The Cardigan of Doom
Have you ever started making something and felt that it was doomed from the start? Well this was my ill-fated project:
Yes, it looks pretty enough now (if I do say so myself) but making it involved a series of froggings, frustrations and foul language and at times, I thought it would never be finished. The silly thing is, I’ve made it before, albeit in a smaller size, and found it a doddle first time around. I was beginning to think I’d lost my crochet mojo so I let it languish for a while in the bottom of my yarn bag (it deserved no better) and moved onto other projects. Thankfully these proved that I still knew one end of a crochet hook from the other and gave me the confidence to tackle the cardi once again. I’m glad I did. The end result is rather pretty and looks very cute on my daughter – see:
Anyhow, on to the gory details…..
Pattern: Lacy Cardigan from The Big Book of Weekend Crochet by Hilary Mackin and Sue Whiting.
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly 4-ply in Crimson x 3 balls
Size made: To fit chest of 22 inches
Notes: As I may have mentioned, all did not go to plan and I ended up making a fair few modifications. The biggest problem I encountered were the sleeves. I faithfully followed the pattern, made the sleeves, sewed them onto the body of the cardigan, weaved in the ends and then (and only then) discovered that they were too long – way too long. I double checked my gauge and found it was spot on, checked the pattern and found I’d done exactly as it said so I’m guessing some sort of error was made sizing up the pattern (the sleeve lengths were fine with the smaller size). I ended up ripping out a whopping 3 rows of trebles (US dc) plus 2 rows of dc (US sc) and the sleeves are still a little on the long side. Oh well – at least the whole thing is more toddler proportioned rather than monkey-sized now. My other modification was to add in an extra row of shells onto the lower body of the cardigan as I wanted my daughter to be able to wear it with jeans. I probably could have done with an additional extra row but, by that point, I just wanted to be done with the damn thing!
So, was it worth the hassle? Well, I think actually it was. I love the lacy, slightly vintage style of the cardigan. It’s very versatile – looks great with jeans but could also be worn over a party frock. I imagine I’ll make another when the baby’s outgrown this one but not any time soon. I need time to forgive and forget….. 🙂