Summer Make: Crochet Festival Cardigan
Summer has well and truly arrived in the UK. Glorious long days of sunshine are so uplifting, suffusing a sense of optimism and holiday spirit through out the city.
At this time of year, I am always looking forward to a summer of festivals. Being in a sun kissed (hopefully!) field with friends is a perfect form of escapism in my book, especially as anything goes style wise! I’m a big fan of more is more when it comes to my festival look, always decked out in a rainbow of colours, pom poms, tassels and statement jewellery.
This year, on my never ending quest to find quirky and unusual festival fashion, I took up my hook and embarked on making my very own crochet festival cardigan.
Crochet is having a moment in the fashion world at the moment, as this article in The Telegraph describes. In this article from The Guardian, they illustrate how the trend has permeated all levels of the fashion world from luxe to high street, concluding that the nostalgia of crochet reminds us of simpler times, and the mindfulness and fulfillment that crafting can offer.
I found this great pattern from Ratschebutsch on Etsy for a festival cardigan and used this as the basis for my design. The back is one big granny square, with two smaller ones for the front.
I swapped out the colours for some bold A Rosie Life yarns, and added a pom pom collar for some extra embellishment.
Crochet pom poms are super easy to create. Simply work into a chained section of your granny square. Chain 6, then create a cluster stitch. Yarn over, then go through the 3rd chain from your hook. Then yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2. Yarn over, insert into chain again, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through 2 again. You should have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over, insert into chain again, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2, then yarn over and pull through all 4 remaining loops on your hook.
Chain 3 again. Then working back into the top of the puff stitch. Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2. Yarn over, insert, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2. Yarn over, insert, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2 again. Finally, yarn over and pull through the remaining 4 loops on your hook. To finish, fold the top cluster stitch on top of the first one then create a slip stitch into the chain in which the first cluster stitch was created. Chain 3 and create a another slip stitch into your next chain of 3 in your granny square border.
I also added some pockets to the initial design and trimmed these with the pom pom edging too.
I added buttons to make it cosy at night, and ribbed cuffs to finish off the sleeves.
Now, it maybe baking outside during the day, but I know this Festival Cardi will come in handy for balmy evenings and cool nights in the fields.
Have you got any tips for creating a unique festival style? Leave me a note below, I’d love to hear!