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Blueprint Crochet Sweaters: Techniques for Custom Construction
By Robyn ChachulaInterweave/F+W Media; $24.95
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Blueprint Crochet Sweaters:

Techniques for Custom Construction

Blueprint Crochet Sweaters is a tremendous resource – filled with essential design knowledge and tips. Whether you are learning to design, or you are only interested in crocheting garments which fit you – you will find something in this publication to help you meet your goals.

The Author of the publication is Robyn Chacuhla and other Contributors who provided designs for this publication are Marlaina Bird (Ruby Cropped Cardi), Drew Emborsky (Smoky Cropped Top), Simona Merchant-Dest (Foliage Shrug) and Kristin Omdahl (Veronica Pullover).

Robyn truly has a knack for taking a garment design and breaking it into easily manageable parts. I was impressed by how much information she has included, above and beyond the basic pattern instructions for each design. This publication is 165 pages in length and includes 16-beautiful designs.

Each design includes straightforward step-by-step written instructions, stitch pattern diagrams, schematics and when needed motif layout diagrams.  Multiple sizes of garments have been included, ranging from X-Small to 2X.

The 16 patterns are presented in the following four sections, based on the type of construction used to create the finished project:

  1. Classic Construction
  2. Top-Down and In-the-Round Construction
  3. Granny Motif Construction
  4. Unique Construction

Classic Construction

Making a sweater (or garment) from panels which are blocked and then sewn together.

  • Cranberry Cardigan (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Summer Sky Vest (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Foliage Shrug (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Burnt Plaid Dress (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)

Top-Down and In-the-Round Construction

Making a sweater (or garment) starting at the top (neckline) and working down to the bottom edge.

  • Magnolia Tank (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Smoky Cropped Top (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Rose Quartz Pullover (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Structured Cardigan (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)

Granny Motif Construction

Making a sweater (or garment) with motifs.

  • Harvest Cowl Shift (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Shiitake Tunic (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)
  • Ruby Cropped Cardi (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Calypso Kimono (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)

Unique Construction

Making a sweater (or garment) with shaped panels, single-panel construction and stitches worked in multiple directions (vertically, horizontally, diagonally or sculptural)

  • Clover Car Coat (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Stormy Lace Tunic (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Veronica Pullover (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)
  • Walnut Berry V-Neck (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X)

Included below are images of some of my favourite designs from Blueprint Crochet Sweaters:

Burnt Plaid Dress, Clover Car Coat, Foliage Shrug, Rose Quartz Pullover and Harvest Cowl Shift (From the Granny Motif Construction Section).

The Top 10 Tips for Mastering Your Crochet Design are outlined in the Introductory section of the book. These tips are fantastic and are filled with easy fixes for common finished project issues. You will find:

  1. Using Special Stitches
  2. Symbol Shaping
  3. Modifying Motifs
  4. Changing Hook Size
  5. Tidying Edges
  6. Moving Buttonholes
  7. Blocking
  8. Felting and Lining
  9. Seaming
  10. Finishing With Ribbon

Throughout the book you will also find notes included like “Shell Game” on page 64 – which explains how to easily increase, or decrease shell stitches in a pattern design.

An explanation of Symbol Crochet Basics, including the Top Six Rules of Symbol Crochet is included on page 152. This section includes more than just what each symbol means – it provides very helpful tips for following stitch pattern diagrams and granny square diagrams.

Abbreviations and basic crochet stitches are outlined in both written form and with diagrams on pages 153-156.

After reviewing Blueprint Crochet Sweaters I am definitely interested in Robyn Chachula’s other publications Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter (Interweave 2008) and Baby Blueprint Crochet: Irresistible Projects for Little Ones (Interweave, 2010)

I was given the opportunity to ask the author of Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, Robyn Chachula, some interview questions. I would like to thank her for taking the time to answer my questions!

My Interview with Robyn Chachula:

1. Which crochet garment design method do you personally prefer? Classic construction? Unique construction? Motif Construction or Top-Down Construction? and why?

