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Urban cardigan

After my easy chunky shrug , I have always wanted to challenge myself with a complete, long sleeves cardigan. I had in mind a simple pattern, with basic stitches and a cardigan easy to wear with everyday outfits. Here is what came out and I literally can’t contain my enthusiasm for it!!

For a size M cardigan, I’ve used 7 balls of KATIA MERINO ARAN yarn (700 gr) in this beautiful dark grey color, which is the shade n. 14 and my trusty 6mm crochet hook.

I love this yarn. I’ve already used it for my puff stitch cowl and it’s fabulous. The 52% virgin wool makes it incredibly soft and easy to work with. Also it is machine washable and this is something that always makes the difference when it comes to choosing yarn.

Believe me if I tell you that the pattern for this cardigan is super easy and beginner friendly. I wanted a pattern like that too, considering that it has been my first time with a cardigan as well.

So, if you too want to add a handmade, stylish piece to your wardrobe, grab your tools and enjoy the free pattern below!!

BACK PANEL (Worked as a rectangle)

Chain 64

row1 : hdc into the 3rd chain from hook. Hdc into each stitch below.

rows 2-55: ch2 and turn your work. Hdc in each stitch below.

At the end of row 55, your back panel should be about 58 cm high.

FIRST FRONT PANEL

row1: ch2, hdc into the next 30 sts

rows 2-55 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn.SECOND FRONT PANEL

To start working the second panel, let’s skip two stitches on your back panel last row and attach your yarn into the 3rd stitch of the exact same row.

row 1: ch 2, hdc into the next 30 stitches.

From now on, the second panel is worked exactly like the first panel, in rows back and forth

rows 2-55 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn

Before making the sleeves, I began the assembling just to give this crochet piece more a cardigan shape.

After folding the two front panels, I sewed along both sides, leaving on top about 17cm opened for the arm holes.SLEEVES

For the sleeves, I did some researches and learned that there are different techniques. You can start making them from your wrist and come all the way up, increasing stitches every five or six rounds to match the size of the hole left on top. Or you can work them top down, starting from the hole.

I chose the second option. Since I was new to crochet cardigan too, I found easier crochet all around the arm hole and then continue all the way down to the wrist edging.

NOTE : the sleeves are worked in the round, turning your work at the end of each round. This gives the same pattern that working in rows back and forth gives to the panels.

round 1 : hdc evenly around the arm hole left.

rounds 2-34 : ch2 and turn. Hdc in each stitch around. Sl st into the first st.

EDGING

NOTE: use a 4.5mm crochet hook

SLEEVES

round 1 : ch2, dc in each stitch below

round 2 : ch2, *fpdc into the very first stitch,  bpdc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Sl st into the first st.

rounds 3-5 : ch2, *fpdc into the fpdc below, bpdc into the next bpdc below*. Repeat from *to* until the end of your round. Sl st into the first st.

BOTTOM RIBBING

row 1 : ch2, dc evenly along all the bottom hemline stitches.

row 2: ch2 and turn. Dc into the very first stitch, *1 fpdc into the second stitch below, 1 bpdc into the next stitch. Repeat from * to * until the end of your row. Dc into the very last stitch of your row.

rows 3-5: ch2 and turn. Dc into the very first stitch below, *1 fpdc into the fpdc stitch below, 1 bpdc into the next bpdc stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of your row. Dc into the very last stitch of your row.

COLLAR RIBBING

row 1 : sl st all along the collar stitches.

row 2 : ch1 and turn. sl st into each stitch below.

Fasten off your yarn

I love how my cardigan turned out! It is so comfortable because of the loose fitting, while the basic pattern and the neutral dark color make it that staple piece you easily want to grab to complete your everyday outfits. Also it’s extremely warm and lightweight at the same time. Definitely my favourite crochet project ever!!

Let me know on social (facebook…..) or in the comments below if you too like this pattern and want to give it a try. Also do not hesitate to contact me if you want to know more about the sizing or the pattern itself. Meanwhile I wish you an amazing crocheting time and see you to the next post. Byeee!!!!

