It's been a while since my last post, but that's because I've been furiously knitting, trying to get this finished. I finally got there! This pattern was from the Woman's Weekly collection this winter, a magazine which is published 2-3 times a year and often has a couple of useful patterns. I wanted to use up some of my stash, and selected this fitted cardigan as a good project for that, though I still have some yarn left which will now end up in my weaving.
The pattern called for 3 ply wool, and this is a little thicker so I couldn't get the gauge. Instead, I knitted the smallest size and it fits just perfectly. It is very fitted, with lots of decreases and increases as well as the garter banding.
I've always loved the combination of brown with turquoise blue, and when I saw this pattern, with the garter stitch sections, immediately thought I could knit them in a contrast colour. The pattern has ruffles at the bottom of the sleeves and around the neck, but I dispensed with these as they were unnecessary and too fussy for my style. The buttons were a challenge; it calls for 11 small buttons so I went hunting in the local antique shop which has a good selection of recycled buttons. After a bit of ferreting through the boxes, I found two sets of turquoise buttons which were slightly different in thickness and back but looked the same from the front, so I snapped them up. The downside was that there were only 10, so I have a lone buttonhole at the bottom of the cardi! Never mind, I'm pretty happy with it.
I really want to get on to summer knitting, hence the haste to complete the wool cardi above, before it gets too warm (hopefully! Last year I was wearing wool in July). This is Letitia, from The Knitter magazine. I bought some Louisa Harding Albero for this and it was a good choice - the yarn drapes beautifully. I'm still knitting my alpaca lace and I also have a cotton cardi lined up, plus lots more in my queue. There really aren't enough hours in the day for all the knitting I want to do...