While I was away in January, I started on a crochet cardigan. The back and fronts are all done in one piece and then you just need to add the sleeves. The only problem was that the pattern was written for short sleeves and the pieces are crocheted sideways (the back and fronts too). A short sleeve is just straight but a long sleeve has to be tapered to the wrist. I tried picking up the stitches around the armholes and crocheting down but the stitch is then worked the other way and I didn't like how it looked. So I had to draw the whole sleeve on a piece of paper and just try to follow the shape as I go, increasing repeats of the motif where necessary. This is my third attempt at making the sleeves! I hope it works out right this time. I'm feeling hopeful.
So here is it, in progress, I'm about halfway through the first sleeve. I also added a collar that wasn't in the pattern so it can be worn up as in the first photo, or turned down as in the second, for more of a jacket look.
I really like the stitch.
The texture, and the look of it.
It also grows fairly quickly as it's trebles.
Not sure what closures I will use on this but all of a sudden I'm thinking that tatted frogs could look quite cool. What do you think?
Something like Marilee Rockley's tatted frog closures:
I think they could look rather interesting on this jacket.
(Does anyone know if they're in one of her books?
I do have two of them but I can only locate one at the moment).
I could also make some of my own, using a motif
that I like and just adding an extra loop for the button.
But first, I must get those sleeves done!