Monday, 23 February 2015

Simple Crochet Off-the-shoulder Cardigan...Party Time!

For children who inspire concern regarding socialisation, our children seem to get invited to an awful lot of parties.

Three weekends in a row for the same two kids... that's more than I ever got.

Anyway, we realised that they had run out of party clothes that fit.  My 5 year old girl chose this grey and orange short sleeved dress (£5 in Asda.)  I felt it was still too cold to be going around in a short-sleeved  jersey-style dress. So I got to work with leftover grey yarn from Christmas gifts...

The pattern is very much based on Girls Shrug from Danelle Ortega on DZ Crochet Creations.

I changed it by making the following adjustments....

I doubled everything up apart from the number of edging rows, which took an extra row on the 3dc in each v-stitch - both for edging on cardigan and on the sleeves.

Doubling up gave us a wider back and an off the shoulder look.  As ever, revelations can come from mistakes... She loves the modern interesting look it gives the outfit and it doesn't completely cover up her lovely new dress.  3 rows of single crochet create straps to keep it in place.

For the buttons, I just added a couple of hoops in grey and orange buttons from my Hobbycraft multipack (a charity shop near me does random buttons too.)  I liked the look of black yarn holding the buttons in place to add interest.

Compliments were aplenty at the party, my girl was kept toasty, and she was happy.

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