Two’s Day, Second Attempt at the Circle sweater

Last night I completed the body of the second circle sweater using drops design 99-3.

If you can make a triple crochet and a chain, you can make this beautiful project. This one took me about 10 hours, so far. It still needs sleeves, but many people like the look of the sleeveless version. I prefer mine with sleeves, and this one is for me.

Tonight, I will be wearing it to an occasion being held at the swankiest restaurant in town.

Thank you, drops designs, JoAnn’s Fabrics, and Caron for the super Soft acrylic yarn, in black. Also, to my sister who brought this wonderful pattern to my attention!

*Note, the pattern is adapted and translated from a pattern originally written in Norwegian, so I have had to modify it slightly for sizing and shape. The people at garn studio for the many, many translations!!!

Handcrafted clothing…a joy to make and a joy to wear with pride.

front of circle sweater body

front of circle sweater body

back of black circle sweater

back of black circle sweater

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Thankful Thursday~

My Circle Pattern slouchy crocheted sweater is finished! I have been working on it for about 10 days.

I made it from Drops design 99-3 . It was just the sort of thing I was looking for, for a bunch of white cotton yarn, with silver thread, I have been collecting. It was really expensive off the rack, and despite it being a holiday yarn, they never put it on sale. So, a skein at a time, I used 40% and 50% off coupons, until I had enough to attempt a garment of this size.

Then, about a week ago, I discovered this pattern and decided to give it a try. I loved the picture of the sweater on the design page, but the whole pattern was in Norwegian. Fortunately, they were kind enough, on their website, to translate it into a staggeringly huge list of other languages, so I thanked the brave translators and began.

the first attempt

the first attempt

I got well in to it, before I realized that the way I was going about it was not right. I felt the circle should lay flatter, and not be so frothy. So, I pulled it all out, and began again.

I began modifying the pattern to lay flat, which meant a subtle increase, with each row, rather than a larger one, as indicated.

Then it was time to create sleeve openings. I had been making the pattern for the XL sweater, because in the US, I am a large, at least, and I like a slouchy sweater slouchy. When I added the sleeve holes at the indicated distance apart, they could have fit my husband. They could have fit Chris Hemsworth. As I didn’t realize this, or stop to try it on, I ended up with about 5 rows on, and had to pull them out.

It is in moments like this, I recognize that I am not the quitter I once fancied myself to be…

So, I re-engineered the pattern to accommodate the actual width of my shoulders (I moved them 4 sets of repeating pattern closer together), and this coincided with just smaller than their size small. Then, I followed the pattern the rest of the rounds over the sleeve holes and ended up with this:

the back

the back

please attempt to disregard the deplorable state of my bathroom :/ .

Then I began adding the sleeves, which are added to the armholes and worked down to the wrists.

the sleeves

the sleeves

…and it’s finished look was this:

the front

the front

and this:

the back

the back

Overall, I am a little bummed it turned out to be such a big circle. It is going to make fastening the front kind of a mess. It is meant to have 2 buttons. I tied it with a string in the pic to give the general idea of it being fastened. But now, I am thinking of leaving it open in the front. Maybe it should just be drapey.

Any road, I am thankful it is finished, and I know what I want to change about the pattern to give me a better fit, for next time. Also, to know what measurements have to be taken to fit it to the body shapes of anyone I might want to make it for. I am already to fitting the sleeve holes on a second one, in black!

Hooray for a finished project, and grateful for inspiration to try again!

What are you thankful for?