Rihanna Inspired Nautical Cropped Pullover

About a month ago I saw Rihanna perform on NBC’s Today Show. She was wearing a cute little, nautical cropped top. I loved the contrast of the bold primary blue with the deep, rich black.

I thought it would be fun to re-create the cute pullover using chunky yarn. I can see that Rihanna’s is some type of knit fabric, and is also cropped very close to the bust. For this version, it is still quite cropped, but a little more modestly. I used a plump weight yarn that is machine washable, Berroco Comfort, which makes this sweater a little more bulky than the original. The pattern is written so that it is very fitted, and it is intended to be worn in this fashion.

The bodice (front and back) parts of this pattern are written from the bottom up. The sleeves, however, are written from the top down. This isn’t intended to cause confusion, but rather to make things easier. As I feel there are a lot of options for lengths, and a lot of different types of people out there, by writing the sleeves from the top down it will be easier to alter, extend, shorten, or whatever you would like to the length of the sleeve. When you start from the bottom and work your way up, you can run into some fitting issues. I have also included FOUR versions of the sleeves: Regular and Petite sizing, as well as Regular and Petite sizing including the “Hand Mit.” The hand mit closely resembles Rihanna’s top, where the sleeve comes all of the way over the hand, and includes a thumb-hole. As I prefer the sweater to end at the wrist, I have completed my sample without the hand-mit.

This sweater is very quick and easy to knit. As Berroco Comfort comes in so many amazing colors, the color combinations possible are limitless. One could add length, or make it even more cropped, like her version. Short or 3-quarter length sleeves could be adapted from this pattern by the user. I had a lot of fun making—and now wearing—this sweater, and I hope that you do, too. This is also the same yarn that I used for the Little Joey Kangaroo Hoodie and the Striped Kangaroo Hoodie.  I have really come to love this yarn, and one can find lots of great Berroco Yarn information and ideas on the Berroco Blog, too.

For the time being I have made this sweater pattern free. Generally when I release a pattern for free, even despite that my copyright that is included, I find people stealing my pattern and selling it, or selling goods made from my pattern. Upon the discovery that the copyright for this pattern has been violated, it will no longer be free, and I will make it available for sale only. Please don’t steal my pattern. It hurts everyone.

You can check this pattern on ravelry.com for yarn ideas, too :)

My fashion sketches, in an effort to keep practicing my drawing skills:


SIZING

Regular
XS (S, M) L

FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

  • Chest Measurement:
    31″ (33″, 36″) 39″
  • Length of Bodice from Shoulder Tip:
    13″ (13″, 14″) 14″

YARN

  • Color A, 2 (2, 2) 2  Hanks Berroco Comfort #9736 “Primary Blue”
  • Color B, 2 (2, 2) 2  Hanks Berroco Comfort #9734 “Liquorice”

NEEDLES

  • US 7 (4.5mm) Straight needles (or Circular based on preference) for Ribbing.
  • US 7 (4.5mm) 16″ Circular Needle for Neck Ribbing.
  • US 8 (5.0mm) Straight needles or Circular needles based on preference.

GAUGE

  • 18 stitches and 26 rows equals 4×4″

NOTIONS

  • Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends.
  • 1 Stitch Marker

ABBREVIATIONS

  • STS    Stitches
  • CO     Cast On
  • K     Knit
  • P     Purl
  • K2TOG    TOG Knit 2 stitches together
  • SSK     Slip Slip Knit
  • P2TOG     Purl 2 Together
  • KFTB    Knit Front to Back
  • SSP    Slip Slip Purl
  • PM    Place Marker, Indicates beginning of round
  • Pick-Up    Pick Up stitches,
  • BO     Bind Off
  • RS    Right Side of garment
  • WS    Wrong Side of garment

BACK

Each Stripe is made up of 24 (24, 26) 26 rows. Carry the yarn that is not being used up the side, wrapping around the other yarn to secure. While it is not indicated where to switch yarn colors, remember to do it after the specified number of rows.

RIBBING

In Color A, and US 7 (4.5mm) needles CO 62(66, 74)80 sts. If using circular needle, do not join. Begin K2, P2, Rib Stitch through end of row, RS.
Work 5(5,7)7 more rows even in Rib Stitch pattern ending with a WS row.

