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The Dwell Chunky Crochet Sweater – Free Pattern

This oversized crochet cardigan free pattern is easy to make with chunky Wool-Ease Tonal yarn in the color "Smoke." Free pattern and step-by-step tutorial!

Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering chunky crochet sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Get the free pattern and video tutorial below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF with stitch chart here

Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering chunky crochet sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Free pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn.
This free chunky crochet sweater pattern is part of an ongoing collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

Find the full step-by-step video tutorial for the Dwell Sweater here.

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This year, I’ve challenged myself to move out of my comfort zone of crochet shoes, afghans and scarves to design more sweaters and other garments. There’s something particularly satisfying about making my own clothes and I often wear the sweater I’ve just created as I’m writing up the pattern, sort of like it’s my trophy at the end of a hard-fought battle. πŸ™‚

The Construction

After experimenting with a few different variations of a basic folded-rectangle shrug, I knew I wanted to create a chunky crochet sweater that used the same simple-to-master concepts (ie. no increasing or decreasing!) that would be worthy of wearing all fall and winter long. I think the Dwell Sweater is it!

The Stitch

This speedy, chunky crochet sweater pattern uses the Zeros and Crosses stitch, which I’ve had my eye on for a while now. It’s worked a little differently than other stitches because you cross two double crochet stitches to make and “X,” but I felt really proud of mastering a new little crochet technique. I cover how to work this stitch in detail in the Dwell Sweater video tutorial.

Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering chunky crochet shrug sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Free pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn.

The Pattern & Video

If you’ve had a bit of experience reading patterns and want to challenge yourself to make your first garment, this chunky crochet sweater is a great one to try. Even better, I’ve put together a video tutorial that walks you through this pattern start to finish.

And for those of you who are visual pattern readers like me, I’ve created a bonus stitch chart for you in the ad-free, printable pattern PDF, which you can purchase here on LoveCrochet or here on Etsy.

Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering chunky crochet sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Free pattern from Make & Do Crew featuring Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn.

More Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

If you’re excited about how easy the Dwell Chunky Cardigan came together for you, then don’t miss these other free crochet sweater patterns with simple construction!

Four free crochet sweater patterns made from simple shapes with easy construction.

1. Habitat Cardigan // 2. Campfire Cardigan // 3. Day Date Cardigan // 4. Haven Bobble Cardigan

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The Dwell Chunky Crochet Sweater
Free Pattern

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Find the step-by-step video tutorial here

 

Explanation:
If you love the concepts of slow fashion, slow weekends at home and fast crochet projects, this chunky cardigan is just the project for you! Creatively constructed from a simple rectangle, this flattering sweater comes together easily with zero shaping, increasing or decreasing. Once you have the basic repeat memorized, you’ll whiz through this pattern and have fun watching your new sweater take form right before your eyes.

Skills needed include double crochet and post stitches, although if you haven’t tried post stitches before, this is a β€œsafe” project to give them a go as their use within is quite basic.

Supplies:
(UPDATE: Lion Brand has turned this pattern into a kit that includes all the yarn you’ll need plus a black and white copy of the pattern. Grab yours here!)

β€’ Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight: 5/ bulky – 124 yds, 4 oz)
Smoke (149) – 7 (9, 10) skeins
β€’ Tapestry needle
β€’ Size N (10 mm) crochet hook
β€’ Stitch markers or safety pins

*Since this pattern was first published, Wool-Ease Tonal has been discontinued. A similar category 5/bulky weight yarn will work as a substitute and so will two strands of worsted weight yarn held together. Be certain to work a gauge swatch before beginning the pattern and adjust hook size as necessary. 

Sizes:
The oversized nature of this sweater will accommodate many body types. The sample pictured is a S/M on a model with a 36” bust.

Bust Size //  Length of Sweater from collar to bottom edge
S/M: 34-38.5” // 30.5”

L/XL: 39-44.5” // 33”

2XL/3XL: 45-50” // 35.5”

 

Gauge:
10 stitches = 5”
2 repeats in the stitch pattern (6 total rows) = 5”

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
tch – turning chain
st – stitch
sp – space
sk – skip
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
rep – repeat
ch1sp – the space created by one chain
fpdc – front post double crochet: work 1 dc around stem of st 2 rounds below, inserting hook around stem from right to left to draw up loops. (Left to right for left-handed crocheters)

Overall Pattern Notes:
β€’ Pattern is written in size S/M with L/XL and 2XL/3XL written in parenthesis. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL). Sample shown is a size S/M. Because of the oversized style of the sweater, choosing a size is less about exact chest size and more about how loose you want your sweater to fit.

β€’ A video tutorial for this pattern will be available on 9.23.2017.

BODY OF SWEATER

Notes:
β€’ If you’re a visual learner, consider purchasing the printable PDF of this pattern which contains a stitch chart. 

β€’ The end of Row 4 might seem off to you, but know that the tch from the previous row is considered a stitch in this case, so the last dc of the row will be worked into that tch.

