A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to test out a new crochet pattern for a childrens cardigan by the designer Mrs Daft Spaniel (also known as Marta 😉 ). You may recall I mentioned it here.
It is a lovely pattern, very easy to follow and the end result is an adorable little cardigan, suitable for both boys and girls depending on your colour choices. It features a gorgeous cabled yoke that I love.
I have used Drops Big Merino which is just sooo squishy and lovely, perfect for autumn/winter wearables.
Working on this project has taught me one important lesson.
Always check your tension first!
Probably common sense for most of you, right?
I have never truly worried about tension as my projects hardly ever rely on it. On this occasion I didn’t purposefully ignore it but neither was I looking for it and my tired brain skimmed over the recommended tension given in the pattern….
Consequently this lovely little cardigan intended for Emma is too stiff and far too small. I did realise this half way through but decided to push on any way and see where I ended up… Think tiny jacket instead of 4yr olds cardigan. I will most likely be reclaiming this yarn at some point. It has at least clearly shown me just how tightly I crochet. Yikes!
Still, maker inflicted size and drape issues to one side, it is a fab pattern I intend to use again. This time in the requested shade of pink for the little miss.
The pattern will be available here on Ravelry soon and I definitely recommend it. Just don’t be like me and do a tension square first!!