I am a practical crocheter. I typically don't purchase expensive yarn. When I was a youngster, home sewing was a way to stretch a dollar at our house. Not only was making our own clothing and household items less expensive, but with a bit of skill, what we made lasted and could be used until it was worn out or could be passed on to a younger cousin. As an adult living and working in the 21st century, it isn't that I wouldn't buy expensive yarn, I just worry that I will invest a lot of time and money into a project that isn't useful or doesn't fit. When I came across the Mystique Tunic pattern designed by Lorene Eppolite at cre8tioncrochet, my practical maker heart leaped. Not only was the top-down design easy to adapt, I was able try it out with worsted weight yarn in my stash. I have made three so far. Although the original design is a tunic, it was fairly easy to convert it to a cardigan.