Pattern of the Week: Blue-on-Blue Sweater
Summer sweater. I always thought that phrase was a contradiction in terms. I mean, who wants to wear something that’s going to make you sweat during the summer? However, once I checked out the sweaters in Interweave Crochet Summer 2018, I knew there was at least one I needed to add to my queue: the Blue-on-Blue Sweater by Jane Howorth.
This project is definitely one you’ll want to consider for summer for multiple reasons! First of all, it uses a great yarn. Patons Silk Bamboo is, in a word, silky. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s so smooth and soft that after using it once, you’ll be checking Ravelry for more projects that use this yarn! And thanks to the silk fibers, no matter what you make, you’ll be cool!
Second is that by crocheting this sweater, you’ll get to learn a new dyeing technique that can be applied to other projects! The blue-on-blue dyeing method can be used with other colors of Patons Silk Bamboo to create projects in a rainbow of colors. The issue includes a photo tutorial of this technique, so you can dye your sweater with confidence.
Last, but certainly not least, this sweater has a great drape and fit that is flattering on many body shapes. The contrasting-color accents add style and flair to the dyed panels, creating a garment that will be a great addition to any wardrobe.
If you’re up for a project that uses awesome yarn, teaches you a new technique, and flatters your shape, the Blue-on-Blue Sweater is for you. Show us your take on this sweater in the comments!
DESIGNER Jane Howorth
FINISHED SIZE 44 (48½, 51½, 56½, 59½)” bust circumference, to fit bust sizes 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”. Sample shown measures 44″, modeled with 12″” ease.
YARN Patons Silk Bamboo (distributed by Spinrite) (70% bamboo, 30% silk; 102 yd [93 m]/2.2 oz [65 g]): sea, 11 (13, 14, 15, 16) balls.
HOOK Sizes G/6 (4 mm) and E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS Removable st markers (m); yarn needle; 2 sachets Dylon Fabric Hand Dye in Navy Blue; 10 yd waste yarn; glass or plastic marbles, 12; rubber bands, 12.
GAUGE 17 sts and 6 rows = 4″ in panel patt; 18 sts and 10 rnds = 4″ in post st
patt with larger hook.