I don’t usually knit for myself. Now that I think about it, that’s a little strange – who else but the maker can truly appreciate the sweat and (often) tears that go into a hand knit?
So after a recent spate of large scale projects for others were finally completed, and with a wee bit more time on my hands these days, I decided to break into the wool stash (which let’s face is, is substantial) to make something that has been on my ‘knit list’ for a while – a chunky cardigan.
I have been wanting something that is hard wearing enough to be worn around the dogs, and to warm me up while I study (since I am prone to wearing fingerless gloves during writing marathons – yes, it is that cold in my study!).
Wool used: Patons Inca – Black
Pattern: ‘Jacket Wrap’ from Patons Inca – Contemporary Fashion, Book 1231
This was marked ‘Easy’ and was quite a simple knit on large (7mm) needles which I really appreciated – particularly after a stack of recent projects on 3-4mm needles which seemed to take an eternity to finish! I am a lover of (somewhat) instant gratification. The body was all knit in one piece which added another layer of convenience, so there was not much sewing up, which I do find a bit of a chore. My only caution with this knit is that even after steam blocking with the iron, the arm holes were a bit big for the completed sleeve edge join, so mine looks a little ‘rustic’ when on the hanger. When it is being worn it isn’t really a problem. The sleeves could have done with being a little longer, but I hoping they may stretch a little with wear.
Here is how it looks being worn – hopefully you can not see the small flaws I just mentioned:
I added the kilt pins (the largest one is a stitch holder which I am using to fasten it ) – I love kilt pins, and I think they add a bit of a military type edge to the cardigan – but it would definitely lend itself to using something ‘prettier’ to fasten it, or you can leave it open.
After wearing it for the first time today, I think this cardigan will do the trick nicely. Warm and cosy, thick and quite heavy; the weight is not felt whilst wearing it, and most importantly, soft and not at all itchy around my neck. I’m particularly happy with the high neck band which sits right up to the bottom of my hair, which is especially great if you have forgotten your scarf (as I did today).
So yes, one happy wearer:
Final update on furry son –
For those of you who have asked – thank you so much for your well wishes!
I finally received the results of Rusty’s pathology sample this afternoon and he has been given the all clear!!! PHEW!!!
This is such a huge relief to myself and hubby Mr. A.! We are so thrilled and will cherish our time with him even more (if that’s possible – our dogs are pretty spoiled 😉
Thanks again everyone!