This sweater. When this whole project is over and I have time to make myself an adult sized sweater, it is quite likely that this is gonna be the one. It’s got some premo “Stephanie’s Favorites” features: Stripes, yellow, looks sort of hounstoothy because of the crochet, it’s longer in the torso… Okay I know that’s not that many features, but still: It’s just so great. I mean I already have a knit sweater that is pretty darn similar, except it doesn’t have the contrasting cuffs: it’s all black and white. But can one have too many striped sweaters? I think not. I. Think. Not.
I originally envisioned this sweater knit as well, and when I was thinking about new ideas for crochet patterns I thought, “Well, duh, why don’t I crochet that one? That will be really cute and easy.” I mean the world is full of cute striped knitting patterns but there aren’t nearly enough crochet striped baby sweater patterns in existence (IMHO.) The tricky part was figuring out the best way to do the stripes without ugly jogs. Hence my roundup for jogless crochet stripes. However, I really like the way that half double crochet looks when worked in the round from the back side and none of the tutorials I found really touched on that. I modified some of the instructions provided by Planet June and made up a tutorial specifically for this purpose, but I felt that it’s such a specific scenario it would do much better as a tutorial attached to this sweater than a general tutorial on this website. Which means when you buy this pattern, you get a bonus tutorial for getting the stripes to look just right–lucky you
It’s not a completely perfect method for striping (I’m skeptical that one even exists) in the sense that you can still see a slight jog in the color changes, and while the method I used does not change the beginning of the round, it does bias (causing a diagonal). I’m telling you this so that you don’t get worried when you’re making it up that you’re doing something wrong. The diagonal “seam” is totally normal. I worked the pattern so the main body & upper sleeve bias is worked towards the back, which you can see here.
As you can see it’s not hideously ugly or particularly noticeable, but you can certainly see it when you’ve been staring at it the whole time you’re crocheting which is why it’s best worked towards the back. This is what the inside looks like, nice and tidy carries for each row so you don’t have to weave in millions of ends:
This sweater is worked totally seamlessly with circular yoke decreases–which means you only have to decrease on two rows. It’s worked bottom up and is super super easy to make, the only kind of tricky part is the single round where you are joining the sleeves to the body. If you’ve ever worked a seamless sweater as a knitter, this will be a total cinch for you. I’m just not entirely certain how many crochet patterns out there currently use this technique, so even if you’ve crocheted for awhile it might be something new for you. The main thing is that when you work sweaters like this, you have to leave a few stitches un-worked for the underarm. Totally not difficult, just something to be aware of. The ribbed cuffs & hem are also super easy.