Beads & Brackets High-Low Sweater

(c) 2015 Jennifer Prekopa, Little Luvies Shop
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Just in time for fall, and completely customizable, the Beads and Brackets High-Low Sweater is sure to be a favorite piece in anyone's wardrobe. It's dressy enough for the office and casual enough for Saturday morning coffee on the sofa.  The best part...no sewing (other than those pesky tails, which are few if worked in a single color).  Make it in any size from preemie/doll to the largest plus size you can imagine.  Because it is worked to your personal measurements, you will ensure the perfect fit every time with as much ease or fit as you'd like. Make the front cropped with the back at the waist, or make the front at the waist and the back below the hip...the choice is yours.  There are tips on how to adjust these things as you work the pattern.  And, if you need any help with any of it along the way, I'm just an email away.  Once you've made your sweater, pop over to Little Luvies Shop on Facebook, and share your photos on our wall.  We can't wait to see them!  You can also link them on Ravelry (link is at the end of the post).  Now, grab some yarn and a hook and get started!
Materials:
  Yarn: your choice, any weight or fiber (I used 14oz I Love This Cotton for the blue child size 5 sweater and 5oz Caron Simply Soft for the yellow/purple/white doll sweater - I think the cotton shows the texture best.)
  Hook: use hook one size smaller than suggested on yarn wrapper (I used Bates G6/4.00mm)
  Notions: 1-3 buttons (I used a 1" button on the blue sweater and a 5/8" button on the other. It needs to fit through the space between the stitches.); 3 stitch markers, tape measure, scissors, yarn needle, needle and thread for sewing buttons

Measurements: See each section for details.
Arm Span
Shoulder Circumference
Underarm-Neck-Underarm
Back-Waist
Chest Width (not circumference)
Sleeve Length
Abbreviations:
st(s) -stitch(es)
yo - yarn over
sk - skip
sp - space
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
sl st - slip stitch
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
fsc - foundation single crochet
exsc - extended single crochet
dc - double crochet
fpdc - front post double crochet
slcl - slanting cluster
sc2tog - sc two sts together

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner/Easy

Special Stitches:  exsc: insert hook in stitch where instructed, pull up loop, yo, draw through first loop on hook, yo, draw through both remaining loops on hook
  slcl: [yo, insert hook, from front to back, between last dc and exsc made, pull up loop] three times (seven loops on hook), yo, draw through first six loops on hook, yo, draw through both remaining loops on hook


Sleeves:
  • Measure your model's arm span (hold arms out...think airplane...measure from wrist, across back, to other wrist).
  • Measure around shoulder (start at the top of shoulder, under arm, back to top of shoulder). Add 1"-2" depending on desired ease (I did 1" for my doll size and 1.5" for my girls size 5).
  • Measure underarm-neck-underarm (from front of underarm, around back of neck, to front of other underarm).
  F: leaving a starting tail approx. the same length as the arm span measurement, fsc a multiple of 3+1 to the same length as the shoulder measurement (including added 1"-2"), turn
  R1(RS): ch 2 (counts as exsc), sk same st as ch, *sc in next 2 sts, exsc in next st*, repeat from * to * across, turn
  R2: ch 2 (counts as exsc), sk same st as ch, *dc in next sc, slcl around dc just made, sk next sc, exsc in next exsc*, repeat from * to * across (last exsc is worked in top of ch2 from last row), turn

  Repeat R1 and R2, ending with a R1 repeat, until your work measures the same as the arm span measurement. 
  R3: ch 1, sc in each st across, leaving a tail approx. the same length as arm span measurement, fasten off
  1. Find the center row of your work and mark it with a stitch marker (see photo above).
  2. With your work laying flat as shown in the above photo and RS facing you, bring the bottom edge up so that the long edges are touching (see photo after step 4)
  3. Measure the underarm-neck-underarm measurement as shown in the photo below (make sure the center of the measurement and the center of your work line up)
  4. Place stitch markers through both layers at each end of the measurement.

