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Catherine has been begging me to crochet and knit her a few different sweaters. (She wants a whole slew of different colors and styles!) I finished crocheting this Pink Butterfly Sweater just in time for our first cold snap.
After browsing various pattern sites, and even borrowing books from the library, I decided to make it as I went. (Not always a good idea, but it seemed to work this time!) I had fully intended on taking careful notes while I constructed this sweater, but somehow that didn't happen. Below you will find the notes that I did take. Also, I do highly recommend the book Custom Crocheted Sweaters: Making Garments that Really Fit. It helped me better understand sweater construction.
The button that Catherine picked from my stash is a bright pink butterfly. I found it in the clearance bins at JoAnn's a while ago. Always check the clearance section, you never know the goodies you will find!
Here are my pattern notes. The sweater I made is roughly a size 5. If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to answer them!
Hook size: F
Yarn: Pound of Love by Lion Brand
The yoke is a basic round yoke style. Here's what I did (I think):
Row 1: sc
R 2: sc
R 3: sc
R 4: sc *1, 2 sc in one stitch.* Repeat around.
R 5: sc
R 6: sc
R 7: sc
R 8: sc
R 9: *5 sc, 2 in one, 2 sc.* Repeat around.
R 10: sc
R 11: sc
R 12: sc
R 13: sc
R 14: *10 dc, 2 dc in same stitch.* Repeat around.
R 15: sc
R 16: dc
Split for the sleeves and body. I think I had: 19 for each side on the front, 28 for sleeves, 48 for the back.
R 17: dc around, chain 16 for the underarms of the sleeves.
R 18: dc around
You really could do just about anything here. I experimented a bit and ended up with the following:
I'm not sure if my above drawing will make much sense to anyone but myself, but it's basically three repeating rows. The first row is the scallop, then some double crochet, then some chains, and repeat. (By the way, that's my Knit & Crochet Notebook from Mama's Notebooks. It's awesome and you should get one too!) I made sure to double crochet the first and last three stitches on each row.
Much like the body, you could do just about anything from simple double crochet to a fancy lace pattern. I used the same pattern that I used for the body.
I single crocheted around all edges of the sweater once, but added a few extra rows along the button placket in order to add a buttonhole. Then I added one butterfly button.
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