I’m not sure if I’m the only one who has spent the late eighties crochet with mohair yarn and patterns for giant sweaters with dropped sleeves.
It’s a shame that I haven’t kept the pattern magazines from there, it would have been nice to see if my memories are accurate. I remember the endless parade of mohair sweaters.
This is not real eighties style – I maxed the dimensions of a simple sweater so that it can actually be used as a dress. The material is very lightweight – Kidsilk Haze knit with 8 mm needles – so it is quite easy to gather or tie the excess and mold the sweater to another shape.
Dropped shoulders I kept, stretched the sleeves oversized and sewed the seams from the top. Couple crochet rows gather the neck opening and protect the hem and sleeve openings.
Here’s the simple crochet pattern with mohair yarn of light flyweight sweater:
There is not too much pattern in this, to be honest, the pieces are almost rectangular and the shape is partially created while making the narrow crocheted edges.
The flair of this piece comes from the generous dimensions and luxurious material, the sweater is so oversized that you can drape and gather it in a multitude of ways. Narrow, too long sleeves balance the outlook. The yarn is lovely laceweight kid mohair-silk blend.
- 4 balls of Rowan Kid-silk Haze
- 8 mm knitting needled
- Blunt point needle for sewing
- 2.5 mm – 3 mm crochet hook
Size and gauge:
This garment is one size and will fit from s to xl. If you are short ar very tall you might want to adjust the length. The horizontal gauge is about 8-9 sts for 10 cm.
More important than the exact gauge (the dimensions are so generous that small fluctuations are totally acceptable) is that all cast on and castoffs are loose enough. So work your technique with a swatch until you get absolutely no pull for your gauge.
Front and back (identical):
Cast on 120 sts to 8 mm needles. Be sure that the cast on edge is loose enough. Knit stockinette stitch for 63 cm. On RS knit 40, cast off 40 loosely enough, continue working with remaining 40 sts.
- Right shoulder: On the 1st RS row with 40 sts cast off three sts on the beginning of the row. On the second, third and fourth cast off one st. On the fifth cast off remaining 34 sts.
- Left shoulder: 1. WS, purl, all RS knit. 2. WS cast off 3 sts from the beginning of the row, 3., 4. and 5. cast off one sts from the beginning of the row. Next RS cast off remaining 34 sts.
Cast on 24 stitches. Knit stockinette stitch. When piece measures 13 cm increase one st on the left side, 26 cm on the right side, 39 cm on the left side, 52 cm on the right side. When the piece measures 65 cm cast off all 28 sts.
Block or steam the pieces lightly. Sew the shoulder seams from the top using backstitch – all seams are sewn in a similar way. Sew the sleeve seams.
Measure the sleeve opening from the top just in case and pin the side seams together leaving an equal sized opening for the sleeve on the top.
Sew the side seams from the top. Now attach the sleeves to the body but turn the sleeve seam on top, continuing the line of the shoulder seam. Sew from the top. I have found a good computerized embroidery machine from sewingmachinereporter.com which I use to sew all my clothes.
Crochet 2 rounds of single crochet stitch on the hem and sleeve openings. Gather the garment lightly while crocheting, don’t try to make a pouch shape, aim for slightly inwards turning hem for slightly softened shape (see the image above to get the idea).
Crochet 2 rounds around the neck opening, but now see the diagram and gather the garment in between marks so that the neck opening will be approximately 98 cm altogether (or adjust the size to your taste).
Please watch this video, If you do not know how to crochet …