Joining:
  1. Thread your yarn needle with a tail of yarn and sew the sleeves closed from the tail to the closest stitch marker (I used a basic whip stitch), weave in remaining tail securely (once sweater is finished, additional length will be added to the sleeve ends as needed). Repeat for the other sleeve.
  2. Do not remove stitch markers. Turn sleeves RS out. Center stitch marker becomes neck edge; edge without marker becomes the lower back.
Back:
  • Measure model's back-waist measurement (from bottom of neck to waist line or desired length of back)Note: This measurement will effect where the front of the sweater will fall. As seen in the photo at the top of the page, the front of the sweater comes to the bottom of the rib cage and the back comes to the waist. If you want the front of the sweater to come closer to the waist, this measurement should be taken from the bottom of the neck to mid hip.
  R1: turn work so that the back edge is facing up, with RS facing you, sc a multiple of 3+1 across between stitch markers, turn
  R2: ch 1, sc in same st as ch, *ch 2, sk next two sts, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across, turn
  R3: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 2 in next ch2 sp, *fpdc around next sc, dc 2 in next ch2 sp*, repeat from * to * across, dc in last sc, turn
  R4: ch 1, sc in same st as ch, *ch 2, sk next two sts, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across (last sc is worked in top of ch3 from previous row), turn
Repeat R3 and R4, ending with a R3 repeat, until your work, from the center stitch marker to the bottom of this section measures the same as the back/waist measurement plus 2"-5" (doll/preemie size: do not repeat, skip R4), DO NOT fasten off, remove sleeve stitch markers (leave neck edge marker).

Neck/Front:
  • Measure chest width from front of underarm to front of underarm. Divide in half.
  R1: with RS facing you, rotate your work to work in the end of the back section rows, ch 1, sc a multiple of 6+1 across/around to opposite bottom back corner (move the stitch marker up to the center stitch of this row ex: if you crocheted 73 stitches, you would have 36 stitches, the marked stitch, then 36 stitches), turn
  R2: ch 1, sc in same st as ch, *ch 2, sk next two sts, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across to stitch marker (your last sc will be worked in the marked stitch)
  R3: ch 3 (counts as dc), dc 2 in next ch2 sp, *fpdc around next sc, dc 2 in next ch2 sp*, repeat from * to * across dc in last sc, turn
  R4: ch 1, sc in same st as, *ch 2, sk next two sts, sc in next st*, repeat from * to * across (last sc is worked in top of ch3 from previous row), turn
  Repeat R3 and R4, ending with a R3 repeat, until this section of work measures half of chest width measurement.
Repeat once more (will be fitted; for more ease, repeat 2-3 more times), fasten off, weave in ends.

With WS facing you, starting in the marked stitch (the same stitch R2 ended in for the side just worked), repeat R2-R4 the same number of repeats as the side just completed, DO NOT fasten off, weave in any loose ends

Collar:
  R1: with RS facing you, rotate your work to work in the neck edge, ch 1, sc evenly across top edge of sweater, turn
  R2(WS)-R5(RS): ch 1, sc 2 in first st, sc across, sc 2 in last st, turn
  Do not fasten off (if a thicker/wider collar is desired, repeat R2 until desired width ending with an odd number of rows - RS should be facing you on last repeat).

Finishing:
  1. Rotate work to work down front edge, ch 1, sc in each st across.
  2. Rotate work to work in bottom edge, ch 1, sc evenly across.
  3. Rotate work to work up front edge, ch 1, sc in each st across.
  4. Join with sl st to first sc of last row of collar, fasten off, weave in all remaining ends.
  5. Sew button(s) in place where desired, use spaces between stitches as buttonholes.
Sleeves:
  For most, the sleeves will not be long enough once they are stitched (unless you want cropped sleeves, in which case, you can skip this portion). On the doll size sweater, I did not need to add length, but I did need to take the sleeve in. To do this, I added a trim round of *sc, sc2tog* around.  You can simply continue with rows of sc until the desired sleeve length or you can do as below,
  • Measure your model from underarm to wrist. This is how long your sleeve should be from where the Front/Neck edge begins to the end of the finished sleeve.
  R1: join to any sc at the end of the sleeve, ch 1, *sc in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts*, repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to first sc of round
  R2: ch 2, fpdc around same sc, dc 2 in next ch2 sp, *fpdc around next sc, dc 2 in next ch2 sp*, repeat from * to * around, join with sl st in first fpdc of round
  Repeat R1 and R2, ending with a R2 repeat until this portion of the sleeve measures 1" less than the measurement taken with the sweater on.
  R3: ch 1, sc in same st as ch and in each st around, join with sl st to first sc of round
  R4: ch 1, sc in same st as ch and in next st, *sc2tog, sc in next two sts*, repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to first sc of round
  Repeat R3 until your sleeve is the correct length.
  Fasten off, weave in ends, repeat for other sleeve.

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