I am so stinkin’ excited to be participating in this round of the Battle of the Stitches design competition! I’ve designed for several rounds in the past, but this one is super special because we’ve changed it up just a tad. We’re hosting this round as a blog hop, and I think that’s extra fun! I mean, who doesn’t love a good mystery and learning about new designers??? Right???
My design for this round is the Marguerite Summer Cardigan… and I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed creating this garment!
My favorite things to design are items that bring crochet into the public eye, which is why I love to make garments. I was desperate for a really cute, fun summer cardigan to wear over a tank top, and when I saw the stitch for this round – the vision instantly popped into my head!
A nice drape was extremely important to me, and the slanted puff stitch lends itself quite nicely, especially when worked with light weight yarn. You can see the lacy texture in the stitch detail, which is featured in the body of the cardigan as well as the sleeves.
The bodice has a denser fabric and features a really fun and spunky stair-step detail along the neck line.
I chose Premier Cotton Fair yarn in Slate Grey and Cloud Gazing… it’s my favorite #2 cotton yarn for garments – so soft, pliable, and very easy to work with. You’ll likely see it in more future designs 🙂
The pattern features sizes S – 3X, as well as photo tutorials for each specialty stitch, so even though it’s rated with an intermediate skill level, it’s a great opportunity for beginners to expand their skills 🙂
Everything about this cardigan just makes my heart go pitter pat – and I hope it does the same for you!