I am a motif construction gal. I like to think of motifs as little building blocks. And by doing that I can easily change my mind. Instead of ripping out a ton of work, I can adjust necklines or hems lines with just a few motifs.

2. Which design in Blueprint Crochet Sweaters is your favorite?

That is like choosing your favorite child! I like them all for each of their own qualities. Now which could I see myself making for me? That’s the shitake. It is light and airy so I can wear it in any season, and the motifs are so easy to make while doing other errands.

3. Which program do you use (or recommend) to create stitch pattern diagrams and schematics?

I use AutoCad to draw everything. It is a drawing package that gives me the flexibility to create and draw without constraints. Plus, while I was an engineer I was most used to that.

4. What was the most challenging crochet project you ever designed?

Funny enough it was a simple raglan cardigan for my new book. It was not hard to make or crochet, but to describe how to make it in multiple sizes was a mental marathon.

5. What would we find in your crochet tool-kit?

Hooks, tape measures, scissors, and a good audiobook

6. Where do you sit when you crochet?

Anywhere. I have little kids so I crochet on the go. I find that if the spot is too comfy, I am out like a light.

7. Of all the patterns you have ever designed, which one are you most proud of?

I like the afghan my son sleeps with every night. I have designed a lot of fun and cool pieces, but his simple blanket with acrylic yarn is my favorite. Mainly because without it he can’t sleep, and I love that connection we now have.

8. What tools and/or resources would you recommend to a Crocheter who wished to learn how to design garments?

I can’t really point to one book or tool I used to learn. I pretty much made it up as I went along to be honest. I did try though to take every class I could that had anything to do with crochet. I always found I would learn something new I could use.

9. If you were to take the time to crochet something for yourself, what would it be?

Hats, I live where its cold for most of the year. And I am constantly losing my hat. I try to start making new hats for my whole family in July, so that by December we have a lot to choose from.

10. If you had the opportunity to provide one piece of advice to a new Crocheter, what would it be?

Enjoy making mistakes. The only difference between a professional crocheter and not is that we know how to hide our mistakes. And I have always thought my best work has come from the craziest mistakes.

As an added bonus, Interweave has generously given me a snippet from Blueprint Crochet Sweaters to share on my website!

Here is the gorgeous pattern I requested for you to enjoy:

Bonus Content:

Cranberry Cardigan

Cranberry Cardigan | Blueprint Crochet Sweaters | Book Review | Oombawka Design

Excerpt PDF VersionBlueprint Crochet Sweaters – Cranberry Cardigan excerpt

With its classic and easy-to-wear style, this cardigan can be a go-to sweater year-round. But behind the style lies a quick lesson on crochet symbols. The two-row stitch pattern is easily repeatable. However, even though the pattern is easy, and the shaping for each size is simple, written directions for six sizes become quite long. Diagrams A–H are located at the back of the book, on pages 158–163.

cranberry CARDIGAN

Materials

YARN

DK weight (#3 Light)

shown: Cascade Ultra Pima (100% pima cotton; 220 yd [200 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #3701 Cranberry, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) hanks.

HOOK

Size G/7 (4.5 mm) or hook needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends; two 7/8″ (22 mm) buttons; spray bottle with water; straight pins for blocking

Gauge

21 sts by 8 rows = 4¼” × 4″ (11 × 10 cm) in alternating rows of linked double treble and single crochet.

5 SR by 9 rows = 4¼” × 41/8″ (11 × 10.5 cm) in diamond lattice stitch pattern.

Note: 10 rows of lower body pattern repeat = 4″ (10 cm).

Finished Size

Bust measurement is 32½ (36, 39¼, 44½“, 47¾“, 51¼“) (82.5 [91.5, 99.5, 113, 121.5, 130] cm).
Sized for X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X). Size shown is Small.

Notes Turning ch of linked stitches does not count as a stitch.

