It was that exciting moment in the cycle of Interweave Crochet. The project samples were arriving by mail and the digital patterns by email. This is when I make my first personal evaluation of which projects I simply must make for myself. Some projects immediately strike my sensibilities and my brain starts whirling. Some of these projects, like so many for you as well I imagine, quickly snag a place at the top of my mental queue before being pushed down by another amazing pattern.
This was not the case with the Luna Sweater. Before I even glanced at the pattern, I knew I had to make it for myself. But first I had to figure out how the striking faux cables were created. I turned the sweater one way and then another; I peered at the front and then the back of the garment. Genius!
Kim Guzman has highlighted, in this innovative classic, one of the greatest advantages of the crochet art form. You can work a crochet stitch into any part of any previous stitch. This virtue can sometimes make a crochet patterns appear more difficult than it really is. Join me as I explore this faux cable's construction.
The first piece of advice I would give anyone beginning the Luna Sweater is to forget about trying to wrap your brain around the construction for the first 8 or 10 rows. This sweater is worked side to side with each row building upon the last in a fashion that is better understood through physically trying it than from scrutinizing the pattern.
One of the most important elements in this sweater's construction is the short single crochet. This stitch is worked into the horizontal bar below the front loop of the next single crochet. Now if that sounds as clear as mud to you I have included handy pictures. The wrong side of the stitches of the previous row will be facing you. Locate the front loop of the next stitch. This will be the top loop that is closest to you. If you look just below that loop you will find a horizontal bar. Insert your hook from bottom to top under this horizontal bar and work your single crochet as normal. By working the short single crochet into this horizontal bar, you "push" both loops of the stitch you just worked into to the RS of the garment piece. This creates the texture within cables.
This short single crochet also makes the faux cables possible by giving you somewhere to work the double crochet into. When working this row, simply yarn over and insert your hook through the top two loops (conveniently pushed to the front of the fabric by the ingenious short single crochet) of the indicated stitch 4 rows below and work the stitch as normal. This places the double crochet on the right side of the garment and creates what appear to be the horizontal bars of the faux cable when the sweater is worn.
My Luna Sweater is only about a third finished. Have any of you completed this sweater? If so, I would love to hear any tips or tricks you discovered or share pictures of your completed or in progress works in the new galleries.