Granny Stripes Cardi

Craft Category:
Start Date: June 17, 2020

Materials:

Yarn: FDW Mountain Tweed BFL in Plain Vanilla as the MC and a variety of minis in different colors for the alternating stripes.

Yarn Availability: Mountain Tweed BFL (as well as currently available Mountain Tweed Merino minis) is available through my shop, Fibernymph Dye Works. If there are no active listings for custom dyed colors on minis or full skeins when you visit, feel free to request a special order using this link!

Pattern: A Good Vintage Cardigan, by Fran Morgan.

Ravelry Pattern Page: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sweet-fern-mitts

Hooks Used: C and D

Details:

I’m using my Mountain Tweed undyed for the main color and then using a whole bunch of MT minis in a variety of colors for the other stripes in the sweater. I think it will be so much fun!

I think this might be turning out a little large, as I feel like maybe I’m a loose crocheter (as well as a knitter!), but I have marked off the area that will be the back, and if the fronts end up being too large to accommodate bands, I may just do a crocheted edging and leave it hang open rather than adding buttons. We’ll see.

9/30 – Hibernating this until after TWT Sweater KAL.

6/29/21 – Pulled this back out since my mom’s here and in the bedroom and I left all of my current projects in there so I need something to work on. I did find a C hook though, so I’ve moved down to that to see if that helps with gauge and size.

2/1/22 – I’ve started working on this again. It’s further along than I thought. Working on the uppers and am almost done. I think? I’m also not sure if I might need to rip back because the armhole depth is seeming like it might be too deep.

11/21/22 – Pulled this back out AGAIN. At this point, I’m ready to just be done with this. I have no idea where I left off on this, but the armholes seemed deep enough so I decided to do a slipped stitch seam across the shoulders and move on to the sleeves. However, once I seamed the shoulders and tried it on, I realized how incredibly SMALL this thing is! ARGH. I have no idea what I did with the sizing on this, especially as it had seemed like it was going to be too large and I have not grown since I started this!

What I am learning though is that crochet fabric does NOT have the kind of give that knit fabric has, and I am not going to be able to block this to improve fit. My best bet at this point is to do the sleeves, then do a button band that goes the whole way around the front and make it big enough that it adds some width to the fronts without looking stupid and then just wear it as an open front cardi. That’s not my favorite kind of cardi, but I refuse to let all of this yarn and work go to waste because I really love the colors and how it looks!

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