I love to crochet, especially for other people. Recently, I wanted to make something really nice for a mentor of mine, so naturally I began to search online for free crochet lace sweater patterns. The results were more than a little bit disappointing. Everything that was free was either too time consuming or didn’t look nice or both. I wanted something elegant without taking too much skill or time.
During my search, I stumbled across the website Gourmet Crochet. There I found just what I was looking for in the pattern “Uptown Downtown Shrug.” The shells and criss-cross chains design gives a lovely touch to any outfit whether one is going casual or semi-casual. The greatest aspect of this garment is that it’s practically two patterns in one! The garment can be worn as a long sleeveless springtime sweater or a shorter caplet shrug; all you have to do is flip it around. As a sleeveless sweater, this garment has a lovely collar and a flattering wrap around style that looks great on any body type. On cooler days, the garment can also be worn as a caplet shrug; worn in this style, the garment has a longer draping collar that attracts people’s attention to the wearer’s face by framing it.
Although the garment was beautiful, I was a bit nervous about buying a pattern that I didn’t know anything about. What if it was difficult to understand or had mistakes in sizing? Some patterns can be very difficult to follow and to understand, and it is important to be careful to buy patterns only from trusted organizations. I didn’t notice anything “fishy” about Gourmet Crochet, so I decided that the risk was worth it. About a week later, my pattern arrived and it was like Christmas all over again! I started on my project right away. At first I was slightly confused by some of the directions, but once I familiarized myself with the abbreviations and repeated patterns, understanding the directions was not an issue.
My other fear was that the sizing would be off and I would have invested precious time and yarn into a garment that did not fit. The sizes provided for were S (M, L, XL-2X, 3X-4X, 5X). This broad range aroused my suspicious nature, but the final project alleviated my worries for the sizing, which was based on bust size, was very accurate, especially since the pattern allows some room because it’s a wrap around. The pattern suggests using worsted yarn, an I hook, and a J hook. I used Caron simply soft yarn because it isn’t scratchy like some other yarns, which makes it great for clothing. Although, the garment would look lovely in any color, I chose to use the same color that the pattern shows the garment in: sage. The garment turned out splendidly. I absolutely loved this pattern, and my mentor loved the final project!