The Velvet Acorn designer, Heidi, has always been an inspiration and trendsetter in the crochet and knitting community. Her designs are beautiful and available in many sizes!
After five years of crocheting, I had the courage to finally attempt one of her cardigan designs. The pattern is easy to read and the gauge is always available which is so important especially when making garments.
I decided to make my envision cardigan in a large which was determined by the sweater sizing chart that's included. It included the approximate yardage of yarn that you need for any size that you choose. I used YARNSPIRATIONS BERNAT SOFTEE BABY YARN, LITTLE MOUSE MARL. Each ball has 310 yards and is light worsted weight with an H 5.00mm hook.
**According to her gauge this is the yarn and hook size that worked best for me.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
This has been the biggest project I have ever taken on! I learned a lot about how much I can handle at one time and discovered that working with a light 3 weight yarn was not a wise choice for a first time big project. It took more time than I was willing to give but I did it! I started this sweater before Thanksgiving and finished it in mid-January. I worked on it as I watched Gilmore Girls, Rory kissing Jess when all I have been waiting for is for Lorelei and Luke to get together!
I did have a case of the second sleeve syndrome which basically means that when I finished one sleeve, I was not mentally prepared to start the second sleeve. Even though the second sleeve went by faster, I believe it had to do with learning from the mistakes that I made on the first sleeve!
So many late nights, trips, movies, emotions, pattern ideas, and some amazing TV shows were part of making this sweater. Every time I look at this sweater and wear it, I will be reminded of Gilmore Girls and the peaceful late nights crocheting it. It feels bittersweet to finish something I can wear and say I made THIS!
My overall thoughts on this pattern are...
It is an easy and well-written pattern. Would I make it again? Yes and if I do it would be for my daughter. It is not a fast project but well worth it at the end. If I could change one thing I would shorten the sleeves more than what the pattern recommended but that is just because I have short arms. It makes for a very cozy and comfortable sweater that I can dress up or lounge in. The yarn that I used gives a nice drape to the sweater.