Carmine Cropped Cardi
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Carmine Cropped Cardi

By Robyn Chachula

Carmine Cropped Cardi

I talked to Robyn about her inspiration for this lovely motif sweater, she writes:

Carmine was inspired by my love of getting to re-invent my wardrobe and my love of motifs. 

I don’t think there is anything more fun than taking a dress or top I haven’t worn for a while and re-inventing it in a totally new outfit by changing something its paired with. Carmine I imagined as a short cardigan that I could slip over sun dresses so that I could start wearing my summer wardrobe in the still chilly spring.  I also envisioned it as a great sweater to wear over some favorite tunics that have seen better days.  The cardigan has so much personality that the tops would take second seat. 

My love of motifs is rampant at this point.  I love taking lacy motifs and combining them together to see what the resulting lace fabric will look like.  I swear each time is a total surprise and a thrill to crochet.  Motifs are one of my favorite construction methods for garments.  I love the building block nature of them and with just a switch of hook sizes I can customize the sweater to my measurements.  I also love that I can play with the layout just by moving blocks around.

Thanks Robyn!

6 Responses to Carmine Cropped Cardi

  1. Great to learn some of the background info with the inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Renee says:

    I just love this cardi pattern. I looked over Annie’s catalog website and was unable to find it. Would you please let me know where I can find it? Thanks so much. Looking forward to the upcoming CAL.

    • Ellen G. says:

      Hi! Thanks for the question. The blog is new to me and I just now am seeing your question. The Celadon Cardigan is in the Autumn 2014 issue of Crochet! magazine.

  3. Kristina says:

    I am fairly new at crochet and self taught. The instructions say you will have to rip back on 1 side edge of motifs to connect, what does that mean and how do I connect them? am I just tying knots at stich tops? am I weaving my yarn thru? am I doing a sc up each side? I am totally lost and would love some direction please. it is turning into a beautiful piece and I would hate to mess it up at the joining and make it just look horrible!
    thanks for your time and patients.


    • Ellen G. says:

      Hi Kristina, Your best bet is to contact But, usually with join-as-you-go motifs, when you are working the final round of the motif, you don’t complete the whole round, instead you see where the points are supposed to meet up with the previously made motifs, then you join them as you are completing the final round. The instructions generally say something like, “ch 1, slip stitch in matching space on first motif, ch 1″… Read your pattern carefully for this type of instruction. Also, study the symbol diagram provided and you can see where the motifs join together and which stitch joins them.

      • Kristina says:

        I have all the motifs joined, im trying to join the sides to make the cardi wearable. it says to “rip back on 1 side edge of each motif to connect.” I have never done anything like that and have no idea what it is telling me to do. Im looking for direction on what to do next. thanks

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