It was Helen Keller who said, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
That’s how I feel about crochet. It is a huge part of who I am and what I do. Yeah…I know I design crochet…but I am ALWAYS crocheting. Always. Always. As I’m typing this…I take a break every once in a while and add a few stitches to this shawl I am working on. Crochet is deeply a part of me.
There are a few designs that really show my love of crochet and my love of design. Madrona is one of those designs.
This cardigan is one of my favorite designs for many reasons. Originally it was designed for Inside Crochet, my favorite crochet magazine. Boy, was it a beast. I can’t take all the credit, however, I had some great help on this cardigan from my friend and Inside Crochet Editor, Claire Montgomerie!
This Cardigan is worked from the top down in all over hdc (htr if you’re from the U.K.). That means it is wonderful as a first sweater project AND it is simple to customize to fit you! You’ll need about 350yds of each of the three colors shown and an I/9 (5.5mm) hook. I used a cotton yarn, but any DK weight yarn will work wonderfully! I also being confident in single crochet, half double crochet, and working stripes…everything basic crocheters usually know!
The pattern features wonderful written directions (charts are not needed…it really is pretty intuitive) and there is a schematic.
The pattern is $8.00 and offers five sizes from 32″ to 45.5″ (82cm to 114cm). The cardi is meant to be worn with just a touch of negative ease So I would recommend sizing as follows 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) inches or 84 (92, 100, 108, 116)cm. Sleeves can be customized or worn at a bracelet length at 10.25″ (26cm). The overall length can also be customized or worn at the given 20.25″ (52cm).
I wanted to celebrate the pattern a bit…so for now…this pattern is on sale for $6.50 AND if you add my Boyfriend Sweater to the cart as well…you’ll get that pattern free! Yeah! Two sweaters for the price of one!
Head on over here to Ravelry to finish your purchase!