Yup, you read that right, I finally delved into the world of garments! In the past three months I have completed my first two sweaters, and I’m gonna tell you all about them.
My first sweater was the Cascade Cardigan from All About Ami. I have been following her blog for years and not only does she make patterns that are easy to follow, she responds to user comments with help and advice. You’ll remember my elephant amigurumi? That was one of her patterns too! Anyway, the Cascade Cardigan took me about three months to finish. Mostly because I procrastinated a lot but also because the yarn and hook were such a small gauge, it just took longer to create! It’s not perfect, but I never imagined my first garment would be. However, I am so proud of it and so grateful to Stephanie for creating such a beautiful and easy to follow pattern! I find myself wearing this sweater to work a lot because it is thick and warm and perfect for my chilly office.
Onto sweater #2. I’m really into pullovers in the winter, they’re easy because you don’t also need a blouse underneath like with a cardigan, they’re warm, and they’re hella cute. I wanted to make a comfy oversized one because that seems to be super in trend right now and I’m nothing if not a fashionista. Still being a novice to the whole sweater-making biz, I wanted another free pattern just in case it didn’t work out, so I wouldn’t feel like I wasted my money and got frustrated (it happens to us all, amirite?). After lots and lots of googling, I found this super simple pattern from Yarnspirations. It called for Caron Simply Soft yarn but I couldn’t find a color I liked so I went with Big Twist yarn in a super sweet pink, perfect for Valentine’s Day, which was just around the corner.
Because this yarn was thicker and required a larger gauge hook, it took much less time, and I was finished within two weeks! It ended up being a bit more oversized than I anticipated, but it’s nice to cuddle up in at home.
Now that I have two crochet sweaters under my belt, I’m feeling a lot more confident in my skills, these were really great learning opportunities for me and I can’t wait to try my hand at creating my very own sweater pattern! If it works out, I might even be brave enough to share it.
Thanks for reading, keep on creating!