Sunday, July 10, 2011

FO: Petal Yoke Cardigan

Finished! I'm in love with this cardigan - the fit is good, its lightweight but warm and the colour is rockin'.
1940s brooch, Etsy.  Scarf, Op-Shop.

I was worried about the arm holes being too low, so I made extra increases and bought the arm-splits up by about 3/4 of an inch. I also made the arms an inch shorter, in retrospect I should have only made them .5 shorter.
I also didnt do as many decreases in the body - basic math said it would be too tight - something to watch out for if anyone else gives it a go.

The Good:
The pattern is dead easy to knit- you just have to trust the instructions. Its also (suprisingly) not a boring knit. By the time I had 400 sts on my needles I was so busy counting yarn overs that I didnt really notice.
Did I mention there are only two seams to sew up?

The fit is really, really good (after blocking). I also think it was a fairly quick knit for 4ply, two months?

I love the vintage glass buttons that I found in an Op-Shop for $2, they are an orange-red but go really well with the cardigan so who cares.

The Meh:
The button band was really floppy and stretchy when it was finished, and blocking didnt really help. I ended up sewing grosgrain/petersham ribbon to the back side of the buttonhole band to stabilise it - worked like a charm!

I wish I had made it a fraction longer, but it is the perfect 50s length so no matter. I was running out of yarn too! 

The yarn (Bendigo Luxury 4ply) pills like a biatch. It got fuzzies while I was still knitting it! I'm going to have to make sure I de-pill it before wearings. I also think it would be made better in a tighter twisted or cabled yarn (IMHO). But, since all the yarn for this jumper cost me $22 I cant complain too much - 2 balls is *just* enough for the 40 inch size.

Knitting a cardigan in 4 ply is a bit masochistic too.

The Bad:

Love it - 8/10.
I'm not sure I would knit it again (one petal yoked cardigan is probably enough) but I would recommend the pattern to anyone.


And then I wore it on a day trip to Cronulla Beach with Cowboy.
There were cockatoos everywhere eating fallen pine cones.

We ate fish and chips instead...


Camelia Crinoline said...

It looks great. The petal detail is lovely. It almost makes me wish I had the patience to knit.

Kate LeMay said...

That colour is fabulous! Beautifully done, you have made a lovely cardigan :)

Jen (pieKnits) said...

I love it and that color is fantastic! I think 2 months for a 4 ply cardigan is extremely impressive. Looks great on you!

Maria said...

It really does look great and thanks for the tips. I posted a comment on your last post about this cardigan and you encouraged me to give it a I am. I started it over the weekend and am really enjoying it. And you're right, the pattern is more straightforward than it original looked. I hope it turns out as good as yours. Thanks again.

sweet jane. said...

I think it looks awesome... that color is divine! Kudos for finishing it so quickly & so well! (And I love your scarf/turban, too)

Bex said...

Aww thanks guys! (And thats fabulous Maria)

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