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.
(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:
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.