Swirl Crochet Sweater Wrap

Dec 2, 2005
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by Kristin Omdahl, for www.styledbykristin.com

Introduction

Swirl Sweater Wrap

Here is your chance to learn a freeform spiral technique and wear it to prove it! This sweater wrap is crocheted with only a few simple stitches, easy to count increases, and requires no sewing! The spiral technique might take a few tries, but once you get it, there is no stopping you. I was so pleased with my accomplishment that I had to show it off as the focal point of a big, soft, alpaca sweater wrap.

Materials List

  • Henry’s Attic Peruvian Tweed (665 yards per 8 oz skein), 1 skein each in Cream/Beige Tweed #117 (Color A), Gray/Black Tweed #109 (Color B), Taupe/Black Tweed #111 (Color C)
  • Henry’s Attic Prime Alpaca (665 yards per 8 oz skein), 1 skein in Silver Gray (Color D)
  • 5.0mm (US size H/8) for size small/medium
  • 6.5mm (US size K/10.5) for size large/xlarge
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

With smaller hook: 7 sts and 4 rows in dc = 2”

With larger hook: 6 sts and 3 rows in dc = 2”

Notes

The entire garment is worked with the smaller size hook to obtain size small/medium, or the entire garment is worked with the larger size hook to obtain size large/xlarge.

Vary the position of the increases from round to round, so they don’t line up over each other. This will ensure evenly rounded edges in the completed garment.

The Pattern

Swirl, frontBody

Round 1: With color A, make a magic ring, chain 1 and work (sc, hdc, dc) in loop, drop color A, placing open stitch on a stitch marker or safety pin, *join color B, chain 1 and work (sc, hdc, dc) in 1st loop, drop color B*. Repeat from * to * with color C and with color D. Tighten original loop, that all stitches of round 1 were worked in. Now there is a “circle” with 4 sections of different colors (3 sts of each color – 12 sts total). Note: Place marker to denote beginning of round. Rounds will begin and end with different colors from now on.

Round 2: with color D, dc twice in each of next 3 sts, *drop color D and pick up existing loop of color A; work dc twice in each of next 3 sts*. Repeat from * to * with remaining colors for round. (24 sts)

Round 3: with color C, *(dc twice in one st, dc in next st) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors D, A & B. (36 sts)

Round 4: with color B, *(dc twice in one st, dc in each of next 2 sts) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors C, D, A (48 sts).

Round 5: with color A, *(dc twice in one st, dc in each of next 3 sts) three times*. Repeat from * to * with colors B, C, D (60 sts).

Note: You will be increasing 12 sts per round in pattern that was established in round 2 (3 increases per color section per round).

Round 6 – 13: Continue in established pattern until you have 39 sts in each color section, or 156 sts total.

From now on, each color will be worked in rows that form “pie wedges” that will be sewn together at the end.

First pie wedge (with color A)

Row 1: Dc across next 39 dc, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn (42 sts).

Row 2 – 18: repeat row 1 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color B)

Row 1: Skip 22 sts and dc in next 17 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn (20 sts).

Row 2: Dc in 20 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly placed across row. Ch 24.  (23 sts)

Row 3: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in each ch sp and in each stitch across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row.  Ch 3, turn. (48 sts)

Row 4: Dc in each st across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (51 sts)

Row 5 – 18: repeat row 4 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color D)

Row 1: Dc across next 39 dc, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row (42 sts). Ch 3, turn.

Row 2 – 18: repeat row 1 (93 sts)

Next pie wedge (with color C)

Row 1: Dc in next 17 sts, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 24. (20 sts).

Row 2: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in each ch sp and each stitch across, increasing by 3 stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (45 sts)

Row 3: Dc in each stitch across, placing 3 extra stitches evenly spaced across row. Ch 3, turn. (48 sts)

Row 4 – 18: repeat row 3 (93 sts)Swirl, side view

Sew edges of wedges together to form outer ring of circle. The holes that remain will serve as sleeve openings in the next section of the directions.

Sleeves (make 2)

Hdc around entire sleeve opening, join with sl st.

Row 1: Ch 58, turn, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each ch across (56 hdc), sl st into next 2 sts from sleeve opening, turn.

Row 2: Hdc in each st across (56 hdc).  Ch2, turn.

Row 3: Hdc in each st across (56 hdc). Sl st into next 2 sts from sleeve opening, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have placed a slip stitch in each stitch of sleeve opening. Holding right sides together, sc through thickness of ch edge of sleeve and last row worked of sleeve, to sew sleeve seam. Fasten off and weave in tails.

With color D, join with slip stitch anywhere around perimeter of wrap. *Ch5, slip stitch into 4th chain from hook, skip 1 st, sc in next sc.* Repeat from * to * around the entire perimeter. Join with slip stitch to 1st ch. Fasten off. Repeat this edging for each sleeve cuff, too.

Sew buttons to front, attach a toggle to front or cinch a belt around the wrap for closure. Or just let the wrap fall naturally.

