{Crochet} Baby Fair Isle Cardigan + Sew Crafty Sewing Journal

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Today is a double whammy review as I’ve been test driving a crochet pattern to make this fair isle-inspired baby cardigan and jotting down my thoughts in my brand new Sew Crafty Sewing Journal.

Yes, I said sewing journal and I’ve used it for crochet. Ah well, sewing really isn’t my strong point (yep, still got the fear of the sewing machine) but when the lovely Sammy from Sew Crafty gifted me one of her limited edition sewing journals, I saw the potential straight away to record things about my crochet projects.

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After finishing my lion and monkey baby rattles I wanted another project to get my teeth into and I decided to have a go at making my first ever item of crochet clothing. Well, that’s actually a bit of a fib as I made a jumper for a toy bear years ago, but I’ve never made something that will be worn by an actual person.

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I chose the Sweet Yolk Baby and Toddler Cardigan by Clare Collier on Ravelry as it has the kind of look I was going for and had a professional finish.

I thought this would be the perfect project to use my new sewing, er, crochet, journal too – double win.

I enjoyed following the pattern and didn’t find it complicated at all. I did leave out the basket weave section at the bottom and on the bottom end of the sleeves because I *think* I miscounted the rows and it was looking quite long in the body already. That’s no reflection on the pattern, though, just my rubbish counting skills.

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The idea behind the Sew Crafty Journal is to record your projects and make notes on things you changed/would do differently next time. I love how I could use it for crochet  but I can see it would be really useful for sewing and knitting too.

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As you can see from my photo above, I added an extra row of half triple crochet stitches on the button row as I felt this made the 0-3 months cardigan look a bit more the right size. This could be to do with my tension being too tight but the overall look of the cardigan was good even thought I slightly adapted the pattern.

In case you’re wondering, I used Stylecraft Summer Breeze DK wool in Marmalade and Stylecraft Special DK in Cream and Silver for this cardigan.

As for the journal, you can pick one up from September 1 from Sew Crafty for £12.95 + P&P. There are three different cover designs (all limited edition) and you can see them all here.

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I’d love to know your thoughts on crocheting clothes for babies, especially if you have any recommendations for wool/yarn or patterns. Also, would you use a sewing/crochet/knitting journal to record the things you make?

Lots of journal love,

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