β€’ To adjust the width of the sweater, chain a multiple of 2 sts + 4.

β€’ Finished dimensions of rectangle should be approx.: 27 (30, 33)” tall by 44 (49.5, 54)” wide

Foundation Row: Ch 98 (110, 122).

Row 1: 1 dc in the sixth ch from the hook (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch1sp), *ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch; rep from * to end; turn. 95 (107, 119)

Row 2: Ch 3, sk next ch1sp work 2 crossed stitches as follows: 1 dc forward into next ch1sp, 1 dc back into just skipped ch1sp going behind forward dc so as not to catch it, *1 dc forward into next unoccupied ch1sp, 1 dc into back into previous ch1sp; rep from * to end when last forward dc occupies first tch, 1 dc into second tch; turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, working last sc into top of tch; turn.

Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and a ch1sp), sk 2 sts, 1 dc into next st, *1 ch, sk 1 st, 1 dc into next st; rep from * ending last rep in tch; turn. (See note above.)

Repeat Rows 2-4 ten (eleven, twelve) more times. At this point, you should have 12 (13, 14) rows of little ch1sp β€œwindows” (Rows 1 and 4).

SEAMING RECTANGLE

Notes:
β€’ There is no right side (RS) or wrong side of this fabric, so just choose the one you like best to face out.

Fold rectangle in half with RS facing in so that the foundation row and the final row of the rectangle are touching. (Stripes should be running horizontally as in photo below.) Pin in place along side seams using stitch markers or safety pins. Take care to line up stripes.

Place a stitch marker 5 (5, 6) inches from the folded side on either side of the rectangle. Using a tapestry needle and a doubled over strand of MC yarn, begin seaming the rectangle, working from the open side to the folded side. Stop at the stitch marker. Repeat for second seam.

Turn your new shrug-lette right side out and lay it flat as pictured in photo below. Place a stitch marker in the double crochet stitch that falls at the intersection of the bottom of the shrug and the perpendicular collar edge. Repeat on second side.

Tutorial: How to make a simple shrug-style crochet sweater with chunky Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal yarn in "Smoke."
 

ADDING COLLAR

Notes:

β€’ Collar is worked along the edge of the shrug back and forth in rows starting at the bottom-most front edge of the sweater, working around the back of the neck and returning to the bottom-most front edge on the other side. (See photo below.)

β€’ The marked double crochet stitches will become where you work the first and last stitches of Row 1. All subsequent rows will be worked between these stitch markers.

Right-Handed Crocheters: Attach yarn in left stitch marker, as seen when looking at the sweater laying flat.

Left-Handed Crocheters: Attach yarn in right stitch marker, as seen when looking at the sweater laying flat.

Row 1: Ch 3, sk next ch1sp work 2 crossed stitches as follows: 1 dc forward into next ch1sp, 1 dc back into just skipped ch1sp going behind forward dc so as not to catch it, *1 dc forward into next unoccupied ch1sp, 1 dc into back into previous ch1sp; rep from * to end when last forward dc occupies the ch1sp before the marked stitch, 1 dc into marked dc; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, working last sc into top of tch; turn.

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and a ch1sp), sk 2 sts, 1 dc into next st, *1 ch, sk 1 st, 1 dc into next st; rep from * ending last rep in tch; turn.

Repeat Rows 1-3 two more times.

Row 4: Repeat Row 1.

Round 5: Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, working 2 sc into  top of tch; do not turn; continue around bottom edge of sweater evenly spacing sc sts all the way to bottom corner where round began; sl st to first sc of round to join.

Fasten off.

Dwell Sweater: How to crochet a chunky cardigan sweater--free pattern and video tutorial from MakeAndDoCrew.com

ADDING SLEEVES

Notes:

β€’ Sleeve ribbing is achieved using post stitches. Please reference glossary of the pattern, the video tutorial or photo below for additional help.

β€’ The sleeves are worked in the round. Do not turn work at the end of each round.

Attach yarn in armhole at seam created from sewing the rectangle together. Be sure to work with the RS (outside) of the sweater facing you at all times.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 22 (22, 26) sc sts around armhole edge, sl st to first sc of round to join.

Round 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc, sl st to first sc of round to join.

Round 3: Ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 1 fpdc around next sc two rows below; rep from * to end of round, sl st to first sc of round to join.

Round 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc, sl st to first sc of round to join.

Round 5: Ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 1 fpdc around stem of next fpdc two rows below; rep from * to end of round, sl st to first sc of round to join.

Repeat Rounds 4 and 5 seven times. Add additional repeats if longer sleeves are desired. Fasten off.

ADDING POCKETS

Make 2:

Foundation Row: Ch 18.

Row 1 (RS): 1 sc into second ch, 1 sc into next and each ch to end; turn. (17)

Row 2 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and a ch1sp), sk 2 sts, 1 dc into next st, *1 ch, sk 1 st, 1 dc into next st; rep from * ending last rep in last sc; turn.

Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk next ch1sp work 2 crossed stitches as follows: 1 dc forward into next ch1sp, 1 dc back into just skipped ch1sp going behind forward dc so as not to catch it, *1 dc forward into next unoccupied ch1sp, 1 dc into back into previous ch1sp; rep from * to end when last forward dc occupies first tch, 1 dc into second tch; turn.

Row 4 (WS): Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, working last sc into top of tch; turn.

Rep Rows 2-4 once more.

Row 5 (WS): Rep Row 2.

Row 6 (RS): Ch 1, 1 sc into first st, 1 sc into next and each st to end, working sc into top of tch; do not turn; continue around corner working 2 additional sc in same tch, continue evenly spacing sc along top edge of pocket, stop when corner is reached (chain tail should be at the same corner).

Fasten off, leaving a 24” tail.

This boyfriend style cardigan is easy to make with the zeros and crosses crochet stitch. Free crochet pattern and tutorial from MakeAndDoCrew.com.

Pin pockets to front of sweater using stitch markers or safety pins. See photo above for exact placement or to customize to your liking. Take care to line up rows on pockets and sweater so that the pockets visually recede into the sweater.

Use leftover tail and a tapestry needle to sew pockets onto sweater using a whip stitch.

Weave in any remaining ends.

Wrap yourself in your new chunky Dwell Sweater, brew a cup of tea and embrace your inner home-dwelling homebody!

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More Beginner-Friendly Crochet Patterns

Now that you’ve crocheted yourself a whole sweater (!), check out these other beginner-friendly, free crochet patterns from Make & Do Crew.

Four free crochet patterns for beginners, including a poncho with sleeve, a chunky beanie, a beautiful triangle scarf, and a hooded sweater.

1. Alpine Poncho – This stylish crochet poncho with sleeves is very easy because it’s made from five simple rectangles. Step-by-step video tutorial included!

2. 1 Hour Easy Child’s Crochet Beanie – This slightly slouchy easy child’s crochet hat pattern works up in about an hour and is perfect for beginners because it’s made from a simple rectangle. Adult sizes included!

3. Dawn to Dusk Triangle ScarfMake an easy, lightweight crochet triangle scarf with this free Lion Brand Mandala scarf pattern. This one skein crochet project makes a perfect, fast DIY gift idea.

4. Remix Crochet Hooded Cardigan – Learn how to remix Mandala yarn cakes to create a stunning gradient effect in this free draped crochet cardigan pattern.

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130 Comments

  • Kim Ladouceur
    September 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I am seriously in love with all of your patterns! When will I ever find the time to make them all?!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you, Kim! If you ever find a way to create more crochet hours in a day, PLEASE let me know!

      Reply
  • Christy Young
    September 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I was going to purchase the pattern but it was just too much trouble. I just wanted to pay with Paypal and be done – not set up or sign in to an account. Cool pattern but I’ll just print the free version.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Hey Christy,

      I’m sorry to hear you had trouble. You should be able to use Pay Pal with lovecrochet.com.

      Reply
  • Sheri Wood
    September 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Would I be able to make this out of a lighter
    Weight yarn? I live in Florida in the winter
    So I’d like it to be for a more tropical climate 🌴

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Hmm. Yes, I’m sure you could. If I were you, I’d do some swatching so you can figure out what size you need to make with the thinner yarn in order to make a sweater that fits you. The yarn I used is a category 5/bulky, so you’ll need to adjust your sizing a bit. Also, you could just look at the overall rectangle measurements I list in the pattern for each size and make a rectangle the appropriate size. Does that make sense? πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • Cheryl Waterman
        October 5, 2017 at 11:59 am

        β€œAlso, you could just look at the overall rectangle measurements I list in the pattern for each size and make a rectangle the appropriate size. Does that make sense? πŸ™‚β€
        So … does a correct gauge really matter with this pattern? I’ve been trying to get the correct gauge with a different weight class yarn because the yarn recommended in pattern is hard to come by unless ordered online. I’m trying with a 4 weight class and 6 weight class. Also, when counting the stitches for the gauge, do you count the single crochet’s. Having trouble determing the stitches with the patterned rows. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. πŸ˜€ cheryl

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        • Smantha
          November 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

          I made it with size 3 yarn by making a rectangle that was the correct size. Just had to measure as I worked. Though if I could have the measurements for the pockets it would be much appreciated though I can eyeball if need be. Thanks!

          Reply
          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            December 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

            Oh, good call. I’ll add those measurements to the pattern soon. πŸ™‚

  • Angela Wilson
    September 18, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Thank you so very much for shating. I absolutely cannot wait to try. It will be my first attempt at a clothing piece.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Yay! I think this is a great first garment to try. I’ll be sharing a video tutorial later this week as well. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Crystal
    September 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Omg, love this! I’ve been working on a rectangular sweater and as of now I’m gonna frog it and make this one instead 😍

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Lol, well I hate to be the source of any frogging! I do hope you enjoy this pattern though. I’ve been loving wearing mine!

