DIY: Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan by Annelies Baes

Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan

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.

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DIY: Crochet Linen Chambray Jacket by Ann E. Smith

Crochet Linen Chambray Jacket

The Chambray Jacket, designed by Ann E. Smith, was the first garment I ever crocheted myself.

Crochet Linen Chambray Jacket

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Lunch at the Drake Devonshire

Drake Devonshire

We didn’t take much vacation this summer, but one of our more memorable trips was to the Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County. Five of us left Toronto in the late morning, driving the two hours to the Drake Devonshire for lunch. The inside dining area was rather empty as it was a beautiful sunny day and most of the patrons were on the patio overlooking Lake Ontario. We had to wait about ten minutes to get an outdoor table too, but we made the most of the wait by exploring the hotel.

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DIY: Crochet Moss Stitch Cardigan by Annelies Baes

Crochet Moss Stitch Cardigan by Annelies Baes Crochet Moss Stitch Cardigan by Annelies Baes

My Moss Stitch Cardigan, designed by Annelies Baes, goes by a different name in the book Crochet One-Skein Wonders® for Babies. For some reason the cardigan pattern is not included on Ravelry, so I renamed it for my purposes and so it could be for any baby (not just boys). The pattern states the cardigan is for infants 6-12 months, or a 22″/56 cm chest circumference.

The cardigan is crocheted in moss stitch, which is a repeating pattern of single crochet-double crochet. The moss stitch gives a beautiful pebbled texture to the cardigan. I crocheted this moss stitch cardigan with a 3.5 mm hook, and used Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport in the Sky Blue colourway. This yarn was a dream to use, as it was soft, springy, and didn’t split at all. I ended up using about one-and-a-half skeins of the Longwood Sport. Unlike the previous baby cardigan I made for my nephew, this cardigan is made from sport-weight yarn. I actually prefer the thinner weight, as it makes the cardigan a bit more soft and supple and less stiff.

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Small Apartments: Tomiko’s After Living Room

I have been trying to post these “after” photos of Donatello and my living room forever. You know how it is- even though we love our space, it’s never quite perfect enough to post photos. I admit, I took these photos for Airbnb! I always planned to take some more, but now it will never happen. We are currently in the middle of a renovation and the apartment you see here no longer exists! It has been completely gutted and is a dusty mess right now. The “before” photos are here. So why don’t we start the tour?

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