Thursday, 20 November 2014

Oh No!

The seam split at the wrist!
I put my arm into my sleeve and the seam split right open!


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
This  'Cardigan with Lacy Edging', designed by Melody Griffiths, is another pattern from her book Crochet In No Time (2009).

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.

Project Details

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

Project dates
18 Aug–3 Nov 2010

More details on Ravelry:
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,, and imprint of Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd, 20–21 Jockey's Fields, London WC1R 4BW, UK, 2009.

Ravelry projects of Cardigan with Lacy Edging:


  1. That's so disappointing! Hopefully you will soon get it mended and be able to wear it again. It really is very beautiful.

    1. Yes, very disappointing because it is such a pretty pattern but considering the amount of wear it gave me, it was excellent value! Fortunately the weather is warming up so I am not missing it as much as I otherwise would. If I can mend it over the summer months, it will be ready in time for autumn's cardigan weather.
      Thank you for the compliment. Cheers xx

  2. I am sorry to hear about your beloved garment! It was/is a beauty!

    Take care
    P.S. There is lil' nomination for you on our blog!

    1. Thank you very much Anne (and extend thanks to Michelle too) for the nomination. It has kept me very busy! :-)
      Best wishes xx

  3. Hi Jodie! What a shame! You made such a beautiful cardigan! Do you have any leftover yarn to mend the hole? Will you be able to frog the sleeve length? I wouldn't undo the whole cardigan if you really love it, you must have put so much work and time into it. Hope you find a good solution before long!
    Ingrid xx

  4. I am not sure whether I have any leftover yarn for that cardigan. Ravelry will tell me but it seems to be down at the moment. The amount of leftovers, if any, will determine my next move. If I were to redo the entire sleeve, it may be a challenge to achieve correct tension after all these years.

    The pattern is relatively simple and quick to work for a garment and, in the past, I have toyed with the idea of making a second one in a different colour (but with slightly shorter sleeves!). Maybe this is nature's way of encouraging me to make a start on that!

    Thank you for your useful suggestions. Your experience is valued. :-)

    All the best xx