      Jess

      Reply
  • sarah morehead
    September 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    WOW–this looks amazing! Thankyou! Lol–I live in an area with only two seasons, (hot and VERY hot) but I have to have one! But, I am blessed with a Bestie who lives in a more temperate climate, and I haven’t bought her Christ mas present yet… πŸ˜‰

    Reply
  • Elspeth
    September 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Wow, what a great looking sweater, and super clear instructions! This is on my “projects to do” list, which is about five miles long, but I think I’ll have to bump this up near to the top!!! THANKS!

    Reply
  • Sharon Foltz
    September 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I am having problems getting it accept my name and email address. Keepa saying there is an error. Would love to subscribe to this site

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 19, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Hey Sharon,

      That’s no good! If you’d like, I can add you manually. Would you like me to use the email address you typed in when you left this comment?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Julie
    September 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Hi, would wool-ease thick & quick be too bulky?

    Julie

    Reply
  • Nadia
    September 20, 2017 at 6:50 am

    This is going to be my first sweater project! And as a full figured woman, I super appreciate the variety of size options you’ve offered and the directions you’ve given to adjust the sizing! I picked up my yarn for this last night and I can’t wait to get started!!

    This is a silly question, possibly, but in the seaming directions, what does “MC yarn” mean? and do you know a resource or do you have a post that gives more information on how to seam crocheted items?

    Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 23, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Hey Nadia,

      Yes! I really like it when EVERYONE can make something they’re proud to wear.

      MC means main color, so that is just saying to use the same yarn you’ve used in your sweater when you are sewing your seam. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Grace
    September 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I’m sorry I’m so new to this crocheting thing, I’m trying to figure out how many skeins of yarn I will need. I’ve read the items list a hundred times probably and I still am confused.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Hey Grace!

      You’ll need 7-10 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal, depending on the size you’re making.

      I just published a video tutorial might help you as you’re working as well. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Bridget
    September 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Once again thank you for another wonderful sweater. I hope to make this for my step grand daughter she’s a very skinny gal and about 5′ 11″ . I’m wondering if s/m would fit. You mentioned it’s loose fitting. Any suggestions? It’s a birthday present so I can’t measure her. Thanks again for your continued patterns.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Hey Bridget,

      I think this will make a wonderful gift!

      If I were you, I’d work the S/M size in your initial chain for the rectangle, but add the number of rows on your rectangle for the L/XL size. This will create a longer sweater that’s not too bulky for her thin frame. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Julie
    September 21, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Going to love crocheting this jacket just what i need fir this weather. I will have to wait for the video as i am quite nnew to crohet. Cant wait for you to upload ive got my yarn and hook waiting patiently.

    Reply
  • gail colohan
    September 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    hi! my niece wants me to make this for her; but i do NOT crochet!
    Do you have a KNIT version of this sweater?
    Would love to have it and make it for her!
    Gail

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 23, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Hey Gail,

      I’m sorry, I don’t have a knit version at this time. I did just create a video tutorial for this sweater though, in case you feel inspired to learn crochet! πŸ˜‰

      Jess

      Reply
  • Terry franklin
    September 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Where can I find the video when it comes out

    Reply
  • Sharonda
    September 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Hi.. I was trying to do the math part to see how much yarn I will need.. and if I did it correctly it says I will need 7-10 aliens depending on what size I make? Is that correct?? Lol

    Reply
  • Sharonda
    September 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Skiens not Alien.. Haha

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Lol, skeins/aliens, I understood either way. πŸ™‚

      That is correct–7-10 skeins if you use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal.

      Reply
  • Madelyn
    September 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t reconcile the stitch count between rows 1 & 2. You’re going from a three stitch repeat (dc, ch, dc) to the crossed stitch, which is only 2, and Then my stitch counts per row keep decreasing.. I downloaded the PDF but it didn’t help me figure out how to compensate for the stitches. What am I doing wrong?

    Reply
  • Madelyn
    September 22, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    hi! I left the earlier comment about the stitch count between rows 1&2. I figured out what I was doing wrong, so never mind! I was skipping to the next chain space instead of working in the same space for the new crossed stitch. Good thing I bought the pattern or else I would have never figured it out.

    Reply
  • Nancy
    September 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Adorable sweater!! Can’t wait to make it but when I click on the active links for either the free pattern or the video tutorial, they just take me to the main page again πŸ™

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Nancy,

      The free pattern is right above this comment area. πŸ™‚

      The video tutorial can be found here.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Christine
    September 25, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Hi Jess! I’ve been subscribed to your newsletter for some time now and always look at your new patterns and want to attempt to make something. However, this looks a little too difficult for a super-beginner like myself. Is there another sweater on your site that you’d recommend I start with? Even though it’s still 90 down here in Florida, I’m so ready for cute fall fashions πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    thanks!
    Christine

    Reply
  • Frances Hercik
    September 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t seem to find this yarn. Can you tell me where I can get it?

