Freebie Friday – Sweater progress

Today’s Freebie Friday includes links to the free patterns I used for reference on my WIP (work in progress).

The sweater I intended to make (Lionbrand Granny Square Cardigan) has morphed and is going in a completely different direction. It started with a granny square since that’s where I chose to start the pattern. I soon realized my squares were coming out way too large and most importantly, that I didn’t like them. I found a granny square I liked (springtime square) and made 12 of those. They were still too large but I believed I could compensate. I was happy with my new squares.

Granny Squares

These are the ones I’ve made so far (there are way more than 12 now :-)). And I still don’t know what I’m going to make!

I started the instructions for the back panel and quickly came to the conclusion that I didn’t like the stitch pattern for that either. From the jump, I wasn’t happy that there was only one picture of the sweater for reference: the front view. But it looked pretty and I assumed that it was mostly black with grey accents. I should have read the pattern a little more thoroughly. I would have noticed that it was mostly grey with a little black. But no matter, I could easily change the grey to black so I started the back. Ugh! I no likey! So I ripped back all four rows I’d finished and threw the yarn ball back in the bag. I pulled out my finished squares and envisioned a different sweater I could make with them.

To the internet! I found some lovely sweaters made out of granny squares. Granted, I wasn’t necessarily looking for a sweater made up of just granny squares but I wasn’t against the idea either. Here’s what I found for inspiration.

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This one has a great diagram I found very helpful.

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This pattern also had a good diagram. She offers the pattern for free. I loved her blog post on this. Although I’m not following the pattern, I learned a lot about constructing a sweater.

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A good one for inspiration.

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This pattern also has some good information.

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I like this one for the layout of the squares.

Sweater Lion Brand

And of course, the sweater that started it all. Elements of this will also go into my finished sweater.


My finished sweater will probably be a combination of all these ideas with a big dose of my own personal flavor. I include the Lionbrand sweater as part of the inspiration because I still think the picture is beautiful and it ‘inspired’ me to finally get started on a sweater.

I am not affiliated with any websites nor do I make any money from these sites. They are simply patterns I like or would like to try myself.


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