If you're looking to expand your wardrobe for cooler weather, but find yourself a little low on cash, you should consider making some of your own clothing. One item that you can make yourself that is very versatile is a sweater. Although you may think this would be difficult, learning how to crochet sweaters is in fact simple.
The first thing you will need is a basic knowledge of crochet. Most patterns for crochet sweaters actually use pretty simple stitches, such as single and double crochet, chain stitches, and slip stitches. Some sweater parts call for increasing and decreasing for shaping. Even if you only have a little experience, you can easily make crochet sweaters.
Next, you should know that when you make a crochet sweater, gauge is very important. To make a swatch for gauge, use the same yarn and hook that the pattern calls for and crochet a small piece. Generally, gauge is expressed in the number of stitches and rows in a 1-2 inch area. For example, a piece may have a gauge of 10 rows=2 inches. So you would crochet 10 rows using the pattern's main stitch, and measure when done. If your swatch is smaller than 2 inches, try again with a bigger crochet hook. If your swatch is larger, use a smaller hook or tighter tension. Sometimes the pattern's gauge is expressed as 1 pattern=2 inches. This is often the case where there is a repeating motif in the pattern. Simply crochet one complete motif and measure for this type of gauge.
Crochet sweaters can be made in any size. Most patterns give directions for 3 different sizes. These sizes may be small, medium, and large, or number sizes like 8, 10, and 12. All the directions for crochet sweaters are generally together. The first number you see is for the smallest size the pattern offers, with numbers for the other two sizes in parentheses. For example, if your pattern is for small, medium, or large crochet sweaters and says "chain 100 (108, 116)" you would chain 100 for a small, 108 for a medium, and 116 for a large.
If you're still unsure of your ability to crochet sweaters, don't be. There are many online tutorials, including videos that can help you if you are unsure of how to make a stitch. You will have a bunch of beautiful crochet sweaters in no time, and save money and have a fun hobby, too.