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Four-Hour Fall Sweater Free Crochet Pattern

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Ahhh, fall… how I have missed you. With you you bring pumpkins, fire pits and crisp, morning air. Which is also why this new Four-Hour Fall Sweater crochet pattern is perfect for you! ♥

Four Hour Fall Sweater Free Crochet Pattern

Four Hour Fall Sweater Crochet Pattern

This chunky sweater reminds me of football games and fire pits. It reminds me of friends and laughter, of foggy mornings, and steam rising off of a fresh cup of coffee. Yep, I’m ready!

Four Hour Fall Sweater free crochet pattern

This sweater has been one of my most popular free patterns to date. This fall I decided to give this pattern a facelift! While originally this pattern went off of body measurements (which could make it difficult to make if crocheting for someone other than yourself) the updated version includes a gauge which means it also includes stitch counts, row counts, and more detailed instructions and yardage information. The sleeve is also more tapered than the original and is so much more flattering, in my opinion.

The pattern is now written to include a wide range of sizes: XS – 5XL. I am so pleased with how this update turned out! 👐

4 hour sweater pattern

How to crochet the four hour fall sweater

This is a free crochet pattern. For this pattern we’ll use a super chunky yarn (or chunky, up to you!) and an oversized crochet hook. If you choose to go with a size 5 (bulky) yarn, it will be a bit more of an open weave, as the ivory pictured here. If you go with a thicker (size 6) yarn it will be more dense and definitely warmer.

Comfy oversized crochet pattern

Each sweater made from this pattern is completely customizable; make it longer to wear with leggings or make the next size up for an oversized fit to wear around the house. Give it a small neck opening or a huge boat neck so it falls off the shoulder.

Super chunky sweater free crochet pattern

I named this sweater the Four Hour Fall Sweater because that’s about how long it takes me to make. It could take you a shorter amount of time or longer, depending on how quickly you crochet and how much time you can devote to the completion of it.

No matter what though, it’s the quickest clothing item I’ve ever completed! So there’s that. 😉

Easy free crochet sweater pattern

This pattern uses the Lemon Peel stitch. Super easy, super quick, super texture! A video tutorial for this stitch can be found here.

Want to make a not-so-chunky sweater? Then you’ll want the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy pullover pattern. (Which is also getting a facelift this fall!)

long sleeved easy peasy

Get the printable file of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home shop for an itty bitty fee. Thank you!

Materials: 

Bulky (size 5) yarn (The Ivory pictured is Feelin’ Chunky, and Brava Bulky would work nicely as well)
-approx. (400, 460, 475, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1050) yards

Crochet hook in size Q/15mm (or here)

Super big crochet hook

Gauge and Gauge Pattern:

Row 1: Ch-15, sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next ch. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * to end. (14)

Rows 2 – 7: Ch-1, turn, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * to end. (14)

Measure for gauge. 14 sts = 9” wide, 7 rows = 5” tall

Pattern Notes: 

Pattern written using US terms.

The chain at the beginning of each row does NOT count as a stitch.

Body is worked from the bottom up.

“Right side” could be either, depending on which looks better to you.

If you need help reading a crochet pattern, make sure you head over here and check out this detailed post.

Sizing:

(XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) fits up to (30”, 34”, 38”, 42”, 46”, 50”, 54”, 58”, 62”) bust

Get the printable file of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or in the Heart Hook Home blog shop. Thank you!

Four Hour Fall Sweater Chunky crochet pattern

Four Hour Fall Sweater Crochet Pattern

Make two…

Row 1: Ch-(25, 27, 31, 33, 37, 39, 43, 47, 49), sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * to end. (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42, 46, 48)

Rows 2 – 20: Ch-1, turn * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * to end. (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42, 46, 48) *Place a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of row 5, for easier seaming later.

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, (sc, dc) in each of first two sts, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * to last 2 sts, (sc, dc) in each of last two sts. (28, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 50, 52)

Rows 22- 23: repeat row 2 (28, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 50, 52)

Row 24: repeat row 21 (32, 34, 38, 40, 44, 46, 50, 54, 56)
*Place a stitch marker in the first and last stitch of this row, for easier seaming later.

Rows 25 through (31, 31, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 38) : repeat row 2 (32, 34, 38, 40, 44, 46, 50, 54, 56)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing shoulder seam.

