MVP (Madam Vice President) Sweater – Free Crochet Pattern

It’s finally, finally done – my first original crochet pattern! I conceived this pattern waaaaay back in January. Watching the presidential inauguration, when they announced Kamala as “Madam Vice President”, I couldn’t stop crying. I’ll never forget that moment – when there was no longer never a woman vice president. She inspired me to get going on what I’ve always wanted to do – start writing crochet patterns.

It’s been a very tough year for me and therefore took me fooooorever to get this pattern done. I have more lined up before the end of the year and things have settled down for me so keep an eye out for more original crochet patterns in the next few months!

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MVP Sweater Crochet Pattern

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:
Yarn: Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend in Mochaccino, 392 yds/658 m per cake 
3(3, 4, 4, 4)(5, 5, 6, 7) skeins – see size chart for yardage
Note on yarn: Comfy Cotton Blend is labeled as a weight-3 yarn but feels heavier, more like a worsted weight yarn. If you sub yarn, I would use worsted; if your gauge swatch comes out too large, go down a hook size.

Hook: 5 & 5.5 mm (I used a Furls Streamline Swirl in Cafe)

Notions
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Stitch Markers
Tape Measure

Sizing Chart: 
Throughout the pattern the stitch counts/row counts are formatted as – XS(S, M, L, 1X)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

(inches)XSSML1X2X3X4X5X
Bust28-3032-3436-3840-4244-4648-5052-5456-5860-62
Width21-21.521.5-2222.5-2323.5-2424.5-2525.5-2626.5-2727.5-2828.5-29
Length19.52020.2520.520.752121.52222.5
Arm Length16.5171717.517.5181818.518.5
Armhole77.588.599.51010.511
Yardage95210581175130614841686196922302564

Gauge:
13 stitches in whdc by 15 rows = 4” square

Special Stitches:
Whdc – wide half double crochet
Yarn over, insert your hook under all loops of the stitch (space between stitches),pull up a loop, yarn over, pull a loop through all three loops on hook. (See insertion point in photo below)

Notes

  • Ch-1 does not count as a stitch
  • This piece is constructed as two panels, seamed together, and then the sleeves are picked up around the armholes and worked in turned rounds.
  • The ribbing is worked as a separate strip for the first two panels, but is constructed directly onto the sleeves.
  • There is no designated right/wrong side before you seam the two panels together. After you seam, the seam should be on the *new* wrong side.

Front Panel: Ribbing (use 5mm hook)

Setup Row: Stitch 9(9, 9, 10, 10)(10, 10, 11, 11) foundation hdc, or chain 11(11, 11, 12, 12)(12, 12, 13, 13) and working into the 3rd ch from the hook, hdc to the end of the row. Ch 1, turn. 9(9, 9, 10, 10)(10, 10, 11, 11) st

Ribbing: Stitch 8(8, 8, 9, 9)(9, 9, 10, 10) hdc-blo, hdc in last st. Ch 1, turn. 9(9, 9, 10, 10)(10, 10, 11, 11) st

Repeat Ribbing row until you reach row 45(47, 49, 51, 53)(55, 57, 59, 61).

Switch to 5.5mm hook.

Front Panel: Body

Turn ribbing lengthwise and work across the top.

Row 1: Using regular hdc’s pick up 68(70, 74, 76, 80)(82, 86, 88, 92) st. Ch 1, turn.

68(70, 74, 76, 80)(82, 86, 88, 92) st

Row 2: Whdc each st until end of row. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you reach 48(49, 49, 50, 50)(50, 51, 52, 53) total rows. Do not fasten off.

Front Panel: Neckline
This section starts a new row count.

Row 1: Whdc 32(33, 35, 36, 38)(40, 41, 42, 44). Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Hdc2tog the first 2 st. Whdc each st until end of row. Ch 1, turn.  31(32, 34, 35, 37)(39, 40, 41, 43) st

Row 3: Whdc each st until end of row. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat rows 2-3 until you reach row 20(21, 21, 22, 22)(22, 23, 24, 25) rows.

You will have 24(24, 26, 25, 28)(30, 30, 30, 31) st total. Fasten off.

With the just-worked section on the right side of your work, skip the 2 stitches in the very middle of the panel. Pick up an hdc in the next st.

Row 1: Whdc each st until end of row. Ch 1, turn.

