WIP Wednesday: Temescal Cardigan

Temescal Cardigan designed by Peter Franzi
from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016

This week’s work-in-progress (#WIP) is a project from Sara Dudek. She’s finishing up her first week as associate editor for Interweave Crochet and spending her weekends working on this project from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016! She is halfway through the back piece of the Temescal Cardigan designed by Peter Franzi.

Sara says:
“I love crochet cables, but it took me a while to figure them out. Once you get the first few rows finished, the rest starts to fall into place. I was beyond excited to see a whole story of cable projects in Interweave Crochet Fall 2016. Some projects even have accompanying articles that walk you through ways to make cables that you haven’t even thought of before! This truly is a spectacular issue for the cabling crocheter.

Temescal Cardigan Crochet Pattern

Temescal Cardigan Crochet Pattern

It took me a while to choose a project I wanted to make. Because cables take so much time and so much yarn, I knew I needed to make something that I would wear a ton to make all that effort worth it. I ended up choosing the Temescal Cardigan by Peter Franzi for a few reasons. First, I love boyfriend cardigans. This pattern is written for men, but the great range of sizes means it can fit men, women, and plus sizes. Second, I liked the very basic neckline. As a crochet designer, I wanted a sweater where I could experiment with different collars. I’d like to try a cute shawl collar of some kind on this. If I can make it work, I’ll be sure to post pictures. Third, and most importantly, I was inspired by two incredible articles that appear in the issue. Peter Franzi has an article explaining design choices in crochet and encouraging experimentation with already existing patterns. I found that article really inspiring, and I can’t wait to try out his advice. And Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby devotes two pages to creating cables with post stitches. It was a great article to refresh my mind on the cabling process before I got started.

I had to drop down a hook size, possibly because I am using different yarn than what the pattern calls for. (I am using different yarn only because I was impatient and couldn’t wait to get started on this project. I’m sure you all know that feeling .) I love making this cardigan! I take it with me just about everywhere I go so I can sneak in a few stitches whenever possible.”

Are you making anything right now that you just can’t wait to wear? Any projects you can’t seem to put down? Share your WIPs with us! #WIP

#crochetcables #crochetcardigan #menwhocrochet #peterfranzi @ChainMaleDesign

—Sara Dudek

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