Yes, I actually decided to make a sweater out of a granny square, something I never thought I’d do. All those ’70s granny square clothes drove me crazy.
Inspired by a Lily Chin Pattern
So what made me actually consider such a thing? No, the devil didn’t make me do it, A Lily Chin pattern that I found fiddling around on the ‘Net one day (it’s pattern # H003) did. It uses her Harlem LC Signature Collection yarn, and when I saw the vest, I knew I had to make it.
Chin combines two geometric shapes to create the vest back – a square, encompassing shoulders to mid back, and a circle, extending from the mid back to the bottom edge. I thought this was SO cool, and I wanted to see how she combined the two shapes. Best way to find out was to make it.
(Note: I’ve searched high and low for this pattern online, but can’t find it. I think I have a hard copy somewhere, but I made the vest so long ago, I’ll have to search for it. 2-17-17)
My First Stab at Lily’s Pattern
Ok, so I didn’t use her yarn. No offense, Lily. I hardly ever use the yarn a pattern calls for. I consider the first time I crochet a pattern an experiment to make sure I understand it. Sometimes I make it again, using the pattern yarn; sometimes I don’t. So maybe I should have used the Harlem yarn because the vest turned out a little … big, shall we say. I also added some rounds to make it longer. Then there’s the fact that the circular bottom makes my butt look wide — can’t have that!
Birth of the Granny Square Sweater
That’s where the idea for the Granny Square sweater came in. I decided to see if I could change the pattern so that the back is a full granny square. I also added sleeves … I mean, what good is something like this if your arms aren’t covered to keep you warm and comfy when you go to the movies and sit in the always-overly-air-conditioned theater, right?
So this is what I got. With this version, I used an “I” hook and a little over two skeins of trusty Red Heart Super Saver (7 oz skein); the pattern calls for a “J” hook, which leads me to believe that the Harlem yarn is at least worsted weight if not a little bulkier.
In any event, as you can see from the photo of the green vest, the bottom portion is way too long. I thought a smaller hook might prevent that. Well it did, but my sweater is just a little too small. So I’m gonna try it again, using a “J” hook. The stitch used throughout is treble crochet. It took me seven days to make it.
How Much Revision Is Needed to Call a Pattern Your Own?
I sure would like to call this sweater pattern my own, but I’m not too sure how much the original pattern needs to change before I can do that. One yarn company that I did a project for said that the pattern has to be at least 30% different from the original pattern. Anybody know about this?? I think the next version will have a more detailed granny square back.
There are more photos of the pattern alternation process at my Ravelry site (log in to view). And no, I don’t have the pattern for this sweater, but the photos at Ravelry will give you an idea of how I put it together.