5 posts tagged sweater
I’ve always wanted to try crocheting some sort of clothing piece that I could wear as I’ve previously made a lot of accessories such as cowls and hats. I dabbled in sweater-making with Myla’s “Arbor Baby Sweater" but up till now, I could not find a crocheted sweater pattern for adults that I absolutely loved. Furthermore, I didn’t feel confident enough to try making my own design since I had no previous experience working on an adult sweater.
Much to my delight, I saw a picture of a gorgeous sweater that draped beautifully on-line, and it turned out to be a free crochet pattern on the Lion Brand Yarns website called the “Simple Crochet Shrug" (see HERE). When I quickly read through the pattern, I was blown away by its simplicity as the construction was simply one massive rectangle folded in half and then seamed along the sides while leaving arm holes- no other attachments were necessary! It was a very popular pattern as over 600 people had made this project on Ravelry, and I couldn’t wait to give this sweater a try!
Picking out the colour and yarn I wanted for my sweater was tricky, but eventually we decided upon Bernat’s Softee Chunky in “Grey Ragg”. It is a very soft yarn that does not fuzz up too easily and I absolutely loved the light grey and white variegation that I knew would give my sweater a beautiful look. It’s a super bulky (level 6) yarn that has a net weight of 100 g/3.5 oz and approximately 99 m/108 yds. In total, I used five skeins of this yarn. Each skein regularly costs $4.99 (Canadian) and with the Michael’s 40% off coupon, each skein came out to $2.99, so the cost of materials for this sweater was very affordable. You can also find this yarn on Amazon HERE for only $2.74!
I read through almost all the Ravelry entries of this project to see how other people’s sweaters turned out depending on how many chains they started with, what yarn they used and any other modifications they made. It was a challenge determining the size as some people’s sweaters turned out too long or too short, and it was hard to judge how tall these people were in their photos. I wanted to make my sweater oversized and long enough to cover my rear, and I actually ended up making my sweater WAYY too big on the first try. Sweaters stretch a lot and I decided to frog my work and start over so that I could try and make it the perfect size on the second try!
I chained 76 using my 10 mm crochet hook. It is VERY important to note that this initial series of chain stitches will be the LENGTH of your sweater, so determining this initial length is key as you will not be able to change it later on (unless you add some edging at the end). The rows worked later on will be the width of your sweater. Do keep in mind that your sweater can stretch later on as you pull it downwards too. For reference, I am about 5’ 6” tall.
To achieve the beautiful ribbing of this sweater, you work single crochets in the back loops only. As a reminder, the back loops are the loops further away from you while the front loops are the ones closer to you when you’re crocheting.
You crochet row by row in the back loops only, turning your work as you go. How simple can this pattern be? It’s the perfect project to work on when you’re watching tv or having a conversation since you don’t need to keep the count and it works up so quickly since you’re using chunky yarn and such a large crochet hook. Doesn’t the ribbing give such beautiful texture?
You keep adding rows until you are happy with the width of your sweater. In the end, I ended up with 56 rows measuring 31”/79 cm across. Lengthwise, my rectangle was 38.5”/98 cm (remember that this is capable of stretching quite a bit too).
Next, you fold the rectangle in half. It is very important that you fold your rectangle in half so that the rows are running vertically! I noticed that quite a few people on Ravelry were folding their rectangles the wrong way as their rows were running horizontally. This meant that their resulting sweaters were very wide and short!
To create the arm holes, you seam up the sides.
I seamed up 11”/28 cm and left 8”/20 cm for the arm hole on each side.
This is how you wear the piece- now it’s looking more sweater-like :) You’ll notice that the the rows now run horizontally in the front but vertically in the back. When I was working on this piece and periodically measuring it to my body to check for size, it seemed as though it might end up being too short. However, we learned from our first experience, and we knew that it was capable of stretching a lot later on. Thus, don’t be too worried if you think your sweater seems it might be a tad short…
I wanted to add my own modification to this sweater pattern by adding a special ribbed collar. To do so, I located the midline of the sweater and attached a stitch marker (you can’t see it too well in the picture below, but there is a peach stitch marker where the midline arrow is pointing to). Next, I wore the sweater and determined where I wanted the collar to start. I placed a green stitch marker 12 rows below the arm seam on either side (this will vary depending on your height and where you want your own collar to start). In case you’re interested, I have been using my “Clover Lock Ring Markers" a lot for all my recent projects, and none of them have broken on me (buy them HERE)!
