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Lion Brand “Curtain Call” Cardigan WIP

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I’m back to my knitting project tonight! It’s one of those less-than-lovely days for me and knitting always soothes me and puts me in a grand mood, so I decided to pick it up for a few minutes before getting up and actually doing something that needs to be done tonight.
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I didn’t forget that I promised to update as I go while I’m knitting the free Curtain Call Cardigan by Lion Brand, so here are some photos. I had to rip out my work and start all over on this project more times than I care to share, especially considering this is practically the easiest cardigan ever to knit. I kept messing up my rows and couldn’t remember if I’d purled or knitted (and forgot how to tell the difference by looking at the stitches, but now I am well educated in that department.)

I’m not nearly as far into this cardigan as I’d hoped to be by now, but that’s because I had to put the needles down to hurry and finish up a few other projects, one being the little cardigan I crocheted for my niece… Those sleeves? Still not finished! I’m also working on a whole ‘nother crochet project — an octopus amigurumi — for my nephews right now and am hoping to be able to crank two of the suckers out before Christmas. It’s been such a slow process lately!

I’ve mentioned in previous WIP (which stands for “works in progress” in the knit and crochet world) posts that I have been knitting and crocheting like mad, and that I even take my projects with me outside the house so that my significant other can drive and I can try to get as many stitches in as possible! Lol. Trying to get things done before Christmas so that I can actually have them done in time to give them to the recipients. Yet I’m also spending every second possible working so that I can keep up with the insane expenses that comes around this time of year, so it’s quite hectic in my neck of the woods. I’m actually to the point of losing sleep now. If it’s not because I’m working over time for extra cash, it’s to get caught up on my crochet projects, so at the moment, I’m borderline deliriously exhausted. Ha. Ha.

More on the knit cardi, though. I wanted to include a tip:
As much as I hate to point out such a blatant flaw in my design, this is a good opportunity for my fellow crochet and knitters to be reminded of the importance of having enough balls of the same exact yarn with the same exact dye-lot. Now, scroll back up and it’ll jump out and hit you — where my first roll of gray yarn ran out, you can see a significant change in the grays used! I actually knitted and crocheted with this exact same yarn (both skeins rolled into one ball) forever and never noticed the shades were two different colors! My love bucket just had to notice and point it out one day as I was knitting. It still took me staring at the project for minute after minute before my eyes caught the change in colors! So, take this as your warning or reminder to always try and match your yarn. In this case, I went back to the store and picked up a brand new roll from the exact same brand and even the same yarn name (“heather gray”) and yet I still came out with two totally different grays! Lol. Who knew gray could vary so much.

I figure once Christmas comes to an end, I’ll get back to work on this cardigan and will definitely update with my progress pictures as I go! So far, I’m just going to leave this how it is instead of ripping out my work and trying to find a perfect match to the gray. In the long run, it’s just going to take away a lot of time (and some $) that I simply don’t have to spare. Time is everything right now! 😉

Oh, one more thing! Did ya’ll notice the adorable owl cup? My mom gave me that as a gift the other day, so I couldn’t help but show it off in my pictures as I was photographing the knitting project I’m working on. I love this cup! I really can’t resist a cute owl, and this isn’t the only own cup I own. My love got me an adorable one last year, so now I have one more to add to that collection. Cute, huh? My mom found it at Marshalls.

Thanks for all of you who have been visiting me and staying updated with my craziness and progress. I truly appreciate each of you who come by and love all of your comments!

Has anyone else worked the Curtain Call Cardi? Or Do any of you plan to try this pattern? I really like it and think it could look amazing in so many different colors and yarn types. I also love that it’s versatile and I can see that it’ll be super easy to tweak the pattern to add something original into it. I might just go for more than one of these since it’s so easy, and in that case, I’ll definitely tweak things a bit to add something else to the plain cardi.

