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The Beret's second go-round

Project – Girl’s Beret
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – michellecrochets

Whew!  Fixing the Girl's Beret to actually fit my daughter's head was not nearly the challenge I expected it to be.  I ripped back the picot row, and the three

Will I ever size a hat right?

Project – Girl’s Beret
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – michellecrochets

Still working from the Mini-Me booklet from Bernat, I'm now working on the matching hat to the Girl's Cardigan pictured on the front.   I love crocheting hats - two hours

Toddler cardi for a near Tween!

Project – Girl’s Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – michellecrochets

I'm genuinely pleased with my resizing of the Girl's Cardigan:

The sweater has lovely flow and drape

Deciphering Lace

Project – Girl’s Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – michellecrochets

Since I eliminated the pleats at the top of the bodice of the Girl's Cardigan - which reduced the number of stitches across - I had to get resourceful in arranging the lace pattern at the

No pleats and moving side to side

Project – Girl’s Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

After one skein worth of crocheting on the bottom section of the girl's cardigan, I decided to stop and test out the pleating. With about

Summertime collaboration

Project – Girl’s Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530195 Mini Me
Yarn – Bernat Baby Cakes in Pool Party
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I'm adding a little twist to my crocheted garment theme.  I'm taking a project meant for a preschooler and sizing it up to fit my 7 1/2 year old daughter. I didn't crochet tons

Wanted: Skinny Teenager

Project – Scallop Edge Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Mosaic in Medusa
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I spent considerably more time thinking about completing this cardigan than actually completing it.  It was the variegated yarn - matching color changes across different pieces and getting them to make sense

The neutral is redefined

Project – Scallop Edge Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Mosaic in Medusa
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

In my twenties, I wore so many neutrals that relatives honestly though my favorite color was black (it is yellow - always has been).  This neutral palette extended into my thirties until

I should have seen that coming, but I didn't

I've been jamming on my Scalloped Edge Cardigan with the Bernat Mosaic yarn.  The pattern is really easy to remember and I had the main body section done in no time at all.  The pattern is constructed in one piece from the bottom up.  Once you get to the armholes, you work each of the top front sections and the

Let's review a new yarn!

Yarn – Bernat Mosaic in Medusa
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

Did I mention I'm sensitive to animal fibers?  Not allergic, just sensitive.  Acrylic yarns - along with plant fiber yarns - are what I use as often as I can.  I was going to use this week's post to talk about my progress on my Scalloped Edge

Crocheting a lacy cardigan

Project – Scallop Edge Cardigan
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Mosaic in Medusa
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I started a new project this week - the Scalloped Edge Cardigan from the Beautiful Bamboo pattern book with a BRAND new yarn - Bernat Mosaic in the Medusa colorway.  Isn't it beautiful?

My hippy chic Crochet Vest

Project – Crochet Vest
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Cottontots in Country Taupe
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

Here is my new Crochet Vest inspired by the pattern book Beautiful Bamboo.  Isn't it ultra-groovy?  I'm a little disturbed that it took less than 1 minute to accessorize "hippy chic" out of my

Slow down, Grandpa!

Project – Crochet Vest
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Cottontots in Country Taupe
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I come from a long line of "make it work" type people.  My grandpa was the classic jack of all trades. I frequently helped him on house projects - even as young as

Vested progress

Project – Crochet Vest
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Cottontots in Country Taupe
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I began crocheting the back of the vest.  One thing I noticed about my gauge when working on a larger piece was that it was about an inch or so wider at

It is the same vest - I promise

Project – Crochet Vest
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Cottontots in Country Taupe
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I showed you the swatch for the substitute stitch pattern I chose for the sides and back of the Crochet Vest (single crochet, double crochet, repeat).   Big surprise, I also decided to change the stitch pattern for

I could make a vest out of all these swatches

Project – Crochet Vest
Bernat Pattern Book #530163 Beautiful Bamboo
Yarn – Bernat Cottontots in Country Taupe
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I started a new crocheted garment this week – the Crochet Vest from the Beautiful Bamboo pattern book.

Well, “started”

I will wear this sweater!

Project – Flower Cardigan
Bernat Free Pattern (download here)
Yarn – Bernat Satin in 04431 Wine Mist Heather
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

The flower cardigan is complete!  Oh, by the way, there aren't any flowers on it.  I'm not a big embroidered flower fan in the first place.  Add to that, the plum/fern

Second, er.. third sleeve syndrome?

Project – Flower Cardigan
Bernat Free Pattern (download here)
Yarn – Bernat Satin in 04431 Wine Mist Heather
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

The sleeves on my cardigan are too wide.  They are the perfect length - at least before blocking - as I tend to like sleeves to come down to my knuckles.  However, I

The hook meets a curvy rectangle

Project – Flower Cardigan
Bernat Free Pattern (download here)
Yarn – Bernat Satin in 04431 Wine Mist Heather
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I am changing the construction of the Flower Cardigan pattern by crocheting it in one piece from the bottom up.  Why? I don't want to work the same stripe pattern

Gauge, Hooks, & Progress

Project – Flower Cardigan
Bernat Free Pattern (download here)
Yarn – Bernat Satin in 04431 Wine Mist Heather
Blogger – MichelleCrochets

I promised that I would discuss some other changes I’m making to the Flower Cardigan pattern. The first major change is the size hook I will use.  The pattern

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