Friday morning I was sucked down the rabbit hole known as Pinterest. One of the photos I surfed upon was this:
I love the texture of the crochet on the smooth felted knit fabric, as well as the large buttons. But, as we know, double-breasted is a good look only for skinny people. I needed a more flattering look - the cardigan!
Thanks to my Etsy shop, I have a stash of cashmere sweaters to be cut and used for raw material. A quick hunt, and I came up with a slightly felted grey pullover without moth holes. I cut it into a v-neck cardi, taking the measurement of the depth of the v from a favorite sweater.
Then the crochet. I happened to have a ball of Noro Takeuma (50% wool, 32% silk, 18% viscose; 50 g/135 m) which was gifted to me a couple weeks ago. I am not a fan of purple, but the grey, brown, and tan colors were perfect, and who am I to turn down free yarn? First, a swatch of the single crochet to get gauge. I had to use a smaller crochet hook and press hard to pierce the felted cashmere fabric. Next time I will have to refine that technique. A few rows of single crochet, with buttonholes at the mid-way row.
For the buttons I dug into my vintage button stash. I had a choice of matched darker buttons or the mis-matched tan tones, and I chose visual interest.
I am really happy with the results, and got lots of compliments when I wore it to teach at Knitche on Monday. Since the project was a success, I plan to do another, perhaps with short sleeves for a spring look. I promise to take more photos for a true tutorial.