FO: Comfi Cardi

19 Feb

Pattern: Comfy Cardi from Crochet Me: Designs the Fuel the Crochet Revolution

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, 10 skeins

Hook: US C Clover Soft touch

Size made: 32

Notes: I cannot for the life of me decide what I want to say about this one.  Yes, the arms are too big (a common problem for me – no more sweaters without set in sleeves or at least a raglan!)  But on the other hand… I’m darned proud that I actually managed to finish this thing.  And it’s totally wearable too – it’s work appropriate, soft, and relatively warm.  I really enjoyed every second of making it.  But those sleeves… I advise anyone making this thing to measure yourself carefully, and then consider if you need to adjust the size.  They are huuuuge on me, more so than they look in the pictures.  Still, my Dollar and a half cardigan has huge sleeves too, and I wear it every week.  And yay- I finished a crocheted sweater – I even crocheted the ribbing!  It’s not as neat looking as knitted ribbing, but it is surprisingly stretchy (my last experience with crocheted ribbing went very badly, but I think I didn’t really get the concept.)  I’m not sure if I would crochet the ribbing again, but in this case I was glad not to have to pick up a billion stitches around the edges – Briar rose is a nearly identical shape, and I hated doing the ribbing on that one.

I will crochet more sweaters… this was fun, and it gave my hands a nice break from the constant knitting that goes on around here!  On the list: Joy from Rowan 41, something from  Everyday Crochet, Short and Sweet, and a few others.   I want to get better at adjusting the patterns to fit me – as I remind myself, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I made some darned poorly fitted sweaters when I started knitting!

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30 Responses to “FO: Comfi Cardi”

  1. brook February 20, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    that is a gorgeous sweater!! i am dying to crochet a little something for the upcoming spring. thanks for the inspiration!!

    brook

    p.s. too bad there isn’t yet an elizabeth zimmerman for crochet. she would know how to fix the sleeve issue. :)

  2. Elaine February 20, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    I think it looks great! Hopefully you can somehow adjust it so that the sleeves won’t be so huge =)

  3. Tammy February 20, 2008 at 2:22 am #

    It looks great! It really makes me want to give crocheting a try.

  4. thekidneybean February 20, 2008 at 3:31 am #

    Very pretty! That color is gorgeous and the pattern stitch is really nice for a wearable.

  5. Lin February 20, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    Beautiful sweater! I could never imagine crocheting a garment.

  6. Mary February 20, 2008 at 7:51 am #

    Gorgeous!

  7. Niki February 20, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    SO Beautiful!!!! It looks so Comfy. Sometime bigger arms are more comfy lol!!! And this sweater makes me want to try and learn to crochet!!!! I love it!!! :)

  8. Lisa February 20, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    Super cute and it looks totally comfy!

  9. Ana February 20, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    I think it is lovely and looks good on you. Since you are slim you can afford to have slightly larger sleeves. For a person who just started crocheting you made great progress, I wish I wasn’t afraid to start myself.

  10. mick February 20, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    I really love the color as well as the fit. Maybe the sleeves will look less baggy when you wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath? Either way, it doesn’t look too noticeable. I think you ended up with a truly lovely sweater.

  11. silencepainter February 20, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    It looks lovely.

    So interesting how it went from its odd pre finished shape, to that!

  12. Niki February 20, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    I think it is just lovely. A great color on you. I am not big on crochet sweaters, but that pattern is really beautiful. Great job!

  13. Heather February 20, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    I love the color on you. Truly a beautiful cardi, sugar.

  14. Tucker February 20, 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    That is adorable. All the stuff you make is just darling.

  15. Christie February 20, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    So pretty! Shame the sleeves are large, but that’s much better alternative to having them strangle you! And the ribbing look so great! Wow! Pat yourself on the back, although Rome wasn’t built in a day, you’ve got a great foundation!

  16. Sarah February 20, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    I love that color! It just looks comfy too.

  17. Katie February 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    Oh, wow. That’s awesome! I need to finish my crocheted sweater so I can start a copy of this one. ;)

  18. Amanda February 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Omg That looks gorgeous! I think the arms look perfect. I prefer arms a little bigger.

  19. p0liced0nut February 20, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    Lovely, lovely job on the sweater. I want to make one. I just don’t think it would work with my body type… sigh.
    Unrelated side note: Do you know what breed of cat Leon is? Or do you have any guesses? I was wondering because he looks so soft and cuddly.

  20. connie February 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    That is really beautiful. Could you unravel the bottom of the sleeves? I do that with my knitted projects sometimes – unravel, get rid of a few rows and then bind off. I’m not a crocheter, so I don’t know if something like that is possible. Still, since knits/crocheted items tend to stretch over time, maybe it’s better to address it now? ;)

  21. LisaB February 20, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    If it makes you feel any better about the sleeves, I saw the sweater that was made for the book (at a book reading locally by the author) and it is quite large and baggy too – I was told it was designed that way, to be quite loose (that’s the comfy part, I think).

  22. robin February 21, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    It looks great!! You are exactly right on it being a “process” to learn how to adjust sizing to fit perfectly – now that I’ve (pretty much) conquered it in knitting, I’m working on it in sewing. I’m sure you’ll figure it out in crochet soon too.

  23. Bridget February 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    I love it. I’ve been wondering if you would go with the knit or crocheted ribbing – I knit a similarly shaped sweater that I, too, hated picking up the stitches on. I have the yarn to make this, but I have to finish up a couple of other projects first.

  24. Anonymous February 21, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    it’s lovely! As soon as I saw the CM book was coming out, I knew I might have to reconsider my snobbery about crocheted sweaters. And, yep, now I am. :)

  25. cherriss February 21, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    Looks good anyway!!

  26. Steph F. February 22, 2008 at 2:34 am #

    It’s lovely! I also really like the shirt you’re wearing under it :)

  27. Octopus Knits February 22, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    I think it looks lovely and comfortable!

  28. scotty February 23, 2008 at 7:34 pm #

    A beautiful and feminine sweater – I also have short arms, and most of the time have to fold the cuffs over on the sleeves.

    Who could’ve guessed that crochet would be so pretty?

  29. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) February 25, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    That looks fantastic! I would not have guessed it was crochet at first glance–or second. The sleeves don’t look absurdly large, just a little relaxed. Wonderful!

  30. lynn March 23, 2008 at 6:18 pm #

    What a beautiful sweater! And it fits you perfectly! Fantastic job!

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