The Libra Pullover
Work with multiple colors, but just one at a time.
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Detailed PDF pattern
♎︎ Step-by-step instructions, tutorial photos & schematics
♎︎ Row tracker with all row & stitch counts for every size
What you'll need
♎︎ Any sport or fingering weight yarn in the amounts shown below
♎︎ Hooks: 4.5 mm, 3 mm. I use my Clover Amours almost exclusively
♎︎ Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 6 locking and numbered stitch markers
♎︎ Written for 9 sizes (XS-5X)
♎︎ Instructions on customization, including for tapered or bubble sleeves
♎︎ Please contact me at thecrochethighway [at] gmail.com for pattern related questions.
Did you know? The Libra Pullover has a sister pattern: the Libra Bag! Save 10% when grabbing both patterns as a bundle.
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The Zodiac Collection
The Libra Pullover is one of the first patterns published in the Zodiac Crochet Collection – a soon-to-be series of crochet garments and accessories that follow a common theme: colorwork made easy. Use hashtag #MyZodiacSweater when posting your makes on social media!
The designs in this collection use multiple colors for a contrasting effect, but the stitch patterns are carefully selected, so that you only have to work with one color at a time. The inspiration behind this collection is my original colorwork design, the Starry Yoke.
The Libra design
The Libra Pullover is a seamless, yoked sweater worked from the top down, using at least two contrasting colors to create an eye-catching grid effect. Using a single color at a time, this crochet sweater will work itself up in no time! I walk you through the invisible join method, so the back of your sweater will look just as neat & awesome as the front.
With an oversized fit at the bust and cozy bubble sleeves, this is the type of crochet sweater you’ll want to live in. The sweater features short rows to raise the back neck and provide a better fit. The pattern also provides detailed instructions for tapered sleeves.
The pattern calls for sport weight yarn (category 2), but some of my testers used fingering weight (category 1) with great results. Check out the tester photo gallery where I share all the details on yarns and yardages from my testers!
Go for 2 solid colors for a timeless look, or let your creativity run wild and create gradients on one of the colors! This sweater has been worked up in so many different color combos, and each of them is remarkable in its own unique way.
This upper beginner pattern has you covered with step-by-step instructions and tutorial photos including on how to complete the yoke, how to add short rows, and how to split for sleeves. Exact stitch counts are given every step of the way, so you can always be sure you’re on track.
Adding short rows not only ensures a proper fit of the sweater on your back, but it’s also super easy with my detailed instructions and tutorial photos. Even if you have never made short rows before, I guarantee you will fly through them without a second thought.
This pattern also uses my numbered stitch markers system, to make your life super easy when splitting the yoke and picking up stitches for the sleeves.
Like most CrochetHighway patterns, this pattern also comes with a detailed round tracker, laying out the stitch count for all yoke and sleeve rounds, in all of the 9 sizes. This is a handy tool that allows you to easily check your stitch count at any given point, for that peace of mind that you’re on track and haven’t missed anything!
I used Scheepjes Catona for my sample (100% mercerized cotton, 13 WPI) in the following colors:
I’m wearing the sweater in size 3, showing 14 cm (5.5″) of positive ease around the bust. I also went for the bubble sleeves option, for the coziest crochet sweater possible. Adding ribbing at the neckline, hem and cuffs is one of my favorite ways to finish a sweater, but the pattern also provides instructions for simple, non-ribbed finishings which you can see in some of my testers’ sweaters.
The fit: oversized, classic or close fitting
I’m wearing my Libra Pullover with an oversized fit and bubble sleeves. For this fit, I preferred mercerized cotton for two main reasons: its amazing stitch definition, durability, and subtle sheen on the one hand, and the fact that I had a bunch of it in my stash on the other hand. The thing about 100% cotton is that after you stretch it once, it doesn’t like to bounce back to its original shape. This is not an issue if you’re wearing your garment with a bunch of positive ease like I do, since it will not get stretched during wear.
But if you want to wear the garment with less ease around the bust, I suggest a fiber with some stretch or elasticity to it (like merino, or merino/nylon blend). Cynthia made her test sample with 1″ of positive ease at the bust for a form-fitting garment, using a wool & nylon blend, and I think it looks absolutely phenomenal on her!
Invisible join on the back
In any garment, the back is just as important as the front, wouldn’t you agree? That’s why the pattern includes a detailed tutorial on how to work the invisible join. This way, the back will look just as flawless as the front!
This is a size-inclusive pattern written for 9 sizes (XS-5X).