Special Stitches

LINKED DOUBLE TREBLE CROCHET (LDTR)

SET-UP STITCH: Ch 5, insert hook into the 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into 4th ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into
next st, yo, pull up lp (5 lps on hook), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times, yo, draw through last 2 lps (first stitch made).

NEXT STITCHES: Insert hook into upper horizontal bar of previous stitch from top to bottom (the first bar is found below the stitch’s top 2 lps), yo, pull up lp, insert hook into middle horizontal bar, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into lower horizontal bar, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up lp, (5 lps on hook), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times, yo, draw through last 2 lps.

DCTRTOG

Yo, insert hook into st indicated, pull up a lp, yo pull through 2 lps on hook, yo twice, insert hook into st indicated, pull up a lp, yo pull through 2 lps on hook twice, yo, pull through remaining lps on hook.

LINKED TREBLE CROCHET (LTR)

SET -UP STITCH: Ch 4, insert hook into the 2nd ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up lp, iinsert hook into next st, yo, pull up lp (4 lps on hook), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo, draw through last 2 lps (first stitch made).

NEXT STITCHES: Insert hook into upper horizontal bar of previous stitch from top to bottom (the first bar is found belowthe stitch’s top 2 lps), yo, pull up lp, insert hook into middle horizontal bar, yo, pull up lp, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up lp, (4 lps on hook), [yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo, draw through last 2 lps.

DIAMOND LATTICE STITCH PATTERN

See Diamond Lattice Stitch Pattern diagram (page 14) for assistance.
Ch a multiple of 4 plus 2.

ROW 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 2, dc2tog in same ch and ch 4 chs away (sk 3 chs), ch 2, sc in same ch as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 4 (counts as tr), dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and sc, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to end, turn.

Rep Rows 2–3 to desired length.

Lower Body

Note: Diagrams A–H are located at the back of the book, on pages 158–163.

See Diagram A (page 158) for assistance. Ch 146 (162, 178, 202, 218, 234).

ROW 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn—145 (161, 177, 201, 217, 233 sts.

ROW 2: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 4: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—36 (40, 44, 50, 54, 58] dc2tog.

ROW 5: Cont in Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern across, turn.

ROW 6: Cont in Row 3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern across, turn.

ROWS 7–8: Rep Rows 5–6.

ROW 9: Rep Row 5.

ROW 10: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to end, turn.

ROW 11: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, rep from * across, turn.

ROWS 12–31: Rep Rows 2–11 twice more.

ROWS 32–37: Rep Rows 2–7 once.

FRONT PANEL

See Diagram B (page 158).

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 10) times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—8 (9, 9, 10, 11, 11] dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and sc, turn.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, (XS, S, M, L) ch 1, hdc in last sc, turn.

ROW 4: Ch 1, (XS, S, M, L) sc in hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, (ALL) sc in next sc, *3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, rep from * across, turn—31 (35, 35, 39, 41, 41) sc.

ROW 5: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn.

ROW 6: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

(M/L)

ROW 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 2, dctrtog in previous and last sc, turn—8 (9) dc2tog.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last sc, ch 2, dctrtog in previous st and last sc, turn.

(XL/2X)

ROW 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—10 (10) dc2tog.

ROWS 8–9: Rep Rows 2–3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROW 10: Rep Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

FRONT-PANEL NECK OPENING

See Diagram B (page 158).

(XS/S)

ROW 1 (RS): Sk 7 sc, join yarn with sl st to next sc, sc in next sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 2, dctrtog over previous st and last sc, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 4 (5) times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 4: Rep Row 3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROWS 5–6: Rep Rows 2–3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROW 7: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch-1 sp), sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, rep from * across to last sc, ch 1, hdc in last sc, turn—3 (4) ch-3 sps.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, *sc in next sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, 2 sc in tch sp, turn—17 (21) sc.

ROW 9: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn.

ROW 10: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 11: Rep Row 3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROW 12: Rep Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern—4 (5) dc2tog.

