Here's the front...
The basic structure of the cardigan is that of a hexagon granny square - if you crochet 6 right angles and sides into a basic granny square, you get a rather unweildy piece that will naturally fold itself into an L shape. If you do two of these and then join them together in the middle and along the top of the open flaps you get a very easy cardigan! You can then make the body and the sleeves longer and shape it so that it fits around the body and neck. Unfortunately, I didn't really take many photos as I was hooking this up so it's quite tricky to explain - for better full instructions see here here and here.
I've made a few variations of this design this before and this time I didn't want the holes you get in a granny square so instead I used double crochet stitch to form a more 'knitted' surface and also went a bit crazy using the bobble stitch which I learnt from the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework which I wrote a bit about here.
Here's a bit of a close-up so you can see the bobbles (and my alarmingly pale hand!!!)
I used my three favourite colours of Stylecraft wool: Claret, Cranberry and Copper. The bobbles don't half use up a lot of wool - I got through about 2 balls of each colour for this. It means that the cardigan is very very warm indeed. Perfect for autumn and winter - I'm going to get lots of wear out of this crazy creation throughout the colder months. Also I realised when I was out for a walk that all the berry coloured bobbles mean that I blend right in amongst all the berries that have been appearing on bushes lately!
Not everybody's source of style inspiration!
Here it is again :) You can just make out all the different colour buttons that I've carefully stitched on...