The ultimate in coziness and comfort, the Azalea Crochet Batwing Sweater is a perfect transitional piece. Comfy enough to wear relaxing at home, yet stylish enough for out and about, this is one hard-working sweater!
Created from 2 identical front and back panels, the sweater is worked from the bottom up, and features a striking braided puff stitch feature at the top.
The pattern is written for 9 sizes from XS – 5X and is designed for a relaxed fit at the bust thanks to the batwing sleeve design.
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What you’ll need to crochet this Batwing Sweater
For this sweater, you will need a #3/DK/Light weight yarn. I used Rico Baby Classic DK in the colorway Azalea which is a super soft combo of acrylic and nylon.
The approx. yarn amounts you will need for each size are as follows:
|XS||1650 yds / 1510m|
|S||1750 yds / 1600m|
|M||1900 yds / 1737m|
|L||2000 yds / 1829m|
|XL||2050 yds / 1875m|
|2X||2150 yds / 1966m|
|3X||2250 yds / 2057m|
|4X||2350 yds / 2149m|
|5X||2400 yds / 2195m|
Some great alternatives include:
- Paintbox Yarns Baby DK (55% Nylon 45% Acrylic, 183 yds / 167m in 50g)
- King Cole Comfort Baby DK (60% Acrylic 40% Nylon, 339 yds / 310m in 100g)
- WeCrochet Gloss DK (70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk, 123 yds in 50g)
For my sweater I used 2 different hook sizes:
- For the main Body section, I used a 5mm (H-8) crochet hook.
- For the Puff Section, I found my stitch gauge was a little looser than for the rest of the Body so I used a smaller 4mm (G-6) hook for this section.
You can choose whichever hooks enable you to meet the gauge for each section.
If you have more stitches than stated for the gauge swatch, you can try a smaller hook size. And if you have less stitches than the gauge in the pattern, you can try a larger hook size.
You will also need a yarn needle to weave in those ends, and 2 stitch markers to mark the neckline.
How to crochet this Batwing Sweater
This sweater is crocheted in 2 identical panels for the front and back. Each panel is worked flat in rows from the bottom up, and then seamed at the shoulders.
The pattern includes a full schematic with detailed measurements, as well as a step-by-step photo tutorial for the Puff Stitch section.
While most of the sweater is crocheted using basic stitches, there are some extra skills involved in increasing the width for the batwing sleeves, and in the braided puff stitch section along the neckline.
Batwing Sweater Sizing
This sweater is designed to be quite snug at the hips (with approx. 0-2.25″ / 0-5.5cm of positive ease), but loose at the bust thanks to the “batwing” sleeve design.
When deciding what size to make, measure your hips at the widest part. Use this measurement to select your size from the table below. (If you would like your sweater to be much looser on the hips, you may wish to select a larger size.)
The pattern also includes instructions for customizing the length of your sweater, as well as the sleeves and neckline.
|Size||To fit hip circumference|
|XS||33 – 34″ / 84 – 86.5cm|
|S||35 – 36″ / 89 – 91.5cm|
|M||38 – 40″ / 96.5 – 101.5cm|
|L||42 – 44″ / 106.5 – 112cm|
|XL||46 – 48″ / 117 – 122cm|
|2X||52 – 53″ / 132 – 134.5cm|
|3X||54 – 55″ / 137 – 139.5cm|
|4X||56 – 57″ / 142 – 145cm|
|5X||61 – 62″ / 155 – 157.5cm|
Special Stitches used in this pattern
My favorite part of this sweater is the braided puff stitch that runs the full width of the sleeves and neckline. The braided puff stitch is an eye-catching stitch pattern with a fabulous texture. In this tutorial I have separated each “braid” with 2 rows of hdc to add some drape to an otherwise dense stitch pattern.
The pattern includes a separate PDF with step-by-step photos of how to work this stitch pattern, as well as a stitch diagram to help with stitch placement.
Batwing Sweater Color Inspiration
I absolutely love the color choices of the talented crocheters who tested this pattern for me – if you are having a hard time selecting your yarn then these pictures should help you out!
Crochet Batwing Sweater Video
You can find a full video tutorial for the sweater here – in the video I make the Small size so you will still need to consult the pattern if you are making a different size!
Azalea Batwing Sweater
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