I find making my own clothes so satisfying, and I’ve got so many ideas for new crochet patterns that I need to work up – but finding the time to experiment isn’t always that easy, especially with two little ones (and one big one) to look after.
It feels more productive to know you’ll have something real and tangible to show for the time you’ve spent on a project. So it’s great when you find a tried and tested pattern you love; one that’s simple enough to execute, you know how much time you need to dedicate to it, and you’re happy with the finished fit.
This pattern from Molla Mills is probably one of my most overused patterns. I bought it from Ravelry but there’s also a very similar men’s pattern in her book, Crochetterie.
For my size (s-m), it takes five skeins of 100g dk yarn, with a 3.5mm hook.
This most recent make uses a James C. Brett Harmony yarn from Love Crochet (I bought it at 50% off in the January sale so it was such a bargain at less than £2 per 100g! (…but sorry, it’s not in the sale anymore)). I just love how difficult it is to imagine what your finished project will look like when using multicoloured yarn like this – you get a nice surprise at the end. My favourite part about this jumper is the differing depths of colour groupings on the sleeves in comparison to the body, I think it gives it even more of a quirky vibe (not that it needed more quirk!).
I also made this jumper in a Debbie Bliss black dk yarn – perfect for ‘the everyday’.
What’s also good to know is my husband washed and tumble dried this jumper (on a bloody high heat!) and it’s still retained its shape – thankfully… for his sake.
I even temporarily Christmassified (new word?!) this jumper for my annual Christmas jumper night with friends by appliquéing crochet stars to the front. These didn’t survive the tumble dryer, but I intended to unpick them anyway.
I don’t think I’m ready to hang this pattern up just yet – I’ve got bags more yarn just waiting to be put to use, and I’d love to adapt the pattern to incorporate a polka dot design. Here’s to finding more time for experimenting.