Starting from the green stitch marker on the left side (when you’re looking at the sweater) and crocheting upwards towards the peach marker, I worked some slip stitches, single crochets, half double crochets and then double crochets in Row 1. This helped to slowly build up the collar and make it taper towards the ends. I did the exact same pattern back downwards to the other green stitch marker once I reached the midline at the top to make it symmetrical. I used a smaller 8 mm crochet hook for this collar part to get tighter, smaller stitches compared to those of the body. I also tried to pick up stitches quite close together so that there were no gaps in the collar.
Row 1 is complete!
Next I alternated front post double crochets with back post double crochets in Row 2 to begin creating a ribbed effect.
I did the same thing for Rows 3 and 4 to really emphasize the ribbing.
The ribbed collar is complete!
You can fold the collar up…
And the ribbing is on the other side too :) I think this ribbed collar is a really nice addition, don’t you? I’m really happy with how it turned out!
Here is the pattern for the collar that I added in case you’re interested in crocheting one for your sweater too!
To access the free Lion Brand pattern for their “Simple Crochet Shrug”, click HERE. They have also written up patterns for the same shrug using different weights of yarn (e.g. worsted, bulky, super bulky), so see a list of them HERE towards the bottom under “Also available in other Lion Brand yarns" to get an idea of what numbers you should use for your particular yarn.
In summary for my own sweater, I chained 76 initially and did 56 rows of single crochets. I used a 10 mm crochet hook for the body of the sweater and 5 skeins of yarn. Keep in mind that these numbers will vary for yourself depending on how long and wide you want your sweater to be (and depending on your height), what hook size and yarn you use (worsted, bulky, super bulky) and how tightly you crochet (smaller, tighter stitches will result in your sweater stretching less while loose stitches will result in more stretching).
- Tag upper midline with stitch marker.
- Tag sides with stitch markers indicating where you want your collar to begin and end (12 rows below arm seam for mine).
Using 8 mm hook,
R1: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, Dc 57 (or however many it takes for you to reach stitch marker at upper midline- space your stitches close together so that there are no gaps). Dc at stitch marker. Repeat exact same pattern down the other way to your stitch marker: Dc 57, Hdc 2, Sc 2, Sl st 2. Slip stitch to next stitch, turn.
R2: Sl st 2, Sc 2, Hdc 2, alternate fpdc and bpdc around (i.e. start with fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, etc) until 6 stitches left. Hdc 2, sc 2, sl st 2. Slip stitch to next stitch, turn.
R3: Same as R2 but alternate bpdc with fpdc (i.e. start with bpdc, fpdc, bpdc, fpdc, etc) to ensure that ribbing is building up.
R4: Same as R2.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I was incredibly excited to try on my new sweater and we took advantage of the last days of summer weather to do a photoshoot before the snow comes! This sweater is so versatile as it looks cute over a dress, and I can see myself wearing this in the winter with leggings and tall boots too!
I’ll be able to wear this as my pregnant belly continues to grow as I enter my third trimester soon- oversized cardigans and sweaters are a must as winter and sweater weather rolls around! I practically lived in my nursing tank tops with blazers and cardigans over top when I was nursing Myla (see my Maternity Fashion HERE and my Nursing Fashion HERE), so I know I’ll be wearing this sweater a lot post partum, especially since we’re having a winter baby.
I’m really happy with how the sizing of the sweater turned out as the length is not too long or too short. The ginormous sweater I made on my first try (I chained 100 and did 68 rows) made me look like I was being engulfed in a blanket as it extended down towards my calves!
The vertical ribbing looks beautiful from behind. This sweater is so incredibly luxurious and romantic…
This sweater does tend to bunch around the bum area a bit due to its construction, but it’s not a big deal…
Popping up my ribbed collar! If you don’t want to add this special collar or you think it might be too difficult, you could always simply crochet more rows when working on your big rectangle to increase its width. The piece will naturally fold to give a collar if it’s wide enough.
You could also add some buttons to this sweater if you wanted some closure! I myself love how it hangs and drapes naturally when I wear it. Another modification you could try is adding sleeves by crocheting around the armholes too!
