Welcome to Part 3 of my KnitWeek2016 wherein I share my knitting adventures for the past 12 months or more. Today I am sharing this cardigan made for my middle child. He is a wee little 4 year old who just started reception. As a summer baby I was unprepared to send him off to big school but he seems to have settled in just fine. I actually started making this cardigan for him way back in April 2016 and I had finished most of it by early June. All that was left was grafting the underarm stitches, weaving in the ends, blocking and buttons. I lost steam and procrastinated while I got excited about starting on the Chuck sweater.
After getting my knitting act together it took me less that 2 hours to finish everything and setting it up for blocking. I wet blocked it but in hindsight given the yarn is 100% acrylic a steam blocking would have been sufficient and faster. As it is I had to wait 3 days before it dried and I could sew on the buttons.
I used some yarn bought from loveknitting.com during one of their sales. Its called Red Heart Aran. To be honest I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this particular bottle green colour. Its not something I would say is in my cannon of loved colours. Still at least the yarn is machine washable which made it a perfect candidate for kids knitting.
I bought this pattern when Tincan Knits were having a half price sale so it was a bargain given that this pattern has kids and adult sizes. The yoke cables are what attracted me. There something about how they look as if they are getting smaller in size.
After swatching, I got the correct stitch gauge with size 5 circulars. The instructions are quite well written. My only complaint is how small the font size is. I am used to a large font size which makes it easier to mark and cross off rows etc. A minor complaint to be sure, but I do like my instructions easy to read without having to squint (one would prefer not to help the wrinkles along you see).
It knits up very quickly IMO. The body is knit up to underarms first. Next the sleeves are knit up before being joined to begin the yoke. The cable was quite a pleasure to knit as it repeats so after a while I had it memorised. I got carried away and made the arms slightly too long for him but he will grow into it. The yarn was ok to work with – I cant complain much. My underarm grafting on this is a bit of a dogs dinner. I started off trying to follow a tutorial but quickly got impatient and just ended up literally sewing it instead of grafting. I have learnt my lesson and improved on it with the next project that required underarm grafting.
So my little one loved it on the first day he wore it but has decided he doesn’t like it now and refuses to wear it “because it doesnt have a zip“………..mmmm……..While I appreciate his candour, I did feel like pointing out that I spent a lot of time on it. Instead I just shrugged and walked away. I think its like with food – I will have to keep offering it to him at least 20 times before I can get a result.
Anyhow I am pleased I finished it finally (in October). I like the cabling enough to want to make it again.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs. I will be back soon with another knitting project – I have been getting my knitting house in order.
Peace and love,