Sunshine Cropped Sweater

Sunshine crop sweater free knitting pattern

Who doesn’t need a ray of sunshine on gloomy days? This easy sunshine cropped sweater knitting pattern is that ray of sunshine.

Made with Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn, it is a perfect sweater for those cold summer evenings. I absolutely love the goldenrod color and am very happy with how it turned out mixed with the charcoal. This crop knit sweater is super comfy. It looks great with high waisted shorts or a pair of jeans and just makes me want to dance.

Sunshine cropped sweater knitting pattern FREE

It’s worked in 4 pieces (front, back, and each sleeve) and then sewed together. Only the knit and purl stitches are used as well as simple decreases and increases. You don’t need to be an expert to make this easy cropped sweater knitting pattern.

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Sunshine crop sweater free knitting pattern

Quick links for direct access to the different parts of the pattern:

  1. The front panel
  2. The back panel
  3. The sleeves: right sleeve
  4. The sleeves: left sleeve

Before you start

1. Materials

  • 3.5 / US 4 and 4mm / US 6 knitting needles. If you don’t have these sizes yet, this convenient set has all common sizes.
  • Lion Brand 24/7 cotton yarn in goldenrod and charcoal colors. You need one skein goldenrod and 6 skeins charcoal color for this cropped sweater knitting pattern.
  • Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends.
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2. Abbreviations

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • k 2st in the next st = knit 2 stitches in the same stitch (increase).

Repeat the stitches or rows between * * the indicated number of times.

My gauge in stockinette stitch with 4mm needles is 21 stitches by 29 rows for a 10cm by 10cm square.

3. Finished Size

As for most of my patterns, there is not much sizing involved. This is an oversized cropped sweater knitting pattern: loose and comfy.

However, if you want to adjust the size I will show you where and how in the pattern. Look out for the italic text.

Below sketch shows the main dimensions.

Sunshine crop sweater free knitting pattern size and structure sketch

4. Tips and Tricks

  • Once you finish one piece of the sweater start blocking it straight away so you don’t end up with 4 parts to block, no room on your blocking mat and a few days lost waiting for each part to dry. Refer to the blocking section below for detailed advice on this step.
  • The ribbed sections (the yellow parts and the middle of the front section) are created by alternating knit and purl stitches. On the opposite side of the piece, work the stitches as they are. If the stitch on the previous row looks knitted, knit the stitch, if the stitch on the previous row looks purled, purl it. I refer to this with *k1, p1* throughout the pattern.
  • The sides of each piece will curl up as it is knitted in stockinette stitch. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and will disapear once you block your pieces.

Sunshine Crop Sweater Pattern

1. Front Panel cropped sweater knitting pattern

On 4mm / US 6 needles cast on 132st with goldenrod yarn.

If you want a wider sweater, you can add a multiple of 6 stitches. Adjust the number of decreases in row 1 below accordingly.

* k1, p1 * repeat
Repeat for 21 rows (8cm) creating a ribbed section.

Make the bottom goldenrod ribbing of the sweater

Switch to charcoal yarn. Keep using the 4mm / US 6 needles.

Row 1: * k4, k2tog * 10 times, * k1, p1 * 6 times, * k2tog, k4 * 10 times (112st)

Row 2: P50, * k1, p1 * 6 times, p50

Row 3: K50, *p1, k1 * 6 times, k50

Switch to charcoal and continue working up the free cropped sweater pattern

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until total length is 29cm.

If you want to adjust the length of the sweater this is where you can add the desired number of cm.

Cast of stitches on both side to make the boxed shaping for the arms

Starting on the right side, cast off 30st at the beginning of the next 2 rows:

Row 4: Cast off 30 st, k20 , *p1, k1* 6 times, k50

Row 5: Cast off 30 st, p20 , *k1, p1* 6 times, p20

Shaping for the sleeves

Work the middle section of the cropped sweater knitting pattern

Row 6: k20 , *p1, k1* 6 times, k20

Row 7: p20 , *k1, p1* 6 times, p20

Repeat row 6 and 7 until you reach 22 cm from the cast off stitches.

For the next 10 rows, cast off 2 st at the beginning of the row as detailed below:

Cast off stitches on both sides to shape the neck of the sweater free pattern

Row 8: cast off 2st, k18, *k1, p1* 5 times, k20

Row 9: cast off 2st, p18, *k1, p1* 5 times, p18

Row 10: cast off 2st, k16, *k1, p1* 5 times, k18

Row 11: cast off 2st, p16, *k1, p1* 5 times, p16

Row 12: cast off 2st, k14, *k1, p1* 5 times, k16

Row 13: cast off 2st, p14, *k1, p1* 5 times, p14

Row 14: cast off 2st, k12, *k1, p1* 5 times, k14

Row 15: cast off 2st, p12, *k1, p1* 5 times, p12

Cast off the remaining 36 stitches and leave a long tail for sewing.

2. Back Panel of the cropped sweater knitting pattern

On 4mm / US 6 needles cast on 132st with goldenrod yarn.

* k1, p1 * repeat.
Repeat for 21 rows (8cm) creating a ribbed section.

If you are making a wider sweater, add the same multiple of 6 stitches here as you did for the front panel.

The back panel bottom ribbing is identical to the front panel section of the sweater.

Switch to charcoal yarn. Keep working with the 4mm / US 6 needles.

