Me Made May: Wool for Warmer Weather

3 May 2023
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Gardentrellis Front

Pattern: Garden Trellis Top (Ravelry link, Etsy link)

Designer: Haley Herman (@haleyhandcrafted on IG)

Yarn: Cog Yarns (indie dyer from Saskatchewan) SW Sock, 740 m (808 yds)

As we start moving into warmer spring temperatures, I am really looking forward to pulling this top out of my closet! This was the first pattern I tested for Haley (I’ve since made her Pebbled Crop Top, too) and I find her size-inclusive patterns are very detailed and well written. Written for nine different sizes, there are also instructions provided to adjust for yarn weight, body length, and sleeve length to allow makers to create a truly customized finished piece. I made the pattern mostly as written but added more rows in the body to make it full length rather than cropped, mainly because I wanted to use up all the beautiful yarn that I had from Cog Yarns. I made this top in a size medium (to fit my 94 cm (37 inch) bust) using only two skeins of fingering weight yarn, due to the open nature of the stitch pattern. I think there is a misconception that persists within the stitching community that crochet garments use significantly more yarn than knitted ones, but this doesn’t always have to be the case!

Photos by Kim Davidson.

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image description: a portrait of brown-skinned woman with natural hair, wearing a crochet poncho; she is looking into the camera, with a half-smile

About Kim Davidson

I am primarily a crocheter, both regular and Tunisian. I enjoy making garments and accessories, and my favourite yarn weights to work with are fingering weight and sport/DK in semi-solid to highly variegated colours, usually in shades of purple! I was born, raised and currently live in the Toronto area, and I especially love working with Canadian designers and indie dyers. I do have a few pattern designs of my own but what I really enjoy is being a pattern tester. I consider myself pretty good at spotting errors - must be my day job as an elementary school teacher-librarian. When I am not crocheting, you can usually find me on the field playing the best sport ever - Ultimate Frisbee!

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