Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book Review & Free Pattern - Austentatious Crochet

Running Press sent me a free review copy of Austentatious Crochet.
When the publisher emailed to make sure I'd received the book, they offered to send me a pattern to post.  I was pleasantly surprised when they told me *I* could pick the pattern.  Since I already have a copy of the book (and all the patterns), I decided to let you decide which pattern to ask for.

The winner is the Becoming Jane Sweater!  You will find the pattern at the end of this post.  There were 106 votes and 24 of the book's 36 patterns got at least one vote.  It seems there's something for everyone in Austentatious Crochet. :)

I haven't read any of Jane Austen's books (don't freak out ... ), but I know there is a bunch of you that love them.  This book is full of quotes from her books, excerpts from letters, and other Austen-y goodness.  My curiosity about the book was strictly crochet-related, though.

I love to see interesting books dedicated to crochet patterns.  As I mentioned in my survey post, I like the Becoming Jane Sweater and An Afternoon at Pemberley dress.  I think "Pemberly" would make a great top *or* skirt as well as the dress.

I like that the book includes a lot of different crochet techniques (surface slip stitch embellishment, motif appliqué, weaving into a crocheted mesh background, etc).  There are projects for adults, children, and the home.  On ravelry.com you can see all the patterns  (free account required).  As of this moment, Eat Your Heart Out Willoughby has the most hearts.

Thank you Running Press for letting me share this pattern with my blog readers!  Enjoy, everyone!

BECOMING JANE SWEATER

MATERIALS
Knit Picks Gloss (70% merino wool, 30% silk; 220 yds /201 m; fingering weight #1 superfine): kenai 8 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins

E-4 (3.5 mm) hk or size needed to obtain correct gauge

3/8" (10 mm) ribbon, length to fit bust measurement plus 23" (58.5 cm)

Silk rose

Stitcher’s Kit (see page 187) ( ... your kit should include crochet hooks of various sizes, stitch markers, ruler, straight pins, scissors, sewing threads, a beading needle, and a tapestry needle, as well as rust-free T-pins and a surface suitable for blocking.)

GAUGE
6 shells and 12 rows in begonia st patt = 4" (10 cm)

FINISHED SIZES
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X) has bust circumference of 321/2 (35, 39, 411/2, 441/2, 491/2)"/ 82.5 (89, 99, 105.5, 113, 126) cm

STITCH GUIDE
View an online video demonstrating how to create this stitch pattern at: www.stitchscene.com/tutorials

Move beautifully and effortlessly through your day in this simply shaped, jewel-tone sweater. Composed in a delightful stitch with a superfine yarn, the drape is flattering and the design is as comfortable as the day is long. The waist is simply shaped using ribbon with added accoutrements to create a gathered empire waist. A very forgiving garment for all figures. Further style the sweater to suit your mood by weaving through metallic ribbon or a skinny belt. Just pin up your tresses and slip into a pair of skimmers for a demure glamour that will awaken your beau’s interest right away.


BEGONIA STITCH PATTERN
Foundation ch is multiple of 3 + 3.
Row 1: (Sc, ch 1, sc) in 3rd ch from hk—shell made, *skip 2 ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; rep from * across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, turn. Rep Row 2 for st patt.
Note: Ch 1 and/or sl st(s) at beg of rows do not count as st(s) throughout.

FRONT
Ch 75 (81, 90, 96, 102, 114).
Row 1: (Sc, ch 1, sc) in 3rd ch from hk—shell made, *skip 2 ch, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; rep from * across, turn. 25 (27, 30, 32, 34, 38) shells
Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, turn.
Next 32 (34, 36, 36, 36, 36) Rows: Rep Row 2.
Next Row (mesh for ribbon): Ch 4, (dc, ch 1) in each ch-sp across, dc in last sc, turn. 26 (28, 31, 33, 35, 39) ch-sps
Next Row: Ch 1, skip first dc, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next dc; rep from * across leaving tch unworked, turn. 25 (27, 30, 32, 34, 38) shells
Next 9 Rows: Rep Row 2.

ARMHOLE SHAPING
Next Row (dec row): Sl st in first 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 3) sts, sc in first (first, first, first, first, next) ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across to last 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) shell, sc in ch-sp, turn. 23 (25, 28, 30, 32, 34) shells

XS Only
Row 47: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp; across leaving last sc unworked, turn.

All Sizes
Next 1 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) Row: Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across ending sc in last ch-sp and leaving last sc unworked, turn. 21 (21, 22, 24, 26, 26) shells
Next 10 (12, 14, 5, 5, 4) Rows: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each chsp across, turn.

L, 1X, 2X Only
Next Row: Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across ending sc in last ch-sp, turn. (22, 24, 24) shells
Next Row: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across leaving last sc unworked, turn.
Next (8, 14, 16) Rows: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, turn.

All Sizes
Cont with Neckline Shaping.

FIRST NECKLINE SHAPING
Next Row (short row): Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in first 10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 12) ch-sps, turn—11 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12) shells unworked.
Next Row (dec row): Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across, turn. 9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 11) shells
Next Row (dec row): Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across to last ch-sp, sc in last ch-sp leaving last sc unworked, turn. 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) shells
Next 4 Rows: Work in established st patt AT SAME TIME dec 1 ch-sp at neckline every 2nd row (sc in first ch-sp of row OR leaving last shell unworked at end of row). 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) shells
Next 3 Rows: Work in established st patt AT SAME TIME dec
1 ch-sp at neckline every row. 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) shells
Fasten off.

OPPOSITE NECKLINE SHAPING
Join yarn to unworked edge of last row of Armhole Shaping and rep First Neckline Shaping.

BACK
Work as for Front to Neckline Shaping.
Next 6 Rows: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, turn. 21 (21, 22, 22, 24, 24) shells

FIRST SHOULDER SHAPING
Next Row (short row): Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in first 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) ch-sps leaving 15 (15, 15, 15, 16, 16) ch-sps unworked, turn.
Next Row: Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across, turn. 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) shells
Next Row: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across to last ch-sp, sc in last ch-sp leaving last sc unworked, turn. 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) shells.
Next Row: Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across, turn. 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) shells

All Sizes
Fasten off.

OPPOSITE SHOULDER SHAPING
Join yarn to opposite edge and rep First Shoulder Shaping.

SLEEVE
Make 2
Ch 42 (42, 48, 48, 54, 54).
Row 1: (Sc, ch 1, sc) in 3rd ch from hk, *skip 2 chs, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; rep from * across ending (sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch, turn. 14 (14, 16, 16, 18, 18) shells
Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in each ch-sp across, turn.

XS, M Only
Rows 3–14: Rep Row 2.
Row 15: Ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sc) in first ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across ending (sc, ch 1, sc, ch 1, sc) in last ch-sp, turn. 16 (18) shells
Rows 16–45: Rep Rows 1–15 twice. 20 (22) shells
Rows 46–53: Rep Row 2.

S, L, 1X, 2X Only
Next 5 Rows: Rep Row 2.
Next Row (inc row): Ch 1, (sc, ch, sc, ch, sc) in first ch-sp, *(sc, ch, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across ending (sc, ch, sc, ch, sc) in last ch-sp, turn. (16, 18, 20, 20) shells
Rows 9–53: Cont in established st patt working inc row every (15, 13, 11, 8) rows for (3, 3, 5, 6) times, turn. (22, 24, 30, 32) shells

All Sizes
Cont with Cap Shaping.

CAP SHAPING
Row 54: Sl st in first 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 3) sts, sc in first (first, first, first, first, next) ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across to last 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) shell, sc in next ch-sp leaving 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1) ch-sp unworked, turn. 18 (20, 20, 22, 28, 28) shells

XS Only
Row 55: Ch 1, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in first ch-sp; rep from * across, turn.

All Sizes
Next 1 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) Row (dec row): Ch 1, sc in first ch-sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-sp; rep from * across ending sc in last ch-sp, turn. 16 (16, 16, 16, 22, 22) shells
Next 9 (9, 10, 12, 18, 18) Rows: Cont in established st patt with dec row every 3rd row 3 (3, 2, 0, 6, 6) times; then every 4th row 0 (0, 1, 3, 0, 0) times. 10 shells

L Only
Next Row: Ch 1, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in first ch-sp; rep from across, turn.

FINISHING
Steam block to schematic measurements. With RS tog and taking care to line up rows, sew shoulder and underarm seams, set in sleeves, and sew side seams. Draw ribbon through mesh row. Attach silk rose.

EDGING
With RS facing, join yarn to any st at hemline, ch 1, *sc, skip 1 st, 5 dc in next st, skip 1 st; rep from * evenly spaced around, join with sl st in ch 1. Fasten off.Weave in ends. Rep for neckline and cuffs.

Pattern reprinted with permission from AUSTENTATIOUS CROCHET © 2011 by Melissa Horozewski, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group.



9 Comments leave a comment


Carol said ...
What a great book, don't think I am experienced enough to make the sweater but it is really lovely.
Carol xx
11/14/2011 1:05 PM

crafteemom said ...
Wow!! It is lovely, as is everything else in the book. Maybe I'll try it once I get through all the things I'm working on for the Christmas markets.
11/15/2011 1:02 AM

I'm just curious: under Materials it lists "Stitcher’s Kit (see page 187)" - is that anything special, or just a yarn needle and scissors?
11/15/2011 4:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
June (planetjune) ... Thanks for pointing that out. I added it into the pattern. It's the basics. I'm sure you have them all. ;)
11/20/2011 4:33 AM

Vicki K said ...
Wow - how generous of the publishers! Thank you to them and you. There are many patterns in that book that were interesting to me. Are you going to make this pattern?
11/15/2011 9:43 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Vicki K ... You are welcome! Wanting to make the sweater and actually making the sweater are two different things. :) I'd like to, but there are many other wonderful projects ahead of it.
11/20/2011 5:38 AM

Devora said ...
this is just gorgeous! I think D'arcy would find it most suitable for a young lady.
11/15/2011 5:03 PM

Gwen said ...
I finally copied and printed the pattern! I don't have access to the type of yarn that the pattern recommends, but I'm going to do a swatch in this stuff called Souffle. It's made by Knit One Crochet Too out of Ventura (CA). It's 70% viscose and 30% cotton. We'll see. It's the right weight, but the texture might not do it.
Thanks again for posting this pattern :)
1/1/2012 9:43 AM
 
salma osama said ...
thank's for the pattern it's wonderful
11/22/2013 12:55 PM

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