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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38 thoughts on “happy sweet 2nd! :D

  1. Hap­py 2nd anniver­sary!!! Your sweater looks great, and drapes so well! It looks like a great tuto­ri­al too, thanks for shar­ing!

  2. Please let me know what size you are so I expand it right I love you site. You are amaz­ing! Thanks for all you do.
    Good stich­ing
    Bil­lie Wid­ing

    1. thanks Bil­lie! the mea­sure­ments of the sweater is in the dia­gram above (in the post). it’s 34″ around the bot­tom of the sweater. i’m not sure what size that is… but hope it helps!

  3. I tried your pat­tern. I used Worsted yarn, as I want­ed some­thing heav­ier. I LOVE YOU col­ors and the way this turned out. I’m going to make anoth­er one in a lighter yarn with Burnt red, Light yel­low, and Teal.

      1. Here are the errors I found, not a big deal to those who know how to cro­chet.
        Slight errors:
        1.) End of shell pat­tern…
        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.

        The last one should read …* until last 3 dc, dc and dc in top of turn­ing ch, turn.

        2.) Shoul­ders:

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

        This should read, hdc in each of next 13 sts (as they are not all HDCs)

        3.) 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.

        This should read the same for num­ber 2… hdc in each stitch across

        I LOVE YOUR PATTERN. LOOK ON RAVELRY SOON FOR MY 2ND PIECE!

        1. OOPS.. I made a mis­take (my but­ton didn’t press)

          In num­ber 1 cor­rec­tion …
          The last one should read …* until last 3 dc, dc and half-dou­ble cro­chet (I put dc instead in my pre­vi­ous post) in top of turn­ing ch, turn.

          This will mim­ic the oppo­site end…

  4. I used your pat­tern to make my daugh­ter (14 yo) a shirt. It was my sec­ond attempt at cro­chet­ing a piece of cloth­ing and I couldn’t be hap­pier. Your pat­tern is straight for­ward, easy to fol­low & the results made me do a hap­py dance. Oh! and I’ve actu­al­ly gone up a notch on the “cool-mom” scale (not an easy thing to accom­plish w/a 14 yo).

    10,000 thank you’s, Trish!

  5. My friend and I are doing each oth­er a favor, she will con­vert a baby wrap in a car­ri­er for me and she asked me to cro­chet a top for her. Love yours, so I’m about to get me some yarn. 

    I know it has been a while you cre­at­ed this, but can you recall the length per ball for the MC? She wants a woolen top but 50gr Meri­no might not refer to your yarn. If not I will keep my fin­gers crossed I ordered enough. 

    Thanks in advance, 

    San­dra

    1. hi san­dra! thank you so much for try­ing out my pat­tern! sad­ly i don’t know for sure the length per ball for the MC… it was a dis­con­tin­ued “sun­beam” yarn. i checked rav­el­ry for a sim­i­lar yarn, and i think i can safe­ly guess that each ball is no more than 120 yards. hope this helps! hap­py cro­chet­ing!

      1. Thank you for the extra infor­ma­tion! Just start­ed mine today, have been cro­chet­ing for a long time but nev­er a shirt for some­one else. Hope­ful­ly it comes out just as yours, wish me luck ;-)

          1. Took me some time, but it’s almost fin­ished! Shall I email you pic­tures of the result as soon as it’s done?

          2. that’s awe­some! hope you had fun cro­chet­ing it! i always like to see what peo­ple make, so feel free to send me pho­tos if you want to share them! :D

  6. Thanks for the awe­some pat­tern. I am def­i­nite­ly going to make this today. Love the floors too.
    Will let you know how it turns out.

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