I just can’t stop.
I have also weirdly become a one project person. This is really out of character for me. I usually have lots of things all going on at once so I can flit between them as the mood or situation dictate, but not anymore. It is very odd.
Right now I am working on a rainbow cardigan for the little dark star, I saw a picture of the cardigan (in different colours) maybe nearly a year ago on Pinterest but couldn’t find a pattern. I tend to be obsessive about finding patterns for the things I fall in love with at first sight and I either eventually after many many accumulated hours of searching find the pattern, or I then set to work creating my own one to fill the need to create something similar. Both are satisfying processes because you end up looking at lots of things online you wouldn’t not have had you not been searching or you start a new journey of creating something and enjoying all the work of getting it right.
Here is the cardi so far
The pattern specified “sport” yarn which doesn’t exist in the UK. From looking at conversion charts it isn’t quite 4 ply but that’s the nearest we have. I’ve worked in 4ply before and I don’t like it much for anything larger than bootees. I’m quite happy to whip up bootees in sock yarn or thinner if it makes them utterly beautiful! But bigger items take soooo long to grow with 4ply and the hook needed is quite small (unless you are going for a very lacy effect).
I’ve got lots of Stylecraft cheap and cheerful double knit in my stash so I decided to have a try with that and see what happened. I also decided to try and use a 4mm hook instead of the 3.0mm in the pattern instructions, I guess because the As We Go Blanket was the same yarn on a 5mm hook so right down to a 3.0mm felt like a long jump. Predictably the resultant first 7 rows of the yoke came out mahoosive. I knew it would really so I have no idea why I even bothered trying it!
It’s now being made on the size 3.0mm hook still with the double knit yarn (in bright glorious rainbow tones of course) and I know its coming up a big larger than the gauge but I’m happy with it.
This first photo is on the 4mm hook shortly before I measured the gauge and unravelled it all, the second is on the 3.0mm hook after starting the whole thing over again. Maybe you can see the difference?
I’m crocheting in the car on the way to the ferry port, being a car passenger is one of my rare chances for uninterrupted guilt free hooking!
The cardigan is meant to fit a child aged 3 and the little dark star has only just turned two but I’m intending to use it as a kind of over coat, a final layer in her outfit, till she fully grows into it and can wear it as just a cardi. Making something for her to wear is a MASSIVE gamble as ever since she could talk (and she was an early talker) I’ve had to allow her to mostly choose her own clothes, if she doesn’t like it she won’t wear it, simple as that. I know I’ve looked entirely bonkers holding up tops and things in shops asking what appears to be a very small child “do you like this one?” but I’ve tolerated the sometimes disparaging looks from others shoppers and saved myself a lot of money because I’ve minimised the amount of clothes that have ended up unworn. Not everyone is into the whole star signs stuff but if you are and I tell you she’s a Taurean, you might understand why I don’t even bother mounting a challenge over which clothes to wear. I pick my battles very carefully…..
I asked her to slip it on in its current state yesterday and joy of joys she did so very willingly then ran off with it on and refused to take it off. I had to watch an almost entire row unravel as she ran down our hall but I didn’t mind one little bit. I’m just super chuffed she seems to like it already.
Now before she wakes from her nap I’m going to sneak a another row or two of rainbow loveliness in.