(M/L)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] twice, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last sc, ch 2, dctrtog over previous st and last sc, turn—6 (7) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 5 (6) times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 4: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 4 (5) times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 5: Ch 1, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, rep from * across to last sc, ch 1, hdc in last sc, turn—4 (5) ch-3 sp.

ROW 6: Ch 1, sc in hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, *sc in next sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, turn—19 (23) sc.

ROW 7: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 9: Ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in same sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 10: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn.

ROWS 11–12: Rep Row 10 twice.

(XL/2X)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 3 times, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across end, turn—7
(7) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around next dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 5 times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and last dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—6 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—6 (6) ch-3 sp.

ROW 4: Ch 1, *sc in next sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, rep from * across to last ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc2tog in ch-3 sp and last sc, turn—24 (24) sc.

ROW 5: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next sc (sk sc2tog), LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn—23 (23) LDTR.

ROW 6: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 7: Ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in same sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—5 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 8: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn.

ROWS 9–12: Rep Row 8 four times.

SHOULDER FRONT PANEL

See Diagram C (page 159).

(XS, S, XL, 2X)

ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * zero (once, once, once) more, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around dc2tog, ch 4, sc around dc2tog, ch 3, sl st to last dc, fasten off, turn.

ROW 2: (XS) Join yarn with sl st to ch-1 sp, (S, XL, 2X) Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, ch 3, (ALL) sc around dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around dc2tog, ch 1, dctrtog in previous st and last sc, fasten off.

(M, L)

ROW 1: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, rep from * (zero, once) more, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around dc2tog, ch 4, sc around dc2tog, ch 3, sl st to dc, fasten off, turn.

ROW 2: (M) Join yarn with sl st to ch-1 sp. (L) Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, ch 3, (ALL) sc around next dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous dc2tog and last dc, ch 1, dc in top of tch, fasten off.

BACK PANEL

See Diagram D (page 159)).

ROW 1 (RS): Join yarn with sl st in same st as last dc2tog on Row 1 of front panel, sc around same st as join, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 1 (1, 4, 5, 4, 6) times, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous
st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 17 (19, 19, 21, 23, 23) times total, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, leave remaining sts unworked, turn—18 (20, 20, 22, 24, 24) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last 2 dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, (XS, S, M, L) ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), turn.

ROW 3: (XS, S, M, L) Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch-1 sp), (XL, 2X) ch 1, (ALL) sc around first dc2tog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, (XS, S, M, L) ch 1, hdc in
last sc, turn—16 (18, 18, 20, 22, 22] ch-3 sp.

ROW 4: Ch 1, (XS, S, M, L) sc in hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, (ALL) sc in next sc, *3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, rep from * across, (XS, S, M, L) 2 sc in tch sp, turn—69 (77, 77, 85, 89, 89) sc.

ROWS 5–6: Rep Rows 2–3 of lower body.

(XS, S, M, L)

ROWS 7–14: Rep Rows 4–11 of lower body once.

ROW 15: Rep Row 2 of lower body once.

(M, L)

ROWS 15–16: Rep Rows 3–4 of lower body.

(XL, 2X)

ROW 7: Ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in same sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, ch 2, dctrtog in previous st and last sc, turn—21 (21) dc2tog.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to end, turn.

ROW 9: Ch 4 (counts as tr), dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and sc, turn.

ROWS 10–11: Rep Rows 8–9.

ROW 12: Rep Row 8.

ROW 13: Ch 3 (counts as hdc in ch-1 sp), sc around first dc2tog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 1, hdc in last sc, turn—21 (21) ch-3 sp.

ROW 14: Ch 1, sc in hdc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next sc, *3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, rep from * across, 2 sc in tch sp, turn—89 (89) sc.

ROWS 15–16: Rep Rows 2–3 of lower body.

ROWS 17–19: Rep Rows 7–9 of back panel.

SHOULDER BACK PANEL

See Diagram E (page 160).

