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