Cheshire Dreams Sweater Crochet Pattern

My original inspiration for this project was Aurora's comfy princess look from Wreck-it-Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. I tried to use the same colours for the stripes as Aurora's nap queen PJs.



However, I can't help but notice the fact that the colours are so similar to the stripes on the Cheshire Cat from the original Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951). Hence, the name "Cheshire Dreams".
Designing this sweater took a lot longer than I thought. I could have taken the easy route and made all the pieces separately and then sew them up, but I was looking for a method that would give me the perfect stripes. Also, I love the fact that raglan sweaters don't require much (if any) sewing. In fact, the sleeves are crocheted right from the armholes of the sweater itself.

Unfortunately, designing this raglan sweater was so much more challenging than I'd ever imagined. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've frogged this thing to start over again.

The sweater is worked from the top-down, and I wanted a similar boat neck-line as the one Aurora is wearing and needed it to sit perfectly on the shoulders.




And then, of course, you can always make it your own. The collar is wide enough for you to wear it off the shoulder on one side!



What You Need / Materials

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Notes

  • This sweater is worked from the neckline down.
  • The sleeves are crocheted right on to the sweater, so there's no sewing required
  • I worked in the back bumps of the beginning chain, it just makes for a nicer finish.
  • Gauge: 14 dc stitches x 8 rows = 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)
  • The great thing about raglan sweaters that are worked top down is that you can try it on as you work on it!
  • If you prefer your sweater to be longer/shorter, you can choose to do more/fewer rows
  • I changed colour ever 6 rows for the stripes, but you can alter this depending on how wide you want your stripes to be
  • For reference, I'm usually a size small, so when laid flat, my finished sweater measures 18" wide at the body and 24" long from shoulder to hips. The sleeves measure 22" long from the neckline to the wrist.
  • Sizes in the pattern will be in small, medium, large, and X-Large in parenthesis. For example, S (M, L, XL). This is my first time writing multiple size patterns using some math based on the gauge. It may contain some errors as this pattern has not been formally tested.
  • For sizing information, please see Craft Yarn Council's women's size chart.


Stitches & Abbreviations

  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • ch - chain
  • ch-sp - chain space
  • slst - slip stitch
  • dc - double crochet
  • dc dec - double crochet decrease, double crochet 2 stitches together


Pattern

Ch 100 (108, 116, 124), slst to the first ch to make a loop (make sure your chain is not twisted)
Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as st), 13 (14, 15, 16) dc, [dc, ch, dc] into the next ch, 22 (24, 26, 28) dc, [dc, ch, dc] into the next ch, 26 (28, 30, 32) dc, [dc, ch, dc] into the next ch, 22 (24, 26, 28) dc, [dc, ch, dc] into the next ch, 13 (14, 15, 16) dc, slst join (total of 104 (112, 120, 128) sts + 4 ch-sp)
Round 2: Ch 2, *dc in each st to the next ch-sp, [dc, ch, dc] into the ch-sp*, repeat x 4 times, dc in each st until the end of the round, slst join (total of 112 (120, 128, 136) sts + 4 ch-sp)
Round 3-12: Repeat round 2 (each round will contain 4 ch-sp and the number of sts will increase by 8 dc per round, so by round 12, you should have a total of 192 (200, 208, 216) sts + 4 ch-sp)

For M: Repeat round 2, (x1) (by round 13, you should have a total of 208 sts + 4 ch-sp)
For L: Repeat round 2, (x2) (by round 14, you should have a total of 224 sts + 4 ch-sp)
For XL: Repeat round 2, (x3) (by round 15, you should have a total of 240 sts + 4 ch-sp)

Shaping the armholes and then the rest of the body...

Round 1: Ch 2, *dc into each st until the next ch-sp, dc into the ch-sp, ch 10 (13, 16, 19), skip 46 (50, 54, 58) sts, dc into the next ch-sp*, repeat x 2, dc into each st, slst join (total of 104 (112, 120, 128) sts + 20 (26, 32, 38) ch)
Round 2: Ch 2, dc into each st around, slst join (total of 124 (138, 152, 166) sts)
Round 3-30: Repeat round 2 (total of 124 (138, 152, 166) sts in each round)



  • Sleeves

Round 1: Sc join the yarn to the rightmost chain under the arms (see top left photo), ch 1 (counts as 1 dc), 9 (12, 15, 18) dc, dc dec in the sts indicated in the photo below (this helps to minimize the size of the hole/gap), 44 (48, 52, 56) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 56 (63, 70, 77) sts)



Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), 9 (12, 15, 18) dc, dc dec, 43 (47, 51, 55) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 54 (61, 68, 75) sts)
Round 3: Ch 2,  8 (11, 14, 17) dc, dc dec, 42 (46, 50, 54) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 52 (59, 66, 73) sts)
Round 4: Ch 2,  7 (10, 13, 16) dc, dc dec, 41 (45, 49, 53) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 50 (57, 64, 71) sts)
Round 5: Ch 2,  6 (9, 12, 15) dc, dc dec, 40 (44, 48, 52) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 48 (55, 62, 69) sts)
Round 6: Ch 2,  5 (8, 11, 14) dc, dc dec, 39 (43, 47, 51) dc, dc dec, slst join (total of 46 (53, 60, 67) sts)
Round 7-12: Ch 2, dc in each st around (total of 46 (53, 60, 67) sts)
Round 13: Ch 2, dc in each st until the last 2 sts, dc dec in the last 2 sts (total of 45 (52, 59, 66) sts)
Round 14-27: Repeat round 13 (total number of sts decreases by 1 per round)
Round 28-30: Ch 2, dc in each st around (total of 31 (38, 45, 52) sts)
Cut and fasten off, weave in the ends



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