Crochet Cardigan — Work In Progress (WIP)

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Hello my fellow blogger, crochet-ers, knitters and other craft folks! In one of my last posts,9 Easy, Free Cardis to Make This Fall (Free Patterns),” I mentioned that I had taken inspiration from one of my absolute favorite cardigan tutorials (a free YouTube Crocheter Wooly Wonders Crochet) who made the awesome tutorial shown below (for the second time on my blog now!)

In my post, where I featured the amazing Wooly Wonders’ videos, I promised that I would eventually show you guys the little cardi I had been working on, using the basics in the Wooly Wonders tutorial. And well, I’m here! It is not finished though (obviously. I mean, who would wear a one-sleeved sweater with yarn strings still hanging off of it, right?)

I’ve been working on adding sleeves, obviously, to the little sweater, and I have made some minor tweaks to the original design just to add my own original touch to it, and because I couldn’t resist using a ruffle-ish edging around the front. You may be able to see the subtle ruffle I put around the edge of the front, where the buttons will also be located when I get around to finishing this little fella.

As for my niece, she has already seen (and tried on) the little cardigan. I did have to make tweaks to the sizing so that it would fit her — she is 5 years old, and come to find out, Wooly Wonders had actually answered me about the up-sizing question I left for her on her YouTube video!

Unfortunately, I’d already gone ahead and just winged it for up -sizing the cardigan to fit my niece, but I wish I’d have been patient and seen the helpful comment from Wooly Wonders sooner because it’d have gone smoother. Lol. But, it does fit! Still, I will be doing a re-over and creating an entirely new cardigan for little Bug, using of course Wooly Wonders’ helpful advice and changing up the color combo as well as the edging. The next one will probably feature pockets, too! I love getting the hang of a basic design and then using it several times, tweaking it each time to add more features as I go.

Anyways, I thought I’d go ahead and get some photos up to show you guys. I will be sure to include more of the finished product.

The overall result has so far impressed me because I wasn’t sure I’d love my own work as much as I loved the look of the one done by Wooly Wonders. However, I’m pretty pleased. I do need to tuck in the tails and add the sleeves and finishing touches.

Oh, as for the sleeves, I simply kept going — in the round — with the sleeves. It’s very, very simple and takes little knowledge to get the hang of continuing the sleeves to create a long sleeve. I simply used single crochets all the way. This takes longer than if you go with a double crochet, but I wanted as little open spaces (holes) as possible since it’s really cold here in the winters, although it actually has been insanely warm for the most part up until this week. I worried that if I didn’t use a tight single crochet, there would be too much wind get through the holes in the sleeves and cause my poor little niece to be cold in her cute cardi! I can’t have that, so single crochets it’ll be.

In the meantime, I am also working on my own cardigan, which I also mentioned previously. It’s the Curtain Call pattern (free!) by Lion Brand. I’m knitting it, though. I’m not so far into it, but am thinking it’ll turn out lovely. I will show it in photos soon when I get far enough into it (or the finished product itself.)

So, do you think you will be trying your hand at a cardigan any time soon? If you’ve never done it, I hope you will not be deterred by anything because it’s SO much easier than I ever thought. If you follow the Wooly Wonders pattern/tutorial, I think it will be a total breeze, even for a beginner.

Hope you all have a beautiful Monday!

Care to share your WIP (work in progress) with me now? I just love seeing my fellow crocheters’ projects, even when they’re still in the raw. There’s just something about a fresh, not fully completed project that’s still on the needles or still attached to the hook. It really brings something fresh and inspiring to your mind, huh?

Going to go try to finish off these sleeves now.

Lots of love to you all,
Kendra

Crochet Lace

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If you guys have been following my posts for long, then you may have spotted my last blog post where I had showed you my latest crochet project… If you did happen to see it, then I bet this crochet project in the photo above looks awfully familiar? That’s because the crochet lace trim/edge I had posted about last was so lovely that I could not stop! I seen too much potential in this design that I kept going — basically free-form crocheting each remaining row. The reason for this is the trusty ol’ inspiration struck again as I admired the finished trim/edging I’d crocheted.

