sideways

sideways

Side­ways is a pullover that is worked in one piece in a side­ways man­ner, from one sleeve cuff to the oth­er, form­ing a her­ring­bone-like pat­tern. Then it is fold­ed in half along the shoul­ders, with the side under­arm seams sewn togeth­er. 

 

sideways diagram

 

I bought a giant ball of cheap and cheer­ful Red Heart acrylic to exper­i­ment while mak­ing up this pat­tern. Turned out a lit­tle stiff but I don’t mind it. But I would imag­ine it would look rather nice with a yarn that has a nicer drape, like Caron Sim­ply Soft or Bernat Sat­in.

Yarn: worsted weight, approx. 700 yd 

Hook: 6.5mm, 5.5mm

Mea­sure­ments:
Bust: 38“
Length: 18″ 
Sleeve length (under­arm to sleeve cuff): 13“
Neck open­ing: 15″

My pat­tern writ­ing abil­i­ty is lim­it­ed so I don’t want to attempt mak­ing dif­fer­ent sizes. But here are some sim­ple ways that I can think of for alter­ation:

To make small­er sizes I would sug­gest using a DK or sport weight yarn with a 4.5 mm hook and using the pat­tern as is.

To make larg­er sizes I would sug­gest increas­ing the num­ber of foun­da­tion chains by mul­ti­ples of 4, and then adding more rows in between increas­es and decreas­es in the sleeves, and adding more “work in pat­tern” rows in the mid­dle of front and back.

More notes…

This pat­tern hasn’t been test­ed, and it’s writ­ten from a crude dia­gram that I drew while cro­chet­ing. I tried to elab­o­rate as much as pos­si­ble when writ­ing it out, and it’s a very sim­ple pat­tern repeat, but some expe­ri­ence in cro­chet­ing is required to under­stand the abbre­vi­at­ed parts of the pat­tern (i.e. where it says “work in pat­tern”). The basic pat­tern repeat is rows 2–3. It would be pret­ty obvi­ous what you need to do once you get the hang of the pat­tern repeat, but prob­a­bly not a beginner’s project.

In the pat­tern wherever it says dc into a ch 2 or ch 1 space I actu­al­ly cro­chet into the chain to make the fab­ric less bulky/stiff given the yarn I was using, but you can just cro­chet into the ch 2 or ch 1 space too, if you prefer.

Ok… on to the pat­tern.

 

Pat­tern

Sleeve, with larg­er hook

Row 1: ch 36, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch, *dc in next two ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch*, rep from * to *, end with dc in last two ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 4, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, *ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp*, rep from * to *, end with ch 1, dc in top of last dc, turn.

Row 3: ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, *2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2*, rep from * to *, end with dc in last ch 1 sp, dc in top of last dc, turn.

Row 4 (increase row): ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, *2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2*, rep from * to *, end with 2 dc in top of last dc, turn.

Rows 5–16: repeat rows 2–4 four times

Row 17: repeat row 2

Body

Row 18: repeat row 3, don’t turn at the end of the row, ch 44, remove hook from look, don’t fas­ten off. Attach a sep­a­rate ball of yarn at top of ch in the begin­ning of row, ch 41, fas­ten off.

Row 19: place hook back in the loop at the end of row 18, turn. ch 3, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch, *dc in next two ch, ch 2, sk next 2 ch*, rep from * to *, end with 2 dc in final two ch, turn.

Row 20: ch 4, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, *ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp*, rep from * to *, end with ch 1, dc in top of last dc, turn.

Row 21: ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, *2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2*, rep from * to *, end with dc in last ch 1 sp, dc in top of last dc, turn.

Row 22–25: repeat rows 20–21 twice.

Front

Row 26 (decrease, neck shap­ing): mark the mid­point across body, which is the 18th set of 2-dc. Repeat row 20, end with 2 dc in the ch 2 sp before mid­point, dc in next dc, turn.

Row 27 (decrease, neck shap­ing): ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 28 (decrease, neck shap­ing): work in pat­tern until last ch 2 sp, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, dc in top of turn­ing ch, turn.

Row 29: ch 4, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 30: work in pat­tern until turn­ing ch from last row, dc in 4th ch of turn­ing ch, dc in 3rd st of turn­ing ch, turn.

Row 31–33: work in pat­tern.

Row 34 (increase, neck shap­ing): work in pat­tern until last two st, dc in last two st, dc again in last st, turn.

Row 35 (increase, neck shap­ing): ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 36 (increase, neck shap­ing): work in pat­tern until last ch 2 sp, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in top of turn­ing ch, fas­ten off.

Back

Row 26 (decrease, neck shap­ing): attach yarn at mid­point. ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 27 (decrease, neck shap­ing): work in pat­tern until the last ch 2 sp, dc in last ch 2 sp, 2 dc-tog in ch 2 sp and turn­ing ch, turn.

Row 28 (decrease, neck shap­ing): ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 29: work in pat­tern until last ch 2 sp, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ch 1, dc in turn­ing ch, turn.

Rows 30: ch 3, dc in ch 1 sp, ch 2, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Rows 31–33: work in pat­tern.

