Turn Your Crochet Sweater into a Pullover

Do you have a preference for wearing crochet cardigans or are you more a crochet pullover kind of person? I can't count the number of times I've seen a fabulous cardigan pattern and wondered what it would look like at as a pullover, or spotted a pullover pattern that I would love even more as a cardigan. But if you are not a garment designer yourself, those kinds of modifications can seem daunting. Don't fret, they are easier than you might think!

Saturn Sweater by Linda Permann, Interweave Crochet Fall 2012  

When I first saw Linda Permann's Saturn Sweater in Interweave Crochet Fall 2012, I couldn't get enough of the chain stitch embroidery embellishment around the yoke. It is such as simple, elegant cardigan, and the rust colored button band is a genius touch.

I wondered, what would this crochet sweater look like as a pullover, without the rust button band and with a more continuous band of color around the yoke?

  Pluto Pullover by Linda Permann, Interweave Crochet Winter 2013

Linda must have wondered the same thing. She modified the Saturn Cardigan to make the Pluto Pullover for the Interweave Crochet Winter 2013 issue coming out next month. But she didn't stop there, Linda also wrote a brilliant article that will teach you how to modify your own sweater. Here's Linda to tell you more:

Convert Your Cardigan or Pullover

Yes, you've found the perfect sweater pattern! Except it's a cardigan and you really want a pullover. Or maybe it's a pullover you've found, and you're in the mood for a cardigan. Happily, transforming one kind of sweater into the other can be a simple process. Only the front(s) need to be changed for this transformation-the sleeves and back remain consistent.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you're scouring for a good candidate for conversion.

Stitch pattern: Simple stitch patterns make everything easier. A small number of stitches per repeat and a small number of pattern rows will make it easier to adjust numbers for shaping. The same stitch pattern on the front and back help to keep it simple. 

 Pullover to Cardigan—Making Space for the Button Band

Construction: The two most common constructions are top-down seamless construction and sweaters worked in pieces from the bottom up.

[With this tutorial you'll] have twice as many options when looking for your next sweater to stitch! Summon your inner designer, and you too can customize your crochet wardrobe.

– Linda

I think I will find myself making two versions of my favorite sweaters in the future thanks to Linda-one a cardigan and the other a pullover. Get the rest of Linda's fabulous article as well as more great tutorials and innovative patterns by subscribing to Interweave Crochet today.

Best wishes,

P.S. Have you ever tried to convert a sweater pattern?

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