The Shweater is simply, as the name suggests, a shawl-sweater. I designed it because while I adore knitting shawls, I rarely wore them; if I wore them over my shoulders in the traditional style they’d constantly fall off or get in my way, and many were too bulky or the wrong shape to wear around my neck like a scarf. What I needed were some sleeves! Cue lightbulb moment.
The construction of the Shweater is simple, but unusual. It is worked just like a half-circle/half-hexagon shawl, worked flat and seamlessly with three identical panels. The only difference is that when you want your sleeves to start, you’ll add pairs of double yarnovers for the front and back seam of each sleeve. Then you’ll continue to work it exactly like a normal shawl. The real magic happens on the bind-off row. That’s when you’ll finally drop those stitches all the way back to those double yarnovers, and use a crochet hook to turn those loose strands into tidy decorative seams.
If that sounds a bit intimidating, don’t worry - there are detailed instructions for each step of the process, and video tutorials for both the unusual corded stitch in the borders and for the sleeve seaming. And the hardest part, the sleeve seams, are essentially foolproof; each seam only takes a few minutes once you get the hang of it, and if you make a mistake you can undo your seam and start over in only moments (with zero risk of messing up any other part of the work). So dive in, cast on, and enjoy your Shweater adventure!