    Reply
  • Klara
    September 25, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Hi.. if I wanted a less holey sweater and went down in size of hook what else would I have to modify and how? Thank you .. hope it can be done

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Hey Klara,

      The holes are because of the stitch used to make the large rectangle. If you don’t want the holes, I’d just use a different stitch for the rectangle and follow the guidelines of how big I say the rectangle should be for each size sweater.

      Good luck and happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jodi
    September 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful patterns.. how many balls of yarn does a 2XL call for? Thanks again

    Reply
  • Grace
    September 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    My sweater is awaiting it’s last sleeve, as my first project I’m very proud. I had to add to the overall length of the sweater and the sleeves of the small/medium pattern. When I put it on it only went down covering the small of my back, I like my sweaters to swallow me more..?
    Thanks for a great pattern!!

    Reply
  • Cheryl Waterman
    October 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hello, I am trying to get thet gauge for this sweater. I have been trying to find the recommended yarn but can only seem to find online. I have some yarn in a weight 4 class. Lion Brand Wool-Ease. Would I be able to use that intsead of the tonal? I’ve tried getting the gauge by using differernt needles but having trouble figuring out the stitches to count to figure out the gauge as pattern has different stitches. Do I count the single crochet rows to get gauge? I read in a previous post that you can just crochet until you get to the measurements listed so does the gauge matter in this pattern?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Hey Cheryl,

      I believe I responded to you via email before seeing this, so I’ll keep it short. πŸ™‚

      Yes, the gauge matters and it’s measured in the by working the four row repeat the main rectangle is worked in. If you’d like to try a worsted weight yarn like Wool-Ease, I’d try holding two strands together and see if that gets you close to the gauge.

      Hope that’s helpful!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lona Smith
    October 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I am currently working up this pattern in a size small. I am only about 9 rows in but for some reason, it just doesn’t appear to me to be wide enough to fit an adult. Should I frog it out and start over or keep going?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Hey Lona,

      I list the size of the finished rectangle for each of the sweater sizes in the pattern, so the easiest option might be to measure yours and see if it’s going to be the proper width. Are you using a category 5 yarn like the pattern calls for?

      Jess

      Reply
      • Lona Smith
        October 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

        yes maam , I am. Im using a cat 5 yarn, and a 10mm hook. the test swatch came out right. the rectangle measures right, but visually it just looks small. i may change my mind after it’s finished. if not, i can always make another one, right?

        Reply
  • Sandy
    October 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hi. First of all, thanks for a great term. I’m having some trouble. I’m 3 rows into the collar, and as I try it on, I can’t get the sweater to stay on my shoulders. Just slides right off. I made it too big, opting for the xl size. Unfortunately, it’s too big, but I love it, so I’m not worried. Any suggestions on how to keep it on? I also wanted to add a hood, but it’ll probably be too heavy in back.

    Reply
    • Sandy
      October 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      I should have checked my spelling… Lol. Great term? I meant great pattern!!

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Hey Sandy,

      Adding the collar should help with that quite a bit because it’ll cover your shoulders more and you can flip the top part of the collar over to create a little more balance in the overall sweater. If that doesn’t cut it though, you could always add some additional collar rows to balance things out. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Leann
    October 9, 2017 at 1:23 am

    finished this In 4 days….LOVE IT!! YOUR AMAZING! why has this site been hiding from me!! Goin out tomorrow to buy yarn for boots next!!
    THANK YOU!!

    Reply
  • Hannah
    October 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

    About how long will this take to make? I am a fairly proficient crocheter but I like to have an idea of how long a project will take before fully committing.

    Thanks

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  • Mary
    October 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Repeat Rows 2-4 ten (eleven, twelve) more times. At this point, you should have 12 (13, 14) rows of little ch1sp β€œwindows” (Rows 1 and 4). do I count the first row as one? thanks

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  • Connie
    October 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I love the look of this sweater, and was thrilled to find an alternative the square sweaters. However, I followed the pattern exactly, with the proper gauge and all, and it seems too short. I was expected it to be longer as it appears in the photos, covering the fanny. I even made it a size bigger and it just doesn’t work up as shown.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Hmm. I’m sorry to hear that, Connie! I like a sweater to cover my toosh as well. If you’re up for the effort, you could take the sweater apart back to the rectangle stage and add some additional rows. That will increase the length at the bottom. Similarly, if you want to add some rows at the bottom similar to how you added the collar, that’s could work as well. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Melanie
    October 11, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I am working on the S/M size. What should my stitch count be in row 3? I keep coming up with 94. Is that correct or did I miss a stitch someplace? Thanks!

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  • Lissa
    October 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Hi Jess, I love this sweater, I want to make it for my daughter. I will be ordering a kit, usually I always buy an extra skein so I don’t run short. She is a small, will the 7 skeins definitely be enough! Thanks Lissa

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Hey Lissa,

      They should be! I would just check your gauge before you start so that you can ensure you’re using the same amount of yarn per stitch that I did. If you find your swatch bigger than the gauge I list in the pattern, just size your hook down.

