I spent a few weeks looking for a yarn that I really liked to work it in. I ended up getting the same yarn as called for in the pattern, Caron Simply Soft in Bone. I kind of feel like this is going to make the entire thing too heavy, but for a sweater like this, maybe heavy is good. The last time I used this yarn, I only used 5 skeins of it and made the lace tunic with it, and that thing is so bulky I cannot fit it in a drawer, and have not worn it. This pattern calls for 6 skeins to make the "medium" 1X-2X size. I really wanted to go with something lighter (maybe a DK weight) but trying to find almost 2000 yards of something, in the same color dye lot is tough. I really bought this yarn because it was on sale at Jo-ann's, and I had a coupon. The total yarn cost was just over $30, which is kind of amazing for such a large piece.
So hesitations aside, lets get into the meat of this pattern. The basic construction seems to be a lot like the Open Air Shawl I made in the past. I didn't really care for that piece, but perhaps the larger size and the more cuddly nature of this pattern will make it a winner.
You start, as with most items, with a chain and then go back and work stitches into it. Once again I decided to skip this and work the first two rows instead as a foundation double crochet. You can find tutorials on how to do this all over, and I find that the starting edge is a lot cleaner and you can see that it leaves a nice set of loops at the bottom. I always have trouble picking up both loops from a chain to work into, so I usually only use one, which tends to leave the bottom edge full of holes.
|top is foundation dc, bottom is regular chain method|
|Scales on the bodice in progress.|
If you are interested in owning it, email me, as this sweater is for sale!
Time to complete: ~40 hours
Difficulty: Easy+ (once you've got crocodile stitch down it's a breeze)