I love wearing sweater cardigans that feel good, have a bit of flair and swing as I walk. My Hamilton Crochet Cardigan hits the mark on all accounts! Using basic stitches and some fun stitch placement you can create this high fashion piece for your own wardrobe.
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Hamilton Crochet Cardigan:
My Hamilton Crochet Cardigan design has diagonal stripes on the fronts, asymmetric stripes on the sleeves for visual interest, and oversized fronts to swing with body movement. Although this is not a beginner project those that are ready to step up to the next level would be able to tackle this pattern.
Now that you have fallen in love with this pattern you will need to choose which size you will make. Looking at the bust measurements they might seem large but that is because of the way the front is designed. When choosing a size right for you, take a look at the schematic and pick one based on the cross-back width measurement (also listed in finished measurements). If the back of the sweater fits you properly then the fronts will drape and swing the way it is intended to do.
Gauge is ALWAYS important when talking about garments and if you substitute the yarn it is even more important. BE SURE TO DO A GAUGE SWATCH regardless of what yarn you use to make sure your yarn can handle the weight of the garment. The extra drape and length of this piece requires a yarn that can handle the added weight and not stretch out of shape; especially with the larger sizes.
It is very easy to accidentally get a tighter gauge as you become more comfortable with the stitch pattern. Be sure to pay close attention to the gauge as you move along. Test you gauge in the pattern as you work.
If you find it difficult to achieve these gauges, try working RS rows using the recommended hook side, and WS rows using a hook either 1 size larger or 1 size smaller. Remember to switch hooks after every row.