[Dress: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Steve Madden; Purse: Coach; Sweater: Me :D; Bracelet: Mikaylove; Necklace: Mahina; Watch: Michael Kors]
I know people tend to whip out their crochet hooks as temperatures drop and fall and winter begin, so this is the perfect project to work on! Sweater weather will soon be upon us, and it is actually currently snowing where I live as I write this post (ahh, the fleeting days of summer). This sweater is so incredibly simple to crochet and the results are gorgeous, like something you would see in a high end fashion boutique. It’s a great beginner’s project, and it’s such an amazing feeling being able to wear something you created with your own two hands from scratch (I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they discover that I made my crocheted pieces)! Let me know what you think of this sweater in the comments below, if you’ll be trying out this design, and if you’ve come across any other sweater patterns that you’ve loved. If you do end up making your own sweater, I think it’d be really helpful to leave a comment below letting us know what yarn you used and how many chains and rows you ended up going with too :)
Here are some of my previous winter crochet projects in case you’re interested in crocheting some hats and cowls while you’re at it! From left to right and top to bottom we have the Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie, Knotted Headband, Puff Stitch Cowl, Buttoned Shell Stitch Cowl, Long Double Crochet Cowl, and Urban Jungle Slouchy Beanie. The “Easy Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie" has a similar construction to this sweater and is a great beginner’s project! Don’t forget to keep up with me on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as I’m putting the final touches on a lot of new designs and projects. I’ve been on a crocheting frenzy as I try and bring to life all the designs swirling in my mind before Baby #2 comes and life gets extremely busy! Enjoy making your own beautiful sweaters and let me know how it goes!
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post & step-by-step tutorial: Easy Chunky Crochet Sweater
Once again, this blog post is somewhat of a departure from what I typically blog about (crochet, baking, travel), similar to when I blogged about “My Maternity Fashion" here. At first I was hesitant about whether I should blog about this, but I decided that other mamas and mamas-to-be might find it helpful, so I decided to go for it! I will highlight two Canadian companies that have made items that I’ve loved so far as a new mama :)
I always knew I wanted to breastfeed Myla from the very beginning because of all the health benefits for both Myla and I (not to mention it also burns 500 calories a day!). I must say that I’ve really been enjoying it for the past 4 months and I’ve found our nursing sessions to be precious bonding time. After getting the hang of it in the comfort of our home, I was nervous about taking our little newborn out and having to feed her in public settings.
I knew that wearing certain clothing items and outfits would make nursing in public very cumbersome, and I hadn’t even thought about how my wardrobe would now be somewhat restricted since I was breastfeeding (I thought I was already past the “wardrobe limitation” phase of being pregnant!). Button-down shirts, v-necks, and tank tops + cardigans were now the way to go as I would scan each item in my closet and assess how easy/difficult it would be to feed Myla in it. I decided to research what different nursing clothing options were available to facilitate breastfeeding in public.
I came across a Canadian company based out of Montreal called “Momzelle" that was founded by a mom named Christine Poirier. Christine made her own nursing top after having her baby daughter and started Momzelle after all her friends were asking about her tops. As I browsed the different Momzelle clothing items, the items that stood out to me were the tank tops. I knew having a nursing tank top would be a good investment since I could layer different pieces ontop of it (cardigans, shirts) in addition to wearing it on its own. I ended up ordering two black tank tops: the "Original Nursing Tank Top" and the "Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”.
I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived shortly in the mail. They felt like they were very good quality! These two black tank tops are made out of 94% cotton and 6% spandex. One of my tank tops was made in Canada while the other was made in Peru. Momzelle states that all of their nursing clothing is ethically made.
Both tank tops have these openings for discrete breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding a lot easier as you do not have to lift your entire tank top or shirt up to feed- your belly and back remain covered and the baby has easy access for feeding! If you would like to see photos of some Momzelle tops in action with nursing moms, click here. For you “Dragon’s Dens" fans out there, Christine was actually featured on the show and got funding for Momzelle- check out the clip here!
I was excited to try them on right away as it’s always a little scary ordering clothing online as you can never guarantee a perfect fit. I was so happy that I had chosen the right size as they fit me very well! Both tank tops were incredibly comfortable and had a sleek look. This is the “Original Nursing Tank Top”!
You need to wear a nursing bra with these tops and I love how the thick black straps of the tank tops cover the bra straps. There are nursing tank tops available on the market that have built-in bras, but in my experience, I found them to either be too low-cut, less supportive or less comfortable. The flaps are quite discrete, especially since these tank tops are black and when items are worn ontop of them. This is the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top”!
I am particularly happy with the “Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top" as it can be hard to find tank tops of this length, especially a nursing one! It’s nice having a tank top that doesn’t ride up with such great coverage (perfect for extra tall mamas too!). I’ve worn this top so much ever since receiving it in the mail, and it’s stretched a bit since it is 6% spandex. Overall though, it’s held up well. I thought I would show you how I styled some of my outfits featuring this long tank top…
Here I paired it with an oversized cardigan, a scarf, and jeggings!
