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  • Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet-Along: Week 5

    Welcome to our final post on the Ella Tied Cardigan! I can’t believe it’s over already! It went by so fast! If you are not finished yet (or haven’t even started!), no worries, the posts will always be up and our Ravelry thread is not going anywhere!

    If you are like me, when you purchase or make a piece of clothing with a waistband, it goes missing almost immediately!  I did NOT want that to happen with this cardi!  After I seamed my sweater and created my waistband, I decided a few waistband -keeping loops were in order!  This extra step was easy!  I tied the waistband in place where it felt most comfortable and marked that with a few pins along the seam line under the arms:


    I then made two loops by chaining 12, and single crocheting 1 row! Tada! I sewed it into place right where I had marked it with the pins.  I repeated for the other side and my waistband was now safe and secure!



    The loops allow me to style the sweater with a bow in the back, leaving the front open and exposing more of my outfit!

    I had a VERY difficult time narrowing down WHICH outfits looked best with this cardi. Here I included my top 9. I am finding more and more looks every day as the season continues to require additional layers.


    Take a look at the outfits I created here. I find this cardi goes so well with cozy loungewear all the way up to black tie!  I paired it with work wear, date night clothes, Sunday best, apple-picking, lunch date, girls night out and on and on and on. Tied in front, tied in back, or hanging loose, it’s versatile and cozy and a great outer layer!  Pair it with neutrals, stripes, prints or complimentary colors, you may just wear it every day! Aren’t you glad you made it?

    If you look closely you may spot a few other Lion Brand items in there—my version of Loop Scarf (my version coming soon in a LOOK FOR LESS lion brand yarn youtube video) made up in a bulkier weight, and my giant pom pom pink hat is made with Hometown USA in colors: Phoenix Azalea and New Orleans French Berry

    I am SO ANXIOUS to see your complete Ella Tied Cardigan and how YOU are styling it.  Head on over to Ravelry to share and LOVE on everyone’s photos of their creations. Thank you AS ALWAYS for having me, until next time, NEVER stop Crocheting!

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  • Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet-Along: Week 4

    Thank you for joining us in crocheting the Ella Tied Cardigan.  Up to this point you have lovely pieces for an Ella Tied VEST!  Let’s get some sleeves on this lovely cardi!

    As you are getting SUPER comfortable with that V stitch by now, there is a danger of tension shifting.  Honestly, It can get tighter or looser depending on who you are and where and what you are doing around your crocheting.  This tension shift is crucial when making a garment and in particular, when making 2 identical ANYTHINGS (sides, sleeves, socks, mittens, etc.).

    Another danger when making pairs is “2nd Sock Syndrome” -- when you finish 1 and then lose steam and never make the 2nd.   For this project it is called “2nd sleeve syndrome!”

    I have a solution!

    I start one sleeve, crochet for a few rows (in this case I did the 2-5 pattern repeat), and then start the second sleeve with a different skein of yarn.  I alternate back and forth between the 2, making sure that each piece is looking like the other.

    Here you can see that I checked in on my sleeves, only to see that one was not measuring with the other! I did some counting and realized I had missed a V-stitch increase on one side of one sleeve!  I realized a bit later than I had hoped too, but this checking in process helped me spot it in time to fix it!


    The perfectionist in me wanted to frog it all the way back, but I came up with another solution to fix it.  As your fearless leader, I don’t feel good about sharing it here, but if the same thing happens to you and you don’t want to rip out ALL THOSE ROWS, let me know over in our Ravelry thread and I will tell you what I did to fudge the fix!

    After your 2 sleeves are done, it’s time for the waistband.  This part of the project is the PERFECT on-the-go piece because it’s tiny and fits in your handbag or briefcase.  The length is totally up to you. Things to keep in mind: Am I tying it in a bow or just a square knot? Do I want it to wrap around my waist once or twice? How much yarn do I have left?  I wear a size small and 45” was the minimum I was willing to go, I ended up crocheting more than that so that I could tie it in a bow.


    Before constructing, take a look at all your pieces and play around to make sure they all look right!


    I like to lay them out before constructing like this:


    Playing around with your pieces also gives you a sense of whether or not you need to block it before sewing it together.  I find this cotton doesn’t always need a good blocking.  I would love to know what you think about blocking cotton, let me know in the comments below.

    A note on construction

    You will notice the arm hole notches that you created on the back and front panels:


    After seaming the shoulder, I spread it out so the notches were opposite each other, I then found the halfway point of my sleeve and lined up the notches with the edge of the sleeve.


    The crochet hooks are showing where they line up on either side, and the middle point.  You can pin these in place with a stitch marker or safety pin before you sew if that helps!


    I like to sew my piece with right sides together and then inside them out.  I love this post about seaming options. I think it would be interesting to try the crochet method described in #4 on this post.  I used the invisible sewn seam technique shown here.

    I find the 24/7 cotton combined with crochet technique to be a VERY forgiving fabric, so it’s really not possible to mess this up! Visit us over on the ravelry thread and let us know how it’s going!

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  • Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet-Along: Week 3

    Thank you for joining me in the Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet Along. It’s time to tackle the LEFT and RIGHT front sides.

    I have a secret for you: crocheting is reversible, so you don’t technically have to make the both left AND right fronts if you don’t want to. If you like the LEFT technique of fastening off and breaking the yarn and restarting in a few rows, make 2 LEFTS. If you would rather keep your yarn attached throughout the shaping of the front, make 2 RIGHTS!

    ONE CAUTION: I spotted a tiny bit of errata in the RIGHT FRONT section of the pattern. See below in RED INK:


    I think it’s easier to make 2 RIGHT Fronts because it is fewer ends to weave in.  However, you may like having those ends (from the left front instructions) out later when constructing the sweater. It’s your choice! You are in charge of this project!

    Once you finish one front side, be very aware of any tension shifts. Compare the front side to the back piece to make sure they are living in the same tension land!


    The armholes should line up and so should the bottoms!

    Begin the second front side and after a few rows, do a quick comparison to be sure they are turning out to be the same size. And yes, that collar extension should be longer on the back piece. Don’t worry -- it looks weird now, but it is CORRECT!


    Checking as you go takes just a few minutes, and saves a lot of possible future FROGGING if you hadn’t taken the time to just check in with your project as you go.

    Don’t forget to visit the Ravelry group where we are discussing all things Ella Tied Cardigan Crochet Along!  Happy Crocheting!

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