Original Pattern: Fantasy Pullover (Featuring Lion Brand Mandala)

Pretty excited to announce my first sweater pattern! (First of many, hopefully.) This is more math than I’ve had to do since I graduated school, but I’ve finally calculated yardage with at least somewhat accurate measurements. It’s been a huge learning experience so far, but my hope is that future pattern endeavors will be easier, now that I know the ropes. Introducing, the Fantasy Pullover! (Available on both Ravelry and Etsy)

What I noticed when scrolling for good pullover patterns, was that there is a woeful lack of variety. Not only this, but most of the pullover crochet patterns that seem to stay popular are owned by a pretty small number of designers. While I was searching, I had to wonder- why are top down yoke sweaters so iconic for knit, but so niche for crochet? The pullovers I did see weren’t necessarily yoke sweaters, and the ones that were top down usually had straight edges, rather than circular yokes. But again, this is a style that’s almost synonymous with ‘knitted sweaters’, so was there some advantage of knit over crochet?

In short, I figure that the answer is yes, but I also concede that my brain might just not be equipped for the kind of math it would take to design a crocheted yoke based on a knitted repeating pattern. Additionally, knitting will always have the Fair Isle advantage of crisp color changes and seamless circles. So I turned my energy away from just trying to emulate the knitted style of yoke sweater, and instead focused on what benefits crochet might have for this style of garment.

Ultimately I figured that the benefit of a crocheted yoke would be the ability to do textured stitches with simple increases, and to even make a ribbed hemline that rivals the elasticity of knitwear. My pattern uses no measuring or math, coming in four sizes (for now) that have a relaxed fit, yet a fitted shape. The construction is so remarkably easy that it actually includes no sewing whatsoever, and every row is worked directly onto the main garment. Additionally, increasing the size or customizing the fit are both very simple tasks for anyone who knows how to take their own measurements.

The textured finish is something I had worked out in the past, but at the time I had no idea what I could use it for. I love it for this sweater because the stitches have a relaxed fit, thus avoiding the common problem of crocheted clothing being very stiff and uncomfortable. The stitches used are dense enough to offer plenty of warmth, while not being completely closed and therefor stiff and stuffy. The elastic hemlines are as stretchy and knit-like as possible. For my first official sweater pattern, I couldn’t be happier!

I’m calling it the Fantasy Pullover, since it uses Lion Brand Mandala yarn, which is always named after fantasy creatures. Of course any yarn in DK weight will work, and you’ll also want some solid colored yarn for the hemlines. Why DK? Personally I feel it’s pretty underrated, and DK yarn is excellent for garments. You still work things up quickly, like you’re using weight 4 yarn, but you can move up a hook size to get drape and softness as if you were using sock weight. So if you do sub the yarn, you will want to still use weight 3.

All that said, this is still my very first sweater pattern, and if you notice anything about it that should be fixed I ask that you please let me know! I’m sure I’ll end up having to update it a few times, but after weeks of rereading, reworking, and tweaking the pattern, it’s time to let it out!

2 thoughts on “Original Pattern: Fantasy Pullover (Featuring Lion Brand Mandala)”

  1. Lion Brand’s mandala cakes are my favorite yarn to work with. The colors are so vibrant. I have made a few things with these beauties. The squared waffle stitch is my favorite because the yarn is so soft and makes these blankets feel so squishy! Would love for these to be available everywhere.

  2. I was intrigued by the Cobble Hill Pullover pattern using Mandala yarn, so I ordered both the pattern and 3 balls of the yarn. The pattern is easy to follow, simple stocking knit. Two of the 3 balls of yarn began with the same color sequence, so I am knitting 2 sleeves at once on one needle with 2 balls of yarn so that the color progression on the sleeves matches. I will use ball 3 for the front, then use whatever is remaining for the back. Thank goodness 2 of the 3 balls began at the same place! I love the feel of the knitted piece. I’m using a fairly small needle, size 6, and the drape is very nice. I saw a prayer shawl done with a #10, and it did not have the same soft drape as using a smaller needle. I highly recommend this yarn.

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