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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Cocoon Sweater, aka Polish Sweater

I recently finished making this crocheted Cocoon Sweater, also known as a Polish Sweater. The pattern is available here* and here. [*Sorry, the first link is to a message board that deleted the message containing the pattern. I do not have a copy of the message. -Lisa, 27-Sep-2008]

My camera-shy daughter, Brigid, graciously agreed (i.e., I had to bribe her with chocolate) to model for me.

Here are front, side, and back views of the sweater. Click on photos for a larger view.

Front Posted by Hello

Back Posted by Hello

Side Posted by Hello

Here, the sweater is lying as it would be worn. Posted by Hello

Here, the sweater is folded flat. To wear it, you open the bottom part to access the sleeves. Posted by Hello

Here's a close-up of the collar area. Posted by Hello

The sweater is crocheted in one piece, starting with the back. You crochet a rectangle for the back, then you bring the corners together at the underarms and join them. You then crochet in rounds to make the shawl collar, the sides, and the bottom. After you finish this portion, you attach yarn at one of the underarms and crochet the sleeve in rounds, then repeat for the other sleeve.

The pattern calls for 6-8 skeins of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook but gives no measurements or gauge, nor does it mention what size those skeins of yarn should be. So I played around with it a bit. As it turns out, you need only three measurements:
• the shoulder width, for a fitted sweater (for a looser fit, add one to three inches to that)
• the armhole circumference
• the sleeve length.

Gauge is not important for this pattern, and you can use whatever yarn and hook you want to. For an indication of how much yarn you'll need: Brigid wears a misses/juniors size small, and this sweater is a bit big on her. I used one 16-ounce, 930-yard skein of Red Heart worsted in off-white and had only a tiny amount left over.

The pattern as written (see links to pattern in first paragraph above) starts with a long chain, but instead I began with a foundationless double crochet (directions here, where it's called the Triple Base Chain Stitch). Using the foundationless double crochet, crochet a length equal to the shoulder width, on a multiple of 3 dc's plus 2 more. That is, crochet the length needed, then count your stitches. Subtract 2 from this number, and if you're left with a number that's a multiple of 3, great! If not, add either 1 or 2 more stitches to make it a multiple of 3.

To make the rectangle for the back, repeat rows 2 and 3 of the row pattern until the length of the rows is equal to the armhole circumference you need. Row 2 makes a row of loop stitches, and row 3 is groups of 3 dc in the loops. At the end of a row 3 repeat, bring the corresponding foundation row corner up and join with a sl st. Turn, then work a row 2 across your just-completed row 3 repeat. Bring the other foundation row corner up and join with a sl st, then work a row 2 across the foundation row; remember that the row begins and ends with a 4-dc group rather than a 3-dc group. You will now work in rounds, following the pattern until the body of the sweater fits comfortably and meets in a point in the center. Fasten off.

To make the sleeves, attach the yarn at the bottom of the armhole and work in rounds, following the pattern. I wanted tapered sleeves, though, so I decreased occasionally on the loop stitch rounds.

Here's a close-up of a sleeve. Posted by Hello

You can use whatever number of decrease rounds you want, but I tapered the sleeves in the following manner, where a round below actually consists of one round of loop stitches and one round of dc's:
Round 1: Make groups of 3 dc all around.
Rounds 2-3: Groups of *3 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc* all around.
Rounds 4-5: Groups of *3 dc, 2 dc, 2 dc* all around.
Rounds 6-7: Groups of 2 dc all around.
Rounds 8-20: Groups of *2 dc, 2 dc, 1 dc* all around.
End after a dc round.
Begin the cuff rounds. To decrease sc (dec sc), insert hook into the next st, yarn over and pull through (two loops on hook), insert hook into the next st, yarn over and pull through (three loops on st), yarn over and pull through all loops (dec sc made).
Round 21: Dec sc around; or alternate sc with dec sc, or whatever dec amount makes the cuff fit properly.
Rounds 22-23: Sc around. Fasten off.

When I finished the sweater, I crocheted an easy flower for a closure.