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Anonymous wrote
on Jan 21, 2006 12:26 PM

I am in the process of making this now. I am making it in a solid pink. I hope it turns out nice.

Kat wrote
on Jan 23, 2006 3:08 PM

I love your Swirl! Very creative!

Pheona wrote
on Feb 9, 2006 6:27 AM

I'm making this and in round 5 you say there will be 60 sts. Then in rounds 6-13 you say there will be 39 sts in each color or 156 sts. Also, are you saying that beginning with round 6 use Round 2 for the remaining rounds?(I count 15 rounds on the picture, however, if I stop at 39 sts of each color I only have about 6 rounds. What am I not getting, I've crocheted for 40+ years and this is stumping me. I love this pattern pls help. Thx

viki wrote
on Feb 14, 2006 1:31 PM

Did you ever complete this sweater? I have been working on it in the four different colors, and I just do not get it. Can you explain the skip 22 stitches and double crochet in next 17 of the second wedge? What is that small opening created by the 22 stitches? I see nothing that corresponds to it for the other front piece.

Thanks

Hydee wrote
on May 3, 2006 6:53 AM

Hi! I was just browsing crochet patterns and I saw this. This thing is gorgeous! I don't know how you did it! I say this because I am a beginner at crochet and I hope to be able to make my own patterns and try something like this sweater one day! Thank you for your inspiration!! TTYL

utfran wrote
on Dec 31, 2007 8:43 PM

I have the same question as Vicki. Can you explain the skip 22 stitches and double crochet in next 17 of the second wedge? What is that small opening created by the 22 stitches? If this opening is the arm holes, it is not big enough for my arms. How do I make the holes larger???

Thanks

BarbaraJ wrote
on Apr 6, 2008 2:17 PM

I have just joined and am not too clear about a lot of things, but this is something I'm going to try.... I create a lot of "children's things"..... love to crochet and am hoping to find my way around this place soon.... bj

LilaSaPa wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 9:06 AM

I have the same question as several others. Can you explain the skip 22 stitches and double crochet in next 17 of the second wedge? What is that small opening created by the 22 stitches? If this opening is the arm holes, it is not big enough for my arms. How do I make the holes larger???

msbyrdt wrote
on Oct 23, 2009 6:39 AM

I tried and pulled this pattern out several times. I came up with the same thought as Pheona....the count problems, are not making sense to me. I too, have been crocheting for well over 50+ yrs.. I usually can figure out my mistakes or mistakes in the pattern and correct them, but this one has me stumped. If there is a correction for the pattern or more info, PLEASE, post it. I love the look of the pattern, and I bought all of this yarn especially to make this. HELP! :~ <

wedding wrote
on Jan 13, 2010 8:40 AM

Wow, that is a really cute design!

wedding wrote
on Jan 13, 2010 9:05 AM

This design is so CUTE!

msbyrdt wrote
on Jan 13, 2010 9:20 AM

I've tried & tried to get this pattern right. I've worked on it off & on for over a year and still have the same problem as everyone else. Please explain in simple terms. Please.......

marietweet

crazy stitch wrote
on Feb 5, 2010 11:59 AM
crazy stitch wrote
on Feb 5, 2010 12:09 PM

I LOVE SWIRL PATTERN KRISTEN OMDAHL .HELP I HAVE COMPLETED BACK AND 4 PIES UP TO SLEEVES AND IT DOESNOT MATCH TO JOIN EDGES OF WEDGES AND START SLEEVES

 

oakapple wrote
on Mar 22, 2010 9:03 AM
oakapple wrote
on Mar 22, 2010 9:23 AM

Hi ! at first I was puzzled about the armholes and mine were too small (I'm not sure about my guage) So I tried working 5 rows on the 17 stitches before making the chains to extend to the proper length of row. I will try to write out my pattern properly but hopefully the picture will make it clear.

The brown pie wedge will be the bottom at the back, and the darker green the underam (neither is long enough yet)

I am experimenting with the light green pie wedge as I dont want the collar so ignore that bit ! Hope that all makes sense.

Chiara83 wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 6:47 PM

Hi! I'm Italian, so please forgive my English.

I'm trying to make this pattern and just finished the swirl. I was puzzled by the same question as many other, but I think that by "skip 22 sts" maybe she means to close the work and start back after 22 sts, otherwise that tiny hole doesn't make any sense.

But if it is so, and if I haven't misunderstood, I think that B and C pie wedges are inverted. I mean...that 17 sts are supposed to be behind the armhole, aren't they? I thought B pie wedge was the right side, but maybe it is the left one?

@ oakapple: in your picture, the underarm is the right one, isn't it?

bamagranny wrote
on Jun 5, 2014 4:47 PM

I was just wondering if any of the others who have tried this pattern were able to complete it.  There were questions about stitch count & if the arm hole is big enough, in particular.  Such a beautiful sweater,  can it be completed as written?  Are there corrections somewhere or clearer instructions?  I don't normally do garments because the increasing & decreasing for sleeves confuses me.  If others are confused, I feel I don't stand a chance to understand this pattern. I'd so love to make it.