The Astoria Sweater

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Have you ever gone to the store, and seen a yarn so beautiful and interesting that you just cannot WAIT to get home and play with it?

That is how I felt when I picked up "Ombre Life" by Lionbrand Yarn - goodness, it is sooo soft and so pretty! It is a cotton/acrylic blend that is simply perfect for wearables, and is a sport weight yarn - so when you work with it, it gives your work a flexible drape. 

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Because the yarn is made up of 4 seperate threads to make up the strand, it means that you have to concentrate a little bit more to work with it. For me, this is totally worth it because the finished product is something I will wear all the time (and the colors are beautiful!) However, if you decide to purchase some, this is just something to keep in mind:) BUT - if you use a Clover Armour Hook or a Furls Crochet Hook - this yarn will be a lot easier to work with! 

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This pattern is written in US Standard Terms.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Hook Size: 3.5 mm, 3 mm, 2.5 mm

Gauge: 13 DC by 13 DC = 3” square (for sleeves)

              11 SC by 11 SC = 2” square  (for panels)

Yarn: Sport Weight (2) Fine- Ombre Life by Lionbrand Yarn in Cloudy Day used in example. 3 skeins sizes XS, S, M, L. 4 skeins XL. Use my affiliate links below to shop for your yarn! If you click on the "Make it in Wool-Spun" picture, it will take you to the Lionbrand website where you can grab your Ombre Life yarn!

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Special Stitches:

Mini Bean Stitch: Insert hook in next st, yo, draw up a loop (2 loops on hook). YO, insert hook in same st, yo, draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). YO, pull through all 4 loops.

Stitch Abbreviations:

SC – Single Crochet

DC – Double Crochet

Mini- Bean Stitch: MB

Ch – Chain

Sk – Skip

St/Sts – Stitch/Stitches

YO – Yarn Over

TC - Treble Crochet

BLO - Back Loop Only

Materials Needed:

Tapestry Needle

Scissors

Stitch Marker

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SIZING:

NOTE: If you want to make your sweater longer, simply make the front and back panel longer than indicated. (Please keep in mind that yarn yardage will change). You can also make both panels the same length if you would like – I like having a longer back with my sweaters, but this is just a preference.

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Extra Small

Bust Measurement Around: 32’”

Front Panel: 18” Length. 16” Width. 

Back Panel: 20” Length.  16 “ Width. 

Sleeves: 17” Length. Armhole at top: 5.5” 

 Small:

Bust Measurement Around: 34”  

Front Panel: 20“Length. 17” Width. Back Panel: 22” Length. 17” Width.

Sleeves: 17.5” Length.

 Armhole at top: 5.5”

Medium:

Bust Measurement Around: 36”  Sleeves: 17.5” Length. 

Front Panel: 22” Length. 18” Width. 

Back Panel: 24” Length. 18” Width.

Armhole at top: 6”

Large:

Bust Measurement Around: 40”

Sleeves: 18”

Front Panel:24” Length. 20” Width. 

Back Panel: 26” Length. 20” Width. 

Armhole at top: 7”

Extra Large:

Bust Measurement Around: 44”  Sleeves: 18”

Front Panel: 24” Length. 22” Width. 

Back Panel: 28” Length. 22” Width. 

Armhole at top: 7.5”

THE PATTERN

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Front Panel:

Use your 3.5 mm hook.

Notes: The chain/chains at the beginning of each row do not count as the first stitch UNLESS otherwise specified. This panel is worked from the top down.

When working this pattern, always check to make sure the total stitch count is being met. In addition, it is always a good idea to hold up the panel and check the length as you go, in case you decide you want it shorter or longer. 

In addition, I recommend crocheting a little loose, so you are able to work in the stitches better, especially if you are using the Ombre Life yarn.

Ch 95. (99, 103, 111, 119). 

Row 1: SC in the 2nd Ch from the hook and all the way across.  Ch 1 and turn. 94 stitches total (98, 102, 110, 118). This will be the total stitch count in each row for the rest of the panel. 

Row 2: SC all the way across. 94 stitches total (98,102,110,118).  

