Perfect for spring and summer my Dancing Butterflies Sweater is lightweight and can be worn with skirts, shorts or if you make it longer, it could be a beach cover.
The inspiration for this sweater came from the Dancing Butterflies Wrap that I made a few months ago. I modified the stitches in the original pattern for the lighter weight yarn and as I was making the wrap all I could think about was “this would make a great summer sweater”.
And I was right – it IS a great sweater!!!!
What I really love about this sweater is that it looks great on anybody. I have made a lot of tops lately that I could have worn 20 years (and 20 pounds) ago but this one I designed totally for myself right now!
This is a very versatile sweater design technique that can be modified in countless ways. I could have used the same stitch pattern to make this into a crew neck or a cardigan. The only difference in making each sweater style is where you decide to join the ends together. If I wanted a crew neck I would have joined at the very first row. If I wanted a cardigan I wouldn’t have joined at all. I chose a deep V neck for this design because I love wearing tank tops in the summer and this sweater really dresses it up. For the deep V neck I joined my rows together and started working in the round one row after the armpit joining row.I had some iridescent beads that matched perfectly so I crocheted them into the neckline for a little bit of bling! I also made the pretty glass necklace to wear with this top too for a little bit of extra sparkle! 😀
I have had some requests to write up a pattern for this sweater. I would love to do that but I also would need to make another one from scratch and take notes as I went along. With this basic sweater design concept, after I have established the increases for the arm hole construction in the first row I don’t really count or pay attention to any details after that. Plus with this particular stitch pattern, once I started working the body of it in the round I didn’t join each row. I just continued around and around so there would be no joining seam going down the middle.
It is a very easy design though and I really love this one so I don’t need an excuse to make another one in order to write up a pattern. No promises, but I will give it a go and see what I come up with. I’m pretty sure I will end up needing to make about five of these in order to get one pattern. I say that because I know I will forget that I’m supposed to write something down and not remember until I’m already done. Then I’ll need to make another one to pick up on the notes where I left off……..then I’ll forget again etc etc etc!! 😀
One last thing – I don’t usually do yarn reviews and I am NOT a paid sponsor for Red Heart (but I wouldn’t say no to a gig like that!) – Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn is my absolute favorite yarn for making apparel like this! The color combinations are amazing!! The yarn for this sweater is named Dragonfly. I used a little more than two full skeins for this. If I wanted to add sleeves or make it longer I estimate you would need four skeins.
Thanks for reading!