      What a lucky daughter! πŸ™‚

      Jess

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      • Diane chabre
        November 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

        I used a size 10 hook and my yarn is a 5 and I don’t have nearly enough yarn. I haven’t even started my sleeves and I’m all out of yarn, and I bought 7.

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  • Didge
    October 14, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you so much for being willing to share your patterns. They are really amazing. The fact that they are FREE is
    exceptional. You have an amazing creative mind, being able to design patterns and always trying new stitches – just
    brilliant.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Didge! What kind feedback. I really enjoy sharing them for free and I’m thankful for the sponsors and advertisers who help make it possible!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Margaret Smith
    October 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    What is the size of the rectangle before adding the collar? The size is not apparent.
    (I have a cotton yarn I want to use for this pattern, but it is not the correct weight yarn.)
    Love the pattern!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Hey Margaret,
      That sounds pretty! I believe the full rectangle sizes are listen in the main rectangle section of the pattern above. πŸ™‚

      Jess

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  • Jadira Rodriguez
    October 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I’m currently working on this beautiful sweater and I’ve frogged twice because my edges are not straight. I’m not a beginner and my stitch count is the same. It looks like a trapezoid. I’ve watched your videos several times and I believe on the single stitch row does the first sc count as the first or do I place one in the first sp.??your advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Jadira,

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble! Are you referring to the the row of single crochet? In that row, you’ll ch 1 and then begin single crocheting in the very first double crochet and each dc after that (incl the turning ch).

      If you’re talking about the row where you’re creating Xs into the ch 1 spaces though, you’ll ch 1 and then work the first “leg” of the X into the first ch 1 sp. If you’re a visual learner, the bonus stitch chart that’s I made for the PDF might be helpful to check out.

      Let me know if any of that doesn’t make sense!

      Jess

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  • Rebecca Nelson
    October 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I LOVE this pattern! It works up fast and the finished product its warm and comfy! I used doubled up Red Heart worsted weight yarn. Now every woman in the family wants me to make them one! Thank you! Now I gave mist of my Christmas present list complete.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Yay! What wonderful feedback to hear. You’re quite a generous Christmas elf. πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  • Danielle
    October 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Hello love this look! just purchased the pattern but having difficulty. I’m doing the 2xl 3xl version.. I’ve chained 122 but with skipping 6 stiches for the first DC and then skipping 1 ch after that I only have 60 DC not 119 DC as mentioned in the pattern.. Should my foundation chain be 238 not 122? To give me the 119 Doc’s?

    Also do you know how much yards of yarn should be used for the 2xl 3xl version?

    Thanks so much totally excited to make this one!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 28, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Hey Danielle,

      I think the confusion may lie in that the stitch count at the end of the row is counting all the stitches (including ch spaces, etc). So it sounds like you’re probably right about on the money having 60 dc…? (Assuming there are ch 1 sps between them.)

      Jess

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  • Lindy Smith
    October 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Jess, I am going to attempt to make this very nice sweater. I am a not an expert in crocheting. Would I be able to crochet the rectangle in a different stitch? I would be using the small/medium size.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Hey Lindy,

      Yes! You def could. Whatever stitch you use, just create a rectangle that’s the same size of as the measurements I list at the end of the rectangle section of the pattern. I’d love to see what stitch you use! πŸ™‚

      Jess

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  • Belinda Stainforth
    November 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Hi there,
    Please could you help me…πŸ™ˆ. I have never crocheted and would love to make this sweater.
    I have no idea how many SC I need for a L sweater and how many blocks I would need. I have tried to measure it according to your measurements but am totally lost.

    Feel a little silly πŸ™ƒ

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  • Marwa Amin
    November 3, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for this easy pattern. . I tried it but it seems that sleeves are wider than the arm hole πŸ˜•
    How can i fix it? Thanks again

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  • Rhonda Coleman
    November 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hello, I just finished the sweater and I love it, the only thing that I don’t like is the bottom in the back. Not sure if I did something wrong, but it looks square in the back, not straight like your models. Not sure if I’m explaining it right, sorry. Maybe I’ll try to send a pic.

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  • Vyann
    November 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hi! I think your sweater is absolutely lovely. I’d like to make it for my daughter, but she says she prefers a longer sweater. Is there any way to keep this style, but make it a bit longer at the bottom? Not sure if this makes any sense lol! She wants something that adequately covers her rear end πŸ™‚

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Yes! You could add more rows to the bottom of the sweater before working the collar. Similarly, you could just make a taller rectangle and then add the collar. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • LaNese Simmons
    November 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I purchased a pattern from another designer for a sweater that was a cocoon style sweater, I got stuck on doing the collar, they did not give instructions on how to add the collar. I put that pattern down after unsuccessfully adding the collar. So I went back to the site and purchased your patter for a pair of slippers (have not done it yet but will), noticed the your web sited listed on your pattern decided to visit and now I am so glad I did your video on your β€œTHE DWELL CHUNKY CROCHET SWEATER” showed me how to add a collar to the pattern that I was working on so I could complete that one and now I have purchased the pattern for your sweater making it now. I love love your instructions and I love the videos that go along with them you are a great teacher and I will be buying more and more of your patterns your videos give me the courage to try things that I thought were out of my comforts zone. Thank you very much

