…i crocheted my first sweater! i am not altogether thrilled with the result, but i think it’s decent for a first attempt. it is a slightly modified version of the cozy classic pullover pattern from the lion brand website. the pattern called for homespun, but almost immediately after starting, i remember just how much i detest homespun yarn. i don’t know how other people use the stuff – i can never see my stitches. for a sweater, when counting and symmetry matter, i just couldn’t handle it.
so i bought some bernat softee chunky in teal, instead. unfortunately, this yarn is a bit more stiff and doesn’t have the same drape as homespun, so the pattern didn’t quite work as i had hoped. the sleeves looked like stovepipes! so one of the modifications i made was to cinch the sleeves. i also didn’t do the same finishing they recommended on the bottom of the sweater and the neckline.
lessons learned from my first crochet sweater:
drape matters. if using a different yarn than is originally called for in the pattern, find one as close to the texture of the recommended yarn as possible.
trust your instincts. if when making the pattern, something doesn’t seem quite right, figure it out then and adapt, if necessary. i thought the sleeves were way too short, but trusted the pattern and continued on. turns out, they were too short. i didn’t have the heart to frog it, so i am just living with it.
after all crocheting was complete – time to sew it up!