My Favourite Cardigan, The Final Chapter

My goal was to finish My Favourite Cardigan before November so I’m only a teensy bit late. It is all done and washed and blocked and my lovely moose buttons are firmly attached.

It's done!

It’s done!

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My Favourite Cardigan, Part 4

After putting my Favourite Cardigan in time-out for a while I was finally ready to rip out the button band and redo it.

Looking better

Looking better

As you can see it still needs a good blocking, but it’s so much better than what it was before. A huge thank-you goes to Brandy over at Stitched Up in Toronto for explaining the relationship between stitch gauge and row gauge.

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My Not-So-Favourite Cardigan

The body of my Favourite Cardigan was complete so it was time to pick up stitches for the button bands. It didn’t go so well. You can see that the ribbing is way too stretched and is trying to pull the top and bottom if the cardigan closer together, with pretty awful results.

That doesn't look right...

That doesn’t look right…

Now, here’s my mistake – whenever I’m knitting I always add an extra stitch to each end and slip it so that the edges are a bit neater and it’s easier to pick up and knit. This means that every ‘stitch’ on the edge actually represents two rows of knitting. Standard knitting instructions tell you to skip a stitch/row for every two (or three or four, depending on who you’re listening to) you pick up and knit. But when you think about it, I’already only knitting every other so I should probably ignore those rules.

I’m going to set this aside for a while. Once I do get back to it I think I’m going to try picking up and knitting every edge stitch and seeing how that goes.

My Favourite Cardigan, Part 3

Just a quick post today to show you the completed body of my Favourite Cardigan. I lengthened this piece significantly and made it wider around the hips. Now there’s just the sleeves and button bands left to knit.

The end is in sight

The end is in sight

I know I’ve said it before but I’m going to say it again: this yarn is amazing to work with. It’s Andes del Campo in Brass Heather from Knit Picks – the colour is so rich and it has just the right amount of texture to create a perfect fall sweater. Unfortunately it sat it my stash for ages and I didn’t get around to knitting it until the line was discontinued, so this will be my one and only sweater made from this wonderful yarn.

My Favourite Cardigan, Part 2

I’ve been making pretty good progress on My Favourite Cardigan, I’ve separated the sleeves and am now about halfway down the body. The thing I love about knitting top-down sweaters is that you can try them on and adjust as you go along. If I were following the pattern as written I would stop knitting around here and just add a few inches of ribbing. Leaving me with a sweater I’d never wear.

Looking good!

Looking good!

Instead I’ve been treating the pattern as more of a suggestion; I’m going to keep on knitting, increasing a bit here and there for my hips, until I get to a length that I like. I love the way this yarn is working up, I can’t wait to wear this one!

My Favourite Cardigan

A while ago I was browsing projects on Ravelry and came across a stunning cardigan with the most lovely subtle cables down the front and sleeves. Imagine my surprise when I checked the notes and realized the pattern was from a book I’ve owned for years. Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits is a great book of sweaters but I had flipped past the Favourite Cardigan every single time because of the way it’s styled in the picture.

Totally not my style

Totally not my style

It doesn’t look bad or anything (although I never understood why a cable cardigan that was specifically made to be in a  knitting book would be worked in black yarn – you can hardly see the details!) but it just really isn’t my style. Bare shoulders and a bare midriff? Doesn’t suit this librarian at all. But this is knit top-down in one piece, meaning the adjustments to bring up the shoulders and bring down the waist should be pretty easy.

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