POW: The Courageous Caftan
I can say with utmost certainty, I have never been so excited about an issue of Love of Crochet as I am about the Fall 2017 issue. There are so many beautiful projects packed in it that I lost count. One project did not just stand out to me, it jumped out of the magazine and slapped me up-side my head. I’m talking about Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Courageous Caftan.
This is a refreshing take on the traditional cardigan. It is a drapey sweater that is constructed from four rectangular patterns. With an appeal that I can only describe as “luscious”, the look is not just fashion forward; it is inviting. To maintain that appeal, I would stick with using the Malabrigo Sock yarn that is recommended in the pattern. The yarn is 100% super wash merino wool.
So many of the patterns in the fall issue of Love of Crochet deserve a second and third look. This is not just due to the finished appeal, but the diversity in sizing. The Courageous Caftan covers a variety of sizes, to include plus sizes. That is a thoughtful detail on the part of the designer that I can appreciate.
Remember, I could only choose one pattern of the week in order to meet the deadline for this post. I could have easily chosen five from this issue alone! Sadly, it’s not called Patterns of the Week. I highly advise you get your own copy of Love of Crochet Fall 2017. There are so many inspiring projects, you may not know where to begin!
FINISHED SIZE 30¾ (34, 38¼ , 41¾ , 46, 49½ , 53, 57¼ )” hip circumference to fit 28 (32, 36, 40, 42, 46, 52, 56)” bust. Sample shown measures 38¼ ” hip, modeled with 2¼ ” ease.
YARN Malabrigo Yarn Sock ( 100% super wash merino wool; 440 yd [402 m]/3½ oz [100 g]; ): SW800 Tiziano red, 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) hanks.
HOOK Sizes C/2 (2.75 mm). Adjust hook size if needed to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS Yarn needle.
GAUGE 28 sts and 13½ rows = 4″ in patt.
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