Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Granny Cardigan?






I have never made a crochet garment but after seeing Fran Morgan's cute Granny Cardigan "A Good Vintage Cardigan" in the latest issue of Simply Crochet #54 I can't resist the temptation. It was actually an Instagram post by Sandra at Cherry Heart that captured my interest at first. She was also tempted to give this pattern a try, but had to many WiPs already on her hook... She reached out to her followers asking what they would do... Of course we all shouted: "DO IT!!!" and within seconds she got persuaded to start on this project from her followers...  And with that the Granny Cardigan fever started to spread in our Instagram feeds.

When I came home from vacation I instantly started to dig into my yarn stash to see if I could join in on all the fun. The pattern asks for King Cole Merino Blend 4 ply but I went for my much loved Ideal yarn from Bergere de France. It is a Sport Weight yarn, I would say it is like a very light DK, slightly lighter than the Stylecraft DK. I will be working on a 3,5 mm hook and I think it will be fine.

I am a sucker for blue and grey tones so naturally that is what I am going for. I vision myself wearing this cardigan at the summerhouse with shorts and a T-shirt on early mornings before the sun has warmed up the air or in the evenings when the sun is going down by the bay. I found pretty much what I was looking for in my stash and now the fun will start. I'll keep you posted on my progress. This is a challenge for me. It will be tons of fun though. I'm really excited about this. Are you making this Granny Cardigan too? I would love to know.

Note: I bought the digital version of this magazine and use the magazine app Zinio to read it.




Kärlek
Annette


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25 comments :

  1. It's brilliant, I shall look forward to seeing your progress! CJ xx

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    1. I have frogged it 3 times already... A bit frustrated to be honest... Watch this space. :)
      xx
      Annette

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  2. Oh I do have my eyes on that cardi. Your colours will look fabulous.

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  3. Hi Annette
    Just read your post and went to take a look at the Simply Crochet website, where I found this update for the cardigan:
    http://www.simplycrochetmag.co.uk/2017/02/14/correction-in-simply-crochet-issue-54/ - in case you haven't seen it.

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    1. Hi Mag
      Thanks for sharing. I've seen the corrections and adjusted my foundation chain. :)
      xx
      Annette

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  4. It's a lovely cardigan. My favourite crochet cardigans are the ones Sandra at Cherry heart has already made,one of them very cleverly designed by herself. Betsy makes made a beautiful one too. The designer of the Simple Crochet one has made several lovely patterns for cardigans which have been in magazines too and I found them on ravelry. They are really pretty.

    I have been waiting for people to be interested in making garments. Up until recently there haven't been many patterns available. (People always used to crochet functional and attractive garments - before the in your face 70's versions which put people off I think). Not being up to the job of designing my own, I have had to wait and now finally I think I will get to make something crochet to wear other than hats or scarves.

    It will be lovely to see different colour combinations coming through. I think subtle neutrals, pretty pastels or colourful brights will all look good. I'm exited at the prospect of seeing them all!

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    1. Hi
      I totally agree. Sandra has made some really pretty cardigans lately. And it is much longed for to see cool and cute crochet garment patterns to make. Crochet is quite limited when it comes to garments I find... I'm so pleased some designers has taken on the challenge to change that. Will have to check out Betsy Makes blog to see her cardi makes. Thanks for the tips.
      xx
      Annette

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  5. This is so tempting! This should hit our shelves then sometime during March...my Ice stash might just come to a good use!

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    1. Yes! Let me know if you will. I want to see you making it.
      xx
      Annette

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  6. Well it looks fabulous on that gorgeous model so I am tempted! Look forward to seeing your blue version Annette - sounds lovely. Will seek out a copy at the weekend.

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    1. Cool. Please share if you get started. Enjoy!
      xx
      Annette

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  7. It sounds great so I think I will give it a try.

    Luisa xx

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  8. I think I might need to go find that magazine right this minute. Love that pattern.

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    1. It is super cute! Go go go! Do this with me Meredith.
      xx
      Annette

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  9. Hi Annette, I'd spotted it too on the Cherry Heart Blog and bought the digital version. A while ago I made your Nordic shawl in the original colours. I'll be using the same colours for this! Vannerie will be the base. Keep us updated, I'm sure yours is going to be lovely.
    p.s. I wear the shawl every single day when it's a little cooler. Love it. Janina from Ontario, Canada

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    1. Hi Janina
      Sorry for my late reply. That is a lovely idea to use the beige base. And I'm so pleased to hear you are wearing your Nordic Shawl so often. How lovely. That makes me really really happy to hear. Enjoy the making of this cardigan and please share. Via email, Instagram, Facebook. I would love to see you progress,
      xx
      Annette

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  10. I'm keen to hear how it works out with a slightly heavier wool. here in south australia we spend a lot of time being hot so fingering weight is a perfect jumper weight. i've got to thank you for drawing my attention to this. I am completely in love with it and am so keen to start. We should be having a CAL!
    I'm already thinking which bits i may have to add into this lovely cardigan. and thank goodness my library keeps this magazine for me to download too.

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    1. Maybe a nice cotton yarn would work for you? Gives you the colours without the warmth. Have fun! Janina

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    2. Yes. A fingering weight cotton would be a great option. Maybe stay away from mercerized though as it tends to be a bit stiff. I'll publish an update blog post soon to share my progress on using a heavier yarn. See you girls around.
      xx
      Annette

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  11. I'm very tempted to make one! I'm sure after seeing yours and Sandra's I'll have too.lol Have a fab weekend.

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  12. I think it looks lovely, the perfect summer cardigan. I'm very tempted to make one myself. I look forward to seeing how yours turns out.

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    1. Hi Gillian
      I've frogged it 3 times already... I think it is crucial to get a good start and I choose another yarn than the one recommended... got myself to blame but I think I'm on the right track now. Let me know if you will give this ago. I would love to see your progress.

      xx
      Annette

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  13. I've just ordered the yarn for this. I've not made a garment before so it may be a challenge! Looks really interesting to make. Will look forward to seeing your progress.

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    1. Hi Louise
      Congratulations on jumping in on this project. I have frogged it 3 times and cross fingers I'm on the right track now... I'll continue to share here on the blog and Instagram. See you around and enjoy.
      xx
      Annette

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  14. Wow, I know why you were so inspired! I love that pattern, I may have to get started on one too! I would love to see how yours ends up. Do you have an email list? I would love to get on that so I can get an email notifying me about any updates to your page. We can compare our finished products.

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Kärlek
Annette

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