I have discovered that you can actually overdose on crochet and have to walk away for a few days. Last Thursday, I completed one of the front panels for the Ballet Wrap Sweater from Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet and did half of one sleeve panel. I have not crocheted since. I think I’m finally ready to return to my project. In total, I have to make 1 back panel, 2 front panels, 2 sleeves and two crochet cords to tie the sweater closed. Here are my two complete pieces, the back panel and one front panel.
As you crochet, you shape the armholes, and for the front panel, the diagonal slant of the wrap. I’ve really had to keep track of my rows this project, which has meant a pencil behind my ear and a notebook right next to me to check off rows. I might add I had to re-do half of the front panel because I missed the language at EACH end of the row. I’m still learning. I’m nervous about assembling the piece which does NOT have you sew up the sleeves first. Should be interesting.
The entire sweater is done in double crochet, which makes these fantastic raised ridges and lower valleys. The pictures do not do the color justice, which is Country Blue in Caron Simply Soft.
Below is an image from the book of the Ballet Wrap Sweater. Of course I can’t share the pattern, but I would highly recommend this book if you are a beginner or just for some great patterns. Their version uses a silk and cashmere blend yarn which I covet! Follow the link above or click on the image to find the book on Amazon.