Our first class for 2018 is going to be this crocheted sweater – chunkysweaterpockets

I will have handouts with the instructions at the meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Pattern is written in size S/M with L/XL and 2XL/3XL written in parenthesis. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL). Sample shown is a size S/M. Because of the oversized style of the sweater, choosing a size is less about exact chest size and more about how loose you want your sweater to fit.

The oversized nature of this sweater will accommodate many body types. The sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 36” bust.

Bust Size //  Length of Sweater from collar to bottom edge

S/M: 34-38.5” // 30.5”

L/XL: 39-44.5” // 33”

2XL/3XL: 45-50” // 35.5”

The picture above was made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight:5/bulky – 124 yards, 4 oz). They recommend buying 7 skeins for S/M, 9 skeins for L/XL and 10 skeins for 2XL/3XL. I went with a yarn that is not as bulky and figured out the yardage for the size I want to make and make sure I have enough yarn.

If this turns out to be as comfortable as it appears, I will be making more and will try different weight yarn. I look forward to seeing your color choices.

They recommend a size N (10mm) crochet hook

The full set of instructions –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-free-pattern-chunky-crochet-sweater/

For those of you who had to miss our January meeting this is the link to her video –

https://makeanddocrew.com/dwell-easy-crochet-sweater-video-tutorial/

I found that I needed to watch the video a few times as I came to a different part of the pattern and I referred to the printed instructions often.

I crochet tight so I am making some modifications and I am going to make a 2nd one in a different color using a different size hook to see how it turns out.

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I’ve decided to make mine reversible so I picked 2 different fabrics that go with my bias tape and bought a little extra so I could put pockets on both sides.

The pattern has been decided: Simplicity 4282 E

The one in the middle

The pattern calls for 1 1/8 yards of 45″ fabric, but I’m going to get 1 1/2 yards because I want more pockets and I think I’m going to get 2 different fabric (1 1/2 yards each) so I can make it reversible. It also calls for 3 1/2 yard of 1/4″ wide Double Fold Bias Tape. That will have to be a coordinating color that works with both my fabrics for me. The pattern also calls for 3/8 yard of 1″ wide flat eyelet. Not sure I’m going to do that until after I pick out the fabric I’m going to use.

The back of the pattern shows what the apron looks like laying flat:

Remember you will be bringing in your sewing machine for that class. So please practice using it before then. Bring whatever thread you want to sew with along with your fabric, bias tape, scissors, etc.

It will be exciting to see what fabric everyone brings and how the same pattern will look different on each of us.

By Ingrid Nickols from Loops – a yarn store

In case you misplaced your pattern here are the directions with notes in (Italics):

Yarn: Karabella Margritte Bulky* – 8 skeins (80 yards per skein) or any yarn you would like and you will need 640 yards of it.

Needles: #10.5 straight or circular

Buttons: 3 (Don’t buy your buttons until after making the wrap so you can get the correct size button for your opening, they thought you would need 2.5″ buttons)

Finished Measurements: 58″ long x 19″ wide

Method: Cast on 75 stitches

Work in SS (knit on front side, purl on back side) until wrap is 8.5″ long, ending with a WS (purl side) row, ready to work a knit row. For a neater edge, slip the first and last stitches of each knit row (rather than knitting them).

Work buttonhole as follows: Knit 12 stitches, cast off 8 stitches, knit to end. On following row, purl to cast-off stitches and cast on 8 stitches over the hole, using the “e” or thumb method. Purl to end of row.

Continue in SS until piece measures 58″ in length. Cast off. Sew on three buttons: at 8.5″, 12.5″ and 16.5″ from cast on edge. Enjoy!

* Any smooth yarn will work for this piece. Simply use the needle recommended on the ball band, then take the gauge per inch and multiply times 19 inches. For example, if the gauge is 4 stitches to the inch, 4×19=76, so you would cast on 76 stitches.