Crochet Pattern Review: Notes and Tips on Making the Father Pullover Sweater
2021 update: This post was first published in 2014 and I haven’t made the sweater since. I really wish I could help everyone who is having issues with the sleeves on the Father Pullover Sweater, but it’s been a while since I made it and I can’t remember what I did, expect that it looked confusing but still worked out in the end. Many people have chimed in so please check out the comments and see if there is a solution to your problem. If not, please feel free to post it and I will try to research for you.
I finally completed my first wearable that is not a hat or scarf. I felt adventurous and ready to tackle a pattern for a crocheted mens sweater. Originally I had planned to make the Tip Top Sweater from Interweave for dear hubby, but when the time came to put this project on my hook I didn’t have the funds for that much DK yarn. I had a ton of Knit Pick’s Brava Worsted so I looked around for a worsted weight sweater and found the Father Pullover by Red Heart (aka the Simple Sweater for Him on All Free Crochet).
This project schooled me a bit so I’m sharing my notes and thoughts with takeaway ideas in bold.
This pattern uses all hdc (half double crochet) in vertical rows. The effect is to give the rows a striped look. I’m not loving this and think I would avoid all hdc. I may alter it to use the griddle stitch if I make this again. The striped effect also made it harder to sew up, as the rows on the back and front of the sweater needed to be lined up exactly.
I used KP Brava worsted in Umber, which is a really pretty dark brown. I bought tons of it for a cabled blanket only to realize that dark colored yarn is not the best yarn to do cables in. I couldn’t see what I was doing. It was the same way sewing up the pieces of this sweater and I would probably not chose a dark yarn for another sweater until I felt more experienced.
For a sweater, medium-weight yarn is heavy! I made it in men’s XL, but feel that the worsted weight yarn added to the effect that this sweater looks a bit big. I would go with a pattern calling for a DK yarn next time.
Trouble with the sleeves
The Father Pullover pattern itself can be confusing and I needed to head to the net for help a few times. Everyone and their mother has problems with the way the sleeves are written, and I saw a few people who had resorted to writing their own sleeve pattern. It’s really easy to miss that the pattern says to increase on both ends of the sleeves. So you are adding 2 stitches per row – one stitch to either end, not increase only 1 as it seems to say as it’s easy to miss the word BOTH.
The pattern also calls for counting the turning chain of each row as the first hdc and skipping the first stitch. Skipping the first stitch made huge holes at the beginning of each row and it looks horrible. I’m not skipping next time, instead I will use the Foundation Turning Stitch I recently discovered.
I experimented with leaving long tails on the yarn to use them to sew up the pieces. This worked ok but was a little messy when there were lots of them and I didn’t know which ones I’d be using.
Overall, I’m pleased with the results for a first project. It’s very warm and I’m happy to see dh in it, even the striped look is growing on me. I would just consider the things I learned here for a next time.
Did you make this sweater? I’m not an expert, so I’d love feedback on my tips and thoughts. Let me know in the comments section below.