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The Robin Sleeved Wrap is the latest in our Robin Collection. You may have guessed by now that I love the stitch combo we came up with for this collection! You get the look of cables without actually having to crochet cables.
And it is so versatile! You could literally team this sleeved wrap with just about anything and wear it all year long. My sister, Sarah, modelled this one for me. She turned up one evening with a suitcase full of outfit changes, her makeup and hair straighteners! She is a star.
Sarah is going to use hers on holiday. She thinks it will be perfect for walking along the beach late afternoon / evening and then going out for a meal.
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How we designed the stitch combo
The stitch combo we use in the Robin Collection was used in its first form by me in the Samantha’s Hope unisex Beanie for the Crochet Cancer Challenge in October 2019. I also designed a coffee beanie cozy using these stitches. Sara then took the two and came up with the Robin combo and I tweaked it a tiny bit to iron out the last crease.
It’s quite amazing what two people can do when they put their heads together!
Why design the Robin Sleeved Wrap?
I had been looking at knitted and mass produced versions of these on the sponsored ads on Facebook and really liked them. But they were expensive and also I really wanted a crocheted version.
One day soon after one of our Facebook Community moderators, Linda, sent me some links. She asked if I could design one of them with some beautiful texture. She suggested maybe the robin stitch combination. Well, that was most definately challenge accepted!
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Would you believe that literally a couple of days later Hannah from Hanjan Crochet posted her sweater wrap on IG?? I held my breath and sent Hannah a message explaining that I was designing one of these myself and assuring her that I was not stealing her creative ideas! Hannah is really lovely and was absolutely fine with me continuing my design as they were going to be different anyway.
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It worked out really well …. eventually!
The biggest challenge for this pattern was getting the sizes right! The crossover and the arm design made this one really tricky. Hannah shared with me how she worked out the sizes for hers (that was really funny!) I was also talking to my good friend Kristine Mullen from Ambassador Crochet one day in a FB room and she offered to help me work it out. Kristine is also a tech editor so I immediately jumped on that offer! It really wasn’t as easy as it sounds…
My first attempt at a size large turned into an adult XS which fit my daughter. But that was really good for me because I had something more concrete to base my version of maths on.
I could now write the pattern for the 9 sizes I wanted to include – XS – 5XL! And I could make one big enough for my sister to model.
With this pattern if you are between sizes I would recommend making the smaller size. So if you are usually a medium or a large depending on make I would do the medium.
Materials and tips for making the Robin Sleeved Wrap
You will need:
- #3 weight yarn of your choosing. I used Stylecraft Special DK in powder pink for the one my daughter is wearing (3.5 skeins) and blush for the one my sister modelled in size medium (4 skeins)
- 4.5mm hook
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
I would highly recommend using stitch markers to mark the first and last stitch of the sleeves. This will make working the pattern much easier as you will not have to count for every section in every row. The repeat is easy to remember once you have worked a couple of them.
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This pattern features in the Autumn Exclusives event on 19th October. For one day only you can get this pattern for 50% off the usual price with the code!
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