I started working on the Lava Pullover prototype last year in February. I used leftover yarn, different fibers, and weights, and I loved the result. But I didn’t have time to finish that first sample, maybe because I cut the yarn at every round, and there were so many ends to weave in. Don’t get me wrong, I got over being “scared” about weaving the ends, but I think I stopped working on it because I felt that nobody would like to try a sweater/top like this with so many ends.

You can purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here at the links below. The PDF contains stitch charts also for the yoke section for all sizes.

Even so, I didn’t want to give up on this project because I loved it so much. So I started working on a second sample at the end of the summer. I had a few skeins of Marathon 3.5 by Katia, and I said to try again. And here is how I ended up with the Lava Pullover.

Picking the name was a funny story. Sometimes when I don’t have ideas, I ask even my husband or daughter to tell me the first word that comes into their heads when seeing the project. Sometimes, I stick with that word or try to find some other related to it. This time my husband said “lava,” and I loved it.

Now, let’s see how you can make a Lava Pullover

MATERIALS

  • Yarn: DK weight yarn, size 3
    Crochet Hook:
  •  6.5 mm crochet hook
  •  5 or 5.5 mm crochet hook for the ribbing
  •  yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors

NOTES ABOUT DESIGN

The Lava Pullover has a top-down construction with a round yoke. It has a relaxed fit with a positive ease of about 18 cm around the bust circumference.

The sweater is worked in the round, only on the right side. Along the yoke section, there are several increases according to the needed yoke depth, bust, and sleeve circumference.

The yoke is then divided into sleeves and Body. The 3 parts are then worked individually until completing the desired length.

Work a single crochet in the back loop, ribbing on the bottom hem, and cuffs to finish the sweater.

For neckline finishing, work one round in  twisted single crochet.

MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES

The Lava Pullover Pattern is available in 9 sizes, from Extra Small to 5X Large.
The model is 168 cm tall and wears a size Small.

*Neckline width a: 22 cm (22, 22, 22, 24, 24, 27, 27, 29)
Yoke depth b: 21 cm (22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)
Bust width c: 50 cm (53, 55.5, 59, 62.5, 67.5, 72.5, 77.5, 82.5)
Sleeve circ. d: 31 cm (32, 34, 35, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51)
Sleeve Length e: 37 cm (36, 36, 36, 35, 35, 36, 36, 37)
Length f: 52 cm (53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62)

How much yarn do you need?
I used Marathon 3.5 by Katia Yarns. The yarn composition is 75% acrylic and 25% WoolOne 1 skein has 50 grams and is approximately 125 meters.
The colors I used: 40 (Bubble Gum), 4 (Red), 39 (Orange), 12 (Dark Grey),
10 (Light Grey), 2 (Black), For each size, you will need:
Bubble Gum: 1 ( 1, 1, 1 ) ( 1, 1, 1, 1, 1.5) skeins
Red: 1 ( 1, 1, 1 ) ( 1, 1, 1, 1, 1.5)
Orange 1 ( 1, 1, 1 ) ( 1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
Light Grey: 2 (2, 2, 2) (3, 3, 3, 3, 3)
Dark Grey: 2 (2, 2, 2) (3, 3, 3, 3, 3)
Black: 3 (3, 3, 3) (4, 4, 4, 5, 5)

You will need approximately 925 (925, 1075, 1150, 1250, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1725) meters.

You can purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here at the links below. The PDF contains stitch charts also for the yoke section for all sizes.

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch – chain
sc – single crochet
ss -slip stitch
scblo – single crochet in back loop only
tsc – twisted single crochet
ch-sp – chain space
St(s) – stitch(es)
R – rows/rounds

TENSION

Using a 6.5 mm crochet hook in linen stitch
12.5 sts = 10 cm
13.5 rows = 10cm

STITCH PATTERNS AND TECHNIQUES

The main pattern is Linen Stitch, or Moss stitch worked in the round.
R1: *1sc, 1ch, skip 1st; *rep. to the end of the round. To close the round slip stitch into the first sc.
R2: 2ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next *1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next st; *rep. to the end of the round. To close the round, slip the stitch into the first ch.
Work a single crochet in the back loop for cuffs and bottom hem ribbing.
R1: 1sc in each st.
R2: 1scblo in back loop only.
Rep R2 until the desired length.
The ribbing is joined as you go with the bottom hem and sleeves edge. See the steps in the RIBBING section.
To finish the neckline, work one round in Twisted Single crochet (sc)
Insert the hook into indicated st, yarn over, pull out a loop, twist your hook clockwise, 180 degrees, yarn over, and pass it through both twisted loops.

