Dare to Make It! Crochet-Along: Week 3comments (5) October 29th, 2008
This week we'll be making two sleeves for the baby hoodie. You'll still be working mostly in half double crochet (hdc), and I will help you along with the shaping and the sleeve edgings. Sneak ahead to the end to see the finished edging samples before you edge your sleeves so you can see what the "Boy" and "Girl" versions look like (you don't have to stick to the specified gender if you prefer a different look). Refer to Week 1 and Week 2 if you're just joining along this week and need to catch up, and remember to post pics of your progress to the gallery at the end of this post when you have a chance. Also, feel free to ask me questions if you are stuck on part of the pattern.
Step 1: Work the Sleeve
To get started, refer to the Sweet Baby Hoodie pattern and chain the indicated number and work 3 rows of half double crochet as directed.
Begin the fourth row with 2 hdc in the first hdc. Your work should look like the photo above—from right to left, there's the 2 chain turning chain, then 2 hdc in the first hdc stitch. Continue by working 1 hdc in each hdc across until you reach the last hdc. Make 2 hdc in the last hdc, ch 2, and turn. Making 2 hdc in 1 hdc stitch is called an increase because you increase the number of stitches in the row. This is just another way of shaping.
Next, work 3 rows even (meaning, work 1 hdc in each hdc across for each row, ch 2, then turn). Repeat the last four rows (1 increase row and 3 even rows) the number of times the pattern indicates. You will notice that your sleeve begins to widen gradually—this is because of the addition of the increase rows. Once you work the indicated number of repeats, continue to work even until your sleeve measures the indicated length.
The markers indicate the top of the sleeve and will help you set the sleeve into the shoulder when you sew everything together.
Make a second sleeve the same way.
Step 2: Edge the Sleeves
Now I will show you how to edge the sleeves according to the pattern. Remember that you are free to add your own edging pattern if you prefer, and you can use any color you like to make the edging.
Note that both edgings are worked with the wrong side facing you. This is because in the finished hoodie, the sleeve cuff is turned up. If you don't want your sleeve turned up, you may want to work on the right side of the work (but be warned that the sleeves may be a little long since they were designed to be turned up).
Differentiating the wrong and right side of your work is easy if you haven't woven in the ends yet (score one for procrastinators!). Place your work so that the first row worked is at the bottom and the yarn tail from the foundation chain is at the lower left corner (the sleeves are placed this way in the stitch marker photo above). Unless the pattern indicates otherwise, when your work is oriented this way with beginning the yarn tail on the lower left corner of the work, the right side is facing you. Turn the work over and you will see the wrong side. I find the wording in the original pattern to be confusing, so just remember that if you're following exactly, have the sleeve's wrong side facing you and the narrow end at the top, then insert your hook in the top right corner of the work to begin the edging. Use a contrasting color if desired.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery