I’m so excited to be hosting this crochet along with my friends at Furls! You are going to love this easy to make and easy to wear top! It’s super versatile too….wear it with jeans, or with a flouncy skirt for a romantic night out, or dress it up with accessories for an elegant look…it’s even great for the office with a blazer over it!
This crochet along is hosted on the Furls Crochet Blog. Each week, starting today, they will publish a new post with another component of the top. All you have to do is follow along!
- This week, you will get the materials list, the sizing and yardage detail and the gauge swatch.
- 4/9 – Part 1
- 4/16 – Part 2
- 4/23 – Part 3
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Let’s Talk About the Materials:
I was delighted to design this top using Furls Whims Merino, DK weight (#3) yarn. Each hank is 196 yards and available in 4 luscious colors plus an un-dyed option. Let me tell you, this yarn was fantastic to work with. It has a beautiful sheen and drape, it glides through your hook and the stitch definition is amazing. I love, love, love it!
The yarn is made of 50% super-wash merino and 50% nylon which is the perfect balance for garment stretch and wearability and, each hank is delivered in a satiny, drawstring bag — can you say elegance?
Now for the hooks! I had the pleasure of using hooks from the Furls Odyssey line. I chose the red handled hooks because I just love the vibrance of red, but they come in several other colors too, so I’m sure you will find something you love. This hook is not only beautiful, it is great to crochet with. The shape of the handle makes it comfortable to hold, even for long sessions and the shape of the neck and hook make it easy to crochet in one continuous movement without snags or friction. I really enjoyed working with these hooks!
In addition to the yarn and hooks, you will need a few stitch markers, a tapestry needle for weaving ends and of course a scissor or snipper to snip the yarn.
Let’s Talk About the Sweater:
I designed this sweater in a wide range of sizes including Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X, 3X and 4X. It is worked as a square from the top down forming the yoke, then the stitches are divided into front, back, and 2 sleeves and the bodice is established and worked toward the hem. The sleeves, should you choose them, are worked right onto the armholes and are designed to end about 3/4 down the arm. You could also finish off the armholes for a sleeveless version. The stitch combination is a very basic double crochet and filet combination but done in such a way to give the top some elegance and interest. WARNING: This top may become your favorite and you may want to make it in many colors!
One thing I can’t emphasize enough is working a gauge swatch. We all crochet differently and the type of yarn and hooks we use add even more variables, so if you want a proper fit, take the time to make a gauge swatch and adjust your hooks as needed. You may like my tutorial, Crochet Gauge – Does Size Matter?, that breaks down a gauge swatch.
Sound complicated? Don’t worry, it’s not and the pattern will walk you through the easy steps.
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