Swirl Crochet Sweater Wrap

Author

by Kristin Omdahl, for www.styledbykristin.com

Introduction

Swirl Sweater Wrap

Here is your chance to learn a freeform spiral technique and wear it to prove it! This sweater wrap is crocheted with only a few simple stitches, easy to count increases, and requires no sewing! The spiral technique might take a few tries, but once you get it, there is no stopping you. I was so pleased with my accomplishment that I had to show it off as the focal point of a big, soft, alpaca sweater wrap.

Materials List

  • Henry’s Attic Peruvian Tweed (665 yards per 8 oz skein), 1 skein each in Cream/Beige Tweed #117 (Color A), Gray/Black Tweed #109 (Color B), Taupe/Black Tweed #111 (Color C)
  • Henry’s Attic Prime Alpaca (665 yards per 8 oz skein), 1 skein in Silver Gray (Color D)
  • 5.0mm (US size H/8) for size small/medium
  • 6.5mm (US size K/10.5) for size large/xlarge
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

With smaller hook: 7 sts and 4 rows in dc = 2”

With larger hook: 6 sts and 3 rows in dc = 2”

Notes

The entire garment is worked with the smaller size hook to obtain size small/medium, or the entire garment is worked with the larger size hook to obtain size large/xlarge.

Vary the position of the increases from round to round, so they don’t line up over each other. This will ensure evenly rounded edges in the completed garment.

The Pattern


Swirl, frontBody

Round 1: With color A, make a magic ring, chain 1 and work (sc, hdc, dc) in loop, drop color A, placing open stitch on a stitch marker or safety pin, *join color B, chain 1 and work (sc, hdc, dc) in 1st loop, drop color B*. Repeat from * to * with color C and with color D. Tighten original loop, that all stitches of round 1 were worked in. Now there is a “circle” with 4 sections of different colors (3 sts of each color – 12 sts total). Note: Place marker to denote beginning of round. Rounds will begin and end with different colors from now on.

Round 2: with color D, dc twice in each of next 3 sts, *drop color D and pick up existing loop of color A; work dc twice in each of next 3 sts*. Repeat from * to * with remaining colors for round. (24 sts)

Round 3: with color C, *(dc twice in one st, dc in next st) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors D, A & B. (36 sts)

Round 4: with color B, *(dc twice in one st, dc in each of next 2 sts) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors C, D, A (48 sts).

Round 5: with color A, *(dc twice in one st, dc in each of next 3 sts) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors B, C, D (60 sts).

Note: You will be increasing 12 sts per round in pattern that was established in round 2 (3 increases per color section per round).

Round 6 – 13: Continue in established pattern until you have 39 sts in each color section, or 156 sts total.

From now on, each color will be worked in rows that form “pie wedges” that will be sewn together at the end.

First pie wedge (with color A)

Row 1: Dc across next 39 dc, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn (42 sts).

Row 2 – 18: repeat row 1 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color B)

Row 1: Skip 22 sts and dc in next 17 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn (20 sts).

Row 2: Dc in 20 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly placed across row. Ch 24.  (23 sts)

Row 3: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in each ch sp and in each stitch across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row.  Ch 3, turn. (48 sts)

Row 4: Dc in each st across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (51 sts)

Row 5 – 18: repeat row 4 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color D)

Row 1: Dc across next 39 dc, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row (42 sts). Ch 3, turn.

Row 2 – 18: repeat row 1 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color C)

Row 1: Dc in next 17 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 24. (20 sts).

Row 2: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in each ch sp and each stitch across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (45 sts)

Row 3: Dc in each stitch across, placing 3 extra stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (48 sts)

Row 4 – 18: repeat row 3 (93 sts)Swirl, side view

Sew edges of wedges together to form outer ring of circle. The holes that remain will serve as sleeve openings in the next section of the directions.

Sleeves (make 2)

Hdc around entire sleeve opening, join with sl st.

Row 1: Ch 58, turn, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each ch across (56 hdc), sl st into next 2 sts from sleeve opening, turn.

Row 2: Hdc in each st across (56 hdc).  Ch2, turn.

Row 3: Hdc in each st across (56 hdc). Sl st into next 2 sts from sleeve opening, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have placed a slip stitch in each stitch of sleeve opening. Holding right sides together, sc through thickness of ch edge of sleeve and last row worked of sleeve, to sew sleeve seam. Fasten off and weave in tails.

With color D, join with slip stitch anywhere around perimeter of wrap. *Ch5, slip stitch into 4th chain from hook, skip 1 st, sc in next sc.* Repeat from * to * around the entire perimeter. Join with slip stitch to 1st ch. Fasten off. Repeat this edging for each sleeve cuff, too.

Sew buttons to front, attach a toggle to front or cinch a belt around the wrap for closure. Or just let the wrap fall naturally.

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