Many people frown at DROP’s patterns, because they are free and some of them just don’t look like high street fashion pieces. In the later years DROPS has improved a lot in my opinion. Their main business is knit designs, but with the revival of crochet, they have also improved these designs. Some of their new patterns are actually quite cute.
I have knitted several sweaters and cardigans and I have had my doubt regarding crochet and garments, since the fabric you make is much denser than knitted fabric. I chose a project with a not so small hook, so I could get the piece done :-)
I am really satisfied with the result: The cardigan is very wearable and the color just screams Summer!!! I should have made it in a bigger size if I wanted it to be buttoned. I have 2 leftover skeins and my gauge is slightly too tight and I should have made it with a 4½ mm hook. At least there was enough yarn: I hate being forced to buy extra yarn and end up with skeins in different dye lots…
Pattern A free DROPS pattern, check it out here: 99:18 where it is available in several languages. The instructions for the pattern were clear and easy to follow – at least the Danish one is. The stitch pattern was also easy to memorize. The pattern calls for more buttons and pockets but I prefer the ‘less is more’ style. I changed the pattern for the buttons, since I prefer working with the magic/adjustable ring when crocheting in the round. See Crochet Button Tutorial.
Yarn I used 13 skeins Drops, Muskat in the shade Coral #40. 100 % cotton 1.8 oz (50 g) – 109 yards (100 m). Actually the color is more pink than coral.
Hook 4 mm US: G/6
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Kim Hargreaves is my favourite knit designer, because her patterns are always very classical and stylish as well. The sweater had been hibernating for a while, but then I got my act together and finished the sleeves. Always the sleeves, that do not get finished… The above sweater is typical for Kim’s style: Very simplistic, but always with a great stylish impact. The rippled effect at the top and for the cufft are made with simple garter stitches. The luxurious Rowan, Calmer cotton yarn is a very soft yarn. Unfortunately Rowan discontinued this great yarn, so summer sweaters like this one are not on my future To Do list. (If you have any ideas about a good substitute for this yarn, please write about it in the comment section below!)
The instructions for the pattern are clear and easy to follow.
Pattern Still, From the booklet Thrown Together by Kim Hargreaves. I think, this is sold out, but you may get lucky at Ebay.
Yarn 8 skeins Rowan Calmer in the shade Light Blue #463.
Pattern From Rowan nr. 40, Pampas by Marie Wallin.
Yarn Rowan, 9 skeins Rowan Big Wool in the shade Ice Blue #021.
Needles 10 mm
Hook 10 mm
This is an easy and fast knit with this needle size ;-) The result is obviously somewhat bulky with this yarn, but I really like the texture of the pattern. I added the ribbon, because there was not enough yarn for the button holders.
Unfortunately 8 skeins are not enough for size S, as the pattern calls for :-(( . This is not the first time I knit something in size S and the given yarn amount is not correct for size S. – And yes: my gauge was correct. It seem to me, that yarn amounts for size S are calculated by substracting one skein from size M without really knowing how much yarn a size S really needs. I didn’t even make the elaborate button holders and 9 skeins are not enough…
Pattern From the booklet Rowan Plaid Collection by Kim Hargreaves.
Yarn Rowan: 6 skeins Rowan Plaid in the shade Sea Mist #159. This yarn is unfortunately discontinued by Rowan. What a shame – it was a nice yarn to work with and the knitted fabric feals so soft.
Needles 8 mm and 7 mm knitting needles.
I’m very pleased with the result, because the sweater i really warm and nice to wear in winter. It’s my favourite sweater, when it gets really cold out there. I have had this sweater for a long time now and I’m still very fond of it. The only drawback is, that the wool stretches over time so the sleaves get too long.