This is a crochet pattern review of the Maise Sweater designed by Christine of Serendipity As Always. Review done by Emily of Crochet Aweigh for Cre8tion Crochet.
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It’s me, Emily with Crochet Aweigh.
Endlessly scrolling Instagram is usually very unproductive, but this time I was on a mission! I was seeking inspiration for a quick, multi-seasonal sweater that could be dressed up or down. I found none-other-than The Maise Sweater crochet pattern by Christine of Serendipity As Always. She was hosting a pattern tester call and I applied to participate immediately! This sweater has it all: adorable puff stitches, a unique neckline, and a charming tie front. I had to give it a try!
This was my first time working with Christine, and it was an excellent experience! She was prompt with sending out the pattern to the testers, and the pattern was well thought out and thorough before we even began. I look forward to testing for her again in the future!
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What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Velvet Sweater?
- 700-975 yards (depending on size) of Yarn Bee Velvety Smooth Aran or similar worsted weight velvet yarn
- J10/6mm and H8/5mm Crochet Hooks
- Scissors and yarn needle for weaving in ends
- Maise Sweater, Paid Crochet Pattern from Serendipity As Always
I used Yarn Bee Velvety Smooth Sparkle in navy. I thought the sparkle would be fun and give the sweater a fancy look. As for yarn substitutes, personally I have not come across any other brands of velvet yarn that are available for purchase in stores in worsted weight. Most velvets in stores are bulky weight. However, I have found that Hobbii.com offers a few different options for worsted velvet weight yarns. You may get away with a bulky weight yarn depending on your gauge though – so make sure to check it!
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Sweater?
I spent one week on and off working on this sweater. I clocked approximately 11-12 hours over the course of the week.
The pattern gauge is 12 double crochets by 6 rows for a 4” square. My gauge was ever-so-slightly large with the J hook, but I stuck with it because I tend to tighten up as I get more comfortable with a project. This pattern is available in XS/S, S/M, M/L, and L/XL so be sure to check your gauge and adjust accordingly.
This pattern is well-written and straightforward. I only have a few small suggestions that might make your life easier if you are going to make this delightful sweater. Don’t miss the very beginning where it says to use the foundation single crochet stitch instead of a regular chain (like I did – oops!). Using the foundation single crochet will make your sweater much more flexible and stretchy at the neckline than using a regular chain.
Watch out for when the chain at the beginning of a row counts as a stitch and when it doesn’t. For the body of the sweater the chain 3 at the beginning DOES count as a stitch, but once you get to the front ties and the sleeves, the chain does NOT count as a stitch. Pay attention to that so that your stitch count does not get messed up.
For the wristbands I used a stitch marker at the beginning of every row. Although absolutely gorgeous, velvet yarn is tough to see and even harder to count. I wanted to make sure I had the correct number of rows for the wristbands so I marked every row with a stitch marker so I could keep track.
In closing, I’d say this pattern is definitely beginner-friendly and perfect for someone looking to experiment with velvet yarn for the first time! I can’t wait to see which colors you choose for your Maise Sweater!
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This sweater/cardigan would be a lovely piece to add to so many different outfits dressing up or down, and I just love how you styled it casually with jeans and a tee – my kind of outfit!
Thank you! Yes, I love the versatility of this piece!
jacqui Berry says
Wow, how clever. This is perfect for jeans and dresses alike. I can see you’ll wear this a lot. Thanks for sharing on Chicandstylish Jacqui x
Thank you! Glad you like it.