The Northern Dreams Pullover by Julia Vaconsin is a perfect
winter sweater. I love the colorwork yoke and the simple, solid body created
with single crochet through the back loop only. This sweater is intended to be
work with negative ease, giving shaping to its otherwise boxy construction. But
there is no way I can fit into the smallest size, and the next the next size
up, 36 ¼", won't provide any negative ease. And I love a touch of shaping at
the waist. That's the great thing about crocheting your own garments. You can
add a bit of shaping or modify the silhouette.
That means a little math for a personal fit. Since math
isn't my strong suit, I like to use the Waist Shaping Calculator on Knitting Daily. This calculator was
originally created by Sandi Wiseheart for modifying knitted sweaters, but it
works exactly the same for crocheted sweaters and tops.
First I needed to enter the measurement information. For the
gauge, remember to put the number of stitches per inch not per 4". For the
Northern Dreams Pullover that is 5.75 stitches per inch and 5.25 stitches per
round. In the left-hand column I entered the original measurements for the hip,
waist, and bust. In the right-hand column I entered the desired ease. I am
leaving the bust and waist at 36.25 inches, but I want 2" of negative ease at
Pay attention to any stitch pattern changes when you are
modifying the stitch count. The Northern Dreams Pullover transitions from the single
crochet pattern of the body to the colorwork yoke pattern, and I don't want to
modify the pattern only to realize that I don't have the correct number of
stitches worked to crochet the yoke.
Enter additional measurement information for the tops length
and press submit. The waist shaping calculator will give you the number of
stitches to "cast on" or begin with, the number of rows to work before
decreases, the number of decreases to work over how many rows, and specifics on
Use the Waist Shaping Calculator to modify bust, waist, or hip
measurements, back length, or even to design your own sweater. So spend some
time playing with this great tool and check out Sandi's blog for more tips on
using this calculator.