First Love Sweater

The first sweater I ever made was completely oversized, 
had missed stiches, and a ton of mistakes.
When I posted it…you all loved it…and you perfectly named it The First Love Sweater.
And how fitting…being my first finished garment, its truly my first love.

I got my hands on some brand new skeins of Caron x Pantone and decided to make 
the re-vamped version of this sweater with it.
It has 20% Merino Wool…so it feels like silk when you wear it, so much luxury!!

Caron x Pantone

So you asked for the pattern….and here it is.
Make sure to read the notes before you begin.

Can’t wait to see your #OTHFirstLoveSweater

Notes before you begin:
-you can use ANY yarn you choose….this sweater can be adjusted to your tension
-you can make any size or length (your initial chain will determine the width of your body, measure it up against yourself to get the right size)
-if you want it oversized, add 10 more chains to your initial chain
-the pattern consists of 2 identical panels (front and back), seamed together leaving arm and neck holes, and sleeves are crocheted in the round attached at the arm holes
-I made a size medium for myself
-I decided to make stripes based on the yarn I used, you can make this one colour or multiple colours, up to you
-I changed colours every row, and the top and bottom of each panel has an extra row of black
-Each Caron x Pantone skein is made up of 5 segments (5 colours), so when I refer to segments in this pattern, you know what I mean
-I used a Yarn Winder to make cakes of each colour

Total yarn I used for this sweater:
2 x Caron x Pantone – Elephant Grey (I used all the colours)
2 x Caron x Pantone – Peach Blush Parfait (I used 3 out of the 5 colours)
2 x Caron x Pantone Solids – Raven (this skein is all black)
*I used 4 segments for each sleeve (total: 8 segments for both sleeves)

OTH Crochet Nook: First Love Sweater Pattern

Hook size: 5.50mm
I used: Caron x Pantone (colours/yardage listed above)

CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stich

Panel (Front and Back), make 2:
CH 62 (this determines how wide the panel will be, chain more or less to adjust size)
Row 1: DC in 2nd chain from hook, DC across, ch 2, turn
Row 2: DC across until end, ch 2, turn*
*Repeat Row 2 until you have reached the desired length
*I changed colours every row
*I completed 30 rows for mine

Once both panels are complete, place them on top of each other.
Seam sides (leaving arm holes)
Seam shoulders (leaving neck hole)

Dimensions of the panels I made:
Width: 21"
Length 19"

Sleeves x 2:
Attach yarn to the arm hole
SC around (I completed 30 SC), SL ST to join, Ch 2
Repeat: *DC in the round, SL ST to join, Ch 2*  - until you are satisfied with the length of your sleeve
*I completed 30 rows for each sleeve

Sleeve: this is how many rows you will get with one segment

Weave in all ends.
Block it if you’d like.

And you’re done!

Can’t wait to see your #OTHFirstLoveSweater


3 Ways to Get More Followers on Instagram

"How do you get followers?"

That would have to be the most common question I get on Instagram.
When I started my Instagram page it was really to get inspiration from other makers and share my projects.

Once it started to grow, opportunities opened up and it was more than just accepting orders.
I started a blog, wrote patterns, and collaborated with national yarn companies.

Everyday I think about how cool it is that this hobby of mine has become something….I love doing it and I love having the freedom to be my own creator.

It makes me sad to think there are others that buy followers or participate in 
groups that are forced to comment and like your pictures.

Every like and comment on my page is genuine. 
Some posts do well, and some posts don’t. But they are real.

And that’s all that really matters to me at the end of the day.

I don’t stress about followers but if I said it was easy to
 get 10,000+ in 18 months…I’d be lying.

It definitely is work and if you’re willing to put in the work, do it with honesty, and feel genuine about each follower…here are 3 things that really worked for me!

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This is one of the most important things to get your posts/page noticed by others.
Tag other makers, yarn companies, brands….anything really.
Tag as many or as little as you want, but make sure to include at least a few.
How else will they see your picture?
Instagram has a funny way of showing up on feeds….posts don’t show up in order and your feed will consist of makers that you like often.
So it’s important to tag others so you will get noticed.
When you are noticed, users can decide if they like your post and might even leave a comment – win!

This falls under the same umbrella.  Instagram allows you to add 30 hashtags for every post…..USE EVERY ONE!
I search hashtags often….looking for inspiration, or if I’m following an event, or announcement, etc.
Check out other maker pages and see what they use.
Find the hashtags that suit you best.

It’s important to engage your followers....everyday!
Like the posts you actually like, comment on the posts you actually want to comment on, and follow as many or as little as you choose.
When you engage, others will see you, might hit up your feed, and hit that follow button.
Everything counts.
If you’re not present, if you aren’t updating your stories or posting everyday (or every other), you aren’t present.
How will people know you are there and you’re active??
Interact with your Instagram peeps…it will make a huge difference.

Giveaways are fun.
And it will increase your following and get others to notice you for sure.
Let your followers know they have to follow you (and other users if necessary), plus they will need to tag others in the comments in order to qualify.
This will automatically increase your following and have other users notice your profile.
The one downfall of doing giveaways……once you choose your winner, there will be a drop in your followers.
Reality is, some users will only follow you because they want to win.  And if they don’t’ win….then they unfollow.
Overall, if you can provide some awesome giveaways – it will increase your following.

Hope these helped.
I’m definitely not an expert, but these tips have helped me over the past year.
Look out for more blogs like this....I have tons of tips to share with you!

Let me know if these helped you.
Send me a DM 


PS - Want to make the black and white pillow from the first pic? I did a pattern video for Yarnspirations, click HERE
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