Unique crocheted blocks form a comfortable and fresh fabric perfect for fun in the sun. The brilliant shape of this simple design allows this cover-up to transform from a garment to a blanket, meaning you have one less thing to tote around.
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Fun in the Sun Cover-up:
The Fun in the Sun cover-up is a great project to start now to have ready for the summer. Made from a cotton and wool yarn, Green Mountain Spinnery Comfort Cotton, it is the perfect layer to add a little warmth when on the beach. Working with cotton for a garment, you will find that the finished piece can be heavy and stretch while worn. The wool in this yarn blend helps to keep the structure of the garment. Cotton is a great summer fabric and the Fun in the Sun Cover-up could be made completely in cotton, but be sure you swatch to see how much it will stretch.
Written with a chart this pattern helps you see every detail of what you are making. Written in one size to fit as a draping layering pice, you can adjust the size easily. Due to the simple construction as a rectangle you can easily add more motifs to make it larger, or take away motifs to make a smaller version. Motifs may seem daunting because of having to join the motifs at the end. In this pattern I use the join as you go method to combat that task. I love joining my motifs as I work a project so that once they are all constructed the project is almost complete.
Gauge is important:
As in all of the other garments that I make, I highly suggest making a hanging gauge swatch before you get started. This is important to see how gravity will alter the size of your cardigan after wearing it. Starting with a swatch will also save you the headache of making the wrong size before you even start.
To make a hanging gauge swatch I start by making a swatch of the motifs. Typically I would say to make a 6 inch swatch, but in this case I would put together a few motifs to get a better feel of what will happen at the joins as well as the overall motif as it hangs. Then I hang the swatch to a hanger or cloths line and add additional cloths pins to the bottom to simulate gravity.
Take a before and after measurement of your swatch to see what happens to it.