I recently finished another sweater project – it’s a lovely light cardigan that’s gonna be great for the spring and upcoming summer season. The pattern is called Sparkle Cardigan and it’s by Joji Locatelli. I never knitted anything by her before, but I’ve seen her designs on Instagram quite a bit and I got intrigued.
My usual process of purchasing a pattern consists of a long research on Ravelry. First I find several designs I like, then I try to match them with the yarn I have in my stash. The beauty of Ravelry is in all the filters you can apply to your search. You can even search all the designs you marked as favourites in your profile. That saves SO much time. If you’re a frequent visitor of Ravelry and you keep looking at new patterns and projects and favouriting them, you should be aware that this doesn’t need to be a one-time-thing like it is when you’re kind of pointlessly “instahearting” (although there is a bookmark button on Instagram that can be useful if you don’t use it too often). I also love that when you favourite a designer on Ravelry, you’ll see his or her updates in your pattern highlights. Honestly, that makes me wanna visit Ravelry on a daily basis!
But back to the pattern choosing process: sometimes when I find a pattern with the appropriate yarn weight, I still like to research some more if there maybe was a person who used the same yarn as me. You can search for that in the projects tab – just type in the keyword. That can also be very useful when you want to create a cardigan out of a sweater – you can just search for the word “cardigan” in the pattern projects.
Reading through Raverly projects can be extremely useful in any case, and I do it even when I don’t particularly need to. You can find out whether people liked the pattern and if they found any mistakes or whether the project is too frustrating to finish. When there is a lot of projects but not many of them finished, that can be a warning sign. I have recently encountered such a pattern, but as I already have it in print, I’ll attempt to do it anyway, but the projects really helped me realize what I should be aware off to avoid problems.
Anyway, here’s my project for the Sparkle Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MatyldasBarn/sparkle-cardigan
I tried to include notes that might be useful for people who may be in the same situation as me – I didn’t have the recommended needles and I had different yarn. My gauge was more loose, but that doesn’t need to be bad, I actually prefer the cardigan to be more breezy. The yarn was pure wool, so I think if the gauge was tighter, the cardigan would be too hot for spring. I did less decreases and different number of rows. I was worried about all those changes, but it came out really nice – breezy and lacy, just like I wanted it to be. This project has made me more confident about adjusting a lot of different things in the pattern. Even if you don’t have the perfect yarn, you can make the project your own!
How about you, do you like to use Ravelry? Do you make your own adjustments to patterns? How do you like my new cardigan? 😀