This project started off all about lightness and drape. There is a myth that crochet garments are always just a bit bulky and I wanted to really bust that nonsense out of the park!!!
I used the Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch in my Slow Living Skirt Pattern and fell in love with it. The beautiful tweed effect flowing fabric it creates is timeless and complements different yarns in different ways.
Top-down sweaters are my current crush because of their seamless construction and I wanted a classic shape so went with a wide v-neck.
I hope this one will have you skipping the light fandango – cartwheels cross the floor are optional 😉
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I knew I wanted a lightweight yarn which would add to the floof and drape of the sweater so it was always going to be a 4ply / sock weight yarn!
In the end I chose Drops Alpaca. I have always been a fan of the quality and affordability of Drops yarns.
Any 4ply or sock weight yarn will work with this pattern, though I recommend a natural animal fibre or acrylic.
For garments, I always go up a size or two with my crochet hook so used a 4.5mm for this project. If a smaller or larger size allows you to meet gauge, that works too!
You’ll need between 900m (for XS) and 1800m (for 3X) of yarn depending on what size you choose to make. The pattern gives details of how much yarn is needed for each size.
This is a deceptively simple pattern. Especially if you have made top down sweaters in the past. If you haven’t, there is a photo guide to help you through some of the areas you may come unstuck!
Worked in both rows and rounds, the pattern uses simple increases on the yoke (if you’ve made a granny square you will be just fine!) and simple decreases on the sleeves.
Other than trepidation, there is nothing to stop even beginner crocheters working up this pattern!
The sweater is designed to be oversized in the body and fitted on the sleeves (which can be adjusted to suit). It drops to the hip and is just long enough to tuck into jeans if you like to wear sweaters that way!
The crochet sweater pattern is written in 7 women’s sizes from XS – 3X. The pattern gives detailed measurements as well as guidance on how to adjust as you work.
The gauge for this pattern is as follows:
15 sts and 12 rows in 10cm of herringbone double crochet using a 4.5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Because this sweater is oversized in the body, it is relatively forgiving in terms of meeting gauge (though that’s no excuse not to make a gauge swatch!).
It is made top-down so can be adjusted to fit as you work. Learn more about how to adjust top-down yoke sweaters here.
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Sharing your finished makes
I love seeing your finished makes – it gives me all the happy feels!
Here’s how you can share them on social media, if that’s your cup of tea!
- On Instagram, you can use the hashtag #HookMeHappy or #LightFandangoSweateror just tag me @doradexplored
- You can tweet me your pictures, or add them to my Facebook page
- If you have the bug for creating garments, why not join my dedicated facebook group “My Crochet Wardrobe” and share them there?
- If Pinterest is your happy place, you can add them there too – check out my Pinterest account for lots more crochet inspiration from makers across the web!
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