My love of tweed continues! If you've been following along on Instagram for a little while, you'll notice my obsession with modernizing the look of tweed. In the Campsite Collection, I've been using it to create a rustic, but modern, line of distressed crochet pieces, but now I'm using it to add some character to a modern color block stripe sweater.
A couple months ago, my friends over at WeCrochet sent over some of my favorite tweed yarn, City Tweed, in their DK variety (they also have an aran/heavy worsted variety). They sent over a beautiful combination of the colors Obsidian, Snowbank, Tabby, and Briar Rose. My job was to figure out how to assemble these colors into a design, and since it was so hard to ignore the Neapolitan ice cream vibes, I turned it into a color block striping design that resembled the vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate layers of the classic ice cream flavor.
The design features a really classic and comfy fit, and uses simple stitches to create a subtle, but stand-out, textured surface. Variations of the hdc are primarily used, but knowledge of loop recognition will be an important skill for the bulk of this sweater.
Aside from the color changes and loop recognition, this is a fairly basic and straight forward sweater that is a great option for even an ambitious beginner! And if the thought of color changes or weaving in ends stresses you out, you can forgo the striping, make your sweater in one solid color, and let the gorgeous texture stand out and speak for itself.
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As I mentioned, City Tweed is one of my favorite yarns. It is a 2-ply yarn that is a blend of 55% Merino wool, 25% Superfine alpaca, and 20% Donegal tweed, so it is super soft and drape-y! Even though it's soft, it has a lot of strength and minimal stretch — which I love, and which helps it hold its shape through wash and wear. Additionally, the drape remains fairly consistent even if your crochet tension is often tighter than the average crocheter. So, if you find that your projects often come out stiff (even after blocking), I highly recommend giving City Tweed a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
This sweater is designed for women's sizes XS-3XL (based on the Craft Yarn Council sizing standards), and has approximately 7-9" of positive ease.
XS | bust 28-30"; garment circumference 37"
S | bust 32-34"; garment circumference 41"
M | bust 36-38"; garment circumference 45"
L | bust 40-42"; garment circumference 49"
XL | bust 44-46"; garment circumference 53"
2XL | bust 48-50"; garment circumference 57"
3XL | bust 52-54"; garment circumference 61"
TOTAL YARDAGE | 1723(1925, 2165, 2417, 2697, 2943, 3202)yds; 15(16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27) skeins COLOR A | 601(668, 738, 809, 888, 964, 1042)yds; 5(6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins COLOR B | 436(485, 537, 590, 649, 706, 771)yds; 4(4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins COLOR C | 474(516, 586, 660, 743, 826, 878)yds; 4(5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins
COLOR D | 232(276, 324, 378, 437, 467, 531)yds; 2(3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
Ready to make the Neapolitan Pullover?
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