Inspirations from the Past and Present

As the temperatures begins to dip, my mind turns toward crocheting sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, and jackets. I have several projects waiting for me to pick up my hook.Some are saved in my queue; some sit patiently in my UFO basket, and others wait for me to rediscover them in  the pages of back issues of Interweave Crochet.

Such is the case with the Luna Sweater by Kim Guzman (Interweave Crochet Winter 2009). This sweater caught my eye again as I was leafing through the pages of that issue I had saved on my bookshelf. Having started this sweater last year, I remembered that I had the back finished and the front almost finished, but the warm summer months relegated this project to my UFO basket. It might have remained there indefinitely, losing out to a slew of gifts waiting to be finished-but you, our readers, came in to save the day!

Often I look to you for inspiration just as you look to one another. I love to see the projects you've completed, what colors you used, what modifications you made. So I decided to share a few of the finished Luna sweaters that inspired me to pick that project back up this fall. I've asked their creators to share a few words about their experiences with the pattern.

Rachel P.

Why were you excited about crocheting this sweater? I wanted to make something for my sister that was classy and stood out at the same time. This was the perfect sweater!

What modifications, if any, did you make? I used the largest length but kept the smallest width. My sister likes her sweaters longer.

Do you have any specific tips to share? Be patient! This was my first sweater project, and I had to start it over six times. But it was so worth it. Now I'm up for anything!

Teri G.

Why were you excited about crocheting this sweater? When I got the magazine and was looking through the pages I was immediately drawn to this sweater. I loved the look of the cables and it is my favorite color.

What modifications, if any, did you make? This was my first attempt at a sweater so I did not make any modifications. I used a different type of yarn than recommended so it is bulkier and very warm.

What did you love about crocheting this sweater? I loved the ease of the pattern. It just flowed off my hook with ease and was done before I knew it. I was very interested in the stitch technique as it was one I had not tried before.


Lynette A.

Why were you excited about crocheting this sweater? I loved the cabling effect in the pattern. I also loved the neckline, and I love Kim's patterns in general. I made the pattern as part of a Crochet-along.

What did you love about crocheting this sweater? It was challenging, but I was SO proud of myself for doing the cabling and extended single crochet stitches. It's always fun to do things as part of a group as well.

Do you have any specific tips to share? I wish I'd made mine longer and less wide. I also feel the arms are a bit snugger than I'd like. Using a small hook and crocheting loosely made things easier for me. Another crocheter suggested using stitch markers to keep track of where to switch to the ribbing stitch and that was helpful.


Kris B

Why were you excited about crocheting this sweater? I always like the cable look and this one is different from the others I have seen out there.

What modifications did you make? I added reverse sc around the neckline.


Thanks to your inspiration, with a little luck, I'll have my sweater finished in time for the chill of winter. But, of course, you can never have too many sweaters, so I'm still looking through my back issues and choosing the next sweater for my queue. If you don't have all these issues on your shelf, check the  Interweave online store. Now, I can't decide…..which sweater do you like best?

Best wishes,


Northern Dreams Pullover
Julia Vaconsin (Interweave Crochet Winter 2008)

Szechuan Sweater
Robyn Chachula (Interweave Crochet Fall 2009)
Spice Market Tunic
Sheryl Means (Interweave Crochet Fall 2009)

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