Cardigan Hijinks

I finally finished that cardigan I’ve been working on for the past few weeks, and was super excited to try it on.  Imagine my rather immense disappointment, then, when I realized that it was far too small for me.  Admittedly, this is (probably) my own fault, as I used a linen based crochet thread instead of the yarn that the pattern called for.  In my defense, I live in the desert and didn’t want anything bulky and hot, but rather something light and airy that could be worn over a tank top and still keep me relatively cool.  Live and learn, I suppose; I’ll just have to increase the pattern size next time.  And there WILL be a next time.  I am determined to make myself a cardigan, come hell or high water!

 

Well, luckily for me, I have a daughter who happens to fit this particular ‘oops’ perfectly.  Yes, she fits it, rather than it fitting her.  That’s just the way we roll around here.

 

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Despite my size screw-up, I still think it came out okay.  Especially given that this is my first attempt ever at an actual garment like this.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?

Crocheting Woes; Take 2 (w/ pictures)

So, this is a continuation of my previous post, a shot of my current WIP, and a plea for help, all rolled into one.  See how I multitask?

 

HOkay.  So.  Here is my current WIP the way it looked last night, before I realized that I had completely messed it up.

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(Please to be ignoring the mess around the… well… other mess.  The big green and white thing is what I’m trying to show, here.)

So, per the pattern, I sewed the side seams together (or so I thought), added the three rows of single crochet all the way around the bottom of the piece and back up the sides of both front pieces, then started on the 20 rows of shells for the ‘skirt’ of the cardigan.  What you see there is about 11 rows in to the skirt.  Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, and no, I have no idea where my brain was while I was putting that together.  It looks more like a blanket than a cardigan, right?

 

So then I went back and Google’d the heckfire out of “Sally’s Best Friend Cardigan” in hopes of finding someone who had made this garment successfully and – hope of all hopes – had posted pictures.  I found this wonderful post and about cried with gratitude.  I magnified the beejebus out of her pictures and used them as a guide, basically, to figure out what I had done wrong.  (It also helps that I went back and reread the pattern, and discovered one sentence that I had somehow managed to completely overlook during my initial reading.  D’oh.)

 

Being of a perpetually perky nature and also being an individual who is notoriously difficult to discourage, I ripped out just about everything I’d done over the last week or so (11 rows of shell stitching, 3 rows of single crochet, and the sewn in side seams) and started over again.  I haven’t got very far on it yet, but here’s what I do have so far:

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Again, please to be ignoring the mess around the green and white mess, thank you.  I’m still not sure that looks like a cardigan, but to be fair to myself, I’m not finished with it yet, either.  That’s only the side seams sewn back in (in the right place this time, I hope), the three rows of single crochet along the bottom, and a single row of shell stitching.  I’m not entirely sure that it will look like a cardigan once I do finish it, so this is where the plea for help comes in.

 

If any of you have any experience with this pattern – “Sally’s Best Friend Cardigan” by Jenny King – pleasepleaseplease tell me if I’m at least on the right track here.

Crocheting Woes

I hate – UTTERLY hate – when I get about 75% of a project done and realize I’ve done it all wrong.  This is what happened to me last night.  I’ve been working on a cardigan for the better part of two weeks – Sally’s Best Friend Cardigan by Jenny King, a free Ravelry download located here – and thought I was doing all right.  I’ve never put together something so big before, and had absolutely NO IDEA what I was doing.  The pattern itself was originally published wrong, so not only is the pattern rife with corrections that have to be interpreted, but there aren’t many pictures to go along with it to compare your own work to.  So, there I was, bebopping along and hoping I was doing it right, when I actually put my work down to look at it.  Not only was the entire bottom skirt of the cardigan wrong, but I had sewn the two side panels to the front incorrectly.  Basically, I ripped it all out and had to start over again from the point of attaching the two front panels to the back piece.

Hopefully I’ve got it sorted out now and won’t be having any more issues with it, but I suppose I’ll have to wait until I’ve finished it to see how it turns out.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve done something else wrong, because the shoulders don’t line up, and when it’s time to sew them together, the seam looks like it’s going to end up on the front of the garment, rather than on top of the shoulders.  Oh, I’m so confused.

Maybe another bottle of Smirnoff will make this easier.

Various Crochet Projects

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This is my attempt at the Tranquility Doily by Crochet Geek.  Fortunately, she not only has the written instructions on her blog, but also a video tutorial walk through on YouTube, located here.  You can see exactly how far I got with it before frustration set in.  I finished joining those five (six?) pieces you see there more than a year ago and haven’t touched it since.  I originally had grand plans to make that tiny scrap into a lovely tablecloth, but… yeah.  Obviously it hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe one day.

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And here is my (pathetic) attempt at a flowered headband/ear warmer.  I didn’t use a pattern for this, just sort of guessed as I went along; but I think it came out too wide for my head, and the flower is far too large.  I look like I have a growth on the side of my head.  Eventually, I hope to revisit this pattern and tweak it so it actually looks good.

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The hat you’ve seen in a previous post – Cloche Inspired Hats – but I posted it again because it matches the arm warmers I made for my daughter.  The pattern for the arm warmers I got from this blog.  However, I used a third color for the cuffs so that all the colors from the hat would be repeated in the arm warmers.  My daughter loves them and wears them all the time, even in the summer.  O_o

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My attempt at a large granny-square bag, with crocheted straps and cloth lining sewn in.  I didn’t use a pattern for this, either, so maybe once (if) I manage to perfect it, I’ll write down a pattern for those who want it.