BUST SHAPING

On RS, In Color B, with size US 8 (5.0mm) needles, begin Stockinette Stitch, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K1. Work 7 more rows even in Stockinette Stitch, ending with a WS row.
Repeat increase 3 more times.
70(74, 82)88 sts.

Work 4(4,6)6 rows even

ARMHOLE SHAPING

On RS, BO 4 stitches on the beginning of the next 2 rows.
K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. P on WS.
P1, SSP, P to 3 sts before end of row, P2TOG, P1
Repeat this decrease 1 more time. (Should complete one full stripe.)

On RS, switch to Color A, K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. P on WS.
P on WS.
Repeat this decrease 2 more times. 48(52, 60)66 sts **

BACK NECKLINE AND SHOULDER SHAPING

Work 18(18, 20)20 more rows even. (Should complete one full stripe.)

Switch to Color B, work 2 rows even.

K 17(17, 22)22 sts. BO 14(18, 16)22, K 17(17, 22)22. P on WS.

K1, K2TOG, K to end.
P to 3 sts before end of row, P2TOG, P1.

K1, K2TOG, K to end. P on WS.
Repeat 2(2, 3)3 more times.

K to across. BO 6(6, 8)8 sts. P 6(6, 8)8.
K to across. BO remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts. Break yarn, leaving and end to weave in.

Return to remaining 17(17, 22)22 sts. Join in yarn on neckline edge. P across on WS.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1.
P1, SSP, P to end.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1. P on WS.
Repeat 2(2, 3)3 more times.

K to across. On WS, BO 6(6, 8)8 sts. P remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts.
K to across. On WS, BO remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts. Break yarn, leaving and end to weave in.

FRONT

Work the Front identically to Back until **

FRONT NECKLINE AND SHOULDER SHAPING

Work 6(6, 8)8 more rows even.

Switch to Color B, work 2 rows even.

K 21(21, 26)26 sts. BO 6(10, 8)14, K 21(21, 26)26. P on WS.

K1, K2TOG, K to end.
P to 3 sts before end of row, P2TOG, P1.
Repeat 1 more times.

K1, K2TOG, K to end. P on WS.
Repeat 1(1, 2)2 more times.

K1, K2TOG, K to end. Work 3 rows even.
Repeat 1 more times.

K1, K2TOG, K to end. Work 8 rows even.

K to across. BO 6(6, 8)8 sts. P 6(6, 8)8.
K to across. BO remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts. Break yarn, leaving and end to weave in.

Return to remaining 21(21, 26)26 sts. Join in yarn on neckline edge. P across on WS.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1.
P1, SSP, P to end.
Repeat 1 more times.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1. P on WS.
Repeat 2(2, 3)3 more times.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1. Work 3 rows even.
Repeat 1 more times.

K to 3 sts before end, SSK, K1. Work 8 rows even.

K to across. On WS, BO 6(6, 8)8 sts. P remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts.
K to across. On WS, BO remaining 6(6, 8)8 sts. Break yarn, leaving and end to weave in.

SLEEVES

Make 2 alike.

Remember, Each Stripe is made up of 24 (24, 26) 26 rows. Carry the yarn that is not being used up the side, wrapping around the other yarn to secure. Except where specifically indicated in the Sleeve Cap, remember to switch the yarn color after the specified number of rows.

SLEEVE CAP SHAPING

In Color B, with size US 8 (5.0mm) needles, CO 6(6, 6)10

Working in Stockinette Stitch, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2.
P1, PFTB, P to 3 sts before end of row, PFTB, P2.
Repeat previous two increases 2(2, 3)3 more times. 18(18, 22)26 sts.

In Color A, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2.
P on WS.
Repeat 2(2, 3)3 more times.

K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2. P on WS.
Work 3 rows even.
Repeat 2 more times.

K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2. P on WS.
Repeat 1 more times.

ARMHOLE SHAPING

In Color B, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2.
P1, PFTB, P to 3 sts before end of row, PFTB, P2.
Repeat 1 more time.

C0 4 sts at the beginning of the next two rows.
50(50, 56)60 sts.

