The UpsideDown Pullover

I am a bit rubbish at Halloween.

Pumpkins are actually really hard to hollow out and I’m hopeless at carving them.  One year I forgot and ended up drawing a face on a big mushroom instead.  I think it’s somewhere a couple of years back on my Instagram feed!

I don’t really get trick or treaters where I live either so it doesn’t seem worth dressing my house.  That said, I do love fancy dress and love seeing the effort people go to.

I crocheted some pumpkins a year or two ago so that is me set for life!

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Whilst we’re celebrating all things Pumpkin,  Last summer I was also luckily enough to visit the Yayoi Kusama exhibition in London, which was spectacular in so many ways!  I’m sure you’ll have seen images just like the one below all over Instagram!  I didn’t get to a Pumpkin patch so this will have to do for my Halloween profile pic instead!

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I’m a bit of a wuss about scary films too.  I have got a lot better at watching soft horror (is that a term?) and this weekend I binged the entire second series of Stranger Things.  It reminds me of a cross between the Goonies and Poltergeist with a bit of ET thrown in for posterity!  There’s something so wonderfully nostalgic about it. Perhaps it’s my age!

On Friday before I started, I was in my local Hobbycraft looking for some yarn for another project and came across the Leader of the Pac Yarn which was one of their own brand yarns.  It’s an alpaca blend and I love working with Alpaca any way I can get it.  As soon as I saw the colour (Forest), I knew I needed it in my life!

I’d been looking to make a jumper to take me through the winter, you know, the one that you just don’t ever want to take off, and I had a good idea in my mind of the stitch pattern and style I wanted to make.  It was just still sat on my mental to do list.

When I saw this yarn, I knew it was perfect for the job  and as a bonus it was in their 3 for 2 offer!

So with an armful of yarn, off I went home to have a quiet weekend of stitchflixing which ended with the design of The Upsidedown Pullover!

As I began to create the sweater, I realised that the way I had made the sleeves meant that the stitch pattern was the other way up to the body.  This was an easy fix but I decided I liked that contrast and, given my T.V consumption, it seemed entirely appropriate to pay homage to Stranger Things.  That’s how I hit on The UpsideDown Pullover as the name  The sweater as a whole has a very 80’s vibe going on, possibly also influenced by the imagery before me as I worked!

This really was a joy to make and worked up so incredibly quickly, I just had to get the pattern onto Ravelry before the weekend was up!

I used a 6mm hook about 4 and a half skeins of the Leader of the Pac Yarn (I think I may make some mittens and a hat with the rest!) and it is SO WARM!  I couldn’t be more please about how this one turned out!

I had such fun digging out my old adidas to get the pics too.

I left the sleeves somewhere between 3/4 and full length but the pattern has instructions to make them longer or shorter to suit your preference. They are worked in the round so don’t have any seams either which is always a win in my book.

The other bonus is that this would work for ‘him’ too so makes for a unisex pattern.  I have written the pattern for women’s sizes S, M, L, X1/X2 but the measurements are there so it would be fairly easy to upsize.  It’s not a hard pattern to adjust so could easily be adapted to fit individual measurements.  It has a wide neck, not quite a boat neck design, but I think it would work well on a man.  It’s my brother’s birthday in a couple of weeks so I might try it out on him!

I’m not going trick or treating tonight but if I were, I think I’d throw a body warmer on top of this, dig out an old walkie talkie and a chopper and I’d be off!

I hope you love making this sweater as much as I did.  You can find it on all my usual platforms, Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy

Happy hooking

D

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