Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crochet Sweater

 I want to introduce you to one of my new books. Blueprint Crochet modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter, by Robyn Chachula.  Believe me it is a beautiful book, which is not indicated by my very grainy picture above.  This book was purchase at my local Barnes and Noble, and is published by Interweave Press.  Robyn Chachula is a genius.  In many of her projects she has a motif that she recreates and connects to make a beautiful sweater, or belt, or scarf.  As you know I am not as comfortable with crochet as I am with knitting.  But this book has very clear cut instructions, and beautiful patterns using symbols which are very easy to understand.  Believe me if I can understand it so can you.
 This lovely sweater above is my first project from this book.  I am hoping my crochet skills will do this sweater justice, and I hope I look like the beautiful model when I am done with my sweater.  I could use some beautiful dark, long hair and a chest, both of which I do not have.
 The photo above is how this sweater is put together,  So simple, yet so beautiful.  I have made a  little adaptation, as I am long waisted I am making it a full square longer, so easy to adjust the pattern.  It would be easy to make it 3/4 sleeve length, or even no sleeves at all.  I love how simply the instructions are laid out, and the graphs of the motifs are very, very, easy to understand.  I know I keep repeating myself but I am so excited that I am actually making a crochet sweater, and that it is so easy to do.
 This is where I am currently at with the pattern.  I am using Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca in color ROY 6472, purchased at my local yarn store, Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor, Fl.
 This yarn is so beautiful to work with, so soft, and lovely.  My wrists are only permitting me to do about two motifs a night, which is seriously hindering my progress.  I hope you check out this book, I don't think you will be disappointed.   And remember I am not blog savvy enough to be reviewing this book for any other reason then, I just love it.
And to end my post, beautiful gardenias from my garden.  I wish you could smell them, they are glorious.  I think Heaven is made up of beautiful lilacs and gardenias, with all the yarn you could ever want. Oh, and wrists that cooperate all the time, and never give you trouble.
 By the way Barb over at Sheep Gal is having a give away of 4 skeins of her beautiful Cormo Silk Alpaca in the colorway of Bluebird.  Please click on the link and go and give her a visit.  She has the most amazing blog , you will love her farm, sheep, and her amazing yarn. 
Have a wonderful day.

7 comments:

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Meredith, Love the crocheting you are doing. The color is beautiful and the pattern is just so pretty. I will definitely check out the book, next visit to B&N. Happy your wrist is feeling a little better. I think I can smell the gardenias and they are soooooo fragrant!!! xoRobin❤

Lena said...

Oh my those gardenias are so, so, beautiful. I love white flowers.

I'm so glad you've posted about this book. I've been looking at patterns, and wondering if I have it in me to attempt a sweater sort of garment, but was feeling a bit intimidated. This makes it appear a little simpler.

I'm very glad to hear that you are taking it slow with your wrists. Thank you for the link. I'm going to check it out.

xo

Rizzi said...

YOUR CROCHETING IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS....YOUR WORK IS SO PRETTY, LOVE THE COLOR TOO.
I DON'T THINK I AM THAT BRAVE TO VENTURE SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT I WILL THINK ABOUT IT. THE GARDENIAS ARE TO DIE FOR, I CAN SMELL THEIR FRAGRANCE.....SO BEAUTIFUL. HAVE A NICE DAY, HOPE YOUR WRISTS ARE HEALING..RIZZI

by Teresa said...

Hi lady, I thought I was a follower of yours already, but saw I was not, but now I am!

Thanks for sharing the gardenias which I cannot grow here, and I'll share my lilacs when they bloom.

Hugs from Oregon, USA -- Teresa :-)

Claudia said...

It looks like a great book, Mer. Love the color of yarn you're using.

xoxo
Claudia

tina said...

Applause! And Jealousy! Oh to be a hooker! Now,gardenias------ I adore them and even wear a gardenia fragrance in the summer.Always makes me feel like the saucy southern vixen I undoubtedly am! ;)

Beth said...

That sweater will be perfect for Florida. You will need to wear it with gardenias in your hair ;-)
Glad your wrists are feeling a bit better. Hopefully a little bit of crochet or knitting is good exercise.