Say hello to my latest crochet design in collaboration with Hobium Yarns! It is a lightweight cardigan made with their recycled wool La Mia Just Wool. This is actually my very first cardigan design and I am in love!
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I always try to design things that are casual and cozy, easy and fun to wear and make. I have a thing for garments that are more in the athleisure category. Meaning they look athletic and casual but they are not something you would wear going to the gym. More like something you would wear when you pick your children from school or on a morning walk to the park.
The pockets and hood really add up to the category above! I used a different stitch for them to create texture, which I love, and let the eye wander. The ribbing also adds up, I think, to the level of coziness I wanted to bring with this design.
Slightly oversized, this cardigan can fit two sizes, small and medium. It actually fits bust from 34-40 inches easily. If you noticed in the photos, it actually can fit around my almost 9-month pregnant belly and I am a size medium with 38 ½ inch bust. Not bad for a fit, what do you think? Depending on how you like to wear your clothes, this will be a good fit for most of you.
You could adjust the height by adding or subtracting rows on all panels and the sleeves. The final measurements for this crochet cardigan are: 82 cm (32 inches) long, 55 cm (21.5 inches) wide, 109 cm (43 inches) total bust circumference.
Let’s talk a bit about the yarn I used. As I mention is their recycled wool which is what I loved from the start. Recycled wool is made out of recycled sweaters, wool garments, and other wool yarns. They are then turned into fiber again and then colored. That means less waste and less impact on the environment.
It was really a pleasure to work with this yarn. Despite that it is 100% wool, it was quite soft and not at all harsh on the hands. The other thing that really surprised me in a very pleasant way is that it doesn’t get tangled easily. I had to do a lot of frogging for this crochet cardigan and I usually just rip out big amounts of the project and leave the yarn on the couch beside me until I am ready to wind it into a ball.
Not a great practice! Don’t try this at home, guys! But the amazing thing was that it didn’t get tangled or knotted together in any way. I wish I would have snapped a pic for you to see the mess I make with my frogged yarn. Definitely another plus for this yarn!
The materials you are going to need are:
Yarn: La Mia Just Wool
Crochet hook: US I/5.5 mm
Stitch markers (2)
Yardage: 17 skeins of La Mia Just Wool or about 1860-1970 m (2034-2154 yds)
Don’t be intimidated by the 17 skeins you are going to need. They come in 50 gr balls and the price is amazing!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to the Hobium Yarns blog and grab your free pattern. It is available as a free pdf download over there.
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