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Zephyr Men's Pullover

Wind Sweater Collection




Read the Story:

Or feel free to skip straight to the pattern. It won’t hurt my feelings!


In ancient times, the changing of seasons often coincided with “shifts” in the winds - a change in direction, temperature, moisture, all of which heralded a new time of the year and a continuation of the cycle of life.


Naturally, these winds were personified as deities with attributes fitting their associated season, so I have designed a collection of crocheted sweaters that mimic those same character traits in the form of challenge levels. Here I give you the first in the collection: the Zephyr Men’s Pullover.


Zephyr was the sweet, mild western wind and portended the warming spring months. The soft, gentle breezes were a welcome relief after the harsh cold and long nights of winter. Inspired by the ideas of fresh air and new beginnings, I designed this sweater to be the mildest, sweetest pattern. 


Worked entirely in only half double crochets with minimal shaping and a simple top-down construction, the Zephyr Men’s Pullover is a “Basic” challenge level ideal for any crocheter looking to make their first garment - or even just to take a break from all their more complex work.


I hope you enjoy the meditative process of stitching up this beautiful sweater and look forward to your own fresh, new adventures!


Materials & Pattern Information

Yarn


A Chick That Knitz hand-dyed yarn, “Robin's Egg”

70% superwash Merino wool, 30% mulberry silk

CYC 1 (Fingering) weight, 22 wpi

438yd/3.5oz (400m/100g) per skein (see size chart for quantities needed)


Alternative yarns: Gloss Fingering, Twill Fingering, Capretta Superwash, Wisdom Yarns Angora Lace, EFA Amal Fingering, EFA Moongleam Fingering, EFA Sincere Sock

Hook


Main: US C/2 (2.75mm) or any hook needed to achieve gauge

Ribbing: US B/1 (2.25mm) - This is optional for tighter ribbing

Recommended hooks: Clover Amour, Leither Co., Tulip Etimo

Notions


Yarn needle, scissors, 13 stitch markers (1 unique marker for the beginning of the round)

Challenge Level


Knowledge of chain stitches, half double crochet, and slip stitches; simple shaping and increase/decrease patterns will be explained and used.

Finished Sizes


Instructions for each size will be presented in the following format:

XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)


It’s always a good idea to go through the entire pattern first to circle or highlight the instructions for the size you’re working.


*If only one value is given in an instruction, it applies to all sizes. If you see “-” or “x” in your size’s place, do not follow those instructions.

Gauge


Square in 4” (10cm) worked in half double crochets:

27.5 sts, 25 rows (a post and space = a whole stitch; one post = half a stitch)


*See “Notes” section for how to create gauge swatch


Check out the tutorial video for help with this pattern!




Sizes



Sweater’s Chest Measurements

Wearer’s Chest Measurements

XS

33” (84 cm)

31-33” (79-84 cm)

S

38” (96 cm)

34-36” (86-92 cm)

M

42.5” (108 cm)

38-40” (97-102 cm)

L

45.5” (116 cm)

42-44” (107-112 cm)

1X

49.5” (126 cm)

46-48” (117-122 cm)

2X

53” (135 cm)

50-52” (127-132 cm)

3X

57” (145 cm)

54-56” (137-142 cm)

4X

62” (157 cm)

58-60” (148-152 cm)

5X

66” (167 cm)

62-64” (158-163 cm)

Yardage

Meters

Skeins

1747 (1936, 2312, 2551, 2864)(3104, 3325, 3684, 4020)

1597 (1770, 2114, 2333, 2619) (2838, 3040, 3369, 3676)

4 (5, 6, 6, 7) (8, 8, 9, 10)







Stitch Information

Abbreviations Used

BLO Back loop only

Ch(s) Chain(s)

Ctr Center

Dec Decrease

Ea Each

Hdc Half double crochet

Hk Hook

Inc Increase

Lp(s) Loop(s)

Rem Remaining

Rnd(s) Round(s)

RS Right side

Sk(d) Skip(ped)

Sl st Slip stitch

SM Stitch marker

St(s) Stitch(es)

WS Wrong side

YO Yarn over

Special Stitches

Hdc2tog Half double crochet 2 together

Hdc inc Half double crochet increase


Hdc2tog YO, insert hk into first st, yo, draw up a lp (3 lps on hk), insert hk into second st, yo, draw up a lp (4 lps on hk), yo, draw through all lps on hk (used for doing decreases)


Hdc inc Work 2 hdc in the same st


*Crochet stitches have 2 loops on top that form a “V” shape. The back loop is the one farthest away from you.


Check out the video tutorial for stitch help.


Notes

IMPORTANT! Definitely don’t skip these.

  • Work gauge swatch by chaining 37.

  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hk and in ea ch across, turn. 36 sts

  • Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc in ea st to end, turn.

  • Rows 3-36: Rep Row 2.

  • The gauge swatch will be bigger than 4”x4” to accurately measure the number of stitches and rows.

  • It will also be more accurate if you launder and block the swatch as you will the sweater. This gives you an idea of how the stitches will “settle” in their final form.

  • This is a top-down sweater, so it will look “upside down” as you crochet.

  • This is also a great way to try on as you go to check the length and make sure it’s how you like it.

  • As you try the sweater on at intervals, you can go back and make adjustments more easily than if you wait all the way until the end.

  • Stitch counts are given at ends of increase and establishment rows/rounds only and will be inside <>.

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