Blueprint Crochet Sweaters: Techniques for Custom Construction

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Learn the must-have basics of sweater construction and ways to achieve better-fitting garments!

Best-selling author of Blueprint Crochet, Robyn Chachula presents an approachable resource on the basics of crochet design. This friendly introduction to sweater and garment construction will give you a deeper understanding of working with crochet and help you make better-fitting garments in the process.

In this collection of 16 patterns, Robyn ...

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Overview

Learn the must-have basics of sweater construction and ways to achieve better-fitting garments!

Best-selling author of Blueprint Crochet, Robyn Chachula presents an approachable resource on the basics of crochet design. This friendly introduction to sweater and garment construction will give you a deeper understanding of working with crochet and help you make better-fitting garments in the process.

In this collection of 16 patterns, Robyn focuses on four basic garment types and their variations—"classic" construction (including raglan, drop-sleeve, and side-saddle sleeve); unique construction (side-to-side or from the bottom up, around the shoulder, and back down); motif construction; and top-down (both round and raglan types).

The perfect introduction to the building blocks of crochet sweater construction, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters breaks down intimidating garment design into easily digestible parts, offering a deeper appreciation and understanding of how to create projects that reflect your own personal style.

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"This book is full with modern, beautiful sweater patterns, it's hard to choose which one to start first. The sweaters are also constructed using different methods, so there is a lot to learn about sweater construction! If you're interested in crocheting different types of sweaters, this book is definitely for you." —CrochetSpot.com

"Blueprint Crochet Sweaters by Robyn Chachula is a great introduction to crocheting sweaters and other fashionable garments. In this collection of sixteen patterns, you'll not only learn the basics of sweater construction, but you will also learn how to create better fitting garments in general." —AllFreeCrochet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596688285
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 384,555
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Chachula began her career as a structural engineer with a specialty in historic preservation and renovation, which uses her ability to take big projects and break them into little items anyone can understand. She is the author of Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter (Interweave, 2008). Visit her blog, crochetbyfaye.com.

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Table of Contents


Tentative outline
Intro
Basic information: swatches, gauge, reading schematics, and understanding crochet symbols.
Common styles of sweaters; such as cardigans, shrugs, tunics, vests, pullovers. Discussion of sleeve and body length; sleeve types (cap, drop, etc)
Fit standards and ease—what they really mean
Gauge and math—the importance of stitch and row counts.
Using crochet symbols in shaping

Chapter 1: Panel Construction
Front, back, and sleeve panels are the most basic of parts of garment construction.
Focus: different sleeve shaping including drop, cap, side-saddle, and raglan. The chapter will include 4 patterns; each pattern will include a tip on how to customize the pattern for the reader’s fit.
Possible guest designer: Simona Mechant-Dest or Julia Vaconsin

Chapter 2: One Piece Construction
This section will discuss constructing a sweater in one piece either from the bottom up and over the shoulders, or side-to side.
Focus: different neck shaping including scoop, mock turtleneck, and v-neck. The chapter will include 4 patterns: one v-neck vest, one long sleeve cardigan, one mock turtleneck tunic, and one scooped pullover.
Possible guest designer: Kristin Omdahl or Annie Modesitt.

Chapter 3: Motif Construction
This section will discuss constructing a sweater entirely in motifs or granny squares, and different ways to join motifs seamlessly.
Focus: Detailed instructions on how to make triangle and rectangle motifs from your granny square for shaping at necklines and arms. 4 patterns, including customizing tips.
Possible guest designer: Marlaina Bird or Ellen Gormley.

Chapter 4: Top Down Construction
This section will discuss constructing a sweater from the top down. We will discuss the difference between round (equally spaced increase) and raglan yokes (increases clustered at the arm).
Focus: How to increase some classic stitch patterns, such as shells, to get Possible guest designer: Doris Chan or Amy O’Neill Houck,

Chapter 5: Finishing Tips
This reference section will include lots of tips on finishing items such as: woven vs. single crochet seams, buttonholes, inserting zippers, reinforcing necklines with grosgrain ribbon, and different types of crochet ribbing. This section can be sprinkled throughout the book as sidebars as well.

Designer Bios

Resources and Glossary

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