I seen a skirt in that thin piece of trim. I seen a curtain for a small bathroom window. Most importantly, I seen the bottom portion of a bad a** peplum blouse! I know, it is kind of pathetic, but I am obsessed. I could not help myself, so I grabbed the hook and re-attached my thread and kept going, and going, and going. Kind of like I’m doing now as I type and can’t seem to shut up.

There’s something so elegant and classy about the peplum top. It’s so flattering! I know some of you despise them, and I can understand that, as I once thought they were somewhat unsightly too. But once I tried my first peplum style blouse on, I loved them forever. The bottom ruffle of a peplum top is just so darn feminine and the way it drapes is so beautiful on every body/frame that I can’t get enough of them. I’ve never seen a peplum shirt that I didn’t think looked beautiful on the wear-er.

Plus, the peplum top has a comfort similar to that of yoga pants. It looks so nice and put-together, yet the way the somewhat loose ruffled bottom drapes creates a flattering looseness that kind of conceals the shape of your mid-section’s frame. No, I’m not saying that’s a goal or something we should aim to do, as I don’t think we should “hide” our shape. There’s no reason to hide it, but sometimes it feels good and comfortable to wear something that is not form-fitting, or tight and uncomfortable. I like some room to move, and sit and a peplum top is like wearing a loose fitting t-shirt only it looks super classy and very put together. I like to top a pair of jeans or blue jean shorts with a pin-stripe peplum top I have that features a satin red ribbon belt that I tie in a bow at the side. It’s so easy, and creates an instant dressed-up look without actually having to try much.

So, there you have it. I’m a peplum fan, and now you know why. And now I’ve just ran out of my white crochet thread to finish (barely) the bottom peplum portion to this blouse I’ll be making. I so hate when I run out of thread (or yarn) before I’ve finished a project. This happens to me quite often. You may recall one of my last blog posts where I complained about this very thing! It was my niece’s dress, then. Now it’s my top.

The top portion will be tank top style, probably since I’ve yet to actually do sleeves except twice. I’ve never crocheted something from thread that had sleeves, either. It’s always a tank top. However, I do think I would like sleeves on this peplum top, but I never know exactly how a shirt will end up until I actually finish. I just go with whatever style and stitch comes to mind as I work. I usually have an idea of what I want in mind, but not completely, and the project often changes into something completely different from the time I begin! Obviously. I mean this was originally just an edging.

For the top half, I’ll probably use some combination of double crochet (like I did for the lace-y vest I crocheted and blogged about a few weeks ago) and whatever stitch comes to mind as I work it. I’m thinking of long, open stitches and some criss-cross stitches tossed in the mix, much like the double crochet cross-over stitch, which creates an awesome little “X” like design. For this top, though, I think I’d like the “X” stitches to be much longer than a double crochet cross over is. Perhaps I’ll use chains and attach them in a way that creates “X”‘s. I won’t want the entire top half to be totally see-through, though, so as always, I’ll be including multiple rows of double crochet.

The ‘design’ is stored in my mind. I have the vaguest image of it in my head, but hopefully when it begins to come alive, I’ll adore it. That was the case with the vest, anyways.

Since I still love the trim I’d originally made from this design, I’ll be making another (and leaving it at trim this time.. Hopefully). I had many ideas for that trim before it blossomed into the bottom of a peplum top!

MORE PHOTOS (BETTER QUALITY) COMING SOON

In fact, there’s a t-shirt I just re-fashioned and had wanted to use this very trim on the bottom hem of it. 🙁 I will have to wait until I get more thread for that.

So, what do ya’ll think? Did you like the trim/edging better than turning this into a peplum? What do you think of peplum tops? Love or loate? And last but not least, what projects are you currently working on? I’d love to see pictures!

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