Hello, everyone! If you’ve been with me for a while, you might remember me talking about how much I struggled to knit a sweater I liked. I’ve tried 4 different times using different patterns that all claimed to be easy and or quick, but I still couldn’t get it right. Then I came across the Sporty One-Piece Cardigan on Craftsy and decided to give it another try. This is a crochet cardigan pattern and because there’s little seaming involved, I hoped it would be more forgiving than the knitting patterns. I finished the cardigan earlier this month and now that it’s Fall, I thought I would do a cardigan kit review! I’ll be covering everything from the pattern itself, the finished product, the materials it comes with, price, customer support and what I thought of the kit overall. So, let’s get started!
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About the Kit
This cardigan was designed by Nicole Wang and it’s supposed to be crocheted flat with just a little bit of seaming to finish it off. The design is really simple and it has this great open/eyelet pattern going on that adds interest, but also keeps it light, I think. It’s not super involved so it’s a great sweater to just throw on. The kit comes with everything you need to make the cardigan, minus the hook, tapestry needle, and any other extra notions you may want to use. They’ve updated it a little since I bought my kit, so this is what included now:
- A printed pattern + a digital pattern save in your Craftsy library
- Getting Gauge: The First Step Toward Stitching Success downloadable eGuide
- The amount of yarn needed for the size you pick, in any of 24 colors
My kit didn’t have the gauge guide or a printed pattern, since they included that after I purchased.
The kit is available in 4 sizes:
- Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4)
- Finished Bust: 40 (46, 52, 58)”, meant to fit with a few inches of positive ease
- Finished Length: 27 (27 ½, 28, 28 ½)”
It comes with more than enough of the Sprightly Acrylic yarn to finish the product and when you order, Craftsy guarantees to match the dye lot with a single order so they’re all the same. I chose the color Crimson, in size 1, and I received 7 skeins of the yarn. The total price was $16.83 when I bought it. It goes on sale all the time and if you’re on my email list, I send out reminders!
Sporty One-Piece Cardigan Kit Review
Since the main part of my Sporty One-Piece Cardigan Kit review is the actual pattern, let’s talk about that first.
I chose this pattern because it looked easy and there didn’t seem to be too many ways to mess up. The other patterns I’ve used involved so much shaping (around the arms, the neck, and sides). This pattern didn’t look like it had too much of that, if any, so that was a plus. It does have some shaping along the arms where you start with a width for the cuff and increase to fit around the shoulders and that was very simple to follow.
The pattern also used very basic stitches. The only new one I needed to know for this was how to foundation double crochet which I just looked up a video for. It’s actually one of my favorite stitches now.
Because you’re creating the same design across the whole cardigan, it’s easy enough to memorize and keep working without referring to the pattern every second. You do want to keep track of increase rows so they end up in the right places. I would just tally the margins to see what row I was on.
Sizing was the only thing I had some trouble with. I’m pretty small and even with regular clothes, I have a hard time finding things to fit. So even though I had the smallest size kit (size 1), it was still waay too big once I started. I did see that in the reviews on Craftsy, so if you’re a M/L, go one size down. For a small though, I switch to 2.5 hooks smaller than asked for. The pattern called for a 6.00mm and 5.00mm so I used a 4.00mm and 3.50mm. I had to work a little more loosely to keep the drape though.
Also, I extended the sleeves and body. I think the body was shorter because I switch hook sizes, but the pattern does tell you how to adjust the lengths if you want so it wasn’t a big deal.
There’s not a ton to say about the yarn, it was beautiful. The crimson color is a little more of a berry tone than I expected but I didn’t mind. It’s 100% acrylic but very soft and squishy without being fluffy or shedding like some do. It’s also a pretty strong yarn. The only thing to watch for is the the color bleeds the first time you wash it. Wash it separately the first time, or block it to get that excess color out. The Size 1 kit came with 7 skeins of this yarn. Because my cardigan was smaller, I do have 3 skeins left over.
When I decided to make mine smaller, I did email the support to find out the best way to do that. I was already just moving my hooks down, but I wanted to know if there was a better way; maybe if I changed the increases, I could have kept the big loose stitches. For some reason, my email was sent to the photography department, so responded saying they would forward it t someone in sewing, and then that person sent it to knitting. I don’t know why they went through all of that instead of just having the kit emails go to crochet or the designer, but the knitting support just said what I was doing was fine. Not really a ton of help, but it was simple question and it took 3 days to answer with all the forwarding.
I love how this cardigan looks and I am super proud of myself for getting it done. It only took about 4 days to make, but I started in May and forgot about it until August. Whoops! Once I actually sat down to it, it was quick, easy and really rewarding. I only had to seam together the arms and the sides and that’s easier with crochet than knitting.
Every other pattern I looked at either wasn’t something I would wear or it seemed too polished for me to be able to recreate. This seemed doable. In fact, I wore this around my house when I finished and my brother actually thought I bought it. I kept trying to get a comment out of him, but then I just told him, “I made this, what do you think?” and he was surprised. He hadn’t said anything because he thought it was from a store. I call that a win!
At the start of the year, I made it a goal to actually make a sweater or socks that I liked, because those are the two things I struggle with. I didn’t think the sweater was going to happen, to be honest. This kit was perfect for a beginner like me and I can’t wait to wear this throughout Fall. It’s so warm, guys. It doesn’t really look like it is, but it’s so cosy.
What do you struggle to make?
There’s always something you have a hard time getting just right, but remember that it takes time! Let me know something you struggle with in the comments below. I hope you liked my Sporty One-Piece Cardigan Kit review. If there are any other patterns you’d like me to review, let me know! I have a few more kits from Craftsy that I have yet to make, so you might see those too.
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