Knit in stockinette stitch until you reach 50 cm. The back panel will be larger than the front panel. Don’t panic, it’s on purpose. This is what makes this sweater so comfortable without looking too oversized.

If you have chosen to make a longer sweater add the same number of cm here as you have added for the front panel.

Similarly to the front, cast off stitches on both sides of the cropped sweater panel to shape for the sleeves.

Starting on the right side, cast off 40st at the beginning of the next 2 rows.

Row 1: cast off 40st, k92

Row 2: cast off 40, p52

Shape the neck area of the sweater

For the next 10 rows, cast off 2 st at the beginning of the row as detailed below:

Row 3: cast off 2st, k50

Row 4: cast off 2st, p48

Row 5: cast off 2st, k46

Row 6: cast off 2st, p44

Row 7: cast off 2st, k42

Row 8: cast off 2st, p40

Row 9: cast off 2st, k38

Row 10: cast off 2st, p36

Cast off the remaining 36 stitches and leave a long tail for sewing.

3. The Sleeves : Left Sleeve

On 3.5mm / US 4 needles, in goldenrod yarn, cast on 42st.

The sleeve cuffs are knit with smaller needles for a tighter fit.

* k1, p1 * repeat for 21 rows (8 cm)

Switch to 4mm / US 6 needles and charcoal yarn. Start making increases.

Row 1: *k6, k 2st in the next st* repeat 6 times

Row 2: purl the 48st

Row 3: *k5, k 2st in the next st * repeat 8 times

Row 4: purl the 56st

Shape the cropped sweater knitting pattern sleeves

Row 5-10: knit 6 rows in stockinette stitch.

Row 11: k1, increase 1, k up to one before last st, increase 1, k1.

Row 12: purl

Row 13 – 60 : Repeat *rows 5 to 12* 5 times (68st)

Shape the cropped sweater knitting pattern sleeves

Row 61 – 96: Repeat *rows 7 to 12* 7 times

Row 97 – 112: Repeat *rows 9 to 12* 4 times

Row 113: knit the 92st

Row 114: purl the 92st

The total length is now 52 cm.

Cast off stitches to make the box shaping matching the main crop sweater panels of this free knitting pattern

Row 115: Cast off 46st at the beginning of the row, knit the remaining 46st.

Keep working with the remaining stitches to finish the sleeve of this sunshine cropped sweater knitting pattern

Continue in stockinette stitch for 16cm.

Cast off and bind off.

The right sleeve is nearly identical to the left sleeve, the only difference is that the square part coming into the front panel is on the other side of the sleeve (refer to the sketch above).

Repeat the left sleeve until row 114.

Row 115: knit all 92 st.

Row 116: cast off the first 46 st. Purl the remaining 46 st.

Continue in stockinette stitch for 16 cm.

Cast off and bind off.

Blocking and Sewing your Cropped Sweater

1. Blocking

Pieces worked in stockinette stitch always curls up so blocking is really crucial for this project. In addition, cotton yarn is very easy to block and the results are amazing so it would be a pity to skip this important step. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

First, block each part of the sweater before sewing the parts together. Soak each part in some cold water then remove as much water as possible, without wringing it. Instead, roll it between 2 clean towels to remove the water.

Let it dry until it is a 100% dry. This might take some time but it is worth waiting.

2. Sewing

Now comes the tricky part, we need to sew the different pieces together.

The sleeves have a strange shape so it can be confusing to know which part needs to be sewed where. Below sketch should clarify.

Sunshine crop sweater free knitting pattern sketch

Placing both panels inside out, tart by sewing the front and back panel together from the rib section up.

Add the sleeves, starting from the cuff up. Be careful when attaching the sleeve to the panels, the seam should be on the bottom side of the sleeve (as they usually are). Now close the top of the shoulders. don’t sew all the way to the end, but leave the last 2 decreases on each side unsown otherwise you will not be able to pass your head.

Sunshine croppped sweater knitting pattern detailed view of the sleeve

Carefully weave in all the ends. If your seems are a bit bulky, block the completed sweater again. This will flatten your seems.

Now try it on! Congratulations, you’re done.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Aircon Scarf | Knitting with Chopsticks
    July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    […] very comfortable and easy to work with. I absolutely love the charcoal color (check out the Sunshine Crop Sweater which uses the same yarn if you’re not convinced […]

  • Reply
    Carol Cooley
    August 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Is it practical to make a much narrower, simpler version of the cropped golden rod and grey Sunshine Crop Sweater as I am petite(36″ chest) please? 132 stitches sounds a lot for me and possibly children-teenagers interested in this versatile pattern, please? A short sleeved version instead of long sleeves would suit me and others my build. I will also convert the cms into inches, as at my age I still think in feet and inches. I will come back to this and add to my list of “must dos”, most of which are quite small or very quick-to-do items now. Many thanks. Carol (UK RESIDENT) The smallest item one can practise on is a teddy bear’s jumper. It would be nice to myself something as most of what I knit for charity (not profit) . Have a nice day.

    • Reply
      Hortense Maskens
      August 10, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I’m in the processes of updating my patterns : adding sizes and all info in EU / US / UK such as dimensions and needle sizes. I’m from Europe so I think in centimers but I realise if ypu’re used to inches it’s a burdensome exercise to convert all the time. I will put the Sunshine Crop Sweater on the top of my list!

  • Reply
    Carol Cooley
    August 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    omitted sorry “make for myself-friends” last line but one.

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