I’m back again! I know, I know, I am taking forever to add posts. This is life with a toddler…(as I was writing this she was climbing all over the couch, dumped her water bottle on the floor, and the dog jumped on my laptop.)
Though I may not have been writing, I have been making and designing, so I have a bunch of new projects to share with you. First up, another pattern by Make & Do Crew. Seriously, how great is her blog? You will likely end up seeing quite a few posts about her patterns. That is because they are so easy and so fun to work up.
So, who is ready for the perfect crochet fall sweater?!
Ok, so this pattern is fantastic, and I only made a couple of minor changes to my final product. Anyone, even the newest of the new to crochet, can make this unbelievably cozy shrug. That said, be ready to do a lot of the same stitch, and queue up something addicting on Netflix, because this sweater did take me a good amount of time. Fortunately, I was a passenger on a ten hour car ride from Michigan, so time was plentiful!
The sweater itself is so roomy and so comfortable that I renamed it for my shop. Find it there as the Cozy Cocoon Blanket Sweater. While I don’t want to say one size fits all, one size will certainly fit most.
I made the smaller size featured in the blog, but she gives instructions for a larger size and it is a really easy pattern to adapt to fit any body.
What did I do differently?
As I said, very little. My first change was in the yarn. I wasn’t able to find the type featured in the pattern, so I went with the Studio Stitch by Nicole, Heather yarn sold at AC Moore. I love this yarn because the heathered coloring gives your projects beautiful depth, making it look like you spent a lot of money on fancy materials. Not only is this yarn affordable and easy to work with, after washing the result is a super soft, super cozy, fabric.
My second, and probably more significant change, was in the sleeve width. The original pattern calls for a more snug fit to the sleeves, but I prefer a wider more billowy feel to my sweaters so I made sure there would be lots of room around the arms. I also added in a strip of color around the sleeve openings, just to tie in the accent color a little more.
There you have it! My model lamented putting this sweater on because she loved it so much, and I already have a request in for one as a Christmas present. I also have one available, ready to ship, in my Etsy shop in heathered black and forest green. I will gladly make more in any color.