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Crochet Motif Cardigan

I came across this picture of a crochet motif cardigan a couple of years ago on a blog and fell in love with the cardigan but I had no idea where the pattern came from so I could not get hold of the actual pattern. Crochet Motif Cardigan

Every now and then I would search for it but without any luck until one day I came across it on Google picture search and this pointed to Ravelry, only to find out it is a Japanese pattern (no problem) but it was in a Japanese book (no problem), I could not seem to purchase anywhere (problem).  Having purchased Japanese books many times from this great etsy shop Pomadour24 I messaged them to ask if they could get it and guess what – they could. She has managed to get a couple of books for me previously just by supplying a picture of the front cover.Crochet Motif Cardigan

I duly started my cardigan but knew it would have to be a background task as making that many motifs would be a long hard slog.  I had chosen after a lot of deliberation to use Sirdar Heart and sole for the coloured part of the motif as it was quite hard to get co-ordinating colours.  I didn’t use the blue colourway.  For the joining I used Rowan fine lace doubled (from stash – yaah).Crochet Motif Cardigan

 


Many many motifs later ……

Crochet Motif Cardigan

Before I started assembling the cardigan I used wooden skewers to hold each row of motifs in the correct order so I didn’t have to find the next one I just slid it off the skewer

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To join all the motifs together I used a Join As You Go method of assembly which is great as you only get a couple of ends instead of two for each motif.

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Crochet Motif Cardigan
Crochet Motif Cardigan

The cardigan is now blocked and is looking good, all I have to do is sew in all the coloured ends (yuk)

Crochet Motif CardiganI’m so please with this even though its taken a year as  a background taskCrochet Motif Cardigan

 

 

I will post a finished picture when I have sewn in the ends

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crochet Blanket

Crochet  blanket

sent with love

As mentioned in a previous post I am making another crochet blanket for Sent with love .

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This is a lion Brand Pattern  – Magnolia Afghan for chunky wool but it can be made in any weight.blanket for sent with love
I’m using Stylecraft chunky (black), Stylecraft Phases (cerise and grey)blanket for sent with love

I’m making a lap blanket so have used 3 x motif for my blanket.SENT WITH LOVE BLANKET

 

I found that creating the 4 corners pieces was easier if you didn’t make a separate piece, but instead of making the starting chain I double crocheted the required amount of stitches across the corner. to finish I double crotchet around.SENT WITH LOVE BLANKET SENT WITH LOVE crochet BLANKET SENT WITH LOVE crochet BLANKET
around the remain two sides of the corner triangle.

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As I wanted the blanket a little wider than the 3 motifs I added some extra rows on the edges.

 

 

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Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

Square motif waterfall cardigan

Whilst wandering through Pinterest a while a go I came across this marvellous cardigan

Square motif waterfall cardigan

Square motif waterfall cardigan

The cardigan from this blog is in Finnish but all the pictures are a great inspiration.

There are instructions on the motif but very little else in a different post – motif

I decided I would have a go at making it.

My Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Square motif waterfall cardigan

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

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Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.

2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3

3   Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

 

Square motif waterfall cardigan

 

Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

 

Square motif waterfall cardigan

Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

 

 

 

Blanket squares

Been working steadily over the last couple of weeks to assemble some blankets with donated blanket squares for a lovely group of ladies who have set up “Sent With Love”

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Facebook sent with love , Twitter @blanketswl  (  ), blog 

Sent with Love aim to send handmade blankets to adults diagnosed with cancer throughout the UK.  So please have a look at their blog, especially if you would like to help in any way.

I’ve made a blanket so far and am working on my second.

This one will be in chunky wool and will hopefully end up as a lap blanket version of this pattern.

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Blankets once assembled.

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I assembled the knitted squares with crochet using a continuous method of crochet diagram which can be found here or on my pinterest