Author:
Shannon Eckler

Shannon Eckler is a crochet designer and fiber artist from Upstate New York. After completing her Bachelor’s in Psychology and working in her field, Shannon found an outlet in crochet. What started as a hobby has now become a passion for Shannon. Shannon’s inspiration comes from texture, beautiful fiber, and earth toned colors. Shannon loves to design cool crochet garments that are simple to make, inspired by her own personal style, and are oh so cozy & cute! Shannon likes to incorporate her work with her love of crochet, and has recently been working on some adaptive design projects as well as a Yarn Bomb to help raise awareness for World Cerebral Palsy Day! When Shannon is not designing she likes to spend her time advocating for those with disabilities, listening to music/podcasts, and spending time with her cat, Monty. You can find her patterns as well as finished creations on her shop!

Daydreamer Sweater Crochet Pattern

Maker
3/21/2019


Hey Hook Nookers, I’m back and am so excited to be featured again on The Hook Nook Life. It has a deep meaning for me, and I am so excited to share another BEAUTIFUL pattern with you. This one is by far my favorite! 2018 was all about learning to explore, create, try new mediums, and meet fellow artists. I have started having higher expectations for myself. I want to create beauty, something unique, and something that speaks from my heart. I want all of my designs to reflect my spirit and soul.


Daydreamer was a passion project that was born from a simple skein of yarn. While visiting Syracuse, Lindsay from ThreadHead Knits had given me a skein of her “Daydreamer.” Like most maker relationships, we found each other on Instagram, I fell in love with her fluffy poms and vibrant yarn. Daydreamer spoke to me, it had the simple pinks and greens, but gave me that dark color I craved. Her yarn is carefully dyed, and the colors are just so unique that it is really hard not to fall in love! I was so excited to get my hands on it, but I was unsure what I wanted to make with it. I felt the colorway was so whimsical and magical; I didn’t want to make a scarf or hat, but rather something I could wear all the time and feel pretty in.



As many of you know, the design process can be unpredictable. You picture the way you want something to look, but there are a lot of things that can go wrong~especially when it comes to me! I don’t really go into a design logically. I usually jump right it; I don’t do a gauge swatch, I don’t do any calculations, just hook in hand. I started Daydreamer, and she just flowed so effortlessly. I created the first panel and felt so confident. Not only because I was excited, but because I felt that this design is very different from my previous ones, and did not have any real issues. I continued onto the second panel and then the sleeves, it just kept building into this beautiful project and it just made me feel sooooo good!


After blocking, and dancing around my house in my new sweater, I knew it needed a name. The colorway was the true inspiration behind the project, but the fact that this project made me feel so magical, pretty, and was effortless it only made sense to name it Daydreamer.


I wanted Daydreamer to be a passion project that I could share, I had enjoyed working with Lindsay so much and seeing her reaction of the piece made my heart flutter. When it came time to take pictures, I knew that I would not be able to capture the essence of Daydreamer and really wanted something special. I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting local photographer Antonio Massa who’s art I had seen before. After seeing Daydreamer, he was able to bring my real vision to life. He was able to capture the emotion behind it, completely understand my vision, and make it feel moody, but magical.


Daydreamer became our passion project, it was my design, but the collaboration to make it what it is today really has inspired me. I know it is just a sweater, but there is real beauty in the creation of art. I was able to work with four amazing people on this project which is an indescribable feeling! Huge thanks to my amazing testers and friends, Nicole and Emily for making sure this pattern is perfection.


Each step of this had someone who made this dream come true; from hand dyeing the yarn, to making that into a tangible garment for others, then capturing the beauty of that on screen. It really makes me swoon. Now…. enough daydreaming, time for the pattern ;)



Materials:

  • H/5mm Crochet Hook
  • Approximately 1100-1500 yards of worsted weight/medium (4) yarn. (May vary depending on size.)
  • Yarn Used: Daydreamer from ThreadHead Knits Co
  • Yarn Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

Key:

  • Ch: Chain
  • SC: Single Crochet
  • SC2Tog: Single Crochet 2 Together
  • SS: Slip Stitch


Gauge:

  • Please create a 4x4” square swatch using SC, (it should be 14 stitches by 6 rows) with your 5mm hook, and adjust accordingly if needed.

Sizing:

*Note: This pattern is written for a loose fit, therefore there is positive ease when it comes to the standard sizes, but is a cropped fit. (Small size photographed.)


Main Body S (M, L):

  1. Chain 56 (60, 65), starting from second chain from the hook, SC across. (55, 59, 64)
  2. Ch 1. SC across. (55,59, 64)
  3. Repeat step #2 until your piece is 6” (6.5”, 7.5).
  4. Ch 1. SC across, but stop 10(12, 14) before the end of your row. (45, 47, 50)
  5. Ch1. SC across. (45, 47, 50)
  6. Repeat step #5 until your piece is 8” (9”, 9”).
  7. Ch 1. SC across, but add 11(13, 15) at the end of your row. (56, 60, 65)

Note: Be sure that this row goes to the same height as the other side. This will create the “shoulders” of your garment and the neckline.

  1. SC from the second chain the hook, SC across. (55, 59, 64)
  2. Ch 1. SC across until your piece is 6”(6.5”, 7.5”) and finish off!


****Repeat Steps #1-9 to create the 2nd panel of your Body!****


Note: You may want to block your panels at this point before attaching, with SC your work may tend to curl depending on your tension.


Attaching the Body:

  1. Lay both panels on top of one another and line up all edges to begin attaching. Start from the bottom working up the side, SC 22 (22, 22) to attach. Finish off.
  2. Repeat step #1 on the other side.
  3. Start at the edge of the “shoulder”, and SC 35(38, 43) to attach. Finish off.
  4. Repeat step #3 on the other side.


Sleeves:

  1. Keeping your body inside out, attach to the top of your “shoulder”, SC 66(74, 84) around the opening to begin making your sleeve. SS to first chain to make a continuous round.
  2. [Do NOT CH 1] SC in a continuous round, and place marker when back at the beginning. (66, 74, 84)
  3. Continue to SC in a continuous round for 11”(11”, 12”).
  4. SC2Tog in a continuous round. (17, 19, 21)
  5. SC in a continuous round for 2”(2”, 2”).
  6. SS around. Finish off.

***Repeat Steps #1-5 to make the other sleeve***



Neckline:

  1. Starting in the center of your”neckline” , SC across until you reach 1 before the stitch where the sleeve meets the body, then SC2Tog at the corner.  SC around outer sleeve, then repeat pattern. (You will be placing 4 SC2Tog total in this round; putting SC2Tog where sleeves attach and continue to SC across outer sleeve edges, back/front of garment.)
  2. SS around. Finish off.



Bottom Edge:

  1. Starting in the center of the bottom of your piece, SC around.

Note: Make sure all SC around the bottom are even throughout.

  1. Ch 1. SC in one stitch, then SC2Tog in the next. Repeat.
  2. SC around for a total of 2”(2”, 2”). Finish off.


Weave in all ends and Voila! Hello Daydreamer <3



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