Monday, February 23, 2015

a new baby crochet pattern: florette

In my last post, I was talking about crocheting with cotton, and that I would soon share with you my projects. Here is the first one. It is the sweetest little baby sweater, a true heirloom.
I was inspired by the shapes of vintage "tulip" baby sweaters, and the soft colors of roses. Even though, the tulip sweaters were my starting point, I was never really fond of their exaggerated shapes, and the slightly odd fit at the shoulders. So instead of working a chevron to get the tulip shape, I discretely placed increases on each side of the post stitches. The post stitches accentuate the tulip shape.
I placed my increases carefully to guarantee a good fit at the shoulders and around the arms, and a graceful bloom of the body of the sweater. I actually crocheted the sweater in all the sizes offered to make sure the pattern's appearance would stay true as the sizes increased.
Three buttons keep the sweater closed. A delicate scalloped edging completes the petal touch.
I crocheted the sweater in many different wools before settling on cotton as my favorite. For my final choice I used Sirdar Snugly cotton DK for the body of the sweater, and rowan revive for the edging.

A lot went in the design, accurate sizing, minding proportions, design placements to insure a truly graceful garment, that will become a family heirloom. The pattern is offered in 5 sizes, from preemie to 2-3 year old. The directions are written in full for each pattern which will make it very easy to follow. No confusion at all, rather a smooth crochet experience. I am offering this pattern for purchase as a PDF on Ravelry and on Craftsy. I hope you will join me in making some florettes of your own.

1 comment:

Jeri said...

What happened? Your patterns are gone from ravelry?