19 April 2011
This cardigan was an absolute pleasure to knit. The pattern is simple, the lace work enough to keep me interested without having to keep track of a chart, and the yarn, the yarn- totally and utterly divine to knit with. Confirmation of the theory that you should knit with good yarn. So soft and comforting to work with, and I know it will be wonderfully warm for A to wear as it gets colder in the coming months.
It wasn't a garment without issues though. I totally stuffed up the buttonhole placement, and there is a spot on one of the bands where I didn't keep it in garter stitch. And then, as I was nearing the length I was after and had to start a second skein, I discovered the second skein didn't match the first, unbeknownst to me or the wonderful friend who sent the yarn my way. Certainly not problems that couldn't be overcome though. I sewed the buttonholes closed and embroidered new loops, making the dodgy band the concealed band when closed, and to camouflage the change in yarn I switched from the lace stitch back to garter, making a wider garter band at the bottom to get the overall length I was after. If you didn't know I'm sure you wouldn't notice the slightly different yarn. I love the dark chocolate brown buttons I found to finish it off with- pretty but not prissy- and I look forward to A wearing it in the coming months (actually, in my eagerness she wore it this morning but it is a little large at the moment).
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