Saturn Sweater: crochet sweater pattern review

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The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

It was love at first sight.

I love bright colors, but sometimes I don’t want to be dressed too brightly. That’s why the Saturn Sweater, a pattern by Linda Permann, with its charcoal grey body with colorful accents, immediately caught my eye when I was searching for a crochet sweater pattern on Ravelry.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

One day when I was about eight or nine, I was helping my best friend to choose her accessories. She was wearing all black and white, so I chose black and white earrings. Her mother, on the other hand, chose some huge fluorescent ones. (This was in the 80s. Everyone wore huge fluorescent things.) She explained to me the idea of using bright accessories to break up neutral colors. And ever since then, I’ve loved dark clothing (or anything else) with a few bright pops of color.

The Saturn Sweater is not only very cool-looking, but also really easy and relatively quick to work up. Let me tell you all about it.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

Besides the color choices, the other feature of this cardigan that really struck me are the embroidered rings around the neck. I’ve always loved astronomy and have studied books about space pretty much ever since I could read. Saturn is probably the planet that strikes people the most because of its rings, giving this sweater its name.

The body and sleeves of the sweater were quite quick to work up, being all in half double crochet. The body is worked in rows, which creates a cool lined effect. In order to recreate this effect, the sleeves are also worked in rows, rather than in the round.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I chose the same exact yarn brand and colors as the original in the pattern (Zara Filatura di Crosa, colors charcoal grey, rust, faded denim and fawn brown). I made the stupid mistake of not buying extra yarn, and ended up not having enough grey to finish the second sleeve. (I blame it on the shop assistant– he told me I had enough!) When I went back to the yarn shop, they didn’t have any more of the same dye lot, so I got a skein of a different lot, thinking it couldn’t be that different.

Oh, how wrong I was. I soon realized that my second sleeve looked as if it had been left out in the sun and had faded horribly. What looked like a slight difference in the yarn shop was magnified when crocheted along with the original dye lot. I published the picture above on Instagram, asking more experienced crocheters and knitters for advice.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I got some great suggestions and the one that I ended up following was to split the new dye lot up between both sleeves, as if there were cuffs. I removed the new yarn from the second sleeve and unravelled my gauge swatches to use that bit of old dye lot on the second sleve. I then bit by bit unraveled the first sleeve, crocheting that original yarn onto the second sleeve. I went on like this until both sleeves were the same length.

At that point I finished both sleeves with the new yarn. The difference between yarn lots was still noticeable, but not nearly as much as before. To try to make it more intentional-looking, I added a couple of rings of embroidery where the two dye lots meet. I chose the two rings of rust after experimenting with different color combos and different numbers of rings.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

You can see the difference, but not so much. It almost looks on purpose. Almost….

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I added an extra ring around the neck and a few more around the cuffs than what the pattern calls for. I love the color combo.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

And how cool do the rings look from the inside?

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

The buttonbands are worked in the rust color in the opposite direction of the body. If I were to make this cardigan again, I will make the buttonholes one stitch smaller, because the recommended button size slips out of the buttonholes too easily for my liking.

The bottom of the cardigan is embroidered in a tan color, though you hardly notice it when wearing it.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I used ¾” coconut buttons. I love how they look with the yarn colors.

The Saturn Sweater: a crochet sweater with colorful embroidered rings. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

I was shocked at how much this cardigan stretched out when I blocked it, but thankfully I was able to get it pretty much back into shape with the help of this Craftsy article. Then a friend of mine showed me how to slightly shrink a knitted or crocheted garment back into shape with the steam from an iron, and it got pretty much to how it had been in the first place.

This is the first crochet sweater I’ve ever made, and I was really surprised at how much the half double crochet stitches stretch vertically when putting it on. Knowing this, I would keep the length as per the pattern (I added a little bit of length both in the torso and in the sleeves).

The Zara Filatura di Crosa yarn feels really soft against the skin, but I noticed that it started pilling after wearing it a couple of times, which was a disappointment.

However, all things considered, I really like this cardigan. It was pretty simple to understand and fast to make, especially compared to knit garments, and I just love how it looks. The few times I’ve worn it so far, I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it.

