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Amber

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I mentioned in the past that I’m not a fan of crochet clothing. Crochet is great for home decor, accessories, doilies and so on, but most of the sweaters or dresses I’ve seen look just… not quite right to me. Especially considering that crochet is not yarn efficient at all, usually the cost of yarn combined with the look of the finished project is just not worth it for me.

Having said that, I found a few patterns worth giving them a try. One of them was Amber jumper, a free Drops pattern. Mesh clothes are not my thing, but this jumper is made with cotton and has this nice summer look that convinced me to give it a try. It made me think about the summer evenings, when it’s too hot for a real sweater, but not hot enough to stay in short sleeves only. Plus the cotton yarn it calls for is very cheap, so there was not much risk in crocheting it.

OK, so I’m not a fan of crochet clothes, not a fan of mesh, and also – not a fan of this kind of yellow (the only yellow I like on me is pale banana shade in small amounts). And yet not only did I decide to crochet it, but I bought exactly the same colour as in the pattern. I don’t know, I just thought about this jumper as about a summer piece of clothing, something to wear on holiday, away from the everyday life… and so I wanted it to look different too.

Am I happy with it? I don’t know. Not really I guess, although I’m also not unhappy.

First of all, the pattern is really easy and fast to crochet. Drops designs, which I generally love (the way they look I mean) and find so much joy in browsing through them, are written in a specific way.Β  Sometimes it can be annoying, when I have to jump from pictures to text and everything is mixed up together, and in other cases I have no idea what the pattern means at all. Luckily this pattern was so simple and repetitive that it took a while only to memorize it. So working on it was fun.

But the yarn is aran weight, so the jumper is pretty heavy, which takes away from the summer feel I was hoping for. And there’s clearly a reason why I don’t like yellow like that on me – it’s just not my colour and I look so washed out in it. Which is a pity, because it’s such a positive shade. Finally, it’s kind of wide. It’s a correct size – M – and I wanted it loose but it makes me feel heavy too. So all in all, I’m not sure if I’m ever going to wear it. Maybe I will find someone who likes it more than me and feels good in it. Or maybe I will decide in the end that it’s fine. In any case I’m happy I crocheted it – now I’m even more sure than ever that learning to knit was the right choice if I want to make my own clothes πŸ˜‰ I’m still checking Drops designs – there are many basic knitting patterns so probably pretty soon I’m going to try them out too.

Before I continue though, I’m taking a short break – I’m going to Brussels next week for a work meeting. I’m not even taking any projects with me, since the meeting agenda is really busy and I don’t think there’s going to be much time left for crochet/ knittnig. And what’s more, I managed to use up all the leftovers from my stash and ordered fresh yarn supply yesterday. It’s going to wait here for me when I return home next Friday πŸ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Amber

  1. I’m not a fan of how Drops writes their patterns usually, but this is a wonderful looking jumper, I may give it a try! Love it!

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  2. The jumper looks pretty good! Too bad it’s heavy and doesn’t have a summer feel. Yeah, that’s my gripe about crocheted apparel, too…
    Oh the feel of newly arrived yarn… πŸ˜„πŸ’• I’m sure you can’t wait to see those babies next week!

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    1. The problem is that it doesn’t have the summer feel but also doesn’t have the winter feel because it’s cotton and mesh, so it doesn’t keep me warm. Maybe spring then? πŸ˜‰
      Tssk tssk, we are going for a short trip today and the first thing I looked for on the map was a yarn store… I might be slightly obsessed with buying yarn πŸ˜‰

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  3. Oh it’s lovely, but I am sorry after all that time and effort you don’t feel happy with it. I love the design apart from the 3/4 length sleeves – can you tell me having made the pattern, if you think it would be easy to make the arms longer?

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    1. Yes, I think it would be easy – you could make one more repetition of chains (the mesh part) and double crochet (the ‘solid’ part) sequence or, if this would make the sleeves too long, for instance only mesh and then 1-2 rows of double crochet. If you look at this pattern’s Ravelry page, on the projects made by Ravelers, there actually was someone who made the sleeves longer and they look just fine πŸ™‚ On Ravelry it’s here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/152-17-amber/people
      And no worries, I might not enjoy wearing it myself but I still don’t regret crocheting it – either I can give it to someone who likes it, or donate to a charity auction – in any case it was not wasted time, plus I just love crocheting, so it was fun πŸ™‚

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