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A sense of achievement

I have now finished the little shell cardigan, adapted from Nicki Trench’s ‘Cute and easy crocheted baby clothes’


I had to alter the stitch numbers for the sleeves as I had some problems with the pattern from the book (see previous post). I also chose a different stitch for the body of the cardigan – it is called ‘Arcade’ and I found it in ‘200 crochet stitches’ by Sarah Hazell:

200 crochet stitches

It is a great book with charts, written instructions and photos given for every stitch.

The cardigan is made in Drops Baby merino 4 ply ‘old rose’ on a 4mm hook. It combines a lovely soft feel with really good stitch definition, and it was a pleasure to work with. Not to mention being considerably cheaper than other wools of the same quality.


It took less than 100g to make the 0-3 month size cardigan (Compared to 200g suggested in the book for the original shell stitch).
Overall I am pleased – and Nicki Trench has offered to send my queries to her pattern checker over the summer….


Something new

Spurred on by my new-found enthusiasm for making baby clothes I am working on a project from this lovely book:


I won’t tell you which pattern it is (yet!) but suffice to say that it is proving to be much more straightforward than the boy’s hoodie pattern, and I am hopeful that I will be able to finish this one without recourse to newspaper and sellotape!

Nicki Trench – Cute and easy crocheted baby clothes.