|The seam split at the wrist!|
It is one of the first garments I ever crocheted for myself way back in 2010.
It is a wardrobe staple and gets a lot of wear and tear (literally)!
|Baby Blue Cardigan |
with Lacy Edging
Pattern: Cardigan with Lacy Edging
by Melody Griffiths
Anyone would think that this is the only book I own because I have made so many patterns from it but that goes to show how useful it has been.
I recommend it highly as a great introduction to the variety of useful items one can create with crochet.
You can see in the photo that the sleeves are a little long.* It was the first garment I tackled and, at the time, I didn't have the confidence to consider modifications for a custom fit so I followed the pattern precisely after carefully choosing the size (to fit bust 80–86).
The waist shaping and sleeves fit perfectly except for being a few rows too long at the wrist. That didn't matter. I would rather a little longer than shorter–extra warmth and room for possible shrinkage. Also, after all the effort in making the picots and stitching the seam, I didn't feel like undoing it all.
|The picot edgings suffered a lot of wear due to extra length at the cuffs |
putting them right into harm's way.
Over the years, I realised that I really should shorten the sleeves but I didn't want my cardigan unavailable to wear while making the changes. Now, it is necessary to frog a few rows back and rework the cuff edging.
As a matter of fact, I am seriously considering whether to frog the whole thing, or at least one entire sleeve.
On closer examination I discovered a hole in the sleeve.
|Right sleeve showing split seam at the wrist and a hole |
further up in the filet crochet stitches.
I am not sure whether this is insect damage or just weakness in the yarn fibre causing a tear. I suspect the latter because, where the seam had split, the yarn had also split and strands were coming apart. Maybe there was an imperfection in that individual skein of yarn as I haven't found any other damage elsewhere in the cardigan.
Have you ever come across this situation?
Perusal of my Ravelry progress notes reveal that the yarn was 'splitty' in the beginning. Does this mean that loose, splitty yarns are less robust than those more tightly spun?
This theory would fit with advice I have read somewhere about socks which advises that tighter stitches means less movement and friction between stitches and therefore harder wearing, better lasting socks.
So now one of my favourite cardigans
is relegated to the 'Mending' pile. [sigh]
*I discovered through Ravelry that I was not the only one who found the sleeves to be too long. It is reassuring to know that it is a peculiarity of this pattern and nothing wrong of my doing.
Baby Blue Cardigan with Lacy Edging
Pattern: "Cardigan with Lacy Edging" by Melody Griffiths
Yarn: Bella Baby "Sugar"
4 ply 100% wool,
made in Turkey,
50 g / 168 m per skein.
Hooks: 3 mm & 2.5 mm
18 Aug–3 Nov 2010
More details on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Jodiebodie/cardigan-with-lacy-edging
This page has my progress notes and more photographs of the cardigan and the yarn.
Griffiths, Melody, Crochet In No Time;: 50 scarves, wraps, jumpers & more to make on the move, ISBN-13: 978-1-906525-31-6, first published in 2007, CICO Books, www.cicobooks.co.uk, and imprint of Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd, 20–21 Jockey's Fields, London WC1R 4BW, UK, 2009.
Ravelry projects of Cardigan with Lacy Edging: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cardigan-with-lacy-edging/people