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Knitting


It’s been a long time since I knitted anything bigger than a sock. Although I’ve pretty much always had something on the needles over the last 3 years, numerous larger projects have been begun, only to be abandoned. For some reason, since our move, I have found it difficult to build knitting into my life in the way that it was back in the UK.

Recently though, something seems to have clicked, and I have knit two cardigans in quick succession. First up was Liesl (Ravelry link), knit in Rowan Summer Tweed.

I like the results of this yarn, but can’t say I enjoy knitting with it. This was a quick knit though, so was finished before it could drive me completely round the bend.

My next project, Kaleidoscope, was much more fun.

To be honest, I wasn’t that struck by the example in the pattern, its main attraction for me being that it was knit without any seaming being required – I’ve been knitting for long enough to know that finishing a garment knit in pieces is not my forte – but this is where I think Ravelry comes into its own. Being able to see what other knitters have done – the yarns they used, the modifications they made, is invaluable for a knitter like me who can lack vision at times!

I did wonder if I could stay engaged long enough to knit a large garment in sock yarn, but in fact this knit up incredibly quickly. I used Araucania Ranco Multi, which was lovely to knit with. I used pretty much every yard of the two skeins I bought as I made a couple of modifications to the pattern with help from the projects on Ravelry. I made the sleeves full length, and carried on decreasing at the neck to make it less of an “off the shoulder number”. If I knit it again (and I think I might), I would make even more decreases. It sits nicely but is still a little wide for my liking. I also knit a garter stitch ridge on both sides while knitting the body rather than knitting a button band separately at the end. I didn’t bother making any buttonholes as I wasn’t sure how many buttons I wanted until it was done and blocked, and it is easy enough for the buttons to fasten without.

I count both of these projects as wearable successes. I’m now just contemplating sewing the button band down on Kaleidoscope so that it functions as a sweater while looking like a cardigan as I’m not sure about the small bulges along the button band – these may get on my nerves.

I seem to have hit a cardigan obsession as I currently have two more on the needles – Peasy and the Tea leaves cardigan. I have a horrible feeling I am going to run out of yarn for Peasy, though so watch this space….

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