If you are a regular reader of this blog you might recognise this item already, you may even have helped me to choose the colour of the buttons – if so, thank you for your input! I started knitting it about a year ago, and finally have all the ends woven in, and attached the lace, and sewn on the black-rather-than-lilac buttons.
My mother gifted me this yarn a couple of years ago when I was at the height of my knitting frenzy, and I struggled what to make in such ludicrously coloured 1980’s 4ply crepe Kaiapoi (remember that anyone?!) wool. Honestly, in real life it is brighter than it looks. I like to think that even the worst materials can be turned into something wearable – which seems to be what my blog is turning into actually – so I decided to emphasise the kitsch factor rather than fight it. Now it is finished I think it looks very Alannah Hill!
The lace has featured on my blog before
too – it was a gift from one of my bridal clients that she purchased on honeymoon in Paris. It is incredibly beautiful, very old, and I am terrified that I will rip it every time I take this cardigan on and off. I have stitched it on with some ease to try to prevent this happening. I had mixed thoughts on using the lace at all, but decided it’s beauty was better appreciated by others rather than just me and my trims box!
The lace trim idea came from Vogue Knitting Winter 2009/10 (#20 Lace Edge Cardi) and I used that pattern along with a similar pattern from VK Holiday 2007 (#21), added some waist shaping, and a moss stitch band rather than rib. I was very careful sewing this one up – I used mattress stitch and lined up the side and sleeve seams stitch by stitch. It took ages but I’ve decided this is worth the effort and I’m very chuffed with the result, so you get to see it here!:
In the past I have knitted a few garments in the round which avoids side seams altogether, but for this cardigan I switched back to straight needles. There is something just nice about using them, they seem more balanced than the short circular needles for some reason – maybe it is just because I was taught on them as a kid!
Do you knit too? And if so do you prefer circular or straight needles?