The sizing for this pattern is based on the standard Craft Yarn Council measurements.
The table shows finished garment measurements. This sweater is designed to be worn with 2-15 cm (1-6″) of positive ease around the bust. When choosing a size, find the bust measurement in this table that is closest to 2-15 cm (1-6″) larger than your actual bust measurement depending on your desired amount of positive ease and make this size. For example, the model has a 95 cm (37.5″) bust and is wearing size 3 with 14 cm (5.5″) of positive ease for an oversized fit.
If in between sizes, size up for a more oversized fit, or size down for a snug top that hugs your curves.
Tried & tested substitution yarns
My testers used a variety of yarns in both sport and fingering weight to make their Libra Pullovers. Here’s a list of yarns recommended by my testers. The list is sorted alphabetically. If you’re looking for inspiration or a quick yarn substitution idea, this is the place to start!
- Alize Cotton Gold, Alize Lana Gold
- Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply
- Cascade Heritage, Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock, Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine
- Cotton Kings Cotton 8/4
- Gazzal Baby Cotton
- Hobbii Rainbow Bamboo, Hobbii Universe
- Ice Yarn Linen, Ice Yarns Ragno
- Loopncraft Soft Cake
- Louie & Lola Yarns Merino Nylon Sock and Merino Fingering
- Machete Shoppe Goat Sock
- Malabrigo Sock
- Murky Depth Dyes Sparkle Sock, Murky Depth Dyes Deep Sock
- Paintbox Cotton 4 ply
- Rico Fashion Cotton Spray DK
- Scheepjes Whirl, Scheepjes Whirlette
- Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo + Cotton
- Valley Yarns Charlemont
- Vidalana Linen Jewel
- Yarn Bee Yarntopia
- YarnArt Adore
- WeCrochet Stroll & Stroll Gradient
Pro tip! When gauge swatching, always crochet a swatch bigger than 10×10 cm (4×4″) — the larger the swatch, the more accurate your results! You can also get an idea of the drape your yarn will create based off of your gauge swatch.
Check out my testers' versions
My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Scroll alllll the way to the end of this photo gallery for some inspiration on various colors. Swipe left & right for more photos of your favorite versions!
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Size 4, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1480 yds of Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo + Cotton (MC) and 814 yds of Hobbii Universe (CC)
Size 9, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 2329 yds (MC) and 635 yds (CC) of Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine
Size 2, fingering weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1163 yds of Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock (MC) and 692 yds of Louie & Lola Yarns Merino Nylon Sock and Merino Fingering (CC)
Size 1, fingering weight, short sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1295 yds (MC) and 1295 yds (CC) of locally sourced cotton/linen blend
Size 3, fingering weight, tapered sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1060 yds of Valley Yarns Charlemont (MC) and 590 yds of Machete Shoppe Goat Sock (CC)
Size 5, fingering weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1800 yds of Vidalana Linen Jewel (MC) and 874 yds of Falling Leaf Fibers Extrafine Superwash (CC)
Size 8, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 2384 yds of Yarn Bee Yarntopia (MC) and 1102 yds of Lion Brand Ice Cream (CC)
Size 2, sport weight, short sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 960 yds (MC) and 440 yds (CC) of Gazzal Baby Cotton
Size 7, sport weight, tapered sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 2103 yds (MC) and 1262 yds (CC) of Yarn Bee Yarntopia
Size 1, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1071 yds of Alize Cotton Gold (MC) and 837 yds of Alize Lana Gold (CC)
Size 5, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1445 yds of Paintbox Cotton 4 ply (MC) and 1020 yds of Rico Fashion Cotton Spray DK (CC)
Size 2, fingering weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1281 yds of Scheepjes Whirl (MC) and 715 yds of Scheepjes Whirlette (CC)
Size 2, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 800 yds of Red Heart Soft Baby (MC) and 550 yds of Caron Skinny Cakes (CC)
Size 1, sport weight, tapered 3/4 sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 960 yds of Ice Yarn Linen (MC) and 635 yds of Loopncraft Soft Cake (CC)
Size 3, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1409 yds (MC) and 692 yds (CC) of Ice Yarns Ragno
Size 4, sport weight, short sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 877 yds of James C Brett Supreme (MC) and 576 yds of King Cole big value (CC)
Size 6, sport weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1768 yds (MC) and 922 yds (CC) of Yarn Bee Yarntopia
Size 3, fingering weight, bubble sleeves
Yardage & yarn: 1354 yds of WeCrochet Stroll (MC) and 916 yds of WeCrochet Stroll Gradient (CC)
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