(Pattern designed by Robyn Chachula.)
During the life of this project, I've grappled with indecision and incorrect information, 'swatch sagas' and 'tension headaches', over-analysis and adjustments, and fussing and finishing.
Now, the Belcarra Cardigan is done in spite of mathematical and motivational challenges, and I am pleased to model it for you today!
Let's start the overview with some photographs!
This is how the cardigan looked
straight off the hook.
It fits well and feels cosy without being too heavy.
|Back of cardigan. |
The ribbing joins in the centre back of both neckline and hem.
The lengths of sleeves and hem are very pleasing because they are very practical for either standing or sitting.
|Side view of cardigan while seated.|
It is long enough to stay tucked
underneath me and
away from the wheels.
It is quite difficult to find clothes that are suitable for both walking and wheeling.
Often a length that flatters while standing is unsuitable for sitting in my chair. Either it doesn't look good while seated or gets caught up in the moving parts and ruined.
Of course, the opposite is also often true. The perfect proportions of clothing for wearing in my chair may look dreadful when standing up!
Other friends who use wheelchairs agree: its almost as if we need two different wardrobes–one for walking days and one for 'wheelie' days. I'm glad that it's not 'just me' but frustrated that this is such a common situation in which to be; expensive too if one needs to maintain two separate clothing collections!
|The sleeves are the perfect length–long enough to keep my arms protected |
without getting caught on my wheels.
|Front view, seated.|
These impromptu photos were taken on a visit to a dear friend's home. Her name is Sarah.
We usually have a craft "Show and Tell" whenever we meet and as we shared, I remembered my promise to model the cardigan. It was good light outside and we both had some morning energy so we seized the day with my good friend offering amateur photography services.
We had a lot of fun as Sarah wielded my phone-camera while I messed about with silly poses.
Look up there!
Am I distracting you from
the side seams of the cardigan?
'Click! Click! Click!'
My friend went snap happy at my ridiculous behaviour as we made fun of catwalk models
and fashion catalogues.
I can't remember the last time I laughed so much.
We must have been laughing very hard.
So many photos were marred with blinking and blurredness!
Thank you, my dearest friend, for such a fun morning!
Sarah admired the Belcarra Cardigan's particular shade of purple. In fact, she loves that colour so much that she had coincidentally purchased a cardigan in the same shade earlier this year.
She fetched her cardigan to compare the two and we were astounded at how alike our cardigans were! They both had ribbing on the cuffs and they both had a ribbed collar that flowed into a border along the front.
Jodie & Sarah
Like young teenagers who will only be seen dressed alike, we excitedly donned our cardigans for the camera.
The shop-bought cardigan's collar could be worn flat or folded back; the body and sleeves were made of a solid knit stitch.
Sarah remarked that the Belcarra Cardigan was nicer because of its lacy stitches.
This was a lovely compliment to know that after all the hard effort, my crocheted cardigan truly was …
'better than a bought one!'
More Information About This Belcarra Cardigan
Belcarra Cardigan, designed by Robyn Chachula, Interweave Crochet magazine, Winter 2010:
- Crochet Me web site, Interweave: http://www.crochetme.com/media/p/115970.aspx
- Interweave Store: http://www.interweavestore.com/belcarra-cardigan?utm_source=ls&utm_medium=affiliate&cid=05t1rdpCdm4&siteID=05t1rdpCdm4-D3I5nwqeVwa6n_w5wKwdvQ
- Ravelry project page: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belcarra-cardigan
Chachula, Robyn, crochet designer
- Crochet by Faye, blog: http://www.crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com.au/
- Ravelry profile: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/robyn-chachula
Crochet Me, web site: http://www.crochetme.com/
I used 10 skeins Kmart 8 ply Sportsknit Crepe
60% wool 40% nylon.
100 grams per skein, yardage not specified.
Machine washable; 'shrink resist'; Australian made.
Shade: 601 (purple); Lot no.: 12
Recommended knitting tension:
22.5 stitches to 10 cm, needle size not specified.
More Project Details on Ravelry
My Ravelry project pages have additional notes:
- Belcarra Cardigan: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Jodiebodie/belcarra-cardigan
- Cardigan Tie-belt: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Jodiebodie/cardigan-tie-belt
Further Information on Lupey Loops
Did you miss something along the way?
Do you need to revisit any stages of the Belcarra Cardigan's creation?
The entire process is listed below in this summary of blog entries:
"Cardigan Swatches", blog entry, 30 July 2014:
Reasons for choosing the Belcarra Cardigan and gauge swatches (tension squares): how to make them and what to do with them.
"Tension Headaches", blog entry, 7 August 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/tension-headaches.html
Some important lessons about tension squares (gauge swatches).
"Belcarra Beginnings", blog entry, 21 August, 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/belcarra-beginnings.html
How to adjust the pattern for a different stitch tension (gauge).
"Design Characteristics of an Easy Pattern", blog entry, 28 August 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/design-characteristics-of-easy-pattern.html
Discussion of Robyn Chachula's design features and use of tools to aid navigation and construction.
"From Swatches to Sleeves", blog entry, 10 September 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/from-swatches-to-sleeves.html
Creating the sleeves using the 'step' method of increasing with discussion of 'extended' stitches.
"Avoid Second Sleeve Syndrome–Don't Work by Halves!", blog entry, 25 September 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/avoid-second-sleeve-syndromedont-work.html
Dividing the cardigan pattern into sections and deciding the order of working.
"Belcarra Cardigan: Neck and Neck", blog entry, 8 October 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/belcarra-cardigan-neck-neck.html
Quick photo update as both sides of neck and front shaping are worked simultaneously.
"Blocking Belcarra Cardigan", blog entry, 16 October 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/blocking-belcarra-cardigan.html
Blocking the pieces before seaming.
"Belcarra Cardigan Seams Easy?", blog entry, 23 October 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/belcarra-cardigan-seams-easy.html
Examination of the cardigan's seams.
"Belcarra Ribbing", blog entry, 30 October 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/belcarra-ribbing.html
How to crochet ribbing with a practice project to build your skills.
"Ripping Ribbing on Belcarra Cardigan", blog entry, 6 November 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/ripping-ribbing-on-belcarra-cardigan.html
Is it really necessary to rip back? Discussion of weaving loose ends around ribbing.
"Meditative or … boring?", blog entry, 13 November 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/meditative-or-boring.html
Motivational challenges and calculating width of ribbing according to tension (gauge).
"A Bad Case of …", blog entry, 29 January 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/a-bad-case-of.html
Designing a belt tie for the Belcarra Cardigan.