This wintry, off-the-shoulder piece is simple in construction, but majestic and stately in appearance. This design explores the juxtaposition of a chunky, winter yarn with a seemingly lightweight design. The neat, uniform stitches create a smooth, continuous fabric that lays effortlessly on your body like a freshly fallen blanket of snow. The inherent bulkiness of the yarn combined with a tight stitch pattern creates a structured, rigid fabric. Rather than trying to resist this, I played this to my advantage and used this as a design feature—an opportunity to create an oversized, boxy statement piece that accentuates the stiffness and structure of the garment.
This easy-to-crochet sweater can easily be worked up in any size within just a few days—perfect for those who are new to garment making.
Note: Once you have mastered this pattern, you may want to try the Amber Magic Off-the-Shoulder Yoke (here)—a warm-weather, fingering weight version of this sweater with a little more shaping in the arms.
641 (686, 778, 892, 961) (1098, 1189, 1326, 1395) m
Note: Yardage is for a slightly cropped sweater and ¾-length sleeves as shown in the sample and the sizing chart. Additional yardage will be needed if you would like a full-length sweater or longer sleeves.
Biggo is listed as a bulky weight, category #5 yarn and leans towards the lighter side of this category. Despite this, the fabric in the sweater shown is quite dense when paired with the chosen stitch pattern. For best results, choose a worsted weight or aran weight, category #4 yarn for a less dense fabric that will provide better drape than a bulky weight as long as gauge is matched. If you choose to use bulky weight yarn as I did in the sample shown, I recommend you choose a breathable fiber like wool and avoid non-breathable fibers like acrylic if possible. Make sure to swatch your chosen yarn to be sure you are satisfied with the resulting fabric before continuing.
Hook: Size U.S. K/10½ (6.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, five locking stitch markers