I hope I won't bore knitters with this article, but this one is all about the magic of well designed crocheted garment pieces. But then again, maybe you just stumbled here from my Ravelry project page and all is fine...
A customer came to the store a few months ago with some cardigan she had crocheted in Julie Asselin using a Vichy Chan pattern and I was really intrigued. I asked her to send me the link and found this awesome bundle of crochet and knitting designs.
I was amazed to find these pretty crochet patterns that seemed to look good on everyone. I purchased the Irene Cardigan first and was pleased to confirm what others said about the quality of the layout, charts and instructions.
It was really addicting to crochet. The sequence in the pattern is easy to follow and changes quite frequently. I used Julie Asselin Piccolo in Satchel for this one and am glad that I now own a rich brown cardigan that is easy to layer.
My only concern with this piece is that round yokes, although very beautiful, are often hard to position on my body. No idea why, and I don't think that has anything to do with this particular design (to the contrary, the cast on is right across the yoke, so that helps). But still, it's not the first time I've encountered that issue. I'll have to figure out in the future if I have to keep away from that from of construction.
The second design I picked from Vicky Chan, is the Jordan - sleeveless pineapple top. That was also fun to crochet. Almost too quick! I tried to take my time so it wouldn't fly off, because I really enjoyed the process.
It turned out a little long as I followed the pattern, so I took off an entire repeat from the bottom. It fits very nicely on me, but as I said on my project page, I would probably avoid the increases if I were to make this again. I'm not crazy about the flare... It's still a joy to wear though, and the straps and upper part fit like a glove. That would make the perfect start to a crochet dress.