Here's a close-up of the flower. Posted by Hello

Leaving a long tail, ch 3, join with a sl st in 3rd chain from hook.
Round 1: Ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with a sl st.
Round 2: Working in front loops only, *sc, ch 6, sc in same st; repeat from * around.
Round 3: Working in back loops of original 8 sc, *sc, ch 8, sc in same st; repeat from * around. Join with a sl st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Weave each tail a bit to secure the ends, then use the tails to tie the flower to the point of the sweater. Use one of the holes in the sweater as a buttonhole for the flower.


Anonymous Sandy said:

This is very beautiful. I did a great job. Sandy in St. Charles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:54:00 PM 
Anonymous Sandy said:

I meant you did a great job. I'm sorry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:55:00 PM 
Blogger Jewels said:

What a beautiful sweater and you have great way of explaining too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:10:00 PM 
Blogger Ro said:

oh, it's so gorgeous. I would love to try it, thank you for all your notes about it, bookmarking this to come back to later when I finally get a chance to attempt the sweater!


Saturday, April 30, 2005 2:01:00 AM 
Anonymous Sandi said:

I absolutely love this sweater - am debating whether my teenage granddaughter might like it.

Sunday, May 01, 2005 7:22:00 PM 
Blogger Kim Wyatt said:

Thanks so much for the detailed walk thru with photos. This is the first garment I am trying to make (besides scarves) and I could not have figured out this pattern without your tutortial.

Saturday, June 18, 2005 11:53:00 AM 
Blogger Deneen said:

You did a wonderful job and thank you for giving your way of doing it. I made one of this and it looked nice, but it was about three sizes too big. I bookmarked you for now and hope to make another soon!

Great job!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 9:53:00 AM 
Blogger Rebecca said:

woohoo! wonderful tutorial on this sweater!! the one you made is fabulous!! a girl that can be bribed with chocolate.. heh, sounds like me :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 7:43:00 PM 
Blogger Cassie said:

That is just beautiful!!! Great Job!!! Love it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:10:00 AM 
Anonymous Shirah said:

this is so cool! I made a similar pattern with knitting and love the way it turned out. Now I can experiment with crochet as well! Shirah

Friday, October 07, 2005 8:24:00 PM 
Blogger lidia said:

The sweater is gorgeous! I am a much better at knitting than at crochet.

Shirah, can you tell me where you got the knitting pattern. I am having a difficult time finding one.


Monday, October 31, 2005 5:08:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Hi, Lidia

You can follow the crochet pattern I linked to in my post, except make a knitted fabric instead of crochet. The process is the same. Good luck!

Monday, October 31, 2005 9:15:00 PM 
Blogger lidia said:

Your crochet pattern is very detailed. Unfortuantely for knitting I don't know how many stitches to cast on, what patterns to use, etc... I guess that I could come up with my own. I just wished there was one out there for me to follow.
Lidia :-)

Monday, October 31, 2005 11:43:00 PM 
Anonymous Nancie said:

A friend send me a link to your sweater. I had recently seen a knit version and she showed me the crochet versions. I thank you very much for your posting the pattern but even more for the 'in progress' picture. This made the entire thing understandable. Thank you very much, yours is beautiful.

Monday, April 24, 2006 1:13:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree. Thank you so much for this addition to the orginial pattern. It makes more sense, and to see it helps a lot.
Thanks again

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 12:33:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a beautiful sweater and I really do not know how these people were able to do it with these instructions. There a lot of errors which I am not good enough to figure out. I guess the instructions makes sense to you but not to me. When a pattern is written someone should take that pattern and follow the instructions to a tee before it is published. I have waisted all this yarn and time I have spent to try an make it. It is beautiful but the instructions are garbage. I am now trashing it.

Monday, January 01, 2007 6:16:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why is it called a "Polish" sweater?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 5:19:00 PM 
Blogger Barbara from Nova Scotia said:

Lovely sweater! I want to make one for myself!

Sunday, October 28, 2007 1:49:00 PM 
Blogger Debbi-a1 said:

Just found this googling round type sweaters. I love yours. I started it and find it really easy. Thank you for posting all the pics, they helped me a lot!

Thursday, December 03, 2009 3:31:00 PM 

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