Sue’s No holes Hexagon Baby Cardigan by Susan A. Coes is a free pattern on Ravelry. To make this little hexagon baby cardigan for our Kiku Corner Etsy shop, I used a 4.00 mm hook and Classic Elite Yarns Song in the Willow colourway. In total, I used 3.5 skeins, or about 350 m, of the soft cotton-wool blend.
I made the Crochet Convergence Top, designed by Linda Skuja and published in the Interweave Crochet Spring 2014 issue. I used Noro Taiyo Sock yarn in the colourway S40, a long-striping mixture of greens, browns, and beiges. This was the first time I used a Noro yarn, and was pleasantly surprised to find how enjoyable it was to crochet with. The changes in colours, as well as the slightly thick-thin yarn, gave interest to a quickly-crocheted pattern. However, the yarn is a singles and if you unwind too much yarn from the ball, it tended to ply onto itself and make some tangles.
Noro Taiyo Sock is a blend of 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon, and 16% silk. This mixture gives the yarn great texture, although I was happy to see that the finished Convergence Top didn’t look so slubby. The blend will also allow me to wear this top year-round!
I really enjoy making clothes for babies and children (like this moss stitch cardigan) because I can create intricate pieces that work up quite quickly. It takes me only a couple days for a piece like this, versus a couple weeks for an adult-sized garment.
My first item of clothing I sewed this year is McCall’s M7503 sleeveless V-neck dress, designed by Karen Miller. The dress is fitted through the bodice and has princess seams, Dior darts, and invisible back zipper. It includes separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A/B, C, and D.
The linen and lace cardigan by Annelies Baes is available on Ravelry for just 1€. After testing out Euroflax sport 100% linen yarn by Louet with my Chambray Jacket, I thought I’d make something a little more complex. The pattern is a top-down crochet pattern that is worked in one piece. Starting with the yoke, I crocheted half double crochet stitches to form the fronts, back, and sleeve tops. After several rows, the pattern divides the one-piece yoke to create armholes. After I finished the body, I crocheted the arms to three-quarter length. My folks said that a short-sleeve cardigan looked nice too, but I wanted to follow the pattern more closely this first time.