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Marty Miller’s Spiderweb Cardigan
I finally got my daughter to take some photos of me (with my NEW! digital camera) in the Spiderweb Cardigan I’ve been talking about for a while. Oh, did you notice the “dreads” are gone. Yep, I caved a couple of weeks ago and cut them off. They were SO hot and the maintenance required didn’t really fit into my desire to be in the water as often as possible. So, there you have it; I’m back to the short ‘fro I’ve worn for the past 30 years or so. The photos were taken in my backyard.
The Spiderweb Cardigan Is Crocheted in Rows
As for the cardigan, this was pretty easy to make. It’s designed by Marty Miller, and she wore it at last year’s Chain Link Conference in PA. I took a couple of classes from her and was fascinated by the spiderweb stitch pattern. I thought for sure it was made of separate blocks, but the pattern is created in vertical rows.
I found a version of the pattern in the Harmony Stitch Guide, Volume 7 (see the “All-over Pattern I.76 on page 38) so this goes to show you how you can take a stitch pattern from one of those books, adapt it, and create a really cool garment. I substituted the yarn called for in the pattern with Lily Sugar N Cream cotton which gave me an exact gauge.
Spiderweb Cardigan Can Be Adapted to Any Size Figure
Not only was it easy to make, it’s easy to adapt to any size figure by simply adding panels and/or spiderweb motifs. I made the sweater a little longer than the pattern called for. I also added a single crochet border around the entire cardigan as well as the bottom of the sleeves to give it a little more structure.
Where to Find the Spiderweb Cardigan Pattern
This pattern is featured in the Spring 2007 edition of the Interweave Crochet magazine(the pattern is available for purchase at the Interweave store)
The magazine also includes an article by Marty about how to begin crocheting WITHOUT a foundation chain. If the first row of your piece is straight sc, hdc, dc, etc., then you can use this method to begin. I believ this method is also featured in Cecily Keim’s Teach Yourself Crocheting Visually. Marty calls the stitches foundation sc, foundation dc and so on.
Anyway, if you have any questions about the cardigan, let me know.