I learned to crochet when I was eleven, but I took about fifteen years off. And I'd never made anything but blankets, I think. This was my first attempt ever at a sweater (either knitting or crocheting).
Here's the pattern I used: Baby It's Cold Outside.
Rilla drew a lot of compliments at the park, but honesty compels me to confess what a mess I made of the project. First of all, it was supposed to be a present for a newborn. Of course, since I spent over a year on the sweater about ten newborn friends grew into toddlers before I had a chance to give what I thought was going to be the perfect new-baby gift. Hee. As I (finally, at long last) crocheted the final stitches, I had two dear friends who were counting down the days to the arrival of wee daughters, and I was delighted with the timing. The only difficulty was going to be in deciding to which baby girl I'd send the sweater.
Then I began whipstitching the sides together and it became clear that this sweater wasn't going to work for either one of the newborn lasses. Rilla bopped past as I held it up by the sleeves, biting my lip doubtfully. The sweater looked more like her size (and she'll be two in April) than newborn size. Hmm. I am sure I followed the directions meticulously. I can't possibly have been at all distracted during the year and a half of sporadic bursts of hooking, right? The year and a half in which I packed up and moved to the other side of the country? No cause for absentminded mistakes there, surely?
The sizing problems, it turned out, were the least of my mistakes. I mean, there are worse fates than accidentally making a sweater the perfect size for your own child. Of much greater concern was the fact that the front left panel was some two inches longer than the back of the sweater.
I unraveled the extra rows, but now the two front panels are different sizes. As I said, you can't tell from this picture. Since one panel buttons over the other, the discrepancy looks almost intentional—sort of boxy and chic.
At least, that's the story I'm going with.
I haven't made the buttons yet but when I do you'll see what I mean. If you compare mine to the picture, you'll see how terrifically I blundered.
Fortunately for me, Rilla doesn't give a hoot about following instructions to the letter.