Friday, July 6, 2012

Finished! Cardigan for Issy

I have had this "finished" (knitted, blocked and made up) for at least three or four weeks now, but was stuck as to what to do with the closure.  This was started here, really quite a while ago...but is finally, finally finished!


This is the bolero from my Bouton D'Or knitting book.  It is a rib design with some slipped stitches in between the ribs and a picot crochet edging.


Here is a sleeve edge showing the close up of both the pattern and the edging, both of which I really like.  The pattern called for a tie closure on the front flaps of the cardigan, but I thought it let the pattern down.  It looks shoddy compared to the rest of the garment, plus my small person is only 5 and the tie would be beyond her a bit.  So I added a snap:


The snap still isn't ideal.  She tends to try and yank the thing apart which obviously puts a lot of stress on the yarn around the snap, but we will see how it goes.  I can slightly see the snap from the front, so am tempted to add a decorative button perhaps.

The cardigan is a little on the large side for her now, but am intending that this fits her well into summer and maybe even next winter.  She was quite pleased...


And is getting slightly better at modelling things for me, though am not so keen on the untucked look with this one - it's definitely a smarter cover up than we normally wear in winter.


I also love the colour on her - the wool is Bendigo Woolen Mills (discontinued) Melody in Dusky Pink and is beautiful.  It was great to work with and has lycra in it which I hope means this will keep its shape when washed...fingers crossed!

The pattern seemed pretty good too, though I have to say these patterns are harder to follow than anything I have ever attempted.  They don't print every line, but do a lot of "increase each side 2 stitches every other row 2 times, then 6 stitches 8 times" action.  This can only be handled by my obsessive write everything out method, which is good because that's what I do anyway :)



I am really pleased with this and she is just so unbelievably lovely and looks so beautiful that I couldn't be happier :)

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