PATTERN NOTES

  • Work the piece in the round only on the right side;
  • close each round with an invisible slip stitch – remove the hook from the working loop; insert the hook from back to front into the first st (single crochet or chain); grab the working loop and pass it through.
  • if the round starts with a single crochet, it will finish with 1ch; the next round will start with 2ch (the first ch won’t count as a single crochet; it will be part of the last sc) and will end up with an sc.
  • when starting with an sc, don’t work 1ch. Start directly with an sc;
  • the pattern below is written without a color pattern; The color pattern is 1 round in black, next round in dark grey, next round in light grey, and next round in one of the colors pink/red/orange. Change the last color with every color pattern repeat;
  • carry on the 3 colors, black, dark grey, and light grey, and cut the 4th color.
  • Change the color after making the invisible slip stitch; take the new color and pass through the working loop to have a new loop; pull the previous color until the loop is closed.
  • At the end of this document, you will find stitch charts for each size; the stitch chart represents one repeated section into the YOKE pattern; follow the stitch pattern from right to left every round.

INSTRUCTIONS

YOKE
For the yoke, we will follow an increasing pattern. To make it easier to understand, think about 1sc, 1ch as a stitch combo and remember that with every increase round, you will have with (1sc, 1ch) more between increases than on the previous increase round.

YOKE SIZES XS, S, M, L, XL, 4XL
The numbers are written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 4XL)
Start each round as explained above;
On the increase round, when the repeated section starts with 1ch, start the round with 2ch; the second ch will be part of the repeated section.
Sts between ( ) are worked into the same st/space. Sts between [ ] are repeated patterns.

Start: ch 54 (54, 54, 60, 60, 72); slip stitch to make a circle
R1: *1sc, 1ch, skip 1st; *rep. to the end of the round;
R2 (Inc): 2ch, skip 1st, *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, [1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next st] x 2 times*; rep. from * to * 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 72 (72, 72, 80, 80, 96)
R3: Rep. R1
R4: 2ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next, *1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next; *rep. to the end of the round
R5: rep. R1
R6 (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 3 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; Rep. from * to * 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 90 (90, 90, 100, 100, 120)
R7: rep. R1
R8: Rep. R4
R9: Rep. R1
R10: Rep. R4
R11 (Inc): *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 4 times*. Rep. from * to * 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 108 (108, 108, 120, 120, 144)
R12: Rep. R4
R13: Rep. R1
R14: Rep. R4
R15: Rep. R1
R16: (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 5 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; Rep. from * to * 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 126 (126, 126, 140, 140, 168)
R17:Rep. R1
R18: Rep. R4
R19: Rep. R1
R20: Rep. R4

R21: (Inc): *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 6 times*. Rep. from * to * 9 (9, 9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 144 (144, 144, 160, 160, 192)
R22: Rep. R4
R23: Rep. R1
R24: Rep. R4
R25: Rep. R1

Size XS only
R26 (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 23 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; rep from *to* 3 times.
Total sts: 150
R27: Rep. R1
R28: Rep. R4

For size XS, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section.

Continuing the YOKE Sizes S (M, L, XL, 4XL).

R26 (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 7 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; Rep. from * to *9 (9, 10, 10, 12) times.
Total sts: 162 ( 162, 180, 180, 216)
R27:Rep. R1
R28: Rep. R4
R29: Rep. R1
R30: Rep. R4

For size S, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section.

Size M Only
R31: (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 15 times*; Rep. from * to * 5 times; To finish the round work 1sc, 1ch, skip last st.
Total sts: 172
For size M, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section.

Size L Only
R31: Rep. R1
R32: Rep. R4
Total sts: 180
For size L, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section.

Continuing the YOKE Sizes XL (4XL).
R31: (Inc): *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 8 times*. Rep. from * to *10 (12)times.
Total sts: 200 (240)
R32: Rep. R4
R33: Rep. R1

Size XL Only
R34: (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 19 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; Rep. from * to * 5 times
Total sts: 210
For size XL, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section

Size 4XL Only
R34: Rep. R4
R35: Rep. R1
R36 (Inc): *[1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next] x 9 times, 1ch, skip 1st, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st*; Rep. from * to * 12 times.
Total sts: 264
R37: Rep. R1
R38: Rep. R4
For size 4XL, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section

You can purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here at the links below. The PDF contains stitch charts also for the yoke section for all sizes.

YOKE SIZES 2XL, 3XL, and 5XL.The numbers are written as 2XL (3XL, 5XL)
Start: ch 60 (66, 72); slip stitch to make a circle.
R1:*1sc, 1ch, skip 1st; *rep. to the end of the round;
R2(Inc): 2ch, skip 1st, *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, [1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next st] x 2 times*; rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 80 (88, 96)
R3:Rep. R1
R4: 2ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next, *1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in next; *rep. to the end of the round
R5 (Inc): *[1sc, 1ch, skip next st] x 3 times, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, 1ch, skip 1st*.
rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 100 (110, 120)

