Here in New England on the East Coast of the United States I am laughing at Old Man Winter. He is grumpily shaking his fist at my daffodils that had the nerve to peek up from the ground last week to see if the coast was clear. I’m amused as he’s yelling at them to “Get off my lawn!!”.
I’m smiling because as Old Man Winter is railing outside, I just finished up crocheting a cute Spring Sweater which is a birthday gift for my mother-in-law. Take that Winter! Spring will be here soon whether (weather) you like it or not!!
My mother-in-law’s birthday was last week and she loved an afghan I made for her a few years ago so I thought I would make her a cap sleeved spring sweater. I had 2 balls of Caron Cakes Yarn I’ve been wanting to use and this felt like the perfect project to use them for.
I like my mother-in-law. Her biggest flaw is that she loves her son – sometimes maybe a little too much, but hey, I love her son too (also sometimes a little too much) so she and I will always have that in common. And loving someone a little too much is a flaw I’m happy to have in this world! 😀
Crochet Project Notes – YouTube Tutorial Links & Info – Spring Sweater
For this project I used Caron Cakes medium weight yarn in Macaroon. These yarn cakes are a delicious wool/acrylic blend.
I have not found any confirmation that Caron Cakes can be machine washed/dried, but the label instructions are to hand wash/lay flat to dry. But I don’t care since this sweater won’t be hanging in my closet. I will be making one for myself but it will be with Caron Simply Soft or some other low maintenance acrylic yarn. 😀
Other than needing to hand wash Caron Cakes, the only other thing I am a little picky about is the self striping – Yes I know that this feature of this yarn is the best feature, but I am overly critical of my work and the spot where the yarn changes color really bugs me. But I guess it doesn’t bother me enough for me to cut the yarn and join the new color at the beginning of the row so I should just be quiet. 🙂
I used an H/8 5.00mm hook.
- YouTube video tutorial posted by – bobwilson123
- Video Link – V Neck Cardigan
- Written pattern can be found HERE
This is a fairly easy pattern to follow. The sizing is based on neck and shoulder to armpit measurements so it can be adjusted to fit any size from child to adult. She also has several variations of the base pattern so you can add sleeves, a collar, buttons, and customize it however you like. I am going to be using this pattern to make my daughter Aimee a knee length duster. I may make myself one at some point too and put buttons and a hood on it. Using the same basic concept of this pattern you could also make pullover sweaters too.
I like this pattern a lot – the main part of the sweater is done in one piece and if you want to add sleeves, they are done in the round, not crocheted separately and sewn on later. It only took me just over a week to make this sweater, going at it about an hour or so each day. So it’s pretty quick and beginner friendly.
Now, I am going to take a nap because I am so bored with Old Man Winter’s shenanigans!!
Thanks for reading!