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 16, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Aw, LaNese–thank you!! I’m so happy to hear that! I’m glad you found your way here! πŸ™‚

      Jess

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  • Eve
    November 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Love this pattern. I saw this question asked but the response said it was on pattern, but I don’t see it. What should the length be after you complete the first part before seaming the rectangle. Thank you!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Hey Eve,

      I think I understand what you’re asking, but correct me if I’m wrong. The length will be the same as the height of your finished rectangle, since it’s basically just the same rectangle but seamed at the corners. (This sizes are listed in the pattern.)

      Cheers,

      Jess

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  • Eve LaF
    November 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    When you have the finished dimensions of the rectangle being for a small 27×44 is that the dimensions before the collar is started?

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  • Mitzi
    November 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Oh I just love mine. Thank you for the pattern πŸ’•

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Yay! I love hearing that, Mitzi! (And I love your name! We always read the “Tell Me Mitzi” books as a kid. πŸ™‚ )

      Reply
  • Debbie
    November 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Hello,
    I haven’t been able to find the tonal in my area. Can I use a 5 bulk that is 100% acrylic?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Hey Debbie,

      Yes I think that will work fine. Just look for a yarn that has a similar number of stitches/inch with a similar hook size. YarnSub.com might be helpful too!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Evangeline
    November 30, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I love your patterns and appreciate so much your effort and generosity!!! I did want to mention the three links you have are not working properly (2. Sunday Slippers 3. Stonewash Shrug 4. Campfire Cardigan). Not a big deal to me but just thought you’d like to know.

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  • Morgan Myers
    December 1, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Loving this pattern! I think this would make a great gift for my sister-in-law this Christmas. I love the casual-ness but that this could easily become work attire with the right outfit! I am wondering if anyone has submitted photos of their finished product in other shades of the tonal yarn? I’d love to get some other color ideas! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Morgan,

      Great question. There have been lots of people who have shared their finished sweaters on Instagram. You might want to check out the photos @makeanddocrew is tagged in and see if you find any inspiration. πŸ™‚

      Jess

      Reply
  • Susan Allen
    December 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Just had to comment on your pattern. I love the results , almost done. Just need to do the sleeve’s. I read that Madelyn had trouble loosing stitches. As I did on my first attempt. My problem was not crocheting in the tch . Thought I had the pattern down pat. Had to redo about 12 ” Lesson learned check my work more closely.. Beautiful Xmas present for my daughter-in-law. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Hey Susan,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m sure it’ll help someone else here.

      What a lucky daughter-in-law!!

      Jess

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  • Angela M Payton
    December 5, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I have been working on not crocheting very loosely. My gauge swatch came out perfectly, but I didn’t measure my chain so my width ended up short. I seem to be crocheting too tightly… overcompensating.

    I will be adding more rows for heigth for that reason. My question is: If I crochet more rows 1-3 for the collar will that help with width?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Hey Angela,

      It kinda depends what you’re trying to affect. Is the whole shrug feeling too tight around your body? If so, adding a bit more collar could allow you to let the shrug part of the sweater hang off you a bit more while the collar compensates. That said, adding the collar won’t actually affect the true width of the sweater, unfortunately.

      Jess

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  • Amanda
    December 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Hey! Omg I love this pattern so much and I can’t wait until it’s finished! I read through most of the comments but not all so I’m SO sorry if this is a repeat question! But, if I wanted to add like a hood, like a hoodie to it, could I? And if so how? :)))

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Yes! I totally think you could. Check out how the hood is constructed in this sweater (it’s basically just a rectangle folded in half) because I think that could be a good starting point for constructing your own hood. )

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  • Sue
    December 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Has anyone tried this with Cat 6 yarn? I want to make one for my daughter who is short and really tiny…was thinking with the larger yarn, to start my beginning chain at 86. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Hey Sue,

      I have seen some people on Instagram post photos with Wool Ease Thick & Quick. My suggestion would be to make a gauge swatch and then adjust your ch to fit the initial rectangle length I mention in the pattern. Hope that makes sense. πŸ™‚

      Feel free to come back here and comment with what worked for you so others can know too!

      Jess

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  • Kerri
    December 8, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Can’t wait to start this for my daughter!! Could you please tell me what size sweater was made that the lady in the beginning of the video is wearing? Thank you.

