The crochet designer, Melissa Leapman, is absolutely my favorite. Her designs are classy and well written and always up to date. Crochet With Style is an outstanding book. Indeed, I’ve made every pattern in there! I was especially taken with the stitch pattern that she used in a vest from that book. My Reader’s Digest The Ultimate ource Book of Knitting and Crochet Stitches calls it the losenge stitch, although I think that Melissa used a variation in her vest pattern. I wanted to use this stitch in my new design and since Melissa Leapman was my inspiration, I’m calling my new free pattern the Melissa Twinset.
I’m using the Cool Cotton that I bought at Smileys for 99 cents a skein. I have 15 skeins and now that I’ve finished the cardigan, I still have enough to make a tank top to match. This sweater turned out very well. It has a slight bit of shaping in the waist accomplished by simply doing several sc2tog along the waistband. Below the waist, I’ve worked the losenge pattern but above the waist the pattern changes to alternating rows of single and double crochet. I don’t want to call this pattern an “easy” because of the different stitches and the minor shaping but if you’ve been making garments for a while, this is more an “easy” than an “intermediate”. Just a couple of more photos to whet your appetite! I hope to have this finished and up on my blog this week.