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Open Checkerboard Hoodie by SadDaysCrochet Open Checkerboard Hoodie by SadDaysCrochet
I made a cute hooded sweater! It is mostly open space.

Would you like one yourself? [link] I have made the pattern free to download for everyone!

Heck, please download it even if you don't want to make one- it's my first pattern, and I would appreciate feedback. I don't like the way most crochet patterns are written, so I am trying to make them better. Did I succeed? Only you can tell. My pattern should include everything you need to know- even if you are a beginner!

Also I invented a stitch to make the pattern- I am calling it the asterisk stitch because it looks like an asterisk (8-pointed star). I have a stitch tutorial for it, both in diagram form [link] and in video form [link] .

IN FACT, I have been working on a whole stitch diagram archive for you all to enjoy for free on my website! [link] Only chain, slip stitch, single crochet, treble crochet, and asterisk stitch are finished so far, but I plan to do them all and more in time!

I hope you enjoy all of these things. I am going to take some time off to recuperate, but in a couple of weeks I will be starting my next pattern! (For the dwarven beard helm!)
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JulianTheOllie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Hay, do you have an updated link for this sweater?! It's awesome!
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BlazingFireBug Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this hoodie! I have downloaded the pattern, but I haven't gotten the chance to start working on it yet. This is really good for a first pattern!
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
Oh wow, what a cute sweater!! I really want to make one, I've never been able to successfully crochet a full sweater... But I want to give this a shot for sure!! Thank you for sharing the pattern! :3 
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atypicalezzy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looksvawesome and hopefully I get brave enough totry to make it. Big patterns intimidate me though!
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Dark-and-One-Other Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Wow, this pattern is amazing! I have a hard time following the standard patterns, and I just downloaded your pdf and the diagrams are awesome. I cannot imagine how long it took to create all of those illustrations, but thank you so much! I am an extremely visual learner and seeing the grid for the stitches is so helpful. As soon as I get more yarn, I will try to make one of these hoodies, and post you a link to the results. :-)
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Forestchildling Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it! Thanks for posting the pattern!
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MCSHANDA Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
This is really cute !
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Schlenn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
That looks pretty frickin awesome!! And might I just say that you are very attractive also. :)
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Yak-Blithering Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Thank you for the pattern and you do beautiful work!!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome and thank you! I hope I pass someone wearing one of these on the street one day... that would make my life. =D
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Yak-Blithering Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Well, people will be silly not to make them and wear them! I'm working on mine right now. :)
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Clix69 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
now that's just incredible! awesome job on this, seriously!!! I'll definately download the pattern and try it out!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray! :w00t:
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FictionLover987 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist
NICE!! :D i shall definitely dry making it :D
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope you do! :la:
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FictionLover987 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist
:squee:
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chaosqueen122 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I made one myself. Your pattern was very helpful. Now I know how to make a nice sweater. I only changed your pattern because it was a bit too difficult for me and also free-styled the hood.
Thank you very much for sharing it :D IT such an awesome piece you created.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh I'm so glad you made it! This makes me really happy. :la: And I wholeheartedly approve of free-styling. Now it is uniquely yours!
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chaosqueen122 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Thank you very much again for making the pattern available :D
:aww: yay.
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sileaine Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really like it would make a great dress
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree! It would be easy too- just keep going with the body until it's long enough! (of course, you'd have to have another dress to wear underneath... :XD:)
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PrismaticLily Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Awesome pattern and a fabulous website. I truly appreciate the way that you laid out the pattern.
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you thank you! The website is very much a work in progress right now, but I have high hopes for it! I am very excited about pattern making. I hope my new formatting techniques start a trend!
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PrismaticLily Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
I really hope that your health co-operates because you are totally on a roll right now. People will see your brilliance with using international symbols.
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Hey! I just wanted to say thanks for putting together such an excellent pattern! It's so clear and easy to follow. :heart: Unfortunately, yarn is stupidly expensive where I live ($60 for the 900 yards -.-) so I'm trying to turn it into a tanktop--basically just getting rid of the sleeves and the hood. My idea was to make the body as a tube and add the top section/straps afterward. You think that'll work? Any advice? :)

Thanks again for all the effort you put into this--and for making it free. :heart:
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow- that's crazy expensive! Especially considering I spent... $7.50 on yarn for this? I am delighted that you want to make the sweater anyway, and I will do my best to help!

There are a couple of different approaches you could take to make this a smaller top! For a very simple tube, you could skip all the way down to Step 31 in the Body section- just chain a large circle and crochet around in the pattern from there. Then I guess you could just make two straps instead of the neckline.

If you wanted to keep the V neck, I'd say crochet the starting loop as though you were making the sleeve, then make a second one, then skip straight to the first step of the body and connect the loops with the back line. Then you would work the pattern normally until you got to the hood. At the hood, you would skip making the chain between H and I, and then make your edging stitch in steps 5-10 follow the neckline around and back to point G. Then the piece would be done and have edging around the V-Neck!

I hope that made sense- I got the pattern out to reference and everything. =D I really hope your sweater/tank top is a success!
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Thanks so much for the help! :heart: I'll give it a try and let you know how it comes out! :D
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KagamineLenFangirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student
love. your. hair.
want. your. hair.
(cuts it off in your sleep)
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha- See, I have clearly been spending too much time on the internet, because my reaction is "aww! Thank you!" and not "Aaah! Get away from me you scary person!" However it's grown out rather too much since this picture was taken, and now I'm thinking I might cut it off myself... :P
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KagamineLenFangirl Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student
my cousin could help you, she's a hair-person

what's your name?
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha- too late! I took scissors to it this afternoon. I'm not sure I'm quite pleased with the result... maybe it's a work in progress.