    Kerri

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  • Shannon
    December 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I just wanted to say that I have never crocheted before, the Dwell sweater is my first attempt and it has been a success so far :)!! I have pretty much finished the rectangle. I am using a 6 weight (that is all that is carried locally without ordering) I couldn’t quite get the same stitch size according to gauge but I just went with it. I am going for the 13 window size and am on my 8th skien at about the 11th row of windows. It is quite heavy but with its β€œairyness” and no buttons I think it’s gonna be great. I’m excited to finish in time for the holidays to have a lil something new to wear nd to boast that I made it πŸ™‚ thanks so much for the video tutorial, without it I would not have been able to crochet it.
    Ps. I love your grey hoody/ poncho with the pocket in front. I think it’s short sleeved. Please make a video so I can make it. πŸ™‚ thanks so much Jess

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Yay!! I’m so happy to read this, Shannon. I love that you’re learning a new skill and making your own clothes! It feels great doesn’t it?!

      If there’s enough interest, I’ll happily make a poncho video. Until then though, it’s quite an easy pattern once you build your crochet skills a little. πŸ™‚

      Can’t wait to hear about your next crochet adventure!

      Jess

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  • Teniece
    December 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I just had a question about how warm this turns out? I love it but is it more of a spring/early fall sweater?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      I think it transitions between fall, winter and spring pretty well. The holes in it make it wearable in slightly warmer weather, but with a long-sleeved shirt underneath, the chunky yarn can keep you pretty warm. Hope that helps!

      Jess

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  • Connie
    December 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I’m sure I read this already, but I need tp be sure..if I want a size S/M but longer (I’m tall), I need to do the instructions for S/M foundation but do the repeat rows 2-4 a few more times to achieve the length I desire ???. and secondly, I would continue the collar amd sleeve cuffs as instructed ??

    thanks so much !!!!..I’m loving this pattern !!!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      yes! You are correct on all aspects. πŸ™‚ Chain a S/M, but work the length of a M/L or until you have the length you desire. Then you’ll do the collar and sleeves as instructed. πŸ™‚

      Jess

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  • Lara
    January 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Hello! I love this sweater and am so excited to make it. I’ve started the pattern and just did a check of my stitch count. Unfortunately I’m into the 7th repeat of rows 2-4. I’m making the L/XL. I counted my stitched on the SC row and I now have 96 stitches but started with 107. Any ideas of where I started to decrease?? I’m so sad to pull this all out but I’m determined because I know my best friend would LOVE this sweater and her birthday is coming up next month.

    Thanks in advance for the assistance!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Hey Lara,

      It’s kinda tough for me to know without having the piece in front of me, but I’d suggest counting as you complete each row and seeing if you can decode where the issue is happening. Also, it may be helpful to take a look at the stitch chart in the ad-free PDF as it could help you figure out if you’re working one edge incorrectly and therefore losing a stitch somewhere.

      I hope that helps! I completely understand your frustration with frogging. πŸ™

      Jess

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  • Courtney Clough
    February 3, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I just finished this pattern and am in LOVE with it. I used Caron Chunky Cakes (which is considered a 6 bulky) and it’s perfect. I also turned it into cocoon by crocheting the collar repeats all the way around instead of stopping and turning. Definitely making another and will make it a straight sweater. Thanks for a great easy to follow pattern.

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  • Nikki
    February 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    OK first off this pattern is AMAZING! and so much simpler to create than I thought! I have stayed away from cardigans and sweaters because of how complex they look!
    I do have a question, and am hoping you can help… I am using a 6 bulky instead of a 5, so I am having to work with slightly different sizing (I am working the pattern for L/XL hoping it will finish with a 2/3X … should the measurement of our rectangle before assembly equate to the bust size? looking at the way it is folded that seems almost right to me… but I have never made anything like this before. I just don’t want to do 60 rows of sweater, to find out I have made it too large or too small. Thank you for any help you can provide!

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    • Nikki
      February 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      nevermind on the rectangle size, apparently I missed that part of the notes. Thanks so much!

      Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 28, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      It sounds like you answered your own question, Nikki! But let me know if not. You’re on the right track by just making the same size rectangle as listed in the pattern. πŸ™‚

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  • Christi
    July 15, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Love this look! Ordered the same brand yarn and color online for a discount and finished this ina few days. Will be perfect for camping in the fall! Now my two sisters and Mom each want one of the same color….. having different colors for each would have kept it a little more interesting but the Smoke color really is beautiful. Thank you so much for posting and having so many helpful options to learn with pattern and video!!

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    • Jess
      July 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, this sweater is perfect for fall time! I just love the Smoke color also. It seems like a color that will always be in style! You better get working on your special orders for your sisters and Mom. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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  • Bernie
    July 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I didn’t put pockets on my Dwell yet so when I tried it on this morning to show. Someone how cute it is, I accidently pt it on upside down and love the look of the pointy lapels. The collar hangs straight, covers my butt and the body of the sweater is less bulky. Hope you’re not offended that I intend to wear the sweater upside down β€” but not inside out!!

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    • Jess
      July 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Haha, sounds like a great option! As long as you feel great in it, I say where it whichever way you want!

      Reply

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