happy sweet 2nd! :D

genuine mudpie is two! :D

To celebrate I’ve written my very first garment pattern! 

 

A party sweater, kind of like the rainbow cake from genuine mudpie’s first birthday. The colour scheme also reminds me of pictures of circus in children’s books :D

The pink and yellow are scrap yarn given to me so I don’t really know what they are. The pink is probably acrylic but the yellow feels like mohair. I like how the the fuzziness gives it different textures. 

 

I didn’t make this up all by myself though. It’s inspired by this knitted sweater by Kate Knits. I love the shape of it and really wanted to make it but I couldn’t understand the knitting instruction. So I thought maybe I can make up something similar with crochet.

I also don’t know how to calculate stitch counts for different sizes, but here’s the dimension of the one I made, and I’ll provide some guidelines for making smaller/larger sizes. It’s measure-as-you-go and customizable :D

Note: I blocked the top part of the sweater before taking the measurements below.

 

As you can see, the construction is fairly straightforward, and it works up very quickly (I made it over the Easter long weekend while watching action movies on TV :D). Though I messed up the stitch calculation for the shell pattern rows in the one I made, but I think I’ve got it figured out now for the written pattern. But since this is the first time I try writing a garment pattern there may be lots of mistakes – so if you try it and spot anything wonky please let me know, I’d greatly appreciate any corrections and feedback!

So let’s get to it! :D

Yarn: I used four 50g balls of sport weight yarn for the main colour (MC), plus a bit of pink (C1) and yellow (C2). If you’re making a larger size more yarn will be required. 

Hook: 6mm – I wanted the gauge to be pretty loose so the fabric will drape nicely.

Sweater is crocheted flat, bottom up, in two identical pieces (front and back) and sewn together at the shoulder seams and side/underarm seams.

Guidelines for smaller/larger sizes are in italics.

Body:

With MC, ch 56.

For smaller/larger size, minus or add 6 stitches in the foundation ch. 6 stitches measures about 2″. 

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each ch across, turn. (55 hdc – the beginning ch counts as an hdc)

Row 2: ch 2 (turning ch counts as an hdc.), hdc in next hdc, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of beginning ch, turn.

Repeat row 2 until piece measures 13.5″.

For smaller/larger sizes, crochet to desired length measuring from underarm. Each hdc row measures about 0.5″.

Sleeves:

Row 1: at the end of last row of body, ch 7, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each of the next 5 ch, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of beginning ch. Take hook off loop, but don’t fasten off.

Attach a separate ball of MC to the top of the hdc that is directly below the last hdc just made, ch 6, fasten off.

Place hook back in the loop where it was left off at the end of last row, hdc in each of the 6 ch just made, turn.

For smaller/larger size, minus or add multiples of 3 ch on each of the sleeves, just be mindful that the total stitch count needs to be a multiple of 6 plus 1 for the shell pattern later on.

Row 2: ch 2 (turning ch counts as an hdc.), hdc in next hdc, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in top of beginning ch, turn.

Repeat row 2 seven more times.

For smaller/larger sizes, measure from top of shoulder to underarm, then minus 4″ (shell pattern rows),  and crochet to that length measuring from the start of the sleeves. Each hdc row measures about 0.5″.

Shell pattern rows:

Fasten off MC, attach C1.

Row 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in first hdc, skip next 2 hdc, sc in next hdc, *skip next 2 hdc, 5dc in next dc, skip next 2 hdc, sc in next hdc*. Repeat from * to * until last 3 hdc, 3 dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 1, sc in first dc, skip next 2 dc, *5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, skip next 2 dc*. Repeat from * to * until last 3 dc, sc in top of turning ch.

Fasten off C1, attach C2. 

Row 1: ch 3, 2 dc in sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, *skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc*. Repeat from * to *, 3 dc in last sc, turn.

Repeat row 2 of C1.

Fasten off C2, attach C1. Repeat rows 1 and 2 of C2.

Fasten off C1, attach MC.

MC row: ch 2, hdc and dc in first sc, skip next 2 dc, hdc in next dc, skip next 2 dc, *[dc, hdc, sc, hdc, dc] in next sc, skip next 2 dc, hdc in next dc, skip next 2 sc*. Repeat from * to * until last 3 dc, hdc in top of turning ch, turn.

Shoulders:

ch 2, hdc in each of next 13 hdc, dc tog next 2 hdc, fasten off.

Count 15 stitches from the end of the row toward the center, attach MC to the 15th stitch. ch 2, dc tog next 2 hdc, hdc in each hdc across, hdc in turning hdc, fasten off.

For smaller/larger sizes, measure how wide you want the neck opening to be and the width of your shoulders, and determine the stitch count for the shoulders row accordingly.

Repeat entire piece once more.

Sew shoulder seams together. 

Attach MC to center back of neck, sl st in each st around neckline, fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew underarm and side seams together. Weave in ends.

Attach MC to center back of the bottom of the sweater, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in each st around, sl st in first sc, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Note: I didn’t crochet a finishing round around the arm openings, I just made sure that I weaved in all the ends neatly.

Block if desired.

And it’s done! :D 

 

Here’s to a second wonderful year in the blogosphere! Thank you so much for journeying with me, looking forward to sharing more crafty adventures and everyday inspirations with you :D

 

 

 

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