REGULAR LENGTH SLEEVE

Work 12(12, 10)10 more rows even, ending with a WS row.

On next RS row, K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. Work 11(11,13)13 more rows even.
Repeat 9 more times.

Work 6(6, 0)0 more rows even. 30(30, 36)40 sts.

On RS, In Color B, and US 7 (4.5mm) needles K across. On WS, begin P2, K2 Rib Stitch through end of row.
Work 4(4, 6)6 more rows even.
BO all sts.

REGULAR LENGTH SLEEVE WITH HAND MIT

Work 12(12, 10)10 more rows even, ending with a WS row.

On next RS row, K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. Work 11(11, 13)13 more rows even.
Repeat 9 more times. 30(30, 36)40 sts.

On next RS row, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2. Work 5(5, 3)3 rows even.
Repeat 3 more times. 38(38, 44)48 sts.

Work 0(0, 2)2 rows even.

On RS, and US 7 (4.5mm) needles, begin K2, P2 Rib Stitch through end of row. Work 5(5, 7)7 more rows even.
BO all sts.

PETITE LENGTH SLEEVE

Work 10(10, 4)4 more rows even, ending with a WS row.

On next RS row, K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. Work 9(9, 11)11 more rows even.
Repeat 9 more times.

Work 4(4, 0)0 more rows even. 30(30, 36)40 sts.

On RS, In Color A, and US 7 (4.5mm) needles K across. On WS, begin P2, K2 Rib Stitch through end of row. Work 4(4, 6)6 more rows even.
BO all sts.

PETITE LENGTH SLEEVE WITH HAND MIT

Work 8(8, 4)4 more rows even, ending with a WS row.

On next RS row, K1, K2TOG, K to 3 sts before end of row, SSK, K1. Work 9(9, 11)11 more rows even.
Repeat 9 more times. 30(30, 36)40 sts.

On next RS row, K1, KFTB, K to 3 sts before end of row, KFTB, K2.
Work 5(5, 3)3 rows even.
Repeat 3 more times. 38(38, 44)48 sts.

Work 0(0, 2)2 rows even.

On RS, and US 7 (4.5mm) needles, begin K2, P2 Rib Stitch through end of row. Work 5(5, 7)7 more rows even.
BO all sts.

BUILDING

Sew Front to Back at shoulders and sides, lining up the stripes. Sew each sleeve, then sew Sleeve into Armhole, lining up the stripes. While sewing the sleeves, if the Hand Mit directions have been followed, sew the ribbing sides together, leave an approximate 2 inch opening for the thumb, and continue sewing the sleeve together where the next contrasting stripe begins.

NECKLINE

With RS facing, Color A, and US 7 (4.5mm) 16″ circular needles, working around the back, beginning at where the shoulders are joined:

  • Pick-Up 11(11, 13)13 from Back Side Neckline,
  • Pick-Up 14(18, 16)22 from Back Side Neckline,
  • Pick-Up 11(11, 13)13 from Back Side Neckline,
  • Pick-Up 25(25, 27)27 from Front Side Neckline,
  • Pick-Up 6(10, 8)14 from Back Side Neckline,
  • Pick-Up 25(25, 27)27 from Front Side Neckline,
  • PM, Join. 92(100, 104)116 sts.

Begin K2, P2, Rib Stitch through end of round, SM.
Work 5 more rows even.

BO all sts.

FINISHING

Using a tapestry needle weave in all ends. Block as desired, wear and Enjoy!


©2012 Julie LeFrancois. All Rights Reserved.
Please respect copyright law and Do Not Reproduce in any form. Duplication & distribution of this pattern in any form without express permission of the author is a violation of copyright law: You may not make multiple copies of this pattern, reformat it for commercial use or resale, or sell items made from this pattern. Your respect for coypright law allows me to keep bringing you new and interesting designs. Write with feedback or errata via my contact page. Thank you.

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5 thoughts on “Rihanna Inspired Nautical Cropped Pullover

  1. Thanks for making this a free pattern — talent and creativity should never be abused or neglected so I hope everyone can respect your request and that your pattern stays free. You have an amazing ability to reconfigure great knits that you see! I love this.

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