Here’s where I’m at with the Jan Stawasz piece. I have a couple of ends to sew in because I still forget to put a magic loop at the beginning of each motif! I’ll get into the habit soon.
I’m enjoying it because there’s variety; you make some of the larger motifs then complete with the small diamonds/squares. I’m thinking at the moment that I won’t be making it in the shape that Jan has in the book but I’m not completely decided yet. I think I’ll keep growing this for a while longer.
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For some time now, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to make a crochet garment. My favourites are cardigans because I like that you can wear them buttoned up or open for different looks and warmth desired. I’ve been looking at loads of patterns on internet trying to find one that appealed to me. My other problem is that I’ve been finding crochet patterns (for garments) really hard to read! I don’t know why but the instructions always seem very complicated to me. I felt I needed to have a go and conquer this!
I found a pattern I really liked the shape of called Chloe Cardigan designed by Doris Chan for Interweave Crochet.
In our loft, I found some yarn I must have bought more than 25 years ago! It’s a silk mix and I thought it might suit this project. I had 7 balls. Would that be enough?
As you can see, it's not a smooth yarn but more "textured". I decided to get started and see how far I’d get with one ball. Now I think I might just make it to the end! I bought one ball of a cotton bamboo yarn which was a very good colour match and made the band at the waist with it to save a bit of the silk. I will finish the bottom of the cardigan with the silk (a few more rows to go) and see what I have left for the sleeves (one of them is 3/4 done already). If I have to, I can complete the sleeve band and ruffle with the cotton bamboo.
Anyway, I’m enjoying this project very much. The silk, though a bit fluffy in places is very soft and has a nice drape. Reading the pattern required attention but wasn’t impossible. Crochet does grow quickly. I started this on Sunday and I think I’ll complete it in another day or two.