32(33, 35, 36, 38)(40, 41, 42, 44) st

Row 2: Whdc each st until 2 st remain. Hdc2tog the last 2st. Ch 1, turn.

31(33, 35, 36, 38)(39, 40, 41, 43) st

Repeat rows 1-2 until you reach row 20(21, 21,  22, 22)(22, 23, 24, 25) rows.

You will have 24(24, 26, 25, 28)(30, 30, 30, 31) st total. Fasten off.

Back Panel: Ribbing
Repeat instructions for Front Panel: Ribbing. Make sure to switch hooks to 5.0 mm!

Back Panel: Body
Turn ribbing lengthwise and work across the top – make sure to switch back to your 5.5mm hook!.

Row 1: Using regular hdc’s pick up 68(70, 74, 76, 80)(82, 86, 88, 92) st. Ch 1, turn. 68(70, 74, 76, 80)(82, 86, 88, 92) st

Row 2: Whdc each st until end of row. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you reach 68(70, 70, 72, 72)(72, 74, 76, 78) rows. Fasten off.

The number of rows in your back panel should equal the total body+neckline rows in your front panel.

Seaming Back Panel + Front Panel
Lay your front and back panels on top of each other.

On the sides, from the top shoulder, measure 7(7 ½, 8, 8 ½, 9)(9 ½, 10, 10 ½, 11) inches down and place a stitch marker at the top and bottom of this measurement. Repeat on the other side. This will be your armhole.

Using your preferred seaming method, seam the top shoulders together, and then seam the sides together from the bottom up until the bottom stitch marker. See figure below.

Sleeves
After seaming, when you pick up your piece you will have an armhole on each side. You will work into these in turned (not continuous) rounds.
Row 1: Starting at the armpit, pick up 60(62, 64,  66,  68)(70, 72, 74, 76) hdc. Sl st to your first st. Ch 1, turn. 60(62, 64, 66, 68)(70, 72, 74, 76) st

Row 2: Whdc in each st until end of the round. Sl st to your first st. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat row 2 until you reach row 41(43, 43, 45, 45)(47, 47, 49, 49) rows.

Next Row: *Whdc, hdc2tog*, repeat from * to * until end of row. Sl st to your first st. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat this row once.

Next Row: *Whdc, hdc2tog twice*, repeat from * to * until end of row. Sl st to your first st. Ch 1, turn.

You will have 44(46, 46, 48, 48)(50, 50, 52, 52) rows total in the sleeves. Do not fasten off.

Sleeves: Cuff
Make sure the wrong side of the sleeve is facing you.

Setup Row: Ch 14. In 3rd ch from hook, hdc the next 12 st. Sl st to corresponding row of sleeve. Do not chain, turn.

All sizes: 12 st

Row 2: Sl st to the next row of sleeve. Hdc-blo until one st remains. Hdc in last st. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Hdc-blo in each st to end of row. Sl st to corresponding row in sleeve. Do not chain, turn.

Repeat rows 2-3 until no rows in the sleeve remain. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
With the inside of the sleeve facing you, seam the last row of the cuff to the first row using your preferred seaming method.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Repeat Sleeves and Sleeves: Cuff instructions on other armhole.

Neckline Finishing
Lay piece flat on the ground with the front panel on top.

Using tape measure, measure 4 inches and 6 inches down from the top of the neckline and place a stitch marker at these points on both sides of the neckline. Feel free to adjust these points as needed, just make sure they’re the same on each side of the neckline.

The top-left is referred to as A, the top-right as B, the bottom-left as C and the bottom-right as D.

With right side facing you, pick up an sc at A. Sc around to B; chain 18(18, 18, 20, 20)(20, 20, 22, 22), attach with an sc at C, sc up to A, ch the same number as the first cord, attach at D. Before fastening off, ensure you’re satisfied with the cord length. It should form a visible “x” without being too loose or pulling at the neckline. If you want to change the cord length, frog this, redo the cord as desired, and repeat instructions until you attach at D again. Fasten off. Again with right side facing you, pick up an sc at B and sc around to C. Fasten off, weave in ends.

The neckline is stitched in this order to have minimal ends while still having all the stitches facing the right side properly.

Please refer to below schematic for stitching the neckline.

Weave in all ends and YOU’RE DONE!

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