I think this is a record. This week I completed my third crocheted chevron lace cardigan! That doesn’t include the two I began and abandoned.
Here’s a recap. The first, made in 2009, looks like this:
I loved it but it’s starting to show signs of wear. I’ve worn it a lot. Then I made one for my sister. This one convinced me sleeveless is a good thing. She wore this a lot!
Both of these were made with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8 ply. A great yarn for it but I wanted to use up four skeins of Cascade 220 – four skeins weren’t really enough for a full cardigan so I thought a nice sleeves garment would be just the thing. I was right. I used about 3.5 skeins of this lovely rich, chocolate brown.
There was nothing hard at all about changing this to a worsted weight pattern (it’s written for DK weight). I just chose the size that seemed right for me and because it’s all top down, just tried it on periodically and made it according to my measurements.
I also made the fabric a little denser by doing it on a 5.5mm hook.
It’s lovely and warm. I know sleeveless doesn’t make sense as a winter garment but if I’m out and about, I’ve got a coat on. Then when I’m indoors, it’s a nice, comfortable cardigan.
This photo that Sean took is blurry. I am going to call it arty instead!
The colour looks a little purple in this photo but really, it’s a dark, heathered chocolate brown. I really love it.
It was great to have this as a ‘break from knitting’ project. I’ve been experiencing some hand and shoulder pain lately and using a different set of muscles seems to have helped. I always love going back to crochet as a reminder that there’s an ease and comfort in the rhythmic creation of the fabric. I’m really glad I trusted my instinct and had a go at making it in a heavier yarn. A really good move, I think.
I may still add a few extra buttons. I bought about five but stopped at one. I’ll wear it a bit and see how it goes. My last one had no fastening at all so to have even one button feels like quite a change.
You can find the pattern here on a now defunct blog.
I wish the designer would come up with other crocheted cardigans. There are so few out there that appeal to me and this one, evidenced by the fact I’ve made it three times, is such a simple, pleasurable piece to make. I’d love to see what else she would come up with!