In Progress – Crochet Cardigan and Machine Knitting Dress

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In Progress – Crochet Cardigan and Machine Knitting Dress

Happy Thursday!

I am sorry for missing my usual Wednesday post, our Internet company keeps cutting us off from the world 🙂 Anyway, the life goes on – working, walking and crafting of course.

For the past several months I’ve been pretty faithful to one project at a time from start to finish, but now it looks like I want to cast on and on. The main thing for me is to keep up with my craft goals that I set for myself.

Machine knitting challenge is right on the schedule. It doesn’t look like I am going to make it right in time for my birthday, it doesn’t really matter – I want to get on a long road trip and a hike, so I definitely won’t need a dress for this. But I am determined to have one machine knitting FO a month, so our home is filled with the sound of the carriage moving across the needle bed in the early morning hours… The math is done and the back is already on the machine.

machine knitting dress

I try to capture the real color of yarn with my camera, but it keeps slipping away. On all photos it looks closer to blue shade, but in reality it has more green “flavor” in it.

I wasn’t planning to cast anything new, but one pattern caught my attention and I just couldn’t resist. Kram Cardi crochet cardigan by Katy Petersen is a classic elegant and timeless knitwear piece! Katy was so generous to share it for free on her website. I am late for the CAL, but it will be still fun following all her posts! For those who prefer the usual standard downloadable PDF Katy offers it for just $1! What a deal, isn’t it?!

I got into my stash that is getting smaller and smaller and found fingering weight cotton skeins. It’s way too thin for the fabric suitable for the cardi, but I decided to crochet holding two strands together, that led me to the idea to add a little bit of gradient fun in the project.

crochet cardigan

The colors are so subtle that mixing them is a breeze! I am not sure if I want to try combination of three – grey+grey, then grey+ivory, then ivory+ivory; or just two –  grey+grey, then change to grey+ivory; or grey+ivory then ivory+ivory. Oh my, it looks like an equation 🙂 Anyway, I tried three combo on the swatch and now I know that I have to just put it on my coffee table and leave it there for awhile, then the decision will come on its own.

crochet cardigan

This is not the stitch pattern used in the pattern, I will switch to it when I decide on the color, but this swatch gives me more information how the colors will behave.

I also realized that this is the FIRST crochet pattern that I follow! I love experimenting with the great variety of crochet stitches and creating on the go without taking notes, but now I want to understand the logic behind the crochet pattern and how it flows. The practice is the best way to do it! I will try to hold myself and not sneak in way too many modifications 🙂 The project is Raveled here – Kram Cardi.

crochet cardigan

I hope you are having a great week!

See you soon!



  1. Zeta January 15, 2016 at 5:58 am - Reply

    I don’t know how your swatch looks like in close, but I think mixing all three colors, will give you a very interesting “ombre” effect.
    Katy is so generous! Her pattern is so well written with so many hints! Unfortunately, right now I have too many wips to add another one…

    • Alina January 16, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thank you for the feedback, Zeta! What a great idea for the CAL – to walk you through the whole pattern!

  2. sustainablemum January 15, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Hmm not sure which combo either that’s a difficult one! It’s a lovely pattern tho so I am sure what ever combination you decide on it will look just perfect.

    • Alina January 16, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Thank you! I think these colors are so subtle that any combination will work out!

  3. Alexis January 15, 2016 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    What is that GORGEOUS swatch you made with your blue/green yarn? Are you designing something new, or is that just a “for fun” swatch?

    Also, totally impressed with your ambitious one machine knit per month goal. It will be really fun for all of us to enjoy all your projects from the blog.

    • Alina January 16, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Alexis! The swatch is for my modification project – I am modifying the tunic from Vogue Knitting. I really love this stitch pattern, very challenging, but the result is so worth it!! I really hop to be able to make one FO a month on my machine, I want to be more confident in this craft!

  4. steph January 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    you have such an incredible flair for style….whatever you decide will be fantastic, I’m sure! Love the colors you have chosen….in my book, you simply can’t ever go wrong with grey and white, but that teal/green/blue-ish swatch is gorgeous!!!

    • Alina January 21, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Steph! I really appreciate your constant support!

  5. Tracey January 17, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I always love seeing your photos, they are always so beautiful.

    I hope you find your long road and get to hike for your birthday. I am sitting here knitting this morning waiting on the rain to move out so I can get in a little hiking time.

    Have a great week.

  6. Julie January 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    that teal yarn is pretty, and I love your gradient idea for the crocheted cardi! I love the sandy colour shift. Plus, destashing always feels good, doesn’t it?

    • Alina January 21, 2016 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I know destashing always feels amazing!

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