In fact, I am the kind of person that gives craft bloggers the heebie jeebies.
However, I think I sold myself short when I called myself all thumbs.
Because I have graduated from making hats to something a little more time consuming and complicated.
Which means there is more room for error.
But seeing as I have actually completed this thing and it doesn’t look half bad – ok, it looks AWESOME and I won’t be told otherwise – I thought I’d show all the craft gumbies like me that craft mongability need not be debilitating.
How to make a Crochet Cardi:
2. Get all your supplies together.
3. Now, this is possibly the most important step: Use the WRONG sized crochet hook (I chose to use a 4mm hook instead of a 3.25mm hook).
This is how you upsize your pattern from newborn to size 2.
I am not even joking.
4. Get crocheting.
5. Get your back and two front panels made. Don’t forget to stuff up the front edging because you are, after all, a craft gumbie.
6. Fix your mistakes from previous step.
7. Get confused by what the abbreviation RS means in a pattern. Repeat, in this pattern it does not refer to the Right Sleeve, but does in fact refer to the Reverse Side.
8. Fix your mistakes.
9. Sew your front panels to the back.
10. Fix your mistakes.
11. Start on the sleeves. Once again getting confused between your right, left, back, front and RS (see, now we know what it means we can use an abbreviation like we are total craft goddesses).
12. Realise that the pattern really is not to size 2 proportions. Find a size 2 top amongst the washing and keep adding rows to the sleeves until it sort of matches up.
13. Fix your mistakes. Again.
14. Sew it all together, weave in all your ends and Bob’s your uncle. Or cardigan. You know what I mean.
A few tips: To allow the best chance of stuffing up, staying up late is essential to the process.
Also, abandoning all housework and using this project as an excuse to avoid study/homework/talking to real people is recommended.