Xanadu Crochet Pullover by Marly Bird is just one of the many wonderful free patterns over at RedHeart.com. This is also one of the few patterns that were actually designed by ME 🙂
This sweater was one I crocheted for the magazine, Crochet Today, and is now a pattern that Red Heart posted on their website because they loved it as much as I do 🙂 When I made the Xanadu Crochet Pullover it was the first time that I had ever used Red Heart Boutique Treasures yarn and I thought it was just wonderful! The color changes were spectacular, the feel of it in my hands and on the body was lovely and the price point is one that won’t bust the bank!
Designing and making sweaters are my favorite things to do, but I also like to help fellow knitters and crocheters make sweaters that they will love as well. One of the things I hear from crocheters and knitters alike is sweaters is intimidating. My goal with the Xanadu Crochet Pullover video is to help you tackle this sweater without any hesitation. Let me hold your hand and tell you how to make the sweater crocheting process easy.
In the Marly Bird YouTube video, I approached the tutorial differently in that I don’t actually crochet along with you.
- I walk you through how to prepare the pattern for you and the size you are making,
- I offer suggestions to help you keep on track as you crochet,
- I explain some of the shaping you are doing to make the sweater armholes,
- I explain the shoulders and neck opening,
- I walk you through the body of a sleeve and sleeve cap.
Then, I offer you a mission to make all the pieces of the sweater and join me later (actually, over the next few weeks) when I show you how to seam a sweater and how to sew on ribbing to the body of the sweater in future tutorials.
This video is part of my awesome new partnership with Red Heart and I am very excited to be able to show you how to crochet one of my own patterns!
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Inspired by a sweater from the 1980s, this retro pullover has been redesigned in dreamy yarn! It’s sure to inspire you to get your crochet hook and try the Griddle stitch.
Here is the link for the FREE Xanadu Crochet Pullover
RED HEART® Boutique Treasure™: 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) balls 1901 Mosaic Susan Bates®
Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6mm [US J-10]
Mini Knit Clips for seaming
GAUGE: 12 sts = 4” (10 cm); 12 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Griddle stitch pattern. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
ch = chain;
dc = double crochet;
hdc = half double crochet;
sc = single crochet;
st(s) = stitch(es);
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified;
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated.
Special Stitches Used:
dc2tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
sc2tog = [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
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Pattern Stitch Griddle Stitch Pattern (multiple of 2 sts)
Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (beginning ch do not count as a st), *dc in next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across to last ch, hdc in last ch, turn. Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc in first st, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc; repeat from * across to last st, hdc in last st, turn. Repeat Row 2 for Griddle st pattern.
YouTube Video Notes:
In this video I walk you through how to read the Xanadu pattern, how and why you shape for the armholes and the shoulders, and talk you through how to make the sleeves.
After you complete these parts of the sweater look for the How to Seam a Sweater Video and the How to Join Ribbing with a Whip Stitch Video (coming soon) to finish the entire sweater.
You can do this!
Here are some pictures of my best friend Jenni in her very own Xanadu Crochet Pullover. This is the actual sweater I used in the video.
Looking for more? I love making quick projects and even wrote a leaflet with Leisure Arts on how to do some fun things! If you too are looking for fun and quick projects go and check out the I Can’t Believe I’m Entrelac Knitting by Marly Bird.