Sideways Knit Sweater Рpattern update 

So I made another sweater this weekend!

Just like the one a few weeks back but this time using 3 strands not 4. The sleeve shaping works a treat and I made a sime adjustment and collected 40 stitches along the front and back and decreased 5 at each end over alternate rows to get back to 30 stitches. This is a comfortable underarm fit.   

I neglected the increase for the bust just to see if it was necessary and it doesn’t seem it is for a size 10-12 like me.  

I should have made it longer and went back and made 6 more rows hence you can see a line across the front. But I don’t mind any quirky stitch work in a grey sweater. It’s fine. 

So the pattern is in good order. Just ensure your length is as desired before casting off. 

My thinking is for a larger fit – add 2 stitches (per size) to original cast on for sleeves. And pick up 2 extra stitches across the front and back. Perhaps retain the bust increases if your bust will pull the fabric. Arm and body length is adjustable. It is a close fit sweater so add more stitches at arm or body for a looser fit. 



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So here is what I’ve created using 4 strands of 8ply soft acrylic. 


 Make bodice. 

The bodice is knitted in one piece starting at right sleeve cuff. Cast on 20 st using size 8 needles. Knit one row change needles to size 10mm. Stocking stitch all the way til it measures to the tip of shoulder. For me it was 18 inches/46cm. 

Shape shoulder. 

Inc on next knit row at st 10&11 (22 st). Inc on next knit row at st 11&12 (24 st). Continue stocking st 4 rows, inc on 4th  row st 12&13 (26 st), 6th row st 13&14 (28 st) and 10th row (30 st). Continue stocking stitch 2 more rows. 

Neck opening. 

Next knit row, knit to centre 2 st and cast off 2 st for neck opening. Finish row and continue stocking st on these 14 st. (Keep first 14 st on needle). Stocking stitch til work measures 12-13inches (if you want a wide boat neck opening). Leave stitches on needle (cut yarn) and rejoin yarn back to other 14 st and continue stocking st on these to match the other half. When work measures the same and in next knit row, cast on 2 st across to join other half (30 st). Continue 2 rows. 

Shape shoulder. 

Dec at centre x 2 (28st). Continue 4 rows. Dec on 4th row at centre x2 (26st), 6th row (24st)10th row (22st) and finally dec x2 on 12th row (30 st). Continue in stocking st down left sleeve until it matches right sleeve length. Cast of firmly. 

Front and back. 

Pick up centre 36 stitches along one side of main bodice piece so that first row is pearl row. Stocking st pattern 2 rows. Dec at  beg of next 6 rows   (30 st). 

Shape bust. 

Next knit row inc at st 5 & 25 (32st). And again on next knit row inc at st 5&25 (34st).  The dec at row ends was to shape underarms. The inc in these rows gives shape over bust and stops knitting from pulling. 

Continue in stocking st on these 34 st to work measures down to desired length. For me I stopped at top of my jeans (hip level – 12 inches). Cast off – if you can cast off without the work curling up that would be great. 

Repeat same for back on other side of main bodice piece. 

I continued the back a further 2 inches of rib stitch after reaching the 12 inches that matched the front. This gives the sweater a ‘tail’ which is an interesting feature. This is optional of course. 

Join at sides and steam to flatten bulky join across front and back bodice. 

So that’s it. 

Using 4 strands has made this a firm heavy sweater. The sleeves are long and tight fitting. 

It’s lovely  and warm. 

Next time I will make with 2 strands on size 10mm needles which will give it a more open loose look and feel. 

Bobble Stitch Bomber Jacket

The Bobble Bomber is complete. This prototype is great for a first time original adult pattern (me thinks)!!! I made a few adjustments after wearing it once. I crocheted in some ‘stay stitches’ in the form of a crocheted chain between shoulders as I noticed the soft acrylic stretched very quickly.


The basic construction is a one piece vest with two shaped arms. The collar is worked at the neck edge once assembled and before placing the chunky zip.


I am currently working on my second garment making adjustments and developing a written pattern. I will be posting it as a ‘Crochet Along’ if you want to give it a try.

To get prepared you will need 6 balls 100g Marvel Soft 8ply available from Spotlight in Australia – or similar. I use a 4.5mm crochet hook to create a good level of ease.


The Bobble Stitch created a really thick heavy fabric for this garment and so the Bomber Jacket is lovely and warm. I have just worn it traveling around Tasmania in temperatures between 3-14 degrees with just a woolen thermal sweater underneath!

Join me in creating your own over the next few weeks.