The crocheted granny square is a classic for a reason—it’s simple and addictive!
The Rena pullover was fun to make because you start by making about a bunch of 3-round granny squares and triangles (super portable if you’re making on the go), then join them together into panels for the back, front, and sleeves, making the last round of the granny square as part of the joining process. It’s very efficient! Just don’t forget to weave in the ends on your granny squares as you go… I definitely would not recommend leaving them all to the very end!
When I was designing this pullover for our Fall ’21 collection, it was important to me to get the fit I wanted in a wide range of sizes, which is a little difficult when you’re working with squares. The simple solution I found was to add a few rows of double crochet at the edges of some of the panels, which gives a little more flexibility in the sizing and meshes well with the overall granny square fabric.
The sweater is finished with knitted ribbing at the neck, hem, and cuffs. The only change I made to the pattern was I did the ribbing on mine in a twisted 1×1 rib instead of a plain 1×1 rib. If you’re a crocheter who doesn’t also knit, you could easily substitute a crocheted ribbing pattern for the knitted ribbing, so don’t let that stop you from making Rena!
The sweater feels great to wear. The Tiramisu yarn is so soft, it feels comfortable to me with just a camisole underneath. I made the 46″ size, which fits me with about 4″ or so of ease. I will definitely be wearing this a lot for the remainder of winter and years to come!
I can’t get enough of granny squares so many I’ll make the Ariana cardigan next!