How to Crochet a Log Cabin Pullover

Make this crocheted version of a traditional patchwork pattern.

| January/February 1984

It seems that the most interesting craft projects combine several arts, and this pullover sweater is no exception. The multicolored yarn and the challenging layout should keep a crochet­er intrigued throughout the entire proj­ect. And like its authentic patchwork predecessors, which made use of various scraps of cloth from the ragbag, this "Log Cabin" sweater economically employs odds and ends of yarn.

This garment is a lady's medium-sized pullover, fitting sizes 8-12. The finished sweater has a bust measurement of 40" and a shoulder to bottom-edge length of 21".

Materials: This sweater pattern requires the following amounts of yarn (I've suggested some colors, but you can sub­stitute any hues as long as you apply the basic principles of moving from "sun­shine to shade"-or light to dark tones-­commonly used in the "Log Cabin" pat­tern). To follow my hue pattern exactly, you'll need eight ounces of burgundy (code letters F/FF on the color chart) . . . two ounces each of taupe (G) and white (GG) . . . one ounce each of pale apricot (E), beige (EE), dark brown (D), navy blue (DD), light gray (C), and light blue (CC) . . . half an ounce each of deep pur­ple (B) and dark green (BB) . . . and small amounts of red (A) and turquoise (AA). You'll also need a size H crochet hook (or the appropriate size to give you the fol­lowing gauge) and a large-eyed tapestry needle.

Gauge: 4 single crochet equal 1" and 4 rows of single crochet equal 1". A finished Log Cabin square should measure 9" square.

Patchwork Crochet

Start your sweater by making four Log Cabin No. 1 blocks, using colors A through G and arranging them as shown in Fig. 1. Then crochet four Log Cabin No. 2 blocks, using colors AA through GG, and arrange the colors as shown in Fig. 1. (Note: The side of the work facing you as you work Row 1 and Row 3 of each band will be the right side of the piece. When it's time to change colors, always attach the yarn from the reverse-wrong-side. The first row of Band 2 and of each succeeding band is worked by pick­ing up stitches along a side edge of the piece . . . always pick up these stitches evenly and work the last stitch of the row in the very corner of the piece. To elimi­nate the need for weaving in the yarn ends after each block is completed, work the ends in as you crochet.)

The following directions apply to each of the eight squares. To start the center of the block, ch 6, then work 5 sc across each row for 5 rows (remember that in single crochet you ch 1 st at the end of a row to turn the work). Now, with the center square done, you'll crochet 12 colored bands, each of which will consist of 5 rows of single crochet.

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