You can find all the technical details of my version of the Saturn Sweater here on Ravelry. The crochet sweater pattern can be purchased at Interweave, but make sure to see the errata of the pattern on Ravelry.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Ciao Lisa, che bellissima sorpresa vedere questo cardigan all’uncinetto!!!!!!!!!
    Mi piace molto lavorare all’uncinetto oltre che arrangiarmi a cucire (le tue spiegazioni a riguardo sono meravigliose).
    E’ bellissimo e sei stata brava, hai lavorato proprio bene.
    Grazie di condividere con noi.
    Buona giornata e buon lavoro!

    • Grazie mille, Monica! Se lavori molto all’uncinetto, forse mi sai spiegare il fatto che le maglie si sono smollate tantissimo quando ho bagnato il capo? Potrebbe essere colpa della lana superwash, le mezze maglie alte, oppure che ho fatto in modo sbagliato il lavaggio? Ti ringrazio per qualunque spunto, che mi sarà sicuramente utile in futuro. Quando ho visto il cardigan tutto deformato, mi è venuto un colpo!!
      p.s. sono contenta che ti piacciono i miei tutorial/lezioni di cucito!

  2. Ciao Lisa, se ti si deforma il capo durante il lavaggio potresti lavarlo a mano e poi stendere in terra o su un tavolo un salviettone appoggiarci sopra il cardigan messo in forma e poi arrotolare il salviettone insieme al cardigan in modo da strizzarlo dalla maggior parte di acqua in eccesso e poi metterlo in piano sullo stendino cosi le maglie non si allungano. Io lavo così i capi più delicati altrimenti in lavatrice, ovviamente con lavaggio delicato, ma poi stesi sempre in piano. Comunque dalle foto sembra rimasto molto bello! Spero di averti dato un piccolo aiuto. Continua così!

    • Monica, è esattamente quello che ho fatto! Quando ho tirato il cardigan dalla bacinella d’acqua, era già lunghissima. Asciugo sempre i maglioni nel modo che dici tu, con una tovaglia che non uso mai sul tavolo, solo per strizzare le cose lavate a mano, e poi faccio asciugare in piano. Chissà che cosa è successo… Ti ringrazio tantissimo per i tuoi suggerimenti!!

    • Grazie Sara! Infatti, il trucco del vapore è stato fondamentale perché solo sistemarlo con l’aiuto del metro è servito solo fino ad un certo punto. Mi fa piacere sentire che è un trucco che veramente si usa, anche tra i professionisti, non solo l’amica che me l’ha dimostrato!

  3. Lisa è fantastico questo cardigan…mi hai fatto tornare la voglia di sferruzzare
    L’uncinetto è calma e a me toglie lo stress più di una camomilla
    Sei come sempre bravissima e cerco di seguirti anche se non
    interagisco molto..colpa del lavoro …ma devo ridurlo un po e dedicarmi a questo mondo
    e al tuo blog

    • Grazie mille, Caterina! Sì, è vero che è un ottimo modo per ritrovare la calma, e mi piace molto lavorare un po’ all’uncinetto o ai ferri la sera prima di dormire. Anche se non interagisci, sono contenta di averti qui con me!

  4. bellissimo, mi piacerebbe provare a farlo ma non so leggere le spiegazioni perchè non so l’inglese e io non ho mai lavorato all’uncinetto (solo una borsa con la fettuccia ma una maglia è un’altra cosa) . comunque brava ti sta proprio bene . ciao

    • Grazie Mariarita, in questo caso è importante saper leggere le istruzioni. Non sono complicate, ma con un capo non si possono permettere troppi errori, come si può con una borsa. Ma non è difficile imparare a lavorare all’uncinetto. Secondo me è più difficile lavorare a maglia!

  5. grazie per la risposta: il mio problema non è usare l’uncinetto ma capire come lavorare la maglia: è lavorata in un unico pezzo o in tre parti? le maniche le lavori insieme al corpo della maglia e come fai a creare l’arrotondamento nella parte alta? ecco, queste sono le cose che dovrei sapere e che non riesco a leggere nel testo inglese mi servirebbe uno schema in italiano sigh! un abbraccio

    • Ah, ecco. Il cardigan è lavorato in un pezzo, top down. Si fa prima il corpo, poi si riprendono le maglie delle maniche. Hai ragione che bisogna capire le istruzioni…. 🙁

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