Construction:

Lay two sides on top of one another and, using the Mattress Stitch, sew front and back together on left and right from rows 5 to 24 (where the stitch markers are). Leave long enough tails that you can adjust/loosen/tighten after completing the rest of the sweater.

Sew the top (shoulders) together from the outside in, using the Mattress Stitch for (11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 20, 22) stitches on each side. Before weaving in ends check that the neck hole is a good size for you. Add or remove sewn stitches to your liking.

Free chunky sweater crochet pattern

Bottom:

Attach yarn at either bottom right corner. (Or left if you’re left handed)

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same st and in each st to end. (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42, 46, 48)

Rows 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st to end. (24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 38, 42, 46, 48)

Fasten off first side, repeat for the second side.

When finished with the second side, do not fasten off. Rotate to work up the side slit, and down the other side. 3sc in corner st, sc across bottom of sweater. 3sc in final st, rotate to sc up slit and down the other side. 3sc in corner st, sc in each st to end. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Sleeves:

Separated out into size groups… Attach at the base of either armhole.

Size XS ONLY:

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same, dc in next. * sc in next opening, dc in next opening * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (16)

Rows 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn, * sc in next st, dc in next st * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (16)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * until only 2 sts remain. Sc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (14)

Rows 5 & 6: Ch-2, turn, * dc in next, sc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first dc. (14)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, dc in next. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * around. Dc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (12)

Rows 8 & 9: repeat row 2 (12)

Row 10: repeat row 4 (10)

Rows 11 & 12: repeat row 5 (10)

Rows 13 – 16: repeat row 5 (10)

Row 17: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. (10)

Fasten off and weave in ends using the Invisible Join. Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

Sizes S and M ONLY:

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same, dc in next. * sc in next opening, dc in next opening * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (20, 22)

Rows 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn, * sc in next st, dc in next st * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (20, 22)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * until only 2 sts remain. Sc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (18, 20)

Rows 5 & 6: Ch-2, turn, * dc in next, sc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first dc. (18, 20)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, dc in next. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * around. Dc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (16, 18)

Rows 8 & 9: repeat row 2 (16, 18)

Row 10: repeat row 4 (14, 16)

Rows 11 & 12: repeat row 5 (14, 16)

Row 13: repeat row 7 (12, 14)

Rows 14 & 15: repeat row 2 (12, 14)

Row 16: repeat row 4 (10, 12)

Rows 17 – 20: repeat row 5 (10, 12)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. (10, 12)

Fasten off and weave in ends using the Invisible Join. Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

Sizes L and XL ONLY:

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same, dc in next. * sc in next opening, dc in next opening * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (28, 32)

Rows 2 – 3: Ch-1, turn, * sc in next st, dc in next st * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (28, 32)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * until only 2 sts remain. Sc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (26, 30)

Rows 5 & 6: Ch-2, turn, * dc in next, sc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first dc. (26, 30)

Row 7: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, dc in next. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * around. Dc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (24, 28)

Row 8: repeat row 2 (24, 28)

Row 9: repeat row 4 (22, 26)

Rows 10 & 11: repeat row 5 (22, 26)

Row 12: repeat row 7 (20, 24)

Rows 13 & 14: repeat row 2 (20, 24)

Row 15: repeat row 4 (18, 22)

Row 16: repeat row 5 (18, 22)

Row 17: repeat row 7 (16, 20)

Rows 18 & 19: repeat row 2 (16, 20)

Row 20: repeat row 4 (14, 18)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. (14, 18)

Fasten off and weave in ends using the Invisible Join. Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

Size 2XL ONLY:

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same, dc in next. * sc in next opening, dc in next opening * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (38)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * until only 2 sts remain. Sc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (36)

Row 3: Ch-2, turn, * dc in next, sc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first dc. (36)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, dc in next. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * around. Dc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (34)

Row 5: repeat row 3 (34)

Row 6: repeat row 2 (32)

Row 7: repeat row 3 (32)

Row 8: repeat row 4 (30)

Row 9: repeat row 3 (30)

Row 10: repeat row 2 (28)

Row 11: repeat row 3 (28)

Row 12: repeat row 4 (26)

Row 13: repeat row 3 (26)

