10.13.2015

Holly Sweater

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Introducing my "Holly Sweater" from Crochet! Winter 2015.

I was looking to make a girls sweater with fashionable details. This sweater has a small split at each hip that is edged with small panels of ribbing. The boat neck is also edged with ribbed panels. The sleeves are made separately and sewn in. There are small buttons where the ribbed panels overlap. These are for looks, not function.

The really soft yarn that I used for this sweater is Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash. You'll need 3(4, 5) skeins #1121 fuchsia, 1(1, 2) skeins #1127 blush, and 1 skein #1132 green lake to make your own in size 2, 4, or 6.

I used one of my favorite stitch patterns for this sweater: wattle stitch. When worked in stripes like this, it almost looks like a chevron stitch, but it's not.

I thought you might like to see my sketch from my original submission for this design:

Main sketch with details pointed out in writing

Detail of side split
When you send a submission to a magazine editor, it usually involves a written description, a sketch, like these, and a swatch. You don't have to be a great artist to sketch a design. Clearly, mine are not fabulous. You just need to get your point across. Editors must have great imaginations to be able to envision the finished product.

In a few weeks I'll have another post available with some how-to helps for this design. In the meantime, don't forget to visit me on my Facebook page!

Happy stitching!
April

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