Best Buds Crochet Sweater Pattern

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The Best Buds Crochet Sweater pattern is a fun and easy project.  The floral cable stitch works up quickly and is easy.  If you are looking for crochet clothes to add to your handmade wardrobe this is the perfect DIY project for you.  #crochetsweaterpattern

A Comfy and Pretty Crochet Sweater

If you are looking for a modern crochet sweater that is both comfortable and feminine then I think you are going to love the Best Buds Crochet Sweater Pattern. The fit of this sweater is oversized and comfy and the look is detailed and pretty.

Buy the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry now or keep reading to find out more about the cardigan and pattern details

Pretty Cables

When I set out designing this crochet sweater pattern my goal was to create a new unique floral texture.

As I researched and experimented with swatches I found that bobbles combined with front post stitches look like little buds on stems. I then took the bobbles and front post stitches and arranged them in a different way to create the cool modern texture on the bottom of the sweater.

Finally I realized that the bobble section could “grow” into the stems and that’s when I knew I had a great new design on my hands. Cool right?!

Oh, I should let you know that there are front post stitches in this pattern but there aren’t any back post stitches. Back post stitches give me terrible tendonitis in my wrists. I never use them in my designs.

And don’t worry if you don’t know how to make front post stitches. I included a detailed explanation in the pattern.

Clos-up of a modern crochet sweater featuring a blue bobble and cable pattern that turns into a gold floral stitch pattern.

Comfortable Fit

Have I ever told you that I have a fancy sweatshirt collection? Yes, I said FANCY sweatshirt.

I’m not talking giant bulky hoodies with sports slogans on the front. I’ve been combing thrift shops and the Anthropologie sale rack for years in search of unusual and pretty sweatshirts.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I have a floral printed peacoat made out of sweatshirt material. I have another sweatshirt that has a peplum. And I own a crazy polka doted sweater with ruffles to name a few.

Four sweatshirts neatly folded and laying on each other.  The sweatshirts are unique.
A few sweatshirts from my collection

So I consider myself an expert on fancy-cozy or stealth cozy or outfits that feel like sweatshirts but look like nice clothes

And that is where I was coming from when I designed this crochet sweater pattern. It’s an oversized sweater but it has pretty details and a feminine neckline so it looks a bit fancy. When you wear this sweater to work your coworkers will never know how comfy you actually are. Ha-ha.

The collar of the Best Buds Sweater pattern is made with sc in the back loop stitches.
A close-up of the floral cable stitch on the Best Buds Crochet Sweater Pattern, an indie crochet pattern by Mary Beth Cryan.


This modern crochet sweater is easily customizable in the size and the design.

If you would like either the bobble section or floral section to be longer or shorter you can easily modify this area.

Want a cropped sweater? Instructions are included to easily adjust the length of the garment. In addition, you can swap any sleeve size with any body size.

@queen_ambrosia modified the length to make a cropped sweater. She also added colorwork to the cables.

And feel free to go crazy with the color. You can really express your creativity and individuality with this crochet pattern. The Best Buds Sweater looks great in any color combination. Scroll down to see inspiring photos from the talented people who tested this sweater.

The front of the Best Buds Crochet pattern.  A modern crochet pattern featuring a floral cable stitch pattern and bobble stitches.

This Design Almost Didn’t Happen

Here’s an interesting story I thought you might enjoy. This modern crochet sweater design almost never happened.

At the very beginning of the design process I had a totally different idea. It was going to be a striped sweater with many different cable patterns. I even sketched and swatched out the whole design and requested the yarn.

But when the yarn came the colors did NOT look how I thought they would. I originally had this gold, this blue, and a not pictured Burgundy. But the colors were terrible together. The blue and gold looked amazing and fresh, as you can see. But the burgundy dated the color palette.

However, I was in a pickle. I had to work with the colors because the yarn was sponsored by Lion Brand. They gave me the yarn in the colors I requested and they were expecting a garment.

I had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a two color idea. And I am so glad I did because I think this design is super clever and adorable.

The back of the Best Buds Sweater pattern which is a modern indie crochet sweater pattern featuring a floral pattern in gold made with cable stitches, front post treble.

I love the floral section!


Crochet Sweater Pattern PDF Details

You can make this crochet sweater pattern! This pattern works up easily and quickly. Every other row is entirely half double crochet. And the cables build on each other so you will be able to watch tv or sit in a noisy room and crochet along without having to refer to your pattern.

Your pattern purchase includes an easy to read 17 page pdf.

You won’t get stuck anywhere in this pattern. It is clear and easy to follow because, like all of my patterns, it has been tested and professionally tech edited.

Included in the pattern is a size schematic, photos, illustrations, details to create sizes XS – 5X, stitch charts, and instructions to customize the body length. Please note, you do NOT need to know how to read charts to make this pattern. The entire pattern is written out in the clear and easy to read instructions.

The pattern is written in English in US terms.

The pattern is very clear and if you have a question I am here for you. I have a dedicated pattern support email listed at the end of the pattern. You can email me directly anytime!

Mary Beth Cryan of Crochet with Mary Beth wears the Best Buds Sweater.  A modern crochet sweater pattern with cables and bobbles that look like flow buds.

Here is what you will need

  • Crochet hook size US G/6 (4 mm) and US H/8 (5 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

I’ve been wanting to try more crochet clothing items, and I loved the spring “buds” feel of this design.

– Christine

Crochet Pattern Testers

Here are some inspiring Best Buds Sweaters by a few of my talented testers.

Be sure to check them out on Instagram (by clicking on their names in the photo credits) if you’d like to see more of their beautiful work.

A woman wearing a turquoise and gray crochet sweater with a cabled floral pattern.
Photo credit @making.with.a.z
A woman wearing a blue and gray sweater made from the modern crochet pattern, Best Buds Sweater.
Photo credit @thread_n_sew
A woman wearing a mint and pink crochet sweater pattern.  Her hand is on her hip.
Photo credit @TheYarnStore
A woman wearing the cropped version of the Best Buds Sweater, a modern crochet sweater pattern.  The top is purple and dark blue with a floral cable pattern.
Photo credit @queen_ambrosia
A woman wearing a variegated and navy sweater featuring a floral cable pattern made with front post cable stitches and bobble stitches.
Photo credit @threadsoflife20

If you liked this, check out these modern crochet sweater patterns next!

  1. Draw the Line Sweater
  2. Fair and Square Sweater
  3. Roses on Repeat Sweater
  4. Stripe Blocked Cardigan
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