Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Berroco FO

Today I:

  • had no breakfast. *whine*
  • thought it was Friday
  • am getting a jump on the blogging

Berroco Reinterpreted FO!

It isn't so bad. I could be better, but it isn't so bad. (Sorry about the lowsy pictures. You should have seen them before I Photoshopped them.) Front View
Back View

Pattern: Berroco "Maple"

Size: Small (34" bust)

Yarn: Sirdar Breeze (60% acrylic/30% cotton) in "Stone"

Gauge: Um... SEE: Modifications


  1. I substituted Sirdar Breeze for Berroco Zen, obviously.
  2. As a result, the pattern went down from 1 repeat = 1 1/2" to about 1" on an H hook (5 mm), so I crocheted it up following the instructions for medium. Where actual measurements were given in the instructions, i.e. continue until armhole measures such and such inches, I used the smaller dimensions.
  3. By the time I got to the left front, which is a mirror of the right, I stopped reading the directions and just did what looked right, which may not be technically a mirror. But who will know unless I tell them?
  4. The ruffled edging was supposed have another row worked on it, but I thought that would be too much and just left it out. Also, instead of working the dc into the chains for the ruffle, I worked them around the chains, which seriously sped up the process and didn't make a big aesthetic difference.

What I would do differently if I made this again:

  1. Use a different yarn. I know I said I love this yarn (and I do!) but I think I would prefer it if the wrap had a more airy feel to it. Maybe I'd use a sport or fingering weight yarn with correspondingly larger gauge hooks.
  2. The sleeve caps seem large to me. I would increase only 1/2 of the pattern repeat instead of the full 1 pattern repeat that the instructions call for.

That said, I was shocked how chunky the thing made me look. These were the most flattering photos I could get of my figure in it. I think this is because I am not some tall bombshell with dangerous curves. The difference between my waist, bust, and hips is under 5". When I was in good shape, the difference was still under 8". I'm not saying I'm fat, just that my figure is very... subtle. This cardigan might look better on someone who can fill it out, Barbie style.

You Are a Soy Latte

At your best, you are: free spirited, down to earth, and relaxed

At your worst, you are: dogmatic and picky

You drink coffee when: you need a pick me up, and green tea isn't cutting it

Your caffeine addiction level: medium

Who didn't see that coming?

Last night, I:

  • had a mozzarella and pesto panini with a soy latte for dinner at S'nB
  • drank half a beer
  • ate some more Sicilian olives (mmm...fattening!)
  • read some more of The Plague

1 comment:

Carrie K said...

Well, Barbie does tend to look good in everything, but you look fine. Not dangerous curves, but hardly fat.

It came out really nicely!