Dare to Make It! Crochet-Along: Week 2

comments (12) October 22nd, 2008     

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To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.
Compare the left front to the back of the sweater to make sure youre on track, then begin the neck shaping.
Compare the left front to the back to make sure you have the same number of rows in each and that the parts fit together.
To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.

To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.

Photo: Linda Permann

Next up on the Dare to Make It! Crochet-Along (using the free Sweet Baby Hoodie pattern) are the left and right front of the sweater. I'm going to start off by showing you the left front, then I'll discuss how to derive the right front from the instructions for the left front.

Step 1: Make the Left Front
Crochet the indicated number of chains and work even in dc until the piece measures the length that the pattern indicates (for me, 6-1/2 inches). You want to stop at the end of a wrong side row so that the right side will be facing for the shaping row. Turn the work and slipstitch through the first 4 stitches to shape the armhole— this inset area will be where you sew the sleeves later, and you can see it as the first stairstep in the photo below. Continue to work even as the pattern indicates until the piece armhole (the new, thinner section) measures as indicated. Note that since you need to end on a right-side row, your piece might be slightly longer or shorter than that measurement. Mine is slightly longer, but I compared it to the back piece just to make sure the future rows to work would still fit in the indicated number of rows. It's a judgement call on your part and, again, not a big deal.


Compare the left front to the back of the sweater to make sure you're on track, then begin the neck shaping.

The neck shaping for the left front starts out simply; just don't work the last 3 hdc of the row. I turned the above piece right after I snapped the photo, with the remaining 3 dc unworked.


To start the next row, chain 2, then make a half double crochet 2 together.

To make a half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog), insert your hook in the first stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop. Insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop. You should have something similar to the photo above. Next, yarn over and draw the loop through all three loops on your hook. (Note: The pattern describes a different way of making a hdc2tog; you can use either and your hoodie will turn out fine!)

Follow the instructions for the next few rows—you'll make a hdc2tog alternatingly at the beginning or end of a row, and you should see a little slope forming as you go.


Compare the left front to the back to make sure you have the same number of rows in each and that the parts fit together.

Fasten off the left front.

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Comments (12)

LindaPermann writes: cirone- just saw your question-- i answered it on the other post: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/12797/dare-to-make-it-crochet-along-week-3
Posted: 2:00 am on October 31st
cirone writes: just commenting to say i'm done with week 2 (after having to undo and redo the right front side 3 times to make it match the left *sigh*) and starting week 3 =) pictures will come later after the camera battery gets charged up.

in the future, how would i tell whether a side is "right" or "wrong"?
Posted: 10:20 pm on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: Oh yea, there it is! Yes, it must've just taken a few minutes. I'm all about instant gratification...not always a good thing!
Posted: 2:59 pm on October 30th
LindaPermann writes: AZwanKenobi- I see it on the page-- I think it might just take a while to show up. It looks great so far!
Posted: 2:47 pm on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: I posted my photo, but it doesn't show up on this page...only my "Share" page. How do I get it to show up here?
Posted: 11:26 am on October 30th
AZwanKenobi writes: About the right or wrong sides...they do look very similar, so I just picked the side that looked nicest to me and made that my "right" side. I've finished the back piece and the right front. I'll post a photo...
Posted: 11:10 am on October 30th
LindaPermann writes: Cirone-
don't worry too much about the right and wrong sides, there's barely a difference for this pattern (just something to keep in mind when working on garments later).

And yes- worry about the shaping when you get there. I am sure you will figure it out! And if not- I'll help!

Posted: 2:01 pm on October 27th
cirone writes: I just found a moment to start on week 2 =) Wow, I didn't realize there was a right/wrong side out? Both sides look pretty similar to me. And the shaping thing looks complicated. I think I'll just start and deal with it when I get there =)
Posted: 12:08 am on October 27th
redrose1550 writes: Sounds like me. always a day late and a dollar short as they say. i need to get started also. Just found your website.
thank you.
patty
Posted: 10:39 pm on October 25th
idlehands2 writes: I made this sweater (boy's version) in March 2008, using the Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn in Sky Blue, and it was very easy (and fun!). I have only been crocheting since Thanksgiving of last year, so that should attest to how simple it was! I used to knit, years ago, and was always frustrated with garments. This pattern taught me that I can make garments with ease!
Posted: 6:50 am on October 25th
LindaPermann writes: SharonWinPA- Don't worry, it's not too late to start and I would love to have you join in. These pieces actually work up pretty quickly so you should be able to catch up without stressing. Good luck!
Posted: 3:04 am on October 23rd
SharonWinPA writes: Good grief! I'm at least a week behind already... Oh well, what else is new for me, the Constant Procrastinator! I just found the site for the first week and now it's week 2. Guess I'd better get to bed so I can start in the morning - it's already after midnight anyway.
Posted: 12:42 am on October 23rd
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