Pattern: Beaded Diamonds Sweater
Designer: Stephanie Erin (@by.stephanie.erin on IG)
Yarn: The Frosted Stitch (indie dyer from Ontario) Frosted Fingering, 1552 metres (1705 yds)
This sweater is high up on the list of favourite things I’ve ever made! Stephanie is a phenomenal Canadian crochet garment and accessory designer. All her designs feature something that gives the piece a little extra something, be it beads, bows, lace, or colourwork. I have tested two beaded sweater patterns for Stephanie (this one and Hailstorm) and her patterns are written with an incredible attention to detail. This size-inclusive pattern is written in nine different sizes, as well as added instructions for customization, waist and hip shaping, and how to do the beading as you go. It’s done almost completely in single crochet back loop only (sc-blo) worked in the round, which is admittedly slow to stitch up, but results in a fabric with beautiful drape and fit—and no seams! I made a size 3 with no modifications at all. I probably should have adjusted the sleeves to be a little shorter, but there was no way I was frogging and re-doing all the beading on the cuffs!
Photos by Kim Davidson.