch from the hook, 7 sc, 2 sc along the neckline, turn
Row 2: Skip 2 sc, 7 sc blo, ch 1, turn
Row 3: 7 sc blo, 2 sc along neckline, turn

Repeat row 2 and 3 all the way around the neckline. 

When you reach the sides of the neckline, by the shoulders, crochet 2 st in the hdc row. You end with making row 2.



Continue like this:
7 sc towards the edge of the body, 1 sc in the st you attached the first ch 8, ch 1, turn. 

Crochet the ribbing together with 7 sc in both loops.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ribbing at wrist

Use hook 8 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn in last st of last rnd on the sleeves. Ch 7.

Row 1: Start in 2nd from hook, 6 sc, 2 sc along the wrist, turn
Row 2: Skip 2 sc, 6 sc blo, ch 1, turn
Row 3: 6 sc blo, 2 sc along the wrist, ch 1, turn

Repeat from row 2 and 3 all the way around the sleeve. You end with making row 2.

Continue like this:
6 sc in blo towards the wrist, 1 sc in the remaining st along the wrist, turn. 


Crochet ribbing together with 6 sc in both loops.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Ribbing at bottom

Use hook 8 mm. Work on the right side. Use color A. Add yarn where ever you find suitable. Ch 9.

Row 1: Start in 2nd from hook, 8 sc, 2 sc along the bottom, turn
Row 2: Skip 2 sc, 8 sc blo, ch 1, turn
Row 3: 8 sc blo, 2 sc along bottom, turn

Repeat row 2 and 3 all the way around the bottom. You end with making row 2.

Continue like this:
8 sc towards the edge of the body, 1 sc in the st where you attached the first ch 9, ch 1, turn.

Crochet the ribbing together with 8 sc in both loops.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



And now you’ve just finished your life-saving, Monday-crushing, chunky crochet sweater 😊 Very well done!

I love to see your finished projects and WIPs! Use #themondaysweater #yippieyarnyay and tag @yippieyarnyay on Instagram to show off your work and have a chance to be featured.

How did your Monday Sweater turn out? Tell me all about it – I’d really love to hear from you 💕

xx Sharlene

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