Angled Squares is the perfect combination of linked half double crochet for coverage, and join-as-you-go granny squares to create wide open spaces. Stitch the yoke in coordinated colors of sock weight yarn, then build the front and back of the sweater down and seam the sides.
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Finished Size: 35 (40, 45, 50, 55)” finished bust, slightly stretched. The linked stitch fabric is very stretchy and the sweater is meant to fit closely.
Materials: Approx 1620, (2055, 2055, 2055, 2500) yds fingering weight yarn (CYCA 1, Fine) in four colors; 870 (1305, 1305, 1305, 1740) yds of a main color and 435 yds each of 3 coordinating colors. Model shown in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (80% wool/20% nylon; 435 yds, 100g), 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Chocolate, and 1 each in Patina, Cream and Sydney. I used a little more than half a skein (appox 250 yds) of each of the coordinates for the Small.
Crochet hook size F/5/3.75mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 20 dc and 11 rows = 4 in / 10cm
Beg – begin(s/ning)
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Ldc – linked double crochet
Rep – repeat(s/ing)
Rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
Sc – single crochet
Sk – skip(ped)
Sl – slip(ped)
Sl st – slip stitch
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch(es)
T-ch – turning chain
Special Stitch: Ldc: Insert hook in diagonal strand midway across dc just made, yo, pull up loop, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up loop, [yo, pull through 2 loops] twice; after a turning ch, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up loop, insert hook in st at base of turning ch, yo, pull up loop, finish dc as per usual
In granny squares, ch-3 counts as 1 dc.
Granny pattern is written as if each round will be a different color, and the second rnd begins with a standing start, by which I mean begin with a sl knot on your hook and dc where directed instead of joining yarn with a sl st and then chaining to replace the first st.
In ldc, t-ch does NOT count as a stitch and should never be stitched into.
You must make the yoke of the sweater before you crochet the Front and Back, but it’s easiest to leave the sleeves for after.
First Granny Square:
With any color, ch 4. Join into ring with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, join rnd with sl st in top of beg-ch. End off.
Rnd 2: With any other color, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in any ch-2 sp, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, ch 1, join rnd with sl st in first dc. End off.
Make as many grannies as needed for your size and join them as you go as shown in the assembly diagram as follows: In any corner of the second rnd where the granny you are making needs to join another, 3 dc in corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, sl st in ch-2 sp of adjacent granny, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, continue on to finish the granny as written.
Front: Sizes S (L, 2X)
Note: Remember ch-3 does NOT count as a St in this section!
Join MC with sc in bottom point of granny marked for your size.
Row 1: (Ch 10, sc in bottom point of next granny) 7 (9, 11) times. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Ldc in first sc, *9 ldc in ch-10 sp, ldc in next sc. Rep from * to end. Ch 3, turn. 71 (91, 111) ldc
Row 3: Ldc in each ldc across. Ch 3, turn.
Rep Row 3 until work measures 13 (14, 14.5)” Mark center st of row. End off.
Front: M (XL)
With MC, ch 5, join with sc in bottom point of granny marked for your size.
Row 1: (Ch 10, sc in bottom point of next granny) 7 (9) times. Ch 8, turn.
Row 2: Ldc in 4th ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ldc in next sc, *9 Ldc in ch-10 sp, ldc in next dc. Rep from * across, ldc in each of last 5 ch. Ch 3, turn. 81 (101) ldc
Row 3: Ldc in each ldc across. Ch 3, turn.
Rep Row 3 until work measures 13.5 (14.5)”. Mark center st of row. End off.
Rep instructions for Front.
Continue following the diagram for your size to create the sleeves. When you get to the bottom rows of granny squares, remember to join the front of the sleeve to the back of the sleeve, under the arms, and join the underarm squares to the Front or Back if needed for the larger sizes.
With RSs facing, sew Front to Back at side seams from the bottom of the sleeve down to the hem. Turn RS out.
Hem Trim: With MC make a granny square and join one point in the marked st. Remove marker. Continue making MC granny squares and joining them to the hem and to the granny square before it, skipping 9 ldc between joins.
Weave in all ends. Block.