I finished my sweater, and I love it! I can't believe I actually made something I can wear!
This sweater is based on the Sweet Sweater featured on CrochetMe.com. If you're interested in how I altered this pattern, see below:
Yarn: Jo Sharp Alpaca Silk Georgette in "Briar" (4 ply wool/silk blend) and Gedifra Easy-Soft in blue green (2 ply mohair/cashmere blend)
Hooks: J (6mm), K(6.5mm) and F (3.75mm)
Stitch: double crochet
Gauge: 10 stitches/4 inches
Worked holding both strands of yarn together for body of sweater, using K hook
Reduce original chain by one chain (in mine, my "E" number was 26, so I reduced to 25)
Altered Row 1: work as stated, but only work 1 dc in final ch (instead of 2) - 8 stitches added instead of 10
Altered Row 2: work as stated, only working 1 dc in first and last dc (instead of 2) - 8 stitches added instead of 10
Rows 3-6: repeat altered row 2
At this point, follow the pattern as stated, repeating their original row 2 "until the number of stitches for the back is equal to the number of stitches for the 2 fronts added together". I switched to a J-hook just below the bust.
Join the 4-ply wool blend at the "point" of the V on the side toward the right arm of the sweater using F-hook.
Row 1: ch 3, work 4 dc in each dc up the "side" of the neckline, work 2 dc in each dc along the back of the neckline (4 dc if working along the side of a dc stitch and 2 if working along the top of a dc stitch) around to the bottom of the V on the left side of the sweater.
Row 2: ch 3, turn, work one dc in each dc around.
Rows 3-4: repeat row 2, finishing off at end of Row 4
Fold collar in half, toward the outside of the sweater. Overlap the bottom edges as shown in picture and sew in place using the same yarn used for the collar