Monday, October 15, 2012
I drew a little diagram to show you the 5 rectangles you need to make your child a sweater. The dimensions I'm giving are for a size 18 months, but using measurements from a shirt that fits your recipient will let you make this in any size you want.
Sleeves (Make 2) = 10"x10"
Front panels (Make 2) = 6"x12" (measurement excludes contrast colored trim. If you are not adding any trim, make these 7"x12" so you can button it)
Back Panel (Make 1) = 12"x12"
The front and back panels are attached at the shoulders by sewing them together 3" in from each side (the red in the diagram). Leave the middle open for a neckhole! After this, you can attach the sleeves, which at this point are just squares, by centering them on the shoulder seam and sewing them on (the green in the diagram). Now you can fold the entire thing in half (the blue in the diagram).
I folded down the top inside corners of the front panels to make a collar and tacked those down. The trim color goes clear around the neckhole and the bottom of the sweater. I also trimmed the bottom of the sleeves. If you don't want to add any trim, make your front panels have an inch or so overlap when you put them on top of the back so that you can button it.
Crochet these rectangles, using any stitch or hook size you want. I used a size I hook, and several different stitches. The sleeves are done with the "silt stitch." The front and back panels are mostly double crocheted with some crossed doubles and a variation of shell stitches. I just had fun with it!
I'm really happy with how it turned out considering it was my first sweater!