This project originally started off as a sweater for my daughter. I wanted to mix cables with little popcorns and ended up with the design ‘Cable Pop.’ I sent her off to school in her new digs and her preschool teacher saw it and exclaimed, “That is so cute. I would actually wear that for myself!”
And I thought suspiciously to myself, “Would you REALLY?” I’m not sure why I was so skeptical. My daughter’s preschool teacher is younger and stylish and looks like she keeps up with trends and whatnot. This is in stark comparison to me with my frazzled Mom-hair with chewed-up toddler banana smeared on the thigh area of my pants. Still, I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why I felt the design wouldn’t work for an adult.
Then I had it! It was the pops! I kept picturing the pops falling the wrong way on an adult bust making the wearer look like she had more nipples than a dairy cow. Completely unflattering. So, I did the only logical thing: I got rid of the pops. There. Problem solved.
I decided to add a little extra interest to the design by using Sweet Paprika’s ‘Andante’ which was gloriously soft with great stitch definition and really brought the whole thing together. I highly recommend the splurge because hey, we all need self-care, too.
I would say this is a good pattern for an adventurous beginner. If you are familiar with post stitches, it will be a piece of a cake. Which, by the way, also counts as self-care. Just sayin.
37 (40, 44, 48)” [94 (101.5, 112, 123) cm] to fit chest: S (32-34) [(M (36-38), L (40-42), XL (44-46)]
Sweater is meant to have 3-5″ [7.5-12.5] positive ease.
7 sts and 9 rows = 2 inches in sc
Sweet Paprika Andante (100% superwash merino; 195 yds [178cm]/100g) 7 (8, 9, 10) skeins
Thanks to Sweet Paprika for providing the yarn!
Special Stitch Key (US terms)
Front Post Triple Crochet 2 Together (fptr2tog): YOtwice. Insert hook front to back around post st from prev row and pull up a loop. (YO pull through 2) twice. 2 loops on hook. YO twice. Insert hook front to back around nextpost st from prev row and pull up a loop. (YO pull through 2) twice. 3 loops on hook. YO and pull through rem loops.
Front Post Half Double Crochet (fphdc): YO. Insert hook front to back around post of st from prev row and pull up a loop. 3 loops on hook. YO and pull through all 3 loops.
Back Post Half Double Crochet (bphdc): YO. Insert hook back to front around post of st from prev row and pull up a loop. 3 loops on hook. YO and pull through all 3 loops.
Pattern for the Cable Motif
Post stitches are numbered in order from right to left as they lay.
After your first set up row, post stitches will always go around the post stitches from the prev row.
Skipped stitches are merely referencing the stitches you already post stitched around. Be careful not to also crochet into the tops of them!
About the Designer: Maybe Katie
I believe crocheted clothes can look young and modern.
I believe in dressing children in bright colors. (They can wear neutrals when they’re middle-aged.)
…modifications are from heaven
…stitch counts are from hell
….and people who watch TV without yarn in their hands are just plain weird.