Row 34 (increase, neck shap­ing): ch 4, dc in first dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Row 35 (increase, neck shap­ing): work in pat­tern until last ch 2 sp, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in 4th ch of turn­ing ch, dc in 3rd ch of turn­ing ch, turn. 

Row 36 (increase, neck shap­ing): ch 4, dc in first dc, dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

Body, join­ing front and back

Row 37: work in pat­tern until last ch 2 sp of BACK, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, [dc in top of turn­ing ch of BACK, dc in the first dc of FRONT], ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern to end, turn.

*Tie the bases of the two stitch­es in square brack­ets togeth­er with a short length of yarn*

Rows 38–44: work in pat­tern. There should be 35 pairs of 2-dc across the front and back of body on the rows that begin and end with a pair of 2-dc. Fas­ten off at the end of row 44. Turn.

Sleeve

Row 45: Join yarn in ch 2 sp after the 11st pair of dc’s, ch 3, dc in same ch 2 sp, *ch 2, dc in next ch 2 sp* 13 times. Turn.

Row 46: work in pat­tern.

Row 47: ch 2, dc in first ch 1 sp, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern till last ch 2 sp, 2 dc in last ch 2 sp, ch 1, 2 dc tog in 4th ch and 3rd ch of turn­ing ch. Turn.

Row 48: ch 3, dc in next ch 1 sp, 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, work in pat­tern till last ch 1 sp, dc in ch 1 sp, dc in top of turn­ing ch. Turn.

Rows 49–61: repeat rows 46–48 four times.

Rows 62–63: work in pat­tern. Fas­ten off at the end of row 63.

The entire sweater is now fin­ished! We’re almost there :D

Fin­ish­ing

Fold sweater in half along shoul­der line with right sides fac­ing togeth­er (which ever side looks bet­ter to you can be the “right side”), sew side and under­arm seams togeth­er. Turn right side out.

Using the small­er hook, cro­chet a round of hdc even­ly around each sleeve cuff and neck open­ing, and a round of tr around bot­tom edge of sweater. (2 st in each end of row seems to work out pret­ty even­ly for me.) 

Weave in ends, put on sweater and be cozy :D

 

sideways 2

Please don’t hes­i­tate to drop me a note if there’s any­thing unclear or if you spot any mis­takes in the pat­tern.

Have a won­der­ful week, every­one!

 

  

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28 thoughts on “sideways

  1. Awe­some pat­tern! I’m going to give this a try. I am much larg­er than a 38 in the boob area :3 so I will have to fid­dle with it a bit. Will let you know if I am suc­cess­ful!

  2. Hel­lo, I love this sweaters look but have a sil­ly ques­tion. When doing the sleeve it says “SK 2ch”, dies this just mean skip the 2ch you just did or skip 2 CH in the foun­da­tion chains? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to fin­ish this and wear it! Thanks again!

    1. thanks for try­ing out the pat­tern Jenn! the sk 2 ch in the sleeve is skip­ping the 2 ch in the foun­da­tion chain. hap­py cro­chet­ing!

  3. Hel­lo! My daugh­ter is very inter­est­ing in me mak­ing this sweater. How­ev­er, I need to make it in a larg­er size (her bust mea­sure­ment is about 40″) I know that you not­ed above that you have not test­ed this in larg­er sizes, but I’m won­der­ing if I used a larg­er hook if that would give me the desired fit? Thank you for shar­ing your pat­tern and hope­ful­ly you’ll be able to assist me with the siz­ing!

    1. Hi Lisa! thanks so much for try­ing out the pat­tern! A larg­er hook might work, but the sweater already uses a pret­ty large hook and using a larg­er hook might make the stitch­es too loose. So I would sug­gest work­ing sev­er­al addi­tion­al rows (may­be 4?) before split­ting up front and back (after row 25), and then work­ing 4 addi­tion­al rows after join­ing front and back (after row 37). I would also start the sweater with may­be 8–12 more foun­da­tion ch, as well as do one or two more increas­es in the sleeves, to give the sleeves more room. You might have to mea­sure it again­st the per­son as you go. Sor­ry that I don’t have this test­ed out already! Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you so much for the quick respon­se Trish! I’ll give all your ideas a try and will let you know how it works out…I’ll send a pic­ture of the sweater too. Cheers!

    1. hmmm… i’m not sure why that would be… the pat­tern is basi­cal­ly rows and rows of granny stitch, and the chevron look is just a result of the stitch­es’ nat­u­ral ten­den­cy to slant when one works back and forth… may­be it has to do with ten­sion? what size of hook and weight of yarn are you using?

  4. I saw this on Pin­ter­est and looked through three pages of your blog to find the pat­tern! I love how it looks and can not WAIT to try it out in a plum­my pur­ple! Thaks for shar­ing.

  5. oh i like the look of this pat­tern, & want to try mak­ing it. how­ev­er my bust is more like 48″ rather than 38″ D: thank you for includ­ing tips on how to increase the size how­ev­er, what is your gauge approx when you made this? just so have a bet­ter idea of how many stitch­es i should add, and also see if my gauge is around the same… xx

    1. Hi Fer­nan­da, sor­ry about the delay in reply­ing! I have been away on hol­i­day and away from my com­put­er. I can’t seem to find a way to get to your account… Can you provide a link to the pic­ture of your sweater? Hap­py cro­chet­ing!

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