The photographer I've been working with has a partner who ordered some custom hats at the start of the year. I haven't shown them because I've been hoping for her pictures, but recently she sent me an email with a picture and asked about getting a custom hat or blanket to match the picture. The blanket in the picture was crocheted in a chevron pattern, and the earflap hat was done in thick stripes. She loved the colours, and the stripes, but decided on just the hat. I went stash diving and found 3 out of four colours, though I wasn't overly thrilled with them.
So I went to my favourite yarn store, Value Village, LOL. Nothing in the yarn section (not surprised), but while browsing around the sweaters, I turned around and saw this little boy's sweater:
It had three of the four colours, but was missing the green--the same colour I couldn't find at home (I had some Paton's Classic Merino in the right shade, but it's too delicate). So I headed to Michaels and found a green, though I wasn't 100% happy with it.
I unravelled the sweater. I wish I knew it's story. It was obviously handknit with love, and looked like it hadn't been worn. The brown in the body was different than the brown in the sleeves--different dye lots? Then the placket had been done in one of the browns, and the collar in the other. Something was very odd with the cast off---the last two inches were cast off in the opposite direction. The yarn was finer than I was expecting--it looked like a worsted or DK in the sweater, but unravelled, it was much finer looking.
I started with the yarn doubled (except the green, which was a worsted weight) and rows of half double crochet, one row per colour. I pretty much had it done, but was not happy. I swatched and swatched and started again, but still not happy. Swatched some more.
The end result was two rows of hdc in white, then one row in a colour, matching the colour sequence to the original picture (I couldn't find my styrofoam ball, and this was the only thing in the house that is close to the right size/shape LOL).
When I crocheted the first one, I cut the yarns with each stripe. What can I say...I had swatched and thought that was the right design! Add to the fact the yarn was originally from a striped project....and then I doubled it.... when I unravelled it, the small balls ended up even smaller. So, the final result had quite a few ends to weave in. Then I changed the earflaps. I was able to use up lots of small pieces to make the braids though!
The yarn from the sweater was already counted.
Yarn In: 4892gr
Yarn Out: 1244gr + 60gr = 1304gr
Balance: 3588gr more brought IN than out
Costs: $141.54/66 days = $2.14/day