And my name is Susan. :)
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KagamineLenFangirl Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student
joanna, nice to meet you Susan


what are some of your ships?
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry Joanna- I don't have any ships! I tend to spend my time in the more art-centric parts of the internet. ;)
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KagamineLenFangirl Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student
so you have NO ships AT ALL?

that's impossible
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
:jawdrop: wow... the sweater itself is beautiful and I will definately have a go at it. But your instructions and the time and effort you've put into explaining everything in such detail are really unbelievable!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this :hug: I'll have to give you a watch and llama for this!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! =D I really want to improve the way in which crochet patterns are made, and the best way to do that is lead by example! And make as many patterns as I can. A watch and a llama?!? :boogie:
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I read your instructions in detail now and got really excited to try the pattern. I can do the asterisk stitch now thanx to your youtube video. I did get a bit lost on the written instructions at the point where you have to pull the yarn through the centre of the 4 loops. Fortunately you've explained that in detail in the video. I'm still extremely impressed that you invented that beautiful stitch by yourself. As you've asked for critique on your pattern: I love the detailed instructions and all the pictures. I personally think that it would be easier to follow if you'd include the hooking of the yarn in the following steps. It's like... natural to pull the yarn through and I kept getting lost because I've jumped three steps ahead all the time. Anyway... with the additional video it was perfectly understandable and I started the sleeve.

But now I'm lost again in the first row and hope that you can help me. I followed your pattern but the last ast-st in the first row is only two stitches away from the slipstitch. Thinking of it that's natural because 70 cannot be divided by 4.... there are two stitches left at the end of the row. The first and last ast-stitch of the row are very close together aswell... further down in your instructions you say that I should have 4 stitches left between the last ast-st and the slipstitch of the beginning... where did I go wrong? I tried to draw it into your instructions to demonstrate what I mean [link].
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am so sorry that I have left you and your sweater mid-problem for so long! I've been having a rough week, and apparently the internet doesn't have a pause button! (It would be so useful!) I have about 500 things to catch up on, but that shouldn't actually take that long and I will work out what is going wrong with my instructions/your sweater as soon as I can. (Probably tomorrow?) Anyway, thank you so much for the pattern feedback! I am very excited to help!
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Thank you so much for replying. I've worked out something for the beginning now. I'll post a picture tomorrow. Maybe you can tell me if I got it right. I'll live with it anyway now because I've almost finished the first sleeve. You were right about the stitches. I got used to it very quickly and it's very adictive. Whenever I've done a ask st I think... oh I'll do a couple more and than it's suddenly 1am.... ^^;
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The whole sweater got done like that! "I'll do a couple more.. Oh crap what time is it?" I think that is the secret of how I managed to finish it so efficiently. Sorry for the late response- health problems. I'll try to make up for it with helpfulness!

You're right- 70 is not divisible by 4. I re-mathed the whole sweater a couple of times, and I think some of the changes never made it back to the beginning of the pattern... I think I was (completely erroneously) originally thinking of the sweater in 5-st squares, and not as 4-st squares that interconnect. Anyway, I should go back and fix that in the pattern. Thank you so much for finding it and pointing it out!

I'd say that the best approach would be to ignore the missing two stitches and place the tr at the slip stitch and continue as though the numbers lined up. But then it sounds like you already did that as you finished the first sleeve! I seriously messed up my first sleeve- the squares are all off. I could have sworn I got it right for the second sleeve... but how could I have when my numbers are off? I don't know. I will try to fix it.

Thanks again, and tell me if you find any more errors or if I can be of any more help!
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Ceridwens-gallery Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Sorry for the late reply. I've started some other projects and put the sweater aside for awhile. I'm glad I could be of some help testing your pattern. I'll probably contact you again when I get to the main body part. Right now I'm busy learning how to do crochet lace and how to make a porcelain doll (only without porcelain - just with polymer clay) for my little daughter. Is your migrane any better? I was very sorry to read that all the time in hospital and pain didn't help as much as you had hoped for. When has it first started? Hope you get better soon.
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Sairken Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks awesome! I would download it if I was on my own computer, but it is def going to be saved to my library of things to make :) Hopefully I'll have time to make it soon
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! :boogie: I am so excited to start seeing other people's versions of it. =D
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MissInviz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I'm not brave enough to attempt crocheted clothes...but this...I may have to attempt!
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope you do! I try to think of clothing as very, very large amigurumi- it makes it less intimidating. :giggle:
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MissInviz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
That's a great way to think of it!! What kind of yarn would you recommend? I typically only use Red Heart Super Saver as I tend to only make amigurumi o.0
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Red Heart Super Saver is exactly what I used for this sweater! :w00t: I think it worked great, so I recommend you use it too! Plus it's cheap and plentiful- I needed 2 1/2 balls to finish mine. =D
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MissInviz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Yay!!! Good to know :D
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DragonAlloy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love this idea
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SadDaysCrochet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I got it into my head and it wouldn't go away until I made one. :XD:
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