Row 14: repeat row 2 (24)

Row 15: repeat row 3 (24)

Row 16: repeat row 4 (22)

Row 17: repeat row 3 (22)

Row 18: repeat row 2 (20)

Row 19: repeat row 3 (20)

Row 20: repeat row 4 (18)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. (18)

Fasten off and weave in ends using the Invisible Join. Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

Sizes 3XL, 4XL, 5XL ONLY:

Row 1: Ch-1, sc in same, dc in next. * sc in next opening, dc in next opening * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first sc. (42, 44, 44)

Row 2: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * until only 2 sts remain. Sc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (40, 42, 42)

Row 3: Ch-2, turn, * dc in next, sc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first dc. (40, 42, 42)

Row 4: Ch-1, turn, sc2tog, dc in next. * sc in next, dc in next * repeat between * * around. Dc2tog in final two sts. Join to top of first st. (38, 40, 40)

Row 5: repeat row 2 (36, 38, 38)

Row 6: repeat row 3 (36, 38, 38)

Row 7: repeat row 4 (34, 36, 36)

Row 8: repeat row 2 (32, 34, 34)

Row 9: repeat row 3 (32, 34, 34)

Row 10: repeat row 4 (30, 32, 32)

Row 11: repeat row 2 (28, 30, 30)

Row 12: repeat row 3 (28, 30, 30)

Row 13: repeat row 4 (26, 28, 28)

Row 14: repeat row 2 (24, 26, 26)

Row 15: repeat row 3 (24, 26, 26)

Row 16: repeat row 4 (22, 24, 24)

Row 17: repeat row 2 (20, 22, 22)

Row 18: repeat row 3 (20, 22, 22)

Row 19: repeat row 4 (18, 20, 20)

Row 20: repeat row 2 (16, 18, 18)

Row 21: Ch-1, turn, sc in each st around. (16, 18, 18)

Fasten off and weave in ends using the Invisible Join. Repeat the process for the other sleeve.

I hope you enjoyed crocheting this pattern, and the updated version if you made both! This is a fun, super quick pattern that has been one of my most popular designs to date. Please share a photo with me by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media, and in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook!

