Breton Stripes Sweater

Create your own iconic sweater featuring the timeless Breton stripes. Traditionally described as a cotton top with blue stripes, the Breton style originated from French navy uniforms in the late 1800s. Inspired by this trend, this sweater incorporates stripes with a modern twist – a relaxed fit and an off-the-shoulder neckline.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: S (M, L) Finished Chest Size 30/32 (32/34; 34/36)”

2” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 32/34”

Gauge: 22 sts and 10 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern after wet blocking

Materials:

Yarn: Ice Yarn Almina Cotton (100% Mercerized Cotton; 184 yards [169 meters]/50 grams): fnt2-54054 Almina Cotton Grey (C1, 4 (5, 6) balls), fnt2-49598 Almina Cotton Burgundy (C2, 4 (5, 6) balls)

Hook: US size C/2 (3.0 mm)

Notions: Removable markers, tapestry needle.

Pattern Notes

The body is worked flat from the bottom up with two identical pieces.

Hemline and sleeves are worked in rounds.

I used chainless starting dc for every first dc of each row/rnd instead of ch 3. There’s another good crochet technique to use is ch 2, dc into same stitch (count as first dc). In the pattern it  simply states dc into first stitch for every first dc of each row/round, so just choose your best technique.

Pattern

Body Part (make 2 pieces, work flat)

With C1, ch 102 (110, 118),

Row 1: Dc into 3rd ch (first 2 ch doesn’t count as first dc), dc across, turn. (100 (108, 116) sts)

Row 2: Work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 3: Change to C2, work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 4: Work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 5: Change to C1, work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 6: Work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Rows 7-38: Rep Rows 3-6, 8 more.

Row 39: Change to C2, work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 40: Work 100 (108, 116) dc across, turn.

Row 41: Change to C1, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (102 (110, 118) sts)

Row 42: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (104 (112, 120) sts)

Row 43: Change to C2, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc into last st, turn. (106 (114, 122) sts)

Row 44: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, dc2tog 2 dc in last st, turn. (108 (116, 124) sts)

Row 45: Change to C1, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (110 (118, 126) sts)

Row 46: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (112 (120, 128) sts)

Row 47: Change to C2, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (114 (122, 13) sts)

Row 48: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (116 (124, 132) sts)

Row 49: Change to C1, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (118 (126, 134) sts)

Row 50: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (120 (128, 136) sts)

Row 51: Change to C2, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, turn. (122 (130, 138) sts)

Row 52: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, total 124 (132, 140) sts, turn.

Row 53: Change to C1, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, total 126 (134, 142) sts, turn.

Row 54: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, total 128 (136, 144) sts, turn.

Row 55: Change to C2, 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st, total 130 (138, 146) sts, turn.

Row 56: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st. (132 (140, 148) sts)

Size – (M, L) Only

Row 57: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st. (142 (150) sts)

Size L Only

Row 58: Work 2 dc in first st, dc across, 2 dc in last st. (152 sts)

Fasten off.

All Sizes

Seam shoulder with sc or sl st 36 (40, 44) sts.

Seam Body with sc or sl st 40 rows from bottom up.

Hemline (work in rnds)

Using C2, insert hook and join in any place of the Hemline.

Rnd 1: Work (6 dc across, dc2tog) 21 (23, 25) times around, sl in first st to join. (175 (189, 203) sts)

Rnd 2: Fpdc around, sl in first to join. (175 (189, 203) sts)

Rnds 3-6: Same as Rnd 2.

Fasten off.

Sleeves (work in rnds)

Join C1 and insert hook in the place where you made the last st of seaming Body.

Rnd 1: Start with C1, dc around, working 2 dc in each dc space, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnd 2: Dc around, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnd 3: Change to C2, dc around, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnd 4: Dc around, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnd 5: Change to C1, dc around, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnd 6: Dc around, sl in first st to join. (64 (68, 72) sts)

Rnds 7-26: Rep Rnds 3-6, 5 more times.

Rnd 27: Change to C2, (6 dc across, dc2tog) 8 times around, sl in first stitch to join. (56 (60, 64) sts)

Rnd 28: Fpdc around, sl in first st to join. (56 (60, 64) sts)

Rnds 29-32: Same as Rnd 28.

Fasten off.

Rep at other side for other Sleeve.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

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