A step-by-step guide to crocheting the statement-making Gigi Jumper
When it comes to crochet, practice makes perfect
Before we start the pattern, we suggest you spend some time learning the basic techniques you’ll need to complete your masterpiece 🤓
The Gigi Jumper is made using a combination of single crochet and half double crochet stitches. You'll want to be confident with these stitches before we start. You'll also want to get a hang of tying a slip knot and chaining which is the first step in any crochet project.
You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with. Once you've got these mastered you'll fly through your jumper.
Total beginner? 👩🏫
For a more comprehensive lesson on the basics of crochet visit our Learn to Crochet page.
🥣 Test your tension
Onto the jumper, babe!
⚡️What you'll need
Your kit comes with everything you'll need to make your masterpiece. In your kit you'll find;
- 9mm hook
- 10mm hook
- 8-11 balls of Cardigang Chunky Merino Wool in 3 colours
- A darning needle
- Made by me tag
You also want to have a pair of scissors handy.
📏 Sizing and measurements
🧶 Let's do this, happy hooker!
Remember learning a new skill can be a little challenging at first, and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature! 💪
We crochet our jumper in pieces, starting with the back, then the front, then lastly, the sleeves.
To start, chain on your foundation chain using colour 1 and your 9mm hook.
We make our rib vertically so you'll be making one long skinny strip.
💭 Try to make your chain stitches as evenly sized as possible. Don't pull the loops too tight because you'll struggle to work into these loops in your first row. On the other hand, if you make your loops too loose, your project will look a little messy.
Once you've chained, you'll move on to the first row of single crochet.
Row 2 onwards
Continue doing single crochets. We're working just into the back loop. By doing this we create the 'rib' effect in our work. You'll need to make sure that you're putting your hook into the back loop of your stitches and not under both loops (bars) of the stitch.
Let's move on to our rows of half double crochet now.
We're going to work into the long edge of the rib now, so make sure the rib is sitting longways and you're working into the top of the rib piece.
Using your 10mm hook, complete a half double crochet stitch into each stitch from the previous row.
Row 2 onwards
Continue following the pattern. Remember to change colours as instructed and mark the circles off as you go to keep track!
To change colours you'll yarn over in the new colour before you complete your turning chain. This gives the colour change a neat finish between rows.
🎬 Watch How to change colours
No surprises here! The front piece is made up in the same way as the back. Just. Keep. Stitching. 🔥🚀🕺
Once you get to the final rows you'll be shaping your neckline. The instructions for this step are different depending on the size you're making however, the approach is the same for all. We're making a gap in the middle of our piece for our head hole!
You're flying through this! We make the sleeves from the bottom up - just the same as we've been doing for the other pieces.
Yes legend, you've (almost) made your jumper! 🕺
At this point, you'll have 4 lovely pieces of crochet handiwork, it's time to seam them together.
To slip stitch your pieces together you'll start with the horizontal seams.
🎬 Watch How to horizontal seam
Then join the sleeves and seam the sides using the vertical seams method.
🎬 Watch How to vertical seam
💡Make sure to work the slip stitches loosely so that the piece remains stretchy.
This is the final step! We're going to crochet a rib in the same way as we've done for our other pieces, except this time we're attaching each row to the raw edge of our neckline.
To finish, use your darning needle to weave in any loose ends.
D.O.N.E! You've finished your jumper, well done! Epic work 🤩 If this was your first-ever crochet project or one of many, we hope you had a blast making your masterpiece 💥❤️