Row 3: Chain 6 and turn. (Note: the first two chains of the chain 6 count as the first TC of the row, the four chains count as four stitches). Sk the next 4 sts after the st you have chained up from, TC. *Ch 3, sk 3 sts, TC* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row for a total of TC times. (23, 24, 26, 28). There will be a total of 24 (25, 26, 28, 30) TC in total (including the chain 2 at the beginning). Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 4: Ch 1 (counts as first st), sk 1 st, SC.  *Ch 1, Sk 1, SC* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row for a total of 46 times (48, 50, 54, 58). There will be a total of 46 repeats (48, 50, 54, 58) in the row. Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 5: Ch 1 (counts as first stitch), sk 1 st, SC in the ch 1 space. *Ch 1, Sk 1, SC in Ch 1 space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row 46 times (48, 50, 54, 58). There will be a total of 47 repeats (49, 51, 55, 59) in the row. Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 6: Ch 1 (counts as first stitch), sk 1 st, MB in ch 1 space. *Ch 1, Sk 1, MB in Ch 1 space*.Repeat from * to * until the end of the row 45 times (47, 49, 53, 57). There will be a total of 46 repeats (48, 50, 54, 58) in the row. Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 7 – 8: Repeat Row 5. 

Rows 9 – 68 (74, 80, 86, 86) : Repeat Rows (3 – 8) 10 times (11, 12, 13, 13).

NOTE: If you decide you want your panel shorter or longer – simply subtract/add one or more repeat.

 Row 69 (75, 81, 87, 87): Repeat Row 3. 

Row 70 (76, 82, 88, 88): SC all the way across. 94 (98, 102, 110,118). Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 71 (77, 83, 89, 89): SC all the way across. 94 (98, 102, 110,118). Fasten off and weave in ends. ddsz

Back Panel:

Rows 1 – 68 (74, 80, 86, 86): Repeat pattern for Front Panel. 

Row 69 – 75 (80, 86, 92, 98): Repeat Rows 3 – 8 of the Front Panel 1 time. (1, 1, 1,

2). 

Row 76 (81, 87, 93, 99): Repeat Row 3 of Front Panel. 

Row 77 ( 82, 88, 94, 100): SC all the way across. 94 (98, 102, 110,118).Ch 1 and turn. 

Row 78 (83, 89, 95, 101): SC all the way across. 94 (98, 102, 110,118). Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Sleeves (make 2):

Note: Turning Chain 2 does not count as first stitch. The hook size changes allow for natural shaping without making decreases. 

Ch 49 (49, 55, 63, 69). 

Row 1: DC in the 2nd Ch from the hook and all the way across. 48 (48, 54, 62, 68). Chain 2 and turn.

Rows 2 – 11: DC all the way across. 48 (48, 54, 62, 68). Ch 2 and turn.

Switch to 3 mm hook.

Rows 12- 22: DC all the way across. 48 (48, 54, 62, 68). Ch 2 and turn.

Switch to 2.5 mm hook. 

Rows 23 -44 (46, 46, 48, 48): DC all the way across. 48 (48, 54, 62, 68). Ch 2 and turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Cuffs (make 2):

Note: Turning chain does not count as first stitch. It is also a good idea to measure your wrist as you go to make sure the cuff isn’t too large or small. You can increase the number of rows or Ch’s at the beginning to achieve the size you are most comfortable with. 

Switch back to 3.5 mm hook

Ch 18. 

Row 1: SC in 2nd St from hook and all the way across (17).  Ch 1 and turn. 

Rows 2 – 44 (44, 50, 58, 60) SC in the BLO all the way across (17). Ch 1 and turn. 

Assembly:

1.     Fold your cuff in half and sew and sew along the edge. Repeat for the second cuff.

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2.              Fold the sleeve in half lengthwise and sew along the edge. Repeat for the second sleeve.

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3.                 Sew each cuff onto the sleeve.

4.                 Place the back panel and the front panel on top of each other with the wrong side of the work facing out on both sides. Place edges together as shown in the photo below.

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5. Sew the panels together up to where the armhole starts.

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6.     Sew around the armhole to connect your sleeve to the panels. 

7.     Repeat steps 5 and 6 for both sides. 

8.     Sew along the top of the panels about 5 -6 inches on each side (depending on how wide you want your neckline to be). 

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6.     Turn your project right-side out. 

7.     Voila! Your sweater is complete!:)

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