For a bit of a dressier feel, I paired it with my peach blazer and jeggings. A simple black tank top is so versatile…
I absolutely love wearing leggings since they are so comfortable. I practically lived in leggings while I was pregnant and I wanted to continue wearing them post-partum, particularly since I still could not fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans! This long tank top works perfectly with leggings, and I am so happy that I don’t have to lift up my long tunics or tops in order to feed Myla. Here I layered a chambray shirt and long cardigan overtop my long nursing tank top with leggings and a colourful scarf. This has been a perfect winter outfit on those cold days. Keeping all the layers open facilitates easy access to the nursing tank top and easy breastfeeding!
Haha, we happened to go grocery shopping this same day we were taking these shots, so I thought I’d show another typical outfit I’ve worn out and about. Here is my Xtra Long Nursing Tank Top paired with my high low sweater, jeggings, circle scarf and over-the-knee boots. I really love the length of this tank!
Here is a picture of my sweet baby girl Myla and I at a baby shower! I am wearing the same long tank top paired with leggings and a crocheted sweater ontop. Both this sweater and the above sweater are light and can be easily lifted away for breastfeeding. I just love Myla’s big smiles and adorable laugh…melts my heart!
I wear my “Original Nursing Tank Top" with shorter cardigans, like these two below:
Did you notice the feathers scarf in the above outfit? It’s no ordinary scarf….it’s actually a nursing scarf!
CoverBoo Couture is a line of nursing scarves from Edmonton, founded by a mom named Maria who wanted to nurse discretely in public. These scarves are perfect for moms who want more coverage while nursing or for those who have distractible babies! Just how does this scarf turn into a cover? Let me show you!
You can wear the CoverBoo doubled up like I am here, knotted, or as a long circle scarf. It’s neat because these scarves serve as a fashion accessory in addition to a nursing cover, and it’s very convenient whenever you want to nurse since you are already wearing your cover! They can be easily stored in your purse too since they are so lighweight.
When you’re ready to nurse, you unwrap the scarf…
So that it’s a single layer like this!
Then you look for the neck hole…
And slip your head through it!
Pull your arm through…
And you’re ready to nurse your sweet baby! You get great coverage and baby is less distracted by what’s going on around them :)
These CoverBoos are all designed and manufactured in Canada, and they come in an array of patterns and fabrics. Their lightweight, airy feel are perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months, and Maria just released her Spring Collection last week! These nursing scarves look very different than the other nursing covers currently on the market, and they are such a clever and simple design. They don’t offer a rigid neckline as others do (see here), but you can always lift the opening at the neck hole to peek and make eye contact with your baby!
I love that both of these companies are Canadian and founded by real moms who were making products to help them on their breastfeeding journeys. I also love scoring good deals, and I managed to purchase all of these products when they were on sale! Momzelle had a great Black Friday sale (tops up to 40% off with an additional 10% off) and CoverBoo Couture had an amazing Christmas Eve sale (50% off all CoverBoos). Thus, if you are interested in any of their products, I highly recommend liking their facebook pages so you can get their notifications and keep up-to-date with their products! You can find the Momzelle Facebook page here and the Coverboo Couture Facebook page here.
I approached both companies and told them how I would be writing about my positive experiences using their products. I asked if they could provide any discounts for my readers in case they were interested in purchasing their products right away! Both companies replied incredibly promptly and were very generous.
Maria of CoverBoo Couture is offering a 15% off discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMI15”, and it expires on February 28 (Canadian shipping is $5, international shipping is $10, and free local pick-up is available if you live in Edmonton). Check out the CoverBoo Couture website HERE and see if you want to order any for yourself or for your friends!
Momzelle is offering a $5 discount for readers of “All About Ami” with the coupon code “AMIGRMI5” (no expiry date) and a $30 gift card as a give-away! ***To enter, please leave a comment below stating which nursing top you would buy if you won the $30 gift card!*** Check out the Momzelle website HERE. This giveaway is open worldwide until Thursday, February 28. I will randomly choose a winner and announce who it is on my facebook page HERE. For your information, shipping is $5 per order in Canada and the US (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and is pricier to other countries (see shipping costs here). [NOTE: The giveaway is now CLOSED: Congrats to Sarah Clymer, the winner of the $30 gift card!!!]
