Quick Crocheted Garments

I’m always on the hunt for fashionable crocheted tops and sweaters. I love how quickly they stitch up, and I get super excited when I find a design with an especially gorgeous stitch pattern. It’s even better when the pattern only uses a few skeins of yarn!

LOC_CrochetMoreSIP_2014_200pxIn our special Crochet More Issue of Love of Crochet, we feature 5 sweaters and tops that can be stitched up in no time. Most of the sizes use 3 skeins of yarn or less, so these projects are great for crafters on a budget (like me!).

Tranquil SeaThe Tranquil Sea Top is crocheted in two rectangular pieces, making the shaping a breeze. The buttons can be worn in either the front or the back, so it’s easy to put your own spin on it. This piece would look amazing with a skirt, and it would be a great way to dress up a cami or tank.

Mira ShellYou won’t believe how easy the stylish Mira Shell is to make, and our handy tutorial on the foundation single crochet makes it even simpler. The stretchy fabric is incredibly comfortable, and this tank can easily be dressed up or down. Wear it with slacks for a fashionable office look or pair it with jeans to complement your weekend wardrobe.

Candy AppleI am all about the long front ties on the Candy Apple Cardi. Tie them in the front for a playful look, or create a fitted style by tying them in the back. The best part is that this sweater is crocheted in one piece, so you won’t have to worry about setting in the sleeves! I always put off seaming and finishing work, so I love a project that makes it nice and easy.

Charred WoodFor our guys out there, the Charred Wood Sweater is a rugged Tunisian crochet pullover that will look awesome with your favorite pair of jeans. The quarter-zip collar is stylish but casual at the same time, and you’ll love the classic ribbed texture.

Carolina BlueIf you’re searching for the perfect tank for summer, the Carolina Blue Tank is the pattern for you! Thanks to the easy stitches and quick-to-make motifs at the bottom, you’ll be able to crochet this beautiful top before the weather starts to cool off. I love how simple it is to customize the length of this project by adding extra squares along the bottom for a longer tank.

These crocheted garments will work up in a flash, and you won’t have to break the bank purchasing your yarn. If you’ve never crocheted a sweater or top, these designs are all perfect ways to get started! Which one of these garments are you going to make first?

More helpful picture tutorials from Love of Crochet!

When I first tried to create an adjustable ring (AKA magic loop) at the beginning of a project, I ended up feeling pretty confused and frustrated. The strands of yarn in my hands looked strange and awkward, and I wasn’t even sure if I was on the right track. If this sounds like something you’ve experienced recently, we have you covered!

Bubble Gum Twist hatWe have added 3 new picture tutorials to our website to help you avoid any “creation frustration.” Now, you can learn to create an adjustable ring at the beginning of your project to minimize the hole at the top of hats and amigurumi designs or in the center of some motifs. Once you master this technique, make the beautifully cabled Bubble Gum Twist Hat as a quick and easy accessory.

Tea Time FascinatorDoes your pattern call for linked double crochet stitches like the adorable Tea Time Fascinator from our special Crochet More Issue? Have no fear! Check out our linked double crochet picture tutorial, and you’ll be on your way to creating these denser versions of the classic double crochet.

Mira Shell

You can also eliminate your starting chain by working a row or round of foundation single crochet. The Mira Shell is a gorgeous example of a project using this technique, and the result is a polished bottom edge that stretches with the garment.

We invite you to expand your crochet skills and use our handy tutorials to try these techniques. Once you see our step-by-step photos and instructions, you’ll find that these techniques are much simpler than you could have imagine. Are there any other stitches or techniques you’d like to see broken down into a tutorial? Leave a comment here or visit us on Facebook to let us know!