(XS, S)

ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in next 17 (21) LDTR, leave remaining sts unworked, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Cont in Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROWS 4–5: Rep Rows 1–2 of front-panel shoulder.

Opposite Shoulder Shaping

ROW 1: Skip 34 sts from end of Row 1 of shoulder, join yarn with sl st to next st, sc in each remaining sts across, turn—17 (21) sc.

ROWS 2–3: Rep Rows 2–3 of shoulder shaping.

ROW 4: Sl st in dctrtog, ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around next dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last dc, ch 2, rep from * (0,1) more time, sc in last dc, turn.

ROW 5: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around previous dc2tog, ch 4, sc around next dc2tog, (S) ch 3, sl st in last dc2tog, (XS) sl st in ch-sp, fasten off.

(M, L)

ROW 1: Ch 4 (counts as tr), dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog*, rep from * 4 (5) times total, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 10 times, rep from * to * 4 (5) times total, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and sc, turn.

ROWS 2–3: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and next sc, turn.

ROW 4: Sl st in dctrtog, ch 3, sc around dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around next dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, rep from * (0, 1) more time, sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn.

ROW 5: Ch 5, dc2tog in dctrtog and next dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around previous dc2tog, ch 4, sc around next dc2tog, (M) sl st in ch-1 sp, (L) ch 3, sl st in next dc2tog, fasten off.

Opposite Shoulder Shaping

ROW 1: Skip 10 ch-3 sps from end of Row 2 of shoulder shaping, join yarn with sl st in next sc, ch 4, dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 4, dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across, turn.

ROWS 3–4: Rep Rows 1–2 of front-panel shoulder shaping.

(XL, 2X)

ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog*, rep from * 6 times total, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 10 times, rep from * to * 6 times total, turn.

ROWS 2–3: Ch 4, dc in next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across, fasten off, turn.

ROW 4: Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around next dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last dc, ch 2, rep from * once more, sc in last dc, turn.

ROW 5: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around previous dc2tog, ch 4, sc around next dc2tog, ch 3, sl st in last dc2tog, fasten off.

Opposite Shoulder Shaping

ROW 1: Skip 10 ch-3 sps from end of Row 2 of shoulder shaping, join yarn with sl st in next dc2tog, sc around previous dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and next sc, turn.

ROWS 3–4: Rep Rows 1–2 of front-panel shoulder shaping.

OPPOSITE FRONT PANEL

See Diagram F (on pages 161–162).

ROW 1 (RS): Join yarn with sl st in same st as last dc2tog on Row 1 of back panel, sc around same st as join, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 1 (1, 4, 5, 4, 6) times, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 11) times total, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last 2 dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, (XS, S, M, L) ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), turn.

ROW 3: (XS, S, M, L) Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch-1 sp), (XL, 2X) ch 1, (ALL) sc around first dc2tog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, turn—7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 10)
ch-3 sp.

ROW 4: Ch 1, sc in next sc, *3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, rep from * across, (XS, S, M, L) 2 sc in tch sp, turn—31 (35, 35, 39, 41, 41) sc.

ROWS 5–6: Rep Rows 2–3 of lower body.

(M/L)

ROW 7: Ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc in same sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—8 (9) dc2tog.

ROW 8: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn.

(XL/2X)

ROW 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—10 (10) dc2tog.

ROWS 8–9: Rep Rows 2–3 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

ROW 10: Rep Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern.

OPPOSITE FRONT-PANEL
NECK OPENING

See Diagram F (on pages 161–162).

(XS/S)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 3, sk 2 sc, dc in next sc, ch 2, sc around same sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * 4 (5) times total, ch 2, dc2tog
in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), leave remaining sts unworked, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn—5 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 3 (4) times, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

Cont in Front-Panel Neck Opening directions to shoulder shaping. 

(M/L)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around previous dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 6 (7) times, ch 3, sc
around next dc2tog, ch 3, sc in last dc, fasten off, turn—6 (7) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, sc in same dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn—6 (7) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 2, sc around same dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 4 (5) times total, ch 2, dc2tog
in previous and next dc2tog, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 4: Ch 1, sc in dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in prev st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across, turn—4 (5) dc2tog.

