Laney V Back Sweater

Crochet
August 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 12 rows = 4 inches
6.0 mm (J)
1300 - 3500 yards (1189 - 3200 m)
Small through 5x
US
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This pattern is available for free on the Cre8tion Crochet blog or as a paid, advertising-free pdf. Click “visit pattern website” to access the free version There is also a promo code to get 50% off the printable pdf. The Laney V Back Crochet Sweater features great texture mixed with sleek finishes. The three-quarter sleeves and the open back makes it a great piece for many seasons. This sweater can also be made with a closed back and full-length sleeves. You can customize your colors any way you like. This top is constructed in two panels that are seamed together with the sleeves added to the sides before final seaming. The Laney V Back Crochet Sweater is sure to be a staple in your wardrobe.

YARN
Marly Bird’s Chic Sheep by Red Heart Yarns- 3.5 oz/100grams, 186 yards each- #4 100% Merino Wool
3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7) skeins Platinum
2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins Sterling
2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins Green Tea

MATERIALS
J/6.0mm- I used my Green Apple Candy Shop from Furls Crochet
Yarn needle
(4) Stitch Markers plus more for lining up edging

DIFFICULTY
Intermediate

SIZES
follows CYC Standard Sizes- for more information click here
Small through 5x

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
see schematic in photos for finished measurements

GAUGE
pre blocking
6 clusters (or 12 sts) and 12 rows = 4”
post blocking
7 clusters (or 14 sts) and 13 rows = 5”

NOTES
• Ch 1 is not considered the first st
• St counts are in at the end of rows where the st count changes from previous row
• Color changes used in my sample are notated in the pattern, however you can use any color scheme you like- color blocks are done in row multiples of two
• Each section of sc and dc in the same st is referred to as a cluster for the purposes of stitch count
• Sides are labeled as will be when laid flat- the beginning tail will be on the bottom right when you are looking at the right (correct) side
• This garment uses some advanced finishing techniques, such as changing color on edging, to create a cohesive finished look. To have less ends to weave in, leave a long tail on the last worked color for each color change, this will be used to edge
• There are no stitch counts given for edging as it is not necessary to have a specific number of stitches; however, it is important that the fabric be neither overly stretched or bunched up, and that your st counts match from side to side.
o For edging the Pattern Rows; The technique that works best for me is to place 2sc in each row ending in dc and 1sc in each row beginning with a ch-1, this will equate to 3 sc every two rows
o For edging the Ribbing Rows; The technique that works best for me is to place 1 sc in each row, this will equate to 2 sc every two rows
• During seaming, I recommend using stitch markers to ensure that everything lines up before stitching

STITCH GUIDE
ch(s) – chain(s), sc – single crochet, hdc – half double crochet, dc – double crochet, st(s) – stitch(es), RS – right side

SPECIAL STITCHES
Charts provided for special stitches in pattern

Dc2tog (alternative)- dc2tog
Yarn over (YO), insert hook into first st, YO and draw up a loop, (three loops on hook), YO, insert hook in next st, YO and draw up a loop (five loops on hook), YO, pull through first three loops on hook, YO and pull through remaining three loops.

Pattern Row
Ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc and dc in the next st, skip one st, sc and dc in the next st, repeat from to end

Decrease Row (left side)
Ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc and dc in the next st, skip one st, sc2tog over the next 2 sc (skipping the dc in between), dc in the same st as the last portion of the sc2tog, skip one st, sc and dc in the next st, repeat from to end

Decrease Row (right side)
Ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc and dc in next st, * skip one st, sc and dc in next st, repeat from * until 3 clusters remain, skip one st, sc2tog over the next 2 sc (skipping the dc in between), dc in the same st as the last portion of the sc2tog, skip one st, sc and dc in the last st

Sleeve Decrease Row
Ch 1, turn, skip first st, sc and dc in next st, * skip one st, sc and dc in next st ; repeat from * to until you reach the middle two clusters (this is not marked- it doesn’t have to be exact, just as close to the middle as possible), skip one st, sc2tog over the next 2 sc (skipping the dc in between), dc in the same st as the last section of the sc2tog, repeat from * to ** until you reach the end

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