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5 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Crocheting Garments

Venturing out into the world of crocheting garments can be daunting. So many sizes to choose from, so much yarn to buy. What if you spend all that time making it and it doesn’t fit right? What if it doesn’t look enough like the photo?

These are all questions we ask ourself before starting a crochet sweater project, but even more so when you’re new to it.

Trust me, I know – awhile back I sent out a survey to my email list and there were quite a lot of responses from people who were intimidated by crocheted garments. So, you’re not alone!

Is it actually hard to crochet a sweater?

You may be wondering if your fear is justified or not. Is it really that hard to crochet sweaters?

Well, it really depends on your level, the pattern you choose, and even more factors.

There are plenty of very easy crocheted sweater patterns out there.

If you do some research BEFORE starting, and you choose an easy pattern, your transition into lovely crochet garments can be easy as pie (just like other beginner crochet techniques!)

Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.

1. Learn First

If you want to save yourself mistakes and flopped garments, it can be a good idea to read up on the topic before starting. Here are some things you’ll want to understand:

  • How to measure your body
  • How to choose the correct size to make
  • How ease affects your garments
  • How to choose the right yarn
  • How to make a gauge swatch

Out of all those topics, I would say the MOST important thing to understand is gauge. That’s because gauge has a huge affect on how your final sweater turns out.

If you have already tried making a gauge swatch and you can never get both the measurements to match up, here is a little secret that can help you.

Now, you can research all these topics on your own, but if want a done-for-you, central place to learn everything, you can also check out my crochet sweater class called the Garment Primer.

2. Face Your Fears

At some point, you will simply have to jump in and try it. We all learn by doing, and we all learn by making mistakes.

I’m not gonna lie to you – you very well may have a sweater project that flops. If only you could see some of my very first sweaters. They were horrendous! (But then again, I didn’t have the internet and I was a teenager. So you already have way more resources than I did). 🙂

I know it can be hard to do, but the more you try (and sometimes fail) the more you will learn and the better you will get at making beautiful garments that fit you!

3. Choose the Right Pattern

Now before you go all gung-ho on me and choose a wildly difficult (but none-the-less beautiful) crochet garment…

Take a step back and remember, you will want to choose a pattern that is pretty simple to begin with.

I have two easy cardigan patterns that use a similar construction technique that is perfect for beginners if you want to check them out:

The Becky Cardigan – this one is oversized and simply made from 3 rectangles sewn together, plus sleeves joined and worked in the round. There is a video tutorial included to help you out. See below.

crochet pattern for oversized sweater

The Angelica Cardigan – this pattern has the same construction. It has been made by hundreds of crocheters, many of whom have told me it was their very first garment!

An example of a pattern type I would NOT recommend for beginners is a top-down crochet sweater. While these types of sweaters are gorgeous, they do require you to know more techniques, such as increasing and decreasing. They are a little less intuitive when you’re a beginner crocheter.

4. Choose the Right Yarn

This is a point I cannot emphasize enough: the yarn you choose for a crochet sweater pattern matters a great deal. Like it matters a LOT!

Just because a pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, does not mean you should go out and buy the cheap value yarn to make your sweater and expect it to turn out great.

Do you have to use the yarn the pattern recommends? While its better to, you don’t have to. But if you choose to substitute, do so carefully. Try to choose a yarn that is comparable to the designer’s yarn – in weight, fiber, etc.

5. Have Fun & Join Communities

Lastly, I have to remind you…this is supposed to be fun! Yes, crocheting garments can be overwhelming. Frustrating at times.

But all in all, enjoy the learning process. One of the best ways to do this is to join crochet communities of other likeminded people. My facebook group is always open for discussion on these types of topics!

Instagram, Flipboard, and YouTube are all other places you can find inspiration.


There are lots of fears to face in life. While crochet garments may seem like a silly thing to be afraid of, I think one of the underlying fears is a fear of failure. We don’t want to try to make something and find out we’re terrible at it. This is understandable, but we can’t let it stop us! I hope this post was encouraging to you today. Hopefully you’re ready to take a step out there and start crocheting your first sweater! 🙂


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