Four Hour Fall Sweater free crochet pattern

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  1. Dear Ashley! I thank you for the video I just received how to make a straight edge BUT my problem is with the join invisible . I am crocheting your beautiful pull sweater for child called Swagger . Having the possibility to make the bottom to the underarm in one step as a column, the pattern says:- join to top of first sc. - ch 1- turn. It is at this joint that I have a bad result. Is there an address electronic where I could send you a picture which could help you to visualize the problem and put me on the right track ! I already made many of your patterns without any problems and turned beautiful. You are artisticly creative and appreciate your generosity of great techniques. Amicalement. Marthe
  2. With it being so close to Christmas, in my local area all I can find is size 4 yarn/wool. Would I need to change the hook size and or adjust the pattern?
  3. If I want to make the sweater shorter, can I just make fewer rows from the bottom up? Do you know the finished length for a size L? Thank you!
  4. Love this pattern!!! This is the first sweater that I have ever crocheted so it took me more than four hours but the pattern was easy to follow and the instructions were clear. The sweater is so beautiful! I crocheted mine using mohair yarn in a cream colour - and I can see that I will want to make a few more in other colours! This would be a great gift as well. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
  5. Hi Ashlea! Caron Tea Cakes are back for a limited time and I was wondering if the yardage needed is the same regardless of if you use #5 bulky or #6 super bulky? Thanks!
  6. I made the 4 hour sweater for my daughter using the original pattern. I am now trying the new pattern and it is nothing like the original one. I would like to get the original pattern once again. It also takes longer to make than 4 hours. Please bring back the original.
  7. I am on the third try making this pattern. Using a Q hook with 5 weight yarn and tried the large first was gigantic, so restarted figuring medium would work. Ran out of yarn 48 stitches before finishing. I purchased enough yarn for the large and had checked my guage at the start. So, I have now tried with a P hook, and it's going to be too short. This was supposed to be a Christmas gift that I started a month ago! This four hour sweater has turned out to be a several hour nightmare. I cannot get the guage to be correct with the Q hook or the P hook. I have tried stitching more tightly with the Q hook. Loosely with the P hook. Nothing has worked. Advice welcome. Thanks.
  8. I just purchased the pattern. How would I adjust the yardage needed for using Super Bulky instead of Bulky for a size Medium? Thanks for the beautiful pattern!
    1. I too am using super bulky yarn With Q hook and it is not looking anything like the pics. I wonder as with thicker yarn some where there has to be an adjustment.
  9. How many chain stitches for the sleeve? It says Ch1 and turn, but I don’t see how many base chain stitches. Thsnks
    1. Hi Barbara! There isn't a base chain for the sleeve, we are starting at the armhole opening, working around that opening, then crocheting in the round down to the bottom of the sleeve.
  10. I absolutely love this pattern! I’m definitely going to make it. I have a few other projects to do/finish first. Then it’s MY TURN!
  11. Hey awesome pattern! I was wondering, you have a picture of this sweater in that multi-colored yarn with the greens. What yarn did you use? It would be greatly appreciated hearing back. Thank you in advance :)
      1. If you use the super bulky yarn, do you still use a Q hook and the same number of chains for your size? Or is this information that would be in the purchased pattern? I'm on your Etsy page right now putting patterns in my cart - I love all your patterns :) Thank you for your help!
  12. Hi, I simply adore this sweater and I was wondering if I could make in DK yarn, and if I can what size hook would you recommend. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns and experience with us.
    1. Hi, I was thinking of starting to crochet this sweater now, but I'm wondering how I should think if I want to change yarn and crochet hook. I planned to crochet it in the Scheepjes Color Crafter with a 6 mm crochet hook. How do I calculate how many stitches are needed for the pieces I follow the pattern 3xl
  13. Hello Ashley, I just wanted to say, thank you for all the wonderful patterns and tutorials that you shared with us. I know that this can be very daunting for you, but, for you to be able to continue to create and share it with all of us, is very appreciated. So, I just wanted to take a little time to say, THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! YOU ROCK!!! Respectfully Claudia
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  16. I LOVE this pattern! I'm having the same trouble as Lana from Nov 2017 though. When I tried to make a long sleeve it didn't look right. The spiral didn't make the same pattern as the body. Did I do something wrong? I ended up making it short sleeved, but would really like a long sleeve one. Can you help me figure it out?
  17. I know this sweater was made awhile ago. Could you tell how many skeins for a larger medium. 6 i was thinking. Thank you
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  21. Hi Ashlea! Do you have a video showing how this four hour sweater is made? I'm okay at reading patterns but watching a video helps me a ton! Please let me know and thanks for sharing this awesome pattern! Thanks, Amanda Dana
    1. Hi Amanda! I have a video for the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Pullover, which is the less chunky version of this sweater...you can find that video in this post link: https://hearthookhome.com/easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy-pullover-crochet-pattern/
  22. Thank you!!! This is my first sweater pattern I understand and can do!! And it makes sense! Keep up the great patterns I look forward to them.
  23. What is confusing to me is that there are no directions to make a larger sizes Ex:1x-3x or even small or medium size
    1. Hi Darlene! This pattern is 100% customizable and is worked to your personal measurements, which is why there are no specific sizes listed. Hope this helps!
      1. So if I need to make a larger size I would adjust the length and size of the arm holes, right? I’m still at beginner level so I just want to make sure I’m interpreting the tutorial correctly before I start. Thanks!
  24. Hi Ashley, I have Ella Rae cozy alpaca which is a bulky 5 acrylic alpaca blend. It is very soft. Id like to make a foundatio chain for the 1st row. But your pattern is single & double stitch for the 1st row. Can I make a foundation chain with single then start the alternate stitches in row 2? I love a foundation chain it is stretchy and makes a nice first row. Thanks, Susan
    1. Hi Susan! I'm sure that yarn is absolutely dreamy! Yes, you can start with a foundation sc row. Just make sure that you end with an even number of stitches. Happy crocheting =)
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  27. I stumbled across one of your sweater patterns on Pinterest and I LOVE all of them. I will be working on the Elizabeth CAL first but I'm thinking this one will be my second! Love all of your designs! They are simple but BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing!
    1. Hi Linda! You will be increasing in the first 2 stitches and the last 2 stitches by putting both sc and dc in each one of those stitches. Hope that helps!