Monday, December 27, 2010
What's In My Crochet Bag - The Sweater that Almost Wasn't Edition
This sweater was actually a blast to crochet. The three different stitches meant that I didn't really get bored with it at all. The bottom stitch was my favorite, but the top one was pretty fun, too. The pattern is the Lush Lace Pullover by Lion Brand (you'll have to register to see it, but it's free.)
I like the pattern, but all the same, I had a few complaints: The cuffs are bulky. They are ribbed, to mimic a ribbed cuff on a knitted sweater, but knitted ribs aren't as thick and bulky as crochet ribs. I'm sure it could be done differently (perhaps a smaller hook and added stitches), but if I were to do it again (and I might) I would just start it the same as the hem of the sweater and go directly into the pattern stitch. You don't need the ribbing, it doesn't add anything to the look of the sweater.
The directions to add the sleeve to the bodice were vague and it took me about five tries and 2 hours to figure out how they went on. You basically stitch on the bottom of the sleeve and then crochet the yoke around the top of the sleeve. Which is pretty much not what the instructions say, but once I figured it out, it's a great way to do sleeves where they fall at a really natural angle.
The sizing is also totally wonky. I started it and frogged it three times, starting at a large and ending up with a small. I also left off the funnel neck. I like the funnel neck, but don't think it would be as becoming on my mother-in-law.
The yarn I used was a washable wool blend (she's a nurse - washable is highly important) in the color dark beige. I chose it because it was on sale, and I loved the color. It's a creamy caramel that will go nicely with navy, black, chocolate, khaki and jeans. What more could you ask for?
My mother-in-law seemed to love it and modeled it happily for me.