Feels like this is my first ever “love it or hate it” design. Till end I was not sure if my idea would work. My husband (my always helper and adviser) was very skeptical as well. He had mixed feelings about the octagon shape which reminded him of a network (
Earlier this week sneak peeks were posted and you were trying to guess what this design is about. There were lots of guesses: a skirt, a dress, a tunic, a poncho, a cardigan… but as you can see it’s neither of mentioned! :) I am not sure how to define this garment. It’s definitely a sweater… Maybe a “sleeveless off-shoulder sweater”? Is it a good enough description?
Front and back of the sweater are made with octagons. Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this idea, as there are several poncho designs with the same shape. I honestly think that a person who used octagon in garment design for the first time is a genius! It’s just a ready shape, and you don’t need to make additional shaping for the neck, shoulders and armholes. Isn’t it great? Yes, the neck line is “boat” but I like it very much. And it’s not very tricky to change it if one wishes.
I used triangles to make the bottom line straight. And then the hem was added. Easy peasy! The sweater on me is S-M/L size (or EU 36-40). And it can be easily adjusted to any size. Because there are no sleeves it should be oversized, with lots of positive ease. The crochet stitch is very simple, too. So I might be safe to say this sweater pattern is aimed to Beginners (or maybe Advanced Beginners as some sewing is included).
I crocheted two samples: one is a mix of two shades of Our Tribe yarn (Canadutch* and CypressTextiles*) and another one with my own shade Lilla Bjorn*. And here is where the name of the sweater comes from. It was designed to celebrate my own yarn, yay! Each sample uses under 3 skeins in total. I believe to make it slightly larger 3 skeins will be needed. And for larger sizes - XL-XXL - you will need 4 or 5 skeins accordingly (the numbers are not precise yet as I need to do some math).
Our Tribe yarn is available in your local Scheepjes shops and via larger retailers - Wool Warehouse*, for example (UK, international shipping).
If I had more time, I would try and make another one with several rose and ruby colorways. I believe it would look just great with all the color changes.
Next week I will be making videos for this pattern. It will be FREE! Lots of math is waiting for me, so it will take a while before I can share it with you. Please, be patient… and see you soon!
UPDATE: instructions are alreadyavailable on my blog
PART 1 is HERE
PART 2 is HERE
PART 3 is HERE
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