Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer Breeze Cardi

When not designing I've been working OPPs (Other People's Patterns) in an effort to expand my creative horizons. You see, I learn a lot from other designers when I work up their patterns regarding construction, stitch pattern design, as well as the drape and/or structure of knit and crocheted fabrics. Oh, also? It's fun to give my designer brain a rest and follow someone else's instructions for a change of pace. With this in mind, I decided to try my hook at one of my fellow Crochet Today designer's fabulous cardigans...



Yes, that would be me modeling (in the office ladies room no less) Elena Malo's Summer Breeze Cardi from the May/June 2009 issue of Crochet Today.



I have been experimenting with crocheted sweaters lately. In other words, currently I've been crocheting quite a few. Now, I have to tell you all that traditionally I tend to not be a huge fan of crocheted apparel because generally it lacks drape and by virtue of this fact, the fabric itself becomes pretty darn thick. However, it seems that designers have begun to take these facts into account when designing crocheted garments. Therefore, today's designs seem to be much more wearable than their predecessors. This is true of the Summer Breeze Cardi as it definitely has drape.

In addition to the drape factor, I think that the construction of this little sweater is quite clever. The back, fronts and sleeves are crocheted first then joined together when crocheting the yoke. It's very cool.

Needless to say I have a couple of boxes of yarn that I purchased recently in order to make a few more of these cardigans. Oh yes, I shall have one in fuschia, baby blue, black of course, oooh, and red...

10 comments:

Susan said...

Very Nice! And where else would you model & take a picture of your clothes but in the spacious ladies room where you have big mirror? ;-)

Makes perfect sense to me... ;-)

~ Susan

Red Rocket said...

I am in awe of how freakishly(meant in the best way possible, btw) productive you are! It looks really lovely. As do the jeans!

Deneen said...

I don't know how you find the time-cute sweater, I'll have to dig the pattern out.

Regina, I never would have recognized you from that picture. Yes, I saw the pic of the hair color change, etc., but you look so different (not in a bad way)

nickelo said...

Nice I like it. Looks good, I know what you mean about how crochet items did not look right but now they are which is great. Love the cardi

Amelia said...

I bet your office turns the AC on arctic blast in the summer too. Lovely cardi!

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Ah, you are so pretty :) The cardi is nice too.

Rima said...

Lovely cardigan! It is a great color too.

Tehenita said...

Love the sweater. I'd like to make one like it!

Gina said...

Oh, so cute!!!

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Love the sweater, but even more, LOVE the hair!!! I also would not have recognized you. You look GREAT!