|Concur by Berroco|
I frogged the whole thing and used most of the gold Manos for a crocheted version of the Just Enough Ruffles scarf, which turned out beautifully if I do say so myself.
Irish Coffee by Thea Colman. SO CUTE! But, I got only so far into it, and realized my gauge wasn't right. And, I wasn't loving the Purelife with this pattern. (The pattern, by the way, is fabulous!) So I'll choose a better yarn in the future--perhaps some MadTosh. I frogged the Purelife again.
So here we are, two years later (at least), from the original purchase date. I learned a new crochet stitch at the beginning of the summer and I love it! It's a crossed half double crochet, and you cross it by making a second stitch around the post of the previous stitch of the same row. Super cool! I tried a swatch with the Purelife and it was gorgeous.
|Crossed half-double crochet alternating with a row of single crochet (US)|
So I made up my own pattern, using a basic drop-shoulder construction. I did taper the sleeves, and I added that same gold Manos for some trim. I love the result! It's really soft and squishy, and I just love the color. You may not see me in the sweater anytime soon, it's a little tight. Sad, sad, sad. It looks great on my sister-in-law, though! We made a deal that if I didn't wear it by Christmas, it would be hers. Read: if I don't start losing some weight, it's hers. There's motivation for you!
|Neckline detail (right) and hem detail (left)|