I love wearing chunky sweaters. Usually, by the end of every summer, I can't wait for Fall and cooler weather to come just so I can pull on my favorite sweaters again. Luckily, with this summer's trend and popularity of "see through" tops, which I like a lot, I decided that my next DIY project will be "sheer" summer sweater. Finally, I figured how to wear my chunky winter tops in the summer!
For my new project I had to consider the yarn very carefully. It had to be very soft and comfortable to wear on my bare skin since I cannot tolerate itchy wool at all. I found the yarn that had mix of silk fiber with some merino soft wool in it. You may ask why to have some wool content for the summer sweater? Wool fiber in the mix insures that the sweater will hold its shape and will not sag like 100% cotton or 100% silk yarn would.
Then I decided on the design. I wanted this sweater to be very simple and quick to make. Since I was using simple crochet techniques like single chain stitch and double crochet stitch, the pattern needed to be all straight lines: 2 rectangles of one size (the same measurement for front and for back) and 2 rectangles for my sleeves. If you are not familiar with crochet stitches, I can tell you that they are super easy, just google "simple crochet stitch" and you will be able to do it in no time.
Then I made a sample of stitches (see below), measured those samples and figured how many stitches I will need for each pattern (rectangle) piece, according to my body measurements. I am not giving you the number of stitches I used because even for the same size, number of stitches you need will be different depending on the yarn you use. Actually, it was easier for me to figure how many squares (empty spaces between stitches) I will need. After this prep time the rest was easy. It took me about 3 days to finish those 4 rectangles (two of the same size for front and back, and two of the same size for my sleeves).
When pieces were ready, I stitched front and back and attach my sleeves. As you can see, in the front I made some variations of double crochet stitch and extended my "empty squares" into "empty rectangles" for some visual interest, but it is optional. If you want to do that, simply increase a number of chains between double crochet stitches from 1 to 5. Voila!
Double crochet stitch separated by one chain to achieve empty squares in between stitches
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