I’ve been thinking of crocheting a black warm pullover for a long time. But either there was a lack of ideas of I was busy with other projects, so the pullover had to be postponed. Then at night before one of my short trips I just could not get asleep – I had 700 gram (approx. 24.5 oz) of black wool/acrylic yarn and I badly wanted to start crocheting pullover : ))). By that time my previous handmade partly knitted/partly crocheted black pullover got shrunk (maybe I’ll use it in a felting project later).
So, first of all I was thinking of a shape of the pullover – it has to be something unconventional, probably asymmetrical. By morning the shape was chosen – you can see it in the photos (all photos are clickable).
Now another good question – I have a great asymmetrical shape, but what patterns will fill it in? : ) I was searching for different crochet patterns in my laptop until I came across this little piece (from a vintage crochet magazine).
Luckily an artist friend who was looking at my struggles could give me some advice about at what angle is better to place different crochet parts of the pullover so they create an accomplished look. Then it was the usual work in Photoshop – placing the existing vintage diagram under different angles to fill in the shape of the drawn pullover. Crocheting was even more exciting – experimenting with angles, working several rows and then unraveling them because the stitches weren’t as diagonal as I wanted them. It took almost a month of getting the pullover right.
And final part was creating detailed pattern for every row for sizes M-L-XL. In an asymmetrical garment with diagonal crochet patterns you can’t just add several stitches and rows as in skirts (now I regard patterns for maxi skirts as a child’s play :)). All decreases were different, top of the sleeve for size XL had to be completely reworked and it took quite a while. Actually drawing complete charts of elaborate patterns helps a lot and I wonder how people can create intricate crochet patterns if they can’t read charts. It must take ages for them!
This pattern is available here: https://www.etsy.com/ch-en/listing/154200044/
You will receive:
► detailed instructions in English for every row for sizes
M with bust measured 88-94 cm (34.5-37’’),
L with bust measured 98-104 cm (38.5-41’’),
XL with bust measured 108-114 cm (42.5-45’’).
links for downloading all diagrams for sizes L and XL are given in the tutorial.
► diagrams in PDF format for front, back and sleeves as well as over 50 photos of the process (browse screen shots of several pages of the tutorial in Etsy; all charts are blurred).
► written explanation of all rows of the diagrams is included (in case you are not used to work with the crochet charts); keep the original margins of the file.
This one costs more than my usual patterns because of time I invested into creating the detailed tutorial and because I can’t offer it cheaper seeing that simple crochet things for beginners are sold everywhere in Etsy and Ravelry for 5-7 usd.
➽ Yarn Saver Tip: Before you decide to crochet any sweater made with thick yarn – please pay attention to sleeves and seams in photos. Whether the wearer hides all excessive width under her arms or garments have not flattering bumps at armholes? Many free crochet sweaters made with thick yarn, double crochet stitches (without chains in between) have T-shapes, because such sleeves do not require any shaping. T-shaped lacy kimonos made with thin thread do look fine because any excessive width drapes beautifully along the sides. All excessive thick double crochet stitches not only consume more yarn, but will be gathered under your arms (especially if you intend to wear sweaters under winter coats) because people are not built in T-shapes.