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my nursing fashion and how these products have made it a lot easier to breastfeed my baby girl. I think the nursing tops and nursing cover are a good investment, especially if you consider how long moms breastfeed for and if there are plans on breastfeeding more children in the future. The tank tops and cover also work well together for those who want a lot of coverage while nursing in public as absolutely nothing is exposed. They would make great gifts for your friends or family who are expectant or new mamas who are going to nurse (particularly the CoverBoos since they’re one size fits all!). Thank you to Momzelle and CoverBoo Couture for your great products and for providing us with coupon codes too! I love how they both made the coupon codes based on “amigurumi" [the Japanese art of knitted/crocheted stuffed animals, which is what my blog is all about in case you’re new here!]. I had fun putting together these outfits and showing you my style and how I’ve adapted my wardrobe in my new role as a nursing mama!
Please feel free to forward this post to your pregnant or mama friends as well so they can enter the giveaway and access these awesome discount codes too :) Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear what you think about this post!
~ Stephanie ♥
In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I really wanted to try making a sweater for our baby girl as I had already crocheted many hats and props for her newborn photoshoot. I went on Ravelry to see what free patterns I could find, and I came across the “Arbor Baby Sweater" by Sarah Cooper found HERE. The pattern looked very simple to follow and I absolutely loved the shawl collar. In fact, many of my favourite cardigans have a shawl collar, so I thought it’d be so fitting if I made this sweater for our baby! This was actually my first time crocheting a sweater in a long time (I knitted a sweater for my teddy bear when I was a little girl…click HERE to see a pic of it in my very first blog post :P). I was very interested to see how all the pieces would come together and what the garment construction would be like!
First off, I crocheted the body of the cardigan. This part consisted of all half-double crochets, resulting in a beautiful ribbed look with a lot of texture. The slits were where the sleeves would be attached!
Then I sewed the shoulder seams…
And then I crocheted sleeves in the two armhole spaces on either side!
Here is a close-up of one sleeve…as you can see, the ribbed look of the half-double crochets continues!
Next up was the shawl collar! There were actually two options for this part in the pattern: one was a knitted option and the other was a crocheted option. Because I haven’t knitted in a very long time and I have no idea where my knitting needles are, I stuck with the crocheted option :P Alternating front post double crochets and back post double crochets gave the shawl collar this ribbed look…
The collar can be flipped outwards, and the ribbed look is on the other side as well!
A close-up photo of the back of the sweater…
And more finished product photos! Here the collar is flipped inwards…
And here the shawl collar is flipped outwards! This collar provides beautiful framing :) I love shawl collars!
We thought it’d be neat to display this sweater on our manzanita tree- do you remember it from the decor of our wedding and baby shower (click HERE to see it decorated with pom poms)?
You can imagine how excited I was to see Myla wear it for the first time! Haha, I ended up having Myla try it on when she was 3 weeks old…and it was a struggle getting her in it as she had grown so much! As you can see in the photo below, the sweater looks a little snug on her -_-‘ This has actually been the case for many of the baby hats I made for Myla as well…I tried to make a range of sizes as it’s difficult to know how big your baby will be! But babies DEFINITELY grow quickly, so I would recommend erring on the side of caution and making things bigger rather than smaller. I’m just glad I managed to get some photos of Myla wearing this sweater I made for her! I used a 5 mm crochet hook, but you could try using a bigger crochet hook if you want the sweater to be bigger. Also, once you know how this garment is constructed, you could easily adapt this pattern to make it a bigger size! The teddy bear beside her was gifted to Myla by good friends who thought it’d be the perfect gift since the teddy is wearing a pink crocheted sweater! Aren’t they sweet together? Two cuties with their pink crocheted sweaters!
I quickly wanted to share these knitted sweaters with you too! A very kind “Poh Poh” (Chinese for ‘grandma’) from our church made these all especially for Myla! Aren’t the designs impressive? I can only imagine how much time and effort she put into knitting these! I know she loves knitting gifts for the children of our church and also donating her handmade items to hospitals. I hope when I’m older I’ll still be crocheting with so much passion and love too!
Thanks for reading, and once again, the free pattern for the “Arbor Baby Sweater” can be found HERE! Let me know of any other crocheted sweaters or clothing items you’ve made and how they’ve turned out :) It’s so special seeing your little ones wearing items you’ve made for them!
Sneak peek of upcoming blog post: Arbor Baby Sweater (free pattern via Sarah Cooper found HERE)