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Crochet Flower Square Cardigan

I crocheted this cardigan for my daughter Kayleigh. I found the pattern in “Easy Crochet - Country” by Nicki Trench (book front pictured above). When I first saw it I instantly thought of Kayleigh and knew it was her type of style. I originally had the book quite a while ago from the library - FREEBIE AGAIN! It was a while before I felt confident enough to make it. I started the project in May 2016 and finished it by the beginning of July. I didn’t work on it constantly because I had other projects on the go at the same time but had it been my only project I think I could have completed it within two weeks at the most. It works up so quickly and is easily adjustable to change the recommended sizes in the book. For the buttons, we kept going through buttons we had and buttons in various different stores but Kayleigh just couldn’t decide on any. On top of this, I couldn’t complete the edge with the button holes until I knew what size the buttons were going to be. After looking at the cardigan I had inspiration to crochet some buttons. I took two buttons of the same size from Kayleigh’s massive button stash, and crocheted (in the round) around each button. I matched them to the colours of the cardigan and they turned out really well.


I cannot remember the size guide I followed but I had to make adjustments to the row numbers on the arms and front and back pieces because Kayleigh wanted it longer than what the instructions suggested.


I worked in UK Treble Crochet/tr [US Double Crochet/dc] stitch. The pattern also required to work a ridge pattern consisting of working a row of trb [dcb] and a row of trf [trb], which means working in either the Front loop only or the Back loop only. You also have to crochet all 16 squares separately and then join them together in the way the chart shows. Another part is the working of the cuffs and edge, which are done after the main pieces are completed. These are crocheted in UK Double Crochet/dc [US Single Crochet/sc] stitch.


For yarn, crochet hook and abbreviation conversions click - “Crochet Conversion Charts”.


Yarn

James C. Brett Top Value DK (shade - White 8428).

4 x 100g (3.5oz/317yds/290m) balls, approx.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] throughout, even though the pattern called for a 3.5mm hook for the edge and cuffs.


I would give the yarn James C. Brett Top Value DK a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was extremely easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it is very soft once washed. It didn’t end up heavy on this project so it is very practical for clothes.

- I think if you are looking for a quality budget yarn this is one of the best yarns on the market for price, colour choice, quality, multiple uses and quantity on a ball.

- The cost of yarn is very cost effective - I paid about £1.65 per 100g ball.

- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.


Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo (shade - Pale Pink 134, Scooby Blue 121).

1 (each colour) x 50g (3.5oz/164yds/150m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 28 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the yarn Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was extremely easy to work.

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- It is good on small projects by I tried making a larger project with it once and became very heavy. It would be good on scarves, bags and other accessories.

- The feel of it is silky soft.

- The cost of yarn is expensive for the amount you get on each ball - I paid about £3.95 per 50g ball.

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.



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