Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Purple Cable Jacket Update

 Finally, it's finished! With all the snow days, I've had some extra time to crochet, so I finally finished my first crocheted sweater. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I will need to make some slight adjustments with the sleeves because when I put it on, I kinda looked like I had huge forearms like Popeye, but other than that, it's nice. It's nice and cozy too! The zipper was definitely the biggest challenge with this project. I found a great tutorial here that helped a lot. I also had to learn new terms like blocking and basting. Blocking crochet basically means to wet it down and shape it the way it should be shaped, you can pin it down to a board until it dries, I used the ironing board and I used steam instead of spraying it with water. Basting is a sewing term and it is a temporary stitch used before the real stitching. It keeps the fabric in place better than pins and is easier to remove if you mess up. You're supposed to take the basting stitch out, but I left mine in. it's on the inside so it's not seen anyway.

My stitching is not the greatest. 

 As for my Fleur de lis tapestry crochet, it's a failure.. Fear not, I will try it again. Maybe I'll try to make the design with surface crochet. I wish I could have finished his beanie before the Superbowl, but oh well. He was more than happy without it, especially since his team won! Go Saints!


Mimi said...

Your jacket looks really good!

daperfectmix said...

Thanks Mimi, and thanks for visiting my blog! I hope to be able to make my own designs someday.

Princess Caitlin said...

Heya, thanks for the comment on my flat cap. :D I'm not happy with every aspect of it, and it needs tweaking, but I'm gonna get to work on some revision soon. I'm deff. planning on making a pattern. You would not believe how long I spent looking for one. Why in the world does it not exist?! Anyways, keep a lookout because I do plan on getting that done... I just don't have it done yet.

Awesome sweater, by the way! I started my first sweater on Christmas Eve, and crocheted allll christmas day. I got the whole back piece finished before I realized that it was way too small. And my gauge in the beginning had been perfect, so now I'm nervous to go at it again. :(

Anyways, thanks again - I needed the encouragement for getting back on that project!