Lilla Björn Sweater: Reveal

Let me introduce the newest Lilla Björn sweater design! (And me as a model again.) If you are following my blog you probably know what it’s all about. And if not – I have designed this off-shoulder sweater with Our Tribe yarn* by Scheepjes. You can check all information about this yarn HERE.
Lilla Bjorn off-shoulder sweater - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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 (or a shooting target, haha). And he was even joking we should buy a pet-spider to accompany this design. But I was faithful to my idea and continued to work. And after finished piece was blocked it suddenly felt and looked much better!
Lilla Bjorn off-shoulder sweater - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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?
Lilla Bjorn off-shoulder sweater - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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).
Lilla Bjorn off-shoulder sweater - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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 by Scheepjes

Our Tribe yarn is available in your local Scheepjes shops and via larger retailers - Wool Warehouse*, for example (UK, international shipping), Taemombo (US and Canada). 

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.
Lilla Bjorn off-shoulder sweater - free crochet pattern by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

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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26 comments

  1. very nice pattern,love the colors

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  2. I like it, and I love the colours :-)
    xx

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  3. Beautiful...waiting for the videos now...

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  4. Me encanta! Esperare los tutoriales, gracias

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  5. Dear Tatsiana,

    maybe the sweater looks a little unimpressive on the hanger at first sight. but not as "horrible" as your husband has spotted.
    Worn by you it looks wonderful. I am always amazed how beautiful simple patterns or stitches can look like. And I like the colors too.
    It's a really beautiful garment to feed your yarn.
    Congratulations!

    Best wishes
    Elke

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  6. I love it...maybe would not love it so much just seeing it off the body, but one it is being worn, it comes alive! Will definitely be making this one. I love the combination of casual and classy.

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  7. It's beautiful! I can't wait to make one :D

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  8. Can't wait your pattern!Thanks!

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  9. Gorgeous! Can't wait to try this out ... I love boat neck designs.

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    1. The pattern will be published on my blog, but there will be a Ravelry listing too.

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  11. Lovely sweater. Can't wait for the video tutorial and patterns. Thank you for all your beautiful ideas and efforts you are making for us followers. Hats down!

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  12. WOW! I love this. It's a great 'coverover' I call them.
    Can hardly wait.
    Thank you Lilla.
    Laura

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  13. So ... SUPER ! But, alas, I need something in the way of sleeves, as I won't offend the world by exhibiting my loathesome ancient upper arms. Sighhh ... I'd give quids to ba able to make and wear this terrific sweater.

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    1. Sleeves didn't work for this sweater. that was my first idea... But I think you can wear this sweater with shirt :)

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    2. I have the "ugly arms" problem, too, but it is perfect to wear over a long-sleeved, trim tee or turtleneck. I love it!

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    3. Actually, Anonymous, Essie has a good point. I was thinking of making this sweater, myself, for my granddaughters in various color combinations so that they can wear a long-sleeved dress shirt, or a turtle neck sweater, underneath. Or, they could simply wear them alone. But, I can't wait to get started.

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  14. I cant wait for the pattern is gorgeous, the colors awesome.

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  15. This just might be the first garment/sweater I try. Love it and all your patterns.

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  16. This is gorgeous, definitely on my make list as I can see me wearing this a lot as the weather warms up.

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  17. What a gorgeous sweater, can't wait for the pattern to come out. Would use it as a beach cover up in some amazing yarn.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for posting Sheila Miller. I hadn't even thought about using it as a swim suit cover. That is an amazing idea. I was thinking of its use in winter months. I hadn't even given Summer a thought. Thanks for the idea.

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  18. I love this pattern, so different, the colors are amazing.

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  19. If I were to use Cyprus and Liliana which of these shud I get skeins and 1 skein if I am making the size S. Thank you.

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