ROW 5: Ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch-1 sp), sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), *ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—4 (5) ch-3 sp.

ROW 6: Ch 1, *sc in next sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, 2 sc in tch sp, turn—19 (23) sc.

ROW 7: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, turn.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 9: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last sc, turn—5 (6)
dc2tog.

ROW 10: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn.

ROWS 11–12: Rep Row 10 twice.

(XL/2X)

ROW 1 (RS): Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * 7 times total, [ch 3, sc around next dc2tog] 3 times, fasten off,
turn—7 (7) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, sc around same dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn—6 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, *ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—6 (6) ch-3 sp.

ROW 4: Ch 1, sc2tog in sc and first ch-3 sp, 2 sc in same ch-3 sp, *sc in next sc, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, rep from * across to last sc, sc in last sc, turn—24 (24) sc.

ROW 5: Ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next sc, LDTR in each remaining sc across, sk sc2tog, turn—23 (23) LDTR.

ROW 6: Ch 1, sc in each LDTR across, turn.

ROW 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *ch 2, dc2tog in same sc and sc 4 sts away (sk 3 sc), ch 2, sc in same sc as dc2tog, rep from * across to last 2 sc, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last sc, turn—6 (6) dc2tog.

ROW 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn.

ROWS 9–12: Rep Row 8 four times.

OPPOSITE SHOULDER FRONT PANEL

See Diagram G (on page 163).

(XS, S, XL, 2X)

ROW 1: (XS, S) Sl st in dctrtog, (XL, 2X) join yarn to first dc2tog, (ALL) ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around next dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last dc, ch 2, rep from * 0 (1, 1, 1,) more time sc in last dc, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 4, dc in first dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around previous dc2tog, ch 4, sc around next dc2tog, (S, XL, 2X) ch 3, sl st in last dc2tog, (XS) sl st in ch-sp, fasten off.

(M, L)

ROW 1: Sl st in dctrtog, ch 3, sc around dc2tog, ch 4, hdc around next dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, *sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and next dc2tog, ch 2, rep from * 0 (1) more time, sc around previous dc2tog, ch 2, dctrtog in previous dc2tog and last sc, turn.

ROW 2: Ch 5, dc2tog in dctrtog and next dc2tog, ch 1, hdc around previous dc2tog, ch 4, sc around next dc2tog, (M) sl st in ch-1 sp, (L) ch 3, sl st in next dc2tog, fasten off.

SLEEVES

Make 2.

See Diagram H (on page 163).

Ch 58 (62, 70, 74, 78, 82).

ROW 1 (RS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 2, dc2tog in same ch and ch 4 chs away (sk 3 chs), ch 2, sc in same ch as dc2tog, rep from * across, turn—14 (15, 17, 18, 19, 20) dc2tog.

ROWS 2–5: Rep Rows 2–3 of Diamond Lattice Stitch pattern twice.

ROW 6: Rep Row 2 of diamond lattice stitch pattern once.

Cap Shaping

See Diagram H (on page 163).

ROW 1: Ch 1, sc in dctrtog, ch 3, sc around next dc2tog, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last dc2tog, ch 3, sc in last dc, fasten off, turn—12 (13, 15, 16, 17, 18) dc2tog.

ROW 2: Join yarn with sl st to first dc2tog, sc in same st, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last 2 dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last dc2tog, turn—11 (12, 14, 15, 16, 17) dc2tog.

ROW 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, *ch 2, dc2tog in previous st and next dc2tog, ch 2, sc around dc2tog (bet posts of dc), rep from * across to last 2 dc2tog, ch 2, dc2tog in previous and last dc2tog, turn—10 (11, 13, 14, 15, 16) dc2tog.

