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#backtoschoolsweatercal Progress Update

It's my turn again on the #backtoschoolsweatercal blog hop and this time I am following on from Sam, from Sam Simple Melody, to record my progress so far.

I am happy to say that I have finished my Ava sweater from the Dora Ohrenstein's Top Down Sweater Book and I have had plenty of wear out of it already.  The fit is flattering and I am so glad that I took the time to read all of the hints and tips and obtain my true measurements so that I have a truly wearable garment.

Pattern and Yarn Choice

I used the recommended yarn - Berroco Folio in Bayberry and I crocheted a tension square to make sure that I was on gauge. For projects of this magnitude, I prefer to use the suggested yarn (if my purse allows) so that I can obtain the same results.  I chose to make a Large based on my bust and hip measurements and it was spot on.

Getting Started and progress

The yoke was the first section of the sweater to be crocheted and I found the pattern straightforward and easy to read.  I must admit, I frogged it a couple of times as the pattern calls for you to turn at the end of each round and I (for some reason) kept working in the round.

Yoke construction

Underarm chain creates seamless armhole

The body is then worked continuing on the pattern

Ta Da!

Here it is!  The finished garment is made up of cleverly selected stitch combinations which provide you with a stunning sweater.  No alterations were needed and I was constantly trying it on as I went as it would have been easy to increase or decrease stitches where needed.

If you can't tell already, I absolutely loved crocheting this garment and I would thoroughly recommend it for anyone looking for their next project.

The next stop on the Blog Hop is from Fay Dashper-Hughes from her blog at Knit it-Hook it-Craft it so make sure you go and check it out next week.

Bye for now xx


  1. It's lovely Jo! So pleased you've been wearing it a lot. My sweater is from the same book and like you I wanted to work in the round. Ha ha! Thank you for sharing your progress with us. It's all been so fun!

    1. Thank you Tamara. It’s been a great CAL and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part x

  2. Lovely jumper Jo! I am currently toying with casting on a second #BackToSchoolSweaterCAL... What's next on your hook?

    1. Thank you Fay - I have quite a bit of gifted yarn from varipuscavenues so it may well be socks and shawls for my next few projects. Possibly a mini CAL with Anna in the new year to make another sweater.

  3. Really lovely blog post Jo, thank you so much! I love the progress shot photographs - it’s so helpful for others wanting to make the same pattern x

    1. Thank you Helen. I hadn’t realised how many progress shots I had taken so it was great to be able to use them here. Thank you too for a great CAL xx

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  4. I love how this sweater worked out! Thanks for sharing your crochet journey.

    Marta xx

    1. Thank you Marta - me too! You know it’s a good make when you want to hook another x


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