I’m really excited to share with you my latest pattern. Last summer, this sweater was my big experiment. Could I design a crocheted garment? The answer was yes, and the next question was could I write a crochet pattern for a garment? That got a big fat yes, too! My test crocheters finished the pattern smoothly, and I’m happy to present my first crocheted sweater pattern.
When it comes to garments, crochet doesn’t have the best reputation. The most basic stitches worked with the recommended hook size create a fairly dense fabric that isn’t always ideal for a form fitting pullover or drapey cardigan. Once you branch out from those stitches and hook sizes, a lot more is possible with crochet; it just requires a little experimentation. But what struck me about that dense fabric is that it would be perfect for a light weight jacket. The structure creates the right look for a jacket and supports the heavy zipper and buttons without losing shape.
Elsa features a selection of simple stitch patterns and a simple top-down raglan construction, so it’s easy for anyone to take on. The body of the sweater features a half double crochet stitch pattern that uses the back loops to create an interesting striped texture. The body of the jacket is cropped, and it has three quarter length sleeves, so it’s fast to crochet. The jacket is intended to be worn with 0-2 inches of positive ease so you can easily layer it over other pieces. I like to wear mine with my summer dresses because Seattle summers can be chilly.
The jacket is made using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport and a G/4mm hook. You’ll also need a zipper, and four buttons. The jacket comes in sizes XS-3X, with finished bust measurements ranging from 29-53 inches, and it’s available for $6.50. You can buy it now, or read more about it on Ravlery. It’s also available on etsy.