R6: Rep. R4
R7: Rep. R1
R8: Rep. R4
R9 (Inc): *(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 4 times*
rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 120 (132, 144)
R10: Rep. R4
R11: Rep. R1
R12: Rep. R4
R13 (Inc): *[1sc, 1ch, skip next st] x 5 times, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, 1ch, skip 1st*.
rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times
Total sts: 140 (154, 168)
R14: Rep. R4
R15: Rep. R1
R16: Rep. R4
R17(Inc):*(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 6 times*
rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 160 (176, 192)
R18: Rep. R4
R19: Rep. R1
R20: Rep. R4
R21 (Inc): *[1sc, 1ch, skip next st] x 7 times, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, 1ch, skip 1st*.rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12)times.
Total sts: 180 (198, 216)
R22: Rep. R4
R23: Rep. R1
R24: Rep. R4
R25(Inc):*(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x 8 times*;rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 200 (220, 240)
R26: Rep. R4
R27: Rep. R1
R28: Rep. R4
R29 (Inc): *[1sc, 1ch, skip next st] x 9 times, (1sc, 1ch, 1sc) into the next st, 1ch, skip 1st*.rep. from * to * 10 (11, 12) times.
Total sts: 220 (242, 264)

R30: Rep. R4
R31: Rep. R1
R32: Rep. R4

Size 2XL Only
R33 (Inc):(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x21 times*. Rep. from *to* 5 times
Total sts: 230
R34: Rep. R4
R35: Rep. R1
For size 2XL, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section

Size 3XL Only
R33 (Inc):(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x39 times*. Rep. from *to* 3 times; Finish the round with 1ch, skip 1st, 1sc in the last st.
Total sts: 248
R34: Rep. R4
R35: Rep. R1
R36: Rep. R4
For size 3XL, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section

Size 5XL Only
R33 (Inc):(1sc, 1ch, 1sc) in the next st, 1ch, skip 1st, [1sc in next st, 1ch, skip 1st] x10 times*. Rep. from *to* 12 times;
Total sts: 288

R34: Rep. R4
R35: Rep. R1
R36: Rep. R4
R37: Rep. R1
R38: Rep. R4
R39: Rep. R1

For size 5XL, the YOKE is done. Move to the BODY section

Summarize the YOKE section
Number of rows: 28 (30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39)
Number of sts: 150 (162, 172, 180, 210, 230, 248, 264, 288)

BODY

When starting with the Body and separating the YOKE into sleeves and Body, the stitch pattern will repeat 1sc, 1ch, skip 1st or 1ch, skip 1st, 1sc. It depends on the size you are making.

Use 4 stitch markers to mark the back, front, and sleeves sts.
All 4 section needs a multiple of 2 sts

Back: 48 (52, 56, 60, 62, 70, 78, 82, 92) sts
Sleeves: 26 (28, 30, 30, 42, 44, 46, 50, 52) sts
Front: 50 (54, 56, 60, 65, 72, 78, 82, 92) sts

R1 (separating round):
Start from where your yarn is. The first section will be the back panel, so the first st will be next to the left sleeve.
Work in established pattern 48 (52, 56, 60, 62, 70, 78, 82, 92) sts, ch 15 (13, 13, 15, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13) sts, skip 26 (28, 30, 30, 42, 44, 46, 50, 52) sts, work in the established pattern 50 (54, 56, 60, 65, 72, 78, 82, 92) sts, ch 15 (13, 13, 15, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13) sts, skip 26 (28, 30, 30, 42, 44, 46, 50, 52)sts, and slip stitch with the first st.

Continue in the established pattern until you get to the desired length or until you have 34 (34, 34, 42, 42, 42, 58, 58, 58)
rows for the body

SLEEVES

Rejoin yarn at the armpit in one of the 1ch-sp.

Work in the established pattern until you get to the desired length or until you have
41 (42, 42, 45, 45, 46, 46, 48, 48) rows.

If you want to shape the sleeves, you can make some decreases.
dec: 2sc worked together; instead of working 1sc, 1ch, skip 1st, 1sc, you will work sc2tog.

RIBBING

Work the ribbing around the bottom hem and sleeves using a smaller hook (5.5 mm or smaller)

Start: rejoin yarn and ch11
R1: start in the second st, 1sc in each of the next 10sts, 1ss into the next 2sts of the bottom hem/sleeves edge; turn
R2: 1scblo in next 10sts, 1ch and turn
R3: 1scblo in each of the next 10sts, 1ss in next 2sts of the bottom hem/sleeves edge; turn

Rep. R2 and R3 until you complete the entire circumference.
Use slip stitches to join the ribbing edges.

To finish the neckline, work one round in twisted single crochet (see the STITCH PATTERN AND TECHNIQUES section)

Weave in all ends and block to measurements.

You can purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here at the links below. The PDF contains stitch charts also for the yoke section for all sizes.

And you are done! You can find a video tutorial on my YouTube channel if you need visual help with making this sweater. You can click the image below.

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