Equal parts casual and graceful, Distant Fog is an infinitely versatile piece that doesn’t just enhance an outfit but becomes the outfit. This simple design paired with a relaxed fit make Distant Fog a staple piece that can be worn on any occasion without feeling overdressed. Soft elements like the deep, curving neckline and the delicate split hem help bring a lightness to this boxy dress. Changing the length is a simple way to breathe new life into a design without needing to modify any pattern math, and this humble sweater has the potential to be worn as a hip-length sweater or a dress that lands at the thigh for a comfortable, approachable outfit that suits your personal taste. Try defining your waistline with a belt for a more tailored fit.
Your yarn choice can lead this design in many interesting directions. Hold a DK yarn together with mohair for a fuzzy halo effect or choose a fiber with a drape you would love to wear. This design is comprised of half double crochet stitches throughout, encouraging you to get creative with your yarn choices. Simple stitches like this are great opportunities to use any special, unique yarns you may have on hand that you want to show off without getting lost in a distracting stitch pattern. Speckled, variegated, self-striping and hand-dyed yarns pair best with a blank canvas of simple stitches to really let the yarn shine. If you crave more visual interest, break up the fabric by creating your own color-blocking pattern or use a contrasting yarn for the split-hem and sleeve cuffs for a two-toned effect.
Distant Fog is a sweater version of the Mountain Peaks Cardigan. Both designs are worked from the bottom up, entirely comprised of the same stitch, with angled shaping around the neckline, demonstrating how the slightest change in detail can create an entirely fresh design.
Substitute WeCrochet Simply Alpaca Aran with any DK (category #3) weight or sport (category #2) weight yarn that matches gauge. This particular yarn is labelled as a heavy worsted/aran weight, but it feels thinner, more like a DK or sport weight yarn. When choosing a yarn, choose a fiber that gives you the best drape; one that you would like to wear against your skin for long periods of time. Any fiber should work out fine.
To match the look of the fiber used in this sample, choose an alpaca yarn. If you are prone to itching, choose an alpaca yarn that specifies “baby alpaca” as this is the softest type, or choose a different fiber altogether. Simply Alpaca is plied with a soft haze; a similar look can be achieved by using any DK fiber of your choosing paired with a mohair or Suri alpaca yarn.