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My friend Tina asked me for a hooded scarf with pockets.  I obliged.  I found the basic pattern here, but adapted it a bit to fit Tina’s request.  The scarf is about 10 – 15 (can’t remember exactly) rows longer than the one on Dearest Debi, and instead of folding up the ends of the scarf to make the pockets, I just crocheted 2 squares and sewed them into place.  I also added the ‘fun fur’ around the edges of the pockets and the hood to give it a bit of ‘pop.’  And, obviously, I neglected to add the bear ears.

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These are a pair of water bottle slings that my mom and her friend Pam requested for when they go walking.  They worked up relatively quickly, and were a great little project to use up the loose odds and ends of yarn I had laying about.  You can find the pattern here.

Shawls Aplenty

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This is the first shawl I’ve ever made.  It’s just a simple triangle shawl, made with double crochets in each row and increasing by 2 in every row – one at the beginning of the row, and another at the end of the row.

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This is the Summer Shawl, located here.  However, I changed the pattern a bit on the edges, as I didn’t like the look of the chain fringe.  Instead, I added flower fringe and shells, like so:

*Ch 20; sl st in 5th chain from hook to form ring; [ch 3, dc, ch 3 sl st in ring] 3 times; ch 15; sc, 3 dc, sc in next space (to attach fringe to shawl body) *; repeat from * to * all the way around the two longest sides of the shawl and join with a sl st to first sc of Shell Edging.

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This is the Sprout Chains Shawlette from Kristin’s Omdahl’s book, “Crochet So Fine.”

Cloche Inspired Hat Pattern

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This pattern is worked from the top down, meaning from the crown of the hat down to the band.  You can use just about any kind of yarn for this project, though the bulkier, chunkier yarns won’t show the ribbing very well.  Worsted yarn works well, as does boucle, though again, the boucle doesn’t show the ribbing at all.  You will also need the appropriate crochet needle for the type of yarn you choose, or even one size up for a looser look and feel to the hat.

SUPPLIES

* 2 balls/skeins in color(s) of your choice

* appropriate crochet needle for chosen yarn type (or one size larger needle)

* tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

ch – chain

dc – double crouchet

hdc – half double crochet

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

beg – beginning

rnd – round

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

blo – back loop only

HAT (body)

Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), 15 dc in 4th ch from hook, sl st to join in beg ch.  -OR-  Using the magic circle, ch 3, 15 dc into magic circle, close the circle, sl st to join in beg ch.

Rnd 2: ch 3; 1 dc in same st as ch 3; working in blo, 2 dc in each st; sl st in beg ch to join.

Rnd 3: ch 3; *[working in blo, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in following st]; repeat from * around to beg ch; sl st in beg ch to join.

Rnd 4: ch 3; *[working in blo, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in following st]; repeat from * around to beg ch; sl st in beg ch to join.

Rnd 5: ch 3; *[working in blo, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc in following st]; repeat from * around to beg ch; sl st in beg ch to join.

Rnd 6: ch 3; working in blo, 1 dc in each st around; sl st in beg ch to join.

Repeat Round 6 until you have 13 rounds total.  At this point, you can add another few rounds if you want your hat to be longer than mine.  If not, continue to the steps below.

Rnd 14: ch 3; *[working in blo, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc2tog in following st to decrease]; repeat from * around to beg ch; sl st in beg ch to join.

Rnds 15 – 16: ch 3; working in blo, 1 dc in each st around; sl st in beg ch to join.  DO NOT BREAK YARN.  Measure hat against your head to be sure it’s the proper fit.  If it’s too small, repeat Rounds 4 or 5 to increase size, then another round of dc all the way around before beginning the band.  If it’s too big, repeat round 14 to decrease size, then another round of dc all the way around.

HAT (band)

Row 1: After joining Round 16 (Round 18 or 19 if you had to adjust the hat size), ch 8 (the last chain will be the turning chain).  Now the hat will be worked in rows, rather than rounds.

Row 2: sc in each of the 7 stitches across; sc into first open st of hat body (right beside where your ch 8 started); turn.

Row 3: hdc in each stitch across; ch 1; turn.

Row 4: hdc in each stitch across; attach to hat body by completing a sc2tog in the next two sts of the hat body;  ch 1; turn.

Row 5: hdc in each stitch across; ch 1; turn.

Row 6: hdc in each stitch across; attach to hat body with sc; ch 1; turn.

Repeat rows 3 – 6 all the way around the body of the hat; attach last row to the body of the hat, but NOT to the first row of the band.

Row 65: hdc in each stitch across; ch 1; turn.

Rows 66 – 80: repeat row 65.

Row 81: hdc in 2 sts; ch 2; skip 3 sts; hdc in last 2 sts; ch 1; turn.

Row 82: hdc in 2 sts; 3 hdc in ch 2 space; hdc in last 2 sts; ch 1; turn.

Rows 83 – 85: hdc in each st across; ch 1; turn.

Repeat Rows 81 – 85 for a second button hole, but do not ch 1 at the end.  Finish the row of hdc, then bind off and weave in ends.  Line up the overhang of the band with the attached hat band, determine where the buttons go, and sew them in place with matching yarn.