Ok, so it is not my first cardigan ever owned, but it is my first cardigan made by my own fair hands! I’m so excited I have to share. Here are some cheesy pics …
The pattern is from Rowan Studio Knit edition 10, and I substituted the yarn suggested with Lenpur Linen in ‘incense’ shade 568 with help from the wonderful ladies at Liberty (because it was in the sale and I do love a bargain!). Mother of pearl button from John Lewis haberdashery.
At first it was quite a challenge to get the hang of the shaping as I’ve never followed such a detailed pattern before and some of the instructions baffled me (especially about ‘alt rows’) until I did some searches on the internet and found out that it wasn’t just me and there were plenty of answers out there! I also kept my trusty copy of Purls of Wisdom handy for looking up tips. The stitches were simple (stocking and rib), and the yarn was silky smooth. Because it’s quite a loosely twisted yarn it tends to split so I had to be careful not to accidentally add stitches or ruin the texture. I’m glad I chose the yarn in the end though as it gives a lovely sheen and seems to adapt to the climate I’m in well, keeping me warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warmer. Making up required quite a lot of concentration but I’m learning that patience and measured progress is key in getting a good result – looks like I’m learning a bonus life-skill along with the knitting!
This little cardigan was really a prototype of sorts for a more ambitious project. This beautiful hooded cardigan with cable and moss stitch detail from Debbie Bliss. I’ve already begun, and despite quite a few moments of furrowed-brow and head-scratching it seems to be going quite well (fingers crossed!).
I’m so, so enjoying my little knitting projects. Although I have to admit that I’m a sucker for cheap clothing when I need a fashion-fix, making items myself really makes an item personal and special. I really have to think before I start a pattern, am I going to love this when it’s done? I also find it wonderfully therapeutic sitting in front of the telly clacking away and so rewarding when I’ve completed a project.
Have you been making things recently, or planning to do so for Christmas? Do you prefer a visit to the shops? 🙂
(N.B. Thanks to my kind bf photographer for taking pictures for this post.)