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Boat Neck Pullover Sweater

Boat Neck Pullover Sweater
Boat Neck Pullover Sweater
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For the perfect light sweater for spring or summer, work up this wonderfully easy breezy Boat Neck Pullover Sweater. The boat neck makes this otherwise ordinary crochet sweater pattern into something simply glamorous to wear. You can throw this sweater over a t-shirt or tank top when the breeze picks up or the sun sets. Your skin will be able to breathe easily in this lovely pullover, but it will give you the extra coverage you may need against a chill in the air. In addition, you'll love that this crochet pattern is easy to make and can be made within a short time-frame. This colorful crochet sweater is just what you need in your wardrobe!

1. The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes the instructions will be written thus (). When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.
2. Ch 2 at beg of row counts as hdc.


Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge18 sc and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm]. 

Materials List

  • Patons® Glam Stripes™ (2.1 oz/60 g; 261 yds/239 m) in Chartreuse (09223): 

    XS/S = 5 balls

    M = 6 balls

    L = 7 balls

    XL = 9 balls

    2/3XL = 11 balls

    4/5XL = 13 balls
  • Sizes U.S. G/6 (4 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 4 stitch markers


  1. To fit bust measurement:
    Extra-Small/Small 28-34”[71-86.5 cm] 
    Medium 36-38”[91.5-96.5 cm] 
    Large 40-42” [101.5-106.5 cm] 
    Extra-Large 44-46”[112-117 cm] 
    2/3 X-Large 48-54”[122-137 cm] 
    4/5 X-Large 56-62” [142-157.5 cm]

  2. Finished bust: 
    Extra-Small/Small 37” [94 cm]
    Medium 41” [104 cm]
    Large 45” [114.5 cm]
    Extra-Large 48” [122 cm]
    2/3 Extra-Large 56” [142 cm]
    4/5 Extra-Large 63” [160 cm]

BACK and FRONT (make alike)

  1. Ch 86 (94-104-110-128-144). 

  2. **1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as 2 hdc). 1 hdc in each ch to end of chain. Turn. 85 (93-103-109-127-143) sts. 

  3. 2nd row: Ch 2. *1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. Rep from * to last 2 sts. 1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.**

  4. Rep last row for pat until work from beg measures 21 (21-22-22-23-23)” [53.5 (53.5-56-56-58.5-58.5) cm], ending on a RS row.

  5. Next row: (WS). Ch 1. *Work 1 sc in horizontal bar created between hdc of previous row (bar is below loops normally worked). Rep from * to end of row, working 1 sc in top of turning ch. Turn.

  6. Next 3 rows: Ch 1. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn. Fasten off at end of 3rd row.


  1. Ch 40 (40-44-50-50-56). 

  2. Work from ** to ** as given for Back and Front. 39 (39-43-49-49-55) sts. 

  3. Work a further 2 rows in pat.

  4. Shape sides: 1st row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in first hdc – inc made. *1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. Rep from * to last 2 sts. 1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 2 hdc in top of turning ch – inc made. Turn.

  5. 2nd and 3rd rows: Ch 2. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. *1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. Rep from * to last st. 1 hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.

  6. 4th row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in first hdc – inc made. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. *1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. Rep from * to last st. 2 hdc in top of turning ch – inc made. Turn.

  7. 5th and 6th rows: Ch 2. *1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in front loop of next hdc. Rep from * to last 2 sts. 1 hdc in back loop of next hdc. 1 hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.

  8. Rep last 6 rows 7 (8-8-8-8-8) times more, then rep 1st row 1 (1-1-1-1-0) time. 73 (77-81-87-87-91) sts.

  9. Cont even in pat until Sleeve measures 18½” [47 cm]. Fasten off.


  1. Sew shoulder seams 3½ (4½-5½-6-8-10)” [9 (11.5-14-15-20.5-25.5) cm] in from each armhole edge. Place markers 8 (8½- 9-9½-9½-10)” [20.5 (21.5-23-24.5-24.5- 25.5) cm] down from shoulder seams on Front and Back. Sew in Sleeves between markers. 

  2. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Project Diagrams

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  1. Alt = Alternate(ing) 

  2. Beg = Beginning

  3. Ch = Chain(s)

  4. Cont = Continue(ity)

  5. Hdc = Half double crochet

  6. Inc = Increase(ing)

  7. Pat = Pattern

  8. Rep = Repeat

  9. RS = Right side

  10. Sc = Single crochet

  11. St(s) = Stitch(es) 

  12. WS = Wrong side 

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I love the way boat neck sweaters look,and I agree that they are simple to make. I also agree that this would be an easy pattern to convert to knit. I think it would be really cute as a short sleeved top as well. It is simple enough that you can make some changes quite easily.

Thanks for the recent update to this pattern. Hopefully this will take care of any of the issues experienced by the others that have worked this pattern. Love the neckline because I am not a big fan of sweaters that go around the neck very high because I feel like I am choking and they are much too hot.

Yes Please! Was my first thought when I seen this Boat Neck Pullover Sweater. My second thought was I can't do that, it looks so nice it has to be hard. Then I read the pattern and now I'm saying oh yes I can and so will. I love the green color and the pattern is so well written and easy to follow. I like that the pattern is written for different sizes taking the guess work out of it. I want a few of these sweaters in different colors. Now I just need to figure out what colors to use? Has anyone made this sweater? How did it turn out? Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful crochet pattern.

Very stylish and I love the very flattering boat neck design. This pullover is perfect for the cooler autumn days that are just around the corner here in South Africa. The stitch is pretty too even though the pattern is rated Easy plus the pattern is very detailed which is always such a help. I might shorten the sleeves to three quarter length but am still undecided.

This looks like a nice and easy sweater to make. I like that it is made with DK. So much lighter than worsted weight heavy for a pullover. The fact that this is so plain makes it easy to come up with ideas to personalize the look. You could add stripes, or make the edges a different colour, add appliques, and more. I love it!

Hi lket! Those are all great ideas for customizing this crochet pattern. I like them! Good luck with this project. Megan, AFC Editor

Boatneck patterns are so simple to crochet. Making this crochet sweater will be a snap to convert to knitting.

What a classic style! I think it would look lovely in a dark color and 3/4 length sleeves. What do you think? Thanks for the free crochet sweater pattern, it's just darling.

This sweater looks so comfortable! I haven't made any crocheted garments yet but I'm looking for one to start with. I might consider this one although I am larger boned and I'm not sure about the boatneck. It might make my shoulders look broader than ever. Is this a pattern you'd try if it were your first garment?

So that sabrina neck blouse is also called boat neck blouse. Okay. It has a nice style and the color used here is so serene, so environment-friendly, so healthy. Thanks for the pattern which is just right in front of the page.


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