POW: Crochet the Perfect Summer Cardi!

Now that we’re finally looking toward summer, I’m trying to spruce up my wardrobe. One of the projects I found to accomplish this goal is the Juanita Top by Kathleen Power Johnson. Found in Interweave Crochet Spring 2006, this top’s versatility makes it perfect for any season. All you need to do is change the yarn and wear it with a heavier or lighter shirt underneath and you’re good to go!

So . . . I actually have two confessions regarding this pattern. First of all, I actually made this top last summer for a class reunion. Second, this was my first garment—ever! I seem to fall into the category of crocheters who 1) usually make accessories and 2) most likely are making those accessories for someone else.

For this project, I used Interlacements Rick Rack in Gill’s Rock instead of what was called for in the pattern. Due to the fact that the yarn wasn’t the same weight as what was called for in the pattern, I held it double and, while Rick Rack gave the top wonderful drape, my finished project actually ended up a little smaller than expected. Don’t get me wrong—I still like it and have worn it several times, but if I make it again, I’ll try to stick closer to the actual yarn weight category, and I’ll probably try a little harder to get the gauge.

Crocheted Cardigan

Anyway, now that I’ve told you all about my version of this project, here are the details from the printed pattern….

summer cardigan

Finished Size: 28 (33, 37, 43, 47, 52)” (71 [84, 94, 109, 119.5, 132] cm) bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 33″ (84 cm) bust and 23″ (58.5 cm) long from shoulder seam to bottom of edging.

Yarn: La Lana Wools Tussah Silk (100% silk; 118 yd [108 m]/2 oz [57 g]): indigo, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins.

Yarn weight: #4 – Medium

Gauge: 15 sts and 10 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in mesh st using larger hook.

Hooks: Size J/10 (6 mm) and G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle.

summer cardigan

What do you think? How does my version compare with the original? What do you do if you’re faced with making something in the perfect color but a different yarn weight?

Let us know in the comments!

Happy crocheting!


Hook Into the Perfect Summer Cardigan


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