Shaping with Symbols

Shaping doesn’t have to work against the grain. Work with your stitch pattern. If it has a natural diagonal, as this one does, go with it. It’s much easier to use the natural diagonal than to recreate an entire stitch pattern. If you do need to use another shape, draw the diagram first, then draw a line on the diagram that shows your path. Use your crochet symbols to fit true to that line. Review the basics in the introduction on page 7.

ROWS 4–8 (8, 10, 10, 10, 12): Rep Row 3 of cap shaping 5 (5, 7, 7, 7, 9) times—5 (6, 6, 7, 8, 7) dc2tog.

ROW 9 (9, 11, 11, 11, 13): Ch 1, sc in first dc2tog, *ch 3, sc around dc2tog, rep from * across, fasten off.

Finishing

BLOCKING AND SEAMING

Pin body and sleeves to schematic size and spray with water. Allow to dry. Pin front and back shoulders together with right sides together. Join yarn to edge with sl st, working through both front and back panels at once, sc across shoulder, fasten off, weave in ends. Pin sleeves to arm opening with right sides facing. Whipstitch sleeve to armhole opening with tapestry needle. Whipstitch sleeve together at underarm.

Collar, Front-Panel Opening, and Edging

RND 1: Join yarn to RS edge of cardigan, sc evenly up edge of cardigan, 3 sc on outside corner, turn work and sc evenly around neck, 3 sc on outside corner, turn work, sc evenly down edge of cardigan, fasten off.

RIGHT PANEL EDGE: Join yarn to RS at bottom edge, ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across to last 4 sc from neck line, dtr in next
sc (space bet dtr and linked dtr is a buttonhole), LDTR in last 3 sts, fasten off.

LEFT PANEL EDGE: Join yarn to RS at neck edge, ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across, fasten off.

RIGHT NECK COLLAR: Join yarn to RS at top of right panel edge, ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in next sc, dtr in next st (space bet dtr and LDTR is a buttonhole), LDTR in each remaining sc across to back neck, fasten off, leaving long tail. Whipstitch row to back neck.

LEFT NECK COLLAR: Join yarn to RS at back neck of left panel edge, ch 5 (does not count as a st), LDTR in 2nd, 3rd, 4th ch and next st, LDTR in each remaining sc across to front panel, fasten off, whipstitch chain at beginning of row to back neck.

FINAL EDGING: Join yarn to RS at bottom of back panel, sc in each st across to front-panel opening, 3 sc at outside corner, sc in each st up opening to collar, 3 sc at outside edge, sc in each st for 3 (3, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 4)” (7.5 [7.5, 9, 9, 10, 10] cm), sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts, [sc in each st to back neck edge, sc3tog over next 3 sts] twice, sc in each st to last 4 (4, 4½, 4½, 5, 5)” (10 [10, 11.5, 11.5, 14,12.5, 12.5] cm) of neck, sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog over next 3 sts, sc in each st to outside corner, 3 sc in outside corner of front panel, sc in each st down front panel to bottom edge, 3 sc in corner of bottom edge, sc in each st across to beginning, sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Sleeve Cuffs

RND 1: Join yarn to RS edge of sleeve, sc evenly around sleeve, sl st to first sc, do not turn.

RND 2: Ch 4 (does not count as a st), LTR in 2nd, 3rd, and next st, LTR in each remaining sc around, sl st to top of tch, do not turn.

RND 3: Ch 1, sc in each LTR around, fasten off with long tail. Whipstitch chain to last st on Rnd 2 to close hole created.

For the complete pattern including images, drawings and schematics please see the PDF Excerpt at the beginning of this section. Thank you!  

 

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3 Comments

  1. I love this book. It taught me symbol crochet and opened up a whole new way of reading patterns!

  2. Hi Brenda, Thank you for reading my review of Blueprint Crochet Sweaters 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern excerpt I selected from the book to share with you!

  3. Thank you! This looks like a wonderful book to add to my collection. The bonus pattern included with this review is simply gorgeous. I will be making that this winter for sure! (After I decide on a colour!)