Crochet heart socks

The feeling of cold feet? It is not for me, thanks. Warm socks are what make me go through winter, I literally live in them all season long. Whether I am at home or in bed, or watching a movie on the sofa, you will always find me with a cozy and comfy pair of socks at my feet. Even if they are very popular among knitters and crocheters, I have never tried them before. Anyway the thought of wearing wool socks, handmade by me, pushed me to take the chance of making them right away!!

I am super happy with how my first pair of socks came out and I am even happier because, together with the crochet socks technique, I also tried my hands at the tapestry crochet technique. If you are wondering what tapestry crochet means, this is a crocheting technique which consists in using several colors of yarn at the same time and changing them to create beautiful and colorful motifs and graphs. At a first look, this technique may look a bit difficult and tricky, but you will see that it’s all about getting the rhythm of the color changes. HERE you can find a useful video tutorial about this new technique and for those of you who prefer written instructions, HERE is the link to an easy tutorial made by RED HEART YARN.

Amongst the variety of patterns and graphs you can choose, I found the heart pattern the easiest to follow. I personally was inspired by this pattern I found on internet. Just remember that each square represent a single crochet.

About the yarn, I went for KATIA CONCEPT GOBI LACE, which is a 73% vergin wool and 27% elastic fibers. I found it to be the perfect mix to give my socks the right amount of elasticity especially in the cuffs zone.

Each ball is 25 grams and 160 meters long; so I only needed two red balls in the shade 107 for the body of my socks and one white ball , in the shade 100 to make the heart graph.

The pattern I made out for these socks will fit a 37-39 size foot and it is worked using a 3.5mm crochet hook.

To get started, let’s make 6 sc into a magic circle.

round 1: ch1, make 2sc into each stitch below. (12 sts)

round 2: ch1, *1 sc into the same stitch below, 2 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from  * to * until the end of the round. (24 sts)

round 3: ch1, *1 sc into the next two stitches below, 2 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to* until the end of the round (36 sts)

round 4: ch1, *1 sc into the next three stitches below, 2 sc into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. (42 sts)

This is how your work will look like at the end of round 4.

round 5: ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around (42 sts)

rounds 6-37: ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around (42 sts)

To make the heel we are going to work in rows back and forth.

row 38: ch1, 1sc into the same stitch below, 1 sc into the next 20 stitches. (21 sts)

rows 39-53: 1sc and turn your work. Make 1 sc into the next stitches below. (21 sts)

To close the heel, we are going to turn on the outside the part just worked and make a row of single crochet into the last row stitches.

From round 54 to round 57 (4 rounds in total) we are going to work single crochet all the way around, except in the angle area where in each round we are going to work a decrease by making two single crochet closed together. At the end of my 57th round I had 48 stitches.

From round 58 to round 70 I worked the tapestry heart by simply following the pattern I showed you. Just note that the pattern repetition is multiple of 15, while we have a total of 48 stitches around. This means that between one pattern repetition and the other I made a single crochet.

If we call “A” the red yarn and “B” the white yarn, the first round of tapestry would be:

round 58: ch1, *1 sc into the next sticth (A color), 7 sc in the next stitches (A color), 1 sc into the next stitch (B color), 7 sc into the next stitches below (A color)*. Repeat from * to *  until the end of the round.

Here is a picture with the tapestry pattern going on

At the end of round 70 we are going to end our project by making the cuffs.

round 71 : ch1, 1 sc in each stitch around (48 sts)

round 72 : ch2, 1 dc in each stitch around (48 sts)

round 73-76 : ch2, 1 front post double crochet into the same stitch below, 1 back post double crochet into the next stitch. Repeat from *to* until the end of the round (48 sts)

I really love the ribbing look you can achieve by alternating front post and back post double crochet. It almost looks like knitted.

Right foot and left foot are worked the exact same way.

Considering that this is the first pair of socks I made, I feel really proud of how they came out. They look super cute and the heart details, they are just so me! I am also really happy I had the chance to experiment tapestry crochet. It is such a creative technique which gives so much options to customize your handmade items. I hope you too like this project and will try this pattern as well. Let me know if you are going to try tapestry crochet too and how you customize your own pair of socks.