Crochet Your New Favorite Sweater

Back in early July, I had the great fortune to attend the Crochet Guild of America's Chain Link Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is a very fun conference, filled with crocheters of all stripes, from very avid hobbyist crocheters to longtime crochet designers. For three days, it's all crochet all the time.

The current president of CGOA this year is fellow North Carolinian Marty Miller. One day at the conference, as I waded through the crochet love, I saw Marty in a sweater that I recognized—almost. It was her Spiderweb Cardigan, one of Interweave's top-selling crochet sweater patterns. Except that it was a pullover.

"I love this sweater," Marty said. "I've made lots of different versions."

You know it's a great sweater when the designer makes it over and over to wear herself. This version is worked in stripes of Classic Elite Provence, a DK weight Egyptian cotton. (Wimi, our traveling companion there, is wearing a pink crocheted bikini.)

After the conference, Marty sent along pictures of some other variations.

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This pullover version, modeled by Marty's friend Amy, is worked in a marled cotton (its exact identity is unknown–you know how stash yarn can be shy like that). 

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  This cardigan is crocheted in Knit One Crochet Too's Ty-Dy yarn, a light worsted self-striping yarn.

This cardigan can also easily become a shawl—just keep working the lengthwise body without working the sleeves.

This, of course, is one of the best things about crochet. When you find a pattern you love, you can adapt it to suit your style—or just your varying moods.

You'll find the pattern for the Spiderweb Cardigan by Marty Miller in new eBook, Top Ten Patterns for Crochet Sweaters. Some of these patterns reach back into our out-of-print issues, so if you don't have them in your library, now's the time to get them—they're available for a limited time.

Note that the Boho Blocks Cardigan in this eBook has a companion child version, available in our latest free eBook, 8 Free Granny Square Patterns. And if you're substituting yarns to make your own favorite sweater, be sure to check out Sarah's first installment in her series on substituting yarns; you'll find it here.

Dive in and crochet your own new favorite sweater!

Best,

P.S. If you're thinking about attending the 2011 Chain Link Conference, you have two opportunities: The first conference will be held July 39–31 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the second will be September 23–25 in Greensboro, North Carolina (yay!). Details will be available here when available.

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