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I wanted to design a piece that had easy construction and a stitch pattern that was interesting lace. Cardigans are a staple in my closet and living in CO it can go from 80 degrees to 50 degrees in a matter of hours in the fall so it is always nice to have something that can be thrown on over anything. The Goldenrod Crochet Cardigan fits the bill.
It is made in one piece beginning at the back, increasing for the sleeves is as easy as adding chain stitches at the beginning and end of a row where indicated in pattern. The pattern stitch could be a little tricky if the crocheter doesn’t understand that on the first repeat row of the pattern stitches it is necessary to chain X number of stitches then work into those chain stitches before you are back to the original piece. The edging incorporates post stitches to give texture around some solidity to such an open lace pattern around the body. Plus, the top chain draws the eye linear along the center of the body which is very flattering.
When I design, I try to make all my sweaters available in several sizes and flattering for all figures. This one in particular comes in several larger sizes and would fit just about anybody. Also, it is very easy to to customize and make longer if you want. It is as easy as doing one or two more repeats before adding chains for the sleeves (making sure to still end on the appropriate row number) then making sure that the same number of rows are added to the front of the sweater as well.
One last thing, you might want your cardigan to come in with some type of closure but don’t want to disrupt the look of the collar. I would add hook and I closures to the front right at the bust line if I were going to add a closure. With the lace being as open as it is it will stretch nicely over you breasts and make a nice look.
Yarn review – Thin yarn is my favorite to crochet with, especially when I am working in a lace pattern. I think it really makes a piece have that polished look rather than homemade. This yarn is fantastic because the combination of silk and wool make the piece breathable yet nice and warm.
Goldenrod Crochet Cardigan Materials:
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold, Silky Wool, 50g/175m, 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon
- Main Color (MC): color 091 Yellow Apple, 5 (6, 8, 9, 11, 12) balls
- Contrast Color (CC): 090 Persimmon, 1 ball
Removable Stitch markers (or make your own)
GAUGE IS IMPORTANT:
As in all of the other garments that I make, I highly suggest making a hanging gauge swatch before you get started. This is important to see how gravity will alter the size of your cardigan after wearing it. Starting with a swatch will also save you the headache of making the wrong size before you even start. To make a hanging gauge swatch I start by making a swatch of the stitch pattern that is at least 6 inches square. Then I hang the swatch to a hanger or cloths line and add additional cloths pins to the bottom to simulate gravity. Take a before and after measurement of your swatch to see what happens to it.