When our call for submissions for the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet went out, we included a story for "the essential cardigan". Well, without question, cardigans are my absolute favorite of garments. Here in Colorado, we are now amidst the part of Fall where a shirt is not enough and a coat is too much. I can throw a cardigan over a top and it's the perfect instant outfit. When Winter approaches (and it usually approaches rapidly and without much warning), a cardigan is the best way to layer for extra warmth. So I knew this had to be my queue to design MY essential crocheted cardigan. The result is the Sylvia Sweater:
Since I like feminine cuts with a little bit of special detail, I made a fitted, scoop-neck cardigan with set-in sleeves and crocheted chain stitch embroidery. The Sylvia Sweater is a great beginner crochet garment, as it features an easily memorable stitch pattern and just a bit of waist shaping. It is meant to be worn with little to no ease, but if you want something a little less fitted, you could either eliminate the waist shaping (you'll be able to crochet it in the blink of an eye!), or just go up one size. It's crocheted with The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted, a luscious, smoosh-able blend of alpaca, merino, and bamboo that is available in quite a lovely palette of colors.
The picture above shows it with a great every day sort of outfit, but I think the trim also makes it a perfect pairing for holiday party dresses. You could even add some beads for extra sass! So, pick up your hook and yarn, the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, and come crochet-along with me! I'll be here in the Forum to answer questions, give advice, ogle yarn...whatever.