Saturday, September 16

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Check out the new Crochet me!
P1010016_edited (more photos on crochetme.com, I just like to show off the orange boots!)

It's Electric, my basic pattern for working up a little candy for your ears and neck. Techniques used: working in wire, working with beads, making jewelry. Thanks to Kim for the great title.

Also, Sweet, a basic top down raglan sweater template created by Amy O'Neill Houk. My changes to the template:

3 balls of Be Sweet Medium Boucle in Wheat

Deeper V-neckline by alternating 7 rows of increases on the first and last stitch with 7 rows with no increase on the first and last stitch (total of 14 rows until the front was even with the back). The original was a shorter split neck.

I fastened off at the end of each of the rows so that the direction of stitches would remain the same as when we joined to work in rounds for the bust/waist.

I changed hook sizes to create waist shaping. Started with J/10, then I/9 over the bust, H/8 through the waist, I/9 for the hips.

I made the sleeves a short cap, then decreased around the armhole to make them snug.

The bottom trim is (FPdc in next st, sc in next st), omitting the BPdc for a thinner fabric.

We could use any stitch pattern so I chose Herringbone half double (my favorite) because it creates a closer knit fabric.

The Herringbone Half Double goes a little something like this:
Definition I: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw through stitch AND first loop on hook (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops remaining on hook.

Definition II: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw through stitch, pause (there are 3 loops on hook), draw first loop (the one closest to hook end) through the second (or middle) loop (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops remaining on hook.



It was a fun sweater to make. I have enough yarn to make Ally one just like mine. We can be twins!

9 comments:

Norah said...

Your necklace and earrrings are so cool. Someday I will try wire crochet.

Deneen said...

Both the sweater and the jewelry set came out awesome!

Anonymous said...

What is Herringbone half double?
Could you post instrux for how to do it?

Julie said...

Anonymous: good question.

The Herringbone Half Double goes a little something like this:
Definition I: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw through stitch AND first loop on hook (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops remaining on hook.

Definition II: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and draw through stitch, pause (there are 3 loops on hook), draw first loop (the one closest to hook end) through the second (or middle) loop (2 loops left on hook), yarn over and draw through both loops remaining on hook.

Anonymous said...

You know I thought I was doing DC this whole time and I have actually been doing HHDC stitch. I didn't learn this until I made the Fat Bottom bag a few months ago.

I love your version of the sweater, I plan to do a similar one with sleeves a little longer

Anna said...

Is there a way to make the sleeve shorter so it is like a vest?
Thanks,
Anna
annamhudson@yahoo.com

Julie said...

Anna - just follow the steps to making the sleeve as long as you want and stop when it's the length you want. You can make up the difference in stitches by making extra chains until the sleeve with the chains wraps comfortably around your arm.

Devvy said...

Julie, am I right in thinking the boucle mohair is about equal to an 8ply? I'm wanting to make Sweet in a 4 or 5ply cotton, and don't know how much I'll need--a problem considering I'd like to use Shine Sport from KnitPicks and I live in Australia!
Thanks,
Devvy

Julie said...

Devvy - I'm not sure how this particular boucle stacks up but it certainly does act like a worsted despite it's appearance. You can absolutely use a sport yarn, really any yarn, with this pattern. You don't have to follow anyones gauge and stitch counts but your own. It really works.