I had joined Fun With Furls CAL in March. Each month they host two (usually something to wear and amigurumi). I liked this pattern and had some comparable yarn in my stash to use. I am trying to not buy yarn (not easy!) I used Patons Shetlund Chunky Tweeds yarn. This yarn was fun to work with. The pattern is easy and works up fast. You can find the pattern here. Just look for the pattern called Blooming Petals Poncho by Lorene Eppolite. While you are there you can see other patterns they have for free.
I bought a hand held steamer to help block my crochet projects. This one by Conair works well. I got it off of Amazon. I also bought a bust to put my crochet clothes on since I am making more clothes. I found one off of ebay. It displays my crocheting and I can steam my projects on it. Unfortunately, I don’t look good in ponchos so I won’t model it for you!
This is the 3rd sweater I have made since last fall. I think it is the best! I wore it out this morning and got lots of compliments, plus it is warm, This sweater worked up really quickly. It is from a free pattern on the Lion Brand website. It is called Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat. The pattern is here. The pattern called for a Lion Brand yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. BUT I wanted to use some chunky yarn I had picked up at Michael’s. It is Caron Tea Cakes. The color is Oolong. I just found out this yarn is discontinued 😦 . That is pretty disappointing as it was new last fall. The yarn marble color is super nice and that can be hard to find. My sweater ended up a little shorter than the pattern. Yarn tends to stretch so I expect it will get longer as I wear it. The sleeves intentionally work up long. I personally like that and I don’t mind rolling the sleeves a little. The pattern was easy to follow. I did the ribbing a little longer than the pattern. I didn’t want it stretched out too much so I matched the rows of the ribbing to the sweater base as I sewed it on. This is not a complicated sweater so I encourage beginners to jump in and try it!
There have been a lot of cute sweaters being posted that looked fairly easy to make. I tend to have a hard time meeting gauge for intricate/complicated sweaters so I wanted to try some patterns that seem more forgiving with meeting gauge.
I saw this sweater on Michaels website using Caron Cakes Yarn. I decided to make it and I enjoyed how the yarn worked up. It has some wool in it that concerned me but I went with it. I do wish I would have used a different yarn because I find the little bit of wool in it scratchy.
It took me awhile to finish the sweater as the pattern wasn’t well written. I would put it down and walk away from it once in awhile. I also would ask my mom for her input on the sweater. There also wasn’t a lot of pictures of people who had made this pattern.
I found the arms ended up being long but I don’t mind rolling them up a little. The back of the neck, between the two shoulders, ended up being pretty wide for me. The sweater doesn’t sit well on my shoulders. The sweater doesn’t rest well on my shoulders like it does in the pattern picture. The sweater will work for me though. I have decided if I use a shawl pin to hold the two sides together in the front, the sweater works. You can find the pattern here. This isn’t stopping me though. I have some more sweaters that I want to attempt soon.
I haven’t made many adult sweaters. Cre8tion Crocheter hosted a Fall CAL with her Keep Me Warm Cardigan. I decided to join. I used Caron Big Cakes. This was the first time I had used the yarn. I really like it. It works up nice, has smooth color changes and has a slightly mottled look.
I did make gauge (I hate swatching but I did do it for this sweater). It ended up big and is a little boxy. There isn’t a lot of shaping that is done in the pattern. It is a well written and easy to follow. I will wear this Cardigan as more of a jacket. The pattern was released in parts for free on her blog during the CAL but she also has it for sale here.
I have crocheted many different types of items but I have never been too interested in adult sweaters. I would lose interest the few times I tried them. This summer I tried to make a long tunic but didn’t like how it was turning out. I had specifically bought the yarn for it so I searched for a new pattern. I decided to make the Sea Isle Tunic that Cre8tion Crochet was hosting. She had the pattern offered for free during the Crochet Along (CAL). The pattern is located here Sea Isle Tunic
The pattern was written very well and comes in a variety of sizes. I am not a fan of gauge because it never seems to work out for me. Instead I kept seeing if it would fit as I was crocheting. I used the suggested yarn from Knit Picks. This is what I had purchased for the other top I didn’t finish. It is Shine Sport in the Sweet Potato color.