Heyo, new crochet pattern! Since I know a good number (ie the vast majority) of the people who have come to my site were lured here by a crochet cat hoodie pattern, and are thereby likely to be crocheters, I have been making a concerted effort to write more crochet patterns. This was always my plan with this website, to have a good mix of knitting and crochet, but I really am going to try to make it a good balance and not just dozens of knitting patterns with the oddball crocheted one now and again.
That being said, I am going to tell you, this pattern was a struggle for me. For some reason I could just not get it started in a way I was happy with, and by the time I finally settled and stopped ripping it back I started to hate it. I kind of just thought, “Well, you can’t win them all…”
BUT! When I finally got past the yoke and down to the body, and as the sweater neared completion I started to feel better about the whole thing. And now that it’s done, I’m actually very pleased with this sweater. It isn’t exactly what I pictured when I started, but the bright orange pop of color against the grey is just perfect, and I love the way the stitch ended up coming out (it’s the back side of half double crochet, easy peasy), and I am not totally disappointed with the top after all.
While writing the pattern for this sweater was incredibly difficult for me, once all is said and done it is actually very easy to crochet. All it really is is half double crochet and a little bit of single crochet, mostly done in the round, with just a little bit of shaping at the beginning. It is made from the top down in one piece, so there is virtually no finishing–just the button and the weaving in of ends. It is made with very fine yarn which makes it super nice fabric that is not too thick, but it can take a little bit of time if you aren’t a super speedy crocheter. Nothing too crazy, though. I am sort of medium fast with crocheting, and even though I basically crocheted the whole thing three times over with all the ripping back and re-writing that I did, I still managed to make it in less than a week. That is the beautiful thing about baby sweaters. They are tiny.
So give it a shot, and if you like this pattern, don’t forget to tell your friends about it. I will be so thankful that you did!